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

Bell’s is almost always reliable and with this one (along with their Expedition) they have hit a home run in the stout field. I have yet to taste a coffee stout (and there are lots of them) that compare in potent taste to this one.

The aroma of java is strong and the drink and aftertaste matches it ten-fold, which is not true among most others of this kind. If you like stouts and you like coffee and are interested in breaking into this kind of beer, then this is a good place to start.

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

A - Pours pitch black, dark mocha head with some retention an no real lacing.

S - Roasted coffee, dark cocoa, chocolate and a surprisingly bitter scent.

T - Nice dark coffee, surprisingly chocolatey given the coffee presence on the nose. The cocoa notes complement the coffee bitterness, and some leafy green notes come through on the finish. Incredibly tasty.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Yet another winner from Bell's, and a stand-up coffee stout with a well hidden ABV kick. Easily drinkable and nicely balanced between the bitter and sweet. Highly recommended.

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

A- Very dark brown, no transparency. Pours with a thick light tan head that fades away pretty quickly. Good Lacing.

S- Coffee Grounds. Really tough to get past it and pick up anything else. Maybe a hint of roasted malt too, smells like coffee grounds left in a filter.

T- Coffee up front and coffee in the finish. Some booze comes through at the end and the malt is hidden in their but does not come through very much.

M- Very smooth with a slight alcohol presence at the end.

O- This is the most "coffee-forward" beer I have tried. Most other coffee stouts I have tried use the coffee to blend in with roasted malt and other flavors. This one hits you from beginning to end. Not necessarily a bad thing, but different.

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

Poured from the bottle to a wide-mouthed goblet.

Appearance - Poured an opaque black with a finger tan head. Head dissipated over about ten minutes.

Smell - Strong burnt coffee, underlying light chocolate.

Taste - Certainly presents a strong roasted coffee. A little bitter up front, transitions with a slightly sour bitterness that finishes with a long sustained bitter coffee finish that is still present when taking the next sip.

Mouthfeel - A pleasantly heavy mouthfeel with fine carbonation.

Overall - A very enjoyable stout which is true to its name as a "Java stout." A little more bitter than Founder's and lacking some of the latter's complexity.

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

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown nearly black color with a billowy tan head. The head was rather persistent and lasted some time before fading and leaving some nice lacing.

Smell – Coffee aromas are strong. They are dark and roasty in nature. There is also an ever so light sweet chocolate aroma toward the middle and end of the aroma, but very light in comparison to the strong coffee.

Taste – Just as the nose forebode, the taste is quite heavy in coffee. The dark roasted flavor permeates the mouth in the initial taste mixed with a strong roasted malt backbone. Some bitter chocolate works its way in toward the middle of the taste. While the taste is roasty coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate in the beginning it is still very smooth on the tongue. Toward the end the taste sweetens ever sol slightly, giving a lightly sweet coffee and cocoa flavor. It is quite pleasant and a not the slightest bit harsh.

Mouthfeel – The body is rather creamy and the carbonation rather low. It coats the tongue allowing all the coffee and chocolate flavors to permeate the tongue; giving big flavors. It’s very pleasant and relaxing.

Overall – This is one nice affordable coffee stout. One to try over and over again and have on many of occasions.

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

Review from notes. Had this one twice in bottle form and what follows is the 2nd take which was better than my initial opinion after round 1. Pours pitch black into dimpled mug with a quarter inch brown head with good retention. Smells of dark roast malts, coffee, dark bitter sweet chocolate and even a bit of charcoal.
Taste/mouthfeel; good full flavor of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate in the front before finishing nice and clean the 7.5% abv is not in evidence at all making this an easy drinking stout. Bell's has always been solid when it comes to stout and this does not disappoint.

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Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3,256 ratings
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