Friday, February 19, 2010
Beer #172 - Java Stout, Bell's Brewing Company - Galesburg/Kalamazoo, Michgan
I don't particularly care for what I will call "Flavored Beers" but occasionally, they will get my vote. A sure bet is by throwing coffee in the mix, then I'm on board. One of my favorite beers is from Bell's Brewing Company, called the Two-Hearted Ale (see earlier post) which I happened to pick up unprompted on a move across the country. It proved a good move. A good friend of mine, who has strong Michigan ties, recently gave me a bottle of their Java Stout. I am unable to find their beers out here, so I was reasonably stoked to have another from their line-up. Let's pour!
It pours opaque with a big head.
The aroma is heavy with dark roasted malt. The coffee tones are very present.
Letting the beer warm, it has a smooth body. Roasted dark coffee tones are present at all times, but is especially apparent in the finish. Vanilla sweetness and heavy roasted malts are also present, curbing the bitterness that arrives in the finish. The beer is dominated by the coffee.
The aftertaste is thick with roasted coffee.
This beer definitely gave me my coffee fix! It isn't the most balanced beer, but sometimes it's just fine to indulge!