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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,837 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 279 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001

Java Stout uses a custom blend of coffee beans, roasted locally for us by Water Street Coffee Joint, to generate its intense flavor. Possessing an unmistakable aromatic punch, Java Stout has long been one of our most popular stouts.
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black body, but pours thin with an initially thick tan head rising to at least two finger's length.

Smell: Hardcore coffee and cream, also might I note before even tasting it it feels like it has cocoa automatically in it.

Taste: Strong mocha coffee feel, almost like a liquid dessert... not bitter at all in the realm of some other coffee stouts that I have had. Deep sugars and sweet molasses.

Mouth: Smooth and sticky, more like a syrup. Carbonation is medium at best...you would think it would be higher considering how thick the head as but let's not assume.

Overall: Good brew, and better served with dessert than dinner or better yet make this 12 oz. your dessert. Salud!

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black-brown, opaque, very little head, slight traces of lace.

S - Fairly quiet. What is there is roasted malt, in the form of toast (on the dark side), and a bit of ash. Coffee is way back in the mix...

T - ...until you get to the taste, where it is dialed forward. The coffee here is straight-ahead back, with a strong bitter bite. The malt softens things. By the close, the coffee drops back and you get hints of toast again.

M - Fairly thin for a stout, but very easy to tip back, with a soft close.

O - This is a stout made to drink, easy on the tongue, but not one to study. The elements are clear and present, and yep, coffee is at its core. Good. Very good.

Photo of hopspiller
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- 12oz. bottled on 16-Oct-14
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 25-Feb-15

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bigdoc91
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmeGT
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had one of the best smells of any stout I've smelled. Unfortunately, the taste fell short. Tasted very thin.

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tedvr
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a medium creamy head that lingers. Has a nice malt and coffee smell. Tastes of coffee with a little burnt chocolate in the background. Mildly carbonated but very well balanced. Overall, a nice stout that has a coffee lean to it, but is balanced.

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cokken
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShanePB
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Alucard1057
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ardeer
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DDiFran
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong coffee balanced by smooth chocolate. Tastes better at room temp.

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

Served in a pint glass. Bottled on 10/17/14.

Pours a dark brown almost black with a fizzy cinnamon colored head that leaves some nice lacing. Aromas of dark roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, and bakers chocolate. Tastes of smooth dark coffee throughout intermingled with roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium in body and not overly bitter.

A pretty good straight forward coffee stout. Nothing overly complex here. A bit pricey for a sixer. Glad I was able to pick up one bottle to try. If you like black coffee give this one a try...

Photo of robert2189
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice hints of coffee aroma

Photo of ribby
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very deep red color, but not completely black. Pours with very little head. (Bottled in Oct 2014.) aroma is malt and coffee.

The taste is really quite subtle for such a stout. The roasted/coffee flavor lasts a long time on the finish. Not sweet at all, but i have a hard time attributing that to hops, or to coffee, or to overroasted malt. Overall a very good stout, not sure it earns the elite stout price.

Photo of Cluker
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ramrod666
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JKV96
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This pours a solid black with a cocoa colored cap of foam
The aroma is coffee and roasty, with a definite coffee character. The flavor has a touch of the coffee astringency with a big shot of coffee taste. Sharp and bitter on the finish, with a thinner yet distinct body. I feel like this is a wake up call in a bottle.

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Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,837 ratings.