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

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2,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,592
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 138
Gots: 210 | 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 MmmIPA
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.

MmmIPA, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
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.

seaoflament, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Umbra
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.

Umbra, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nathan15 for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a completely opaque black with a nice two finger brown head that quickly dies down to a thin lacing but leaves a lot of stickiness. Smell is huge notes of black coffee and espresso, what else would you expect? Very sweet brown sugar and a hint of alcohol (almost whiskey like) in the nose as well. Wow, taste is amazing. Sweet malt bomb with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and espresso. Starts and finishes extremely smooth with a good hop bite mixed up there in the middle. If you don' like coffee, don't even bother with this beer. Such a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Why doesn't this beer get more recognition? Truly an amazing beer and Bell's continues to prove they have some of the best stouts around.

BeerTruth, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of blakesell
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a funky curved belgian glass.

Appearance- Black as night, a reddish hue around the edges, and much yeast deposited with the pour. Moderate head dissapates to fine bubbles around the edges.

Smell- Almost like sticking the nose into a bag of coffee beans. The java smell is very upfront here. Some chocolatey notes, but mostly just coffee coffee coffee.

Taste- Just like I like my coffee. Black. Oh, this is beer? Yes, full stout body and thick coffee aroma and taste. I love this beer. I wonder what it's like on tap.

Mouthfeel- Big but not too sticky. This is how I like a great stout to taste, still drinkable, but not 'chuggable'. I love how Bell's has made many an affordable great beer.

Drinkability- Very, but would be great either for breakfast time or for struggling to stay awake times most of all. I'm at neither of these times right now, but I can deal with that and enjoy this beer for what it is. An amazingly affordable great beer.

My next clonebrew will have to be a Java stout. It's just that tastey.

Now where's that Batch 8000?

blakesell, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/22/07- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a code (7822) imprinted on the bottom of the back label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Pretty deep black in color. One inch plus very dirty brown (milk chocolate) colored head. Very light if any traces of lace. Looked great besides that fact.

Smell- Scents of espresso beans, and roasted malt. Smells fairly sweet.

Taste- Hefty and dark malt base. Lightly smoky with a very dark chocolate taste. Coffee is there and plays a large role. Pushes the chocolate out of the way and takes over as it warms. I nice burnt caramel touch as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. A touch cola-like. Eases up a bit as it warms.

Drinkability- Nothing wrong with this one. Good overall flavors and easy to drink. A poor mans breakfast stout.

GClarkage, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. By far, the best coffee beer I have had. They have managed to make it taste like a good cup of strong high quality coffee in beer form. Not over the top, just beautifully balanced, and tastes like fresh brewed coffeee, not coffee grounds. Terrapin, take notes! Pours bloack with a thin dark tan head that fades quickly. Smell is fresh ground coffee beans up front, followed by subtle notes of vanilla, cherry, raspberry, cream, and some faint bitterness. The taste is wonderful. Lingering fresh strong fruity coffee followed by a grainy roastiness, chocolate and vanilla and another hit of stout bitterness at the end. So beautifully balanced. The mouthfeel is creamy and silky but with some good tannins to refresh the palate. Wonderfully drinkable- I know I shouldn't have a lot of this, but like a strong wonderful coffee in the morning, sometimes I just can't help having another cup, er... glass.

Georgiabeer, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark, opaque brown into a snifter. 2 finger cocoa colored head leaves some decent lacing and reduces to a thin cap on top of the beer.

Very chocolatey aroma, some notes of coffee and a biscuity oaty note.

Mainly coffee in the taste, backed up by chocolate syrup flavors as well as that biscuity note from the smell. Similar to Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake.

The body here is kinda flimsy for a stout. Carbonation is fine, no alcohol taste. Easy to drink.

illidurit, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown, thick brown head forms, lots of spotty lace, good retention, forms a solid ring. Smell is sweet, very fruity, coffee, light roast, chocolate, bit of caramel, pretty nice. Taste is sweet up front, almost cherry fruitiness, caramel, settles in a roasted chocolate and coffee grind, some roasted bitterness, coffee is nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, with low carbonation, nice. Thanks for picking up Lexx!

Viggo, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one arrived like so many of my other good brews via the Indiana/Florida express better known as my brother.

A: Black as night, with a small espresso colored head. Picture Perfect.

S: This one has a wonderful malt smell about it. Of course there are hints of coffee, but you can also smell chocolate and a hint of spice, nutmeg maybe?

T: Bell's never ceases to amaze. This is another solid beer from their ever impressive lineup. The taste is wonderful. It is so simple yet complex. This beer has a taste of a perfectly crafted cafe' mocha. The malt gives it a wonderful backbone and enhances the taste of fresh brewed dark coffee and chocolate.

M: It is very smooth, creamy, with very little bitterness despite the taste of dark coffee and chocolate.

D: Yes! I could drink this one morning noon and night. It is quite simply the easiest drinking stout known to man.

Overall: I have said it before, and I will say it again Bell's takes each style of beer and perfects it. They are not out blazing trails with new and interesting stuff. They take what is out there and show other brewers how it should be done and there is no exception here. They have made a perfect coffee stout. Move over Ozzie & Harriet and Peanut Butter & Jelly because we have a new perfect marriage. Coffee and Beer. Sorry Guinness, but this one truly is Brilliant!

Bell’s please barrel age some of this, you may have something to rival Founder’s KY stout.

tpd975, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a nice big foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of medium dry coffee is well balance with roasted malt and light subtle dark chocolate. Taste of nice coffee without being too overpowering and some nice medium bitter roasted malt. Texture is quite creamy which is appreciated with a quite full body and some adequate carbonation. I thought this was a very well done and well balance example of a coffee stout.

Phyl21ca, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a viscous pour and is pitch black with a beige, thin head.

Smell is basically only coffee, next to that there is a burned and chocolate smell. The coffee adds a somewhat oily, greasy smell and some cinnamon.

Taste is mild coffee, but it does overrule all the other flavors in this beer. There is also some burned notes that probably come from the dark malts. Some alcohol is evident, which also gives a warming mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is not smooth, rather sharp maltbitter and not smooth. Body is medium. This beer comes across as being decent, but after having a whole glass the strong coffee notes start to bore me.

Absumaster, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This was a bottle from batch 7768 poured into a Chimay goblet. It pours jet black with a thick mocha colored head that fell over the period of several minutes. A couple of drops that fell on the bottle were a good red color.

S: I'm pretty sure a stick of chocolate dynamite went off in this beer because it exudes pure chocolate aroma.

T: This is one hell of a good beer. The flavor is insanely creamy and filled with TONS of chocolate and coffee. Sometimes I think about changing my favorite style to something else and then I have another double stout and that fleeting thought is immediately erased. It is perhaps a bit lacking in the aftertaste department. The flavor doesn't last long enough as it quickly fades.

M: This beer is good and heavy and as I said before, ridiculously smooth.

D: Damn. I might have to move to a state where they sell Bell's. Enough said.

drseamus, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of jp62099
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stouts kinda have a coffee thing going anyway so not sure why there even needs to be a coffee stout, but I gave it a whirl. Looks like most stouts. Smell, whoaa! yes it's coffee, but mostly old coffee grounds, also has a twang. Taste, at first this was a tough one to drink, and I had let it warm. As I drank it the flavors mellowed and I actually started to enjoy it, almost like and Irish coffee, but not as sweet. I would have another sometime, maybe even give to a coffee lover as a gift. I suggest take a couple of good gulps then put it down for 10 min. or so.

jp62099, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with an off-white head that quickly diminishes to a ring. The aroma is strong on fresh roasted coffee with roasted malts not far behind. The taste is dominated by coffee with the usual roasted malt of a stout and just a touch of bitter chocolate right behind it. The beer is medium bodied with the alcohol fairly well hidden but providing a touch of warmth. While this beer is certainly more appropriate for cold weather, it is still very enjoyable even on a warm spring evening.

atsprings, May 29, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a jet black opaque body with a thin film of head that fades to a few swirls of tiny bubbles. The body is too dense to see any sign of carbonation or light.

S- The smell of wet coffee grounds is very strong with a light dark roasted malt note.

T- The big taste of cold coffee grounds is supported by the notes of dark roasted malt with a slight tartness. There is a slight bitterness from hops complimenting the bigger bitterness of the malt, which hangs on after the sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizz finish.

D- This beer has a big cold coffee grounds flavor that is a bit to much but it does have good malt supporting the coffee flavors. The coffee flavors are to much off flavors but the malt flavors underneath are pretty nice.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer exhibited a very nice dry-roasted aroma, like nice coffee. Flavor is also very pleasantly coffee-ish with a bit of sweetness and a dry mouthfeel. I thought this beer was very drinkable and delicious. This beer is a beer that is highly sessionable, yet offers up a serious amount of dry roasted coffee-ness. Highly recommended.

BeerBelcher, May 28, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile

Some coffee beers don't really commit to the java flavor, well this one is balls to the wall.It made it a bit more of a sipper for me and in many ways drinks more like coffee than beer. There's a full mouthfeel behind the dark-roasted coffee flavor from the malt, along with some complimentary bitterness. A coffee lover's dream, sort of reminds me of Surly's Coffee Bender, but a little heavier.

tempest, May 27, 2007
Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jay23 hooked me up with this one. thanks jay!

12oz bottle, batch 7706, packaged on October 26, 2006.

pours nearly black and not quite opaque. a small very dense head falls slowly and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is great. loads of coffee. light roast. dark chocolate. big bready malt. touch of earthy hops.

taste is great. tons of coffee. bittersweet chocolate. light roast that come more from the coffee than hops. medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. very faint orange + tangerine citrus. touch of caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. the medium carbonation level is best after it has had a few minutes to breathe. nice big body. almost no astringency.

drinkability is great. balanced and very enjoyable.

grub, May 15, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass, from Batch 7706 (bottled 10/26/2006)

A: Pours a gorgeous deep, rich brown with ample tan head. Looks creamy. Leaves moderate lacing throughout as minor head sticks around 'til the end.

S: Delicious! Mildly sweet roasted coffee beans with a slight tanginess on the back end.

T/M: Very rich, matches the smell quite well. Possibly a bit too overpowering at times. Very roasted, almost to the point of burnt coffee dominates the body. As creamy as it looks, with the proper amount of carbonation.

D: A bit "much" to drink too much of at a time, but a well-made beer. I'd drink again.

markgugs, May 11, 2007
Photo of Dendrite77
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a large, fluffy brown head, which left a significant amount of lacing.

Really strong coffee aroma and roasted taste. Similar 'base' to the other flavored Bell stout I've had, but hard to pick out behind the taste of coffee beans.

Very good, but I don't see having more than one at a sitting. The coffee taste was getting a bit overpowering after one.

Dendrite77, May 11, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from a recent trip to ohio poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch motor oil black with a fluffy tannish head that leaves some serious lace on the glass. Smell is of exotic coffee very strong coffee smell, also some roasted malt and barley in the nose. Taste is like a strong coffee flavor, boy I am in love with coffee and just found its counterpart in a exotic beer. This stuff is amazing it is so complex and has different layers of coffee in it goes from sweet to bitter to just plain delicous. This is a very fine offering and one of my favorites, Damn Bell's please come to S. Florida.

gunnerman, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep dark brown with a tan and copper head that falls to a delicate film.

Smells of toasty barley and burn coffee with some molasses holding the two together. There’s also a wisp of rye, red grapes and a hint of alcohol.

Tastes of a (perfect?) blend of roasty barely and dark coffee. Where the one begins and the other ends I can’t tell. This is backed by a more sweet barley that seems to hit my stomach rather hard and heavy. Supporting this is a little watermelon. Finishes like a cup of cheap coffee from Perkins or the like.

Feels thin and clean, but dense with only a trace of microscopic, smooth carbonation.

Very nice for the style and a fantastic use of coffee.

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 24, 2007
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,592 ratings.