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

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2,886 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,886
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 296 | FT: 12
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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: 2,886 | Reviews: 1,099
Photo of Strix
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch bottled 11/7/07.

Pours dark dark brown with a decent brown head.

Heavy coffee element to the smell. I'm not a coffee drinker, but very nice.

Coffee obviously present in the taste too, balanced by lots of roasted malt and some dark chocolate. Again, I'm not a coffee drinker, but this is nice.

Mouthfeel heavenly smooth, like all Bell's Stouts have been.

This was quite impressive. Bell's stouts rock.

Photo of donaldchapman
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown to black, with a long lasting tan head and ruby highlights.
S - An intense coffee aroma that borders on acrid with aromas similar to peppers.
T - A definite coffee presence with roasty, caramal, toffee, and chocolate flavors. A balanced bitterness and hop flavor.
M - Good body, with a moderate carbonation. Malt seems to help balance presence of coffee.

This beers flavors and mouth feel are great, but the aroma leaves a lot to be desired. The aroma is an overwhelming acrid coffee smell that brings the aroma out of balance. The flavor was much better, offering a good malt body to back up the coffee flavors.

Photo of Nowhereman529
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This poured a nice deep dark brown color with a little tan head on top that quickly reduced to a lace around the edge of the glass.

Smell is strong on coffee with a little chocolate thrown in. The smell may be the best part of this beer.

The taste is something atrocious. It's distinctly day old maxwell house coffee grounds with a little chocolate and dark malt thrown in to try to add some depth.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a little too heavy/syrupy for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, I like a good chewy stout, but this is just a little much.

I would not drink this again. I tried hard to like this beer after all the reviews I read I guess I expected a little bit more, but in the end you gotta go with what you like.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out straight black with a wonderously thick, smooth and creamy mocha-brown head. Very nice retention as the dissipation is very slow. Sticky-icky foam everywhere.

Aroma's of chalky chocolate fudge, earthy ground coffee and a subtle peppery hop.
Very bold aroam.

Massivly sweet chocolate with vanilla mocha flavor, very authentic and mellow coffee, low level heat and a slightly peppery hop balance. big roatieness and very sweet flavor's abound! Peanutbuttery, lingering finish.

Certainly full bodied. very thick and creamy with a slightly dry nutty finish.

how could you not love this stuff??

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

12oz brown bottle with a kickass label. Poured into a pint glass.

The beer poured a completely opaque black. A relatively thin head- about 1/2 inch- didn't stick around for long. Minimal lacing throughout.

The smell is almost completely dominated by coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Possibly hints of chocolate and some roasted malts as well.

The taste is just like the smell. Coffee. Some chocolatey sweetness and dark roasted character. A little bitter with almost no hop flavor.

At almost 8 percent this beer does well to hide the alcohol, however the overwhelming coffee flavor can get old soon. So I would opt for just one of these at a time.

Photo of TheMistler
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another quality effort from Bells. I was especially enamored with the aroma. Coffee intermingling with dark chocolate pound cake - the malt sweetness nicely undercut and moderated by the coffee.

For me nothing really stood out about its appearance, but its certainly a stand-up looking stout. Poured into a pint glass it displayed just a bit of a dark tan head that dissipate quickly, outside of a teensy bit of lacing.

Malts flavor is up front in the taste, again nicely moderated by coffee. An overall impression of dark chocolate is enhanced as some hop bitterness kicks in. This stout has a very full, but not at all overwhelming mouthfeel - all the better to deliver the flavor with.

Darn good.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears jet black with some reddish highlights when held up to light. One finger dark tan head.

Aroma is of black coffee, charred wood, and dark chocolate.

Flavors are about the same as the aroma. Very pleasantly roasty. The charred wood flavor seems to almost take over the coffee flavor though. A bit of sweetness on the finish but the roasty bitterness quickly takes it over.

Mouthfeel is nice and slick. Medium-full bodied. Carbonation level is fine, might be a bit better with a tad less.

I haven't had any coffee stouts before this one, but I definitely enjoyed it. A bit much of a burnt taste, however. I was expecting the coffee to shine a bit more.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint yields an opaque ebony body capped with a thick dark finger of creamy mocha foam that retains at a fat ring briefly before collapsing entirely and leaves thin rings of lacing that melt away, too.

Smell is French roasted coffee, dark and smoky, with spicy, tangy molasses.

This is no 'coffee bomb', nor a 'cappuccino with booze in it'-style drink. In fact, Java Stout is so light-bodied and mild, 'Imperial Stout' is never a term that even pops into mind as I drink it.

Taste is coffee, surely, but sedate, and sweetened with brown sugar. There is a lightly acrid smokiness and a note of dry, grassy hops kicking around. A black coffee-style, lightly astringent finish has a faintly dry bitterness that lingers.

The drink is smooth, a little creamy, and medium-bodied with good carbonation and great drinkability. I always claim these coffee brews would be good for breakfast, brunch, or whatever, but this one is mild, sweet and refreshing, and would be good anytime.

Too light, refreshing, and drinkable to be an 'Imperial Stout', but it tastes and feels great, so... so what?!

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

Had Java Stout from cask into snifter at Dilly Deli in Mariemont, OH.

Java stout appeared pitch black with a dense creamy head and good lacing.

The aroma was filled with bittersweet chocolate and roasted espresso notes. An alcohol presence was also noticable.

The beer tasted of heavily roasted coffee/espresso with some chocolately tones and smokiness.

The beer felt buttery and creamy in the mouth.

A nice, relaxing beer to drink on.

Photo of Buebie
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

I had pretty high hopes for this one. Poured an inky black, black as night, no transparency at all. Head was 1 finger light brown that quickly disapeared. Minor retention bubbled. Very little laceing.

Smell is of, I brewed some strong coffe and threw it in the fridge. It is a potent dark roast coffee aroma. Also smells like brownies?
A swirl of the glass brings huge coffee and caramel scents around.

Taste up front is of sweet dark malt, then the surge of dark black cold coffee comes around. Some nutty flavor in there, almonds? The coffee tones continue to get darker and bolder even after the swallow. There is a nice sweetness present just before the swallow, but the tinge of bold coffee sweeps it away. Some hoppy biterness, but its mostly overpowered by dark roast.
Mouthfeel is kind of watery, with some similarities to an inkyness. But the watery character overpowers anything that may have resembled a creamy texture.

I dont think I'll do this one again, but if I was on a desert island and this was all I had, I'd drink it.

Photo of Matty1918
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deepsouth for this sample.

Pours a deep black with a nice tan head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is of toasted sweet malts. Coffee, caramel and chocolate is present.

Taste is a big slap of day old coffee with some sweet malts that give a hint of caramel at the end.

A little too much coffee for my taste but I'd drink it again.

Photo of joepais
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hate to say it but I've done so many trades lately I can't remember who sent this to me but thanks

Bottle poured into a tulip produced a good finger worth of tan head that goes to a nice ring of lace all on top of a black body

Aromas of coffee filled my nose along with nice malt sweetness

The coffee flavor is great the malt keeps it from being to bitter nice smooth mouthfeel not much carbonation

Great drinking coffee stout it be a great brunch brew

Photo of turbine2475
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mhewes for this brew:

A - Pours an opaque black with a large dark mocha with a slight burnt orange hue that dissipated slowly leaving a heavy lace.

S - Burnt coffee, roasted grains, a touch of mocha, and a little bit of semi-sweet citrus as it warms.

T - Murky coffee, some espresso, sweeter mocha, and roasted grain. Ends as bitter espresso.

M - Pretty creamy and a moderate carbonation, with a good espresso coating that lingered for some time.

D - Not bad. Some coffee stouts are subtle with their coffee, but this one is in your face. Several coffee flavors are present which makes for a pleasant experience.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va beach. Thanks Joe!

A- pours a dark thick creamy quaker state motor oil color. a light siena brown head is less and a mm in height and runs away from the beer quickly and no lace left behind.

S- dark coffee and a strong odor of malted hops as well. a rich roasted coffee smell just to clarify.

T- rich coffee flavor overpowers the alcohol that catches up with the beer as i swallow. There really isnt anything else to identify. Very delectable in the coffee flavor.

M- rich and creamy. thick and full of bodied coffee flavoring. I love it. a great brew.

D- since i love this type of beer i could do a sixer of this in a day but not in a couple hours. A lil tough toput down quick but nice to have 2 or 3 during a Pens game!

Photo of maximum12
2.18/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a thin head that quickly dissolves into a ring clinging to the inside of the glass. Smells of coffee - not as strongly as I'd of thought for a brew entitled "java".

Then there's the taste. Coffee, bitter toasted & burnt coffee & malts & nothing else. The bitterness overwhelms whatever positives might be lurking in the brew.

Not a good-drinking beer. I've long been a fan of Bell's & their Expedition Stout is one of my favorites. This was a serious let-down & I won't be trying another one; only the second drain-pour I've every had.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick, viscous black cola-esque body with a solid index-finger, tan, rocky head that lasted a long time and left a lace ring around the head. Mainly picked up coffee in the smell, although there may be some toasted malts as well (and maybe hints of fruit, but I may be imagining things). An intense coffee taste first hit me, almost like drinking coffee w/ alcohol. But there was also some fruit, caramel and hops mixed in to provide a fullish body that went down sweet and smooth, not slimey, with a drying yet tasty backbite. Not the most complex beer, but a nice beer I could session (I did not realize that the ABV was 7% - hidden well).

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

12 oz. bottle from the cave at D's in Pittsburgh, poured into a shaker glass, the Java Stout is pitch black with a tight-bubbled tan head that's long lasting.

Smell is strong coffee and caramel malt, with a lactose/milk stout feel.

Taste is very thick and rich, sweeter malt then the nose, but with a strong coffee backbone and lighter roast. As coffee stouts go, this one is pretty good, well balanced and not gratuitously strong.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, with a pretty clean finish save for the lingering coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty easy, a great brunch beer it washed down my Chicago dog and chili fries quite nicely. Last few sips though made be realize 1 at a time was plenty.

Photo of auxiliary
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Black nody, nice large mocha head, but then settled to a thin ring.

smell - Smells like coffee grounds here and roasted malts.

taste - Nive coffee falvor with a slight bitwhen finishing it off.

mouthfeel - Full body, sticky.

drinkability - Very tastey, don't taste it cold though, let it warm up a little bit. Taste better.

Photo of wolffman17
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jwale73 for this!

Java Stout pours black with with a nice sticky and chunky head. Plenty of lace clings to the glass.

Great roasty aroma. All about the coffee, but it also smells somewhat sweet (caramel, toffee).

Much sweeter (maybe some cola??) tasting than I was expecting, but it balances out the big coffee character quite well. The roasty bitterness aftertaste is satisfying.

Excellent feel. Nicely carbonated; very smooth.

Highly drinkable. Java's a full-flavored Stout with enough coffee flavor without being overwhelming. Might be a nice breakfast beer!

Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a slightly lighter brownish hue around the edges. Big, thick chunky head, coffee in color. Amazing looking beer.

S - Smells of freshly roasted coffee, a smell I love. Too bad it is a taste I am not a big fan of.

T - Very strong on the roasted malts (Coffee and a little chocolate) aroma. Slightly sweet before being dominated by the espresso taste. A hint of chocolate in it as well. An interesting tasting beer, just not a taste I am a huge fan of.

M/D - Very thick and full bodied. A weird chunkiness to the beer. Too strong of coffee taste to be very drinkable to me.

A very good beer, just not tastes I am a huge fan of. If you like stouts and coffee, this is probably the only beer you will ever need again.

Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours opaque black with a single finger of brown head that remains for a few minutes. moderate lacings.

aroma is roasted, with a coffee base and notes of chocolate, toffee, and a nutty character that remains in the background.

taste is very roasted and coffee filled up front, with a note of chocolate and a bit of caramel. very rich in profile and heavy in flavor.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a very thick and smooth texture. finishes smooth with residual coffee and roasted malt.

drinkability is good. this is a very thick and rich brew, but the flavors and aromas provide a pleasant composition. well proportioned and quite smooth, this one is a solid stout. cheers!

Photo of Homerbag
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with higher carbonated mocca head. Smells of strong coffee and bitter chocolate. This would be great for a breakfast that you could sit back and enjoy. Has an oily feel to it that you would get from a strong high end coffee that would seem out of place it was not a coffee stout, still not something I really enjoy feeling. A nice thick creamy texture with more CO2 that I would expect rounds out the feel.

I enjoyed this. Coffee is hard to work with and this does pull it off rather well. Enjoy on a Sunday morning with some good bakery.

Photo of DrainBamage
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick black color with a decent quarter inch head. Smell is sweet with coffee and chocolates maltiness. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and bitter. The taste has a weird chili oil taste to it, but the roasted coffee and chocolate malts are still in there. I wish the coffee was more pronounced though. I expected a lot more from this stout and especially from Bell's, but I guess I can't like 'em all.

Photo of jayrod20
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of gabemasiulis
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass poured from a 12 oz bottle

A) Poured black and very opaque (almost no light coming through at all), with a small medium tan head, with little to no lacing. It had very little retention, and only a little fizz coming up.

S) This beer smells of dark toasted coffee, strong, but also accompanied by some softer, sweeter scents, (milk chocolate, maybe?)

T) The very strong coffee flavor hits first with some bitterness, also accompanied by a little bit of hop-bitterness. It is quickly balanced by some sweeter overtones, dark chocolate and vanilla, that fade back to the strong toasted coffee taste. This beer does an excellent job of tasting as it should, and doesn't come on as being over-done, which some coffee flavored beers have a habit of doing.

M) This beer is suprisingly thing considering the nature of the style. It has very little fizz, and could maybe do with a touch more. It does, however, have a very nice wet sticky and lingering feel. It sticks and stays to the palate for a long time, but the taste is pleasing, so it ends up being a good thing.

D) One of these was enough for me, but I could have had another. It was very good on a chilly evening after a long day, good to lend some fortitude in the winter months but I don't think I'll purchase much of it during the summer.

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