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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,754 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,754
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried so-called "blonde" coffee beers and I'm still unsure what to think about them. Something as dark and inky-black as Bell's Java Stout, however, instills complete confidence - reason dictates anything that looks this much like coffee will likely strongly resemble it in other ways too.

We often say that beers have suggestions of coffee or "coffee-like" qualities, but there's no mistaking the literal addition of actual coffee in this one; it's like pressing your nose straight up against the filter while it's still dripping. I can't even detect the malts.

Same goes for the taste. Talk about 'fresh-pressed'! This much roasted coffee bean flavour doesn't leave much room for malt to make its impact. Overall, there are traces of dark caramel and hazelnut-chocolate fudge that add some buttery richness and dimension, but they're easy to dismiss amidst such a formidable, pronounced coffee character.

The best coffee beers manage the impressive trick of balancing roast coffee with roast malt flavours. This one does no such thing. Normally I'd be tempted to bash such a recipe for tasting only like flat coffee, but since I made sure to wait for a night I was craving coffee, I've actually enjoyed it. Make no mistake, however: this has no more depth than a kiddie pool.

Bell's Java Stout is a total delight – but only if you like coffee. And even then it's not a beer for wimps; you can appreciate the 7.5% alcohol of this stout even if you can't all its other qualities. This mouth-drying, fully saturated, intensely coffee-toned beer is a demanding ordeal so know that before opening. A caffeine addict's dream - no more needs to be said about it.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014-11-23 -- review entered from notes.
12oz bottle poured into a little plastic hotel cup. Packaged 2013-08-29 -- surprisingly old. Not deeply concerned for a stout.

Pours black with a medium head. Fades fast. Fair carbonation. Smell is coffee and little else. Yeast and grain.

Taste is nice -- milk stout sweet with a strong but not overpowering coffee presence. Mild but good.

Mouthfeel is medium weight. Overall, it's very nice.

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Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,754 ratings.