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

Bell's Java StoutBell's Java Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,261 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2261
Reviews: 1041
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


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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EvoRich

Pennsylvania

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
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itsscience

Florida

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost pitch black with a tiny bit of red around the edges and half a finger of khaki head. The nose is a bouquet of coffee shop aromas including coffee beans, vanilla, chocolate, cream, and roasted grains and malts. Coffee comes through big on the taste with a bitterness that is attenuated by a sweetness from unfermented sugars. I also get some milk chocolate and a nutty character. Feels nice and creamy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 05:24:05 | More by itsscience
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BeerEngineer

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

General: I got this in a bottle trade with a friend a while back. It has been relaxing in the fridge for a couple of weeks now. I poured this into a bottle logic lab glass for the tasting.

Appearance: Great dark black color with a tan to light brown head. the head is fairly persistent and has great lacing.

Aroma: big coffee aroma but there are nuances in here like chocolate and vanilla that are really nice. Great malty aroma too

Mouthfeel: The body on this beer is thick and creamy. There is a drying bitterness to this beer also that's really nice. The carbonation is moderate to moderately high.

Taste: Flavor lets me down a little bit. It's not a nice smooth coffee and malt flavor, there is a strange bitter twinge to it, most likely from the coffee. It's good, but not one of my favorite chocolate stouts.

Overall: This is a good stout for breakfast on a brew day or on a golf course. It's not something to grab every day. There are better coffee stouts out there, this one is just OK.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 05:26:29 | More by BeerEngineer
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TheSixthRing

California

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with some cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head maxes out at a finger's width and shows good retention before dying to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Very little in the way of lacing, but what's there is spotty

Smell - Prominent coffee aroma complimented by a light cocoa note, giving life to a mocha-like scent.

Taste - Kicks in with a notable but not overwhelming roast coffee flavor, followed quickly by some milk chocolate creaminess and faint caramel. Finish teeters on the balance of roast and cream.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and creamy as hell. Light carbonation that gives it just enough life. Goes down stupid smooth. I could chug this if it weren't so darn savory... and my only bottle!

Overall - Delicious coffee stout. Quite reminiscent of the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. I'd buy it if it were available in California, but wouldn't trade for it again, if only because it tastes so close to the aforementioned brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:38:32 | More by TheSixthRing
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

After rating the first two components, I had high expectations for the rest of the beer. Unfortunately, the taste and feel didn't rise to the richness of the look and smell.

A: black with tan foamy head that clinched to the edge of the glass
S: the smell is the classic and lovely smell of chocolate and coffee, the former slightly more prevalent than the first. There is also a smokiness that adds cigarette notes to complete the old coffeehouse imagery; this smell becomes more prevalent as the beer warms
T/M: unfortunately, the taste misses the richness, being more a stringently bitter and less rich than expected. The tobacco notes are stronger in the taste, and not as smokey. However, I don't think the taste itself is far off, but I was hoping for more body in the feel. The beer feels a bit light on the tongue, although the tobacco and bitter coffee tastes do cling to the mouth in a mildly oily way.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 15:32:00 | More by cjgiant
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pitch black body allows absolutely no light to pierce its walls. Light brown head fades to a ring rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing behind.

Aroma:
Exactly what you'd expect from a beer called "Java Stout." Bold, dark roasted coffee. A hint of malt and nuttiness, but the aroma is dominated by fragrant coffee.

Taste:
Not to sound like a broken record here, BUT... this is exactly what you should expect (and get) from a beer with the word "Java" in its name. Fresh brewed, BOLD coffee. It's bitter, but not out of place for the style. A ight sweetness can be found on the tail-end. Dates can also be found as it warms. It's a bit boozy, but does not spoil the fun. If you are sipping slowly (and you should be), you get a pleasant, coffee-laden aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
For a stout, I found the body to be a bit disappointing. The medium body is a bit on the watery side and it's far from the smoothest stout out there. Carbonation is next to impossible to detect. Finish is a bit chewy and walks a fine line between dry and semi-sweet.

Overall:
Another fantastic beer from the gang at Bell's Brewery! Puts most other coffee-infused beers to shame. Easy to drink (and enjoy). The price-tag might be a bit of a turnoff for some, but I promise that if you like coffee and beer (and you do), this is definitely worth making it rain in the checkout line.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 00:50:25 | More by alphagnome
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Emnmarko

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/10/12 enjoyed 3/6/14

A- Black and clear. Very dark. Light hardly penetrates but leaves a red hue when it does. Tons of sediment swirl around the glass when agitated. A caramel colored one finger head leaves a light cap. lacing is abundant.

S- Roasted malts with a hop bitterness. Coffee behind.

T- Well the taste of this brew is it's best attribute. Bittersweet malt/hop feel with a coffee backbone. Good not wonderful. A little hollow. Also nutty.

M- Med-heavy bodied. Creamy and smooth. This brews new best attribute.

O- The further along I go the more I like it. Possibly due to temp but I allowed it to warm up a bit from the breezeway. This is good but in direct comparison to Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout it is a close second. Sure don't hate it!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:37:18 | More by Emnmarko
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark black with a two-finger tan head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted coffee and sweet roasted malts.

T - Follows the smell. Dark roasted coffee upfront followed by sweet roasted malts. Finish has a strong burnt wood flavor.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

O - Nice coffee forward stout. For a stout this is a very easy drinker. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:05:46 | More by TreyIsWilson
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BeerDazed

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into Snifter.

Very dark appearance. Pitch dark in a glass comes to mind.

Nice head, with some decent lacing.

Allowed to warm up a bit to let all of the flavors, and smells, come out.

Definite coffee overtones in smell and taste. Medium to full bodied, w/ hints of chocolate as well.

I also had this beer at the Great Taste of the Midwest, served on-tap directly from the peeps at Bell's. I don't know if it was because of the atmosphere, on-tap, or the first time trying it, but it was better from the 'fest. Probably all beers taste just a little better at a fest.

Love Bell's. Keep up the fantastic work.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 05:13:48 | More by BeerDazed
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scratch69

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with a finger and a half worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Coffee aroma with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste- Fresh coffee flavor with some dark roasted malt flavor. It also has the tiniest hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth. An average amount of carbonation that is perfect for this style.

Overall- Delicious. One of the best coffee stouts that I've had. Easy drinking with an excellent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:42:08 | More by scratch69
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PPOmaha

Nebraska

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:21:46 | More by PPOmaha
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Morakaton

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type : Bottle purchased at $2.49/single poured gently into a snifter. Chilled, then served at room temperature. Bottle date was 9/23/13, A class from Bell's (best within 6 months).

Ah, the coffee stout, a beer type almost as polarizing to newbies as the IPA because of it's pungent flavors that some people find overbearingly intense. I've had some pretty decent coffee stouts/porters (Big Sky's Coffee Porter), some great (Founder's Breakfast Stout), and some not so good (Arbor Brewing Espresso Love, Atwater Vanilla Java Porter. I find it hard to deal with this genre of beer because brewers seem to have a hard time finding that great balance between roasty coffee, bittering hops, and other residual flavors without making the whole thing a watery mess or overbearingly coffee.

Fortunately, Bell's Java Stout found it's way to me, and it most definitely ranks higher up on the list of good coffee stouts, not quite Breakfast Stout tier but definitely it's own unique thing.

For starters, it pours a beautiful jet black, with a slow pour it developed a mild head that sustained for a few minutes before dissipating into a ring. The nose was heavy roast, with substantial coffee beans dominating the aroma.

As I sipped it, I noticed the stout was a tad bit thick. The coffee beans hit the palate up front, with lingering hints of cocoa and malt residing in the background. As this bottle was still in the relative freshness date, the coffee was very strong the way these stouts are intended at release, but the balance here is struck almost perfectly. At no point did I think I was drinking a cup of cold coffee like so many of the failure breweries close to home have produced, instead I was constantly reminded of the other flavors smacking my taste buds as I made each sip, this is indeed a really well done stout. I'm actually quite curious as to what a year would do to this beer, probably toning down the coffee in favor of the chocolate like in breakfast stout, though this being only a single stout opposed to FBS being a double makes me worried.

Overall, very pleased by this, and another example of a great stout done by Bell's, who has yet to disappoint me in that category (though I have yet to try the cherry stout). At a decently high 7.5% ABV, the alcohol burn is non-existant, making this one hell of a fun ride for both coffee stout newbies and veterans who are looking for an easy to drink one. Only real complaint is it's expensive at roughly $14.99 a 6 pack, the value compared to Founder's Breakfast Stout isn't quite as great. Still a highly interesting beer though!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:08:02 | More by Morakaton
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Doerrijustmether

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour. Pitch blach with 3 fingers of dark khaki head. Smell of roasted espresso, roasted hops and maybe a twinge of bittersweet chocolate, coffee definitely the overwhelming component. Good body, smooth finish. Taste, like the smell is overwhelming coffee, maybe a finish of anise with lite chocolate tones.

Overall this is a very good stout. If you like coffee stouts, this is a very good one. 7.5 abv but doest drink like it. Very smooth, before I know it, the glass is empty. Will defiantly drink again. The only real critique I have is maybe too much coffee, but what do you expect from -java stout- . Bell never seems to dissapoint. Michigan knows how to deliver stouts and porters.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 04:32:38 | More by Doerrijustmether
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dogfishandi

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "PKGD 10/24/13" (~3 months old)

Pours opaque black, nearly viscous. About a 1/4 inch of light Brian colored head, fairly creamy, average retention. Spotty lace with a little bit of legs after a swirl.

Really nice coffee aroma. Combination of a raw fresh bean and maybe some cold brewed or iced coffee aroma. I'm sure there's some roast and chocolate supporting that wonderful coffee aroma but coffee is your main player here.

Coffee is definatly in the taste, but I get a bit less of that actual coffee bean flavor I found in the aroma and have come to love, still there, but more of an iced coffee, iced mocha flavor.

Just a touch watery at times. Almost imperial stout like, but it probably could have benefitted more if it was brewed as an actual imperial stout. Really drinkable.

This is a rather an exceptional coffee beer, one of the better ones available. I'd probably buy it again, but I might think twice considering the 17$ a 6 pack price. This super fresh...I'm imagining a 4.75...

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:27:33 | More by dogfishandi
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TheosTheories

Florida

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/19/13

A- black with some red highlights, nice one finger of tan head

S- roasted malt, fresh roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate

T- nice fresh coffee, with some roasted malt sweetness that leads into a sweet chocolate then finishes off with a slight citrus hop taste on the back end but then leaves your mouth with that nice roasted coffee again.

M- surprisingly, a nice medium body on this one, perfect carbernation, coats the mouth very nicely and leaves your palate pretty fresh, ready for the next sip

O- overall a very very good coffee stout. I love coffee stouts and this one is a perfect example of what one should taste like. Nice coffee taste that isn't over powering but is definitely there, nice sweetness, perfect mouthfeel, 7.5% that I have no idea where they put, I can drink a few of these bad boys. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 03:19:45 | More by TheosTheories
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AUGRAD06

Alabama

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well the label of this beer pretty much says it all. Java, java, java!!! If you like coffee flavored stouts, this is the beer for you. It pours smooth and dark with very little foam, which is a nice deep brown. It smells like drinking a beer in a coffee bar and tastes like a nice chilled cup of dark roast coffee. It leaves your pallet clean without a bitter aftertaste and leaves you wanting for more. A great coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:18:17 | More by AUGRAD06
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fmccormi

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a stubby, stemmed tulip glass; bottling date of September 19, 2013 printed in black ink in a white square near the bottom of the back label (“12333 PKGD 09/19/13 A”). So, about three and a half months old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): A solid two fingers of dark-ish tan foam come out of the pour, capping what would appear to be a nearly black, very very dark body; the head is tenacious, with a fine, whipped texture on the surface giving way slowly to fat, slowly popping bubbles that come from below. Lacing is ridiculous, with nearly a solid sheet at the top of the glass where it receded.

Smell (4.25): Ooh, lots of mocha-fudgy malt aroma mixed with some fresh coffee grounds, just a little sweet cream, cold-brewed black coffee, dark chocolate (like 70%+ cocoa), and a bit of chocolate cake. They really hit the bullseye here.

Taste (4.0): This really is a straight-ahead, well-crafted coffee stout. Cold-brewed coffee, with its full flavor and body but without the astringency of normally brewed coffee, is really the name of the game here. Black on the front, showing roasty tones but oddly with not much bitterness at all, and just a hint of smokiness; smooth and dark but silky with dark cocoa and just a little whole milk to smooth it out in the midsection; all followed by an almost citrusy, mildly bitter zing on the back end.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smoooth, smooth man. The body is on the full-side of medium-feeling, but not heavy at all—just a lot of viscosity and creaminess for a beer of this size. The carbonation, meanwhile, is outstanding: distributed evenly all around, leaving a creamy coating that foams up readily and fully, but softly, with no prickle or tingle. It finishes just a hair on the dry side, which is nice—it tempts you to keep going, and faster than you’d like.

Overall (4.25): Another example of Bell’s hitting something of a standard out of the park (kind of like Two Hearted). It’s just so easy to drink and so approachable for having such good, full, rich flavor and feel. Honestly, this is an underrated beer, without a doubt, and I will most likely be seeking this out again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:39:46 | More by fmccormi
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Redemption review in 2014. My first bottle on 05-24-2010 was infected during that short span of Bell's QC issues.

A- Black body into a large chalice with a small light mocha head. Head is never more than a finger tall and has lackluster retention, maybe the coffee oils or something. Small ring leaves only a few spots of lace.

S- Close to my original review. Fresh coffee is first and foremost with a milk chocolate, roasty malt backbone. Seems fresh.

T- Again, medium to dark roast coffee is mixed maybe in a slight majority over the roasted malt base. Grains bring some burnt cereal, chocolate and fresh cracked malt flavors.

MF- Moderately thick body with a nice rich creaminess overall. Carbonation at a medium high level and it accentuates the roast flavors nicely. Finishes with roast coffee lingering on the palate.

Definitely not infected and significantly better than the first time I had it. If you like coffee this is for you and if you don't you probably should stay away. Malt base supports the roast beans well.

OLD REVIEW: Reviewed from notes. 4 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5

A- Pitch black with a one finger beige head that has a very nice, creamy texture. Retention is pretty good and the beer has very sticky suds. A moderate coat of fine lace is left on the glass and a cloud stays atop the beer throughout drinking it.

S- Good strength freshly roasted coffee. Some caramel notes come along with the roast malt. Simple but nice.

T- Right away I notice a fairly strong acidic/sour taste. The roast coffee is nice. The sour flavor is lemony and probably not supposed to be there, it does not ruin the beer but weakens what would be a great coffee flavor. Roast malt and slight caramel make their presence known but the sour keeps throwing it all off.

MF- Slightly creamy moderate body. It becomes a bit watery later on but retains enough creaminess to keep it from being distracting. Moderate carbonation hits the palate that is coated by sour roast coffee.

DB- Not sure if this bottle is too old or the batch is messed up. The sour isn't mentioned by many others which makes me determined to find more and taste it again. A very nice coffee aspect, probably only for coffee lovers because of it's strength. Will try again because my faith in Bell's and my love for coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:19:47 | More by cbutova
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socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour with a mocha colored foam. Minimal lacing rings the glass.

S - Strong notes of roasted malt, cocoa powder, and toffee. There is a smell of breakfast blend coffee as it warmed.

T - Rich malty beer that has a slightly bitter finish of coffee. There is a little smoke I got from this as well.

M - Smooth stout that feels lighter than its ABV. Coffee flavor gives this a mellow finish. Very easy to open a second of this.

O - A solid coffee stout that is easy to drink. Really looking forward to Bell's coming to Long Island.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:01:38 | More by socon67
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'13 12oz into a CS snifter.

A- Dark roasty stout. Small amount of head with pretty good retention. Thin lacing around the glass, along with random thin bunches of head.

S- Probably the best part of this beer. Roasty coffee forward. Burnt chocolate, oak etc with burnt stuff.

T- Way less coffee from the T as with the S. I get more thin stout characteristics out of the taste. Watery and such.

M- Some carb follows down the throat. Very thin.

O- It's pretty good, but I have been drinking nothing but top notch RIS lately. I am not trying to be a smartass, but it is hard to evaluate

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:30:25 | More by gueuzedreg
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mc4z

California

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a pitch black color with a good head and nice lacing. The nose is pure coffee grounds, love it. The taste is also strong on the coffee, almost too much so. I love strong coffee so I enjoy the flavor, but I would prefer it be balanced with something else. The mouthfeel is thick with a lingering coffee bitterness. Overall a good coffee beer that I'd like to see with some additional flavors, like chocolate, smoked malt, or barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:46:03 | More by mc4z
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black body, looks smooth. Barely any head, even with a rough pour- what does appear around the edges is khaki-colored. Artwork is kinda goofy and barren, but clean.

S: Unsweetened coffee, dark malts. A little weak considering the (expected) heavy palate.

T: Coffee, dark malts. Very bitter, coffee beans play such a strong role that it gives off a near highly-acidic taste. It's up to you if that's a good thing.

M: Smooth with enough prickly carbonation to remain in the imperial stout classification.

O: Heavy and bitter, but almost watered down at the same time. Nevertheless, it is enjoyable, and a great substitute for your morning coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 06:39:34 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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Kendo

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The six-pack was over $17 at Olivers in Albany. I justified paying that only because I split the sixer with a friend - his half being part of his Christmas gift. Otherwise I would've let this sit. Bottled on 10/24/13, consumed on 12/24/13 - just 2 hours before Christmas. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black, appears thick and syrupy at first, but a late-blooming head settles on top - nearly 2 fingers' worth of light chocolate brown foam, which leaves behind thick sheets of lace.

S: Coffee. Burnt coffee. Roasted coffee. Did I mention coffee?

T: Like the nose, it's big on the coffee. Also some chocolatey malt underneath, but it's hard to find under all that coffee. Finishes with a modest char/charcoal burnt ashiness. Lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Nice creaminess to the feel; call it medium to full-bodied in heft.

O: Too much coffee for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:16:37 | More by Kendo
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a low ball glass. Pkgd. 08/29/13

A: Pours a deep dark brown to black body with a 1/2 finger of a dark tan head. No real lacing.

S: Espresso, bakers chocolate, roasted malts, leather.

T/M: Exactly like the smell. Tons of espresso! Bittersweet chocolate, some deep roasted malts. Almost too much coffee. A nice full mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation. Would like a little more sweetness to offset the bitter coffee

O: A terrific stout that does not disappoint with the coffee flavor! A little too much bitter coffee and not enough roasted malts for me, however still a good representation of a coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:45:55 | More by jhartley
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Lordquackingstic

New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Obsidian black with a finger's mocha colored head. Decent lacing.

S: Hot chocolate, espresso, chocolate malted milk balls.

T: Sweet coffee tinged with milk chocolate, roasty malts, brown sugar, molasses.

M: Thick and full. Low carbonation. Lingering espresso aftertaste.

O: This is definitely a sipper. It's a tad too sweet for me, as I tend to like bitter coffee stouts, but it's still pretty awesome. This is definitely for those whole prefer sweeter coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 21:51:26 | More by Lordquackingstic
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Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,261 ratings.