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

very good
3,247 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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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jar2574
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good coffee flavored stout. Great lacing, decent head, looks totally black with dark brown around the edges.

Smells strongly of burnt coffee and of some roasted malts.

A thick, creamy, slightly bitter mouthfeel. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, slightly acidic.

This is as close to coffee as beer gets, only with a thicker mouthfeel. And since I love coffee, I like this beer and could drink a lot of it even if no particular area stands out as exceptional.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1 finger tan head. the smell is coffee loads of it and a little sweetness and roastiness. the taste is a lot of coffee with a little roastiness and sweetness, but not well balanced between beer and coffee. the mouthfeel is sa little thinner than expected and well carbonated. overall this is a good beer, not something i would go after again with the other coffee beers out there.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 11/16/11 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a tan one finger head.

S- Coffee and espresso, slightly burnt.

T- A lot like the nose, nice bitter coffee finish, hints of dark chocolate, still has that slightly burnt quality through out.

M- Medium body, creamy.

O- A good coffee beer with a huge coffee flavor, but there are better coffee beers out there. Very happy I got to try this but I wouldn't take the time to hunt it down again. Kind of reminds me of Péché Mortel, but the coffee beans used in Java Stout are not as good.

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Photo of chilly460
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Shiny black body but with definite rootbeer colored highlights, not opaque blackness like some RIS. The head is a fluffy tan, great retention.

S: Great, plain and simple. It literally smells like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. Not complex, but so overwhelmingly "good" that I'm sold.

T: The coffee is definitely the first flavor present, but this is still a beer. The flavor is deep and rich, but not over-roasted. Some sweetness from the malts on the tail end. Well balanced between its rich coffee flavor and malt sweetness.

M: Great slippery mouthfeel, velvety.

O: A very nice beer, not sure that it fits in with the larger RIS, but standing on it's own as a stout I really like it. Not complex, but flavors are rich enough to make up for it.

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is opaque and almost completely black, tan head at the corners of the glass. Smells of chocolate and strong java coffee. The smell reminds me of coffee from Starbucks. Tastes of strong coffee, some chocolate, some sweetness, followed by a strong bitter coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Nicely carbonated. I love having coffee stouts on brew day! Although very nicely done, I prefer FBS.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of frenchblood21
2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pitch black with a large tan head.

Smell- Of course, coffee and chocolate. Mine had a distinct smell of soap, and I know it wasn't the glass.

Taste- Same as the nose minus the soap.

Mouthfeel- Coats your mouth like an iced mocha would. Very heavy up front and thins out as it goes down.

Overall- To be honest, I've come to expect a bit more from Bell's. Its a drinkable beer but not at all memorable for its style/class.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of afdempse
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge frothy head that takes its time settling down. Thick foam clings to the sides of the glass on its way down.

Big aroma of black coffee and darkly roasted barley.

Bold, bitter coffee flavor with a roasty edge. Dark chocolate, riesen candy, burnt toast notes. Slight caramel finish mixes with light alcohol notes in the breath.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Seems a bit more like beer coffee than coffee beer, but I liked it just the same.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sarah for bringing this back from Indiana!

Looks like a stout, decent head and lace. Dark coffee & espresso explosion in the nose, supplemented by baker's chocolate and plenty of deeply roasted malts. Hint of forest-y funk at the end that's reminiscent of Nøgne Ø's Dark Horizon.

Massive coffee bomb on the tongue as it rushes to the back of my throat. Espresso galore, lingering bitter coffee as it descends. Surprisingly thin body detracts from the experience. Absolutely imbalanced, but I happen to like it.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.96 out of 5 based on 3,247 ratings.
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