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RATINGS: 1580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The satisfying elements of both stout and coffee come together in this full-bodied treat. A marriage of Sumatra's best with rich chocolate and roasted malt provides for a truly enlightening beer.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (334) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours an inky black with a minimal tan head. Strong coffee aroma, some chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate malt, some sweetness, light bitterness. Perfectly balanced. Medium-full bodied, soft, and creamy. Excellent.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Draft...more java than stout, really. Thick, chalky and bitter, it really tastes more like a mouthful of iced coffee, which if you like that youíll like this. Alcohol slightly noticeable. I would much prefer an imperial stout over this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Smells exactly like you expect. Very strong black coffee smell. Smells like you just walked into a coffee shop. Dark black with a small head that dissapates to a slight film of bubbles. Taste is like a strong dark coffee. Really good and interesting, just what you would expect from Bells.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Really good, better to sip slowly. Stout appearance: deep brown to black, classic stout head. Aroma is strong, bitter coffee/espresso, roasted. Flavor is the same but stronger, almost burnt. Not for everyone but I like it. More flavor as it warms.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
I has a tight, tan, long lasting head. Coffee and roasted grain tastes are there but they donít seem to complement each other. It came up short of my expectations. The result is a slightly bitter (coffee, not hops) less than full-bodied flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Nearly opaque black pour with a thick mocha head. Big coffee aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste has some coffee and bitter dark roasted malts, but the predominant flavor seems to be a strange fruity ester. Itís the first thing I taste and the last thing in the finish. The coffee flavor seems very subtle for something named "Java Stout." Not sure if this is supposed to taste the way it did, but I did not enjoy it at all. Definite drain pour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Love the label in a big way. Coffee aroma is upfront and foremost and so it is in the flavor. Nice dark brown color. Thin enough to make it a session beer when itís cold out. Yum.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pours a rich black color with slight mocha head. Smell is very coffee forward, chocolate. Taste... They donít call this java stout for nothing! Huge coffee followed by chocolate, slight hop bite, char, and licorice. Thick silky mouth feel. Another great beer from Bellís.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zoret (324) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2016
Díampolla al Grand Tasting del RBESG16. Cervesa amb aromes de gra de cafť torrat i brioix molt fet. Cos mig i final dolÁ/amarg. Bona.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Dark chocolate covered espresso beans all the way! Pours deep and dark with a tan head. Thick and rich. Flavor is strong, cold espresso, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt. Wonderful collaboration of flavors...however, you have to have a strong affinity for coffee. Aroma and flavor of espresso is overwhelming. The chocolate is a great second fiddle. The flavors meld harmoniously. Smooth, silky feel with a light bite.


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