MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a black black with a fizzy light brown head. Aroma was a roasted coffee with mild hints of alcohol sweetness burried deep within. Flavor was bursting with a nice roast coffee and chocolate. Batch #7170 this is allot more balanced than I remembered last years edition.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz. distinctive Bellís labeled long neck brown bottle with batch number, 7170, packaged on 12/14/05. Poured a dark roasted coffee brown with a fizzy, bubbly head that quickly reduced to thin lacing and a small amount of ringed sticking. Had a strong roasted coffee aroma with traces of chocolate and oats sweetness. Moderate carbonation and a creamy full bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Had a delicious taste, roasted coffee and chocolate malts, oats sweetness, mild hop bitterness in the middle and a sweet bitter coffee finish.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bellís Java Stout pours to an opaque black color with a thick, rich, creamy tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is just jam packed with robust coffee and roasty aromas, along with hints of chocolate as well. The palate is robust and hefty with big chocolate malt, coffee, and roasty flavors that coat the tongue. Java Stout finishes with more chocolate and coffee up front, then ends with a big punch of roasty coffee bitterness that lingers on the tongue.
This is the ultimate beer for coffee and stout lovers! Bellís does it again, with a beer that is just so robust, and flavorful. Be careful with this one, Java Stout comes in at 7.5% abv, so coffee isnít the only jolt you will get. Coffee aromas and flavors dominate in this beer, its akin to drinking a shot of Italian espresso. It was a true joy drinking this beer. Java Stout makes the perfect early Saturday morning pick me up, and is an ideal desert beer. Match this one with rich and creamy cheese cake, or perhaps a decadent chocolate desert. The coffee flavors are wonderful in this beer, and makes Java Stout a beer well worth seeking out.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites, but Iím a real coffee fiend. Rich black with slight brown-sugar head, rich coffee aroma and taste with layers of dark roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of peat. Rich smooth body but sharp enough to remind you itís got coffee in it. Would it be wrong to drink this for breakfast?
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with little tan head. aroma of coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malts. very pleasing. flavor is of dark roasted coffee, with chocolate, and a hint of vanailla. A tasty treat on a cold winters night.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Earthy aroma and taste. Very rich and roasty, burnt. Deep color, opaque. Dark head. Taste again is earthy and burnt. Interesting stuff, though no overpowering coffee undertones...
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botlle courtesy of the generous pailhead: Pours to an opaque near-black brown, the topmost edges shining a medium brown when held to light, with a medium, thick & creamy light brown head. The aroma is a quick prunes and apples as the glass is brought towards the nose, then thick roasted coffee grounds, espresso, roasted malt, mild scents of dark chocolate, dark molasses, and an underlying sticky sweetness that smells very much the boiling wort of a stout. This smell is almost like if you took a scotch ale (not one brewed with smoked malt) and threw it in a frying pan to carmelize it even further, burning it just a bit. The taste is that same sticky sweet molasses, caramelized & slightly burnt scotch ale, definite fresh dark roasted coffee grounds, bitter bakers chocolate, more coffee, caramel, a tiny hint of yeast, and yes there are some hops in there too if you hold it your mouth and search for them. Itís tough to judge, but Iím detecting a bit of earthy pine/citrus, and thereís a definite bitterness present throughout. However those hops are fleeting before the roasted coffee and caramelized flavors take back over. Finishes bitter and dry with notes of coffee, prunes, cocoa beans and light fruit notes that you would expect from quality coffee. Medium-full bodied, pretty dry, moderate-medium carbonation. Reminds me somewhat of Peche Mortel. Very nicely done.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black with brown head, first sniff just did not smell good to me at all, has a very strong espresso taste with coffee beans smell and taste, this just did not agree with me, I donít like and wonít get again. So donít bite my head off for not liking something 325 ratings have.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle compliments of kramer17801: Pours black w/ a tan, lasting head. Burnt nutty aroma at first w/ some burnt coffee aromas that follow as it warms. Chocolate follows that w/ some minor graham cracker malty flavors and hints of raisins way down deep! Well balanced and no where near as bitter as it smells. Deep coffee/espresso notes at first, like drinking a lightly sweetened cup of coffee. A bit of sugary sweetness balances the dark malts to keep it from being undrinkably bitter. Some brown sugar flavors as well as chocolate. Finish is semi sweet like a Nestle chocolate chip with a lightly bitter coffee flavored aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, and smooth. Very drinkable for a coffee flavored stout. Iím not a fan of coffee beers, but this is a pretty good beer!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very very dark black...big deep brown head. Nose is coffee all over the place. This is kinda how I want my homebrew IS to smell. Big full mouthfeel and lotsa chococoffemalt in the taste. I like this stuff. Maybe Iíll mix it half-n-half with some Expedition. Nice roasty flavor is pervasive...finishes with a slight burnt, bitterness I like. Dry and roasty. Great beer.