Bell's Java Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by superdedooperboy:
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F.
Black as the blackest cup of joe, this one lets no light sneak through. A minimal head of light tan foam falls away fairly quickly, settling to a thin collar yet showing some nice rings and legs of stick as the glass empties.
Aroma is patently coffee, plain and simple, with a rich espresso character laced with notes of licorice.
Medium-full body with a moderate carbonation. Dark-roasted coffee beans and semi-sweet chocolate set the stage for a palate that really follows suit, showing dry, moderately bitter espresso character throughout, made even more intense by a bit of herbal/citrus hop twang in the middle, with some hints of chocolate rounding out the edges before leading into an intensely dry hoppy-espresso finish that lingers for what seems like forever.
Quite good, the dryness really seems to call for another quaff, but with each draught it leaves you feeling incredibly dissatisfied. Unlike intensely bitter pale ales and IPAs, the intense level of roasted character here detracts immensely from the drinkability, coming across more like an actual cup of Java than a beer that warrants drinking for any sort of extended period (in fact, a shot-sized serving might actually be more appropriate). The 7.5% ABV is incredibly well-hidden, though, which is certainly a plus.
Overall, this is a decent coffee-infused stout, but a bit more restraint with the coffee would do this brew much more justice.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2011 04:30:22 | More by superdedooperboy
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Midnight black in appearance and what I would have a hard time calling a "head" dissipated faster than it foamed up.
Smells heavy on the coffee side, holy shit. A definite pleaser for any coffee fan.
Meh, not really impressed, not really let down, really just a meh coffee brew.
Overall, not totally impressed, but I'm glad I took the time to try it as it did go down pretty easy.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 21:48:17 | More by larryarms847
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,395 ratings.