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

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very good

2,498 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,498
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 131
Gots: 184 | FT: 9
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

NastyNate11, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Rion, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Franz4, Nov 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

nrombes, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

marley2112, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Sideswipe
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Dark brown color. No light penetrates it. A quarter inch of tan foam floats atop the beer for a moment, then dissipates leaving thin lacing. The nose is coffee and milk chocolate. Taste is big coffee up front followed by silky milk chocolate and a mildly roasty malt profile. More coffee in the finish, which is dry with a slight diactyl aftertaste. Feel is somewhat full bodied with a low but appropriate level of carbonation. A nice example of a coffee stout. Perhaps not as complex as some others, but a solid offering nonetheless. Glad I had the opportunity.

Sideswipe, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

ThirstyHrothgar, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of LukeK
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

LukeK, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of corey0212
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this from chemmie in a trade!!

Pours deep dark brown/black, nice tight tan head rises and fades to a thin ring around the beer, not much lacing at all. Absolutely massive coffee aroma on this, like sticking your nose into a sack of freshly roasted coffee beans. Taste delivers with the coffee! Big, bold, and burnt coffee taste, a touch of cocoa in the mix too. Love the mouthfeel on this, creamy, and a quick swish turns this into a frothy coffee milkshake. This is one kick-ass coffee stout! Love this...

corey0212, Jul 31, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

danoble1, Apr 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

buddha5050, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +2%

OhioBobcat, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of rebel1771
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with almost no head.

S: Rich aroma of dark chocolate with a large dose of roasted coffee.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells, dark chocolate with an espresso bite with a semisweet finish.

D: I was afraid this beer was going to be so overdone that it would be nearly undrinkable, gladly I was wrong. Very tasty brew that is pretty easy on the palate.

rebel1771, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of terrabyte
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a large brown head.

The aroma is a deep, dark, earthy coffee. I read a review here that said it was like coffee without sugar or cream. Sorry, but I drink my coffee black, and this is much deeper than that. Coffee dipped in coffin juice, yea. If there's chocolate involved in the aroma, it's just as dark, and takes a back seat.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Dark, earthy, and natural coffee bitterness. I hate cold coffee, but put it into beer format and I love it. The beer also has some nice contrasting flavors. Low, earthy coffee flavors contrast with a high pitch bitterness that works all the way through the aftertaste.

Mouthful is medium-bodied. Balances nice with the heavy flavors. The aftertaste almost ends a bit cloying.

Drinkability can be an adventure. But a fun adventure. Heavy & intense cofee flavors without much sweetness is not for the meak. It will grow hair on your chest. I really enjoyed it. Not sure how many I could drink, but I'd have it during any breakfast!

terrabyte, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of chilly460
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Shiny black body but with definite rootbeer colored highlights, not opaque blackness like some RIS. The head is a fluffy tan, great retention.

S: Great, plain and simple. It literally smells like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. Not complex, but so overwhelmingly "good" that I'm sold.

T: The coffee is definitely the first flavor present, but this is still a beer. The flavor is deep and rich, but not over-roasted. Some sweetness from the malts on the tail end. Well balanced between its rich coffee flavor and malt sweetness.

M: Great slippery mouthfeel, velvety.

O: A very nice beer, not sure that it fits in with the larger RIS, but standing on it's own as a stout I really like it. Not complex, but flavors are rich enough to make up for it.

chilly460, Dec 19, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, revealing fluid black body with a tall and thick beige head. Solid lacing. Very pretty. Smells essentially like burnt coffee grounds with a little woodiness. For a coffee stout, it's ok.

Tastes sweet, but with an assertive burnt coffee flavor reminiscent of an Italian brew with grounds in. Not as balanced as I'd like and maybe something that would mellow out with a little age, but it has potential. Medium-bodied with a big astringency-dryness in the mouthfeel. Serious bitterness at the end. More sippable than drinkable, even for a coffee lover.

Overall, this one is not bad. I have had more well-rounded coffee stouts than this, but it'll do in a pinch.

abuliarose, Mar 08, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour. A thick 1" beige head is gone before you know it. Faint coffee aroma, more about burnt sugar and...band aids? Bleh. Taste is ye olde soy sauce stout with a touch of coffee maybe. Not in your face coffee taste like Speedway, more of a "it says java on the label, so I must be tasting coffee" taste. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is thin. Alcohol is a bit more noticeable than it should be. Not going back to this one.

Onibubba, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Spica66
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Very dark, almost black. Excellent head creation and retention. Some slight lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Coffee, caramel malt. Very easy on the nose.

T: Tastes like it smells. Coffee and caramel. A little sharpness from hops is present as well.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Slides without being sticky, carbonation in the right amount. Very balanced.

D: Extremely well balanced beer makes this one of my favorite breakfast beers.

Spica66, Jul 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

Matthew1788, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pours a pitch black heavy looking liquid with coarse finger of mocha head clinging to the snifter. the aroma is a coffee explosion, burnt chocolate, roasted coffee beans, tobacco leaves and a hint of sweetness. the taste is of bold guatemalan coffee bean, a light hop presence, a very bitter, dark, charred chocolate taste finishes up. not a lot of alcohol presence and the body is less filling than what meets the eye but medium to full, overly carbonated which creates a smoothness equivalent to the back of a fat chicks legs, rocky.... like.... mogul. just not very smooth perhaps age could round some things out and calm the coffee down. this beer is not very good and bells continues to disappoint :( thanks for nothin D! ill crush FBS

JayAre46, Nov 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ygolordned, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Armando_Perez, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of montageman
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like black coffee when poured - the head is dark tan, reminiscent of the crema on a nice shot of espresso. The smell of coffee is immediate once the bottle is opened and even more so after the pour. The taste is sweet dark chocolate with a nice, bitter coffee/hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is thinner than many stouts I've had - it's kind of like a mildly carbonated coffee drink.

Very nice stout. Rich but not incredibly heavy. Quite drinkable.

montageman, Feb 09, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2%

DaveONan, Feb 21, 2012
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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