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

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2,876 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,876
Reviews: 1,097
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 157
Gots: 294 | 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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Ratings: 2,876 | Reviews: 1,097
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark as the darkest of stouts with a small dark tan head that looks a bit meringue-y.

S - Coffee as expected, a little sweet cocoa and hiding behind the massive java smell is a touch of sweet malt.

T - Roasty malt well-backed by sweet coffee. A touch of bitter carob also comes up. The malts become increasingly chalky as it warms. It's quite sweeter than expected and could easily benefit from a chocolate variant.

M - Carbed a bit higher than I like but holds a medium to decently heavy body that makes this brew nice and rich.

D - Not bad at all. Very easy to handle for most anyone. I'd drink these all the time if I could afford it.

Photo of 321jeff
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9363 - reviewed on 10/9/2010

Pours black as night with a finger of mocha colored head. Retention is good, leaving a thing layer for the duration.

Smell is of a bitter, earthy coffee and dark chocolate. Pretty straightforward for a coffee stout.

Taste is similar, all coffee with hints of dark chocolate. Coffee tastes a little stale, but this bottle is about a year old.

The beer is medium in body with plentiful carbonation, but as I swallow, it leaves a nice chocolatey coating around my mouth, feeling very similar to eating a piece of chocolate. Not the most drinkable coffee stout I've ever had, but it does go down pretty easy for a 7.5% beer.

Photo of PTMcB
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - It pour thick and malty. It's dark with a full two fingers of head. Even the head seems to have a tint of brown tint to it.

S - The smell is stout chocolate that tries to hide the coffee.

T - The taste is of little chocolate, tasty malt, and of heavy coffee grains. In fact, the coffee grains seem to be close to overwhelming. I recommend to have this drink very lightly cooled.

M - Mouthfeel is not bad at all. The head not only helps the taste but the feel. Though thick, it is a good beer to have after a light meal.

D - This beer is unique and I like it for that. I don't believe this is something I will have often, but when having a craving for it (probably rarely). All together it's a great beer to try, but I recommend getting a single bottle if at all possible.

Photo of Anthony1
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a big rocky brown head. Very evident coffee aroma on the nose. Opaque color. Burnt malts on the nose also. The coffee taste is not subtle in this beer. It meshes so nicely in this brew. I am not a coffee drinker, but absolutely love this beer. There's a bit of carbonation in this one. Besides coffee, I get toffee and roasted undertones. A great bitterness present from coffee and Roasted malts rather than hops

Photo of GoGriz
1.78/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Much like other people that have had batch 9462, I can confirm that this must be infected. I just bought this beer in Philly at the Foodery after having had this beer earlier from a trade. The one from the trade tasted the exact same way and though i didn't review that beer or make note of the batch, I have to assume it was this same batch. DRINKER BEWARE that if you want to taste acidic rotten brew...this batch is it. The question is will I ever get a proper java stout frm Bells? I hope.

Photo of stonelis
1.9/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Batch 9462. Poured a deep dark black. Nice tan head. Smells good, coffee with hints of chocolate. That's where the good traits end. This tasted awful! I usually love stouts. I drink cold espresso and coffee. I've had other Coffee Stouts. This was bitter and putrid. The only beer I ever poured away because I couldn't choke it down. I would be curious to know if this was a bad batch. I did notice one other review which mentioned this batch number and they had the same experience. If so shame on Bells for letting this out of the brewery. This rated a "D" because out of fairness it did look and small good but It should be a "F"

Photo of harpus
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black viscous body with no head, just a thin layer of dark mocha foam forms and falls quickly to a thin ring.

S: Huge aroma of coffee, roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate.

T: Massive flavor of roasted coffee, malt and chocolate on the nose are almost non-existent. Sadly this is too heavily dominated by coffee/espresso to be considered a good example of the style, needs a lot more balance.

M: Medium heavy mouthfeel, nice smooth carbonation and dry on the finish, the abv is well hidden.

D: The mouthfeel helps this beer and as it warms it develops a little more complexity and balance, but overall this beer needs more malt profile and balance to make it a truly great example. Too much coffe aroma and flavor for me

Photo of jonvan04
2.32/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I bought a bottle of this as part of a mix a 6 from Food & Friends on 20th & Spruce in Philadelphia. I must have purchased a bad bottle, it was from batch #9462. The smell was there, it had an awesome coffee aroma to it that I was very excited for. Until I tasted it. It tasted like a sour. I love sours, but not when I'm expecting a coffee stout.

Photo of JackieTH
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown/black with a a finger of medium density head that dissipated to leave a bit of lacing.

Smell: Very inviting coffeehouse aroma of roasted coffee and espresso. Perhaps a hint of mellow chocolate.

Taste: It's thoroughly java espresso up front, but not overpowering like a double espresso heavy french roast. Gentle chocolates make a fleeting appearance. Roasted malt and a subtle burnt sugar taste appear as one gets accustomed to the coffee bean bitterness, and is welcome. Mild lingering bitterness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy and almost creamy, moderately low carbonation.

Notes: Not overly complex but seems well balanced with hop/coffee/not overly sweet and because the espresso isn't in your face strong it's quite drinkable.

Photo of rebel1771
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with almost no head.

S: Rich aroma of dark chocolate with a large dose of roasted coffee.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells, dark chocolate with an espresso bite with a semisweet finish.

D: I was afraid this beer was going to be so overdone that it would be nearly undrinkable, gladly I was wrong. Very tasty brew that is pretty easy on the palate.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this at my Monroeville Gateway Grill for 3.25, pretty awesome since I didn't think I would be able to find it till this fall!

A - Pours a blackened color with no head probably due to this beer being almost a year old.

S - Roasted coffee greatness. The malts really play on the nose giving it a sweet yet bitter smell of java or espresso.

T - Mostly bitter coffee. A friend told me it was like the beer version of Folgers coffee which I can relate since I drink it from time to time. A really smooth tasting coffee flavor with little bite from any hops. Aged well.

M - Heavy to medium bodied. Enjoyed it as a sipper.

D - Well I will have to try a fresh one for sure to see if I can get any hops with all this coffee malt I sampled here but for the price it's a very good smooth beer. Nice.

Photo of dubinsky
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown/black. Almost completely opaque. My pour was rather slow and focused and unfortunately resulted in no head, but in all fairness, i don't think it would have ever had a head, at least not this vintage, brewed September 22, 2009, consumed August 8th, 2010.

S: Smoke, Licorice, Anise, and of course coffee that's been sitting in a cup for a few days. A slight syrupy/alcoholic scent as well.

T: The name of this beer is consistent with its taste. Coffee through and through. Overtones of dark chocolate and burnt sugar. definitely some alcohol present, but it's not overwhelming.

M: A bit flat and syrupy. Leaves a dry finish on the tongue and a nice coffee aftertaste.

D: I sipped this beer and thoroughly enjoyed every last drop, especially since i'm on the west coast and don't normally get to drink this stuff. As i was drinking it, i was feeling a nice warming effect, and a nice little buzz. I don't think this is a good session beer. Tastes great though.

Photo of beeragent
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown forming a thin mocha head. Light lacing sticks to the glass.

S - Extremely strong roasted coffee/espresso aroma completely dominates the nose. No other aromas a really detectible.

T - Strong coffee/espresso and roasted malt flavor coats the palate. Again not much else is present in the taste.

M - Heavy bodied and very smooth. Low carbonation.

D - Bells definetely created a "java" stout. Great pairing of coffee/espresso and roasted malts. I wish I could have one of these in the morning before work. Although the flavor is not as complex, the flavor works great for what its supposed to be.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- jet black with a quarter finger head thats a light shade of mocha. Head fades pretty quickly. No lacing. Disappointing

S- ridiculously dark coffee...it almost smells burned. Honestly? This smells like my grandfather's house, and he was a big pipe smoker. Its really not appealing in the slightest

T- dark coffee and roasted malts. Very bitter in that respect. No alcohol taste at all, which is a huge positive. Theres no real balance to it...all I'm getting is the coffee. Give me some chocolate, give me some more roastiness...come on now.

M- its got a good thickness to it, I'll give the beer that. Not syrupy in the slightest.

D- if you can get past the smell, its not too bad...total dessert beer in my mind.

Photo of Spica66
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Very dark, almost black. Excellent head creation and retention. Some slight lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Coffee, caramel malt. Very easy on the nose.

T: Tastes like it smells. Coffee and caramel. A little sharpness from hops is present as well.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Slides without being sticky, carbonation in the right amount. Very balanced.

D: Extremely well balanced beer makes this one of my favorite breakfast beers.

Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderishly thick black with no head, thus no lacing. Scent is of fresh brewed iced coffee, full notes of dark fruit and carmel, hints of dark roasted grains and char. Taste is not as aggressive as the scent, but after a bitter char and roasted coffee begining, it ups the dark fruit and carmel charachters, so much so that they are in balance with the coffee notes, making a somewhat strange, yet halfway decent tasting brew. Medium bodied, not oily or sludgy, little aftertaste.

Photo of newk340
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

split w/ hu5om (received as a trade extra) in 6oz sampler glasses.

A: a nice black pour with a slight brownish hue, some slight carbonation and a tan foam ring.

S: burnt espresso beans/coffee grounds

T: a bitter espresso warmth permeates the mouth in a wave of fizzy deliciousness.

MF/D: a sizzle of flavor leaves a lasting tingle, carbonation offers a slight buzz on the tongue, though a little too coffee heavy for my liking.

Photo of hu5om
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to gon8888 for the very good extra and knocking out one of my wants!
split with newk340
a- black, thin tan foam that stays as a ring for about half of the duration
s-big dark coffee, dark malts, but mostly dark coffee
t-dark coffee grounds, almost bitter burnt chocolate in flavor. 90% coffee, 10% beer.
m-pretty bubbly, tingly on the tongue. not very thick.
d-interesting. a bit heavy on the coffee for me. i like mostly beer with coffee notes, but this was the opposite. either way, glad i tried it and worth looking into.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bell's Java Stout poured black, with a tan head, that persisted for awhile. It smelt dark and rich, with a strong coffee flavor. The taste contained a very strong coffee flavor. It had a very strong and heavy flavor. Overall a good beer, the coffee flavors may be a bit strong, one to avoid if you dislike cofee.

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a beer mug.

A: A black as night body, with a foamy, tan head. Good retention, and good lacing.

S: A bit on the sweet caramel side. But a blast of coffee is present.

T/M: A bit of a tart, sweetness. Not what I was expecting, but a nice Java kick. Mouthfeel is a crisp, refreshing bite, not that of the creamy mouthfeel like other coffee stouts. As the beer warms a increase in the amount of tartness is present.

D: This is a easy going beer, not too heavy, but not too weak, a nice balance of complexity between coffee and stout.

Photo of decadance
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Eccentric Cafe.

A - A lighter black body with a medium tan head.

S - Rich roasted coffees with other sweets involved. Hints of caramel.

T - It seems like a typical stout with a coffee background, nothing overly fantastic, but a solid taste.

M - Full body, with a mouth coating quality. Decent carbonation.

D - It is a good one off, but you likely won't want multiples.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typing up this review from notes. I had this along with several other coffee beers with my girlfriend a few months ago.

A - Pitch black with a tan head

S - coffee with a whiff of vanilla at the end

T - Not as much coffee as the nose suggests but still coffee dominates the palate. Kind of creamy flavor and slightly sweet, a bit of bitterness is present but it is not too bitter

M - medium to heavy body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D Pretty easy to drink for a coffee stout. Pretty good beer overall but nothing extraordinary. Would drink again but wouldn't go nuts trying to seek this one out.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black, no question on the color. No light passes through.

Nose has a good mixture of chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso aromas. Espresso quality comes through nicely on the palate as well, even with some of the typical off-flavors that one finds when ordering espressos at places that don't exactly give a perfect pull.

Medium to almost full body and good coffee flavors on the finish. This is a contemplative beer, one to enjoy, but not necessarily a beer to have 2 or 3 in one sitting.

Photo of stimulus
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, batch #9462.

A: Pours pitch black with a tan head that leaves lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Espresso and dark chocolate waft from this brew with a malty finish.
T: The taste mimicks the smell, but is more dominated
M: Well carbonated with a slightly sticky finish.
D: On the heavier side for a stout, so only somewhat drinkable. Probably wouldn't be able to finish a second in succession.

Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-06-13 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Black with a one finger dark tan head

S - Coffee, raisin, sweet malt

T - Dark roasted malt followed quickly by strong, fresh-brewed coffee. There's also a dark roasted malt sweetness, a bit of hop bitterness and coffee astringency.

M - Medium body and light carbonation and a bit creamy

D - Not sessionable but a good tasting, single beer treat. You could have this for breakfast with your leftover pizza.

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