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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,423 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,423
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 130
Gots: 170 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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ltltony

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-24-2014 21:03:57 | More by ltltony
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Flight317

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-30-2014 22:58:25 | More by Flight317
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Jips

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2%

11-23-2011 18:28:07 | More by Jips
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Jeremy6566

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-14-2013 16:32:37 | More by Jeremy6566
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Xul

California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pitch black with ruby highlights on the edges when held up to the light, capped with a finger of mocha colored head that's rather quick to die down.

S: Coffee, backed by roasted malts and some bitter chocolate character. The aroma is a bit subdued, even after letting the beer warm out before opening it.

T: Predominant coffee up front, backed up by chocolate and some hints of vanilla. Balancing bitterness comes from both the coffee and chocolate, with a bit of hop character showing through. Alcohol reveals itself on the aftertaste as the beer warms but never goes beyond a subtle level.

M: Medium to just above medium carbonation, with a good creaminess. The carbonation could probably get scaled back a bit with positive effect but it doesn't detract from the beer.

D: Very drinkable, this would definitely be one that I could drink several of in a sitting if it was distributed to CA.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 06:19:06 | More by Xul
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menacho1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2014 05:46:59 | More by menacho1
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had the luxury of taking my time with this beer, having purchased a six pack of it. I tasted it on 6 different nights, and this review is from the 6th.

Appearance: This is a simply gorgeous pour. A serious black colored body with a tall, thick brown head on top. The body and head stick to the glass.

Smell: The smell reminds me more of tobacco than the coffee I was expecting from the title. The roasted malts really come forward in this beer. The bitterness seems to outweigh the sweet malty smells.

Taste: Starts of matly and sweet (cocoa) then it dries up into a dark roasted, coffee flavor. The aftertaste combines the sweet and bitter in a mocha union...mind you mocha with bitter dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and really does well to deliver the flavors in this beer.

Drinkability: While thick and deliciously complex, this is not a flavor suited for session drinking. It is also not immediately accessible and it took a while for me to aquire a taste for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 03:19:44 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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Thur123

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm picking up something like Tabasco pepper in the nose. The look is opaque brown/black with little head. The smell is kind of peppery and spicy with a robust coffee roast smell too.
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The flavor is big coffee and roasted malt flavor. The coffee flavor is strong and bitter. Hits big up front then mellows considerably into more of a porter like beer. With a high drinkability. The nose is much stronger than the flavor which is nice because the nose is huge on this one and I think too much coffee would be overpowering. All and all a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 21:33:59 | More by Thur123
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2012 23:13:17 | More by dsuedbeck
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CMUbrew

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-18-2013 04:06:37 | More by CMUbrew
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp...

Poured this one into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Dark as night on the pour with a fluffy head gets right on up there and settles after a short while. Aromas are rich with fresh dark roasted coffee mixed and mashed with rich cocao.

Taste jumps on the nose with some bold coffee and dark roasty flavors. The coffee even seems to lend a gently bitterness aside the gentle and drying hop finish. A roasty dark chocolate seems to dominate the finish on this and lingers on the palate in a oh so pleasant way. Would think that this would be a touch more creamy but it is not.

This is a great coffee stout for those who like coffee. I think they really need to be big beers to carry the coffee. A bit more alcohol in this would be welcome but it is really just fine the way it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 01:38:00 | More by gpcollen1
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark as the pitch, a lightly tanned head has impressive enough staying power. It's black like a java stout should be, and the carbonation seems fitting--it looks like another fine Bell's production. All the good Bell's we get down in the Carolinas, but only as an extra (thanks to NotCreative) do I get to enjoy this one. Looks like a Bell's Java Stout.

Really nice coffee smell punches thru the liquid. It's pleasing and soothing, just like the smell of strong coffee on an early Sunday morning. It lacks the chocolatey licorice and plummy fruit nose of other stouts, and that's good because it's a java. I'm eager to hava sip.

Absolutely solid, but a bit tamer than the look and smell might suggest. Truth be told, the beverage looks and smells like a 10+%er. The taste, a little more watered-down, is more aligned with the 7.5% identified here. I detect a hoppy balance to the coffee stout components, but not enough to think it an "American Double." The way I understand it, that means it should have a DIPA hop-edge to it. Perhaps predictably, I'd go for more hops and more coffee!

The bitter (hoppy?) coffee mouthfeel is fantastic. I figure you can't make a beer without water, but even in this top-notch, tasty beer, I'd like more of its active ingredients: coffee, hops, toasted malts, etc. I'm glad, however, that there are no fruity or otherwise sweet flavors on the feel. Like most of the Bell's I've encountered, it's exactly as advertised.

For any kind of coffee stout, it's relatively drinkable. Like real coffee, you don't want to guzzle it--and I realize that's not necessarily what drinkability means. Still, this beverage is probably better sampled with friends than poured as a single serving.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 17:37:17 | More by marvin213
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

02-01-2014 00:50:59 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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Scout11

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

03-24-2012 13:05:59 | More by Scout11
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Warlocks-Passage

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-02-2013 17:47:58 | More by Warlocks-Passage
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Matthew

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sman262 for the trade. 12 oz bottle. Pours into a pint glass a dark black with a small tannish colored head that fades immediatley.
Huge roasted coffee notes up front, wet coffee grounds dominate the nose with faint hints of dark chocolate, dark ripened fruits, and roasted grainy notes.
Lots of chocolate and dark roasted coffee and stronger espresso notes are a large portion of the flavor with a less prominent flavors including some warming alcohol and yeasty characteristics in the tail end of each sip.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
This isn't as complex as a beer as I expected based on my past experiences with Bells products. Not as much going on, but the coffee, chocolate and roasted flavors are still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 22:39:30 | More by Matthew
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juhl31

California

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

split one of dems with good old eliott. poured into a snifter.

-black like it should be, but very small head and carb bubbles. left me pretty quick without much trace around

-right off the bat...cigar. so, lots of tobacco and coffee up in it.

-from the get go, its all coffee and cigar taste. kind of like burnt coffee really. some sweetness finally comes in once it warmed up on the back end of the taste

-a bit dry, but okay on the carb aspect

-this was a good beer, but nothing i am stoked over. i wish there was some more "beer" flavors in there. the burnt coffee taste just really dominated

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 19:08:40 | More by juhl31
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BHansen214

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-04-2012 00:25:54 | More by BHansen214
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dav

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2%

12-10-2011 06:08:08 | More by dav
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phooky

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-09-2014 23:40:05 | More by phooky
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siddhartha

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-03-2012 19:29:38 | More by siddhartha
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, small head, very good lacing

S - Coffee, molasses

T - Dark chocolate, black iced coffee --> cream, molasses, licorice --> espresso & milk chocolate on the finish

M - Creamy; pretty thick for a coffee stout. Well carbonated.

D - One of the more drinkable coffee stouts I've had - not one-note and not too sweet.

Overall, I'm very happy with this beer. I enjoyed my last bottle more than I had in the past.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 01:20:43 | More by klikger
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a 25oz. snifter

Batch 9375

It pours a cola colored body with a small mocha head that dies too quickly and ends up with just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The chocolate and bitter black coffee dominate the aroma. After that initial wave there is a heavy roastiness to the beer.

The flavor is all about a heavy bitter black coffee taste. There is also a little metallic flavor as well. The roastiness and bitterness is too much for my preference, similar to a cup of Starbucks coffee, the beans are over-roasted to hell and the end product suffers because of it. There is a little residual sugar to counteract the acrid coffee but not enough.

The mouthfeel is smooth for the level of roastiness but it hampers the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 09:23:27 | More by weatherdog
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tykees88

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- coffee black, mocha colored head. great lacing throughout.

S- coffee overload. chocolate just a little bit. No essence of hops. The malts well just take a back seat to coffee. I love coffee though so it smells great.

T- Coffee and bitterness. It's tough to tell if we got the bitters from the hops or from the coffee itself. Who knows the answer Idk. There is a chocolate background doing a jig as well. It's a beer fantasy for me here. Coffee and chocolate.

M- Medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

D- I could and would drink it for breakfast lunch and dinner. Instead of my morning coffee at work just crack one of these. I love iced coffee so this cold works great. Heck it might be worth a try warm.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 04:05:25 | More by tykees88
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CooperEllis

New York

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into DFH snifter from CruisaC, thanks!

Dark dark pour with no head. Very thin bubbles, alomst dirty yellow/white as opposed to a clean tan.

A lot of coffee in the aroma, but it is not the prominent aroma, there are stronger notes of roast malt and chocolate - there is also a slight spice note, maybe cinnamon.

Taste is flat compared to the aroma. Given the other offerings from Bells, I was expecting a rich body with a coffee note, this is thinner then that with a strong coffee flavor.

It's certainly fine, and better than most, but not the quality I was expecting.

(109th)

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 18:44:04 | More by CooperEllis
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,423 ratings.