Beer Review #114: Bent River Jingle Java Holiday Stout

javaThe time of year when you just want to jump into your recliner, turn the fireplace on, watch some football and enjoy a nice, thick stout is upon us. Craft brew enthusiasts are currently going crazy over many things imperial, especially stouts. Now, I don’t want to sound hypocritical, I love me some KBS, I was the first in line at Family Beer and Liquor on Black Friday to get Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, but there are days when I’m craving just a good old-fashioned, sessionable stout, and that’s exactly what Bent River ( given us (again!).

For some of you this beer might seem a tad too sweet to deem it “sessionable”, as it has vanilla, pecans, and rum added to it so it might be a dessert beer for some of you and I do know that it pairs very well with pumpkin pie, but I could easily down a few of these on a long winter’s day. Here’s more from the brewery:

This highly anticipated seasonal beer marks the beginning of the holiday season for many. Our coffee stout is enhanced by adding vanilla, caramel, pecan, cinnamon, and rum. These festive flavors are the only sweet treat Santa really needs!
 Available now through mid-January at Bent River Moline, Bent River Rock Island. NOW IN 6-PACKS! 
If you are a bar looking to carry Jingle Java Holiday Stout, please contact Vanguard on the Iowa side and Stern Beverage on the Illinois side. 

It really is a great stout for the holidays as you get all the spices and flavors that scream “holiday” right in your glass/bottle. The vanilla adds a hint of sweetness and the coffee and chocolate really shine in this brew. Add a bit of smokiness from the roasted malts and you have a real winner of beer here. Only available until mid-January I suggest giving this brew a shot if you’re a stout fan.


STYLE: Stout

ABV: 6.5%


POUR: Deep brown pour with a small tan head.

AROMA: Vanilla, rum, coffee dominate the aroma.

TASTE: Coffee, vanilla, chocolate and smokiness from the malt. rating: 84

Beeradvocate rating: 85

Overall: B

My recommendation: If you need a break from the big imperials this is the perfect beer to take that break with, enjoy it for dessert, watching the game, or it would be even better for breakfast! Cheers!

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