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

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2,557 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,557
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 139
Gots: 207 | FT: 10
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 emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh batch #7768.

Pours black with tan foam, stays for a good half-hour.

Aroma of fresh-ground coffee beans, chocolate malt.

Medium acidic coffee bitterness, almost fruity and green. Rich and still approachable, a shade under Breakfast Stout and other "big" coffee stouts. Roasted malt in the middle, milld hop integrated with the coffee, bitter but not herbal or harsh. Fairly sweet, but mild with a residual caramel aspect.

Mouthfeel is ultra smooth, even carbonation that lasts. Very easy to have several in a sitting. My favorite session coffee stout.

emerge077, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of adams82
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a rocky dark tan head which leaves light lacing. Smells of bitter sweet chocolate, strong coffee with a sweet backbone. Obviously, big tastes of coffee/espresso and some dark chocolate, a slight smoky hint is in there somewhere too with maybe some raisens, some residual sweetness lingers as the slightly spicy hopfinish takes over. Just the right amount of carbonation gives this a silky mouthfeel, medium bodied and fairly drinkable.

This is made for a coffee drinker, hence the name, so if you don't like coffee, stay away! Otherwise, this is a nice Java Stout and a fairly solid offering.

adams82, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark and opaque with a nice light tan head, incredibly foamy and beautiful to look at. Lacing is present, but not very consistent.

Smell is exquisite, extreme coffee grounds, espresso and roasted malts. I pick up bits of burnt wood in the background and a little chocolate, even whiffs of oatmeal, wonderful aroma.

Taste is quite understandably coffee grounds, however not as dominantly as I would assume. The coffee blends fairly well alongside milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and espresso. There is also some molasses-sweetness and a chocolaty aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied, but quite smooth with alcohol completely hidden. It would be hard to drink several of these due to the infusion of coffee, but something I would drink again. I'd even recommend this to coffee-haters thanks to its balance.

dogger6253, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of happygnome
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark dark brown almost black color maroon hints on the edges eigth inch of head dissapears fast little lacing
s: roated malt smell little hop presence deffinate coffee aroma
t: wow deffinate coffee flavor nice bitter hop finish
m: medium to heavy bodied beer very smooth very nice wow

overall this beer is really realyl nice I enjoyed around 55 degrees very nice wow

happygnome, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JohnnyM2002

Pours a nice clean dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, slight hops, nice coffee/caramel. The taste is delicious of sweet roasted malts and coffe/caramel, the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome ADS, very tasty indeed.

Wasatch, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an inky black color with a thick, fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a strong coffee aroma. I guess that is why they named it Java Stout. It has a slight bittersweet chocolate aroma. It has a slight tobaco aroma also. I have read reviews mentioning a tobaco aroma, but I have never actually detected it until now. It is different. Some dark fruit is also present.

This beer tastes like all the fine things in life. It tastes like drinking stouts and smoking cigars. Tobaco is present. A strong coffee flavor is also present. The tobaco flavor is overpowering any other flavors I might have been able to detect.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a cigarlike aftertaste. It is very unique. It is perfectly carbonated.

I dont think this beer would be the worlds best session beer. It has a strong, but good flavor that might become overbearing fast.

Overall: I think this might be one of the most unique stouts I have ever had. I liked it and would drink it again, but definately not all the time. Thanks go out to ggaughan for yet another great Bells beer.

OStrungT, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-10-07
Batch 7706
Bottled on 10-26-06

Pours a very smooth pitch black with a thin tan head that sits there.

Smells like coffee. Not like coffee malt but like a freshly brewed cup of coffee. A slightly sweet malty aroma is in there too.

Taste is very malty with a huge coffee finish. There's no mistaking what the theme of this beer is. The hop bitterness complements the coffee bitterness perfectly.

Mouthfeel is good, very thick with low carbonation.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. I expected this to really build up, but it drinks very easily.

Overall a very good coffee beer. If you like coffee flavors in your beer, you'll like this.

BMoney575, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown, with a half inch tan head. Whoa, you can really smell the coffee in this beer. I can also smell some malt and a bit of chocolate, but coffee is the main smell by far. Taste is mostly coffee, with some malt/chocolate sweetness at first. Then the coffee taste kicks in, and finishes with a slight lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, and the body is medium but a little thinner than I expected. Drinkability is good, it's nice and smooth and goes down easy. If you like coffee, you'll like this beer. I think it's pretty decent, but I don't think I could drink more than 2-3 in a sitting, but it's definitely worth trying.

bluejacket74, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. Dark, dkark brown body let zero light through. Three fingers of creamy tan head eventually faded to a ring.

Smell was ashy and powdery. Freash coffee and cocoa powder.

Taste was Creamy sweet and brightly hoppy. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel was smooth and rounded. Medium to full bodied.

Cresant, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour. A thick 1" beige head is gone before you know it. Faint coffee aroma, more about burnt sugar and...band aids? Bleh. Taste is ye olde soy sauce stout with a touch of coffee maybe. Not in your face coffee taste like Speedway, more of a "it says java on the label, so I must be tasting coffee" taste. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is thin. Alcohol is a bit more noticeable than it should be. Not going back to this one.

Onibubba, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's batch #7822, packaged on February 8, 2007. I was hoping for a better coffee flavor in this beer, but as it turns out it tastes like Folger's. Not very pleasant. Looks great, smells ok, tastes like low-grade cold coffee.

The beer pours to a nice solid black color with a huge toffee colored. Great retention and nice layered lace. Looks great.

The smell, on the other hand, is where things start to go downhill for this beer. Has an ashtray coffee aroma, like crappy freeze dried folger's coffee and cigarette butts. A little bit of chocolate and malty sweetness.

The taste is very similar. Namely the cigarette butts, but also the same stale coffee flavor. Seems like it has some oils and tannins extracted from the coffee. The stout that lies beneath the horrible coffee and ashtray seems an awful lot like the Bell's Special Double Cream Stout, which is a plus... but it's hard to tell because it tastes like I just smoked a cigar.

The mouthfeel is probably the worst aspect. Has a grainy bitterness from the coffee, and in addition it is almost completely and utterly lacking in carbonation. Thus it seems even more like I'm drinking cold, stale coffee. The body is nice and thick, however, though this sensation could be aided by the lack of carbonation.

As if you couldn't tell from my review heretofore, it is not too particularly drinkable. I will not buy any more of this after my six pack is finished. I knew I should have topped off my case with an additional Hopslam or Expedition... :-/

neonbrown82, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark as concentrated coffee with a tan head that leaves some lacing. The smell is of old coffee gone cold with the mix of choclate tones and some pleasent soft sweetness. The flavor comes out strong of coffee but fades to roasty burnt flavors with a lift of malt. The body is a little thinner than most stouts but it works with the coffee premiss. Truly a better option than redbull and vodka to get a little perk in a session.

Higravity, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a decent tan head that quickly faded.

Aromas are quite nice. Smells are of dark coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts.

Beer has a very dry character. There are flavors of dark roasted coffee, and wa somewhat bitter chocolate quality. This finishes crisp and tart.

Mouthfeel seems too watered down for a stout. It's not bad, but it just seems too lean.

Drinkability is good. I prefer more creaminess, and a thicker mouthfeel to stouts, but this is pretty unique tasting and interesting.

Bottle courtesy of JohnnyM2002.

flexabull, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of BillyB
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, opaque with a rocky, tan head.

Aromas of coffee, brown sugar and roasted malt dominate. Also a hint of whiskey-ish alcohol.

Tastes of coffee, toasty, roasty malts. Chocolate, nutty with a German chocolate cake-like flavor to it. Very rich.

Full bodied with a creamy but slightly oily mouthfeel.

BillyB, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of granite
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A---It poured a dark mahogany with a rocky tan head.

S---Mocha, roast and brown sugar.

T---Nutty with French roast coffee in the front. Grainy roasted malt. It finished with a heavy dose of chocolate malt.

M---Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel.

D---The ultimate coffee experience. Now this is a beer to start your day off on the right foot.

granite, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it just me, or does this thing smell like coffee before you even crack it open? Because I just got a weird vibe, and the cap is still on....

Nevermind that. Now open, it pours a deep, rich ruby-black color with a burnt orange head which clings to the glass in a unformulaic webbed pattern. It's bubbly too, with a lot of noticeable carbonation at the bottom of the brew. My premonition, however, did not come true, because the coffee smell here is nice, but not overwhelming; not enough to penetrate the bottle prior to opening. Wishful thinking on my part, perhaps. But there is a coffee/chocolate aroma here, with hints of smoke, wood, and dark fruit. Not an unpleasant aroma, but nothing special. But everything comes together in the taste. The coffee taste is powerful but spot-on. Mellows out with chocolate and some vanilla flavoring. Sweet and malty up front, but finishes with some balancing hops as well. This is kinda like eating a chocolate-covered coffee bean with a patch of dried fruit sitting in your cheek. Sturdy mouthfeel that develops more as the beer rises to room temp. Not everyone is going to like this beer, but if you're a fan of stouts you should give this a try. And especially if you like coffee-flavored stouts. This ranks among the top in that category. Another well-done brew by Bell's.

Atlas1, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like...well, it looks like a stout in a glass. Smells like...cherry/rum pipe tobacco, chocolate and suede. It tastes a little leathery and musty, funky, with notes of coconut infused rum, or is it rum soaked curried nuts?. There is a faint coffee-like roast on the finish, and I'm getting a lot of nuances that one normally finds in a bourbon-barrel stout. I have to say this beer is really commanding my full attention. Medium-full body with sweetness flirting with the bitterness. It goes back and forth before finishing bitter. This is something I only want one of, but not because it's too filling or heavy or rich etc. but just because it delivers so much on my senses all around that one is enough to get the idea. I get it - good idea! I think it's Sumatran coffee which explains the earthy, leathery funkiness. Rad.

dedrinker, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Aradan
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured deep black with a thin brown head that receded quickly.

Smell - Coffee. There is a hint of something else in there, but I can't be sure what since the the strong coffee smell overpowers it.

Taste - Starts very sweet, then a strong coffee flavor dominates and gives it a slightly bitter finish that sticks around for quite a while. Fairly one-dimensional, but tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy. Very appropriate for the taste.

Drinkability - The lingering taste reminds you of this beer for a long time after it's gone, as does the caffeine. One is good, but it would be hard to imagine having two or more in a row. Alcohol is 7.5% by volume, so it won't exactly put you under the table, but can catch you by surprise if you're not expecting a little extra. If you're going to have a few drinks, make sure you have these last or the coffee flavor will completely destroy your palate.

Overall a good niche beer, especially if coffee is your thing.

Aradan, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of bort11
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Rich velvety black body color with a fingers width mocha brown head. Moderate lacing.
Smell is incredibly robust espresso/coffee flavored. A nice jolt to the senses. Taste is a rich espresso/chocolate blend.
Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, and goes down smooth.
This is a really great coffee stout, very enjoyable.

bort11, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a reasonably thick dark tan head; spots of lacing

Smell: Dry tannic coffee tones; smells a bit charred

Taste: Starts out with a bitter, charred coffee flavor that fails to develop much beyond that

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Enjoyable, just like a decent cup of coffee is enjoyable; but it fails the complexity test

brentk56, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate, obviously coffee, with a great aftertaste that follows through with a bitter finish. Really tasty stuff.

I wouldn't advise this for your last beer of the night as I'm pretty sure the coffee is enough to keep you up for at least a bit. I have to wonder how this would taste on tap, I can just imagine the intensity of the flavors would just be off the chart.

Dubbercody, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch of tan head, fairly dense foam that tried to reduce to a thin layer but hangs out around the edges. This is pretty dark, basically black but some Coke colored liquid shows at the edges.

The aroma is pretty intense and I can catch wiffs of it from a couple feet away every now and then. The coffee is really evident and plays a key spot. It works in well with some dark roasted malts and even a bit of char. A bit of wood smoke even comes out. This is really nice.

Flavor has lots of the dark roasted malts again but doesn't present as much char as the aroma suggested. Coffee follows and the finish is the smokiness again. A little sweet malt plays a background role and peaks out every now and then. A touch of alcohol is noticable but you really have to look for it. Good flavor here though.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Not as thick as some stouts I've had but it still has a nice creaminess to it that coats the mouth well. Flavor lingers for a while. Maybe there is a touch too much carbonation that weakens the mouthfeel...hard to say.

Superb drinkability. Lots of coffee and dark roasted malts. All the flavors work well together and the aroma is really inviting. Pretty easy to put down a few if I wanted to and definately something I would pick up again. I find this somewhat similar to the Terrapin Wake-n-Bake stout I normally get down here. I think I'll try a side-by-side with my remaining bottle of this.

blitz134, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of oelergud
1.68/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Almost completely opaque body, only a little dark red gets through at the edge. Tan head that falls quickly and leaves little lace.
The smell is feet and day old coffee grind.
Taste is equally bad.
Nasty stuff. this is not a brew I'll have again anytime soon.


oelergud, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of cproioi
2.15/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer poured a syrupy black back that had an ever so slight brown head to it which dissipated rather quickly. The aroma was nothing more then just coffee. Well there also was a slight presence of alcohol in the nose but mainly it was an overwhelming aroma of coffee. The taste was to no suprise coffee. All I could figure out in the taste was coffee with some alcohol. If I have a coffee stout I would like the nose and the taste to have at least a little hint of stout. The beer moved slowly over my tounge the way a double stout should, with a slight alcohol warming to it. This beer left me rather unimpressed and not wanting another one.

cproioi, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at KClinger’s Tavern, Hanover PA. What a beauty! This emits a perfect coffee aroma and the beer's flavor is like sweet coffee from Starbucks. Even my non-beer drinking friend loved it. Lightly bittered, cold coffee in a glass. Excellent stout, if you like the coffee-flavored variety. (#2654, 1/14/07)

Braudog, Feb 01, 2007
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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