presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very strong coffee aroma, with a slight burnt scent, like sticking your nose in the bag of freshly ground beans. Very thin dark head and light lacing. Black but not thick looking. Very dry roasted coffee flavour. Strong dark long lasting roasted flavour that makes you forget that you're drinking a beer. No trace of alcohol. Some mouth dryness. Coffee, espresso and more coffee.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oil color with a medium tan bubbly head that left substantial lace. Aroma of hoppy mocha. This stout is bursting with flavor! Smooth on the palate and tastes like coffee and chocolate mixed, but stronger than mocha. Pretty hoppy and mildly malty with a sweet mocha aftertaste. Delicious overall, and unlike any stout I've ever had.
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee and grain aroma. Black as coal with frothy tan head. A mouthful of coffee, malt and a hint of chocolate. Very interesting and enjoyable.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
really has almost no beer like character...tasted like ground coffee, and not metaphorically like we often describe malt. wow. actually enjoyed it, though it is hard to think of as beer. cannot taste the alcohol one bit. mixed some with milk and irish cream liquor for a milkshake like taste that would win over any beer hater.
haddon90 (1468) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice stout!! Deep black color with a thick tan head. Very strong coffee aroma. Chocolate as well. But the flavor was more like an ice coffee than a stout, which was very impressive. Sweet as well. Some chocolate in the flavor as well, and nice on the palate. Very impressed with this one. Bought this 12 oz bottle at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Rerate: Bottle is a bit older, so the coffee has mellowed leaving more of a sour finish. Not as good as I remembered, and I prefer the Kzoo to this one any day really. Original Rating:I loved the smell of this stuff! It honestly was like sniffing a bag of coffee beans. The color is nice, but the head sealed the deal. Fully lasting orangish/brown. Tasted kind of like one of those chocolate covered coffee beans with a layer of stout on the outside. Yummy stuff.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a tan head. Amazing aromas of dark chocolate, raisins and espresso. Very full bodied with a nice bite from hops and the coffee. Very nice but the coffee flavors become syrupy once warm.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black opaque color with a brown head. Strong coffee aroma with some roasted malt in the finish. Strong coffee flavor with some bittersweet malt flavor in the finish. A med body beer and overall decent stout. Beer for breakfast, who needs coffee?
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful very dark brown color with an inch thick tan colored head that has excellent retention. Aroma is significantly dominated by a very strong coffee aroma, I would say approaching ground expresso beans. Flavor is heavily roasty/smokey . Really amazing that the ABV is 7.5% as it is completely hidden. Another excellent stout from the fine folks at Bell's.
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I love stouts and coffee and had a case of Kalamazoo Stout two weeks ago that in my opinion was close to one of the best stouts that I have ever tried so, of course, I thought that I would give Java Stout a try. I was not impressed with this stout at all and I got 22 bottles of this stuff left with no idea what I am going to do with it. It pours out black with a tan head and good aroma but its palate is terrible. Image this, a coffee pot which has over flown its filter and the grinds have made there way into the pot and now you are drinking them in your coffee. This is exactly my impression of this stout. I thought maybe it was just me and handed my glass to my wife who shares the same taste in beers that I do and she almost gagged. She felt so bad for me that she gave me another 35 dollars, told me to write this case off as a loss and to go out and get something that I can actually drink.