TattooJack (47) - - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I drink coffee all day at work and transitioning to this beer was very easy. The 7.5% makes all the difference. It is very smooth like a Guinness with some real ass behind it. Bellís always does a good job of making beer.
onceblind (3539) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a thin light khaki head. Nose is incredible with roasty earthy delightful fresh brewed columbian coffee, and a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate. The flavor has, to its detriment, a touch too much smokiness and even a whisper of tobacco, but thereís so much coffee goodness, with some earthy roast, dark cocoa, and semi-bitter coffee roast that I can forgive most of it. Amazing ale.
ChrisFields (64) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque with a thick beige head. Aroma of roasted coffee bean and chocolate. Taste is much the same with heavy roasted coffee, caramel malt and dark bitter chocolate notes. Extremely smooth and drinkable if a little on the sweet side. Overall an excellent coffee stout. Not my favorite version, but fantastic nonetheless.
CutlassBob (2) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good taste, goes good with all foods. Bells did a great job with the Java/Stout blend.
Maverick34 (2010) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from decicco. Dark pour almost no head and really bold roasted espresso aroma. Taste is malts and grounds. Light alco burn.
DrunkSanta410 (131) - Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Maltitude, Columbus GA. Pours a dark black, with thin khaki head. Aroma is crazy. Smells almost of smoked coffee beans. Bold aroma. Taste is smooth, reminds me of black coffee with a little cream. Hint of sweetness. Palate is creamy and smooth. Overall, a top, non-imperial, stout.
AKORN (77) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick pour with no head. Coffee, chocolate fudge, malts smell. Smooth texture and taste like aroma but with a little bit of peanut butter mixed in(weird). A good coffee stout.
Strife21 (83) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brownish thick head. Smells of chocolate, fresh coffee and roasted malt. Super smooth tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malt and a cup of dark roast coffee. Pretty amazing. Light body medium carbonation. Only negative is it could become a bit sweet if you were to have a few.
Busick (161) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I cannot write enough good things about this java brew! This beer had me at the first sip and now I donít look for bottles anymore, instead I seek out growlers of this perfectly balanced coffee stout! Bellís hit a home run with this beer.
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 10/24/13 and cost $4.19 ($0.35 per ounce).
Appearance: Ink black body with no visible carbonation. Pours to a large, dark tan, frothy/creamy head which laces and retains wonderfully.
Smell: Huge nose of coffee and roasted malt.
Taste: It seems like coffee stouts are almost foolproof in a way. You take a stout, add coffee, and it just usually tastes really good. I suppose thatís a really cynical way of approaching Bellís Java Stout. What sets it apart from others of the genre is that the coffee flavor never fades and neither does its genuine hefty stout base brew. In fact, there really isnít much to critique the taste on - itís a beer thatís excellent in comparison to others of the style that are just plain good. What it comes down to is that itís a little more robust and consistent. No aggressive bitterness, no sourness, no cloying sweetness. If I had to find a flaw - it would be that the palette is fairly simple. But, the flavors that are present are really tasty to say the least, so thatís more than good enough in my book.
Drinkability: Another reason Bellís Java Stout is better than your average coffee stout is its drinkability. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a silky texture and ridiculously easy finish. Thereís tasty bitterness on the finish, but the aftertaste is a mild sensation of roasted malt and coffee. Thereís no alcohol presence even at 7.5% ABV, though itís quite tempting to binge on this brew instead of enjoying it as a liquid dessert.