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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,493 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 130
Gots: 182 | FT: 11
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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Photo of DukeX13
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DukeX13, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger and a half high beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of coffee beans are more concentrated and there are additional hints of dark roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a lot like dark roast coffee beans so if you are a coffee lover you would probably like this beer.

metter98, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled on 10/15/12

A: Pours an opaque black with 2plus fingers width of dense mocha colored head, which hangs around for a while before dissipating down. Leaves tones of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Aromas of cream and bitter black coffee. Roasted malt, a bit smokey. Simple, but nice.

T: Follows the nose with the black coffee and roasted malt. More heavy cream and vanilla flavors on the backend. Not terribly complex, in fact pretty one dimensional, but very good strong black coffee notes, and very tasty if you are a coffee lover.

M/D: Overly carbonated but still remains quite smooth. Mouthfeel is a touch thin for my liking, but then again its a 'single' stout, so I guess for style its right on. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this is very good. Its pretty one dimensional. The coffee flavor tops FBS and Wake N Bake, but it lacks the other characters that make those two stand out in the coffee stout genre. Still very good, nonetheless. This is certainly one Ill come back to, although the price point is pretty high.

Would pair perfectly with a big breakfast of bacon and eggs, just great black coffee flavors.

zac16125, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal very dark amber highlights and a light amount of gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy mocha head (almost like what you would see on a latte) that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and freshly ground espresso beans. Very subtle hints of vanilla and caramel.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts with some strong notes of dark chocolate and freshly made espresso. There are some light notes of caramel sweetness and some vanilla hints as the beer warms. Also, there is a light to moderate amount of coffee bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy - almost like a nitro-stout but I'm sure this one was not since it came from the bottle.

O: I really enjoy this beer and used to drink it fairly regularly when I lived in an area that Bell's distributed their beers - I'm a huge fan of coffee and I really like a big stout so this is the best of both worlds. Very nice coffee/espresso flavors and smells with a similar bitterness to it. Definitely one that I would come back for again and again. Pretty easy to drink with the well hidden alcohol and the lightness in the body.

dbrauneis, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Lukass, Dec 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

marshmeli, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

OB1, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev +2%

Evan, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Tourniquette, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

pearljam118, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Giantspace, Dec 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

zrab11, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

PatDonovan130, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of thesquire
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

thesquire, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a soft, velvety black color with a tan colored head that appears to get darker and darker as the beer continues. Head is big, fluffy, and lasts forever, however it leaves little lacing to speak of. Aroma is thick and can be noticed as soon as you pop the cap off of this one - concentrated with sweet and creamy coffee beans, roasted malts, and some deep, dark espresso at the tail end. Taste is more of the same; huge roasted malt body infused with roasted coffee. Starts off light, creamy, and sweet, then transitions into a darker, slightly bitter version of its former self. Toasted and roasty, up and down with some slight alcohol warmth hitting the very back of my tongue. Hints of black licorice become more and more prominent the more I drink. Hops don't make their appearance until the very end, but they are surely there; leafy and a bit ashy in character, they leave a nice trail of bitterness in the aftertaste that fades out with the sweetness in great harmony. Medium, silky body with an overall pretty low amount of carbonation.

I had this on tap at Bell's a while ago. The bottled version is not quite as good, but it's still a decent brew when all is said and done. Little pricey for what you're getting, though.

tectactoe, Dec 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

AlMarzo, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

BCash, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Oh boy does this beer look nice. Pitch black with a very nice and creamy tan head. Lacing is patchy but very nice as well.

Smell: Actually the lowest point of this beer ... I figured it'd smell awesome, but it's basically average. It has a very faint coffee aroma, but malts are the primary smell here.

Taste/feel: I can say this is one of the best "feeling" beers ever. So smooth, and the slickness left at the end of each sip that not even Founder's Breakfast Stout can replicate. Is this a better stout than that one? I don't think so, though it's VERY close, in my opinion. FBS seems to have more layers of flavor, but Java Stout isn't too shabby, and like I said, the feel is phenomenal.

Like any other stout, I personally wouldn't drink this one too often, but it's a great every-now-and-then beer.

Alextricity, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of ddedhed
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Nice black with with a brown, mahogany tint. Smells like a cup of joe with roasted malts. Taste really coffee like, but not sharp or crisp on the coffee. Bitter and roasted finish. Mouthfeel is nice with a soft carbonation. Overall a nice coffee stout, but definitely not the best. I would recommend, but not ahead of some greater brews.

ddedhed, Dec 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

JayKay412, Dec 08, 2012
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,493 ratings.