Bell's Java Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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2.71/5 rDev -30.9%
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
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