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

very good
3,242 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 itsscience
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost pitch black with a tiny bit of red around the edges and half a finger of khaki head. The nose is a bouquet of coffee shop aromas including coffee beans, vanilla, chocolate, cream, and roasted grains and malts. Coffee comes through big on the taste with a bitterness that is attenuated by a sweetness from unfermented sugars. I also get some milk chocolate and a nutty character. Feels nice and creamy on the palate.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

General: I got this in a bottle trade with a friend a while back. It has been relaxing in the fridge for a couple of weeks now. I poured this into a bottle logic lab glass for the tasting.

Appearance: Great dark black color with a tan to light brown head. the head is fairly persistent and has great lacing.

Aroma: big coffee aroma but there are nuances in here like chocolate and vanilla that are really nice. Great malty aroma too

Mouthfeel: The body on this beer is thick and creamy. There is a drying bitterness to this beer also that's really nice. The carbonation is moderate to moderately high.

Taste: Flavor lets me down a little bit. It's not a nice smooth coffee and malt flavor, there is a strange bitter twinge to it, most likely from the coffee. It's good, but not one of my favorite chocolate stouts.

Overall: This is a good stout for breakfast on a brew day or on a golf course. It's not something to grab every day. There are better coffee stouts out there, this one is just OK.

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Photo of Rons35
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mowgli87
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Mississippi
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of billhelm
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of RobertColianni
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jwerner23
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Nicole_deB
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of miffsudd
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Tafyob41
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of SenorEsteban
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of KFrank729
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ToddBeans
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of DCdevyl78
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of meatyard
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with some cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head maxes out at a finger's width and shows good retention before dying to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Very little in the way of lacing, but what's there is spotty

Smell - Prominent coffee aroma complimented by a light cocoa note, giving life to a mocha-like scent.

Taste - Kicks in with a notable but not overwhelming roast coffee flavor, followed quickly by some milk chocolate creaminess and faint caramel. Finish teeters on the balance of roast and cream.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and creamy as hell. Light carbonation that gives it just enough life. Goes down stupid smooth. I could chug this if it weren't so darn savory... and my only bottle!

Overall - Delicious coffee stout. Quite reminiscent of the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. I'd buy it if it were available in California, but wouldn't trade for it again, if only because it tastes so close to the aforementioned brew.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Rlombardi75
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of TooGood
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with minimal head, but excellent lacing. Smells like fine roasted coffee with dark chocolate. Taste is similar of coffee and subtle chocolate, very roasty. The mouthfeel is quite good, very smooth and full bodied. I had this beer for the first time fresh and only thought it was ok, now having a bottle with over a year on it has really helped it to fill out. It seems to have become much more smooth and rich, especially in the mouth feel. I'm changing my rating from a 3.5 to 4.25. I'm going to have to go find some more to stash away for a year or so.

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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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