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

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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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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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always see old bottles of this stuff, but I never want to buy something past its prime – especially a coffee beer. Needless to say, it’s good to have a pretty fresh bottle here. Cheers!

Brewed one month before the date of this tasting, to the day (“PKGD 10/15/12”).

A: Pours a dark brown with clay-red hues and a very slightly transparent body. The head is all fizz, hovering microbubbled and sparse over the body before dissipating nearly completely. Shiny, stringy lacing wraps around the glass.

S: Hefty roasted coffee over a bed of creamy butterscotch and caramel malts, wonderfully balanced (though slightly toward the java). I can’t help but think of some dessert made with coffee, or chocolate-covered espresso beans. Now, the coffee isn’t deep and full, like a big imperial stout brewed with the stuff, but, rather, spicy and pungent – it sets the stage nicely for some cocoa, juicy blueberry, herbal chicory, and bright cherry notes. Great aroma.

T: Acrid coffee and a hop resins smack you in the face as soon as this beer hits the lips; it’s a powerful one. It dries out the palate with all the energy of a fresh cup of coffee, leaving a full set of tongue-smacking flavor in its wake: burnt toast, sweet plum and dried cherry, salty pine nut, and creamy chocolate-covered caramel. It stings with bitters, sears with smoke, and lays smooth with taut fruit tones – this beer really does have a lot going on. Included, as well, is a metallic soda character, likely a result of the enthusiastic use of this acidic coffee. Finishes dry and a tad smoky, thin coffee notes just barely hanging on.

M: Give this a fast pour; otherwise its fizzy texture will have you thinking soda water for the entirety of the drink. I ended up pouring it into another glass just to dissipate the carbonation a little more. With that, it showed a slight, watery thinness, drinking more like a Samuel Smith stout than a Founders one (not inherently a good or bad thing, but I like the uniqueness).

O: An interesting take on the coffee stout, owing its acidic, almost sweet coffee flavor to a “custom blend” of beans. Whatever’s in that blend, I like it, and Bell’s knows how to show off its flavor. Nothing like a flavorful coffee beer that goes down crisp instead of thick – even if the end product is a little one-dimensional.

Note: I had a beer like this last night, Dark Horse’s Perkulator dopplebock. The two were very similar in their presentation of coffee, but I must say, Dark Horse wins this one. I’m not sure I’ll buy Java Stout again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a soft, brown head thas has decent retention

S - a bit faint; some coffee and roasted malts

T - chocolate, coffee, mildly bitter, rich roasted malts

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is simply a straight forward coffee stout. It has solid flavor and great drinkability. Ultimately, there is little beyond balance that separates this beer from the other coffee stouts out there, but for anyone who likes the style, this is a must try.

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