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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,393 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,393
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 127
Gots: 171 | 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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stewart124

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 01:48:59 | More by stewart124
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match1112

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, almost pitch black in appearance with a big fluffy khaki colored head. smells of rich roasted coffee with hints of mocha. tastes like a cold cup of not too bitter coffee. has a rich creamy smooth mouthfeel. overall one of my favorite of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 21:36:19 | More by match1112
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Retsinis

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I was on vacation visiting family in Woodbridge Virginia, I got a chance to go to a Total Wine in Springfield to pick up some local beers, or any that are distributed there that are not sent to California. Picked up one bottle of this as part of a make your own six pack.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass

The beer pours thick, rich, and is a deep dark black color. The head is a thin brown, that rose about a half inch that receded quickly, but could be coaxed back up with a little swirling. Some moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma's are of fresh ground roasted coffee, chocolate mocha, a little smoke, and roasted malts.

The nose was spot on to what the flavors would hold. Bursts of clean espresso, some sweet chocolate notes, and the roasted malts on the finish. The coffee notes is a big wave up front, and the middle is dominated by the roasted flavors with the chocolate being the subtlest flavor. It's only deduction is that the coffee notes are so dominant, that it reminds me of just a coffee stout, and this being a RIS, it is lacking some of the other flavors for me.

The mouth feel is creamy and smooth, with light to medium carbonation.

Overall, a good beer, since I love coffee. Good sipper, with nothing you would not expect from a coffee stout. Though just like with coffee, one is usually enough in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:07:54 | More by Retsinis
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark and menacing, yet I got a nice little fluffy amount of tan head on this guy on an aggressive pour. Pretty slick looking as I'm not getting much lacing.

Aroma: Yes, there are coffee aromas aplenty, but they is also a prevailing nuttiness to this guy too.

Taste: Definitely a big amount of iced coffee flavor. Almost acrid. However, there is enough sweet malty tones of chocolate and raisiny tannins to help create a nuanced flavor. It gets much more complex as it warms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty: Actually has a pretty light feeling body. These flavors can almost be as bitter as they are because the body isn't to heavy on the tongue.

Overall: This guy is a nice after dinner beer. I'm having it as a night cap and am really enjoying it for such an occasion. This one is probably a little too aggressive to try as food pairing, but standing alone, it is a nice, robust brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:42:32 | More by soze47
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this from Dunt in a BIF. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours an obsidian black with a thin white head. The aroma if full of freshly brewed coffee. The taste follows the nose. The coffee is the dominant flavor, overtaking any beerish flavors. It is a bit thin for a double stout, but not terrible, very well carbonated. A solid coffee beer, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 23:25:03 | More by bonkers
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doubleshovels

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect for after diner or a rainy afternoon, this is more coffee then stout. It pours like an ice coffee with only a thin dark leathery head. Earthy and roasted nut overtones come more from the coffee then the malt. I think I will save a couple bottles for use in the ice cream machine. Yummmm.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 04:18:16 | More by doubleshovels
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Looks like a nice, typical stout. Not such a durable head as you might hope but a fine looking stout anyway.

Aroma was full of coffee -- just rich & full of coffee aroma. I've had a bunch of coffee stouts but this one smells like I just stuck my face into a freshly roasted bag of beans -- fresh, not brewed beans.

Taste is overwhelmingly of fresh coffee beans. Where this was a big plus for the aroma, the degree to which it overwhelms all else is a bit of a minus here. It is really a great coffee flavor, though -- better than any other I've had.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin I thought. Drinkability was fine but not awesome. The strength of the coffee character was a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 04:03:51 | More by mklinger
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9959, bottled 8/26/10.

A: Dark. Looks black with a thin brown head that quickly goes away.

S: Lots of coffee with some creamy sweetness.

T: All of the coffee from the smell right up front. Soon after some sweetness comes in to balance the coffee bitterness. The finish is roasty coffee bitterness.

M: A bit thinner than expected but the carbonation level is nice.

D: Somewhere between low and sessionable.

This is a nice, roasty stout. I don't like coffee but still enjoyed this. The only issue I could find is that the mouthfeel could be a bit heavier and creamier.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:14:40 | More by RunForYourBeer
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. From notes

A - Pours a nice dark brown with lighter brown edging. Good bubbly head formation, minor lacing

S - Whew! Coffee! A bit of toffee and hazelnuts mixed in there too.

T - Espresso, chocolate, molasses, aforementioned hazelnuts, raisins. Very good combination of flavours. This one is definitely coffee focused and I like that. Very good.

M - Medium. Could afford to be a bit thicker mouth but not bad.

O - A very focused coffee beer. Good quality coffee. Tasty beer. Would have this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 14:04:15 | More by OakedCanuck
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Higravity

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark as concentrated coffee with a tan head that leaves some lacing. The smell is of old coffee gone cold with the mix of choclate tones and some pleasent soft sweetness. The flavor comes out strong of coffee but fades to roasty burnt flavors with a lift of malt. The body is a little thinner than most stouts but it works with the coffee premiss. Truly a better option than redbull and vodka to get a little perk in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 17:02:32 | More by Higravity
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alkemy

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked like I poured a cup of coffee into my pint glass other than the noticeably thicker viscosity and the half finger of dark tan head. Really has a coffee aroma along with some bitter chocolate. The taste is much of the same, although I felt there was a hint of chocolate brownies in there as well. Velvety smooth going down. I like strong black coffee (hot and iced) so this was right up my alley. I did notice some alcohol on the back-end, but nothing overt.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 19:46:42 | More by alkemy
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madvermin

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jesse13713 for this brew, got it in a trade with him. Second one of the Bell's bottles he sent - thanks again Jesse.

Pours jet black and pretty viscous with a half-finger dark mahogany head that retains pretty well for how meager it is. Bubbling is of assorted size and leaves spotty lace.

Nose is one-dimensional: it's a dark roasted coffee bomb, and offers awesome coffee aroma. Wet grounds that lack any sweetness fill the nose and make you feel like you're getting ready in the morning. However, there is nothing beyond that smell, and this IS a coffee STOUT after all; I admire the nose but wish there was something else to offer complexity. Still worthy of a solid 4 though due to the quality of the one smell present.

Taste has a lot of the coffee, but does add some other flavors, namely a slight pineapple for just a moment in the middle. Some toasted biscuit comes out a bit as well, but this is a coffee showcase for the most part. That happens to be a good thing here, as the coffee is dark, roasted, slightly rubbery and a tinge spicy at the end.

Mouthfeel is full and thick, but strangely a bit watery for brief moments. Drinkability is excellent due to the awesome coffee flavor being well balanced and not too bitter at all. Bell's clearly aims for one thing in this beer, and they achieve it well.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 09:44:08 | More by madvermin
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scherbs

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a coffee stout that lives up to its billing. This beer pours a deep, dark black with a very substantial and slow fading head. It smells strongly of coffee--and not just any coffee! This brew smells just like a fine espresso and tastes a good bit like one as well. Other coffee brewed beers will have an undernote of coffee, but this one puts its 'beans' up front. The result is a very pleasant beer that drinks a bit heavy but fully satisfies in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 01:57:58 | More by scherbs
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barczar

Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque onyx with a frothy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Bittersweet chocolate, with sweet malt and hints of roast dominates. Chocolate actually outweighs coffee in the aroma.

Flavor reveals substantial chocolate, but there's significant roast. Coffee dominates the aftertaste, finishing slightly charred, but not acrid.

Body is fairly full, with carbonation a touch light, and modest alcohol warmth.

The chocolate certainly is my favorite part of this brew. Malt backbone is rich, and the coffee isn't overwhelming for this non coffee lover.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2014 21:46:11 | More by barczar
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prdstmnky

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 2/19/10*

Batch #9451

Dark brown pour, nearly black. Fairly aggressive pour leaves a mere 1/4 inch of creamy head, decent lacing throughout consumption. Strong nose, lots of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, even a hint of vanilla. Lots of rich coffee flavor, with a nice coffee bitterness with a smooth, creamy finish. Nice coffee stout from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 21:04:54 | More by prdstmnky
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile

Some coffee beers don't really commit to the java flavor, well this one is balls to the wall.It made it a bit more of a sipper for me and in many ways drinks more like coffee than beer. There's a full mouthfeel behind the dark-roasted coffee flavor from the malt, along with some complimentary bitterness. A coffee lover's dream, sort of reminds me of Surly's Coffee Bender, but a little heavier.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 06:15:13 | More by tempest
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown, with a half inch tan head. Whoa, you can really smell the coffee in this beer. I can also smell some malt and a bit of chocolate, but coffee is the main smell by far. Taste is mostly coffee, with some malt/chocolate sweetness at first. Then the coffee taste kicks in, and finishes with a slight lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, and the body is medium but a little thinner than I expected. Drinkability is good, it's nice and smooth and goes down easy. If you like coffee, you'll like this beer. I think it's pretty decent, but I don't think I could drink more than 2-3 in a sitting, but it's definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 01:03:46 | More by bluejacket74
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musicforairports

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on Sept. 22, reviewed Jan. 20. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

Blackish, with red hues in the light. Creamy, brown head is small but leaves some lacing.

Smells like straight-up coffee beans, mostly. Chocolate also.

Flavor is much of the same. Slightly bitter, medium-roast coffee--more like regular coffee than espresso, to me--and sweet chocolate notes that remind me of chocolate chips. Overall, though, this isn't a sweet beer. Some earthy notes in the finish.

This one is smooth and less creamy than might be expected. Low carbonation fits for the this beer.

Overall, this is a good coffee-forward stout, if that's the kind of thing you're looking for. Legit coffee flavors and just the right amount of bitter and roastiness to keep it an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:48:21 | More by musicforairports
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redmosquito

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep opaque brown with a brown head. In the light, the edges appear a nice amber. Good solid lacing. The aroma is initially chocolate, giving way to roasted malts and coffee. The flavor is bitter and malty, chocolate and roasted malts. This is a great stout, not relying too heavily on the coffee for character. It has some body and a slightly astringent aftertaste. I enjoy the balance here, it makes it more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 20:36:02 | More by redmosquito
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a midnite black with a fluffy 2 finger tan head that won't settle. Tons of tubular, thick lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of intense creamy espresso and bitter baker's chocolate.
Taste is also of the creamy espresso and bitter chocolate without anything else really jumping out at me. Seems slightly one-dimensional.
Mouthfeel is smooth, gummy, full bodied, and slightly fizzy. Semi sweet feel of creamed coffee lingers along the palate.
Drinkability is good. I actually liked this a bit more out of the bottle than on draft. Carbonation, at least, has settled just enough to make it decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 20:13:18 | More by weeare138
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aracauna

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pitch black baby, but this time one with a nice head. The other November stouts have been a bit sluggish in this department. What starts out as lacing on the glass ends up being sheeting and was a little more difficult than usual to clean. Even left my lips a little sticky. The aroma and flavor are very roasty and fairly dry. The coffee in the beer does more to reinforce and complement the roasty malt than to actually pop in the flavor. A black chocolate is submissive to the bitter roast. The mouthfeel is a bit gritty. The sourness present in a lot of the other November stouts is only a ghost lurking behind the other flavors. This is probably the best of the group's offerings but it would have benefitted from a creamier mouthfeel with or without the grittiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 23:12:02 | More by aracauna
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone 15th snifter on 1/4/12

10671 Packaged 9/22/11 A

Scorched brown; very dark in the glass. Bubbles cling and rise from the wall feeding a sandy-brown head that's over two fingers. The head drops slowly; thin retention. Decent, drippy lace.

No surprise that the aroma features strong coffee notes - fresh roasted coffee with bitter overtones and near-burnt coffee dregs. Also notable is a roasted dark grain presence that adds an earthy quality. As it warms it seems there is a hint of unsweetened baker's chocolate.

Flavors of espresso, roast and coffee bitterness wash across the palate, as well they should. The nice thing here is that, as the beer warms, it loses a bit of the bitter edge which allows the roasted grains to a more supple malt backdrop. That isn't to say the beer is sweet; it just rounds out the rough edges. Subtle, bitter cocoa. The finish is dry and has plenty of roasted residuals.

The overall feel is a plush medium; robust without being heavy or the like. Carbonation is moderate; maybe slightly high for my tastes, but it fits the feel, so no complaints there.

I've had this a time or two before and have enjoyed it; there's no difference this time around. I'm thoroughly impressed by Bell's stouts and Java Stout fits in just fine. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 01:21:42 | More by Ryan011235
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sfoley333

Brazil

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (thanks weisguy)...Poured a black cola color with a thick tan head. Smells is an espresso, charred malt aroma with a little chocolate smell. It has a very bitter coffee flavor that not very well balanced. The mouthfeel is great and this beer is certainly drinkable for such a dark style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 10:46:23 | More by sfoley333
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark black color with a thin brown head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- Strong black coffee aroma with some burnt scents coming through as well.

T- Really dominant roasted charred flavor with a huge wave of espresso and coffee beans. A bit of sweetness in the finish but the black coffee bitterness overpowers it.

M- Medium/full bodied with low carbonation.

D- Overall a pretty decent brew that gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 22:53:06 | More by projectflam86
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 2,393 ratings.