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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,242 Ratings
Bell's Java StoutBell's Java Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,242
Reviews:
1,151
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
181
Gots:
441
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a thick foamy tan head with excellent retention and lacing
S-lots of roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, charcoal
T-more roasted coffee and unsweetened cocoa up front, followed by a more sweet milk chocolate in the finish
M-medium bodied and smooth
O-very good coffee stout. Wouldn't hesitate to have it again

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from JDV, and I am finally getting around to drinking it. Thanks Deniz!

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It is opaque black. Light only shines through around the first millimeter of the perimeter of the glass. It produced a one finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin crown and halo around the surface of the beer. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Like fresh coffee grounds but the coffee scent is very soft. The coffee scent is highlighted by dark and milk chocolate scents. There is a creaminess in the scent, which in my mind is closely tied to the milk chocolate aromas. It is a fairly one dimensional scent, but it is a pleasant one.

Taste - The taste is fairly subtle for a coffee stout. Of course I can taste the coffee, and like the scent, it is highlighted with chocolate tones. The bitterness of the coffee and of the dark chocolate meld together pretty nicely. It starts sweet and ends bitter - chocolate in the front and then shifts to coffee and some hops. The aftertaste is pretty delicious - bitter chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel - It is medium/full bodied. The carbonation level is moderate. I would have liked more carbonation, as this one feels a little thin. A little more body or carbonation would have made this perfect. It is very smooth and slightly creamy as it washes over the tongue. The brew is fairly sticky, I can feel a thin film over every inch of my mouth.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good brew. It doesn't compare to coffee stouts like Speedway or Peche Mortel, but it is more widely available. It is very easy drinking. I would have it again if I ever come across it, but I won't be actively searching it out. Very solid and tasty brew.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black that lets no light through with a toasted brown head. Minimal lacing. Nose is immediate with notes of coffee and chocolate. Flavor begins with coffee and actually a lot of chocolate, reminiscent of mocha. Ends dry and costs the mouth. A nice dessert beer.

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: charcoal black in color with a very minimal head. Maybe a quarter inch but dissipated away quickly.

Aroma: strong espresso with hints of chocolate as well as mild notes of fruit. There is no better description than chocolate covered espresso beans you can buy at the store. However, as the beer starts to warm up, the aromas become a little more musty or should I say old coffee.

Taste: very bitter espresso up-front that is acidic and mildly nutty with hints of hazelnut. The aftertaste of coffee sticks around, leaving a charred coffee taste. The sweet malt is there, but more of an afterthought.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and smooth. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall: each sip leaves me wanting another sip, very drinkable yet had to pace myself. Bottled 10/10/16. Makes me wonder what the coffee would be like in a fresh batch.

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.96 out of 5 based on 3,242 ratings.
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