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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,027 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 66
Gots: 295 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009

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Ratings: 2,027 | Reviews: 658
Photo of Djburger56
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent stout. Can taste the coffee, but not overpowering. Like any really good stouT, tastes better warmer

Photo of dar482
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer offers light amounts of roasted coffee, a medium minus roast character with some bitterness of anies on the back. The beer has a medium minus mouthfeel and that follows on the amount of flavor as well.

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Acquired in New York, NY for $2.19. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Reviewed live as a coffee stout per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

7.5%. "Stout brewed with coffee beans."

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Appealing, with `1.5-2 inches of frothy creamy soft-looking foam. Khaki coloured and luscious, with a nice even thick consistency. Complex is great. Sure, it could be richer and/or darker, but it's nice as-is. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - ~5-6 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. Has no unappealing sediment visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking coffee stout, but there're no unique characteristics and it's not special.

AROMA: Sweet notes of cacao nibs and chocolate malt are complemented nicely by faint coffee bitterness. It's not real expressive in terms of either the chocolate or coffee - certainly, other stouts are doing more interesting things with each - but the fundamentals are there. I'd like more of a roasty java presence, as well as more roasted barley presence. Mild coffee acidity is implied.

Aside from that, there's not much to it. Mild hop presence, no yeast presence, no off-notes. Some cream, maybe? Oats, sure.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Its higher-than-normal acidity is the first thing I noticed, which accentuates the coffee character nicely - though the coffee character itself is pretty middle-of-the-road, with no rich java, harsh espresso, or masterful roast. The notes of cacao & chocolate malts are interesting and work well in the build, but they're also not horribly expressive compared to the best beers in the style; there's no soft powdery feel to complement the chocolate, it doesn't evoke a rich chocolate presence, and it's subsidiary to the prominent coffee anyway.

The roasted barley is far too masked by the combination of chocolate malt sweetness, unexpected hop bitterness (Cascade and Chinook...in a stout?), and smoothening oatmeal.

I find it balanced, but not dialed in or fine-tuned. The chocolate plays well with the coffee, of course, but the hop bitterness can go and I'm not sure the oatmeal is really necessary. Maybe a more dry, coarse mouthfeel would bring out the roasted barley and coffee.

It's aptly medium-bodied, with a luscious creamy finish that smacks of muted malted milk balls (think Whoppers). This is a very cohesive build, but it's not gestalt, nor can it hold a candle to the best beers in the style. There's a nice marriage of texture to taste, but it's by no means a perfect harmony, and minor flaws (like overcarbonation) hold it back.

OVERALL: I've nitpicked above, in large part due to the absence of any major flaws. In fact, the few issues there are with this beer are quite minute; it is a fine beer as-is, but there are ways in which it could be much better. The coffee and the chocolate work (as they often do together), but if they were both more expressive and intricate, this might be a world-class beer. Ultimately, this is more solid work from Troegs and I'd heartily recommend it to friends and trade partners - even at NYC prices. Highly drinkable and worth returning to.

High B- (3.48)

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Media PA.

Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has good retention and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Medium-full and smooth body with near medium carbonation that seems just right.

The aroma is a nice mix of dark chocolate, coffee and dark roasted grains.

The flavor also has a nice balance, with a modest but obvious coffee addition that mixes with the malts rather than masking them. Excellent sweet-bitter balance.

Photo of Maxbier
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black/brown with brown head. Aroma lots of light/medium roast coffee. Flavor is mocha, chocolate milk, mild coffee and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Very nice coffee stout.

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a coffee porter guy.....but I have a Troegs variety pack and it was included. Very coffee, not enough vanilla,creaminess,etc......

Photo of BIA_BrewMasta
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Expected a little more unique coffee flavors. Wasn't quite there to keep me coming when craving a very specific flavor pallet

Photo of melpacino
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOVE!!!!!!!!! Especially good beer for the coffee lover!!!!!

Photo of ncarter5889
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't think I would like this beer, but the coffee taste is not overwhelming at all. It's actually a pretty good brew.

Photo of ElHefe2000
4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a really good beer

Photo of ZebraCakez
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly a very good beer, but there are much better examples of coffee stouts on the market right now. The coffee flavors are there but are weak. There's a touch of chocolate as well. That's about it. It feels a little thin as well. Just not hitting the right notes for me.

Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black with a foamy brown head.
S - Chocolate and coffee
T - Creamy with the flavors that came out in the nose, a bit bitter and a little vanilla.
M - Medium to full body with slightly carbonated finish.

Photo of AshDashMash
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect blend of coffee and beer.

Photo of mikeg67
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, creamy, long lasting beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and herbal hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and dry. Outstanding stout.

Photo of Mikus
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic damn beer. Deep brownish/black with a solid finger of tan head. Balanced coffee, cocoa nose with noticeable bitters as well. Excellent taste. Cheers. Balanced and roasty. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, with residual bitterness holding on. Nice example if a coffee stout. Proud of this PA brewski!

Photo of Gk187
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks great with a nice head. has a nice thick feel of a good quality stout however it was too bitter considering the coffee flavor and aroma was missing or just overpowered by the hops. I would never turn one down however it would not be a beer I will return to on my own accord.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/11/14 at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of coffee
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm frothy ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – not much. Some weak coffee flavor; no hops, no roasted malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light to medium, watery, carbonation weak

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.25

Photo of InkedinRi
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

For something called "Java head" I thought it was lacking coffee flavor.. It's a very good beer. Very smooth.

Photo of RandyOflht
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get the taste of French pressed coffee. This is a good stout.

Photo of Wolberjs
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs. Great coffee nose. Somehow the hops brings out coffee in the smell and taste. Great creamy finish. Terrific 7.5 stout. Gets a bonus for having sooo much taste at a lower abv.

Photo of DonWeymouth
3/5  rDev -20.6%

OK, I hate coffee but this has a very subtle coffee taste. More coffee aroma, but doesn't dominate the beer.

Photo of Glennlawless
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty much pitch black with a brown milk chocolate colored 1/2 inch head.

Smell has a roasted coffee bean scent to it...some chocolate and raisin.

Taste matches the nose....coffee beans are most prominent and later on comes in chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit...but all in all...coffee.

Mouth feel was ok..for a stout i wasn't happy how carbonated this beer is...jeez. very bubbly...has a semi creamy feel to it.....a solid beer.....not bad but not great either....i would drink again tho...enjoyable.

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, thin tan head.

Aroma/Flavor: Mild intensity earthy, light roast coffee on the nose that comes out more on the palate. Chocolate character also present.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a lingering roast finish.

Photo of brianwsnyder
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Perfect for breakfast. Also for dessert - dip some vanilla ice cream in this one.

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +19%

03/29/13 On tap & cask at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

I was fortunate enough to run into this in 2 versions, regular on tap & w/cocoa nibs on cask.

The cask version was more opaque with a darker richer color to the head. There was no lacing to speak of, but I don't find that unusually for cask versions. The cask had a more pronounced aroma & a much smoother taste & mouth feel. The coffee flavors were more apparent in the cask as well but I was surprised I didn't catch any chocolate.

The only aspect where the tap version stood out was in the bite of the finish. It wasn't too astringent but was definitely more apparent.

All in all, I'd come back to either but under 'druthers', I'd go cask. BTW this is not always the case in my book. Usually flavors survive better from casks but often, since they are higher maintenance, they can lose in the long run. In this instance, it is not the case. A real treat.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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