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

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2,753 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,753
Reviews: 1,073
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 149
Gots: 249 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black stout with two fingers of light brown head.

Smell: Big coffee smell dominates here. Slight bit of chocolate, but not very sweet smelling chocolate.

Taste: Very good. Like a cup of slightly sweet iced coffee. This is one of the few times that I really only got one flavor from a beer, and it is definitely a positive. This gets a very good score for this one flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Again, you get a lot of coffee flavor sticking around. Very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink several of these in a sitting. Very good beer and something that I will definitely be purchasing again. Highly recommended.

Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good morning! I figured today instead of my morning coffee I should go with my third Bell's stout.

A- Quite dark, almost black, with a decent tan head that actually sticks around for a while.

S- Fantastic marriage of coffee and roasted malt. Yes, coffee and stout are definitely meant to be together.

T- Begins with a sweet and tangy roasted malt hit. It's a bit sweeter than I expected, with the underlying malt giving the beer a wall of sweetness that backs the other flavors. The coffee flavor dominates the taste, far more so than other stouts which just use roasted malt to produce coffee-like flavors. The malt contributes other flavors, most notably bitter, unsweetened chocolate. The finish is fairly dry with a moderate bitterness, both from hops and roasted malt.

M- Smooth and almost a little syrupy. Medium-full body, a bit lacking in the carbonation department, but still nice.

D- Probably a one and done beer for me. I enjoyed the one I had, but it's a little too rich for me to want more. Plus, the alcohol is kind of high.

This was my first experience with a coffee stout, and it was certainly a pleasant one. I would definitely have this again, although I think the style could be done better. Now I'd like to try some of the really highly-rated coffee-infused stouts like Speedway and Breakfast (which, of course, I can't get here). I think this is a good starting point, though. Recommended.

Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Comet during Bell's pint night.

A: Pitch black pour with a strong toffee colored head. Decent rention and nice strong lacing.

S: Smells of strong bitter espresso. Lots of deep roasted coffee beans. A touch of sweetness, like molasses.

T/M: Taste like coffee, lol. Nice and creamy with well controlled sweetness. Getting more of the molasses. Dry and warming finish that's seems a tad too bitter. Good nonetheless. Medium body and carbonation.

D: Great stout for this time of year. I'll be having more of this soon.

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

i drink coffee (top shelf and usually fresh roasted) all day and beer all night. all year round. no joke. anyone that knows me will attest to this. even if i didn't, this one would still get major points. pours dark as dark gets with a huge head the color of coffee with just a splash of cream. amazing retention. actually the thing never goes away completely, and what does shrink down leaves a beautiful lace. coffee is in the nose for sure, and nice coffee at that. i heard that they use sumatra. also, some roasty malt, a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a super faint hop scent. tastes like a complex coffee does with undertones of chocolate and earthiness. on the lighter side of full body, but nice and creamy/silky. if the body was just a little creamier and full, this one would be off the charts to me. as pleasant as that first cup of joe in the morning, java stout is pure fuel for me.

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

Poured at a relatively warm cellar temp. 50f. Rocky Mocha head , a lot of lacing.

Smell of roasted malts and dark coffee.

Dark coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and a small hop profile make a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, good carbonation.

A nice winter warmer.

Photo of nvsblman
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with about a finger of brown head. Smells like chocolate covered coffee beans. Also a little vanilla in the flavor, but mostly the same great chocolate covered coffee beans. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink, maybe this would be good for breakfast? :)

Photo of bboven
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black body, dark peanut colored head, but there's not much of that. I had to swirl pretty vigorously to get any head at all, really. Could coffee bean oils be to blame?

Mostly stale coffee, but a little bit of roasted malt to remind you that it's a beer.

Coffee is definitely in the taste, but there's a sweet, caramely flavor there, too. Almost like a mocha drink or something. Sweet, caramel coffee. But no beer.

Great mouthfeel for a stout, a little sticky, a little too carbonated, but the intense coffee/caramel flavor means a little extra carbonation is a good thing.

Seems a little out of balance as the additives overtake the actual stout character, but a good beer if you're in the mood for coffee stout.

Photo of flowerysong
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque black. Not much head.

Smell: Smells like day-old coffee, with a bit of dusty cocoa thrown in.

Taste: Huge coffee flavour, some acrid bitterness and (finally, some indication that it's beer!) a nice roasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly good integration of flavours, but the coffee comes off as a bit stale. It's okay, but not spectacular.

Photo of soupyman10
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly dark mahogany brown, near black with the slightest amber highlights. A finger of off-white head that dissolves fairly fast. Nose is lots of coffee and vegetable like bitterness. Nutty and a little sour. Taste is lots of coffee, bitter roasted malt, and some stronger sourness. Little bitter hops at the end to go along with the coffee bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with a fairly full body. I liked this one; very unique, flavorful beer.

Photo of zeff80
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a light brown, one-finger head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of java and some sweet toffee.

T - Tasted of coffee and oatmeal. It had a strong roasted malt flavor, too. Not really bitter for a coffee stout.

M - It was dry and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I'm not a coffee drinker but this is a very tasty beer.

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

Date or batch code of 7822, cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this one

Pours mahogany/black with 2+ fingers of brown head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Deep, pleasing coffee notes

t: Roasted grain, then java up front. Hints of baker chocolate & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with strong, but not too strong coffee, chicory/molasses & baker's chocolate

MF: Oily & chewy with a great creaminess that is just missing from most stouts IMO. Perfect carbonation

Drinks good, not a huge fan of coffee stouts, but this one really works for me, once again, another great beer from bell's

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,753 ratings.