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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 1.5-finger tan frothy head. Good retention with some lacing.

S – Lots of coffee, some cream, vanilla, and roasted malts.

T – Starts off sweet with a little bit of chocolate, cream, vanilla, and molasses and gets bitter fast with lots of roasted coffee. Really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel, and a building bitter and dry finish. Bitter roasted coffee builds and lingers for a nice amount of time. There’s a little bit of a warming sensation, as well.

O – This is a good stout, especially if you like coffee. It only has a little bit of the sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors that can be found in stouts, but it has a ton of roasted malts and coffee. What can you expect from a beer that’s called Java Stout? It’s a little thin for my taste in stouts, but it still has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Another drinkable and tasty beer from Bell’s.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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


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.


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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a small tan colored head.

The smell is milky coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is similar to the smell sweet milky coffee.

The mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied with a nice dry finish and medium carbonation.

This is a very tasty coffee flavored stout, smooth with high drinkability and hides its abv very well.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 9/10/2012. Pours lightly hazy extremely dark brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big roasted coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, caramel, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with big coffee presence and nice background malt balance. Taste of big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, light char, toffee, caramel, and light herbal hops. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, caramel, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity with plenty of coffee flavor; very nice malt/bitterness balance; zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent coffee stout! Plenty of coffee flavor with nice malt flavor balance; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyable offering.

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