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Bell's Java Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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2,470 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 130
Gots: 176 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Bell's Java Stout poured black with just a tan ring. It left the glass squeeky clean.

It smelled and tasted like weak coffee with a hint of chocolate--good but not remarkable. The feel was too bubbly and light for an imperial stout.

I've taken to using FBS as the standard in my reviews of this style and this one is pale in comparison. Bell's Java Stout is tasty and enjoyable, but too thin and crisp.

10-31-2009 13:19:50 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of bgramer


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Bought this at Bell's and brought back to Chicago with me.

Opened and poured into a mug. Wow - three fingers of creamy brown head. It stayed foamy but left great lacing on the sides.

Smelled like dark chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts... like it's roasted. Thin but good medium body for the mouthfeel. Prevalent coffee flavor without being too overpowering. It's a good drinkable coffee beer.

03-25-2008 22:49:28 | More by bgramer
Photo of davey101


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottled on 9/14/11, so....its basically a ten month old coffee stout. 12 Oz bottle poured into a clear plastic hotel cup. Dark black body with an ugly greyish mocha head. Solid lacing and retention. Smell is roasted malt and black coffee. Taste is roasted malts, light salty smoke and smooth coffee. Its not a dark roast, or an espresso. Its just a basic, run of the mill black coffee. Very light bitterness, finishes cleanly with lingering coffee notes. Its simplistic, but very effective. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Even aged, this beer has a solid coffee presence. Damn tasty!

07-15-2012 02:10:10 | More by davey101
Photo of robwestcott


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

poured a thick black into a dogfish head signature glass with a half finger beige colored head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin rim along the sides of the glass until the beer was finished.

very hearty stout with a strong coffee nose. dark, smooth, malty, with the coffee opening up even further as the beer warms a bit.

04-26-2010 01:50:04 | More by robwestcott
Photo of brystmar


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Thanks to Sarah for bringing this back from Indiana!

Looks like a stout, decent head and lace. Dark coffee & espresso explosion in the nose, supplemented by baker's chocolate and plenty of deeply roasted malts. Hint of forest-y funk at the end that's reminiscent of Nøgne Ø's Dark Horizon.

Massive coffee bomb on the tongue as it rushes to the back of my throat. Espresso galore, lingering bitter coffee as it descends. Surprisingly thin body detracts from the experience. Absolutely imbalanced, but I happen to like it.

12-14-2011 04:51:58 | More by brystmar
Photo of elmocoso


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

This is a real dark beer out of the bottle. The head subsides fast, but keeps at least a decent blanket of a dark tan head.

The nose of this beer is overpowered by the smell of chocolate. It seems kind of sweetish. There is also a little smell of coffee liquor, kind of Kahluaish. I think the smell of this one could be a little more subtle, but i understand and appreciate the flavors. My girlfriend said it smells like a Frosty from Wendy's.

The taste is also a little too sweet for me. The chocolate is very strong. The bitterness comes through in the aftertaste, but only there.

Overall, i think this would be one i would have around just for the few occasions i think one would would hit the spot.

04-25-2003 19:57:51 | More by elmocoso
Photo of joepais


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

I hate to say it but I've done so many trades lately I can't remember who sent this to me but thanks

Bottle poured into a tulip produced a good finger worth of tan head that goes to a nice ring of lace all on top of a black body

Aromas of coffee filled my nose along with nice malt sweetness

The coffee flavor is great the malt keeps it from being to bitter nice smooth mouthfeel not much carbonation

Great drinking coffee stout it be a great brunch brew

06-13-2008 01:52:59 | More by joepais
Photo of skizziks


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

12oz into a Guinness tulip. The beer pours with a straight black body pushing up about 2" of dark brown foam with pretty good retention.

Aroma has coffee right off with plenty of roasted malt to back it up.

Flavor again has coffee on top with roasted malt and chocolate close behind. Slightly bitter, the bitterness seems to mostly come from roasted malt and the coffee rather than hops. Finishes with some lingering roast bitterness in the throat. nice big flavors with the coffee coming through clearly, almost like chewing on a coffee bean.

Low carbonation, full body. Very rich and smooth in the mouth. Just as it should be for this beer, very satisfying.

05-02-2006 03:28:56 | More by skizziks
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a reasonably thick dark tan head; spots of lacing

Smell: Dry tannic coffee tones; smells a bit charred

Taste: Starts out with a bitter, charred coffee flavor that fails to develop much beyond that

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Enjoyable, just like a decent cup of coffee is enjoyable; but it fails the complexity test

02-09-2007 03:41:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of 7ways


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Thanks to Sebletitje for the bottles.

A: Black as night with a deep brown corona around the edge. Unexpected inch of head that receded amazingly fast. Bizarre lace, almost a camoflage pattern.

N: Bitter coffee grounds and German chocolate cake. Not complex, but what do you expect? Coffee is damn pungent.

T: Up front, like coffee that has been sitting out for a while. But somehow, that's not a bad thing at all. Mid-palate, a burst of chocolate. Sweeter than I would have expected based on the smell, kind of like a java chip frappuchino from Starbucks. Delicious. Then the chocolate recedes into the background almost as abruptly as it appeared, leading back to the coffee. Left me with a long lasting bitterish taste, and pleasantly acidic. Is that from the hops or the coffee?

M: Hmm. Thin and creamy. Is that even possible? Could be more full bodied, but the carbonation matches it well.

D: Very drinkable. Seems like I should be enjoying it at a nice little cafe with some almond biscotti. Or maybe pouring it over some vanilla icecream.

Couldn't help myself. Made a beer float with the Java Stout and vanilla bean icecream. This is what happy tastes like.

09-13-2008 03:53:30 | More by 7ways
Photo of mltobin


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

12 ounce bottle poured into a wine glass. The label on the bottle has a funny cartoon character. Anyhow, the body of it pours a near black with very little hear, a ring soon sits atop. Smell has dark chocolate and coffee. Taking a sip of this and I taste roasted malts, quite a bit of dark roast coffee and some chocolate. Mouthfeel is velvet-like with a bittersweet finish. This is fine double/coffee stout and I am glad that I picked this up a few weeks ago when I was in Philly.

05-13-2012 20:27:59 | More by mltobin
Photo of mikereaser


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Batch 8315

A - Pours a completely black color that let no light through. There was about a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared into just a layer of fine bubbles.

S - Strong coffee flavor with hints of bitter chocolate

T - roasted coffee, malt and a bit of a dryness in the finish

M/D - This is like drinking a coffee mixed with soda. Nice flavors throughout, the carbonation was a little more than I expected. I will stick to just one, but will definitely have again.

12-18-2008 18:40:44 | More by mikereaser
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a near black with a light brown head that exhibits pretty good retention; nice patches of lace. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts, with touches of chocolate, coffee and an oatmeal sweetness. Taste is of coffee and chocolate frosting, with a hearty, roasty finish. The sweetness makes for a sticky mouthfeel, although its creamy, too. Quite drinkable -

01-21-2010 03:44:12 | More by jpro
Photo of arizcards


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Picked up a single from the Scottsdale AJ's back in late February for $2.99. Part of Batch 9462 bottled 11-19-09.
Beer poured black as night with a bubbly brown head. Nose is sweet mocha and hints of coffee. Taste is heavy on the roasted malts, coffee, sweet mocha, with a bitter coffee hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty good beer in which the abv is pretty well hidden, but it is not for the faint of palate as the finish is very strong on the coffee beans-it reminds me of the expresso beans from Trader Joes.

05-30-2010 23:22:10 | More by arizcards
Photo of ddarden


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

12oz Bottle poured into a chalice. It is jet black with a brownish head that falls fairly quickly to a just a covering. Smell is kind of hard to get, but there are dark roasted malt with coffee overtones.

The taste is like the smell, bitter roasted malts, java, nice hop finish. It seems the coffee flavor gives it the bitterness, like expresso. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very nice. The drinkability is good, but not great.

I am a coffee lover, but the aftertaste of this beer kind of reminds me of coffee that is made too strong and cooked on a burner for a couple hours. This is a good beer and would love to try on draught. The drinkability suffers a litte from the aftertaste but is still slightly above average.

08-20-2005 21:33:11 | More by ddarden
Photo of d0ggnate


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Poured with a mud-like brown color to my glass. Quickly topped with a rich frothy mocha-tan head, but that was gone before I knew it.
S: Cold and bitter coffee. Slightly metallic while cold. A hint of hazelnut.
T: Like a mocha from your local coffee shop. Sweet and bitter together. Smooth milk-chocolate flavors.
M: Creamy, but less viscous that the beer appears. I could see as I poured it that this one would present like most other stouts, but lacked something in body. This deficit is palatable, but doesn't ruin the beer.
D: True to its name, Java Stout brings together the best of coffee and beer in a classic way. I found this one to be a great example of the style and wish it was readily available. Another good beer from Bell's.

11-18-2009 05:28:23 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of Jadjunk


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

#29. I have a keen fondness for Bells Brewery and was fortunate to get a single bottle of this (a move I usually make as it is easier on the wallet). Of course, this review will dictate whether I should spring for more of them! ABV is on edge at 7.5%.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a Nonic Pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Excited pour produces a thick light tan chocolatey frothy head. It retains quite well and lacing is thin but plentiful as it recedes. Color is pitch black with deep ruby edges when held to light. I see very little carbonation, but then again, it's tough to see far at all into this beer. The appearance couldn't be much better than this. 5

(Smell) Very earthy pure coffee beans and medium-sweet cocoa are very pungent and bold in this beer. That plus some roasted toast malts and some slight hoppy high bitterness makes this beer smell strikingly wonderful. I can even gather slight scents of milk chocolatey cream and nuts. Smell is bold and inviting. 4

(Taste) This tastes strikingly similar to coffee with a very high bitter and sweet finish that hangs around for a long while. "Java" is pretty much right on key. This beer has a characteristic bitterness at the finish that comes from some hops in this brew. Ultimately the bitterness comes out on top and overshadows some of this beer's other qualities. It could sink further into the background so that the cocoa and coffee bean tastes can be easier to determine. Largely this beer is filled with bold taste characteristic. If you're into coffee, you're going to like it's flavor. Otherwise, the dominant coffee edge is going to turn you away. It does well regardless. 4

(Mouthfeel) Very very smooth and creamy. Full bodied of course, but nothing that would alter my enjoyment of this beer. Bitter finish leaves this beer quite dry. Carbonation is too low to interfere much with the consistency. Overall drinking textures are silky, creamy and smooth. 4

(Drinkability) For it's super heavy tones, easy to drink in moderation. A complementary dessert beer that comes off being incredibly bold and intense. That plus a slightly above average ABV makes this beer hard to go for more than another round. It is a taste bud overload and very filling, so I don't recommend drinking this much like coffee lovers might drink cup after cup of espresso. An average drinker for a fine beverage. 3

Verdict: One of the boldest most intense stouts that I have ever had, but impressive all around. If you enjoy java, coffee or espresso as much as you enjoy beer, there's no doubt that this will fill your cravings. Everything tastes pure and real and the end result is a well done coffee-heavy beverage. Definitely worth a try for everybody. Bell's Brewery did very well for this one. A- (4.1)

01-01-2011 22:46:11 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-black with a small khaki colored collar around the edges..no head and no lacing..very little carbonation

s-wonderful to say the least..my favorite part of the beer..roasted coffee and espresso..butter chocolate and rich malt bill hold this together nicely..

t-roasted coffee..seriously thats about all but its what i expected and it represents the style very well..slight roasted malt in the middle..

m-a little thin for my taste but does coat the mouth well..more carbonation would have been nice...

d-abv is hidden well and doesnt leave a mark...lack of carbonation and thinness leaves me wanting more from this beer..but could steady a couple in an evening

overall a very good coffee stout not the best...valdez really heads this category imo..but rated to style a solid contender if it were cleaned up a bit..

10-31-2009 00:34:30 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of silentjay


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

pitch black with a sizable mocha colored head that retains for a bit and laces okay.

dark roasted malts and some watery, yet burnt dark coffee.

burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts. a bit charred.

a bit lighter bodied than would be ideal with decent carbonation and a charred finish.

drinks okay. nothing special, unfortunately, though its heavily charred/ash/burnt character sets it apart from some others of the style. pretty good.

02-14-2011 05:10:07 | More by silentjay
Photo of CMW


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Pours a very, very dark brown. There is a large tan head that has good retention.

S - Smells of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

T - Very similar to the nose. Coffee and roasted malt flavors come through first and the finish has a dark chocolate bitterness that brings the flavors together.

M - Nice and fluffy, medium body.

D - While I like the taste, the sweetness may preclude me from drinking more than one. Good beer though.

12-23-2009 03:37:21 | More by CMW
Photo of PPOmaha


3.84/5  rDev -2%

Aroma: green or very light roast coffee, sweet caramel, no dms, no diacetyl, nice.

Appearance: black with mahagony highlights. Tan head with large bubbles.

Taste: coffee not as prominent as the aroma and is more apparent in the finish as bitterness. Chocolate and a little bit of burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel: slightly thiner than expected. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: solid coffee stout, I was expecting more body which maybe I shouldn't have. You can drink a couple of these in a row. As usual a solid bells beer.

02-12-2014 00:21:46 | More by PPOmaha
Photo of badbeer


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours out very dark, with a nice tan head leaving a good lacing and plenty of head stays on top. The name says it all, this one definately smells rich of coffee. If you don't care for coffee, it might be too strong, but to me it smells awesome. Taste starts with a bit of coffee, and then some sort of green flavor comes in, not strong, but I can only seem to describe it as fresh vegetables straight from the garden, then the taste shifts back into a bitter chocolate flavor before joining back up with the coffee for a choco-coffee finish. Med-high carbonation, thin little bubbles bounce around on the tongue, light bodied and pretty dry. Mouthfeel doesn't say Double Stout, says more Irish Dry Stout to me. I imagine this would be nice just about any time during the day, breakfast would fit in well with this, but it becomes a bit cloying by the end, one bottle would be enough. Definately worthy of a try and I could see myself having more, but probably wouldn't break my regular lineup.

07-09-2006 04:16:37 | More by badbeer
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Looks beyond dark with a milky dark chocolate head. You can catch slight bits of red light sneak through only right at the edges if you move the glass around in the light. Aroma brings a fistful of thick ultra roasted coffee beans. Its bitter, dark, robust, and pointy with some cocoa and sliiight vanilla under there. Nice aroma though the roasted smell might be clouding some other more subtle mouthwatering scents. Taste matches real well with some added dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee bite. Very nice. Intense flavors and certainly entertaining. If you don't like strong coffee you probably will find this over the top. Texture is grainy but slick. Nice light velvety smoothness in there too. The carbonation mixes with the burnt roasted coffee bite and adds sharpness. This is certainly drinkable but its intensity is forcing me to take it easy.

Great for a first drink after sleeping in real late on a lazy day.

12-10-2007 00:13:33 | More by tastybeer
Photo of beertooth


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz mug.
Re-review from deleted review.

This beer is a dark almost black brown with deep roasted chestnut high lights. There's a finger of mocha colored head that's fading into a thin collar. It's leaving frost like lacing.

The nose is black roasted coffee beans, a little baker's chocolate, and burnt malts.

The first gulp follows the nose very closely. It is loaded with coffee, baker's chocolate, dark grain. There's a slight sweetness in front and a strong coffee bitterness in the back end. It's a huge coffee bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium to low carbonation.

One of the better coffee beers out there even though it's not as complex as some others. I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

10-31-2009 14:37:23 | More by beertooth
Photo of 33nickadams


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

This one is opaque and almost completely black, tan head at the corners of the glass. Smells of chocolate and strong java coffee. The smell reminds me of coffee from Starbucks. Tastes of strong coffee, some chocolate, some sweetness, followed by a strong bitter coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Nicely carbonated. I love having coffee stouts on brew day! Although very nicely done, I prefer FBS.

12-19-2011 15:32:05 | More by 33nickadams
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