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

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2,473 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,473
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 130
Gots: 177 | 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 OakedCanuck


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle into tulip. From notes

A - Pours a nice dark brown with lighter brown edging. Good bubbly head formation, minor lacing

S - Whew! Coffee! A bit of toffee and hazelnuts mixed in there too.

T - Espresso, chocolate, molasses, aforementioned hazelnuts, raisins. Very good combination of flavours. This one is definitely coffee focused and I like that. Very good.

M - Medium. Could afford to be a bit thicker mouth but not bad.

O - A very focused coffee beer. Good quality coffee. Tasty beer. Would have this one again for sure.

06-14-2011 14:04:15 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of elephantrider


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

A: Black as black can be. A very creamy light chocolate head that leaves a nice lacing as it disappears

S: Lots of coffee!!! Earthy too. Chocolate, roasty undertones.

T: Very rich. Lots of coffee. Dark chocolate flavor but not that bitter.

M: Silky smooth. full bodied

O: This is a very good stout that I look forward to every year.

06-11-2011 03:44:53 | More by elephantrider
Photo of steve8robin


4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

Bells has some phenomenal beers. Hope this is one of them. 12oz bottle...

A: Completely pitch black with a small 1/2 inch mocha colored head that fades quickly to a bubbly lake atop the brew. Very good.

S: An awesome bold coffee scent right upfront! Some cocoa, chocolate, and vanilla present themselves in the middle. Good.

T: A nice balance of bitter chocolate and bold coffee upfront with a vanilla and bitter cocoa followed. This is a great coffee beer.

M: Medium body with an awesome carbonation. A nice creamy, mild roast finish. Perfection in a glass!

O: All in all, this one came out of left field for me. Phenomenal coffee stout! So creamy and bold with the flavors, yet all flavors work so well together. Once of the best coffee stouts I have had. If you like stouts with big flavor and coffee, then this is right up your alley. Way to go Bells!

06-05-2011 03:07:22 | More by steve8robin
Photo of MattyG85


4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a little bit of amber red coming from the bottom. Lots of rising bubbles noticeable which is odd for a heavy stout. Big two finger tan head that has great retention and lacing.

Smell: Huge aroma of coffee beans with hints of nuts, roasted malts and a little chocolate. A little dark fruit too. Coffee dominates the aroma.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with an iced coffee flavor dominating. Also getting dark malts, chocolate, nuts, and dark fruit. A decent amount of bitterness helps remind you that this is a beer and not something from Starbucks.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A great coffee stout. Coffee flavor dominates and is very tasty, even for someone who is not much of a coffee drinker like me.

05-29-2011 07:03:44 | More by MattyG85
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -1%

Batch 9992. Tulip glass.

Pours dark coffee color with about a finger and a half of tan foam. Minimal lacing. Smell is foremost a medium-roast coffee with some nice roasted chocolate malt notes. The coffee comes to dominate the taste, although I still get a hint of malt, with a pretty smooth, slightly bitter, long finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. Carbonation and body are both appropriately medium. Overall, this is an easy drinker, a good coffee stout where the emphasis is on the coffee.

05-24-2011 04:18:33 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of woosterbill


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

12oz bottle, batch 9992 (10/13/10) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Fully black body with just the faintest hint of red around the edges; a hard pour yields a lovely inch of creamy tan foam - good retention and tons of lace. Spectacular stout.

S: Wow, for being over 6 months old this one still delivers a huge coffee kick right off the bat, with rich espresso dominating and some light chocolate and grainy notes peeking through. The coffee smells great, the slightly husky burned grain slightly less great. Overall it's extremely enjoyable, though.

T: Coffee is on top, but carries more bitterness and astringency than the nose suggested. There's some syrupy chocolate sweetness in the middle, but the coffee reasserts itself for a remarkably biting, earthy, and even slightly boozy finish. What a weird mixture of delicious and off-putting - I really can't decide whether I like it or not. Huh.

M: Thick, smooth, and full of soft carbonation. Luxurious, but maybe a touch overcarbed.

O: My first sniff and sip of this beer had me convinced that I would love it, but as it's warmed and I've explored it more carefully, I've found it to be strangely unbalanced. A huge rush of flavor starts things off in fine form, but quickly fades and is replaced by bitterness and astringency. It's also surprisingly hot for a 7.5% beer - but on the plus side, the perceptible booze and the substantial body really help it earn its designation on here as an Imperial stout. I'd be happy to drink it again, but I won't be seeking it out - there are too many better coffee stouts for me to spend my time seeking out this one.


05-16-2011 23:36:23 | More by woosterbill
Photo of black13


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

I'll start by saying I don't like or drink coffee, but I really enjoy the smell. A bit wierd. I also love barrel aged beers and don't like bourbon or brandy, but enough digressing.

Poured into my Dogfish Head signature glass. Although the pour was vigorous, I failed to get this pitch dark liquid give me anything more than a scant head. But it is a good looking beer I look forward to enjoying.

Is this an iced coffee or a coffee stout? Either way, the smell is dead on. Aside from a scant aroma of alcohol, this is a coffee lovers beer. If you need to get up and recover from a hangover, this will do the trick.

At first the taste was a bit off. But as it warmed up, it was quite pleasant. It's hard to pick up anything other than coffee, but you can get some chocolate tones in there.

A standout beer in your mouth. Velvety smooth with a good aftertaste. I would have prefered a touch more carbonation, but it didn't take away from the experience.

For a person that doesn't like coffee, this was a very good beer that only improved as it got warmer. I prefer other styles of stouts, but for a coffee stout, this is a good one.

Consumed on 11-07-2010

05-14-2011 21:36:52 | More by black13
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Comes out black with brown highlights. The head is pretty big and somewhat thick, comes out a dark tan color, like the color of coffee with a little milk in it. Ok lacing, could be a little better. Liquid slightly clings to the glass after each sip.

Once it gets to about room temperature, the smell is actually pretty good. The beer itself smells of dark roasted coffee beans, doesn't really beat around the bush here. Could be that I was in the mood for a coffee beer, but I'm digging it for now.

Taste is still good, but it's a slight step down from the smell. Very well malted, tastes like dark roasted coffee with a natural chocolate after taste. The chocolate taste I would have to describe as bitter-sweet, just because it's slightly sweeter than the coffee portion.

Certainly a full bodied beer. Smooth/syrupy finish that is pretty nice. Ironically sort of a sweet/smooth finish, pretty nice. Pretty drinkable, but more of a slow sipper. Heavier than I expected for the ABV, but it's good. Overall a pretty good beer, didn't hate it, but only go for it if you're in the mood for a coffee beer.

05-14-2011 03:23:30 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of lennerja


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

A- Pours a very dark almost black with some brown along the edges. Pour produced a nice head which left some nice lacing.

S- The aroma is slightly sweet with a lot of roasted malts and some definite roasted coffee notes.

T- The taste is also sweet with a lot of roasted coffee flavors with some other roasted flavors backing it up. It ends in a slight bitterness.

M- It is a nice full mouthfeel which sticks to the mouth a little bit.

O- It is a good imperial stout and has a nice coffee flavor as the name suggests and a nice bittereness as well.

05-11-2011 02:23:28 | More by lennerja
Photo of soze47


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Very dark and menacing, yet I got a nice little fluffy amount of tan head on this guy on an aggressive pour. Pretty slick looking as I'm not getting much lacing.

Aroma: Yes, there are coffee aromas aplenty, but they is also a prevailing nuttiness to this guy too.

Taste: Definitely a big amount of iced coffee flavor. Almost acrid. However, there is enough sweet malty tones of chocolate and raisiny tannins to help create a nuanced flavor. It gets much more complex as it warms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty: Actually has a pretty light feeling body. These flavors can almost be as bitter as they are because the body isn't to heavy on the tongue.

Overall: This guy is a nice after dinner beer. I'm having it as a night cap and am really enjoying it for such an occasion. This one is probably a little too aggressive to try as food pairing, but standing alone, it is a nice, robust brew.

05-09-2011 01:42:32 | More by soze47
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Super dark color with little to no head. Very little lacing.

No surprise in the taste, the coffee flavor sticks out like a sore thumb. And strong, too. Tastes like day old coffee to me.

Feels great on the palate and easy to drink.
Would make a great pairing to any dessert.

05-04-2011 04:28:15 | More by burkyburk
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Notes from 4/23/11. Batch #10152.
Poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Deep black with one finger of light brown head that quickly disappeared.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee up front. Some brown sugar sweetness but not much else comes through on the nose. A pure coffee bomb.

T - Bitter coffee dominates the palate up front and throughout. A slight sweetness is present in the middle but it disappears quickly and a dry, bitter finish rounds out the palate. A good stout but fairly one-dimensional.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

O - A good enough beer but lacked complexity.

04-30-2011 22:14:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of womencantsail


4/5  rDev +2%

Thanks to Jeff for sending this one to me.

A: The pour is just about black in color with a finger of light brown head.

S: Like you might hope for from a coffee beer, the nose is dominated by coffee aromas. Quite a strong coffee note with some roasted mlat and a mild toffee malt sweetness underneath.

T: Much the same on the palate. Lots of great, intense coffee flavors. A fair amount of roasted malt flavor which gives a mild bitterness. Not too much of the sweetness from toffee or caramel.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: A solid coffee beer. Like many beers of this nature, you do have to enjoy the coffee flavor, but if you do, this is a winner.

04-30-2011 18:16:09 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BeerBuckeye


4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Pours a fairly thin brownish-black with a small, fizzy mocha head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Good roasted coffee smell, like I'm sticking my nose in a morning cup of iced coffee. Sweet malt backbone. A bit smoky. Very nice.

T - Wow, now this is a coffee stout. A full taste of coffee permeates the mouth, like a nice black coffee. It's roasted and smoky, along with a tiny bitterness from the hops. There's not a lot of balance or anything, but I was expecting a coffee stout. And that's what I got. Delicious.

M - Good mouthfeel, lives the mouth a bit sticky before drying it out.

Overall - I really liked this beer. I was looking for a good solid coffee stout and I found it. Delicious.

04-27-2011 00:20:52 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of patpbr


4/5  rDev +2%

A- Dark and very similar to a porter or coffee

S- Very similar to a cup of iced coffee

T- kind of like drinking a stout or porter and coffee at the same time

M-The mouthful is light almost a foamy feel

Its a good beer if you like coffee. Interesting brew only had one other of this style and do believe I would buy one again

04-21-2011 22:48:41 | More by patpbr
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours out a deep dark brown with a lighter brown head to it, close to average 1", retention and lacing was above average. Massive coffee aroma. This is already a must like coffee beer.

Nothing complex here. Seems almost equal parts coffee and stout/porter. Alcohol hidden quite well, had me questioning the double stout classification, it is not that intimidating, or challenging to drink. Its just a stout with a lot of coffee to it. It's a Bell's stout, so its probably the same base version as all the others (a good thing).

Any hop or bitterness character is dominated by coffee. You don't get chocolate, or roastiness, you just get coffee in an older thicker viscosity than you would in say, coffee bender. Certainly astringent, but in a good way via the coffee.

For those who like coffee, you'll love it. For those who don't beyond anything but a nuance, I can't recommend this to you.

04-21-2011 17:41:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of match1112


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

poured into a pint glass, almost pitch black in appearance with a big fluffy khaki colored head. smells of rich roasted coffee with hints of mocha. tastes like a cold cup of not too bitter coffee. has a rich creamy smooth mouthfeel. overall one of my favorite of this style.

04-15-2011 21:36:19 | More by match1112
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

12 oz bottle.

Pours into a snifter dark black with a huge fluffy tan head. Standard for the style. Nose is espresso, cream and roasted dark coffee beans. Taste is actually very smooth and well balanced, the coffee flavour is mild yet remains subtly bitter. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. A decent and well executed coffee stout. One of the better medium roast profiles.

04-10-2011 21:16:08 | More by heebes
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4.43/5  rDev +13%

Pours a deep brown (almost black) color with a three-finger mohogany-colored head.

It smells like a cross between freshly roasted coffee beans and the rich chocolatey alcohol scent of an Imperial Stout.

It has a very distinct bitterness to it, reminiscent of baking chocolate (that is, 100% cocoa). As it warms, the flavor mellows toward milk chocolate (that is, milk chocolate with a curious bite to it) and medium-roast coffee. Despite the coffee and the bitter bite, it is distinctly sweet like a milk stout might be.

The beer feels very thick and luxuriously smooth -- until the bitterness/carbonation bite hits. It's a very interesting combination -- reminiscent of snoozing happily in a big bed wrapped in silk sheets and being slapped awake by your mother all at the same time.

Overall: I love this beer! :) It has all my favorite qualities of a stout while the bite keeps every sip from getting boring.

04-09-2011 01:18:07 | More by slimstout
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Batch 9992 - October 13th 2010

A - pours a robust ebony with a massive dark tan head of foam. Doesn't last too long but leaves lots of lacing.

S - its amazing how apparent the coffee aroma is given this beer is almost six months old. The smell is equal to putting your nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans. Warm. Bitter. Nutty. Some notes of sweet chocolate malt.

T - there is a smooth chocolate malt sweetness on the tip of the tounge. As the beer coats the tounge the bitterness of the coffee becomes the dominating flavor. Tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans. Long bittersweet finish with a tinge of alcohol.

M - medium bodied but on the thinner side. High carb.

D - very easy drinking and full flavored stout. And even with this being half a year old is remarkable.

04-07-2011 03:52:15 | More by Teleweizen2
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2.93/5  rDev -25.3%

Bell's Java Stout has a dark brown, opaque body and a finger and a half of brown head. Pretty good retention with minimal lacing.

Pretty good coffee aroma that is joined by some dark malts. Mostly just coffee.

Bell's Java Stout is another coffee stout that falls into the category of a coffee flavor that is really strong. So strong, in fact, that it is unpleasant, making the beer acrid and bitter. The coffee flavor comes off as burnt and ashy. The chocolate malt, malt sweetness, and roasted malt are barely noticeable underneath the coffee flavor.

The body is fairly good. Not really big or thick or chewy, but it is smooth and creamy.

Many coffee stouts that I come across share the same problems with Bell's Java stout, where the coffee is so aggressive it is unpleasant. Too bad, I like Bell's.

04-04-2011 23:53:53 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

A: deep black body, big fluffy head, excellent lacing

S: big roasted coffee, hint of nut, slight smoke, mild bitter chocolate

T: sweet cocoa, earthy roasted nuts, slow long bitter coffee, boozy finish

M: med/heavy, chewy

O: Fine coffee stout, especially for 40/raining Opening Day for MLB. Great in-between beer, got enough flavor to sip, but find myself gulping it too.

04-01-2011 20:11:56 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Lauthaha


4.9/5  rDev +25%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a cola black/brown with much ferocity. Head is purposefully poured to be a solid three+ fingers. As it recedes, it leaves a spiderweb of heavy lacing, looks awesome.

Smell: Mocha. A thick, roasted coffee-malt flavor lays the foundation for milk chocolate goodness.

Taste: Coffee bitterness up front, with the chocolate sweetness coming in as the beer foams up. Chewy malt character, and a distinctly pleasant semi-sweet aftertaste. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: A perfect combination of carbonation and placidity. Enters smoothly, goes down smoothly with not a lot of residual stickiness. Awesome.

Overall: This one is a solid A+...I haven't had a much better beer.

04-01-2011 01:35:51 | More by Lauthaha
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of dark mocha head.

The nose is coffee and sweet chocolate with some roasty malts.

Taste is espresso/coffee and again, sweet chocolate. Roasted malts are prominent.

Mouthfeel is viscous and sticky. Carbonation is low. About what I expected it to be.

Drinkability is good. Mouthfeel makes this a slow-drinker but it is tasty and very enjoyable.

03-31-2011 20:28:57 | More by VMWhelan
Photo of shand


4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

This is a pitch-black brew. No light shines through it. The head is fairly substantial but retains right down to wisps. Lacing is very nice. The aroma is quite nice, I get espresso, roasted malts and, surprisingly, a nice hop character here. The taste is also quite good, a nice creamy coffee character is primary here, with some bittering hops on the backend. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and feels just great going down, and the drinkability is exceptional. I really had a good time drinking this one, this is just a great stout. Bells just has hit after hit with regards to stouts, they're quickly becoming one of my favourite breweries.

03-27-2011 03:23:08 | More by shand
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,473 ratings.