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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,242 Ratings
Bell's Java StoutBell's Java Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,242
Reviews:
1,151
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
181
Gots:
441
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,242 |  Reviews: 1,151
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 +3.8%
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 +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of akopczyk
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JColin
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. pkgd, 11/3/15
Duvel Tulip

A - Dark brown with some carbonation

S - Coffee and roasted malt

T - Coffee and bitter cocoa

F - Sticky mouthfeel

O - Not overly impressed but it is a year old. I will buy again if I can find it fresh.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of bigdog3838
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Leoherrmann9
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Bell's Java Stout, 7.5% ABV, 43 IBU. Pours black, medium viscosity, with 1 finger tan head on a careful pour. Nose is strong coffee, some malt. Taste is strong coffee, a bit of chocolate, slight to moderate coffee bitterness. No doubts at all that this is a coffee stout. Nice mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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

Photo of cmsfish
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chris826
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cwkash
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Magic Duels. Coffee very noticeable here without being unpleasant, although Id prefer a bit less. Leaves a sticky moutheel.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Junichi
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Oopssorryy
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured hard into a pint glass, this brew comes out thick and black, bringing up memories of recent oil changes. A large creamy tan head forms, and leaves quite a lot of lacing as you drink. Eventually the head settles down to a thin coating on the top of the beer, but it takes some time for this one to dissipate. The nose of this stout is one of my favorites, with notes of dark chocolate, rich fruit and coffee scents intermingling well. Flavors are complex and well balanced. You start softly with the date like fruit tastes, which almost immediately is overtaken by the rich black coffee flavor. Hints of bittersweet chocolate build as you approach the finish, eventually taking the lead at the very end, with hints of vanilla showing up now and then. Overall this Java stout is on the bitter side, like a true cup of Colombian coffee, hold the sugar and cream, however there are hints of sweetness at the start from the fruit like flavors, and then again in the finish with the coco note.

The mouth feel is rich, thick, and chewy, but not so much so that it makes the stout difficult to drink like some I've partaken in. I would credit the medium amount of carbonation for keeping this brew highly drinkable. Not once did this beers 7.5 AVB rear it's head, allowing the flavors, textures and aromas to take full stage in this wonderful experience. If you enjoy a coffee forward stout, this has to be sampled.

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Photo of travelguy
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PongIsNotBeirut
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into glass. Very dark with shallow head of tiny bubbles.
Deep coffee aroma with toasted malt, negligible hop smell.
Very coffee forward taste that buries any subtleties; perhaps oak, tobacco.

you get exactly what you expect; a very coffee-forward beer brewed very well.

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Photo of kyledover
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walterk
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Studfarm69
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.96 out of 5 based on 3,242 ratings.
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