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

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2,433 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 130
Gots: 170 | 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.

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Photo of jeffmonarch


2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice thick dark black color with a medium brown head that's thick and stays for a long time.

S - Coffee, coffee and some chocolate. There's also a slight coffee scent.

T - Lots of coffee flavor. Tastes like coffee grinds. Slight chocolate undertones.

M - Full bodied. Good carbonation.

D - I'm not impressed. I poured it out and thought, Oh my god! I was sitting in antisipation. It smelled good. The flavor is definitly coffee but it's more like the grinds left after you brew the coffee not the beans.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 07:41:38 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of cjgator3


4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head with good lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts and a good amount of fresh ground coffee. The taste is dark and roasty that begins smooth and malty and finishes with an explosion of bitter roasted coffee flavors. Overall, this is another great brew from Bell's and is definitely one of the better coffee stouts on the market today. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 04:44:42 | More by cjgator3
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another exceptional stout from Bell's, this pours thick, inky black with a dense head of whipped mocha.

Aroma screams chocolate and coffee with a melange of expertly roasted and charred dark malt.

Flavor is big and bitter. Massive fresh coffee and dark chocolate is heightened by just a bit of piney hops and dark dried fruit notes.

Body is big and very creamy and smooth. Mouthfeel of melted velvet. Filling too, one is enough at a time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2007 20:08:30 | More by AlexJ
Photo of malcontent


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body is capped by an attractive but fleeting tan head.

Fresh-roasted coffee, black malt and a touch of charcoal form a yummy nose.

Pretty loaded with coffee although the hops on the finish are surprising. Burnt notes on the finish are almost reminiscent of over-roasted coffee i.e. Starbucks. The charred flavor mellows somewhat as the beer opens up and a subdued sweetness (sweet cream) enters the fray, creating a pretty enjoyable beer.

Medium-bodied with a touch too much carbonation but otherwise just right. You really have to like coffee to find this drinkable. Luckily for me I drink an entire pot every morning. This makes for an incredible bookend to a day for me!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 05:39:30 | More by malcontent
Photo of wspscott


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Black, no light comes through. Thin dark tan head leaves a small bit of lace.
S: Bitter, roasted grains, nothing else
T: No obvious coffee flavor, mostly very bitter malts
M: Smooth/creamy, but the malts are very astringent/drying.
D: Very nice stout but, I like their Double Cream Stout better. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 00:38:44 | More by wspscott
Photo of genog


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

Did a side by side tasting of this beer, and Founders Breakfast Stout

Pours an opaque black color with a creamy, yet frothy dark tan colored head. Nice sparkling body cascades up through the glass. Plenty of lacing clings to the side of the glass with a reddish tint along the side of the foamy goodness. Smell is of sweet malt with a roasted and bitter back to it. Some light coffee aroma with a little sweet chocolate. Taste is of the roasted and dark malt and plenty of dark robust coffee, and slight vanilla sweetness as this one warms up. Mouthfeeling is a creamy, slightly velvety and more creamy, when compared to the FBS which was a much dryer robust mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 15:19:27 | More by genog
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks beyond dark with a milky dark chocolate head. You can catch slight bits of red light sneak through only right at the edges if you move the glass around in the light. Aroma brings a fistful of thick ultra roasted coffee beans. Its bitter, dark, robust, and pointy with some cocoa and sliiight vanilla under there. Nice aroma though the roasted smell might be clouding some other more subtle mouthwatering scents. Taste matches real well with some added dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee bite. Very nice. Intense flavors and certainly entertaining. If you don't like strong coffee you probably will find this over the top. Texture is grainy but slick. Nice light velvety smoothness in there too. The carbonation mixes with the burnt roasted coffee bite and adds sharpness. This is certainly drinkable but its intensity is forcing me to take it easy.

Great for a first drink after sleeping in real late on a lazy day.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 00:13:33 | More by tastybeer
Photo of MrBen


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's does stout quite well. The brewery's Java offering is no exception.

The pour releases a chunky, tan head that hangs on, as well as a sweet, toasty stout nose with enough coffee to show through. The beer is black and thick.

Taste is a malty, grainy, flinty stout profile with sweetness and some added interest from the coffee, which is prominent but never overpowering. The long finish carries in some hoppy flavors. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced and silky. I could happily make this the first or last beer of the day. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 19:15:37 | More by MrBen
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review edited almost 2 years after original review. This was my first coffee stout, and I originally gave it 4.5s in smell and taste. Since then I have had several top coffee stouts (Founders BS and KBS, Big Boss Aces and Ates, Pisgah Valdez, DFH Chicory, Terrapin Wake-n-Bake), so I feel that this needs to be re-viewed.

A: Pours black with a full 1 finger creamy khaki tan head that drops to a film in a few minutes.

S: Deep roasted malts and fresh roasted coffee in the nose almost makes you feel like your about to drink a freshly brewed cup of good coffee. Mainly coffee though.

T: Bittersweet coffee right away. A little chocolate and roasted malts get mostly covered by coffee. I am almost positive they brewed a batch of coffee and just added to the beer. A little bite. I cant tell if its a hop presence or just from the coffee. Coffee doesn't really work with the beer as well as some other coffee stouts I have had like Pisgah Valdez, but still good if you like coffee.

Smooth, a little creamy and surprisingly drinkable - almost dangerously easy to drink given the ABV. I could have another one no problem.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 01:27:21 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of gpcollen1


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp...

Poured this one into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Dark as night on the pour with a fluffy head gets right on up there and settles after a short while. Aromas are rich with fresh dark roasted coffee mixed and mashed with rich cocao.

Taste jumps on the nose with some bold coffee and dark roasty flavors. The coffee even seems to lend a gently bitterness aside the gentle and drying hop finish. A roasty dark chocolate seems to dominate the finish on this and lingers on the palate in a oh so pleasant way. Would think that this would be a touch more creamy but it is not.

This is a great coffee stout for those who like coffee. I think they really need to be big beers to carry the coffee. A bit more alcohol in this would be welcome but it is really just fine the way it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 01:38:00 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of scott


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


This little devil sat in my fridge waiting, as I anticipated. Truth be told, this looks sexy in my chalice. It sits patiently in black with an invisible finger calling me to come. Ahh, the pleasant aroma of fresh roast. One year in and it still holds weight.
Unfortunately, the robust factor is lost on my tongue, but fear not! This is still highly drinkable. Moreover, likeable. The chewy loveableness is not lost by any means as I still wish I had 5 more left to reflect over. Damn the atrocity.
Scott, to the store and buy more! Now!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 06:41:04 | More by scott
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

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

dark, deep, roasty. and man, does it smell like coffee

i've never really had a coffee before and this beer makes me afraid i'd like it...but that's another matter

sweet, bitter, coffee. thick, robust, coffee. it's hardly a thick brew; the only thing double, i would argue, is the alcohol. i wouldn't go as far as to call it dry, but it is definitely not the sticky mess that some imperial/double stouts are. the sweetness comes up front, but tails off, framed by a well-designed bitterness

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 03:04:42 | More by bruachan
Photo of jasonjlewis


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

Pours a thick 3 finger brown head with great retention that sticks around for a good while.

Smell is DOMINATED by black cofee beans. The roasted malts come through in the back. slight dryness from the cofee beans and I smell just a hint of mint and vanilla. Go brew some coffee, put a blindfold on, and try to tell which one is the cofee and which one is the java stout. The culmination of the smells almost smells like oak.

Taste of sweet caramel and chocolate malts. Some bitter cofee flavor comes out with a roasted malt undertone. Some dryness from the coffee beans. When they say java stout, they mean cofee stout, not a stout with cofeeness. Nevertheless, there is great balance. A nice, well-balanced hop finish to finish that isn't too aggressive. It balances quite nicely.

The flavor and malts cling well with a slight slight creaminess, nice crispness on the palate and the slight creamienss impress me considering how much black cofee is used.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 01:33:45 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8158

This is what a stout should look like. Pitch black, thick bodied and a tan head with ample lacing. The smell is coffee, honey and nuts. The taste is a lot of coffee with roasted oatmeal and maybe a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is good for a higher abv brew. I could drink this beer again. This is a pretty good beer of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 23:42:48 | More by Enola
Photo of PhageLab


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a sifter.

A - Pitch black coloration, looks kinda like carbonated coffee, or maybe really dark grape juice. Produced a fingertip's worth of head that dissipated after a few moments. Left a tiny bit of splotched lacing.

S - Amazing aromas going on here; Coffe, vanilla beans, and even a bit of toasted malt. Delicious.

T - Roasted malt profile with a bitterness reminiscent of dark chocolate. Toffee and mocha flavors blend together. No apparent abv. There is a lot going on here, and although it is complex, it doesn't distract you from enjoying it. Mellows and glides down easier as it warms.

M - Full bodied and creamy. Very low carbonation. Leaves a bit of a burnt aftertaste, but no residue.

D - Definitely a sipper. I did enjoy it, but I don't think I could do more than one, so the score took a hit here. I'm not a big stout fan, but this was very robust and tasty. Highly recommended if you like stouts, and if you don't, it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 14:20:06 | More by PhageLab
Photo of becktone


4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: This brew pours black or close enough to it. I saw some ruby/garnet highlights when the beer caught the light. Head is tan in color and is very creamy. It has great retention, but not much to lacing.

Nose: Very nice aroma here. Sweet dark malt flavors, and perhaps a bit of vanilla/milk stout aroma. Lots of roasted grain aroma, chocolate aroma and coffee aroma. I can see why its called Java Stout. Smells like it would go great with breakfast. I love the way this brew smells, but it would be nice if it were just a bit more potent.

Tongue: Oh yeah, and explosion of flavor. This is the way I want a stout to taste. Lots of chocolate and roasted flavors along with some sweet dark malt flavor and a finish with a flavor that reminds me of a milk stout (it kinda slides in between where are all the other flavors are resting on the palate).

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This brew is full bodied on the tongue and is very smooth. It feels much the same as a milk/sweet stout-smooth, velvety, and full. Alcohol is hidden pretty well and the finish is definitely not dry, leaves a slick feeling on the tongue. This is a beer that I'd have no problem drinking all day... As a matter of fact I find it to be a great way to start the day, just as with Founder's Breakfast Stout this one can easily be consumed for breakfast, goes well with the meal or as a substitute for it. This is one I'll definitely pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 23:20:30 | More by becktone
Photo of Minkybut


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this black strong beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black as tar with the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer. It was great! The beer smelled like strong coffee and indeed it tasted that way. The beer had nice balance of burnt smoked roated coffee with a thick taste to it that let you know you were really getting something with some roots to it. Yes I will buy this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 16:19:41 | More by Minkybut
Photo of tayner


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a small tan head that goes to a ring tha tlaces the glass.

Smells strongly of freshly ground coffee beans, like when you walk down the coffee isle at the grocery store. I am not a huge coffee drinker, but always love the smell of fresh ground beans.

This is the most coffee i have tasted this far in a "coffee stout". It has a fantastic punch of coffee flavor that is backed by some mid palate roasted grains and maybe a slight finish of hops, although it would be very slight. there is a touch of finishing bitterness from the coffee beans, enough to help dry the palate and make me want more. If i served this hot in a coffee cup one might think it was a cup of joe spiked with a touch of whiskey or something..

It was very creamy, i wished only it had a touch more carbonation for me.

Not sure where the 7.5% abv is, i couldnt believe it was that high when i saw it on here, it is VERY well hidden. I wish i had more than one of these, it saddens me to think this was the only one i have... i guess i need to seek out more of these before winter is over.... this is one i will continue to seek out year after year.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 01:14:02 | More by tayner
Photo of letsgopens


4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost completely black with some very thin brown/ ruby highlights. The thick tan head recedes and leaves some nice thick lace. Certainly off to a good start.

Lots of roasted malt and some good strong black coffee. Just a hint of bitter cocoa and a bit of sweet molasses.

Tons of coffee; thick, black, roasty coffee. Malty and bitter in the finish. Spent grounds and a hint of chocolate/toffee sweetness in the finish. Not just that roasted malt kind of coffee reminisce, but real bold coffee flavor. Exactly what I look for in a beer called Java Stout. Big bitter and roasty with lots of coffee. One of my favorites. Complex but focused on the coffee. Extremely flavorful.

Heavily creamy and thick. Moderate but mellow carbonation that picks of the flavor and sharpens it a bit. Somewhat syrupy and smooth with a nice lingering finish. No real warmth because of the relatively low abv for the style. A must try beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 01:11:54 | More by letsgopens
Photo of younger35


4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this gem in a trade with tpd975. Have had a couple other brews from this brewery and I love it. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy light brown head. Head slowly recedes to leave a great cap and collar along with plenty of thick, creamy lacing.
Smell- Lots of rich roasted coffee with a bit of chocolate like sweetness in the background. If there is such thing as a smooth smell, this is it. Hints of vanilla and light toffee are also present.
Taste- Rich dark malt is smoothly sweet and there is plenty of coffee to go around on the bad boy. A bit of chocolate is present along with the espresso and maybe a touch of vanilla. Basically tastes how it smells. Leaves a lingering coffee bitterness that seems to stay in the back of the mouth for days. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol, impressively covered.
Mouthfeel- Ridiculously smooth and creamy with a nice light carbonation that really lets the smoothness shine.
Drinkability- Man this thing is wonderful. It reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout with a bit less complexity. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all either. It’s basically a Breakfast Stout with all the rough edges polished out. Man I loved this thing, big thanks tpd975!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 05:13:42 | More by younger35
Photo of mcallister


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

Reviewed this last year out of bottle and I'm not sure if I was having an off day or what but the review was a little less than average. Now trying this freshly tapped it is amazing.

Nearly black in color with a great tan head that fades modestly into a foam topper and leaves some lacing thick and sticky.

Very roasty coffee aromas, freshly ground and dipped in dark chocolate. A hint of peat as well. Loads of dark fruit character with a hint of black licorice. Tar and a bit of earth also reside.

Mouth on this beer is big, round, thick and creamy. This years seems to be balanced impeccably. That mouthfeel really helps the character and drinkability of this brew. Coffee flavors are rich, roasty chocolatey with hints of scotch flavors. Again dark fruits galore with that pinch of black licorice. An amazing pint of beer that will be in my glass for the night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2007 23:03:02 | More by mcallister
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
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.