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

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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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pDev:
11.17%
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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

Photo of GFD400
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Caveworm
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Java Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's khaki head is two fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a jet black body.

I smell a mildly boozy stout with with rich yet smooth coffee.

Tastes like the aforementioned traits, but oh-so rich and smooth. I can't get over it!

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Bell's Java Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc. a well-deserved 4.75. Certainly pick this up!

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Photo of dontknojack
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SRBush1974
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattflippin
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A nearly opaque dark brown beer with a modest tan head that stayed with me for a while. Bright aromas of freshly ground coffee, vanilla, some cocoa, and roasted malt. A big coffee taste up front. This was followed by toast, char, dark chocolate, and a pleasant bitter coffee finish. Medium-bodied and medium-carbed. Nothing fancy, but a great coffee stout.

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Photo of SeanVonMorrison
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Fubudu187
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of animal69
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/10/16. Michigan craft pint.

A: Pours an opaque black with barely any light penetrating at the dark brown edge. Finger and a half of thick frothy tan head. Nice retention, above average lacing.

S: you get the statement that a stout smells like coffee often, but this one really does smell like coffee, obviously. It smells like the dark, syrupy black stuff they used to serve at a church I used to go to. There is an underlying sweetness, but this is dominated by a bitter roasty, almost smoky smell.

T: nicely balanced. The taste is far sweeter than the nose, but not super sweet as stouts go. Malty, roasty, middle; light and surprisingly clean. Roast does not linger.

M: lighter side of midweight, slightly slick with mild carbonation.

O: compared to FBS, this is much lighter and more coffee-dominant. Less lingering roasty taste, but coffee is really strong and prominent but somehow remains light. Excellent daytime stout.

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Photo of Majestic
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

12oz bottle from Target (Woodstock, GA). 9.99/ 6 pack. Bottled 10/10/16. Served in a Bell's snifter.

Pours black with about three quarter fingers of pale tan head. The milky froth shrinks to a thin partial film with a narrow band, leaving a couple small patches of lace.

Smells of cold brewed coffee, roast and burnt caramel. The coffee dominates but that's just fine by me.

Taste follows the nose. Robust coffee, burnt sugar, roasty malts, a little brown sugar and some toast. As in the aroma, coffee pretty much runs the show and that really suits this brew.

Medium feel with moderately mild carbonation. The lingering, softly bitter aftertaste is roasty with coffee and cooked sugar.

It's good to revisit one of my early craft favorites. Coffee stouts are what got me into beer and Bell's Java Stout was not only the first of their many treasures I tried but also one of the original brews that kept me going. This is still a good solid brew that delivers plenty of coffee flavor.

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Java Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3,262 ratings