Jingle Java | Bent River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sprucetip on 12-16-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
114
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
34.83%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 114
Reviews by ineedafirkin:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Photo of are_doubleyou
2.3/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L: It pours a deep, black color with a light, off-white head that quickly vanishes into a ring of lacing. No sign of carbonation bubbles. Really disappointing compared to stouts with a thick, tan head.

S: Very rich aromatics. Strong coffee and cocoa notes dominate the nostrils. Caramel and vanilla are also present. Sadly lacking in roasted malt notes, but I won't hit it too much because it fits the advertised holiday and coffee notes.

T: The taste is crisp and surprisingly light up front. Really not all that pleasant. It tastes like someone took a subpar stout and added a bunch of artificial coffee, vanilla, chocolate and caramel flavoring to it. It tastes pretty disgusting to me. The finish is a mix of weak coffee and vanilla extract. A weird syrupy taste lingers on the palate. I am incredibly disappointed in the taste of this beer because it doesn't follow up on the promises of its aroma. There is nothing to entice me to take another sip besides the desire to soldier through and finish this review.

F: The feel is light and crisp with a slight fizziness. Not at all like the oily richness or thick maltiness that I want from a stout. Not terrible, but not what I want from this style at all.

O: I picked up a six-pack of this beer because a bartender at a sports bar told me that they blew a keg in a night and I spotted it the next day. I can only imagine that the keg was pounded by macro drinkers watching football because this is not a good coffee stout. It smells pretty good, but it tastes artificial and the the aftertaste is not very pleasant. I need to find someone with an unsubtle palate to dump the rest of this six-pack on because it is rubbish.

This beer was poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and imbibed at apx 60F.

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Photo of Sunn
4.89/5  rDev +29%

Normally I haven't been a big fan of anything Bent River has put out until I met Jingle Java. This one blew my Santa Hat to the moon when I first tasted this beer on tap. This was at a beer festival with multiple well-known breweries from around the world and Jingle Java even turned out being my favorite beer of the entire event.

Just pure coffee/java sweetness when you give the beer a whiff. I gave the beer a sip considering my past with their beers, but I was greeted by one of the best sweet stouts I've ever had in my life. There is a PERFECT amount of coffee and java sweetness that does not overpower the beer in any way whatsoever. Plus, the creaminess of the the mouth feel is absolutely incredible and compliments the beer amazingly.

This beer is an absolute treat. To compare it to something more well known it would be Three Floyds Moloko, but every aspect of it being upped a notch. I never had any interest in going to this brewery and it's only 45 minute drive away. This beer's already got my weekend visit in order. Christmas came early. Jingle Java is up there with ANY stout, it's phenomenal. Kudos to Bent River!

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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 77apm
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of zoolou
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Rborre321
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of larryarms847
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost black with thin layer of khaki foam.

Wow, tons of pecan, maple, caramel, and coffee notes.

Pecan, pecan, and more pecan! Loads of nuttiness with caramel, coffee, nutmeg, and other spice notes.

Light-medium bodied, light-medium carbonation, thin, and oily. Was hoping for a thicker mouthfeel.

Overall, the mouthfeel could use some touch up, but this is a straight up caramel pecan brew perfect for a holiday meal.

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Photo of brock125
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaneBramage
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Rowold27
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -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 jsh420
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of langfot99
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Strike00
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

L: pours a nice dark brown with a head that dissipated fairly quickly
S: smells like roasted Barley and some spices. Not bad.
T: not good, almost a sour taste to this. Beyond that very artificial.
F: Very thin and watery. Not much more I can say about it.

O: Not good. The funky sour flavor was not really palatable. Glad I just bought a single of this.

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Photo of guytyping
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of bismarksays
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Nickpd
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pablobomb
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of distant-lover
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of vidguy17
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of moysauce
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of y0tommyb
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Jingle Java from Bent River Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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