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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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Photo of Ferretferret
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coffee, coffee, coffee, and more coffee! Not to understate the richness or complexity of the roast as a whole, but, wow! I feel like I should ask what the caffeine content might be.

Imagine one of your favorite stouts or porters. Now, mix it with the coffee from your favorite local coffee shop. Scorched caramel, espresso notes, and, well... Coffee!

99 cents per single on sale at Whole Foods. It would probably be worth the $15.00 for a 6-pack other people seem to be paying; at this price, though, I stocked up!

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Photo of Dankacheese
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smcel371
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UnholyDemon8
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a stout. Not super thick but pours a nice color

Smells and tastes strongly of coffee

Goes down smooth and is incredibly flavorful for a coffee stout. Not entirely sure if its worth the 15 bucks per six pack though

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Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cola like brown color with a light brown head that quickly settles into a ring around the glass.

The aroma is of cold brewed coffee with semi sweet chocolate notes. Some cocoa and caramel.

The taste is of a moderate roast coffee with pretty big cocoa flavor. A bit of a sour cherry thing going on. Toasted pumpernickel and scorched caramel from the base stout. Some ashy bitterness.

The bed is well bodied with fizzy carbonation. Sweet start but finishes with an earthy bitterness.

A flavorful stout. I feel like I get more chocolate notes than I do coffee though.

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Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Stout Glass. Bottled October 10th 2016.

L: Very dark brown, faint ruby edges. Half-finger beige head that doesn't stick around for very long.

S: Tons of coffee, hints of chocolate and cocoa as well, some molasses.

T: Coffee mellows out in the flavor but is still very present, the chocolate shines through better here. Let's see what happens as this warms a bit.

F: Medium body, low carbonation, dry finish.

O: Not Bell's best offer, a good beer definitely but I was slightly disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flgimp
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Feldpausch
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaktcc
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a coffee colored, 3 finger head. Average head retention with a lot of lacing.

S - Like a fresh brewed pot of coffee. If you love coffee you'll love this aroma. It's honestly hard to pick up on anything else how strong the coffee aroma is, however, notes of chocolate and sweet malts are there.

T - As surprising as it may be - coffee. Coming from someone who drinks, literally, a quart of coffee a day, black, this beer tastes stronger than most coffee. The coffee flavors are so overwhelming it's hard to note even the subtle hints of chocolate in it.

M - Full bodied beer and very bitter. Given the over abundance of coffee beans in the brew, it's not much of a surprise how bitter it is. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

O - It feels as if I'm drinking a fresh brewed pot of coffee. Beer loko?

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A fizzy dark brown beer with a nice two finger head of khaki foam. Laces the glass well

Smell: Coffee, coffee, coffee and more coffee. Subtle hints of vanilla.

Taste: This is a coffee bomb. At first I'm getting a very bitter espresso and black roast coffee flavor but on the aftertaste I'm getting a more soft and supple, sweeter medium roast flavor. Dry and bitter, but not overtly so. Rather effervescent and bubbly. Gentle hints of dark chocolate and very mild vanilla in the background.

Feel: Midweight and moderately carbonated. Feel is quite crisp - for a stout.

Overall: Like I said, this is an absolute coffee bomb with tons of roasted malt flavor. It remains crisp and not unbearably dry while offering a wide range of coffee roast styles. Not a whole lot to say about this one it's fairly simple and straightforward (not that thats a bad thing). If you like espresso and coffee this is worth a try.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with small head. Mild retention and lacing. Strong coco nibs and milder java. Strong coco nibs in taste with some java. Medium to heavy bodied. Mild carbonation.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Probably the strongest coffee stout in both smell and taste I have ever had, and I liked it...

A dark and rich looking brew with very good lacing that also had the strongest coffee scent I have ever experienced. Add to that a smooth mouthfeel and a very strong coffee taste to go with the smell (and good maltiness to boot), it all adds up to the strongest coffee stout I have come across. If you're a coffee lover this is the stout for you. Good job Bell...

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jpb123
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: charcoal black in color with a very minimal head. Maybe a quarter inch but dissipated away quickly.

Aroma: strong espresso with hints of chocolate as well as mild notes of fruit. There is no better description than chocolate covered espresso beans you can buy at the store. However, as the beer starts to warm up, the aromas become a little more musty or should I say old coffee.

Taste: very bitter espresso up-front that is acidic and mildly nutty with hints of hazelnut. The aftertaste of coffee sticks around, leaving a charred coffee taste. The sweet malt is there, but more of an afterthought.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and smooth. Carbonation is perfect.

Overall: each sip leaves me wanting another sip, very drinkable yet had to pace myself. Bottled 10/10/16. Makes me wonder what the coffee would be like in a fresh batch.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nicholas2121
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Java Stout brewed by Bell's Brewery, Inc., with an ABV of 7.50% This American Stout pours out a deep brown color with a small light brown head. This brew has the look of cola, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side really nice. The smell of Bell's Java Stout, is Bold with coffee, roasted grians and malts. You also pick up on some nice hops in the smell of this stout. I really like the the smell of this brew. Between the look and smell this is one nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is rich with coffee flavors, kinda a nice blend of coffees. There is also a nice mild sweetness in the taste of this American Stout. I really like the roasted grians and malts in this brew. There is a lot going on in this brew, this American Stout has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. If you are a fan of coffee look this brew up. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.50% ABV. This American Stout goes down that smooth. The mouth feel is Coffee, Bold , Rich, and Refreshing. This is a nice mid to heavy drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Bell's Java Stout a 4.5 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Bell's Brewery, Inc. did a real nice job with this American Stout.

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Photo of J10Jordan
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3,253 ratings
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