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

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2,837 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 279 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001

Java Stout uses a custom blend of coffee beans, roasted locally for us by Water Street Coffee Joint, to generate its intense flavor. Possessing an unmistakable aromatic punch, Java Stout has long been one of our most popular stouts.
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained in a trade with SonofaLime, Thanks Mike! Poured into my beer goblet. Batch number 10671, bottled in 9-14-11.

Appearance: A solid black beer with garnet edges, if held to the light. The head is a half finger of tan bubbles that settle to ring around the edge of the glass that does not leave very much lacing.

Smell: The coffee is strongly that of spent grounds, bitter and musty. The alcohol is well hidden along with any hop flavors. The malt backbone is charcoal-like. All of this may sound bad, but it goes well together and is rather bracing.

Taste: Unsweetened coffee is strong in the taste. Baker's chocolate is present in the bitterness of the back-end of the taste. A hint of dried dark fruit common in darker beers is also present. I did enjoy it, but this may not be to everyone's liking.

Mouthfeel: This is a strongly flavored beer and the flavors easily coat all over the mouth. The body is pretty thick as well. The carbonation is nice and smooth.

Overall: I love my coffee and I love beers, when the two are put together the results can be really good. I did enjoy this one, but I think it might have benefited from some balancing sweetness. I am glad to have tried it.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone 15th snifter on 1/4/12

10671 Packaged 9/22/11 A

Scorched brown; very dark in the glass. Bubbles cling and rise from the wall feeding a sandy-brown head that's over two fingers. The head drops slowly; thin retention. Decent, drippy lace.

No surprise that the aroma features strong coffee notes - fresh roasted coffee with bitter overtones and near-burnt coffee dregs. Also notable is a roasted dark grain presence that adds an earthy quality. As it warms it seems there is a hint of unsweetened baker's chocolate.

Flavors of espresso, roast and coffee bitterness wash across the palate, as well they should. The nice thing here is that, as the beer warms, it loses a bit of the bitter edge which allows the roasted grains to a more supple malt backdrop. That isn't to say the beer is sweet; it just rounds out the rough edges. Subtle, bitter cocoa. The finish is dry and has plenty of roasted residuals.

The overall feel is a plush medium; robust without being heavy or the like. Carbonation is moderate; maybe slightly high for my tastes, but it fits the feel, so no complaints there.

I've had this a time or two before and have enjoyed it; there's no difference this time around. I'm thoroughly impressed by Bell's stouts and Java Stout fits in just fine. Recommended.

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3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty darn close to black. Totally opaque with thin, creamy light brown head.

Smell: An explosion of coffee with loads of dark chocolate as well. Also very sweet and noticeable roasty malts.

Taste: Lots of heavily roasted coffee up front. A bit of chocolate, but the coffee truly dominates. A great bit of coffee bitterness is present on the back end. Not much more than slightly over roasted coffee going on here.

Mouthfeel: Pretty watery actually. Not too much carbonation at all. Does coat the mouth well.

Overall: More coffee than stout really. Pretty disappointed, especially considering what I know Bells can achieve. They have many stouts that blow this out of the water, though it does emulate coffee well (too well).

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served with dessert. Took the beer route instead of going the coffee route.

A - Actually, looked very nice in the tulip glass. Deep dark color with a nice head that you can summon on command by a simple flick of the glass. Decent lacing evidenced on the glass as well.

S - Pretty much straight up coffee which is not necessarily a bad thing.

T- Strong coffee taste but with an element of bitterness that is a bit of an issue with me. Dark and roasty but the bitterness resulted in me dinging it a bit.

M - A bit thin for the style, was expecting a bit more.

O - Considering the repuation (well deserved) of the brewery, I was a bit disappointed by this one. Coffee dominant but bitter and a bit thin. I would certainly not turn my nose up at this one, but I would probably choose a different selection next time.

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Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,837 ratings.