JFGrind (1838) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I brought a six pack of Java Stout back from a recent trip to Cleveland. It has such a unique flavor I held off rating it unitl I sampled it a few times. Heavy coffee aroma, deep dark body, tan lacing, and subtle bitterness. Alcohol content is high for a stout that tastes a bit watered down at times. Iím unsure if this could be an everyday stout, but every Java Stout Iíve had has been a treat.
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got to give them credit for the aggressive direction of this brew, but it is a little haphazard in the execution. Smells and tastes like fresh coffee beans. Jet black color and sticky spongy head. Odd blend that grows on you. Espresso-like finish. Interesting.
DocLock (7743) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours black, with medium tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate. Tastes rich, malty, with a big coffee taste, and hints of vanilla, chocolate. Finishes roasty, with more coffee, and a nice mouthfeel. Excellent stout.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Holy, java aroma on this stout. The nose is all about coffee. The beer displays classic Bellís head and lace work. The palate is full flavored and surprising drinkable for a 7.5% brew. The palate is well, very much like a chilled latte. This beer is a very complex after dinner drink. I gave up caffeine for new years, but its ok to cheat tonight. Long strong black coffe finish that dries up very well.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark stout with a moderate tan head. Smells of coffee grounds. Smokey coffee flavor is very evident. A bit thin in the finish but overall very enjoyable.
YogiBeera (2450) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted coffee nose. Little off white head- leaving laces, black - bit reddish colored brew. Smokey nose too. Meaty taste, chalky mineralic, roasted coffee with a metallic finish.
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
it pours a black oily liquid, the initial foam quickly reduces, VERY strong roasted coffee aroma, effervescent mouthfeel, medium- to full-bodied, oily with a robust bitterness, the finish is very long with more coffee notes - very good but one-dimensional
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2004 Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted chocolate. Flavor is coffee and thatís just about it. Not really like a beer, but like alcoholic coffee. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Mocha also somewhere in the flavor. Body is thick and pleasantly creamy. This is quite interesting.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Holy iced coffee Batman! Aroma of coffee immediately eminates from the pour. I am a fan of coffee, but I think the coffee strangles any other flavor in this brew. Maybe if I mix it with Bells Double cream stout?
Too one sided for me.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as, well, coffee with a very nice mocha head that leaves a very nice lace down the glass. This is as good as the style can look.
Scent is coffee and chocolate with a touch of malt.
Taste isnít nearly as good as I was expecting. Iím a coffee snob, admittedly, but this reminds me of a pot thatís been left on the burner for a bit too long, and I like strong dark-roast coffee. Definate coffee and chocolate tastes without much of a beer taste. Hmm, it almosts reminds me more of an iced espresso with a touch of chocolate and some carbonation.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a bitterness bite.
Overall itís hard to rate this as a Stout, to be honest. Itís very good but not what I would reach for if I wanted a Stout. Definately worth trying.