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

Bell's Java StoutBell's Java Stout

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2,261 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2261
Reviews: 1041
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%

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 BeerDawgs


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle picked up as a single

A - Pitch black, with some lacing left on top of the brew all the way down

S - Lots of dark roasted coffee beans. Burnt wheat. Wish there was a little sugary sweetness in the nose

T - Rich and creamy, coffee overwhelms, and some sweetness comes through.

M - Rich, thick, full bodied, etc

O - A very good coffee stout, but was hoping for even more from Bells, probably the best craft brewer out there. It has grown on me as I work my way through it...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:13:28 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an extremely pleasurable beer, rather heavy on the coffee. don't be subtle, go for it! the one pours real dark, but looks more like good rootbeer when held to a sunny window. the head is an inch tall, but fades to a thin film in about a minute. plenty of yeast particles settled out on the bottom of my glass. the nose is bitter acidic coffee and burnt barley, super robust. almost like a pot of cold coffee a few hours old, and there is a slight smoke character too. the flavor is balanced coffee until the finish, when its flavors and its acidity take over. normally I don't like acidity in coffee beers, but in this one it provides a nice contrast to the big pillowy soft body and rolling carbonation, its needed. the alcohol is maybe a little higher than it needs to be, burns slightly with the coffee, but this is your hangover maker and killer in one bottle, probably better as a first beer than a last beer in a session. another solid bells brew by all counts.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 23:16:01 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- poured into a snifter-opaque black with a small foamy tan head with decent retention and some short lasting lace.

S- intense aromas of dark chocolate and ground coffee, some roasted grain with a bit of nuttiness and toffee.

T- the flavor isn't quite as demensional as the aromas. Bitter coffee dominates thee palate up front with hardly any sweetness until closer to the finish when some of the chocolate flavors start to come through. The coffee is so intense, it actually finishes a bit tart in the tongue. The finish sweet-yet-dry with a coffee linger that seems to last forever.

M-thick body with medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a foamy finish

O- this is one of the most coffee forward beers that I've tried. Unfortunately I think I overpowers some of the chocolaty roasted malt flavors. Still quite enjoyable and a must for those of you that like to drink your coffee dark roast and black. Coffee flavors are about as strong as a Sumatra coffee.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:57:45 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Mikes-Soft-Lemonale


4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow. This is a tasty tasty beer. It's kind of like taking espresso, melt in a chocolate bar, pour in a bada$$ stout. Then take it, boil it down, put it through a strainer. Then take it and throw in some carb tablets or force carbonate it. THEN you pour it in my glass and then I drink it! That's a nice nice nice beer. Yah, it's a big beer but I love that i can find it in a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 21:26:53 | More by Mikes-Soft-Lemonale
Photo of GossageBrewery


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

Poured this American Coffee Stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This poured a black color, produced a thick tan head, excellent retention and tons of lace left on the glass. The aroma of the stout consisted of roasted grain, and fresh roasted coffee. Medium bodied, a foundation of roasted grain, coffee, sweet malt, apple- slight touch of bitter hops. Overall, this is a nice session beer, I have sampled better Coffee Stouts but this one is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 15:34:07 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of PaterMorse


2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Interesting beer. Unfortunately, seems they worked too hard on the smell and left a one-note taste. I guess if you want a VERY COFFEE coffee stout, you may have found it; as for me, time to move on.

A: The more positive aspects of Bell's Double Cream (reviewed elsewhere, and notable for crimson/orange ring after head dissipates); but doesn't stay dark. Instead, looks like watery Coke (a downer for me).

S: Burned coffee grounds. Or, at times (sorry), a blackened hot dog burned weenie roast style (not a bad thing, just sayin'). Strong, noticeable aroma -- but one dimensional and overdone. It's like sticking your nose in a can of Folgers and campire ash.

T: Pretty big and bold. Not surprisngly, it's coffee, coffee, coffee (and burnt at that). Finish isn't as bitter as nose might suggest; and quite good after-taste.

M: Bit bulkier than Bell's Double Cream (which was too flimsy). Medium, leaning light.

O: Interesting. Glad I tried it, but not altogether enjoyable. An OK novelty beer but wouldn't order it off a good beer menu if I was out -- unless I was in a funky mood and craving a coffee stout.

Repeat? I wouldn't stock it as a staple; but I'd keep it as a novelty for coffee lovers and for that every-now-and-then unique experience.

Where? Fun to incorporate into beer sampling party or take to campfire

Two Words: Burnt Folgers

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 22:18:10 | More by PaterMorse
Photo of buck1futter


4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-typical stout, dark, light vanilla mocha head, doesn't stick around too long.

S-Nice layered coffee, strong roasted malt, very faint hops.

T- Coffee right up front, acidity from the coffee bites cheeks, leaves a nice roast aftertaste, leaves the mouth watery and wanting something to savior. getting coffee bitterness more so it seems than the hops. pretty tasty.

M-Creamy, very clean mild carbonation, very easy to drink. medium body.

0 A pretty good coffee stout, seeing as most coffee stouts are imperials it is nice to have a session able coffee stout that i could have in the morning as well. Recommended for coffee lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 06:02:32 | More by buck1futter
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger tan head that fades into a thin ring with very little lacing.

Aroma is dominated with roasted coffee and dark malt with a slight hint of citrus hops.

Taste followed the nose with dark roasted coffee, roasted malt and a very slight touch of vanilla.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body, light carbonation, carried a nice bitterness , however, it was just a little thin and watery.

Overall this was a nice stout strong with coffee, it would be much better if it wasn't so thin.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 19:15:37 | More by dtivp
Photo of acsprouse

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours black. Light carbonation

S: Coffee in the nose, slight chocolate under notes, bitter smell (coffee). Malty

T: coffee, coffee and more coffee, bitter, malty with chocolate

M: thinner than i expected. Crisper than expected.

Overall.. great coffee stout. For what it is. This is a B+ beer. It sticks true to being a coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 06:54:38 | More by acsprouse
Photo of Cubatobaco


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be a short review...

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a minimal amount of lacing. Light carbonation rises around the sides

S: Coffee (duh), like stuck my nose in a Folger's jar, malts, bitter, dark chocolate,

T: Straight forward coffee, with chocolate taking the back seat, malty, hint of leather,

M: clean taste, thinner than I usually like, frothy, medium-bodied

O: Very fun to drink and not have to give all your attention to, too pricey for what it actually is, needs more body and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:57:21 | More by Cubatobaco
Photo of BMMillsy


4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown/black. Nice big kahki head on this one. Spicey coffee wafts off the top like my morning stop for caffeine. Hints of bitter cocoa. Lacing present as the head recedes. Very nice all coffee flavor. Wow this is great. Almost like a cold cup of Joe here. Light to medium mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Right on what it should be. Very nice. Could drink this all night. Must pair this with food sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 17:44:23 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11468, bottled Sept 10, 2012.

Dark brown, almost black with about three fingers of light brown head. Dense and creamy retention, great lace. Nose of fresh roasted coffee beans, earthy and herbal. Taste has a whole load of roast and more coffee beans. Still some earth notes and chalk. Perhaps even some dark chocolate. Palate is lighter than I'd like, body is disappointingly thin although it appears to full up as it warms. Roast lingers for quite some time. Coffee quite prevalent here, does well for a straight up coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:05:01 | More by liamt07
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts.

T: Very much like the smell with the addition of some hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Watered down.

O: Way too thin and watered down to be very enjoyable. It's like drinking cold coffee. I won't be buying any more.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:56:41 | More by nUgZ
Photo of BrownAleMale


3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Very cola like in appearance with 3/4 inch kahki head that dissipates most of the way and leaves some very spotty lacing as it goes.

Smell- Plain and simple....Black Coffee

Taste- Pretty much like the nose, think burnt black iced coffee.

Mouthfeel- Drinks like an ice coffee, on the watery side for a stout.

Overall- I was disapointed with this as I had been wanting to try it for a while. Its a 1 trick pony in my book. Its all iced black coffee, that misses on any kind of balance. Now if drinking cold black coffee is your thing then you will love this!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 03:28:41 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of TempeBeerMan


4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours an inky black with a massive four-finger brown monster of a head. Head formed a marshmellowy clump as it started to die down. Epic lacing. Great looking beer.

S - Ok, not the most complex aroma in the world. Getting espresso and roasted grains with a hint of vanilla. But the aroma is rich and strong.

T - Delivers exactly whats advertised. The stout is bold and roasty with just a hint of chocolate sweetness, and the coffee is dark and robust with a hint of cream. I'd say this goes about 50/50 on stout versus coffee flavor. No hop presence detectable, and balancing bitterness is caused instead by burnt/charred nots. Not a lot of other things going on, but what else do you need?

M - Big full bodied chewiness. Nicely creamy. Spot-on lower end of medium carbonation. Dry finish. It all works.

O - Everything about this beer is big and bold, and this is simply one of the best coffee stouts I have ever had. Seemlessly blended and almost flawlessly presented. A must for coffee lovers.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:16:43 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi viscous pure black with a thin ring of foam around the glass.

Lots of coffee with some roast and dairy cream.

Lots of coffee bean flavor all over. Medium sweetness, roasted malt, dark chocolate. The coffee lasts well after the finish.

Very smooth with creamy carbonation. Medium feel.

Terrific coffee beer here. Loads of coffee flavor, very rich. Does have a heavier price tag however.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:54:49 | More by jera1350
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is deepest brown, almost black. Just some slight brown highlights around the edge of the glass. A 1/2 finger of light tan foam forms on top and fades over the course of a few minutes. No lacing.

S - Dark roast coffee. Slightly earthy, bready and just a touch of bright citrus notes that you might detect in a lighter roasted coffee.

T - Quite smooth up front. The coffee doesn't grab you right away--which is a good thing. I've had coffee stouts that were way to heavy on the coffee (a homebrew of mine included in the bunch). Lots of smooth, bitter cocoa notes and earthy coffee through the middle. Finish has a nice bit of tang on the sides of the tongue--very reminiscent of a fresh cup of coffee. The coffee and milk chocolate flavors of the roasted malts linger for quite a long time.

M - Thin body. I'm disappointed this doesn't have a bit more substantial mouthfeel to it. Carbonation is understated but adequate.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:56:44 | More by rundocrun
Photo of HattedClassic


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

Pours a nice tan head with very good retention. Quite a bit of lacing in tieh beer. The beer istelf is a nice dark black with hints of dark brown.

A nice blend of coffee beans and roasted malts. I think that I also get a tiny hint of hops.

Roasted malts and coffee beans. The taste is not bad but I've had better.

A little light-bodied than I'm used to since this is a dark beer. The carbonation is also light.

A pretty decent beer and one that I might buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:56:30 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of yamar68


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

Good looking beer... pours like a black lager - minimal clarity and a nice soapy light tan head that retains pretty well, good lacing.

Milk chocolate, nutty coffee notes, vanilla and almond, a faint sense of cinnamon, a bit sweet... an inviting smelling beer.

Black Folgers cut with cream... bold coffee profile mingles with milky stout notes without reaching mocha steez... nice and balanced.

A great coffee stout that doesn't warrant the price tag. Give it a go if you can score a single.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:48:55 | More by yamar68
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger and a half high beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of coffee beans are more concentrated and there are additional hints of dark roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a lot like dark roast coffee beans so if you are a coffee lover you would probably like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 20:38:18 | More by metter98
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South Carolina

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled on 10/15/12

A: Pours an opaque black with 2plus fingers width of dense mocha colored head, which hangs around for a while before dissipating down. Leaves tones of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Aromas of cream and bitter black coffee. Roasted malt, a bit smokey. Simple, but nice.

T: Follows the nose with the black coffee and roasted malt. More heavy cream and vanilla flavors on the backend. Not terribly complex, in fact pretty one dimensional, but very good strong black coffee notes, and very tasty if you are a coffee lover.

M/D: Overly carbonated but still remains quite smooth. Mouthfeel is a touch thin for my liking, but then again its a 'single' stout, so I guess for style its right on. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this is very good. Its pretty one dimensional. The coffee flavor tops FBS and Wake N Bake, but it lacks the other characters that make those two stand out in the coffee stout genre. Still very good, nonetheless. This is certainly one Ill come back to, although the price point is pretty high.

Would pair perfectly with a big breakfast of bacon and eggs, just great black coffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 14:40:01 | More by zac16125
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal very dark amber highlights and a light amount of gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy mocha head (almost like what you would see on a latte) that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and freshly ground espresso beans. Very subtle hints of vanilla and caramel.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts with some strong notes of dark chocolate and freshly made espresso. There are some light notes of caramel sweetness and some vanilla hints as the beer warms. Also, there is a light to moderate amount of coffee bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy - almost like a nitro-stout but I'm sure this one was not since it came from the bottle.

O: I really enjoy this beer and used to drink it fairly regularly when I lived in an area that Bell's distributed their beers - I'm a huge fan of coffee and I really like a big stout so this is the best of both worlds. Very nice coffee/espresso flavors and smells with a similar bitterness to it. Definitely one that I would come back for again and again. Pretty easy to drink with the well hidden alcohol and the lightness in the body.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 18:31:06 | More by dbrauneis
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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a soft, velvety black color with a tan colored head that appears to get darker and darker as the beer continues. Head is big, fluffy, and lasts forever, however it leaves little lacing to speak of. Aroma is thick and can be noticed as soon as you pop the cap off of this one - concentrated with sweet and creamy coffee beans, roasted malts, and some deep, dark espresso at the tail end. Taste is more of the same; huge roasted malt body infused with roasted coffee. Starts off light, creamy, and sweet, then transitions into a darker, slightly bitter version of its former self. Toasted and roasty, up and down with some slight alcohol warmth hitting the very back of my tongue. Hints of black licorice become more and more prominent the more I drink. Hops don't make their appearance until the very end, but they are surely there; leafy and a bit ashy in character, they leave a nice trail of bitterness in the aftertaste that fades out with the sweetness in great harmony. Medium, silky body with an overall pretty low amount of carbonation.

I had this on tap at Bell's a while ago. The bottled version is not quite as good, but it's still a decent brew when all is said and done. Little pricey for what you're getting, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 12:37:48 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Alextricity


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

Appearance: Oh boy does this beer look nice. Pitch black with a very nice and creamy tan head. Lacing is patchy but very nice as well.

Smell: Actually the lowest point of this beer ... I figured it'd smell awesome, but it's basically average. It has a very faint coffee aroma, but malts are the primary smell here.

Taste/feel: I can say this is one of the best "feeling" beers ever. So smooth, and the slickness left at the end of each sip that not even Founder's Breakfast Stout can replicate. Is this a better stout than that one? I don't think so, though it's VERY close, in my opinion. FBS seems to have more layers of flavor, but Java Stout isn't too shabby, and like I said, the feel is phenomenal.

Like any other stout, I personally wouldn't drink this one too often, but it's a great every-now-and-then beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:28:03 | More by Alextricity
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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice black with with a brown, mahogany tint. Smells like a cup of joe with roasted malts. Taste really coffee like, but not sharp or crisp on the coffee. Bitter and roasted finish. Mouthfeel is nice with a soft carbonation. Overall a nice coffee stout, but definitely not the best. I would recommend, but not ahead of some greater brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:00:58 | More by ddedhed
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