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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,409 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,409
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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into taster

Pours a deep chestnut brown color with a crop of beige head. Fades into a slick film of retention with some spotty lacing on the glass.

The nose is a complete coffee bonanza - tons of roasted beans and warm toasted scents. Rich malty notes with a touch of cocoa and chocolate.

Coffee beans, espresso and toasted bread up front. Rich backbone with chocolate and cocoa. Lightly sweet, but definitely dominated by the coffee profile. Finishes a little bitter and sweet.

Medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and lingering on the tongue. Definitely a quality coffee beer that doesn't become too sweet or too bitter. I'd definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 16:03:06 | More by xnicknj
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sliks96

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

11-11-2012 03:00:48 | More by sliks96
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Thurgoft

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-10-2012 00:22:59 | More by Thurgoft
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TheInfamousElGuapo


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-09-2012 19:21:04 | More by TheInfamousElGuapo
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Kenye


2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce bottle packaged on 10/15/12. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Nothing special for a stout. Dark black with an average sized head, and average retention. Almost no lacing.

Smell - This is where it all starts to go down for me. It smells like old stale coffee.

Taste - Follows the smell. There is a lot of coffee in this beer. Sadly, it's overpowering. I personally can't taste anything besides the coffee. It's very bitter. I feel like there needs to be something sweet to balance all that bitter coffee. Again, it tastes like I'm drinking old cold coffee, not a stout. The 7.5% ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Another average. Nothing really to write home about.

Overall - I'm very disappointed with this. I expected a lot more. There is no balance. If you like your coffee black and cold you might like this. I'm having trouble finishing it, it's that bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:43:21 | More by Kenye
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-08-2012 02:24:49 | More by hilgart1
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RelentlessLefty

Iowa

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-08-2012 00:09:19 | More by RelentlessLefty
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shamrock071521

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-06-2012 05:09:29 | More by shamrock071521
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

11-05-2012 17:11:11 | More by smartassboiler
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docmoran16

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-03-2012 21:30:40 | More by docmoran16
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woodsman196


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-03-2012 21:15:19 | More by woodsman196
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

11-03-2012 19:58:40 | More by ReeseMax3
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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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grumpygerman

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2%

11-03-2012 01:10:37 | More by grumpygerman
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

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

My first Bell's beer in awhile.

Pours out completely black with a nice and thick mocha/tan head.

The aroma is coffee, coffee and more coffee. A lot of espresso notes, fresh coffee beans, dark roasted malt and some dark chocolate.

Same as the aroma, a ton of coffee in the flavor. Huge notes of espresso, coffee beans, fresh brewed coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Very one sided, but in a good way. A pretty bitter beer with no sweetness. Hides the alcohol very well.

The mouthfeel is rich and smooth and the body is medium-full. A bit of a thicker body would have been nice.

Overall, another great beer from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 21:59:28 | More by JohnnyMc
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-02-2012 19:56:47 | More by dmorgan310
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-02-2012 02:06:28 | More by Kunstman
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DNofBN

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-01-2012 20:43:10 | More by DNofBN
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black, with a big, thick head of tan bubbles. Lovely lace.

Aroma is a deliciously roasty coffee. Maybe a slight tinge of mocha, but really it's coffee, which I dig.

Flavor is more roasty coffee beans, with a mild hint of chocolate and a bit of booziness at the finish. Overall, a perfectly tasty blend of coffee and dark stout, and possibly the best melding of the two I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:59:39 | More by secondtooth
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2%

10-31-2012 23:52:25 | More by derkfromwi
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MikeEhrmantraut

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-30-2012 23:11:54 | More by MikeEhrmantraut
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seplo

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-30-2012 18:50:40 | More by seplo
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michaelmgio

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-29-2012 02:10:02 | More by michaelmgio
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harrylee773

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-29-2012 00:58:38 | More by harrylee773
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Yoopermk

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-24-2012 20:55:40 | More by Yoopermk
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,409 ratings.