Bell’s Java Stout

Well, I love coffee and I love beer, so I thought this would probably work out OK, but not so.

Another example of a beer that is simply taken to an extreme which overwhelms any possible subtlety or finess. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big beer, but this isn’t really big, it’s just cold, sweet, incredibly strong alcoholic black coffee.

The coffee taste totally takes over any hop bitterness to such an extent that the sweetness that I assume is coming from the malt backbone, just tastes like sugar.

Mouthfeel is good, and the appeaance is jet black, but with no head. Very nice aroma, but the taste is simply too strong for the beer. Alcohol is hidden, but only by the massive mouthful of sweetened coffee grinds that I get.

Too extreme to be enjoyable for me.

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07/14/2005
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.5 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 2
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 2
Total: 2.8
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