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

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2,412 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,412
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 129
Gots: 171 | 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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Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 8158. According to the website, this beer was bottled on Oct 9, 2007.

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice, two fingers size head that is cappuchino in color. Lacing so dense and thick I could barely see through the glass and into the dark as night brew.

Aroma is basically coffee. Dark roasted coffee and dark malts. If you like coffee, which I do, this was a real pleaser to the nose.

Outstanding flavors. Coffee and more coffee. Nice hoppiness to parallel the coffee. This would be a great beer to have in the morning with a nice vegetarian omelet and some sausage. Maybe I will try that this weekend. Anyway, I cant remember a coffee stout that tasted as great as this one. Outstanding.

Medium mouthfeel, could be a little thicker. This was an easy drinker. A sixer of this is not going to be enough for the season. I think a case is in order. This was a top notch coffee stout! The best I have had to date.

Edit: After about one year of age on this beer, the flavors mellow and meld significantly and this easily becomes a 5.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 20:59:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of NCSUdo


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a thinner than expected black under a small tan head. Good retention, little lacing.

S: Roasted coffee (big surprise) and some roasted malt. Some sweetness, but really mostly roasted coffee, but not a punch you in the face intense coffee. Pretty good smell, but could be a little more intense (better to err on caution here however I think).

T: Really, really good. I'm not a coffee drinker, I will on occassion, but I don't drink it too often. This is a very refreshing coffee flavored beverage. Some malty sweetness up front, followed up by a big mix of roasted coffee and malt and mild bitterness, finishing with mosly a coffee taste that sticks around.

M/D: Could use a little more carbonation I think, and the body is not as big as I expected. Still, this is a highly drinkable stout regardless of the 7.50%. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:47:12 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of david131


4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nearly black as night with just the slightest bit of light shining through the edges of the glass. A small, light brown head forms and settles as a ring around the edge of the glass. Looks kind of menacing.

S- Coffee with a little bit of sweet malt. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Not all that complex, but very intriguing.

T- Some coffee and roasted malt. Kind of sweet. Very well done. The coffee is done perfectly with this. Not all that crazy or intense, just really tasty. I usually like my coffee warm, and I thought this beer only tasted better and really opened up as it neared room temperature. Delicious.

M- Creamy and perfect. The carbonation is perfect and the coffee does a wonderful job of coating the mouth.

D- This is wonderful. I love this so much more than I remember. I have to go back and get what little was left at the store. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 03:32:30 | More by david131
Photo of franksnbeans


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black with a chocolate milk head that laces sheets as it dies. Big roasted coffer beans in the nose with a little sweet malt. Taste is very big coffee roasted beans and grounds, also chocolate makes itself knows with a smooth as silk finish with the slightest dry finish. Its not even funny how smooth this is, and its not crazy thick. A delicious coffee stout with a drinkability that rivals all stouts. Try this.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 03:29:25 | More by franksnbeans
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the body has mild brown hues amongst an impenetrable black. The head is a fitting dense creamed caramel mocha froth. This whipped display left gunk smeared on the walls of the glass. Not exaggerating the streaks, globs, and filmy lines of goodness

S: a molding of my favorite drinks. Big roasted cup of joe with sweet creamy caramel laced malts

T: thick rich and black iced java. One of the more potent java based brews I have had. Maltiness is showing its muscles as well and compliments the hearty flavors. Malts may gather some smokey burnt character, but I don't mind
Non-coffee lovers need not apply.

M: medium plus and smooth to boot. Not as heavy as some stouts from days past, but close behind

D: gimme more...great stuff for coffee lovers

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 23:03:43 | More by Magpie14
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a dark brown head that foams up at the completion of the pour. Halo of a cap leaves some ok lacing. Cap is sustained by a heavy, almost cola like, carbonation level streaming to the top. Smells like a cup of coffee. I'm guessing there is some malt in there but the coffee smell really dominates. Coffee taste is front and center, followed by some bitterness and then a surprisingly smooth finish. Very creamy mouthfeel. Faint trace of the 7.5% ABV as it warms. As expected an excellent stout from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 00:53:07 | More by beermanbrian
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vritually black color with moderate tannish head.
Smell is loaded with chogolate, roated malt, and above all else, coffee.
Taste is magnificient. Tahe strong coffee and chocoalte sensations abound. And a nice dryness at the end is truly enjoyable.
Finishes with the perfect blending od the roasted malt malt and bitter hops.
An excellent stout. Nice to drink. For some reason this beer made me smile while I drank it (and it was only my first of the day)

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 18:57:51 | More by tgbljb
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer, up to Bells standards. Poured a jet black pint with about an inch of carmal head. Hits hard with expresso in the front and moves to a nutty taste in the middle. The thing I really liked about it was the finish which had just as strong a coffee taste as the front.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 18:45:14 | More by hwwty4
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet-black pour with a chewy, caramel-colored head and small trace of lacing. The smell is dark, burnt roasted malts. Not surprisingly the smell and taste combine fresh ground coffee with roasted smoky nuts and dark chocolate. What makes it unique is the strength of the coffee flavoring as it does not hold back to have a strong, black coffee ground taste that begins with each sip and remains well after finishing. By being nit-picky I'll note that the mouthfeel could be a bit thicker. Considering just how dark this beer is in taste and substance the drinkability is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 00:14:53 | More by Neehan
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black stout with two fingers of light brown head.

Smell: Big coffee smell dominates here. Slight bit of chocolate, but not very sweet smelling chocolate.

Taste: Very good. Like a cup of slightly sweet iced coffee. This is one of the few times that I really only got one flavor from a beer, and it is definitely a positive. This gets a very good score for this one flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Again, you get a lot of coffee flavor sticking around. Very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink several of these in a sitting. Very good beer and something that I will definitely be purchasing again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 03:51:34 | More by hellcatsjg
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good morning! I figured today instead of my morning coffee I should go with my third Bell's stout.

A- Quite dark, almost black, with a decent tan head that actually sticks around for a while.

S- Fantastic marriage of coffee and roasted malt. Yes, coffee and stout are definitely meant to be together.

T- Begins with a sweet and tangy roasted malt hit. It's a bit sweeter than I expected, with the underlying malt giving the beer a wall of sweetness that backs the other flavors. The coffee flavor dominates the taste, far more so than other stouts which just use roasted malt to produce coffee-like flavors. The malt contributes other flavors, most notably bitter, unsweetened chocolate. The finish is fairly dry with a moderate bitterness, both from hops and roasted malt.

M- Smooth and almost a little syrupy. Medium-full body, a bit lacking in the carbonation department, but still nice.

D- Probably a one and done beer for me. I enjoyed the one I had, but it's a little too rich for me to want more. Plus, the alcohol is kind of high.

This was my first experience with a coffee stout, and it was certainly a pleasant one. I would definitely have this again, although I think the style could be done better. Now I'd like to try some of the really highly-rated coffee-infused stouts like Speedway and Breakfast (which, of course, I can't get here). I think this is a good starting point, though. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 16:03:44 | More by vtfan77
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Comet during Bell's pint night.

A: Pitch black pour with a strong toffee colored head. Decent rention and nice strong lacing.

S: Smells of strong bitter espresso. Lots of deep roasted coffee beans. A touch of sweetness, like molasses.

T/M: Taste like coffee, lol. Nice and creamy with well controlled sweetness. Getting more of the molasses. Dry and warming finish that's seems a tad too bitter. Good nonetheless. Medium body and carbonation.

D: Great stout for this time of year. I'll be having more of this soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2007 01:50:33 | More by pwoods
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District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i drink coffee (top shelf and usually fresh roasted) all day and beer all night. all year round. no joke. anyone that knows me will attest to this. even if i didn't, this one would still get major points. pours dark as dark gets with a huge head the color of coffee with just a splash of cream. amazing retention. actually the thing never goes away completely, and what does shrink down leaves a beautiful lace. coffee is in the nose for sure, and nice coffee at that. i heard that they use sumatra. also, some roasty malt, a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a super faint hop scent. tastes like a complex coffee does with undertones of chocolate and earthiness. on the lighter side of full body, but nice and creamy/silky. if the body was just a little creamier and full, this one would be off the charts to me. as pleasant as that first cup of joe in the morning, java stout is pure fuel for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 01:49:08 | More by timtim
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a relatively warm cellar temp. 50f. Rocky Mocha head , a lot of lacing.

Smell of roasted malts and dark coffee.

Dark coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and a small hop profile make a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, good carbonation.

A nice winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 00:13:24 | More by shroompod
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4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with about a finger of brown head. Smells like chocolate covered coffee beans. Also a little vanilla in the flavor, but mostly the same great chocolate covered coffee beans. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink, maybe this would be good for breakfast? :)

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 04:32:40 | More by nvsblman
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black body, dark peanut colored head, but there's not much of that. I had to swirl pretty vigorously to get any head at all, really. Could coffee bean oils be to blame?

Mostly stale coffee, but a little bit of roasted malt to remind you that it's a beer.

Coffee is definitely in the taste, but there's a sweet, caramely flavor there, too. Almost like a mocha drink or something. Sweet, caramel coffee. But no beer.

Great mouthfeel for a stout, a little sticky, a little too carbonated, but the intense coffee/caramel flavor means a little extra carbonation is a good thing.

Seems a little out of balance as the additives overtake the actual stout character, but a good beer if you're in the mood for coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 23:05:47 | More by bboven
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3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque black. Not much head.

Smell: Smells like day-old coffee, with a bit of dusty cocoa thrown in.

Taste: Huge coffee flavour, some acrid bitterness and (finally, some indication that it's beer!) a nice roasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly good integration of flavours, but the coffee comes off as a bit stale. It's okay, but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 05:39:41 | More by flowerysong
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly dark mahogany brown, near black with the slightest amber highlights. A finger of off-white head that dissolves fairly fast. Nose is lots of coffee and vegetable like bitterness. Nutty and a little sour. Taste is lots of coffee, bitter roasted malt, and some stronger sourness. Little bitter hops at the end to go along with the coffee bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with a fairly full body. I liked this one; very unique, flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 14:31:50 | More by soupyman10
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4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a light brown, one-finger head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of java and some sweet toffee.

T - Tasted of coffee and oatmeal. It had a strong roasted malt flavor, too. Not really bitter for a coffee stout.

M - It was dry and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I'm not a coffee drinker but this is a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 04:35:58 | More by zeff80
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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date or batch code of 7822, cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this one

Pours mahogany/black with 2+ fingers of brown head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Deep, pleasing coffee notes

t: Roasted grain, then java up front. Hints of baker chocolate & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with strong, but not too strong coffee, chicory/molasses & baker's chocolate

MF: Oily & chewy with a great creaminess that is just missing from most stouts IMO. Perfect carbonation

Drinks good, not a huge fan of coffee stouts, but this one really works for me, once again, another great beer from bell's

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 03:50:43 | More by russpowell
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's in Norristown.

Black as the ace of spades and I mean BLACK.Small brown ring with some brown patches in there.Smells of roasted malt and chocolate and some coffee.Some fruit in the taste,with some chocolate and some coffee.Very creamy mouthful.Good beer but a bit overpowering with the coffee.My least favorite Bell's beer but solid none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2007 06:04:02 | More by MmmIPA
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours deep black with a thin brown head and sticky lacing.

S - Fresh roasted coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

T - Fresh roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a slight lactic sweetness.

M - Medium body with light carbonation,

D - One of the freshest coffee flavors in a beer and this one is 8 months old. The only better version I have tasted is the bourbon java.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 03:25:33 | More by brewcrew76
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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer from the generosity of upsjeff, thanks.

Beer pours a black color with a fingers worth of mocha foam. The smell is intense with coffee, chocolate milk shake, cocoa, slight vanilla, toffee and subtle notes of wood or aged hops. The taste is much like the aroma, a strong coffee and chocolate malt profile upfront and a slightly dry cocoa finish. This is a very well made coffee stout. Mouthfeel and carbonation seem just right for this beer and alcohol, what alcohol? It is very well hidden behind the robust coffee and malt flavors. So far all of the Bell’s stouts I have had the pleasure to try are winners in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 04:28:16 | More by seaoflament
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a dry earthy scent that boasts of patent malts and coffee. There is a bit of chocolate malt in there as well to round out the aroma. The taste is good. It has a very dry and earthy black malt taste. It's bitter with coffee and has a bold "black" flavor. The alcohol is hidden well in this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. These guys know how to brew stouts. It's black and bold with no holding back on the coffee taste. It's dry and earthy like it's supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 00:22:07 | More by WesWes
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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Party Town cold and ready to go. Heavy and slick pour reveals a very black, opaque brew. Even putting it up to the light only lets in a slight brownish tint. Dark brown head doesn't live very long and leaves light lace.
Brown sugar and whiskey filled coffee aroma.
Fine creamy espresso and dark, rich chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel is heavier and leaves the kind of lingering mouthfeel of a good dessert.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 22:01:32 | More by Umbra
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