NachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 bottle. Black, black stuff with a very dark, thick head. The nose has ridiculous amount of coffee in it. I probably couldn’t differentiate between this and an iced coffee based on smell alone. Tons of coffee in the flavor also. I suppose there is some detectable malt characteristic which gives this a slightly sweeter side. Basically, this comes down to the question, how much does the drinker like coffee? Well, I love coffee. Especially bold and earthy such as is served up here.
Bells Java Stout is one of the most coffee-like beers I’ve ever had. I still stand by that. Coffee is way up front, but many of the complexities are infused into the brew as well. Some creamy malts provide tasty balance, but this is all about drinking a nice cold cup of joe. This is a very well done rendition of the style. amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Another awesome Bells brew... pours thick and black with a thin tan lacy head. smells strongly of coffee beans, vanilla and soap. flavor is surprisingly light, with hops, espresso... ending with dark chocolate and almonds. yum! rdawson321 (145) - USA - APR 9, 2006
Pours a jet black with a blast of coffee aroma and dark tan head. Great mix of chocolate, sweetness, and roasted coffee. I’ll buy it again, if I can find it. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2006
Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this one. Pours a dark black with a dark foamy and lacing tan head. Great looking stout. Aroma is way up front coffee. Coffee grinds actually. Hiding under all that coffee is some chocolate and a light sweetness. Also some roasted malts and light smoke. Flavor is like a nice cup of dark roast coffee, some malty sweetness, nut and some smoke. Really a great mix of stout meets coffee to make for an interesting beer. Thanks a lot for this one Paul. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Pours BLACK with a nice dense brown head. I could not just justify giving this less than a perfect score for appearance, this thing looks like a monster imperial stout. Smells like a really good cup of coffee with cream and sweet roasted malt. Profuse swirling really releases some coffee grind smells that really proves it’s not just roasted barley in there. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little tiny bubbles, a little viscous. The flavor is espresso, cream, sweet malty vanilla, and charcoal. The lingering bitterness is not just charcoal but also that fruity coffee acidity. I have to say, I was skeptical, but this beer proves you really can make a drinkable beer with coffee. For as big as this beer is, I could drink a few!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Wow this is a good one! Its entirely black, with a big dark brown head. It smells sweeter than I expected- some vanilla in there. Most of all, it smells like coffee, roasty, malty. Its super creamy. The flavour is similar to the aroma- still very sweet with coffee as the main component, but here now I get a hint of chocolate and more nuttyness. The roasty flavours really linger nicely. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 6, 2006
Roasted coffee greets the nose and is prominant throughout the enjoyment of this glass. The color is nice deep black with tan head. From start to finish the roasted coffee comes through very nicely. A slight roasted bitterness lingers on the palate after. jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2006
easy to taste the coffee in this one, a great smelling, pleasant tasting beer, not too thick, but thick enough biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2006
Totally incredible beer. Amazing deep roasty flavor and aroma. I like coffee and I like beer... and I like this... and I like Jessica Alba. I would drive to Michigan to get this beer if it wasn’t available in PA. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2006
You will not be looking for the coffee in this one! Good blend of dark coffee and dark malty flavors. A nice after dinner drink.