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

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2,570 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,570
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 138
Gots: 208 | FT: 10
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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Photo of sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a stout, but I didn't do any sort of detailed inspection of how it changes in different light. But certainly night thick, dark, impenetrable blackness. Modest mocha heads stays briefly and it gone. No lacing.

Coffee is faint, with black malts taking the lead and some malty sweetness vying meekly for attention. Had one earlier and though it had more going on. This one is plenty warm, and just really isn't showing alot of complexity.

Flavor has more going on. The coffee is clear, but in good proportion. Malty sweetness and roasty bitterness are prominent, and it is very balanced overall.

Good carbonation, rich medium/full body and viscosity, creamy, with some mild lingering roasty bitterness.

Drinks pretty easily, smooth, tasty, clean and moderately complex. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I'd certainly get it again sometime.

sprucetip, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of blackcompg
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a 5oz glass as part of a 6 beer flight at Bell's Brewery...

Appearance - Beer is a dark opaque brown, tan head with some nice lacing left behind.

Smell - Fresh rich ground coffee with notes of burnt toffee.

Taste - Dark black roasty coffee, with toasted dry breadcrust and dark chocolate. Finishes dry with lots of lingering black coffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbthat leaves a dry clean palate. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Really a nice and balanced java stout, lots of roasted coffee and perfect dryness to keep you sipping.

blackcompg, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: A frakking huge head (~3 fingers). So damn dark, dense, and tight. The beer itself is true black and completely opaque. Not very good retention. Some clinging lace.

S: Holy fucking shit. Nothing but black coffee grounds. I don't really like coffee, so this rather puts me off. After many sips, the aroma gains a tad of sweetness.

T: Black coffee, malted and made into beer. *I* don't like it, but for what it is, it's good. A bit sweet (alcohol and/or malt?) but I dunno...Not a BAD beer, just full of stupid coffee. And nothing else.

M: Thinnish and smoothly flat.

O: Jesus. Cofffeee. Not my thing. Recommended if you like your coffee black. Otherwise, no.

AgentMunky, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of juhl31
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

split one of dems with good old eliott. poured into a snifter.

-black like it should be, but very small head and carb bubbles. left me pretty quick without much trace around

-right off the bat...cigar. so, lots of tobacco and coffee up in it.

-from the get go, its all coffee and cigar taste. kind of like burnt coffee really. some sweetness finally comes in once it warmed up on the back end of the taste

-a bit dry, but okay on the carb aspect

-this was a good beer, but nothing i am stoked over. i wish there was some more "beer" flavors in there. the burnt coffee taste just really dominated

juhl31, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/25/2006 $2.00 12 oz. 7.50% No best by date, but coded 7221.


Pours a slightly viscous ichor black that is fairly still with no head at all, but a wisp of tan rimming the edge of the goblet.


This is stated to be a stout brewed with fresh roasted coffee, and the aroma proves it. Dominated by espresso aroma (reminds me of the chocolate chips present in Edy's Espresso Chip ice cream). Very enticing.


Fresh roasted coffee, more like espresso (again those Edy's chocolate chips come to mind) overpowers the palate. No cream like taste to this one, just pure caffeinated java, with a touch of sweetness midsip. Finish is exactly like that of coffee, bitter and drying. By far the most intense coffee flavor I've encountered in a beer.

cbl2, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Quaffer
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer was pure black as it sat in the glass. Only the slightest hints of ruddy, brownish red emerged along the bottom of the glass when it was held up to the window. The dark brown head rose up to three fingers with an overly rough pour. It settled slowly and left a good portion of itself behind on the glass as it did so. A layer of bubbles remained until the glass was drained. This contributed to a huge amount of lace being left behind.

Smell: Right after the pour, stale coffee was the only smell evident. As the head settled, the nose became fuller and other aromas joined in. Deeply roasted malts and charred, smokey wood rose up to join the coffee. Hints of tart fruits were distinguishable more by the way they bit my nose than by anything else. Cream and chocolate hung out in the background. Charred, smokey coffee beans was the dominant smell overall.

Mouthfeel: The pour looked a little viscous and the mouthfeel confirmed that. Medium- to full-bodied with a creamy, coating feel on the tip of the tongue. Became a little fuzzy with carbonation as it moved into the back of the mouth, but was smooth overall.

Taste: There was a huge amount of flavor in this beer. Coffee beans roasted to within an inch of their life overrode everything else. This added a lot of complexity. Instead of just making the beer taste like coffee, it provided a nice smokiness and a charred component. It almost came across like bar-b-que at times, but in a good way. There was sweet cream, malt, and chocolate underneath, but it was just enough to counter the bitterness, and I'm not sure that it completely did that. The bitter coffee lingered well into the aftertaste, almost becoming a little astringent as the other flavors died away.

Seriously, the flavor of this brew is over-the-top. Way more flavorful than I was expecting. Very good, but maybe a little too unbalanced.

Quaffer, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of Minkybut
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this black strong beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black as tar with the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer. It was great! The beer smelled like strong coffee and indeed it tasted that way. The beer had nice balance of burnt smoked roated coffee with a thick taste to it that let you know you were really getting something with some roots to it. Yes I will buy this brew again.

Minkybut, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of pmarlowe
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9992. Tulip glass.

Pours dark coffee color with about a finger and a half of tan foam. Minimal lacing. Smell is foremost a medium-roast coffee with some nice roasted chocolate malt notes. The coffee comes to dominate the taste, although I still get a hint of malt, with a pretty smooth, slightly bitter, long finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. Carbonation and body are both appropriately medium. Overall, this is an easy drinker, a good coffee stout where the emphasis is on the coffee.

pmarlowe, May 24, 2011
Photo of Nunya
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%

Nunya, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of msgraves
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

msgraves, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a large tan head that perfectly tops of the beer. Retention is excellant and heavy lacing is left on the glass.

I smell coffee. And that is all I can smell. Very one dimensional but still a pleasing aroma to welcome the day.

The flavor is a wonderful bitter coffee. If you like big, bold coffee flavor in your stout then this beer will be up your alley.

The mouthfeel is unimpressive. Lacks a creamy texture I prefer in my big stouts. The body is thinner than most as well.

I enjoyed this stout from Bell's more so than their other stouts.

morimech, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge concentrated coffee aroma. Deep black with a head that remindmed of those snake firework things you’d set on fire on the 4th that just raised up as they burned. This head just flew up once the pour was finished. Wow this actually tastes more like coffee than it does like stout. Huge coffee flavor that is so acidic it actually burns the throat. Ample chocolate and minor notes of roasted barley. Touch of cream sweetness in the finish. I could see how some might be put off by this. I however love the hell out of it.

Jredner, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a large mocha head. It is black in color. It smells of chocolate and coffee. The dominant taste is black coffee. This beer tastes a lot better warm. I had one cold and one warm. There is a big difference. I didn't like this beer at first when it was cold. Now I think it is quite a tasty beverage. I'll make sure to take the next one out of the fridge 15 minutes before I drink it.


buschbeer, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, black, black... like the java it might be inspired, considering what it is. A nice, tan head, decently sticky, and creamy.

S: The coffee scent is there... not the freshest at all, though. Closer to what I might expect from the filter. Under the coffeebean aroma, a little bit of a chocolate scent comes out.

T: It almost ends up tasting a little more like some coffee leftovers more than anything. Some chocolatey flavour in there, but the coffee taste takes the forefront by far. Still good, though.

M: I really liked this side of things. Quite a heavy, rich body, becoming almost a foamy cream towards the finish... like a quality latte!

D: It's a bit hefty, so I wouldn't be doing many at a time. I can only go with the coffee taste for so long, too. Decent, but with that ABV, I won't be replacing a Starbucks Frappucino or the like.

Proteus93, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, clear ruby brown around the edges, one finger brown head.

S-Lots of rich coffee, some roasted malt. But the coffee, although nice, dominates.

T-Starts with a lot of coffee, not much else. Some roasted malt. A lot of coffee, but the coffee is spot on.

M-Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

O-The coffee was nice, but at the end of the day, too much of it. Poor balance.

rlee1390, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Realale
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oily black in the glass, with an espresso crema-like cap of foam.

Nose is dark-roasted coffee and malt, with an appetizing bitter note. Rich and oily on the palate, but with a firm acidic backbone which keeps the richness in check. Good bitterness, but its more coffee bitterness than hop bitterness. Very nice.

Realale, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a decent tan head that quickly faded.

Aromas are quite nice. Smells are of dark coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts.

Beer has a very dry character. There are flavors of dark roasted coffee, and wa somewhat bitter chocolate quality. This finishes crisp and tart.

Mouthfeel seems too watered down for a stout. It's not bad, but it just seems too lean.

Drinkability is good. I prefer more creaminess, and a thicker mouthfeel to stouts, but this is pretty unique tasting and interesting.

Bottle courtesy of JohnnyM2002.

flexabull, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color with a foamy and toasted-tan colored head. Pretty nice look, although the head isn't quite as imposing as some other Bell's stouts. Nose is of decent strengths, and exudes all characteristics of the coffee bean: roasted and burnt is the order of the day. I like it but could use more force.

The flavor sticks strictly to the coffee end of the equation, not even much sweetness to balance. Chocolate does emerge, especially on the finish, but it's heavily balanced toward the Java. Pretty bitter, but not much in the hops direction. Body is middle of the road, could definitely be bigger for my taste. Pretty smooth, but the carbonation works too hard up front. Definitely a coffee stout from top to bottom, and as a daily drinker of black joe, I enjoy it very much. Not for everyone.

BretSikkink, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of roadhouse
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

roadhouse, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

PsilohsaiBiN, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of jayrod20
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark tan 3/4" head at pour. Dark black color, literally as black as coffee. Powerful coffee aroma. Could be some chocolate hidden in aroma, but smells exactly like wet coffee grinds. Heavy, silky cream texture to mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Huge coffee flavor with some small chocolate notes, bold even if you are a regular coffee drinker. Nice dark lacing on the glass. Warmth brings a nutty note to aroma and a little more sweetness to the already sweet flavor. Dry, roasty bitter finish that lingers in the aftertaste. True to it's name in every form. You definitely have to like or be able to tolerate coffee to drink this one, basically like drinking cold coffee. Coffee being the dominate factor in this one does give much room for anything else.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of iron78
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks dark as black ink, at least in the lighting i had. Had thin brown foam. Don't know if I've seen such dark foam on a beer before.

Smells like roasted coffee.

Wow. major coffee. Like a shot of espresso. Good espresso, just enough bitterness to have that roasted flavor, not to much to cause a cringe. Like drinking a coffee truffle.

Thick, creamy and smooth.
Combining two favorite beverages does work.

iron78, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-06-13 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Black with a one finger dark tan head

S - Coffee, raisin, sweet malt

T - Dark roasted malt followed quickly by strong, fresh-brewed coffee. There's also a dark roasted malt sweetness, a bit of hop bitterness and coffee astringency.

M - Medium body and light carbonation and a bit creamy

D - Not sessionable but a good tasting, single beer treat. You could have this for breakfast with your leftover pizza.

Tucquan, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ebony black with a huge tan head.

Smell is dominated by massive coffee aroma. Some hints of burnt malt notes as well.

Taste is similiarly dominated by coffee. It's just amazing how mcuh coffee flavor is packed in here. Additionally there is caramel, toffee, chocolate and generous roasted malts. This brew has a pleasant bitternessbut I can't tell where the coffee ends and the hops begin. High ABV is well concealed.

Mouthfeel is medium bidied and smooth.

This is a beer for the coffee lover. Actually this is a beer for anyone since I don't like coffee but I really enjoyed this beer. I think I'll start drinking this in the morning.

Blakaeris, Apr 30, 2006
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,570 ratings.