Java Lava
Pearl Street Brewery

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Pearl Street Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
American Stout
Ranked #314
Ranked #21,064
3.79 | pDev: 16.09%
Nov 27, 2021
Dec 02, 2013
Very Good
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Rated: 3.53 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/7/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of nutty medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of vanilla, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit yeasty, but not overwhelming. Flavors of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of vanilla, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop and roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light vanilla/dark fruit/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/bsilky/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a delicious American coffee stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Overcarbonated, but did not cause a problem at all for drinkability. Really great balance of fruity/nutty coffee and malt complexity. Nicely rich for the lower ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Mar 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This beer pours pitch black. Minimal head was minimal, but off white.
Some coffee on the nose, but not much else.
Taste some coffee, but really bland otherwise. Really weak.
Watery. Very watery.
Started out ok, but went downhill fast.
Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Nov 20, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Note : This beer seems to vary from batch to batch.

Pours a dark brown with reddish tints. Head is creamy and leaves a nice skirting of lace after it recedes from its 2 finger intro.

Aroma is acidic and earthy with lots of coffee ground, and dark de-bittered black malt.

Delicious waves of coffee and mildly burnt toast, with tons of acidity and fresh coffee. No ugly green pepper, no harsh astringency. A mild chocolate note follows this up. Impeccably balanced and easy.

Feel is again, acidic, with a roasty, dry feel. No perceptible alcohol on the palate, a semi-dry finish.

Overall, a really nice, sessionable coffee stout executed impeccably. I have no regrets buying a full sixer of this, and I would have regretted it if I hadn't. Top class. Once in awhile you'll get a batch that's more burnt coffee than it is beer. Other batches are balanced nicely. Either way, it's not too much of a wager to pick up a six pack every now and again.
Sep 25, 2017
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Reviewed by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, dated 3/14/17. Pours black with a medium sized khaki head. Smells of coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt; nice coffee presence. The taste follows with cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of lactose. Medium bitterness and light dryness. Above average carbonation and below average body. Overall, it could use more intensity, but it has a pleasant coffee smell. Decent session stout.
Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by travelguy from Ohio

Jan 18, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by BLarson31 from Minnesota

Dec 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Redrover from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This one was bottled on 9/9/16. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is black with a brown head.

Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. No ifs ands or buts, this is a coffee beer

The taste mimics the smell, coffee, medium roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit and some bitterness from the roasted malts. Coffee stays dominant throughout the beer.

The mouth is medium, would love to see it thicker and creamier.

This is a nice beer, glad I bought a sixer!
Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Jul 16, 2016
Rated: 2 by npendres from Wisconsin

Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by monty79_1997 from Missouri

May 28, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Hopstout from Minnesota

May 25, 2016
Rated: 3 by BMart from Pennsylvania

May 13, 2016
Rated: 4 by BigRizz62 from Maryland

Apr 06, 2016
Rated: 3.37 by npachl from Wisconsin

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 5 by Corygc from Wisconsin

Feb 08, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by bgabbert from Wisconsin

Nov 24, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Sep 05, 2015
Rated: 4 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Jul 30, 2015
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A solid session coffee stout. It dark and it has good coffee smell to it. The taste has a lot of coffee too. It does have a light feel but great drinkability. I recommend it.
Jul 14, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Ssippisam from Minnesota

Jul 12, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by BoJengs from Wisconsin

May 27, 2015
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Reviewed by Adam2200 from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
this beer has a great look smell and taste. This beer has a great coffee aroma and taste that lingers through the entire taste. I HAVE had many coffee beers and this Java Lava has local coffee roasters and they know how to brew a great cup of coffee. i would look for this beer if you are in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area. Enjoy.
Mar 15, 2015
Rated: 3.57 by italianstallion from Wisconsin

Mar 09, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by Faunland from Wisconsin

Feb 13, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by mikepcarney from Ohio

Feb 12, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by FrankHammer from Michigan

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Powderhornphil from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Nov 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

Nov 09, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by sweemzander from Illinois

Nov 03, 2014
Rated: 3.43 by einman from Minnesota

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 3 by krl2112 from Illinois

Nov 01, 2014
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