Jingle Java | Bent River Brewing Company

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3.9/5
Very Good
136 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

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Added by sprucetip on 12-16-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,834
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
136
pDev:
15.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
41
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of buzzedup
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of toffee, coffee, sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight syrup, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a slight roasted bitterness. Tastes of toffee, coffee, sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight syrup, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, feel, but blend is off.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours quite dark, and is a thick pouring beer. The head was 1 finger, tan, but not long lasting.
The nose is quite rich with coffee. Some chocolate and vanilla notes also.
Taste - oh, wow! Creamy, rich. Some coffee, but there's so much more. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Wow, what a flavor profile.
Thick, full body. Creamy feel.
This beer is amazing! Damn! This is so much more than a coffee beer. highly recommended.

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Photo of Eman17
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BSEDS
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours black with a tan head. The aroma is f cocoa and rum with some spices like cinnammon adding hints of complexity. The taste is rich in cocoa and coffee, some booze and yet more spices. Insane mouthfeel no doubt thanks to the oats in the grist. Lots of heavy flavors so not the kind of beer one can drink easily.

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Photo of pstam87
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dustin22martin
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's too light. I like everything about the beer- the smell, the spicy taste, the coffee - but it's all too light for a winter stout. It needs to be heftier. But, then again, I say that about a lot of stouts these days.

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Photo of Verasong
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +6.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +2.6%
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 -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of npendres
2.01/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of AustinWadkins
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutLover14
2.49/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ZEB89
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boodks
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -13.3%
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 +17.2%
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 -6.7%
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 +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Jingle Java from Bent River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 136 ratings