BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Sammy for the Trade. Simply phenomenal. Medium roasted coffee beans scent. Perfect black in colour with dark beige lacing head. Tastes like roasted coffee, no surprise, not as strong as other coffee stouts I’ve tried. Thick body, bitter finish, lingering lovely aftertaste. Similar body to the Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout. Bell’s really knows how to make a stout, and make it well. Wish I could get some more of this in Toronto.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch # 7221. Poured to almost black in color with a tan head. The aroma was a fantastic roasted coffee. But, the flavor was coffee, and kind of tasted like grounds. Very creamy though. A good brew.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Bottle. Cellared for a year. Pours an inky black with large bubbles and very little foam. Aroma is intense with a blast of espresso and coffee beans. Flavor mirrors the aroma to a certain extent and is definitely dominated by the roasted coffee flavors. Some bittering hops and hints of vanilla behind all the coffee. The beer feels strongly acidic on the tongue, but the body holds up nicely to mellow out the coffee. Finishes quickly and leaves a slightly tart lingering sensation. Having tried a number of "coffee" stouts, this one is about as potently coffee flavored as they get. Bells has succeeded yet again in making another unique and memorable stout.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful big and billowy brown head. The aroma is intoxicating in and of itself: coffee, dark chocolate. The taste is thick and silky with ample bitterness that balances out the dark coffee and chocolate. I am loving the hops in this. The thickness is perfect. I really think this is top 50 material.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with thin caramel colored head. Aroma has a little resin, heavy coffee and bitter chocolate. Flavor is malty and bitter sweet. Palate is thick with an oily texture and flat carbonation.
Beachmaster (236) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep black, with a one finger tan head that lasts and leaves good lacing. Nose is coffee and dark malt. Taste is coffee up front, with dark malt undertones, and persists through the long finish. Very,very good.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
All around what you would expect. Has a very strong coffee aroma and taste. A little watery though.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with tan head that slowly diminishes. Aroma is smoky and full of coffee with hints of chocolate. The body is medium to full. The taste is all about coffee. Realy nice roated flavors. with a lingering bitter finish. very nice.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of coffee, ash, dust. Appears an opaque black color with a small deep mahogany head that dissipates. Flavor is complex - sweet chocolate elements combine with a mocha tang, all finishing with an excellent fresh brewed coffee flavor. Palate is medium-thick and creamy, and it certainly helps enhance the coffee aftertaste. Overall, an interesting brew. My thanks to joeybgood for this fine sample.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely looks like expected. Pours an almost black color. One-finger head of creamy espresso colored foam. Leaves a nice light swirl on top. Lacing is thin and somewhat slick.
Big dark roasted coffee beans, with that acidic tone of sumatra. Light hints of chocolate. A slight touch of smoke, and a very slight note of licorice. Predominantly, just huge coffee-ness. As you’d expect from something called ’Java Stout’.
The coffee is totally dominant here, also. But it’s not as overpowering as in the nose. It’s a much nicer balance of flavor. Some nice chocolate notes can be found. A touch of smoke. A very light hint of vanilla. Some roasted malts.
This is a great full-bodied brew. Nice and thick. Very smooth, slightly sharp and a touch of creaminess.
This is one great coffee stout. I don’t imagine that you could ask for more coffee flavor in a beer than this one. The smooth texture and balance of flavor make this easily drinkable, for me.
Bell’s needs to expand their distribution, and to please make Oklahoma one of their stops.