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

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2,459 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,459
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 131
Gots: 174 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-05-2012 03:05:46 | More by Keith_R
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-04-2012 03:22:41 | More by chippo33
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

12-04-2012 00:24:46 | More by tmm313
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-03-2012 15:22:54 | More by Alcorn
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

A-Black in the glass, clear ruby brown around the edges, one finger brown head.

S-Lots of rich coffee, some roasted malt. But the coffee, although nice, dominates.

T-Starts with a lot of coffee, not much else. Some roasted malt. A lot of coffee, but the coffee is spot on.

M-Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

O-The coffee was nice, but at the end of the day, too much of it. Poor balance.

12-03-2012 01:44:28 | More by rlee1390
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-02-2012 22:29:55 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-02-2012 17:22:51 | More by AC-Mivsek
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-02-2012 04:18:59 | More by BillMueller
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-01-2012 23:02:53 | More by LouDogg114
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-30-2012 09:13:23 | More by bigred89
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -49%

11-29-2012 22:25:10 | More by oteixeira
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-29-2012 07:09:32 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 1.5-finger tan frothy head. Good retention with some lacing.

S – Lots of coffee, some cream, vanilla, and roasted malts.

T – Starts off sweet with a little bit of chocolate, cream, vanilla, and molasses and gets bitter fast with lots of roasted coffee. Really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel, and a building bitter and dry finish. Bitter roasted coffee builds and lingers for a nice amount of time. There’s a little bit of a warming sensation, as well.

O – This is a good stout, especially if you like coffee. It only has a little bit of the sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors that can be found in stouts, but it has a ton of roasted malts and coffee. What can you expect from a beer that’s called Java Stout? It’s a little thin for my taste in stouts, but it still has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Another drinkable and tasty beer from Bell’s.

11-27-2012 01:38:29 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

11-26-2012 22:11:14 | More by BigTrubble
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottled 10/15/12. 7.50% ABV confirmed. Acquired at Four Firkins for $3.59. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Expectations are high given the reputation of the brewery and my love for their Kalamazoo stout - though I found Expedition underwhelming.

Served after a substantial period of rest once removed from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pizza.

A: Pours a gorgeous one finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention considering the relatively high ABV. Colour is a solid opaque nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Great evocative java/coffee. Roasty and chocolatey. Cream. Dark malts. The makings of a great stout. A subtle and complex aroma. Average to mild in strength.

T: Cream, subtle java/coffee, subtle chocolate, a dark malt foundation, subtle roasted barley, and a creamy finish. Excellently balanced. A well built stout. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I really like it. A flavorful stout. Predictably, coffee is dominant. Subtle and nicely complex.

Mf: Too smooth and wet for the style, but more importantly it does suit the flavour profile. Nicely creamy - one of its best attributes. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable. A great all around stout. I'd love to try this on-draught. I liked their Kalamazoo stout better, but this is also a very solid offering - and it's excellent at this price point as an import. Bell's disappointed me with their Expedition Stout, but these other beers are rapidly rebuilding expectations. Definitely worth trying. Could use more roast.

High B


12/01/13: Truncated notes. Cost for a single bottle was $2.99 USD. Packaged 08/29/13. 7.50% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with good label art and branded pry-off pressure cap served into a stem-tulip. Served cold. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a gorgeous khaki colour head of great creaminess and thickness. 1.5 fingers wide. Smooth consistency. Soft complexion. Highly appealing. Even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's quite appealing for a stout and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Rich multifaceted coffee/java. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. Coffee roast. Some coffee bitterness.

Hop profile isn't overt. Yeast character is extremely tame.

An appealing aroma of above average strength.

T: Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Rich decadent full coffee notes. The coffee is multidimensional - roast, slight bitterness, a full developed coffee profile, cream, etc. Excellent balance. Gestalt build. No off-notes.

Pretty good depth of flavour. Above average duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour. Good subtlety. Nice intricacy. Some nuance. Pretty good complexity.

Mf: Smooth, wet, creamy. Good presence on the palate. Well-carbonated. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well, with evidence of custom-tailoring.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A very drinkable stout with interesting coffee elements. I'd definitely get it again. An achievement from Bell's. I could easily have 3 or 4 of these in a night. Tasty stuff.


11-25-2012 23:04:19 | More by kojevergas
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-25-2012 03:00:30 | More by tswater
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-25-2012 02:19:02 | More by chinchill
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-25-2012 01:06:34 | More by Steimie
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-24-2012 04:19:36 | More by Brushkanna
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-24-2012 04:12:25 | More by HollyHops
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours pitch black with a small tan colored head.

The smell is milky coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is similar to the smell sweet milky coffee.

The mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied with a nice dry finish and medium carbonation.

This is a very tasty coffee flavored stout, smooth with high drinkability and hides its abv very well.

11-23-2012 23:56:17 | More by Dave1999
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-23-2012 06:38:24 | More by st9647v3
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-22-2012 05:34:50 | More by esullivan880
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-22-2012 02:54:12 | More by shockrocker65
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-22-2012 01:50:34 | More by GTB
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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