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

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2,838 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,838
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 280 | 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 twkirkby
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of humuloner22
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Bell's don't get me wrong. I have passed on this one for several rounds now. But I have begun to appreciate the coffee stout this year so I figure now would be the best time to evaluate this beer.

Look: Pretty much your standard stout. Very dark, very little if any light penetration and a mellow layer of head lingering over the top of the beer.

Smell: Coffee hits you immediately, more of a coffee grounds aroma than a fresh brew aroma. Some malts but pretty much a one hit note here.

Taste: Coffee, bland not much else going on really.

Overall: For the price this is not that good. If this beer was about the same is Two Hearted then I would consider it a better option. But, considering other breweries are putting out better beer in the same category for less money then this beer doesn't get the rating from me. I think price is what kills this one most of all, otherwise its an alright beer.

Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Joe for the Bells hookup. Batch 9375.

The beer pours black with a dark tan head. It never foams up much despite a straight down the middle pour, and only amounts to a lace on the sides with a tiny bit of island forming foam on top. Good lacing.

The aroma contains some fresh coffee as well as vanilla ice cream and chocolate, all with solid intensity. The flavor follows with chocolate and roast flavors up front with a solid finish of coffee roast bitterness. The coffee flavor is solid but I'd like more chocolaty sweetness. Even though the mouthfeel is heavy up front, it finishes quite dry like a classic stout. A little high on the carbonation. Again, it could use a more full feeling.

This was an enjoyable stout. It's not my favorite as far as coffee beers go, but I thought it was solid. Good drinkability, but not great. I would pour another if I had it.

Photo of mklinger
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Looks like a nice, typical stout. Not such a durable head as you might hope but a fine looking stout anyway.

Aroma was full of coffee -- just rich & full of coffee aroma. I've had a bunch of coffee stouts but this one smells like I just stuck my face into a freshly roasted bag of beans -- fresh, not brewed beans.

Taste is overwhelmingly of fresh coffee beans. Where this was a big plus for the aroma, the degree to which it overwhelms all else is a bit of a minus here. It is really a great coffee flavor, though -- better than any other I've had.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin I thought. Drinkability was fine but not awesome. The strength of the coffee character was a bit too much.

Photo of plinythederek
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jaluria
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a trade and was excited to try it.

Poured as dark as the night with a mocha colored head that was thick and left behind rings of lacing. The high viscosity of the beer was apparent as soon as I poured it; very appealing. Big bold bubbles were scattered about the surface giving it a frothy look. Aromas of slow roasted coffee, brown sugar, fresh bread, and malt seemed evident. The taste was dominated by expresso-like flavors with bitter coffee dominating the initial and end of each sip. In between was a creamy and slighly chewy blast of sweetness. Great depth and flavors; like having a beer and coffee at the same time, but in a good way. Over time, the sweetness became more dominant and near the end of my pint, it was too rich to fully enjoy. I wouldn't be able to have more than an pint or two of this so the drinkability takes a hit.

Photo of DCdevyl78
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of battlekow
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Bell's Java Stout and Expedition Stout together, brother vs. brother. May the manliest man win.

The Java Stout is as badass black as the Expedition, but it has a substantial tawny head to contrast.

Smells fucking amazing. This is the best-smelling beer I've ever had. It smells like exotic, spiced, fresh-roasted coffee, like you're standing in [Trendy East Side Coffee Shop]. A true five.

Tastes like...coffee! Really good, but not quite on the same transcendent level as the nose.

Mouthfeel is creamy and awesome.

Wow. I love this beer.

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BradleyR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of fishmich
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks great. A gigantic head of whipped dark chocolate mousse over the top of motor-oil espresso. Thick sticky lace and excellent retention.

S: Strong roasted coffee scent with a hint of charred malt and some bittersweet baker's chocolate. Earthy and deep. Harsher than a standard RIS nose, but not quite as explosive and lush.

T&M: Loads of over-roasted coffee, a twinge of coffee malt, and a finish that showcases a high dose of burnt black malt--an earthy, almost ashy like flavor. It's close to being over-the-top, but the line isn't crossed. Body is silky and big-ish. A smooth stout.

D: Maybe 2 or 3 tops, but the abv and body are very coffee-freak friendly. An excellent coffee stout (one of many).

Photo of Brian700
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of coffee so this one was right up my alley.
It pours a deliciously dark glass with a toasty tan head. The aroma is basically a strong coffee aroma with some chocolate. The flavor follows suit with the Coffee flavor prevailing over all. Chocolately as well. It has a mild bitterness from either the hops or coffee. Creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation. It has a rich finish. I liked it a lot.

Photo of Dreamer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HoneyLamb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mater
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jmbot4371
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Arborescence
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black. Pours a massive, dense & creamy head with a hint of brown.

Aroma: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, malt. Little bit of hoppy bitterness too.

Taste: Bitter coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and burnt toast. Robust and strong, but surprisingly smooth. Some bitterness in the aftertaste, but it's mixed with chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, medium to full bodied.

Overall: Great coffee stout, very smooth and drinkable, but has a lot of depth too. A little bit different from the usual offering with added bitterness -- good use of coffee here.

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Cath
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Erice78
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of abrand
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from batch 9375 poured into the ommegang tulip.

The pour is jet back with a creamy tan head and some sticky lacing. Nose is solely roasted coffee beans. The aroma is not very strong and is not complex in any way. Although it is a coffee stout, I would like some chocolate or malt in the nose as well. Taste has a lot of roasted characteristics in it, as well as coffee, coffee, and coffee. The taste is very good but pretty straight forward. Mouthfeel is oily and drinkability is pretty good. I could definitely sip on a few of these for a session. I was just looking for a little more complexity.

Photo of pest
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,838 ratings.