Bell's Java Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by Gladius270:
2.6/5 rDev -33.7%
A- The beer poured an inky black, with very thin tan head. This head persisted throughout the duration of the glass.
S- Smells like fresh brewed coffee. Simple as that.
T- Same as smell. All I get out of this beer is black coffee. I enjoyed it more as it warmed, probably because cold coffee is a bit off-putting for me.
M- Very thin and watery. I would have liked a much creamier feel from this beer. In my opinion, the weak point of this brew.
O- Not a big fan of this one. The taste was very one-dimensional, and the thin mouthfeel is something I cannot put aside.
02-01-2012 19:29:05 | More by Gladius270
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4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours a deep brown with a mocha colored thin head,great aroma of chocolate with some nuttiness and a hint of earth.Very rich flavored beer like chocolate devils food with the coffee really coming thru in the finish and aftertaste its like drinking coffee with a nice rich chocolate cake.A great beer will bring some south with me.
03-21-2004 19:49:15 | More by oberon
4.88/5 rDev +24.5%
Appearance The body is almost pitch black and hazy, if that makes any sense. The head is just right; moderate with a careful pour and darkly tanned. It even left some film as it slowly receded.
Smell Brewed with coffee, or coffee grounds? This is good stuff. The dark, roasted stout aroma has found its equal in the huge, coffee ground notes. What I find so appealing about this nose is that these are basically the only two smells that I can pick up. They dance the dance of lovers, thats for sure.
Taste Oh, man, if you love coffee and if you love stout, you will love this beer. Living in Seattle they sell coffee everywhere, and all the peddlers have their own interpretations of what they think is good. Well, this is good.
Starbucks should be so good. This is some of the best-tasting coffee Ive ever had, but of course that could be because it is equally mixed with some of the best stout that I ever had. Move over Reeses, this is the next great combination.
Mouthfeel Bigger than medium but not quite full, this is so smooth it makes me salivate. The mouthfeel is pleasant as can be.
What makes this a 5.0 Mouthfeel for me is the flavor blendings that create nirvana in between the cheeks. The huge bitterness of this Stout rounds things to perfection.
Drinkability Hath a more drinkable coffee-flavored stout been made? Me thinks not!
Comments One good Bells deserves another. Last night Kalamazoo, this night Java Stout. What a treat. A treat that was made possible by feloniousmonk, so I have to give him props for this killer trade.
07-15-2004 02:47:18 | More by RoyalT
3.91/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a soft, velvety black color with a tan colored head that appears to get darker and darker as the beer continues. Head is big, fluffy, and lasts forever, however it leaves little lacing to speak of. Aroma is thick and can be noticed as soon as you pop the cap off of this one - concentrated with sweet and creamy coffee beans, roasted malts, and some deep, dark espresso at the tail end. Taste is more of the same; huge roasted malt body infused with roasted coffee. Starts off light, creamy, and sweet, then transitions into a darker, slightly bitter version of its former self. Toasted and roasty, up and down with some slight alcohol warmth hitting the very back of my tongue. Hints of black licorice become more and more prominent the more I drink. Hops don't make their appearance until the very end, but they are surely there; leafy and a bit ashy in character, they leave a nice trail of bitterness in the aftertaste that fades out with the sweetness in great harmony. Medium, silky body with an overall pretty low amount of carbonation.
I had this on tap at Bell's a while ago. The bottled version is not quite as good, but it's still a decent brew when all is said and done. Little pricey for what you're getting, though.
12-12-2012 12:37:48 | More by tectactoe
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours slightly oily, pitch black with a thin brown head that doesn't last long.
S- Aroma is deeply roasted, wood, bitter chocolate, smokey tobacco, leather
T- A tad sweeter than the nose implied. Well integrated chocolate and coffee. Finish is earthy with espresso tones and a subtle hoppiness.
M- Medium-full, milky smooth.
D- Full and rewarding. Holds up against some of the better coffee stouts.
10-23-2009 02:40:31 | More by brownbeer
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
12oz. bottle poured into a 25oz. snifter
It pours a cola colored body with a small mocha head that dies too quickly and ends up with just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
The chocolate and bitter black coffee dominate the aroma. After that initial wave there is a heavy roastiness to the beer.
The flavor is all about a heavy bitter black coffee taste. There is also a little metallic flavor as well. The roastiness and bitterness is too much for my preference, similar to a cup of Starbucks coffee, the beans are over-roasted to hell and the end product suffers because of it. There is a little residual sugar to counteract the acrid coffee but not enough.
The mouthfeel is smooth for the level of roastiness but it hampers the drinkability for me.
02-04-2010 09:23:27 | More by weatherdog
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours dark brown, near black, with a thin light brown head of only about 1/4" or so. No lacing.
S: Heavy coffee aromas - dark espresso and dark roasted malts. There is just a slight hint of alcohol on the nose as well.
T&M: Thick and chewy as it crosses over the tongue but not too viscous. Flavors are full and intense, with heavy coffee accents. There is a complexity that comes forth as it is difficult as both the dark roasted malts mingle with the actual coffee used in the brew. Making things interesting is the slightly more than subtle sweetness that comes through as well. Carbonation is light, adding to the overall creamy smoothness. Very nice. The finish is a bit sweet at first, with some coffee bitterness that lingers, mixing with a subtle warming.
D: This is a fantastic brew and it was highly enjoyable. The only reason I dinged it with a '4' is because one of these in a sitting is really plenty. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in an impy stout or a Russian impy.
05-03-2008 20:30:07 | More by SIRIUS2
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
split w/ hu5om (received as a trade extra) in 6oz sampler glasses.
A: a nice black pour with a slight brownish hue, some slight carbonation and a tan foam ring.
S: burnt espresso beans/coffee grounds
T: a bitter espresso warmth permeates the mouth in a wave of fizzy deliciousness.
MF/D: a sizzle of flavor leaves a lasting tingle, carbonation offers a slight buzz on the tongue, though a little too coffee heavy for my liking.
07-21-2010 04:59:42 | More by newk340
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours a very dark brownish black color. Smells better than some other Bell's beers I've had, but still seems off. Taste isn't bad at all, but not great (compared to, say, Kalamazoo or Expedition). Indeed it does taste of coffee, but (to me at least) it's that coffee that's been sitting in the pot with the burner on all day. Drinkable, recognizable as the good stuff you had that morning, but off tasting. Mouthfeel is nice, quite creamy.
Overall, this isn't a beer I'd buy again. While I'm glad I tried it, I think in the future, I'll stick to drinking Kalamazoo, Expedition, and Third Coast Old Ale if I want a Bell's brew.
03-06-2005 05:01:58 | More by skybluewater
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
Batch 6624. The Bell's Java Stout pours from the bottle a deep dark onyx black with a full inch of dark tan foam atop the brew. No light is getting through thisn one!! Looks very appealing in the glass with some nice lacing. Aromas of freshly ground coffee beans are the first to hit my nose. Just like opening the can of beans in the morning. Underneath there's lots of dark, toasty, roasted malts and hunks of chocolate. Slightly smoky with a dollop of caramel. I just love the marriage of coffee and stout...I could sit and adore the aroma of this brew all day.
First sip brings a wave of viscous dark, roasted, smoky maltiness. It rolls over the palate with force, bringing along with it a healthy helping of freshly brewed black coffee. The tug of war between the sweet aspects of the stout and the bitter of the coffee work really well here. Rich and chocolatey, this is a damn fine coffee stout that is simply luscious and very enjoyable. So much flavor.
Mouthfeel is big and bold with a hefty body that's not at all afraid to assert itself. Small bubbly carbonation flows across the palate. Quite easy to drink. I really love coffee stouts but they are more of a treat for me. I don't think I could sit down to more than a few of these at a time. Had this on tap at the Great Lakes Brewfest and it's just as good in the bottle. Another Bell's stout...another wonderful experience. Well worth seeking out if you enjoy coffee stouts.
Edit: Just looked up this batch number on Bell's website and realized this was packaged on October 28, 2004. At almost a year old this brew is still amazing. I will have to try one fresh and then get some more to cellar!!
10-15-2005 17:28:54 | More by orbitalr0x
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
Half inch of tan head, fairly dense foam that tried to reduce to a thin layer but hangs out around the edges. This is pretty dark, basically black but some Coke colored liquid shows at the edges.
The aroma is pretty intense and I can catch wiffs of it from a couple feet away every now and then. The coffee is really evident and plays a key spot. It works in well with some dark roasted malts and even a bit of char. A bit of wood smoke even comes out. This is really nice.
Flavor has lots of the dark roasted malts again but doesn't present as much char as the aroma suggested. Coffee follows and the finish is the smokiness again. A little sweet malt plays a background role and peaks out every now and then. A touch of alcohol is noticable but you really have to look for it. Good flavor here though.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Not as thick as some stouts I've had but it still has a nice creaminess to it that coats the mouth well. Flavor lingers for a while. Maybe there is a touch too much carbonation that weakens the mouthfeel...hard to say.
Superb drinkability. Lots of coffee and dark roasted malts. All the flavors work well together and the aroma is really inviting. Pretty easy to put down a few if I wanted to and definately something I would pick up again. I find this somewhat similar to the Terrapin Wake-n-Bake stout I normally get down here. I think I'll try a side-by-side with my remaining bottle of this.
02-04-2007 05:27:45 | More by blitz134
3.88/5 rDev -1%
From notes. Batch 9992, consumed 1/29/11
A - Pours deep brown/black with three fingers of head with excellent retention.
S - Smell is deep roasted (almost overly roasted) coffee. Also, a bit of chocolate and earthy roasted malts.
T - Initial taste is slight bitterness from the the coffee and some faint hops. A bit of smokiness. Coffee is less intense than Founders Breakfast, but still the dominant flavor.
M - Not mouthcoating, but more of a medium mouthfeel with bright carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.
O - The 7.5% isn't really noticeable. Pretty easy drinking. Hard to not compare this with FBS. Falls short of FBS in pretty much every category, but still a well made and enjoyable stout.
10-24-2011 16:54:29 | More by warnerry
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
A cheerfully labeled 12oz bottle pours a lifeless pint of thick black liquid. Absolutely no head. Aroma is cold 1-day old coffee with an earthy, roasty, nutty background. Light twang, full, watery body ... and nothin' but more cold 1-day old coffee. Some more nuttiness, char and a spicy / smoky linger. Hmm ... and chocolate brownies as the beer warms. Is this coffee or a beer? Where's the half-and-half and sugar? Finish is dry with coffee on the breath.
If you don't like coffee, move along. Otherwise, this is a coffee/beer geeks wet dream! And a very intense marriage of the two. Not the best coffee beer that I've had -- it lacks balance and is a bit overdone -- but it's worth a try for adventurous / coffee lover.
06-17-2004 00:14:21 | More by Todd
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Dark as the pitch, a lightly tanned head has impressive enough staying power. It's black like a java stout should be, and the carbonation seems fitting--it looks like another fine Bell's production. All the good Bell's we get down in the Carolinas, but only as an extra (thanks to NotCreative) do I get to enjoy this one. Looks like a Bell's Java Stout.
Really nice coffee smell punches thru the liquid. It's pleasing and soothing, just like the smell of strong coffee on an early Sunday morning. It lacks the chocolatey licorice and plummy fruit nose of other stouts, and that's good because it's a java. I'm eager to hava sip.
Absolutely solid, but a bit tamer than the look and smell might suggest. Truth be told, the beverage looks and smells like a 10+%er. The taste, a little more watered-down, is more aligned with the 7.5% identified here. I detect a hoppy balance to the coffee stout components, but not enough to think it an "American Double." The way I understand it, that means it should have a DIPA hop-edge to it. Perhaps predictably, I'd go for more hops and more coffee!
The bitter (hoppy?) coffee mouthfeel is fantastic. I figure you can't make a beer without water, but even in this top-notch, tasty beer, I'd like more of its active ingredients: coffee, hops, toasted malts, etc. I'm glad, however, that there are no fruity or otherwise sweet flavors on the feel. Like most of the Bell's I've encountered, it's exactly as advertised.
For any kind of coffee stout, it's relatively drinkable. Like real coffee, you don't want to guzzle it--and I realize that's not necessarily what drinkability means. Still, this beverage is probably better sampled with friends than poured as a single serving.
11-14-2009 17:37:17 | More by marvin213
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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