It’s 2016… and I’m tasting Java Stout by Bell’s Brewery for the first time… Popping the top on this classic has been long overdue. I actually came across a six pack of this stout after an unsuccessful voyage in search of the fabled Hopslam, another beer I’ve had terrible luck locating. Although I was in the mood for something hoppy, I’ve never been one to pass on socially acceptable breakfast beers.
Bell’s Java Stout pours a deep, dark brown with a thin, reddish-beige head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma is a roasty melody of espresso and dark chocolate with highlights of dates and figs. The nose is rounded out by a touch of sweet cream.
Bold espresso and cream lead off the flavor profile. This is followed by rich dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. Light hints of cherry and tobacco finish off this stout with a roasty, bitter aftertaste. The body is heavy with a velvety texture that goes down smooth.
While I’m disappointed by the prospect of spending another night sans Hopslam, I’m encouraged by another Java Stout morning. This is an impressive stout loaded with coffee flavor and roasted malt character. The dancing coffee mug on the label might as well be the official mascot of brunch.
- Appearance: Dark Brown / Thin, Reddish-Beige Head
- Aroma: Espresso, Dark Chocolate, Dates, Figs, Cream
- Flavor: Roasty Espresso, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Cherry, Tobacco
- Mouthfeel: Heavy, Smooth, Velvety
- ABV: 7.5%