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

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very good

2,682 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,682
Reviews: 1,066
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 146
Gots: 236 | FT: 13
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 Gladius270
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A- The beer poured an inky black, with very thin tan head. This head persisted throughout the duration of the glass.

S- Smells like fresh brewed coffee. Simple as that.

T- Same as smell. All I get out of this beer is black coffee. I enjoyed it more as it warmed, probably because cold coffee is a bit off-putting for me.

M- Very thin and watery. I would have liked a much creamier feel from this beer. In my opinion, the weak point of this brew.

O- Not a big fan of this one. The taste was very one-dimensional, and the thin mouthfeel is something I cannot put aside.

Gladius270, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +2%

CoryR, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Heff19
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Heff19, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Durb777
4/5  rDev +2%

Durb777, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally getting down to re-trying this guy and putting my thoughts to words. Posterity? Maybe... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown with very deep ruby highlights, all topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose is primarily a playground for nutty coffee, though a touch of roast vainly attempts to peek through the bean-y fog. The taste continues this trend, though the roast, still relatively faint, stands a bit stronger than it once did (nasally speaking). The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a one-trick pony that has honed his trick decidedly well. Not necessarily top-tier, but close to it.

TMoney2591, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of DividedAvery
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz Bottle into a Firestone Walker Tulip

A: Pours Pitch black with a tan half-finger head that lingers only for a short-while.

S: Coffee, Coffee and more coffee. Everything from roasted beans to even a note or two of espresso. The roastiness is much more apparent than in other coffee stouts I have had. As it warms, cinnamon notes also come into play

T: Up front is espresso, followed by roasted coffee beans and some chocolate. Smoke lingers and leaves an almost burnt coffee taste in the back of the mouth. Not bad

M: Creamy, just the right amount of carbonation to keep things lively.

O: I gave this beer straight 4's. It has a fantastic coffee flavor that is at once intense, and still lingers very nicely. A well done beer. If you have ever had chocolate covered espresso beans (good ones) that is the closest thing to describe the flavor on this one

DividedAvery, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

46333, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Hellvis
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Hellvis, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

PEIhop, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of mtparty37
3/5  rDev -23.5%

mtparty37, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bsuedekum, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Schimms
4/5  rDev +2%

Schimms, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of postnothing
4/5  rDev +2%

postnothing, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of hopsandstouts
3/5  rDev -23.5%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured in a tulip.

A- Very aggressive pour. Black with a three finger tan head.
S- Smells to the high heavens of coffee of all different flavors. Dried smokey java beans and other coffee notes.
T- Very coffee based, more so then any other beer I have tried. Tons of dry coffee bean notes. Lots of smoked flavors and even some chocolate.
M- Not a ton of smokeyness but not a too dry of an aftertaste. This beer is surprisingly refreshing. A great coffee based stout.
O- This is a very good stout, tons of coffee flavors and a unique bite to it. Will probably buy again in the future.

TwelveOunces, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

SalukiAlum, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev +2%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of JackElamsGhost
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

JackElamsGhost, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of brealbg
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

brealbg, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of musicforairports
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on Sept. 22, reviewed Jan. 20. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

Blackish, with red hues in the light. Creamy, brown head is small but leaves some lacing.

Smells like straight-up coffee beans, mostly. Chocolate also.

Flavor is much of the same. Slightly bitter, medium-roast coffee--more like regular coffee than espresso, to me--and sweet chocolate notes that remind me of chocolate chips. Overall, though, this isn't a sweet beer. Some earthy notes in the finish.

This one is smooth and less creamy than might be expected. Low carbonation fits for the this beer.

Overall, this is a good coffee-forward stout, if that's the kind of thing you're looking for. Legit coffee flavors and just the right amount of bitter and roastiness to keep it an easy drinker.

musicforairports, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

cornucopia, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

miga, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

msuspartan22, Jan 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Hopstimatic, Jan 19, 2012
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,682 ratings.