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

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2,411 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,411
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 129
Gots: 171 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-20-2013 11:09:24 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

10-23-2012 02:32:25 | More by damngoode
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass. The label is goofy funny but cool looking - no freshness or bottle date. Pours deep jet black with a nice 2 finger tan coffee frothy head up top. Lacing sticks mildly as consumed.

Smells dark chocolate & some more dark chocolate. Coffee really plays in the background on this one. Dark chocolately goodness reminds me of those fancy wrapped overpriced chocolate candies.

Taste starts off coffee silky smooth then dark chocolate once again on the back of the tongue & aftertaste. Medium body with good carbonation matches well for the concept of this stout.

Bought a 6pack of this for $13. For a good tasty stout it is well worth the price. Should I expect anything less from Bell's? I think not.

Overall, solid stout but not mind blowing. I let this one warm up thinking I may pull more flavor characteristics, but it remains the same - dark chocolate dominant. Not much complexity, just a really good tasting stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 21:54:58 | More by hoptualBrew
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4/5  rDev +2%

01-21-2013 02:24:00 | More by ber12
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a robust mocha head over a solid black body. Aromas of espresso and roasted malts. Rich flavors of chocolate, espresso and dark vinous fruit backed by a substantial sweetness. A moderate bitterness adds balances to the show. Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, almost bordering on slick. Drying finish.

A flavorful and bold blend of roasted goodness. Keeping with the stylings of the Bell’s stout clan, there is a substantial sweetness, but I find it blends well with the heap o’ roastedness. A substantial brew

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 23:05:47 | More by Shovelbum
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4/5  rDev +2%

01-16-2012 17:14:59 | More by laymansbeerfan
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2011 15:38:28 | More by WillyMac
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

10-18-2013 01:32:44 | More by bhawk1
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Total Wines in Fort Myers, FL. Batch code 8315.

A: Pours a very nice looking dark dark brown/black (really only brown at the edges) with a couple of fingers of chocolately mocha colored head that laces the glass as it settles down to a light film of bubbles.

S: Seriously this smells awesome. Scents of chocolate, fresh black coffee, almost like a mocha or latte from Starbucks, roasted malts, slight vanilla

T: A little more roasty bitterness comes out in the flavor, but not to the point where it overwhelms like a lot of imperial stouts do. The flavor is tasty, but not as complex as the smell was leading me to believe it would be. Tastes like mellow roasted malts, chocolate, fresh black coffee with a slight bit of sweetness. The more I drink the more I pick up a tiny amount of dark fruitish characteristics in there.

M: Surprisingly creamy, thick feeling and full bodied since the pour and appearance looks somewhat thin. The actual liquid itself is thinner than I'd prefer in a RIS, but I think the carbonation is spot on which compensates and brings out the creaminess in the mouthfeel.

D: Really liking this beer. It's not a BIG imperial stout, but if you were looking for more of a session imperial stout, I think this would be pretty darn spot on. The flavor is really tasty, there's no alcohol picked up, it's thin enough to drink a lot of, but thick enough to coat your mouth. I will definitely pick some more of this up just to have around if I see it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 02:03:14 | More by dukedevil0
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-11-2014 06:36:38 | More by Matt_Ortiz
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New Jersey

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

Pours a deep black, opaque with a rocky, tan head.

Aromas of coffee, brown sugar and roasted malt dominate. Also a hint of whiskey-ish alcohol.

Tastes of coffee, toasty, roasty malts. Chocolate, nutty with a German chocolate cake-like flavor to it. Very rich.

Full bodied with a creamy but slightly oily mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 05:47:00 | More by BillyB
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-06-2012 05:02:44 | More by rtaps
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4/5  rDev +2%

09-02-2013 16:20:07 | More by mookihouse
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-16-2011 09:04:32 | More by RichBeer
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-07-2011 06:55:12 | More by xxcarpxx
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-08-2012 14:48:48 | More by JayKay412
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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am a huge fan of coffee stouts, especially big ones, so I was excited to see this at Total Wine and Beer in Midlothian.

My excitement grew as I poured a thick, jet black brew with a huge tan head. Kind of looked like the Southern Tier Jah-Vaa that everyone loves. Unfortunately, the taste did not live up to my expectations. Coffee/espresso flavors were present, but mild. Big alcohol presence. Mild hops. Kind of tasted like burnt malts in there. It wasn't necessarily bad, it just wasn't great. However, I will say that these were pretty cheap, so compared to other great coffee stouts, this isn't a bad option at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 13:19:23 | More by Lnedrive14
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: pours dark brown. sits black with a tiny brown rim and creamy light brown head

Smell: solid, but not overpowering, roast/coffee aroma with a little bit of chocolate

Taste: mellow roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate. light bitterness throughout and lingers well after finish. light alcohol presence throughout

Mouthfeel: medium-full body with medium carbonation

Notes: good coffee stout. not my favorite and certainly not as good as it was last year if i remember right and my taste hasnt changed too much. seems like they spared some expense on the ingredients. flavor came up a little short just like some of their recent stuff

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:59:57 | More by Frosty80
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-30-2013 20:08:43 | More by TigerOwl
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-14-2014 03:05:53 | More by EinFesteBurg
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A- Dark, dark brown, not quite black, but it's almost there. A 1/2'' tan head that quickly fades. Some moderate lacing left.

S- Big coffee, roasted malts, more coffee, and some milk chocolate.

T- The nose is right on here. Maybe a little more on the espresso side of coffee though. The roasted malts shine through and are not overshadowed by the coffee. Hints of milk chocolate are noticeable, however, they are in the backseat.

M- Pretty smooth and creamy.

D- I could def drink a few. Will I drink it all night...no.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 04:04:21 | More by urwithdave
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-08-2012 20:53:02 | More by justinlaz
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2012 05:49:19 | More by kirbmeist
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-23-2013 20:17:18 | More by Roland45s
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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