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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.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 4.5 - nice dark brown/black beer with a nice mocha head that leaves great lacing
S 4.25 - hard toasty coffee smell, green/red peppers, mostly roasted coffee which is exactly what I'd expect
T 4 - still toasty coffee. But also some oats and milk flavor in there. I wish it was as robust as the smell.
M 4 - medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is coffee
O 4 - it's better than the double cream stout, I would and will buy this one again. I like the strong coffee smell.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of coffee and slight fruit. Tastes of coffee, but with slight chocolate. Beer is light bodied, good carbonation, nice finish. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of ccg
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a good-looking stout. It's opaque black, and it keeps a ring of foam around the edge with some tiny bubbles in the middle.
The smell is surprisingly spicy. It's definitely coffee, but it also smells like freshly cut green and red peppers. Not really what I was expecting from a coffee stout, but it's interesting.
The taste is largely coffee and roasted malt. There's a bit of spicy bite, but it comes across more like hops than peppers.
It's a little light on the tongue, but the crisp carbonation goes well with the peppery smell and the bite in the flavor.
Overall: a solid coffee stout with an interesting, if unusual, scent.

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Photo of gibgink
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent coffee stout, but the downfall of the beer is the price point. Originally saw it priced at $15.99 for a six pack. Otherwise, a very creamy, full bodied brew with an excellent coffee flavor.

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Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a chocolate color, somewhat opaque. Not much head, some lacing. Smell is a vibrant dark roast coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, some vanilla, a little coconut when fully warmed. Taste also leads with dark roast coffee, roasted malts, a light vanilla. Chocolate mostly fades. A nice coffee bitterness throughout. Smooth, a little creamy, slightly thin for all the hearty aroma and taste, but that's fairly minor.

Great coffee flavor, very appealing and easy to drink. An above average coffee porter, with a good price point for what you get. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Review written 5 days later). 12oz, dated Oct. 2014.

Had this with a friend in the park (while dark) with a three other coffee beers, and we thought this was a great beer (perhaps the best of the four), mostly because the flavor and aroma were more complex than the others, namely that there were dark fruits in the aroma, and a nice bready feel to the taste and texture of the beer (although the coffee has almost completely fallen off). If the price is right (this beer is expensive, and goes for about $14 a 6-pack), I would buy it again.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Java Stout.

Yet another stout out of my favorite brewery. Yeah yeah guess I'm a Russian Judge for giving a homestate brewer so much love. Oh well blow me meat stick like your wife did a few nights ago while you were outta town. Anyway, no hype around this one and I've only seen it mentioned a few times. Enough talk, let's drink.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle poured hard into a pint glass. This brew pours blacker than a silverback gorillas hair with the densest, frothiest, and creamiest looking head I have ever seen on any brew in my history of drinking beers. Carbonation is impossible and a half to get a read on due to the depth of this beer. I have a feeling this one should be great. Let's see if the other aspects follow the looks. Remaining lacing is very sparse.

Smell - Would you even imagine that a beer named Java Stout would possibly in any, way, shape or form could possibly smell like coffee? Well if not you need a dictionary. The nose really is dominated by a medium roast coffee with just a slightly noticable tint of the darkness mentioned. Espresso creamy and vanilla also show their faces. Smells quite well balanced and I'm hoping the flavor profile can exceed or at least match it.

Taste - Everything I mentioned in the nose makes up the entirety of the flavor profile. Some of the smoothest and most balanced coffee I have ever had with the espresso and cream levels. The hops play a good number in the taste profile as well which is very welcome on terms of balance. Needs a bit of warming up. Warm up completed. Some nice chocolate notes come through with a touch of caramel. Very tasty and very well balanced.

Feel - Well the feel is also exactly as you would expect. The body is on about moderate and the carbonation is on tgmhe higher end of medium. Where this mouthfeel really shines is in the creaminess department. This beer is creamier than a cream pie in your wives vajayjay. Surprisingly swallows with a touch of alcoholic warmth on the back end.

Overall - This beer is a perfect example of a near complete 4.25. Thicker and more consistant than the porter thought it dropped the easy going chocolate dominance and did a bit better in the feel department. A very solid beer, surely in the great category and probably drinkable for about 2 or 3 at a time but it won't blow your mind completely. Overall, I'd have it again at $2.99 a single. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

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Photo of delta490
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep black with a thick cap of dark brown head. There is good retention and dots of lacing. The aroma isnt huge but it has nice coffee and roasted malts with just a little earthiness to it. The taste though is washed-out in comparison and the body is thin and too carbonated.

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Photo of hman43
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head.

Smell: It has aromas of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: It has flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

Feel: It has a high level of carbonation with a light heavy rich texture to it. It has a coffee like bitter finish.

Overall: This is a classic stout with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt flavors, a somewhat creamy texture.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.61/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Java Stout pours an exquisite shade of deep brown... topped by a khaki colored, frothy head encircling the glass. A fair amount of lacing is left on the sides as one drinks, a visually interesting addition. What a wonderful, robust aroma we are treated to here! Roasted malt, dark fruits, caramel, and freshly brewed coffee. I am very pleased to find that the flavor is so fine, it even outdoes the already extraordinary aroma. I am a coffee geek, and this is one out of the top 5 or better examples of coffee use in beer that I have ever sampled. Rich and full-bodied dark roast, married to semisweet cocoa! A slight bitterness adds punctuation to the experience in the finish. A malty sweet backbone holds it all together. The perceived alcohol content is just right - not too weak, not too strong. All this - from a year old bottle too. Can't even imagine it being better.

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Photo of hardysf
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good coffee taste, surprisingly not much coffee aroma. Little head or carbonatin. Really dig the coffee flavor with some chocolate in there too. Mouthfeel is excellent and has some nice bitterness customary to bells.

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

From the bottle: PKGD 10/29/15 so this was bottled just over two weeks ago.

Appearance: Black body with a short khaki head that shortly fades away. It produces some lacing.

Aroma: Coffee with a slightly acrid note, but definitely no mistake that there is coffee in here.

Taste: Coffee appears in the forefront but it is supported with some roasted and charred wood character. It leaves the aftertaste of coffee in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: It has the perfect full body without being too thick or syrupy.

Overall: If coffee is what you are after then this is it. It really gives you a good coffee flavor that is enjoyable. The 7.5% doesn't show at all in the beer. It's a really excellent beer. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a beer that has a very strong coffee presence. The bottle simply says "Java Stout" and that is exactly what it is.

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Photo of mlockman
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/11 of 2014, drank in late August of 2015. I read some folks claiming a six month shelf-life per the Bell's website, but I'm seeing it's shelf-life listed as 12 months therein. That being said, not too forward on the coffee, I found this brew to be a perfect balance between roasted coffee flavors and mild malt sweetness.

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Photo of woemad
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of LehighAce06.According to the label, this was bottled on October 17, 2014.

Poured into a St.Bernardus goblet, this was a viscousy, blackish color, with a decent-sized mocha colored head that dropped quite quickly. Spotty lace.

Roasted malts and somewhat bitter coffee notes greeted the schnozz, along with a subdued, molasses-ey sweetness.

The tastebuds are hit with an initial coffee and roasted dark malt blast, but there’s an almost immediate follow up of a subordinate, chocolaty and molasses-like sweetness that keeps the beer from being a one-dimensional, bitter coffee bomb. Good balance of coffee, char and sweetness, ending on a dry note.

Fairly full bodied, but with a slightly watery mouthfeel.

I had been wanting to try this for a long time, so I’m very grateful to have received this. This went well after a light breakfast, but would work equally well as a dessert or nightcap. It moves into my top 5 coffee stouts for sure. Thanks, Kevin!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 bottle into a wine glass. Bottle is around nine months old.

LOOK: Black, but not quite pitch black; brown around the edges, with a half finger of tan head.

SMELL: Dark roast coffee, roasted barley with a hint of smoke, and dark chocolate sweetness.

TASTE: Dark chocolate, black coffee, and smokey roasted malt with notes of burnt wood, charcoal, and earth. A nice balance of sweet and bitter; very roasty. The coffee seems a bit faded, but that might be account of the age.

FEEL: Medium-bodied, finishes a little bit lighter than I would prefer, but at 7.5% abv that's understandable. Light carbonation.

OVERALL: A solid coffee stout. A decent alternative to Founders Breakfast Stout if you can't that. Worth drinking.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Packaged on 10/16/14.

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a dark tan head.

Aroma: Dark malt, coffee, cream.

Taste: Pretty much basic american stout territory. Roasty malts with a nice cream flavor coming through to soften the harsh char flavor. Just enough bitterness for balance purposes. Some brightness in the finish and an aftertaste of coffee and char. Slight metallic off-flavor. Decent depth for 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with smooth carbonation and average drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: Unfortunate that this wasn't a fresher bottle. However, the beer was good and would probably be excellent fresh on nitro. Would I drink it again? Sure, if I ever find myself at the brewery.

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Photo of miguelager
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is quite delicious. It pours out of the bottle very dark...looks like motor oil. smell is kinda roasty. Obviously taste a lot of coffee, also pick up on some chocolate. Overall, I like it a lot.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As an avid coffee drinker this one blends two of my favorites: bold coffee and a rich, thick stout. I would go as far as say it's on part with whatever base beer is used for BCBCS. Delicious and quickly becoming one of my favorite non-barrel aged stouts. Well done, Bell's!

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Photo of MikeReserva
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Pours very dark brown / black. Beer has a nice thick head that dissipates slowly but not completely. lacing sticks around.

S. Lots of coffee, roasted malts, light licorice.

T. Lots of roasted malts up front, followed by a huge coffee kick. Little tobacco. Almost goes to being just too bitter, but stops at the edge. Very tasty beer, not too complex but very rich, big roast and lots of coffee, I like it a lot.

F. Thick mouthfeel, feels like a 10%+ beer, suits the style and bombastic taste very well.

O. A very stellar coffee stout, not for the faint hearted.

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Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers, buschbeer!

Just below cellar temp. Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black in the glass with half a finger of tan head. Plenty of coffee with a little milk chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Tons of coffee flavour with some nice dark chocolate and roasty dark malts underneath. Decent sweetness and a nice creamy feel. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love coffee beers. Had to try this one even if it was bottled on 10/09/14. Found it at a local beer store.
Pours like a cup of Joe right out the pot... Dark, very hard to see thru this one. Light bodied, dark brown head that faded quickly as I drank. Minimal lacing. Smells like dark roasted coffee for sure with a hint of sweetness like a black cup of coffee with alot of Splenda in it. Also some burnt malt or even toast Yummm. Taste is superb! Even for a 7 month old beer sitting on the shelf. Definitely strong coffee taste at first with a bit of sweetness in there, finishes slightly bitter but not over drawn. Low carbonation. Not as thick as I was hoping but still very nice! Delectable Bells. Keep up the good work and I'll keep drinking Pure Michigan. CHEERS.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a cola brown around the edges. A one finger caramel head. The smell is good. Strong coffee up front faint caramel and vanilla notes. The flavor is more balanced than the smell. The coffee is there, but it has a good amount of sweet malt to smooth it out. The mouthfeel us a little smaller than i was hoping for at this abv. Overall a very good coffee stout.

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Photo of Brackh
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a small head. Smells malty and roasted. Taste like the smell. A bit bitter though on the back end. Picked up some vanilla as it warmed. Love me some Bell's.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black that lets no light through with a toasted brown head. Minimal lacing. Nose is immediate with notes of coffee and chocolate. Flavor begins with coffee and actually a lot of chocolate, reminiscent of mocha. Ends dry and costs the mouth. A nice dessert beer.

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

Appearance - 4/5
Almost pitch black, except for some hints of red-brown around the edges of the glass. Light to medium brown head, about 1 finger.

Smell - 4/5
Very strong ground coffee smell, maybe some hints of chocolate and smoke. Some sweetness to the smell as well.

Taste - 4/5
A combination of coffee and smoke is the predominant flavor. The taste is fairly sweet. There are hints of hops, chocolate, and malts as well. Overall the taste is similar to Founder's Breakfast Stout, perhaps a little smokier though. The taste is nice overall, but I would have liked a little more complexity. Basically all you get is the smoky coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
In between medium and full-bodied. Moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly crisp, yet quite smooth, besides the carbonation bit.

Overall - 4/5
This is a good coffee beer, it's definitely in the same league as Founder's Breakfast Stout in my opinion. Would have to compare them side by side to say which I like better.

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