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

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3.94/5
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3,252 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
Ranking:
#5,096
Reviews:
1,152
Ratings:
3,252
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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183
Gots:
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Ratings: 3,252 |  Reviews: 1,152
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
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 +1.5%

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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 +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled on 10/15/12

A: Pours an opaque black with 2plus fingers width of dense mocha colored head, which hangs around for a while before dissipating down. Leaves tones of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Aromas of cream and bitter black coffee. Roasted malt, a bit smokey. Simple, but nice.

T: Follows the nose with the black coffee and roasted malt. More heavy cream and vanilla flavors on the backend. Not terribly complex, in fact pretty one dimensional, but very good strong black coffee notes, and very tasty if you are a coffee lover.

M/D: Overly carbonated but still remains quite smooth. Mouthfeel is a touch thin for my liking, but then again its a 'single' stout, so I guess for style its right on. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this is very good. Its pretty one dimensional. The coffee flavor tops FBS and Wake N Bake, but it lacks the other characters that make those two stand out in the coffee stout genre. Still very good, nonetheless. This is certainly one Ill come back to, although the price point is pretty high.

Would pair perfectly with a big breakfast of bacon and eggs, just great black coffee flavors.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with minimal very dark amber highlights and a light amount of gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy mocha head (almost like what you would see on a latte) that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and freshly ground espresso beans. Very subtle hints of vanilla and caramel.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts with some strong notes of dark chocolate and freshly made espresso. There are some light notes of caramel sweetness and some vanilla hints as the beer warms. Also, there is a light to moderate amount of coffee bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy - almost like a nitro-stout but I'm sure this one was not since it came from the bottle.

O: I really enjoy this beer and used to drink it fairly regularly when I lived in an area that Bell's distributed their beers - I'm a huge fan of coffee and I really like a big stout so this is the best of both worlds. Very nice coffee/espresso flavors and smells with a similar bitterness to it. Definitely one that I would come back for again and again. Pretty easy to drink with the well hidden alcohol and the lightness in the body.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3,252 ratings
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