irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2005
beer pours a practically impenetrable black, with a slight deep red glow around the edges. head is deep tan, retains wella nd leaves ok lace. pretty good amount of coffe in the nose, but also some nice chocalatey malt notes. flavor actually starts rather sweet and chocolatey, but then wham! - a rush of rather strong coffee - really more than the beer can support. we are definately in the cold-fizzy-espresso realm here. yikes! not quite as well-balanced as it could be...I mean, they are really going for it here, and they sure got a lot of coffee flavor in this beer...but to the point that it is kind of light on actual beer flavor.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle, poured black with dark ruby outlines and a thin brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and lots of coffee. Flavors of raisins dried, fruits, molasses, smoke all mingled with bitter coffee. A well balanced complexity of flavors. Thick mouthfeel and a bitter coffee-esque finish. Another fine Bell’s brew. Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Strong coffee, and I like it,Dark and rich, frothy. Makes me think I want to start homebrewing for some strange reason.Nice head, held well, I think I could get to like these, Thanks to hopsrus for this one eruizgarcia (355) - - DEC 8, 2011
On tap at Luce. Pours almost black with reddish highlights. Head dissolved rapidly. Strong coffee aroma, toasted... Medium carbonation, full body. Long bitter aftertaste. A very good stout! kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Roasted coffee is the initial aroma. Espresso to be exact, its very nice. Also has notes of dark chocolate and malts with slightest hints of vanilla. Appearance is an interesting one...dark black with a dark tan brown head. It has carbonation bubbles on the sides, mostly on top and on the bottom. Flavor is espresso, roasted coffee, and slight hints of chocolate and caramel (roasted). Palate is extremely smooth and full bodied with aftertaste of a great espresso. This is a great beer, a great example of why I love Bell’s.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Really liked the Java Stout. I love coffee and beer so it was right up my alley. Really smooth and creamy. Everyone should give this a go. spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2011
12 oz. bottle
Ar: Huge shot of fresh ground coffee up front. A bit of
Ap: Beautiful pour in a 12 oz. snifter at 50’F. Nice light cinnamon head rises to about 1", pillowing just above the top of the glass. The head has decent retention. Decent lace.
T: The flavor is much more bitter chocolate than coffee, which is a nice change of pace. The finish is straight mocha, and the aftertaste is coffee.
P: Nice, creamy body is a bit sticky.
O: Awesome dessert beer. T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Poured a pitch black color from a 12 oz bottle. Aroma was really strong and same as the taste, which was of coffee and roasted malt. This is a really good stout. clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2003
This beer poured a dark color with a small tan head and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly comprised of a coffee smell. Nothing much else in the aroma. The taste is totally dominated by the coffee - very strong blend of coffee at that. There is a hint of a roasted malt but it is well covered by the strong coffee. Not being a coffee fan, I found this beer to be OK. It is a well made beer if you're a coffee fan.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Every restuarant should have this, what a great beer to have with spice cake, carrot cake, coffee cake, coffee & doughnuts ice cream, etc.... This is the real deal for Starbucks addicts, rich and smooth, super tasty...the aroma of Bold Sumatra coffee beans hit your nose like a sledgehammer, reminds me of Old Rasputin with coffee, truly excellent