heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2002
The thing that strikes me the most about this beer is that it posesses a really great mouthfeel. The flavors alternate between coffe, roasted malt (with a little smoke) and firm hop backbone. There is a very slight medicinal quality to this, but it is not obtrusive. This is very yummy. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2001
Black in color, a brown frothy head and sheets upon sheets of lace. Nose is earthy, grainy, toasted malts. Start is sweet and malty, the middle is heavy and creamy rich, the finish is some what dry and semi sweet or bitter, hops are evident, but not overly so. Another 'Stout' that will make the top 25 on my master list. Trap your 1 in a Bazillion, thanks my friend. bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 Blows away Red Hook Double Black Stout hands down!!!........................ P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 19, 2001
excellent. bottle opens to an intense roasted coffee aroma. im not talking sketchy starbucks here, im talking jamacian blue mountain coffee. coffee taste through out the beer, very strong and very prevelent. under that you get a nice bitter hop taste. I agree with Under-Age, that could be the comment of the year. HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2001
What a great brew, I think this has to be my favorite of Bells 10 stouts of November!
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2001
Super dark, near-black body and a mountainous, rocky, tan head. Silky, rich body. Perfect equilibrium between beer and coffee. No one taste seems to dominate the other. A nice roasted malt taste marries well with a light coffee flavor. A brief bitterness is left in the palate along a sustaining java presence. Very well crafted! (Side note: The label was a step up from Kalamazoo's usual generic fare. This boosted the appearance from 4 to 5.) Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2001
I think someone put coffee in my beer, oh wait that was Larry Bell, and he put a lot of coffee in it. And I like it! Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2001
Wow, does this have caffeine in it? Huge rocky head that leaves Belgium lace all over the glass. Robust coffee aroma and taste. Just amazing. Possibly the perfect combination of coffee and stout flavorings. Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2001
The only beer that I can compare this to is Redhook's Double Black Stout, but the Java Stout blows Redhook away. The aroma remids me of coffe grounds and it had an intense coffee flavour, without being overly bitter. Another quality stout from Bells. fraternie (1034) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2001
Incredibly rich coffee flavor, fairly spicy and hoppy. Large expandin head, which is not typical for this brewery...thick and flavorful. Might be a little too rich towards the end, but overall and enjoyable (and filling) brew.