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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,248 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:
3,248
Reviews:
1,152
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
183
Gots:
442
For Trade:
12
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly thick stout with coffee grounds. Wake up and smell the coffee. Java and roast including burnt ground taste, Ok for some, but not my type of stout. Marvellous appearance, with the dark head. Creamy yet mouth numbing. Bitter and roasty aftertaste.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Maybe my beer was defective! I had 3 millimeters of head which dissipated quickly with almost no lacing which seems differ as compared to recent reviews. Very dark brown/black. Like motor oil.

S: As a coffee lover I will have a hard time being objective as this smelled great, like coffee/java obviously, and it wasn't too overwhelming.

T: Very nice! Though the coffee part did take away from the stout taste, it was easy to drink. Initial coffee taste with chocolate finish. The bitterness is there but its coffee flavored, what else would you expect?

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Full bodied.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I tend to like beers that go along with their genre with maybe a little something extra and though this wouldn't necessarily be a go to beer, it was overall excellent.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Very thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and cocoa powder. Taste is of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate and cocoa dusted coffee/espresso beans. A mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel with a nice light carbonation. Overall, this is a very good coffee stout and probably one of the best I have ever tried. I'm very glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured out as a deep rich brown color. The head was light brown on top. The lacing wasn't too great on this one. The smell of the beer had a good amount of coffee on the nose. The coffee was probably the entire aroma that this beer had in my opinion other than the roasted malts. The taste of the beer wasnt too bad but I felt that the coffee flavors were a little weak when comparing the nose. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry. Overall this beer was pretty good, I'd drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, who put a pot of espresso in my beer glass? That is what it looks like, tastes like, and smells like. It has some high gravity sweetness and body, but the espresso flavors and ground bean texture overpowers it all. I don't know if the bittering is from intense flavor hopping or from grain astringency. It even has a bitter nose that is more reminescent of Itallian espresso than a stout yeast. Nicely earthy and nutty. Nicely alcoholic, something to cut through the body. Warming and intensely flavored into the finish. The aftertaste ligers like a fine cigar.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/15/12. 7.50% ABV confirmed. Acquired at Four Firkins for $3.59. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Expectations are high given the reputation of the brewery and my love for their Kalamazoo stout - though I found Expedition underwhelming.

Served after a substantial period of rest once removed from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pizza.

A: Pours a gorgeous one finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention considering the relatively high ABV. Colour is a solid opaque nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Great evocative java/coffee. Roasty and chocolatey. Cream. Dark malts. The makings of a great stout. A subtle and complex aroma. Average to mild in strength.

T: Cream, subtle java/coffee, subtle chocolate, a dark malt foundation, subtle roasted barley, and a creamy finish. Excellently balanced. A well built stout. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I really like it. A flavorful stout. Predictably, coffee is dominant. Subtle and nicely complex.

Mf: Too smooth and wet for the style, but more importantly it does suit the flavour profile. Nicely creamy - one of its best attributes. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable. A great all around stout. I'd love to try this on-draught. I liked their Kalamazoo stout better, but this is also a very solid offering - and it's excellent at this price point as an import. Bell's disappointed me with their Expedition Stout, but these other beers are rapidly rebuilding expectations. Definitely worth trying. Could use more roast.

High B

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12/01/13: Truncated notes. Cost for a single bottle was $2.99 USD. Packaged 08/29/13. 7.50% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with good label art and branded pry-off pressure cap served into a stem-tulip. Served cold. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a gorgeous khaki colour head of great creaminess and thickness. 1.5 fingers wide. Smooth consistency. Soft complexion. Highly appealing. Even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's quite appealing for a stout and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Rich multifaceted coffee/java. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. Coffee roast. Some coffee bitterness.

Hop profile isn't overt. Yeast character is extremely tame.

An appealing aroma of above average strength.

T: Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Rich decadent full coffee notes. The coffee is multidimensional - roast, slight bitterness, a full developed coffee profile, cream, etc. Excellent balance. Gestalt build. No off-notes.

Pretty good depth of flavour. Above average duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour. Good subtlety. Nice intricacy. Some nuance. Pretty good complexity.

Mf: Smooth, wet, creamy. Good presence on the palate. Well-carbonated. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well, with evidence of custom-tailoring.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A very drinkable stout with interesting coffee elements. I'd definitely get it again. An achievement from Bell's. I could easily have 3 or 4 of these in a night. Tasty stuff.

B

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh batch #7768.

Pours black with tan foam, stays for a good half-hour.

Aroma of fresh-ground coffee beans, chocolate malt.

Medium acidic coffee bitterness, almost fruity and green. Rich and still approachable, a shade under Breakfast Stout and other "big" coffee stouts. Roasted malt in the middle, milld hop integrated with the coffee, bitter but not herbal or harsh. Fairly sweet, but mild with a residual caramel aspect.

Mouthfeel is ultra smooth, even carbonation that lasts. Very easy to have several in a sitting. My favorite session coffee stout.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a reasonably thick dark tan head; spots of lacing

Smell: Dry tannic coffee tones; smells a bit charred

Taste: Starts out with a bitter, charred coffee flavor that fails to develop much beyond that

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Enjoyable, just like a decent cup of coffee is enjoyable; but it fails the complexity test

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a light brown, one-finger head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of java and some sweet toffee.

T - Tasted of coffee and oatmeal. It had a strong roasted malt flavor, too. Not really bitter for a coffee stout.

M - It was dry and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I'm not a coffee drinker but this is a very tasty beer.

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