TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a light tan head. A lot of coffee and roast malts on the aroma, though not overpowering. The flavor is also coffee driven - indeed, I’d say it’s closer to an iced coffee than a beer. But it’s not unbalanced, and there are a lot of nice chocolate and roasted malt notes. A bit more coffee-heavy than I’d prefer, but a very nice example of the style. It reminds me of a slightly less intense Speedway Stout - a lot of similar character.
Tognetta (849) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 15, 2017
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Totalmente negra, espuma marrom cremosa de ótima formação e persistência. No aroma bastante café e chocolate, um pouco de nozes e amêndoas. Paladar de médio amargor e leve dulçor. Corpo denso, cremosa como um milkshake de chocolate, média/alta carbonatação. Final de torrado prevalecente mas sem cansar o paladar, muito bem dosada, não sei o que poderia melhorar.
SG111 (1604) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 10/16. Pours pitch black, tan head. Aroma is overwhelmingly coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate. Mostly coffee, and some roastedness. Flavor is coffee heavy, chocolate, roasted malt, bitter coffee finish. Fairly full-bodied. A little one-dimensional, frankly, but the body is solid, the coffee bitterness in the finish is there without being over the top, and it’s pleasant. Simple, but good execution. I’d have it again.
MrBeerFanatic (1048) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2017
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown big thick head. Aromas big coffee, slight chocolate,light wood. Flavors big coffee, light cocoa, astringent bitter finish. Medium sweet. Decent.
The_Osprey (7588) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 2017 - Bottle in Barcelona, picked up at BierCaB for about €7, as ’Bell’s Java Stout’, 7.5%. Opaque black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is rich coffee, toffee, caramel and some light green pepper. The coffee character has that slightly faded vegetal note which you get in this sort of beer after a couple of months. Body is smooth with soft to tingly carbonation. Taste is rich coffee liqueur offset with an earthy dryness, some cardboard and light tart red berry notes. Like all coffee beers, this would be at its best fresh. But this is still a very tasty beer.
Sdaniel90 (1071) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 355ml. Opaque black, small creamy light brown head. Aromas of coffee, spices, nuts. Medium to full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Rich roasted coffee flavors. Spicy finish. Very pleasant.
DenverLogan (1178) - LA, California, USA - DEC 15, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle into a North Coast chalice. Pours black with brown head and lace. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasty malts, slight grains, coffee, milk chocolate, malted milk balls. Overall rich and lovely. Bell’s has for many years made a vast array of lovely stouts, and this is one of them.
Barreras (1666) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 20, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color with a roasted malt aroma. Taste is truly coffee, distinctly espresso, with a nice stoutly beer flavor. The alcohol content is well hidden in the overall flavor of the beer. Good chocolate with minor bitterness in the aftertaste.
MetalNHopHead (1742) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 10, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bell’s Java Stout smells, tastes, and even looks like a glass of fresh-brewed Sumatra. If you love the bold, roasty, bitter, and (dark) chocolaty characteristics from this Indonesian variety, you’ll probably love this Stout. Java Stout has notes of all that with some char and probably even a fair amount of caffeine. Maybe I’ll have one with breakfast.
HuskerTan (2043) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - NOV 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Roasty, bitter, coffee.
A- Black color, black liquid, tan head.
T- Coffee, vegetal, bitter.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- Too much of the earthy vegetal coffee and not enough sweetness for me. I thought maybe a dirty tap line was the reason for this but I think it just isn’t ass rich as I hoped.
rosenbergh (11264) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Bottled on 10/16/15. (Bell’s) Kalamazoo, MI.
Black color with a small tan head.
Roasted malt, coffee and some sweetness in the aroma. Coffee is really strong. Bit of a problem for me. The flavor is even stronger... I can’t get much more than coffee... roasted malt and some sweetness. Rich.