Java Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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 soze47
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark and menacing, yet I got a nice little fluffy amount of tan head on this guy on an aggressive pour. Pretty slick looking as I'm not getting much lacing.

Aroma: Yes, there are coffee aromas aplenty, but they is also a prevailing nuttiness to this guy too.

Taste: Definitely a big amount of iced coffee flavor. Almost acrid. However, there is enough sweet malty tones of chocolate and raisiny tannins to help create a nuanced flavor. It gets much more complex as it warms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty: Actually has a pretty light feeling body. These flavors can almost be as bitter as they are because the body isn't to heavy on the tongue.

Overall: This guy is a nice after dinner beer. I'm having it as a night cap and am really enjoying it for such an occasion. This one is probably a little too aggressive to try as food pairing, but standing alone, it is a nice, robust brew.

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Photo of burkyburk
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super dark color with little to no head. Very little lacing.

No surprise in the taste, the coffee flavor sticks out like a sore thumb. And strong, too. Tastes like day old coffee to me.

Feels great on the palate and easy to drink.
Would make a great pairing to any dessert.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 4/23/11. Batch #10152.
Poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Deep black with one finger of light brown head that quickly disappeared.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee up front. Some brown sugar sweetness but not much else comes through on the nose. A pure coffee bomb.

T - Bitter coffee dominates the palate up front and throughout. A slight sweetness is present in the middle but it disappears quickly and a dry, bitter finish rounds out the palate. A good stout but fairly one-dimensional.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

O - A good enough beer but lacked complexity.

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

Thanks to Jeff for sending this one to me.

A: The pour is just about black in color with a finger of light brown head.

S: Like you might hope for from a coffee beer, the nose is dominated by coffee aromas. Quite a strong coffee note with some roasted mlat and a mild toffee malt sweetness underneath.

T: Much the same on the palate. Lots of great, intense coffee flavors. A fair amount of roasted malt flavor which gives a mild bitterness. Not too much of the sweetness from toffee or caramel.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: A solid coffee beer. Like many beers of this nature, you do have to enjoy the coffee flavor, but if you do, this is a winner.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly thin brownish-black with a small, fizzy mocha head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Good roasted coffee smell, like I'm sticking my nose in a morning cup of iced coffee. Sweet malt backbone. A bit smoky. Very nice.

T - Wow, now this is a coffee stout. A full taste of coffee permeates the mouth, like a nice black coffee. It's roasted and smoky, along with a tiny bitterness from the hops. There's not a lot of balance or anything, but I was expecting a coffee stout. And that's what I got. Delicious.

M - Good mouthfeel, lives the mouth a bit sticky before drying it out.

Overall - I really liked this beer. I was looking for a good solid coffee stout and I found it. Delicious.

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

A- Dark and very similar to a porter or coffee

S- Very similar to a cup of iced coffee

T- kind of like drinking a stout or porter and coffee at the same time

M-The mouthful is light almost a foamy feel

Its a good beer if you like coffee. Interesting brew only had one other of this style and do believe I would buy one again

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep dark brown with a lighter brown head to it, close to average 1", retention and lacing was above average. Massive coffee aroma. This is already a must like coffee beer.

Nothing complex here. Seems almost equal parts coffee and stout/porter. Alcohol hidden quite well, had me questioning the double stout classification, it is not that intimidating, or challenging to drink. Its just a stout with a lot of coffee to it. It's a Bell's stout, so its probably the same base version as all the others (a good thing).

Any hop or bitterness character is dominated by coffee. You don't get chocolate, or roastiness, you just get coffee in an older thicker viscosity than you would in say, coffee bender. Certainly astringent, but in a good way via the coffee.

For those who like coffee, you'll love it. For those who don't beyond anything but a nuance, I can't recommend this to you.

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Photo of match1112
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, almost pitch black in appearance with a big fluffy khaki colored head. smells of rich roasted coffee with hints of mocha. tastes like a cold cup of not too bitter coffee. has a rich creamy smooth mouthfeel. overall one of my favorite of this style.

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

12 oz bottle.

Pours into a snifter dark black with a huge fluffy tan head. Standard for the style. Nose is espresso, cream and roasted dark coffee beans. Taste is actually very smooth and well balanced, the coffee flavour is mild yet remains subtly bitter. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. A decent and well executed coffee stout. One of the better medium roast profiles.

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Photo of slimstout
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown (almost black) color with a three-finger mohogany-colored head.

It smells like a cross between freshly roasted coffee beans and the rich chocolatey alcohol scent of an Imperial Stout.

It has a very distinct bitterness to it, reminiscent of baking chocolate (that is, 100% cocoa). As it warms, the flavor mellows toward milk chocolate (that is, milk chocolate with a curious bite to it) and medium-roast coffee. Despite the coffee and the bitter bite, it is distinctly sweet like a milk stout might be.

The beer feels very thick and luxuriously smooth -- until the bitterness/carbonation bite hits. It's a very interesting combination -- reminiscent of snoozing happily in a big bed wrapped in silk sheets and being slapped awake by your mother all at the same time.

Overall: I love this beer! :) It has all my favorite qualities of a stout while the bite keeps every sip from getting boring.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9992 - October 13th 2010

A - pours a robust ebony with a massive dark tan head of foam. Doesn't last too long but leaves lots of lacing.

S - its amazing how apparent the coffee aroma is given this beer is almost six months old. The smell is equal to putting your nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans. Warm. Bitter. Nutty. Some notes of sweet chocolate malt.

T - there is a smooth chocolate malt sweetness on the tip of the tounge. As the beer coats the tounge the bitterness of the coffee becomes the dominating flavor. Tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans. Long bittersweet finish with a tinge of alcohol.

M - medium bodied but on the thinner side. High carb.

D - very easy drinking and full flavored stout. And even with this being half a year old is remarkable.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bell's Java Stout has a dark brown, opaque body and a finger and a half of brown head. Pretty good retention with minimal lacing.

Pretty good coffee aroma that is joined by some dark malts. Mostly just coffee.

Bell's Java Stout is another coffee stout that falls into the category of a coffee flavor that is really strong. So strong, in fact, that it is unpleasant, making the beer acrid and bitter. The coffee flavor comes off as burnt and ashy. The chocolate malt, malt sweetness, and roasted malt are barely noticeable underneath the coffee flavor.

The body is fairly good. Not really big or thick or chewy, but it is smooth and creamy.

Many coffee stouts that I come across share the same problems with Bell's Java stout, where the coffee is so aggressive it is unpleasant. Too bad, I like Bell's.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep black body, big fluffy head, excellent lacing

S: big roasted coffee, hint of nut, slight smoke, mild bitter chocolate

T: sweet cocoa, earthy roasted nuts, slow long bitter coffee, boozy finish

M: med/heavy, chewy

O: Fine coffee stout, especially for 40/raining Opening Day for MLB. Great in-between beer, got enough flavor to sip, but find myself gulping it too.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a cola black/brown with much ferocity. Head is purposefully poured to be a solid three+ fingers. As it recedes, it leaves a spiderweb of heavy lacing, looks awesome.

Smell: Mocha. A thick, roasted coffee-malt flavor lays the foundation for milk chocolate goodness.

Taste: Coffee bitterness up front, with the chocolate sweetness coming in as the beer foams up. Chewy malt character, and a distinctly pleasant semi-sweet aftertaste. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: A perfect combination of carbonation and placidity. Enters smoothly, goes down smoothly with not a lot of residual stickiness. Awesome.

Overall: This one is a solid A+...I haven't had a much better beer.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of dark mocha head.

The nose is coffee and sweet chocolate with some roasty malts.

Taste is espresso/coffee and again, sweet chocolate. Roasted malts are prominent.

Mouthfeel is viscous and sticky. Carbonation is low. About what I expected it to be.

Drinkability is good. Mouthfeel makes this a slow-drinker but it is tasty and very enjoyable.

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Photo of shand
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice.

This is a pitch-black brew. No light shines through it. The head is fairly substantial but retains right down to wisps. Lacing is very nice. The aroma is quite nice, I get espresso, roasted malts and, surprisingly, a nice hop character here. The taste is also quite good, a nice creamy coffee character is primary here, with some bittering hops on the backend. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and feels just great going down, and the drinkability is exceptional. I really had a good time drinking this one, this is just a great stout. Bells just has hit after hit with regards to stouts, they're quickly becoming one of my favourite breweries.

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Photo of bobhits
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You have to love brewers adding coffee to stouts which already have a coffee flavor. This beer pours deep dark black, a decent head, good lacing, all that jazz. Doesn't have the best legs and seems a touch watery but still in line with a big stout. The nose and the taste are of ground coffee and espresso. There's a good bit of bitter chocolate, hops, and a rather sweet sugary malt trying to hold things together. The flavors linger in the mouth, mostly the espresso well well after the beer is gone.

Over all a good beer, far short of beers such as founders breakfast stout, but if you want a bit more espresso this might be the way to go.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect beer. Pours black. Smells of coffee and chocolate, which is a benefit for those that are coffee and chocolate lovers. Tastes of malts, coffee and chocolate of course. Smooth overall feeling. Drinkability, just like my coffee can't stop at one cup, well this beer I can't stop at one bottle

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Photo of haddon
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black as onyx in the glass with not much head. little lacing down the glass

smells like stale coffee... smokey, salted nuts, little bit of sweet molasses

lots of coffee notes... toasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a bit of hoppy bitterness at the end. strange how the aftertaste begins to fall apart, almost like a scorched pot of coffee that has been on the burner too long

medium body with not much carbonation but the style wouldn't call for it

to me, coffee stouts are very hit or miss. this one doesn't quite get it. I'm not going to ding a beer that's in a style that I'm not wild about but this one seems to miss something on the aftertaste.

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Photo of Brunite
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Batch 9992 makes this about 5 months old at tasting. An ink black appearance with a tan 3 finger head that receeds to a cap. Tons of lace.

S - Bittersweet coffee. One it should be. Smells like a good, strong, coffee shot.

T - All coffee. A nice, strong, bitter espresso. Also noted is some hop bitterness after the coffee backs off a bit. There is also a very pleasant semi-sweet chocolate flavor that lingers on the back of the palate. I like it.

M - Medium body. A quick swirl revives a creamy head.

O - A nice surprise here. This goes down REALLY easy. And that is on top of an Old Raspy! Very drinkable. It tastes good and the lingering flavors of coffee and chocolate rival many I have had. At 7.5 is well hidden.

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black with a quarter inch beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S - Diacetyl/buttery notes with a hint of coffee, sugar and alcohol. Smells very similar to that of irish coffee.

T - Slightly roasty malts combined with a moderate buttery flavor. Stale coffee emerges on the end and carries into a lingering coffee/earthy hop bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden by the coffee and bittering hops.

M - Moderate to low body for a stout with a dry finish. Appropriate carbonation.

O - I was expecting more from this beer. I felt the flavor was lacking for a coffee stout. It could have used a more intense roastiness and although the coffee smells and flavors were definitely there, I would have preferred a fresher taste. Instead I felt as if I was drinking a cold, watered down irish coffee. I will not seek out this beer again.

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Photo of travis224
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #8158. This beer is over 4 years old but there is still a lot of coffee flavors in here. A bit boozy but seriously delicious. i don't drink a lot of coffee but this is a coffee lovers dream Can't speak for it fresh but with four years on it there's still plenty of carbonation and deliciousness in this glass. Bell's always kills it.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost black, medium tan head. Slow to leave. Lots of viscous cling lace and cascading bubbles.

S - Burnt coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate chip cookies.

T - Taste follows smell, but heavier on the burnt coffee. Maybe too heavy for me. Nice 90% Cocoa flavor too.

M - Medium body, balance too much to bitter coffee. Texture a little phlemy in the center.

D - Not a session for sure.

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Photo of veinless
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jesse13713 for this brew, got it in a trade with him. Second one of the Bell's bottles he sent - thanks again Jesse.

Pours jet black and pretty viscous with a half-finger dark mahogany head that retains pretty well for how meager it is. Bubbling is of assorted size and leaves spotty lace.

Nose is one-dimensional: it's a dark roasted coffee bomb, and offers awesome coffee aroma. Wet grounds that lack any sweetness fill the nose and make you feel like you're getting ready in the morning. However, there is nothing beyond that smell, and this IS a coffee STOUT after all; I admire the nose but wish there was something else to offer complexity. Still worthy of a solid 4 though due to the quality of the one smell present.

Taste has a lot of the coffee, but does add some other flavors, namely a slight pineapple for just a moment in the middle. Some toasted biscuit comes out a bit as well, but this is a coffee showcase for the most part. That happens to be a good thing here, as the coffee is dark, roasted, slightly rubbery and a tinge spicy at the end.

Mouthfeel is full and thick, but strangely a bit watery for brief moments. Drinkability is excellent due to the awesome coffee flavor being well balanced and not too bitter at all. Bell's clearly aims for one thing in this beer, and they achieve it well.

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Photo of Chaney
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark brown, with absolutely no light passing through it, even around the edges. The dense 1/2 finger or so mocha head stayed at least a ring around the brew throughout the session.

S: The intense coffee grounds laid waste to everything else that either is, or once was around it. A tinge of roast was present.

T: Intense coffee, but it was more of the Maxwell House variety. The coffee taste not only ruined my palate, it just might have stained my teeth as well. This brew could have definitely benefited from a bit of caramel-like sweetness.

M: The intense coffee bitterness was just simple too much for me. The carbonation was low.

O: I try this one year after year and I just can't get a taste for it. I want to cheer for it because of my love for the brewery, however, I found this to be a very rough beer session...

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Java Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3,263 ratings