Jingle Java | Bent River Brewing Company

Jingle JavaJingle Java
BA SCORE
72.4%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 127 ratings
Jingle JavaJingle Java
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
bentriverbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sprucetip on 12-16-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,561
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
127
Liked:
92
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
15.94%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Verasong
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great coffee taste with a great rolling heat finish.

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Rip's Tavern in Ladd, IL. $4 pint.
Black body with a thin layer of tan foam leaving behind some spotty lace.
Aroma is very nice, chocolate, roasted pecans, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
Taste is similar, lightly sweet chocolate with a well blended melange of Christmas cookie spices.
Flavors are completely natural, with no artificial elements at all.
Lighter bodied with a smooth feel, medium carbonation level, still in stout territory.

The reviews here are oddly polarizing, maybe earlier batches used extracts?

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Photo of basaywhat
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pour was dark black and had a pleasant mild coffee aroma. Flavor was excellent, very smooth mouthfeel with well balanced coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

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Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice seasonal. Has a dark brown look with a brownish tan head. Can taste the vanilla and coffee in it as well as, the mouthfeel. Overall, one of my favorite winter seasonal.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of npendres
2.01/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of AustinWadkins
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a dark caramel head that quickly falls

Aromas include coffee, hint of cinnamon and vanilla

Taste is a strong somewhat burnt coffee that is sweet with a bit of vanilla, pecan

Overall I really like this beer! It has great mouthfeel but I wish it was thicker! Will definitely grab another!

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Photo of jwmoore
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutLover14
2.49/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ZEB89
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boodks
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black pour with a crispy brown head of 1 finger. Sticks around and leaves such beautiful, calculated lace in the snifter.

Aromas of gingerbread, spiced coffee, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Flavor is coffee forward, followed by hints of vanilla and nutmeg, but a sour cherry/soy sauce flavor develops on the palate leading me to believe this may be infected. Regardless I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. If this indeed is NOT an infected sample, and I will try this again, this flavor simply cannot stand. I'll adjust accordingly if and when I get around to it again.

Feel is clammy and cool, with some moderate carbonation. Roasty finish.

Overall, I think this would be much better if I didn't taste infection. This is the 2016 bottle, I picked this up in Des Moines, IA at a Hy-Vee. Anyone else getting this?

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Supremely black body with a tan head. To its detriment, it looks fairly thin... but it's so dark! Nose is sweet, with artificial vanilla, a bit of maple/nuttiness, slight raisin, and, finally, some chocolate and coffee with their acidity on the finish. As crazy as this all sounds, it works. The flavor, however, is not as well composed, overall seeming watery and some of the flavor tasting chemically. There are occasional sips where the pecans, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and rum individually shine through, but it always had too much acidity and resorts back to an artificial finish. Body is pretty thin and lightweight, with overly sharp carbonation.
Sometimes these things work, and sometimes they don't. This didn't work, but it wasn't a catastrophe. Components were good at times, and it looked and smelled nice. I wonder if genuine ingredients were used or if this was done with flavorings. Either way, in this case less might be more.

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Photo of Koral
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark, almost black, with a dark brown head
Smell: Coffee, Rum, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Raisin
Taste: Coffee and the holiday spices play well together. Vanilla and cinnamon finish the beer nicely.
Feel: Smooth and thick, almost like a milk stout

This is my favorite holiday beer on the market. The coffee flavor in this beer also makes it the most pleasant coffee beer I have ever had as well. The coffee flavor from this beer is exceptional.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of coffee, some pecans. Taste is also of strong coffee, some hints of vanilla. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, if you are a coffee lover, this beer is for you, otherwise, skip it.

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Photo of KenProCo
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaypaul522
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass - very dark, some head, and medium bodied. The smell was distinctly coffee, and that comes through in the taste as well. This beer was a medium to light body feel in the mouth, but with a satisfying taste.

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Photo of SPD656
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours nearly black with a medium sized brown head. Smells of mostly pecan and caramel with some cinnamon, vanilla, and roasted malt; great intensity. The taste follows exactly but is very weak; pecan, roasted malt, and caramel. Some tart and subtle bitterness in the finish. Above average body and higher, prickly carbonation. Overall, it has a great nutty smell, but the flavor is way too watery.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L - Dark brown/black, medium head.
S - Nice coffee aroma.
T - Weak flavor, more burnt than coffee. Slight nut flavor but not balanced well at all.
M - Nothing special, thinner than your normal stout.
O - After the nose I expected a nice coffee stout, I got a weak one. Just not much to this, very disappointing.

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Photo of Josbor11
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slarson7
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MiamiWeiss
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Jingle Java from Bent River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.4% out of 100 with 127 ratings
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