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

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2,493 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 130
Gots: 182 | 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 FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

This isn't for the weak hearted. There is an extremely strong burnt coffee taste. That being said, I love it!
Pours dark, with a nice tan laced head. You can smell the roasted coffee from the first pour. The first taste is an immediate blast of strong java, then smooths out with the alcohol and co-mingled chocolate. There is a strong roasted java taste left on the palate after every drink. Although the coffee taste kind of kicks you in the mouth, it's quite drinkable. I've had a whole growler of this beer. A nice stout to occasionally drink, but not something I would put in the weekly rotation. If you like coffee stouts this is a must try.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of babydoc
4.35/5  rDev +11%

12 oz bottle kindly provided by feloniousmonk. Poured into a pint glass, looks as dark and almost as thick as molasses. Opaque, brown-black, capped with a two-finger layer of brown sugar.

Nose is espresso, molasses, sweet dark fruits. When it is finally time to taste there is rich coffee, sweet chocolate, and balanced bitter notes swirled together. Coffee haters need not apply. Lots of coffee characters...

Mouthfeel seemed to change for me as it warmed from about 55 towards room temp. Started thick, creamy, and smooth like an oatmeal stout, with light carbonation. Seemed to thin just a bit as it warmed.

This is drinkable like desert, but drinkable like a port. It's not a session beer, but is drinkable in its own right. Like having a chocolate mousse and cappucino for desert... yummy. Thank you felonious. I must find more of this one.

babydoc, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours a 1/2 inch head and has a lacing that's unbelievabley stong and sticks to the side well, the color is a dark black that doesn't let light through.

Smells like a fresh cup of brewed coffee. That's all I can say...a fresh brewed cup of coffee with a slight hoppy bitterness.

Taste is unbelievably strong. This reminds me of some dark roasted barley malts I ground and brewed up. Organic beautiful coffee.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and smooth.

Overall this is very good and I would love another one sometime.

Erdinger2003, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of rokoch27
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours black, yet still has an unmistakable brown hue to pair with a brown head. Coffee overwhelms the aroma and when you finally take a sip, you think you are drinking a nice cup of joe, just without the caffine and warmth. Burnt flavor doesn't emerge until the end and the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than you might expect for one of Bell's stouts, but a spot on match for a coffee beverage. The thing is that even when you exhale, you still get more coffee flavor. I don't think this is the most drinkable beer on the market, but from the other coffee stouts I have tried, it is delicious and I would not mind having another. Nice effort, it is just that the style begs the question: why don't you simply order a nice warm cup of joe?

rokoch27, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.35/5  rDev +11%

Woo, hoo! I love this one.

Appearance- Thick black goo, with a moderate tan head and almost no lacing.

Smell- Coffee hits and dominates most everything else. There is coffee present, cherries and roasted malts, almost a burned malt note. Not unpleasant at all.

Taste- A coffee bomb, Sweet and mellow, with a lingering coffee aftertaste. The roasted malts linger as well and make a pleasant combination.

Drinkability- Very drinkable if you like coffee, and I do. This one is a winner.

kirok1999, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of badbeer
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours out very dark, with a nice tan head leaving a good lacing and plenty of head stays on top. The name says it all, this one definately smells rich of coffee. If you don't care for coffee, it might be too strong, but to me it smells awesome. Taste starts with a bit of coffee, and then some sort of green flavor comes in, not strong, but I can only seem to describe it as fresh vegetables straight from the garden, then the taste shifts back into a bitter chocolate flavor before joining back up with the coffee for a choco-coffee finish. Med-high carbonation, thin little bubbles bounce around on the tongue, light bodied and pretty dry. Mouthfeel doesn't say Double Stout, says more Irish Dry Stout to me. I imagine this would be nice just about any time during the day, breakfast would fit in well with this, but it becomes a bit cloying by the end, one bottle would be enough. Definately worthy of a try and I could see myself having more, but probably wouldn't break my regular lineup.

badbeer, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours deep, sludgy black with minimal head. The liquid rolls around almost like mercury. Dark chocolates and ground espresso beans on the nose. Some creamy, milky smells in there, too, but the emphasis is on dry and dusty coffee grounds. Sweet-and-bitter up front, but the sweetness fades from its high dextrin level to a faint, faint backdrop to the dry, bitter espresso notes. The finish is all coffee, and it feels like coffee in the mouth. I imagine that hardcore coffee/espresso fans would be big fans of this, but for others, the coffee bitterness is too unattentuated by malt (or other) sweetness to be very drinkable.

geexploitation, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Bell's Java Stout pours a dark black with a brown head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Coffee dominates the aroma. The flavor has a nice coffe aftertaste, some nuttiness, and some strange, green flavor, almost like green pepper (but not). Green coffee perhaps? Definitely worth a try if you like coffee flavored stouts.

Drew966, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours black with a good size, creamy light brown head. Strong smell of roasted coffee beans and a dry smokiness. Most of the sweetness from the malts gets lost in the coffee aroma, however, there is a little chocolate and also a little black licorice sweetness, not overly anise flavored but just a hint. Taste is a tangy milky sweetness up front with a dry, slightly bitter roasted coffee finish. A little acidic-ness/sourness in the coffee aftertaste as well. Medium bodied and creamy, alcohol is hidden completely. Very good breakfast style stout, the coffee flavors and aromas come through well, I'm not sure I could do more than two or three of these before the coffee taste would wear on my palette, not to mention the alcohol content, but a very nice treat.

hoppymeal, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +13%

What a coffee drinkers dream! A java stout should taste like, well, COFFEE! This one does quite well. A bummer was no BBD.

Coal black coffee pour, no head unless I poured aggressively. Then a tan head appeared and laced like a demon. A weak coffee aroma surprised me, but the taste of coffee, burnt toast and touch of chocolate was superb. Reminiscent of burnt hash browns on an iron skillet.

Thick and rich, just lip smacking good. Very tangy, a great winter brew, still very enjoyable in June.

Excellent bottle conditioning paste on the bottom! A good swirling brought up all the yeast goodies for a splendid ending.

Vancer, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured a deep dark black with a thin bit of cappacino colored head.

Smell if full of milky sweet chocolate and coffee odors.

Taste is full of bitter chocolate and coffee flavors with a nice burnt malt backbone and bits of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for a stout.

Overall a pretty decent beer for the coffee lover.

bashiba, May 16, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

no head, very dark and syrupy looking. lots of lacing (enough to comment on at least). looks very dark and think and tasty. whoo! this beer smells more like coffee than any toher i've had. sweet fresh coffee beans with some dark chocolate odors too. super coffee flavor. very sweet too. kind of like a cold expresso with 3 spoonfuls of sugar and some cream. just a tiny bit of bitterness , either from hops or coffee, its hard to tell. vey thick and fun to drink. one of my favorites from Bell's, which is saying something.

aforbes10, May 08, 2006
Photo of skizziks
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

12oz into a Guinness tulip. The beer pours with a straight black body pushing up about 2" of dark brown foam with pretty good retention.

Aroma has coffee right off with plenty of roasted malt to back it up.

Flavor again has coffee on top with roasted malt and chocolate close behind. Slightly bitter, the bitterness seems to mostly come from roasted malt and the coffee rather than hops. Finishes with some lingering roast bitterness in the throat. nice big flavors with the coffee coming through clearly, almost like chewing on a coffee bean.

Low carbonation, full body. Very rich and smooth in the mouth. Just as it should be for this beer, very satisfying.

skizziks, May 02, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours ebony black with a huge tan head.

Smell is dominated by massive coffee aroma. Some hints of burnt malt notes as well.

Taste is similiarly dominated by coffee. It's just amazing how mcuh coffee flavor is packed in here. Additionally there is caramel, toffee, chocolate and generous roasted malts. This brew has a pleasant bitternessbut I can't tell where the coffee ends and the hops begin. High ABV is well concealed.

Mouthfeel is medium bidied and smooth.

This is a beer for the coffee lover. Actually this is a beer for anyone since I don't like coffee but I really enjoyed this beer. I think I'll start drinking this in the morning.

Blakaeris, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a robust mocha head over a solid black body. Aromas of espresso and roasted malts. Rich flavors of chocolate, espresso and dark vinous fruit backed by a substantial sweetness. A moderate bitterness adds balances to the show. Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, almost bordering on slick. Drying finish.

A flavorful and bold blend of roasted goodness. Keeping with the stylings of the Bell’s stout clan, there is a substantial sweetness, but I find it blends well with the heap o’ roastedness. A substantial brew

Shovelbum, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12oz bottle; served in a Chocolate Bock glass.

Poured slightly fast with little head, then the beer rushed a bit of a dark brown head and HUGE coffee aroma - no surprise from the name. Looked black as can be, and smelled wonderful - especially if you are truly enjoy black coffee and stouts.

Taste - Very strong coffee, no alcohol, really like a black coffee stout. I debated mixing with the Double Cream Stout - does this beer take milk and sugar?

Mouthfeel - hard to classify as a beer in taste, I suppose similar in that regard as the Sam Chocolate Bock (very different beer).

Overall I would (and will) drink this again, not sure about how other people are drinking them - but I would pair this with a cheesecake or something where you can add sweetness to combat the agressive black coffee overtones and slightly drying flavor.

Great beer.

HimerMan, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +14%

Received two 12oz. bottles in a trade with zrrbrrt.

A: Pours a jet black, like a moonless night, with a one finger caramel chocolate colored frothy head that leaves great dark lace down the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of roasted and burnt coffee hit the nose first. Smells like I've got my nose in a bag of coffee beans.
T: Tastes of roasted coffee come across the palate with some burnt coffee in there also. Wonderful tasting java stout. I feel like I'm drinking a starbuck's coffee right now. Kind of heavy, but very well balanced.
M & D: Mouthfeel is awesome! Silky smooth in the mouth with a slight carbonation in the back of the mouth and in the nose which gives way to a bitter burnt coffee finish. Drinkability is high provided you like the taste of coffee. What a wonderful tasting stout. I could have one of these for breakfast and it would rival an iced coffee.

bjohnson, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%

This beer was from batch 7221. The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is dark brown to almost black. The head was two fingers thick lightly creamed coffee coloration. There is thick streaming lace on the glass.

Smell: Very nice roasted espresso dominate the smell. There is a spicy chocolate smell drifting in the beer.

Taste: The beer is loaded with a barely sweetend dark roasted espresso taste. There is a brief spicy chocolate crossing the tongue. The hops nicely ballast the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a nearly full body. The beer is almost balanced. The beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel. The beer is a highly drinkable and quaffable beer. I enjoyed this from start to finish.

nlmartin, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

A - this bell's release also pours a black hole black, the head it produces is more of a deep ornage/brown thatn full brown, the head is thicker the the Double Cream Stout

S - wow, this really smells like ground coffee, very fresh, like walking into a coffee shop, not Starbucks a real coffee shop, the coffe aroma overpowers any beer realted smells

T - wow again, tastes completley like coffee, like a iced creamed coffee, well, at the end here is a hoppy kick to it, very impressive, well hid

M - smooth low in carbonation makes for great flavor, they really reached their goals with this one, it seems

D - high, a coffee drinkers beer, if i were a coffee drinker id like this more, as i am not and still like it alot must count for something, well done Bell's

sinstaineddemon, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of jorjoria
3.45/5  rDev -12%

Appearance: Ok one word black. There is also a little bit of dark brown head as well.

Smell: It smells like the burnt espresso beans. Also it smells a lot like my coffee maker if I forget to but the pot under the spout and the coffee hits the hot plate.

Taste: Espresso, black malt, and dark chocolate. This beer does have a strong astringency in my mouth and leaves it feeling very dry. I love the beers made by Bells but I have to say I call the balance of this beer into question. The burnt flavor is almost a little over the top. Next time I’ll just pick up two packs of the Expedition Stout.

jorjoria, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Got this beer in a trade and was excited to try it.

Poured as dark as the night with a mocha colored head that was thick and left behind rings of lacing. The high viscosity of the beer was apparent as soon as I poured it; very appealing. Big bold bubbles were scattered about the surface giving it a frothy look. Aromas of slow roasted coffee, brown sugar, fresh bread, and malt seemed evident. The taste was dominated by expresso-like flavors with bitter coffee dominating the initial and end of each sip. In between was a creamy and slighly chewy blast of sweetness. Great depth and flavors; like having a beer and coffee at the same time, but in a good way. Over time, the sweetness became more dominant and near the end of my pint, it was too rich to fully enjoy. I wouldn't be able to have more than an pint or two of this so the drinkability takes a hit.

jaluria, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a black with some redish hints around the edges the head is a little larger then thumb sized and falls to ringed scum.

Aroma is lots of coffee backed malt, nice roasted aromas some light sweetness almost oat like. Mild hints of chocolate but mostly just lots of coffee.

Taste is well coffee some roasted malt light chocolate but overall a little light for a bigger stout. Some light sweetness in the middle, oats? Finish is lingering coffee some light earthy hops to go with the coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is only medium decent level of carbonation but a little light in feel for a big stout.

Drinkability is ok lots of Java aromas and flavors but overall not a big stout and not much going on except the Java. If in the mood for a coffee stout I would look elsewhere if I could get the good stuff in Tenn.

mntlover, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of ski271
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Very dark brown with a medium-sized, dark tan, slowly diminishing head. The smell and taste are both dominated by coffee. I know that’s the point of a “java” stout, but I think this was taken just a little too far. There’s an excellent chocolaty, sweet malt presence in there which I’d like to be able to see a little more of in this beer. It’s still a good beer, just nothing stellar and not my cup of tea…. I mean coffee. Very nice mouthfeel though.

ski271, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Black with mahogany highlights, the beer looked thick as it poured out of the bottle. Thin, dark brown head even after agitation, spotty lacing. Rich roasted, coffee ground aroma with just a hint of nuttiness peeking through. Coffee flavour and bitterness throughout, there's a bit of milk chocolate sweetness in there as well. Low carbonation, creamy texture, full body - quite luxurious. Very enjoyable, even for someone who doesn't drink coffee (me). Intense coffee character makes this beer less than complex, but it does exactly what it sets out to do - and in fine form!

DrJay, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of doubleshovels
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Perfect for after diner or a rainy afternoon, this is more coffee then stout. It pours like an ice coffee with only a thin dark leathery head. Earthy and roasted nut overtones come more from the coffee then the malt. I think I will save a couple bottles for use in the ice cream machine. Yummmm.

doubleshovels, Mar 24, 2006
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,493 ratings.