PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Pours a jet black with a thin, but long lasting mocha colored head. Aroma is spicy and hot and reminds me of some chili beers I have had - and I finally recognized the aroma - pimento of all things. Coffee flavor is dominant, but it comes across as burnt and somewhat chalky. Some chocolate notes make their way through as well with a little bit of licorice. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and the bitterness of the coffee does not sit extremely well on the aftertaste. A one of a kind unique beer for sure, but not for everyday enjoyment. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Deep and dark brown with a big-bubbled head. Huge coffee nose was very inviting. Smooth and velvety body. Cold coffee flavors ... good thing I love coffee. Hints of wood and chocolate. Good stuff. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
RBSG 2004: Ruby/black with a small light brown head. Coffee aroma that is a bit too much and ends up smelling a bit like cigarette ashes. Starts and ends sweet with a lighter body than you’d guess. sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2004
A pretty freakin’ good beer. Pours a pitch black with a brown head resting atop. Lends good lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is strong roasted coffee with a touch of yeast. Flavor is similar to a cappucino, starting with strong coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts. Then, there’s this nice dry section, with a grassy finish and a chocolate aftertaste. A real winner! beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Aroma on this thing absolutely won me over, the most amazing coffee aroma on a beer i have ever found. Rich chocolate and coffee, mocha like nose. Taste was very bitter coffee with great mocha flavors that just really give this stout a unique edge. Great roasted flavors in this thick black brew, very smooth and well done imperial stout.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 Mmm coffee, though I didn’t taste as much as it sounds some others have. I for one found Java to be balanced- a great stout. Though this is twice now that Bell’s stouts have given me the shits.... Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 HOLY COFFEE! Aroma is coffee and choclate, very thick body, pitch black with a big dark brown head. Flavor is Coffee big time, with choclate, malt, and toffee hints. I love coffee and I love this beer! obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
Coffee grounds nose with chocolate. Thick head and syrupy dark color. Very esspresso like with some berry and carmel. Slightly bitter finish, incredible... DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Nearly black with tan head and some lacing. The aroma is of old coffee, Italian pastries, mold, and cooked canned peas (seriously). Flavor is overhwelmingly old coffee, alcohol is prominant, metallic, tobacco burn, ash, smoke, bitter finish. Fairly full bodied, thick, soft carbonation. Rather one-dimensional. So I drink strong black coffee routinely, but this just doesn’t work here. It gets a little better as you plough through the initial first sips. There’s probably a good stout buried under that coffee madness. walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
poured dark brown with brown head arma duh coffee, flavor coffe, chocolate. I was a little hesitant about buying this becausse of the java because of past experiences I have had with things with coffee flavor in it but this was differant. the flavor of the coffee ws like the cuban blend that I like to drink strong bout not bitter a very good beer.