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 stealth
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Very cola like in appearance with 3/4 inch kahki head that dissipates most of the way and leaves some very spotty lacing as it goes.

Smell- Plain and simple....Black Coffee

Taste- Pretty much like the nose, think burnt black iced coffee.

Mouthfeel- Drinks like an ice coffee, on the watery side for a stout.

Overall- I was disapointed with this as I had been wanting to try it for a while. Its a 1 trick pony in my book. Its all iced black coffee, that misses on any kind of balance. Now if drinking cold black coffee is your thing then you will love this!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours an inky black with a massive four-finger brown monster of a head. Head formed a marshmellowy clump as it started to die down. Epic lacing. Great looking beer.

S - Ok, not the most complex aroma in the world. Getting espresso and roasted grains with a hint of vanilla. But the aroma is rich and strong.

T - Delivers exactly whats advertised. The stout is bold and roasty with just a hint of chocolate sweetness, and the coffee is dark and robust with a hint of cream. I'd say this goes about 50/50 on stout versus coffee flavor. No hop presence detectable, and balancing bitterness is caused instead by burnt/charred nots. Not a lot of other things going on, but what else do you need?

M - Big full bodied chewiness. Nicely creamy. Spot-on lower end of medium carbonation. Dry finish. It all works.

O - Everything about this beer is big and bold, and this is simply one of the best coffee stouts I have ever had. Seemlessly blended and almost flawlessly presented. A must for coffee lovers.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi viscous pure black with a thin ring of foam around the glass.

Lots of coffee with some roast and dairy cream.

Lots of coffee bean flavor all over. Medium sweetness, roasted malt, dark chocolate. The coffee lasts well after the finish.

Very smooth with creamy carbonation. Medium feel.

Terrific coffee beer here. Loads of coffee flavor, very rich. Does have a heavier price tag however.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rundocrun
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is deepest brown, almost black. Just some slight brown highlights around the edge of the glass. A 1/2 finger of light tan foam forms on top and fades over the course of a few minutes. No lacing.

S - Dark roast coffee. Slightly earthy, bready and just a touch of bright citrus notes that you might detect in a lighter roasted coffee.

T - Quite smooth up front. The coffee doesn't grab you right away--which is a good thing. I've had coffee stouts that were way to heavy on the coffee (a homebrew of mine included in the bunch). Lots of smooth, bitter cocoa notes and earthy coffee through the middle. Finish has a nice bit of tang on the sides of the tongue--very reminiscent of a fresh cup of coffee. The coffee and milk chocolate flavors of the roasted malts linger for quite a long time.

M - Thin body. I'm disappointed this doesn't have a bit more substantial mouthfeel to it. Carbonation is understated but adequate.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

Re-reviewed: 12/4/14. Poured in a Bell's mug. Listened to "Java Jive" by The Ink Spots.

The beer pours a nice creamy, tan head with very good retention and stays for a while. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing on the mug. The beer itself is a nice dark black with hints of dark brown.

The beer has a very nice roasted coffee smell with a bit of sweet milk chocolate. The beer has a pretty nice blend of coffee beans and roasted malts that are balanced by a much sweeter milk smell. The bean and roasted smells give it a bitter and slightly acidic note while the milk chocolate sweetens it a little bit and dulls the acidic edge.

The beer has a very coffee like taste that resembles unroasted coffee beans covered in chocolate pretty closely. The beer offers the same bitterness from the beans and choclate flavors in the smell that make the beer resemble an actual cup of coffee. Essentially, the beer has a nice blend of coffee beans, roasted malts, and milk chocolate that make this beer taste very good.

Medium bodied with some light carbonation. The beer goes down pretty smooth and leaves a nice bitter and light chocolate aftertaste.

A pretty good beer and one that Bell has certainly improved over the years. I would highly recommend this one for coffee lovers.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer... pours like a black lager - minimal clarity and a nice soapy light tan head that retains pretty well, good lacing.

Milk chocolate, nutty coffee notes, vanilla and almond, a faint sense of cinnamon, a bit sweet... an inviting smelling beer.

Black Folgers cut with cream... bold coffee profile mingles with milky stout notes without reaching mocha steez... nice and balanced.

A great coffee stout that doesn't warrant the price tag. Give it a go if you can score a single.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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