Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours jet black with a dissipating brown tan head. It just reeks of coffee, but I love my morning coffee and am okay with that. The flavor though is all coffee, which I again am mostly okay with. But it seems like itís so much coffee that the beer is just completely unbalanced. I almost think Iím drinking a cold cup of coffee instead of a beer as a matter of fact. But finishes with a nice coffee bitter, which I do enjoy. Tasty beer, but there are better coffee beers out there.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head on top. Aroma is chock full of coffee, a very bold coffee aroma. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts are in the aroma also. Flavor is very much like espresso with the backbone of a stout. Chocolate flavors sneak in too. This would be a nice morning substitute for coffee. The beer finishes with a very dry feeling in the mouth just begging for the next sip. A very good beer from Bells!
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. deep brown in color, appearance is black. thick tan head sits up top. aroma is roasted coffee beans all the way along with some roasted malt and faint chocolate. medium to full bodied. flavor is roasted coffee, toasted malt with some bitter hops on the finish. i do not like coffee 1 bit but i do like this beer..
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great coffee scent right away, with an obvious thick black pour. Nice thick creamy palate thats very enjoyable. A touch of alcohol noticeable. Another great Bells brew.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Expectedly gorgeous black pour. Aroma sadly redolent of church-basement decaf Folgers. A daring and successful blend of stout and coffee, certainly, with the only shortcoming being that the coffee did not taste like a clean, solid, full-body roast that might accompany a clean stout. Alas, I was trained on coffee before I freelanced into beer. However, VERY well done, Kalamazoo, and the flavors blended better than I could have hoped for. The hops were also well balanced. I may not try it again, but it was a fun experience.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is pure roasted malts.The flavor is excellent. Coffee (obviously), smoke, brown sugar. Nice creamy finish. One of the better coffee stouts available.