Bell's Java Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by PaterMorse:
2.71/5 rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Interesting beer. Unfortunately, seems they worked too hard on the smell and left a one-note taste. I guess if you want a VERY COFFEE coffee stout, you may have found it; as for me, time to move on.
A: The more positive aspects of Bell's Double Cream (reviewed elsewhere, and notable for crimson/orange ring after head dissipates); but doesn't stay dark. Instead, looks like watery Coke (a downer for me).
S: Burned coffee grounds. Or, at times (sorry), a blackened hot dog burned weenie roast style (not a bad thing, just sayin'). Strong, noticeable aroma -- but one dimensional and overdone. It's like sticking your nose in a can of Folgers and campire ash.
T: Pretty big and bold. Not surprisngly, it's coffee, coffee, coffee (and burnt at that). Finish isn't as bitter as nose might suggest; and quite good after-taste.
M: Bit bulkier than Bell's Double Cream (which was too flimsy). Medium, leaning light.
O: Interesting. Glad I tried it, but not altogether enjoyable. An OK novelty beer but wouldn't order it off a good beer menu if I was out -- unless I was in a funky mood and craving a coffee stout.
Repeat? I wouldn't stock it as a staple; but I'd keep it as a novelty for coffee lovers and for that every-now-and-then unique experience.
Where? Fun to incorporate into beer sampling party or take to campfire
Two Words: Burnt Folgers
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2013 22:18:10 | More by PaterMorse
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The first Bells I've had was the Expedition Stout. I must say, that stout opened my eyes to this brewery, and I haven't been let down since, though I will say, the Expedition is the best thus far.
Look: Very little light can pass through. I just shined a bright flashlight through the opposite side of the glass and it turns only slightly red. A very dark stout.
Smell: Coffee right away. I'm not very sophisticated, so I don't smell much else. Just coffee.
Taste: Coffee. Probably one of the most up front coffee type stouts I've had. There is no mistake this stout is brewed with coffee. You won't think "is this brewed with coffee?" There is no question about it. I'm a big coffee drinker so I am very drawn to coffee stouts.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied at best. Maybe a little thinner feeling.
Overall: This is a very good stout. I would most definitely drink this again. I may buy it again if I see it. But I likely won't be on the hunt for it.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 00:20:19 | More by EvoRich
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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