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

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2,847 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,847
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 157
Gots: 283 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Oxymoron
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ava Java. Pours a jet black with very limited reddish hues on the edge of the glass, very dark. A good pour leaves a frothy but quite bubbly head that soon disappears. Not much on the retention department and next to no lacing.

Overall the nose is very astringent. Roasted malt is the first aroma with a lighter coffee smell in the back end. Some earthy notes mostly. Although the coffee notes came out more as it warmed.

The taste remains strong with roast and coffee notes but a stronger chocolate malt flavor really comes out. Very strong in astringency but some hints of a caramel sweetness as well. Hard to pick out anything else. Some bitterness and a lactic quality that is more off setting than pleasant. Finishes with a bit of alcohol/solvent.

The body has a mid carbonation feel to it. Some oily burnt textures. Also some solvent alcohol remnants remain through the finish. Overall I could use more of a coffee presence and less of roasted quality. Some strong alcohol notes that are off setting as well, but ok.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is nice roasted coffee malt with notes of licorice, dark fruit essence, and chocolate. Dark ruby/black hue with a nice tan head that left good lace. Flavor is roasted coffee, licorice, chocolate. Nice finish with a good coffee linger. Palate is smooth and medium bodied. Fantastic brew.

Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque brown with very little tan head. It smelled strongly of raw coffee beans decently balanced with malt and a bit of hops. It had a dominant taste of black coffee no sugar no cream with some malt flavoring. It was pretty watery, much thinner than I would expect for a stout, with a little bit of carbonation. As expected, it had a bitter coffee aftertaste but it wasn't too strong. Overall this had a fairly unique flavor and was pretty good, but seemed more like a porter than a stout.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, Java Stout gives a rich dark black color with some ruby hints towards the top. Nice rich tan head with a good retention rate. Great lacing. Sweet malty aroma, from which I get cherries. Some slight coffee hints but not overpowering, with a dash of licorice in here as well. Wow! This could be perhaps the best coffee beer I have had yet. The coffee flavors are subtle at first, and then all of a sudden they just take control of the palate. Mouthfeel is very smooth and flavorful. The palate is very complex, yet subtle. The carbonation level is dead on for what this beer needs. Would I drink it again? I just bought a case.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick bready milk chocolate-colored head - deep, dark, espresso body

Mild aroma of bitter roasted espresso beans. Hops and heavily roasted malt dominate here.

Creamy iced coffee flavor. Alcohol is hidden - malt is strong and accompanied by grassy hops

Velvety mouthfeel - mildly bitter finish

Nicely drinkable

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

Bought this at Bell's and brought back to Chicago with me.

Opened and poured into a mug. Wow - three fingers of creamy brown head. It stayed foamy but left great lacing on the sides.

Smelled like dark chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts... like it's roasted. Thin but good medium body for the mouthfeel. Prevalent coffee flavor without being too overpowering. It's a good drinkable coffee beer.

Photo of DrummerDan
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this much better than the Kalamazoo, but the alcohol bit me in the arse when I wasn't looking.

Dark chocolate color with thick creamy head with a brown tint. Head lasted until my last sip from the quite empty glass. Similiar smells other than the coffee to Kalamazoo, dried fruit, dark chocolate smell at first. First taste was coffee then malted chocolate flavor and then a quick hop flavor. After about 10 minutes out of the cooler this beer was perfect. The alcohol forward threw me for a loop.

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kirok1999 for the chance to try this.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Some lacing as I drink the beer down.

S- This beer has a nice brewed coffee nose. Some light malt notes show through also.

T- This is a nice coffee beer. This tastes like brewed coffee unlike more coffee stouts. It isn't overwhelmingly strong but has a nice strong coffee flavor. There is some alcohol in the finish also.

M- I think this is a bit thin for a stout but it has nice carbonation.

D- I like this beer a lot. I could certainly drink a few of these. Too bad Bell's is so hard to get around here.

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

Purchased a bottle at Rozzi's Wine House in Lakewood, OH.

A: Pours with a quarter inch thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Jet black opaque hue.

S: A very strong coffee malt aroma. Earthy with some caramel notes as well.

T: Taste follows nose. Very strong and rich coffee flavor. Bitter chocolate and bitter hops on the back end. Roasted. I could not tell that this was loaded with alcohol.

MF: Silky smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Slightly astringent. Well attenuated. Alcohol is masked well.

D, notes: Good drinkable/sessionable stout. The coffee flavors are intense but that's what this beer is all about - There's a friggin dancing coffee cup on the label. You should have a good idea what you're getting into.

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark ruby brown, with just a hint of head.

S: Roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark olives.

T: The coffee and malt are right up front with a bit of bitter sweetness.

M: Smooth, thin, almost oily.

D: Easy to drink for such a strong flavored beer. Pass the bacon & eggs.

Good morning Bell's !!!

Photo of Atron67
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking it in a snifter as my first beer of the day at pretty much room temperature

A- big black body below a tight knit tan to brown head that settled sorta quick but left a sloppy wet lacing around the snifter glass and after the head finally fell down it remained as a thin film on top for the rest of the time

S- surprize its big on coffee and black malts. roasted flavors pretty huge. theres a slight sweetness to the coffee scents that reminds me of the bourbon county stout minus the bourbon part. very rich smelling... etc

T- really smooth dark malts. actually smooth is kinda an understatement. the smoothness is kinda ridiculous for any type of beer at ~8 % and mostly roasted and dark malt flavor. as it sits in your mouth the coffee flavor starts and rises slowly, but becomes the main flavor. Pretty creamy throughout.the hops are present but pretty subdued and kinda sit right behind the coffee flavor in the finish. enjoyable but maybe a little let down just because the nose was so rich but the smoothness hides the flavors that youd hop would pop a little more.

M- creamy thick, lightly carbonated

D- pretty sweet for a imperial stout. never a session style but you like every sip

Photo of mistermonkey
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice two fingers of rocky, khaki head, with solid lace. Beer is a very, very dark ruby. Of course, coffee is prominent in the nose. Medium carbonation. Coffee (almost burnt) and chocolate slather my buds, the alcohol slightly warming. Goes down easy. I'll have another.

Photo of stewart124
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a dense tan head. Good lacing effect.

Smells of burnt and dark roasted malts, chocolate, toffee sweetness and of course...coffee.

Taste is big, bold, and backed up by very strong coffee. Huge mouthfeel and finishes dry. There is a residual sweetness that soothes the taste buds. Leaves my mouth with a big malty and burnt taste. Very little hop presence. Coffee is noticable throughout the beer. Very nice stout and it's almost chewy. Really one for those coffee drinkers.

Photo of mnstorm99
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black pour with a good 1.5 finger tan head that sticks, nice lacing.
Aroma is roasted coffee, but there is a nice touch of spicy hops in the background.
Flavors are bold, roasted, chocolate and carmel malts, with a great coffee backbone, the hops just kind of balance it out.
Mouthfeel, was good, creamy and smooth, and a touch of chewy. This is a great beer, and a nice change for an imperial (this one is hardly an imperiel), not too sweet, and just a damn good beer.

Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Batch number on the back label.

A: Thick black with respectable tan head and tons of lacing.

S: Kind of weak with faint coffee grounds odor with sweet raisins and vanilla. No hint of alcohol.

T: Pleasant and grabbing coffee presence immediate with a ton of chocolaty sweetness to boot. Mild alcohol warming as well with smidge of hops bitterness to pull it together.

M: Thick and coating on the palate. Very smooth and easy to drink. Pleasant sweet mocha aftertaste.

D: Extremely drinkable for an imperial stout, owing to its nice blend of sweetness and smoothness with distinctive coffee flavors to set it apart. Great job, Bell's (again).

Photo of barnettch
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It looked very good pouring. It was a dark almost black color with little head. I was very eager to try this one. The aroma did not disappoint. The smell of coffee and a hint of chocolate is present. The coffee and chocolate taste is present but not as plentiful as I imagined after the smell. The taste was disappointing. I have tasted much better coffee stouts. The mouthfeel was decent but seemed to lose the flavor and did not go down as smooth as I thought. It is easy to drink but would rather have others.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

426 reviews as of this writing. I'll forego the usual review and chime in and say this was quite a tasty brew. No question this stout is done wiht coffee. Nice balance of rich malt and coffee flavors with no hint it's 7.5% ABV. Definitely one worth a try!

Photo of drumrboy22
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to EliteDigger for this one. Batch #8216, packaged on 11/7/07. Served at cellar temp. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Beer was black with a two finger, foamy, light brown head. Heavy lacing around the glass. Very soft carbonation.

Aroma was roasted coffee, malt and light vanilla.

Taste was slightly bitter roasted coffee, light chocolate and sweet malt. Nice beer and not overwhelming.

Full flavored and thick mouthfeel. Dry and slightly bitter finish.

I'm a sucker for coffee beers. This one is a winner in my book.

Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black like an abyss with very little head and no lace...

S - Sweet coffee reminiscent of a cordial liquor

T - Dark chocolate mixed with hints of Kona coffee beans and very subtle caramel undertones... Lingering taste of strong coffee after initial contact with palette...

M - A unique light and refreshing mouth feel for a dark stout... This is one stout that goes down smooth and easy with a very mild carbonation...

D - Surprisingly smooth given the strong flavors present... A very enjoyable session beer...

Photo of JDV
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to gregis
Black pour with a tan head. Smell was of strong roast coffee, wet burnt gritty coffee grounds, and a twinge of metal. Taste was strongly of coffee, but smooth, and very creamy. Again maybe a hint of metal, but not enough to really detract much. Wet charred coffee bean flavor in a good way. Very drinkable, perfectly bitter, and spot on body and carbonation. I loved this beer!

Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. This beer is a dark brown, almost black color that lets in no light whatsoever. The tan head is maybe 1/4 inch when poured. Settles to a decent ring lining the inside of my glass with a slight surface covering. Roasted espresso and chocolate aromas are present. Sweet chocolate and bitter coffee are also the dominant flavors along with a hint of cherry. The sweetness comes to the forefront more as the beer warms. Has a crisp, smooth, and slightly oily, fullbodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is superb.


Photo of sfair10784
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Close to jet-black with a firm ring of deep brown foam lingering at the top.

S: Smells of roasted coffee beans and smoked vanilla with a huge hint of mocha.

T: Crisp and slightly bitter at first but this is washed away by a deep chocolate when swallowed. Aftertaste is pretty good, coffee and slight chocolate hanging around on the palette.

D: Definitely drinkable for about one or maybe two, but the strong coffee and roasted flavors argue with the palette. Hard to top the strength of flavors this one offers if trying another beer in the same session.

Overall a beer I would buy again. I agree with everyone this is definitely one a coffee lover would favor. Bell's is always a good bet.

Photo of dsigmon
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark deep almost black color with brown head that leaves fairly quickly leaving little lacing on my dogfish snifter.

S: Smell of colombian coffee and faint chocolate and roasted malt.

T/M: Wonderful thick almost creamy layer of dark coffee and sweet chocolate. The coffee taste along with the light carbonation tingles and makes me think of a cherry coke with a little hersheys syup mixed in. As it warms I am starting to love this beer...mmmm....

D: I find this to be very easy drinking and going down wonderfully. I am a coffee lover so that could explain it. I could easily drink 3-4 four of these but I could see how non coffee drinkers could suffer through one.

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

Bottle (batch #8256) poured into a tulip glass.

A- A 1 finger brown head sat atop a jet black liquid and left sticky rings around the side of the glass.

S- It's aroma was pretty much straight up fresh ground coffee in the beginning. It became more complicated with roasted malt tones as it warmed.

T- It had a lot of coffee flavor and was quite roasty with a clean finish.

M- It had a smooth feel and again a clean finish.

D- It's a good sipper. The strong coffee flavor may be a bit much to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Overall- It's very much a coffee lover's beer. I remember going to the coffee pot at work the next morning and thinking of the beer I had the night before. It's an interesting way to start the morning.

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

Bell's- Java Stout

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Deep brown almost black with a light lacing head.
S- Dark chocolate with a touch of cherry juice and mocha cream.
T- Dark chocolate covered cherries?! thick mocha cream, and vanilla cool whip. Quite a dessert, huh!?
M- Deep solid sweet chocolate presence very smooth.

Overall- An excellent stout to enjoy for dessert or later in the evening.

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.