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

Bell's Java StoutBell's Java Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,267 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2267
Reviews: 1041
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


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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scratch69

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with a finger and a half worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Coffee aroma with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste- Fresh coffee flavor with some dark roasted malt flavor. It also has the tiniest hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth. An average amount of carbonation that is perfect for this style.

Overall- Delicious. One of the best coffee stouts that I've had. Easy drinking with an excellent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:42:08 | More by scratch69
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FLima

Brazil

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

Deepest black color with a thin head with low retention.
Very present and real aroma of home made coffee. Hard to tell this is actually beer.
Also, very intense flavor of roasted coffee, cocoa, licorice, caramel, cola, vanilla and earthy hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with low carbonation.
Very assertive Stout, if I had to describe with some precision with one word, it would be obviously coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 21:04:22 | More by FLima
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PPOmaha

Nebraska

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: green or very light roast coffee, sweet caramel, no dms, no diacetyl, nice.

Appearance: black with mahagony highlights. Tan head with large bubbles.

Taste: coffee not as prominent as the aroma and is more apparent in the finish as bitterness. Chocolate and a little bit of burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel: slightly thiner than expected. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: solid coffee stout, I was expecting more body which maybe I shouldn't have. You can drink a couple of these in a row. As usual a solid bells beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:21:46 | More by PPOmaha
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Morakaton

Michigan

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

Serving type : Bottle purchased at $2.49/single poured gently into a snifter. Chilled, then served at room temperature. Bottle date was 9/23/13, A class from Bell's (best within 6 months).

Ah, the coffee stout, a beer type almost as polarizing to newbies as the IPA because of it's pungent flavors that some people find overbearingly intense. I've had some pretty decent coffee stouts/porters (Big Sky's Coffee Porter), some great (Founder's Breakfast Stout), and some not so good (Arbor Brewing Espresso Love, Atwater Vanilla Java Porter. I find it hard to deal with this genre of beer because brewers seem to have a hard time finding that great balance between roasty coffee, bittering hops, and other residual flavors without making the whole thing a watery mess or overbearingly coffee.

Fortunately, Bell's Java Stout found it's way to me, and it most definitely ranks higher up on the list of good coffee stouts, not quite Breakfast Stout tier but definitely it's own unique thing.

For starters, it pours a beautiful jet black, with a slow pour it developed a mild head that sustained for a few minutes before dissipating into a ring. The nose was heavy roast, with substantial coffee beans dominating the aroma.

As I sipped it, I noticed the stout was a tad bit thick. The coffee beans hit the palate up front, with lingering hints of cocoa and malt residing in the background. As this bottle was still in the relative freshness date, the coffee was very strong the way these stouts are intended at release, but the balance here is struck almost perfectly. At no point did I think I was drinking a cup of cold coffee like so many of the failure breweries close to home have produced, instead I was constantly reminded of the other flavors smacking my taste buds as I made each sip, this is indeed a really well done stout. I'm actually quite curious as to what a year would do to this beer, probably toning down the coffee in favor of the chocolate like in breakfast stout, though this being only a single stout opposed to FBS being a double makes me worried.

Overall, very pleased by this, and another example of a great stout done by Bell's, who has yet to disappoint me in that category (though I have yet to try the cherry stout). At a decently high 7.5% ABV, the alcohol burn is non-existant, making this one hell of a fun ride for both coffee stout newbies and veterans who are looking for an easy to drink one. Only real complaint is it's expensive at roughly $14.99 a 6 pack, the value compared to Founder's Breakfast Stout isn't quite as great. Still a highly interesting beer though!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:08:02 | More by Morakaton
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Doerrijustmether

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour. Pitch blach with 3 fingers of dark khaki head. Smell of roasted espresso, roasted hops and maybe a twinge of bittersweet chocolate, coffee definitely the overwhelming component. Good body, smooth finish. Taste, like the smell is overwhelming coffee, maybe a finish of anise with lite chocolate tones.

Overall this is a very good stout. If you like coffee stouts, this is a very good one. 7.5 abv but doest drink like it. Very smooth, before I know it, the glass is empty. Will defiantly drink again. The only real critique I have is maybe too much coffee, but what do you expect from -java stout- . Bell never seems to dissapoint. Michigan knows how to deliver stouts and porters.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 04:32:38 | More by Doerrijustmether
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dogfishandi

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "PKGD 10/24/13" (~3 months old)

Pours opaque black, nearly viscous. About a 1/4 inch of light Brian colored head, fairly creamy, average retention. Spotty lace with a little bit of legs after a swirl.

Really nice coffee aroma. Combination of a raw fresh bean and maybe some cold brewed or iced coffee aroma. I'm sure there's some roast and chocolate supporting that wonderful coffee aroma but coffee is your main player here.

Coffee is definatly in the taste, but I get a bit less of that actual coffee bean flavor I found in the aroma and have come to love, still there, but more of an iced coffee, iced mocha flavor.

Just a touch watery at times. Almost imperial stout like, but it probably could have benefitted more if it was brewed as an actual imperial stout. Really drinkable.

This is a rather an exceptional coffee beer, one of the better ones available. I'd probably buy it again, but I might think twice considering the 17$ a 6 pack price. This super fresh...I'm imagining a 4.75...

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:27:33 | More by dogfishandi
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TheosTheories

Florida

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

Bottled on 9/19/13

A- black with some red highlights, nice one finger of tan head

S- roasted malt, fresh roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate

T- nice fresh coffee, with some roasted malt sweetness that leads into a sweet chocolate then finishes off with a slight citrus hop taste on the back end but then leaves your mouth with that nice roasted coffee again.

M- surprisingly, a nice medium body on this one, perfect carbernation, coats the mouth very nicely and leaves your palate pretty fresh, ready for the next sip

O- overall a very very good coffee stout. I love coffee stouts and this one is a perfect example of what one should taste like. Nice coffee taste that isn't over powering but is definitely there, nice sweetness, perfect mouthfeel, 7.5% that I have no idea where they put, I can drink a few of these bad boys. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 03:19:45 | More by TheosTheories
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AUGRAD06

Alabama

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well the label of this beer pretty much says it all. Java, java, java!!! If you like coffee flavored stouts, this is the beer for you. It pours smooth and dark with very little foam, which is a nice deep brown. It smells like drinking a beer in a coffee bar and tastes like a nice chilled cup of dark roast coffee. It leaves your pallet clean without a bitter aftertaste and leaves you wanting for more. A great coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:18:17 | More by AUGRAD06
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fmccormi

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a stubby, stemmed tulip glass; bottling date of September 19, 2013 printed in black ink in a white square near the bottom of the back label (“12333 PKGD 09/19/13 A”). So, about three and a half months old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): A solid two fingers of dark-ish tan foam come out of the pour, capping what would appear to be a nearly black, very very dark body; the head is tenacious, with a fine, whipped texture on the surface giving way slowly to fat, slowly popping bubbles that come from below. Lacing is ridiculous, with nearly a solid sheet at the top of the glass where it receded.

Smell (4.25): Ooh, lots of mocha-fudgy malt aroma mixed with some fresh coffee grounds, just a little sweet cream, cold-brewed black coffee, dark chocolate (like 70%+ cocoa), and a bit of chocolate cake. They really hit the bullseye here.

Taste (4.0): This really is a straight-ahead, well-crafted coffee stout. Cold-brewed coffee, with its full flavor and body but without the astringency of normally brewed coffee, is really the name of the game here. Black on the front, showing roasty tones but oddly with not much bitterness at all, and just a hint of smokiness; smooth and dark but silky with dark cocoa and just a little whole milk to smooth it out in the midsection; all followed by an almost citrusy, mildly bitter zing on the back end.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smoooth, smooth man. The body is on the full-side of medium-feeling, but not heavy at all—just a lot of viscosity and creaminess for a beer of this size. The carbonation, meanwhile, is outstanding: distributed evenly all around, leaving a creamy coating that foams up readily and fully, but softly, with no prickle or tingle. It finishes just a hair on the dry side, which is nice—it tempts you to keep going, and faster than you’d like.

Overall (4.25): Another example of Bell’s hitting something of a standard out of the park (kind of like Two Hearted). It’s just so easy to drink and so approachable for having such good, full, rich flavor and feel. Honestly, this is an underrated beer, without a doubt, and I will most likely be seeking this out again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:39:46 | More by fmccormi
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Redemption review in 2014. My first bottle on 05-24-2010 was infected during that short span of Bell's QC issues.

A- Black body into a large chalice with a small light mocha head. Head is never more than a finger tall and has lackluster retention, maybe the coffee oils or something. Small ring leaves only a few spots of lace.

S- Close to my original review. Fresh coffee is first and foremost with a milk chocolate, roasty malt backbone. Seems fresh.

T- Again, medium to dark roast coffee is mixed maybe in a slight majority over the roasted malt base. Grains bring some burnt cereal, chocolate and fresh cracked malt flavors.

MF- Moderately thick body with a nice rich creaminess overall. Carbonation at a medium high level and it accentuates the roast flavors nicely. Finishes with roast coffee lingering on the palate.

Definitely not infected and significantly better than the first time I had it. If you like coffee this is for you and if you don't you probably should stay away. Malt base supports the roast beans well.

OLD REVIEW: Reviewed from notes. 4 4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5

A- Pitch black with a one finger beige head that has a very nice, creamy texture. Retention is pretty good and the beer has very sticky suds. A moderate coat of fine lace is left on the glass and a cloud stays atop the beer throughout drinking it.

S- Good strength freshly roasted coffee. Some caramel notes come along with the roast malt. Simple but nice.

T- Right away I notice a fairly strong acidic/sour taste. The roast coffee is nice. The sour flavor is lemony and probably not supposed to be there, it does not ruin the beer but weakens what would be a great coffee flavor. Roast malt and slight caramel make their presence known but the sour keeps throwing it all off.

MF- Slightly creamy moderate body. It becomes a bit watery later on but retains enough creaminess to keep it from being distracting. Moderate carbonation hits the palate that is coated by sour roast coffee.

DB- Not sure if this bottle is too old or the batch is messed up. The sour isn't mentioned by many others which makes me determined to find more and taste it again. A very nice coffee aspect, probably only for coffee lovers because of it's strength. Will try again because my faith in Bell's and my love for coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:19:47 | More by cbutova
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socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour with a mocha colored foam. Minimal lacing rings the glass.

S - Strong notes of roasted malt, cocoa powder, and toffee. There is a smell of breakfast blend coffee as it warmed.

T - Rich malty beer that has a slightly bitter finish of coffee. There is a little smoke I got from this as well.

M - Smooth stout that feels lighter than its ABV. Coffee flavor gives this a mellow finish. Very easy to open a second of this.

O - A solid coffee stout that is easy to drink. Really looking forward to Bell's coming to Long Island.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:01:38 | More by socon67
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'13 12oz into a CS snifter.

A- Dark roasty stout. Small amount of head with pretty good retention. Thin lacing around the glass, along with random thin bunches of head.

S- Probably the best part of this beer. Roasty coffee forward. Burnt chocolate, oak etc with burnt stuff.

T- Way less coffee from the T as with the S. I get more thin stout characteristics out of the taste. Watery and such.

M- Some carb follows down the throat. Very thin.

O- It's pretty good, but I have been drinking nothing but top notch RIS lately. I am not trying to be a smartass, but it is hard to evaluate

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:30:25 | More by gueuzedreg
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mc4z

California

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a pitch black color with a good head and nice lacing. The nose is pure coffee grounds, love it. The taste is also strong on the coffee, almost too much so. I love strong coffee so I enjoy the flavor, but I would prefer it be balanced with something else. The mouthfeel is thick with a lingering coffee bitterness. Overall a good coffee beer that I'd like to see with some additional flavors, like chocolate, smoked malt, or barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:46:03 | More by mc4z
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black body, looks smooth. Barely any head, even with a rough pour- what does appear around the edges is khaki-colored. Artwork is kinda goofy and barren, but clean.

S: Unsweetened coffee, dark malts. A little weak considering the (expected) heavy palate.

T: Coffee, dark malts. Very bitter, coffee beans play such a strong role that it gives off a near highly-acidic taste. It's up to you if that's a good thing.

M: Smooth with enough prickly carbonation to remain in the imperial stout classification.

O: Heavy and bitter, but almost watered down at the same time. Nevertheless, it is enjoyable, and a great substitute for your morning coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 06:39:34 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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Kendo

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The six-pack was over $17 at Olivers in Albany. I justified paying that only because I split the sixer with a friend - his half being part of his Christmas gift. Otherwise I would've let this sit. Bottled on 10/24/13, consumed on 12/24/13 - just 2 hours before Christmas. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black, appears thick and syrupy at first, but a late-blooming head settles on top - nearly 2 fingers' worth of light chocolate brown foam, which leaves behind thick sheets of lace.

S: Coffee. Burnt coffee. Roasted coffee. Did I mention coffee?

T: Like the nose, it's big on the coffee. Also some chocolatey malt underneath, but it's hard to find under all that coffee. Finishes with a modest char/charcoal burnt ashiness. Lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Nice creaminess to the feel; call it medium to full-bodied in heft.

O: Too much coffee for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:16:37 | More by Kendo
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a low ball glass. Pkgd. 08/29/13

A: Pours a deep dark brown to black body with a 1/2 finger of a dark tan head. No real lacing.

S: Espresso, bakers chocolate, roasted malts, leather.

T/M: Exactly like the smell. Tons of espresso! Bittersweet chocolate, some deep roasted malts. Almost too much coffee. A nice full mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation. Would like a little more sweetness to offset the bitter coffee

O: A terrific stout that does not disappoint with the coffee flavor! A little too much bitter coffee and not enough roasted malts for me, however still a good representation of a coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:45:55 | More by jhartley
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Lordquackingstic

New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Obsidian black with a finger's mocha colored head. Decent lacing.

S: Hot chocolate, espresso, chocolate malted milk balls.

T: Sweet coffee tinged with milk chocolate, roasty malts, brown sugar, molasses.

M: Thick and full. Low carbonation. Lingering espresso aftertaste.

O: This is definitely a sipper. It's a tad too sweet for me, as I tend to like bitter coffee stouts, but it's still pretty awesome. This is definitely for those whole prefer sweeter coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 21:51:26 | More by Lordquackingstic
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep rich brown nearly black hue with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a nice bubbly cloud.

S - Aromas explode with coffee here, nice and dark roast and black. There is actually so much coffee that it really overpowers everything else in this beer. Not too complex, though it is definitely in your face coffee.

T - Taste, like the nose, is a bit one sided. TONS of coffee, nice malty char, super faint chocolate. For the most part this delivers as a coffee stout, as the coffee shows up strong and potent. Tasty, but one dimensional.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Would like it to be a bit smoother but the alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall, a tasty beer but a bit one dimensional. Still, it delivers on what it promises.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 01:05:39 | More by rudzud
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AwYeh

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pretty standard pleasant stout look; opaque black with some brown tinges and foam around the rim.

S: Huge coffee nose as you'd expect alongside dark chocolate, roasted and even burnt/smoky malts, maybe a hint of vanilla.

T: Really great bitterness coming off of the coffee here, blends perfectly with the dark chocolate and roasted malts that compose the majority of the rest of the taste. I'm kind of digging the burnt tones that I'm getting (whether from the malt or the coffee), as their strength helps maintain a long, tasty finish and also stops me from drinking the beer too fast. It's simple, but it's very good.

M: Pretty standard stout body- medium-thick, a little creamy.

O: Great cold weather beer- really glad I picked up a bottle. It might be a little too straightforward for me to enjoy drinking many back to back, but picking up a sixer to start the winter seems like a good start.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:34:39 | More by AwYeh
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently I've been on a big coffee stout kick lately. Part of the problem is that they share one thing in common with IPAs and other hop-forward beers: time passage is not their friend. IPAs lose hop characteristics with time, and coffee stouts see that amazing fresh-ground coffee taste fade over time. Therefore I want to try these before what I consider the best part becomes subdued. Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz longneck bottle and poured into a 16 oz standard tumbler.

Appearance - As one would expect, the color is a deep, dark brown that borders on black. Little to no light gets through, even when held up directly in front of a light source. Some tree bark brown around the edges when in front of a light source. Atop the body sits a two-finger head of dirty tan with a mix of large and small bubbles, giving me the impression of the foam on a soft drink when you pour it a little too fast, but more dense. Foam slowly dissipates, eventually settling on a fog-like layer of foam across the top, with silky but short sheets of foam creeping up a little on the side of the glass. Lacing is sparse but sticky.

Smell - Fresh coffee grounds and roasted beans. Basically that overpowering roasted goodness that you associate with coffee being brewed. I can almost hear the *shoosh* of the coffee maker pulling the water up to push it through the filter. Bottom line is that this is a rather single-note aroma, but one that won't bother any coffee enthusiast. I enjoy it, but it lacks the complexity of some of my favorite coffee brews.

Taste - To my complete lack of surprise, the taste is very single-note as well, although in addition to the dominating iced coffee notes I get, there are some flavor profiles that I tend to associate more with the stout/porter style. Impressions of bittersweet chocolate and some subtle nuttiness, but again the predominant characteristic is that of fresh-brewed coffee. It really muscles everything else to the side, but also has the benefit of concealing the 7.5% ABV quite well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-heavy bodied and moderate carbonation with a semisweet finish.

Overall, a tasty coffee beer, but admittedly one-dimensional. Certainly one that I'll probably pick up a bottle or two each season, but nothing mind-blowing. There are other coffee stouts I'd gladly pick up first based on price and taste. Still a solid offering from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 17:54:08 | More by LambicPentameter
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body beneath the abundant mocha head which slowly dissolves to leave a constant ring of lacing around the glass.

The aroma is pretty darn straight forward. Copious amounts of roasted coffee and roasted malts, which border on smoked/charred at times.

The flavor is similar. This brew is just delicious coffee through and through with big roasted malt and maybe just a hint of chocolate sweetness.

Fuller in body with medium carbonation and a nice coffee bitter finish.

As advertised, plenty of java. This beer is straightforward and in my opinion nails the coffee stout. It is just shy of Imperial status, but on the bigger side of American Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:31:02 | More by CHADMC3
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Fieldzy27

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-poured a 1/4 inch thick mocha colored head with big bubbles and a sticky texture, the actual beer is extremely dark, black with hints of reddish brown on the outskirts when held to the light. Not much light penetration at all though this is a dark one.

S-Smells of well roasted coffee, no burnt aroma only roasty goodness maybe a hint of some anise type flavor and subtle notes of cocoa. Smells extremely appetizing. Could have a little more oomph though just a tad subdued. Really hope the rest of this beer follows suit because the nose is a huge tease.

T- Now for my favorite part, dark roasted coffee hits first, washes over the tongue bringing waves of bittersweet dark chocolate tumbling after in a fanfare of rich clean sweetness. A perfect balance of strong coffee flavor and massive amounts of cocoa fighting for center stage. Towards the swallow the sweetness dies down and makes way for a small amount of tannin coffee bitterness which leaves the mouth on the dry side. Really this is not a complex beer, more of a beer that states what it is clearly on the label and delivers exactly that to perfection.

M- Carbonation is full and smooth. No fizzy beer here. I think luscious best describes it. The mouthfeel is clean and doesn't really coat the mouth or hang around. The tannin in the flavor is present here but just a tad. Dont think you would notice if you weren't looking and is by no means a distraction.

Overall- Wonderful well done beer. This was crafted with care and that clearly shows in its presentation. Thats to be expected from Bells as most of their offerings are top examples in the country although some of their more outside the box beers tend to be a little off balance or fall short of an amazing idea (hell hath no fury). Cant ask for too much more from a beer this style, only hope is that one day I find it on Nitro.

SIDE NOTE: just realized the ABV of this is not apparent in the profile of the beer what so ever, drinker be warned this one is sneaky.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 23:35:27 | More by Fieldzy27
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stercomm

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Dark mahogany in color with a thick 2 finger mocha head, lots of lacing as it slowly receded.

S - Lovely overpowering coffee smell along with dark roasted malts, a bit of chocolate

T - Very nice taste profile sweet, creamy chocolate with lots of coffee

M - Creamy, medium bodied medium carbonation

O - A great stout to have on a cold, snowy late afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 21:58:48 | More by stercomm
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krustster

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a lot to say about this one, if you like coffee then you will probably like this because that's exactly what it tastes like. As some reviewers have mentioned, it's a bit of a one-trick pony/beer because the coffee taste and smell is about the only thing you will get from it. I can't call it a bad beer by any means but it's limited. Pretty much like drinking a cold cup of strong black coffee with some alcohol and carbonation in it. Obviously I'm spoiled by Breakfast Stout which I've been drinking a lot of lately, and it's not a very fair comparison, but at the price this one is going for I would have liked some more balancing elements. Strong, bitter coffee taste, period.

It's not really for me, still better than a lot of beverages I've had, but if you're a coffee fanatic this might be one for you. I can't mark it down too much because it still seems like they hit what they were aiming at with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:18:40 | More by krustster
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown beer. Very little head. Just a thin film. Not a looker.

Solid coffee and malt aromas with a black (no cream) vibe. Somewhat earthy with spent grounds, roastiness, and a hint of leather. Slightly citric hop reminds me of the sliver of orange peel I had served in a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, the last time I had it.

Robusto coffee, smooth roastiness, vanilla bean, hearty maltiness, spicy citrus hops, chicory, and baker's chocolate. Slight hint of root vegetable. A very tasty and appealing stout.

Feels soft, and besides a light bristle from a light but coarse carbonation, almost velvety. Easy to drink due to relatively low alcohol presence.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 04:59:13 | More by thecheapies
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88 out of 100 based on 2,267 ratings.