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

Bell's Java StoutBell's Java Stout
3,252 Ratings
Bell's Java StoutBell's Java Stout

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

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

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of pnelting
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorDog
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. 9375 stamped on the back.

A- Very deep mahogany/borderline black, and nearly opaque. Sturdy pour yields ~1/2 finger of brown head, which fades into a thin, oily film and a few bubbles for a cap.

S- Roasted, pungent coffee. Perhaps some chocolate notes floating around.

T- Robust black coffee meets dark chocolate with a splash of malty sweetness. Accompanied by the acidic bitterness that one would expect from the dominant black coffee, and slightly notable alcohol notes.

M- Moderate carbonation with a moderately full feel. A certain amount of expected astringency, yet fairly smooth going down.

D- Very good. Surprisingly easy drinking for an IS.

Future outlook: If you don't like bold coffee flavor, you won't like this coffee stout. I happen to be a coffee I like this stout, and am happy to have nabbed a sixer.

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Photo of ChadQuest
1.67/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured absolutely black,with 1-1/2 finger head. looks kinda thin on swirl.

Smells like stale coffee,wet paper.

Tastes Like roasted malt,and watery coffee that was left on the burner for an hour. I mean, yea its a coffee stout and they got alot of the "Coffee" flavor in there, but it tastes like garbage folgers coffee brewed in a perkulator yesterday, and then stored in a cardboard box overnight....and now your drinking it.

Mouthfeel is thinner then most stouts, and much thinner then i like em at least, but not REALLY bad, A bit of carbination helps out, but can only do so much.

Flavor stays with you, but i wish it was creamier and thicker.Could try to drink more of these, but i have no desire to. I had to spread this sixer around between beers over a months time just to give it more chances...nope doesn't deliever, and gave a couple away, not to look forward to. Won't spend $15 on it again. would hesitate to take one if handed to me, but maybe would feel compassion and give it yet another chance, maybe next years batch.

I'm a coffee geek as much(or more) as a beer geek, and worked in the coffee industry, so maybe i'm a bit harsh on the coffee flavor, but then i think about how greatly made Peche Mortel is, and then its ok. I'd much rather have 2 Peche Mortels then a 6er of this. Seems like others like it more them i did, maybe drinking some of the worlds best coffee skews me. I can't stand crappy coffee, and it makes sense i can't stand beer that tastes like crappy coffee.

Time to go french press some ethiopian yirgacheffe, to remind myself what good coffee tastes like.

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Photo of timoteo833
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of salinasa
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Thesoundandthefury
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This brew was aquired in a trade with BrewerB.

A- Pours thick and rich with minimal head. It's color is dark, dark brown, verging on a light black color.

S- Coffee, lots and lots of coffee. That really seemed to be the only aroma I could pull out of this. The coffee was just in your face.

T- The taste was a little to straight-forward for me. Coffee. The typical stout roasted malts and chocolate were very faint. I liked the idea of a coffee stout, but it seems that the coffee is too overpowering.

M- Great thick mouthfeel with very low carbonation.

D- Not so much. Only average at best. The coffee just seems to be to overwhelming and after the first one, I had had enough.

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Photo of zachary80
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours an opaque black with a finger of khaki head with average retention and lacing.

S: Dust, over-roasted coffee beans, and a little cocoa powder.

T: Strong, potent coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruitiness as it warms.

M: It has a medium-thick body with some creaminess and long-lingering tastes.

D: This is okay but the roastiness is way over done. It does not come close to FBS or Wake n' Bake.

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Photo of soulcougher
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Risenhower
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of stoutman
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like coffee and stout so this is a match in heaven.. Super dark, near-black body and a mountainous, rocky, tan head. Silky, rich body. Perfect equilibrium between beer and coffee. No one taste seems to dominate the other. A nice roasted malt taste marries well with a light coffee flavor. A brief bitterness is left in the palate along with the java presence. The typical Bells aftertaste is somewhat masked with the java..

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown hue, dark tan head, sheets of lacing noted throughout. Some coffee, cocoa, roasted malts on the nose. Sweet, roasted malts, extremely thick, perhaps a full based body; definitive coffee beans, espresso notes, a touch carbonated; very creamy and rich texture. A mild bitterness, some chocolate should be noted towards the finish. Enjoyed a bit better when warmed to room temp; flavorful and unique, clearly a sipper to enjoy it's rich, creamy offerings. Bell's has yet to disappoint; once again they go outside the bottle with another fine dark brew!

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Photo of mgbickel
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Probably the strongest coffee stout in both smell and taste I have ever had, and I liked it...

A dark and rich looking brew with very good lacing that also had the strongest coffee scent I have ever experienced. Add to that a smooth mouthfeel and a very strong coffee taste to go with the smell (and good maltiness to boot), it all adds up to the strongest coffee stout I have come across. If you're a coffee lover this is the stout for you. Good job Bell...

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is one really superb brew from what is coming to be one of my favorite microbreweries. This stout poured from the 12 ounce bottle with about a half-inch of a head, which was deep and rich looking in its own right. The aroma was a definite sign of things to come. The coffee aroma is impeccable. The first sip, much like the rest of them, was rich and smooth, with great roasted malt flavor and just the right amount of good high-quality coffee essence mixed in. This is one for the ages, in my opinion.


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Photo of sisuspeed
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, Bell's Java stout is pitch black with a huge, fluffy, off-white head. Sticky webbed lacing works its way all around the glass. Looks great.

Upon cracking the beer there was a nice whiff of dark roasted coffee rising up from the bottle. Swirling the glass reveals a strong aroma of coffee grounds. Almost seems like i'm scooping out grounds to dump in the coffee filter. A little bit of roasted malt comes through as well, but coffee grounds are the dominate flavor.

Lots of coffee in this beer. Tastes like someone dropped a strong cup of joe in my stout. There were some metallic notes in the aroma, but they are mostly gone from the flavor, which is nice to see. Bits of chocolate and toasted malt hold up the coffee flavor. Bitter at times with some acidity, but this is a coffee stout. Dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. The body is somewhere between a regular stout and an imperial, which is to say that I think it is right on for this beer. Carbonation is crisp and tingly. I wouldn't mind if it was toned down a bit, but overall its not bad. Somewhat creamy.

Drinkability is good, especially for an imperial coffee stout. Its great that Bell's bottles this in a regular 12oz bottle, which is the perfect size. I would say that this is a sipper, but a pretty quick sipper.

Overall, I was really impressed with this beer. Bell's makes some fantastic brews and this is another one of them. Lots of stiff, dark, coffee in a well brewed stout. The beer looks beautiful and has a good coffee aroma. This is an excellent pairing of beer and coffee. I wish I had more of this.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of happygnome
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark dark brown almost black color maroon hints on the edges eigth inch of head dissapears fast little lacing
s: roated malt smell little hop presence deffinate coffee aroma
t: wow deffinate coffee flavor nice bitter hop finish
m: medium to heavy bodied beer very smooth very nice wow

overall this beer is really realyl nice I enjoyed around 55 degrees very nice wow

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Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JxExM
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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