1. One Hundred Mags (Rule). Check out the sneak peek of BeerAdvocate magazine #100, plus some of the changes coming your way.

Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

2,030 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 68
Gots: 298 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 2,030 | Reviews: 657
Reviews by Hallce2:
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Oats and coffee--breakfast beer?

Menacing darkness, though with a very inviting head on top. Ripe strawberry, fruity aroma clashes with fresh-ground coffee and some burnt grain. Modest level of carbonation provides ample smoothness; medium bodied. Chocolate and burnt sugar from the malt pair up nicely with the coffee influence. Juicy in the middle, and the hop bitterness comes in with a semi-harsh sting. Ghostlike, smoky char character from the malt in the drying finish.

Coffee flavors don't come to full fruition as the hops and roasted malt mute most of the coffee out. A decent Stout regardless.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a nice deep black with a two finger head of creamy tan foam on top. Spotty lacing as it falls. Aromas is surprisingly hoppy upfront. Citric and floral along with a smooth roast from the malt. Caramel, chocolate and a good coffee aroma as well that is more in the background than I would have expected. Bit of creaminess as well.

First sip brings smooth, lightly roasted dark malts upfront with a mix of caramel, chocolate and oats. Hops move in with green herbal citrus and a light floral flavor as well. Brewed coffee is there, but again it is more a background accent. Finishes off with oatmeal smoothness, a bit of bitterness and lingering hops and roast.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with good carbonation. Malt body is solid without being too heavy, making this one quite easy to put away. Overall, this ends up being more a hopped up oatmeal stout to me than a coffee oatmeal stout. I would have liked a stronger more vibrant coffee presence for a brew named Java Head....maybe Hop Java Head??

Photo of JasonA
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oil slick black with a thick mocha head. Love to see the head coloring with any high ABV coffee/chocolate stout. Ample lacing, disapaiting head to islands of co2.

I didnt believe the citrus hop aroma until I read it on the bottle. Sticky IPA hops, very strange for a stout. Im worried. Not much coffee/choclate, maybe some flake oat. Little ABV ... and to be honest, still getting co2. Wanted to give a 3.5 here, but the smell matches what they are trying to do so I cant fault them too much.

Creamy, medium roasted malt. Little citrus, dry roasted nut, biscuit. Missing any sort of coffee/espresso, maybe its coming out in the nut flavor.

Smooth. Sits really well, ABV is about perfect. Love the oatmeal creaminess. Quite a dry finish.

The citrus is very well balanced. I was really worried with the smell, but its balanace for the beer is great. Pretty amazing brew if you look at all the components that contribyte to its flavor. I can appreciate how folks wont like this interpretation of the style, but on the grounds for what they were shooting for, they have hit the mark.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, served in an imperial pint glass that was chilled.
Dark brown, almost black in color. Cocoa colored head. A little bit of lace.
Roasted malt aroma, a little bit of coffee and a little bit of chocolate.
Pronounced espresso taste, some chocolate.
Medium-bodied.
Very nice.

Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, thanks to mntlover, hidden away in a dark and cool closet. Almost forgot I had this one but what better beverage for breakfast can one ask for than a coffee oatmeal stout. Pours dark, ebony, and opaque with a tall tan head that is sturdy and lasting. Thick patchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is freshly roasted Kenyan coffee beans, cocoa, and a hint of grassy hops.

Lovely mouthfeel, befitting of a quality oatmeal stout, is smooth and silky with a restrained moderate carbonation.

Taste has plenty of roasty notes of dark chocolate, some nuttiness, and a sharpness from the coffee beans. The oatmeal deftly smooths out the rough edges and some citrusy and grassy hops serve up a nice bitter component. Alcohol is tucked away nicely, but you notice it a few minutes after the finsih.

Ideal marriage of a coffee and oatmeal stout. Another solid offering from a brewery that has never disappointed me.

Very well constructed.

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours quite near black, the head is dark khaki, slow to receede and then leaves copious lace. Dark malt and just a slight sniff of coffee/java in the nose. More dark malts, chalky chocolate and some grainy hops. Stale dark coffee note becomes more present as it warms. Not all that pleasant stuff, didn't really come together for me.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/2010
Pours one finger's worth of tan fairly creamy head. Body is dark brown with some deep red around the edges. Lacing is good with a nice thick ring remaining for a while.

Smell is of sweet dark chocolate, some roasted barley, the coffee is there but faintly. Carmel and other sweet sticky malts. Some dark juicy, plum and rasins.

Tastes like chocolate and rum raisins. Some coffee at mid palate. Some floral tastes. Roasted barley, some sticky sweetness and a slight lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouth feel is medium full, low carbonation. The finish is quite coating but not too much.

Overall this is very balanced and flavorful.
I'd get this again. $2.10 a single.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head

Smell: toasted malt, molasses, and a touch of cream

Taste: burnt malt, towards the end there is a taste of coffee, a small taste of cream at the finish. minimal hops

Mouthfeel: minimal carbonation, smooth sweet start followed by a bitter touch towards the end, with a sweet ending. Light for the style.

Drinkability: Very pleasant for a stout, but I did not get an overwhelming taste of coffee or oats. Both flavors are very subtle. This one was more refreshing than I have had in this style. I will have it again, but will not rush to do so.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is very surprising. I get the roasted malt and coffee that I expected, but I also get quite a bit of piney hops.

The flavor is more of the same, with pine mixed in with the roasted malt and coffee. There is definitely some bitterness in the beer.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of sculls65
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark stout when poured. Thick head which lasted only briefly. Didn't have the powerful coffee smell of a fresh coffee stout, was more malty with the coffee playing more a background role. The taste was dark roasted malt, chocolate and then the coffee and hops seem to tease the taste buds into guessing which is causing the bitterness. Not as thick and creamy of some of my favorite stouts, but well crafted and worthy of buying again.

Photo of beernooby
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: I thought the beer was pitch black at first, but holding it to the light I can detect what I think is the faintest hint of red. The head is small and the lacing is light.

S: It actually smelled faintly like a red wine to me, with burnt toast and grape and cherries.

T: It starts pleasant and malty when it enters the mouth but takes on a very very dark chocolate taste. It has a strong black coffee afterglow, especially after all tastebuds are exposed to it.

F: It is very thin with little carbonation. There's almost no response when I swirl my tongue.

D: The coffee taste after the swallow is refreshing and recalls energizing memories of drinking actual coffee. I would drink it during the day instead of coffee.... if I drank beer during the day.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

pours a dark black with no head at all. Nose is a bit bland and coffee but not much.

taste is a lot like a homebrew. Not bad but very meh. It's a sharp but it has a really nce mouthfeel that's very rich and fll bt again not as smooth a I'd like.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge and poured into a standard pint glass. bottled 10 19 10 batch #100921 stamped on the bottle.

pours out nearly pitch black with just a slight rubiness eveident when held up to the light. about a one finger of super creamy looking mocha colored head with nice retention. lots of furry, sticky lace.

not a huge aroma. milky lactose like nose. some bakers chocolate in there as while as a bit of creamy oatmeal and lightly roasted malts. the coffee is sadly just hardly noticable but becomes just a touch more apparent as the beer warms.

super creamy and fluffy light on the palate, i wouldve never guessed 7.5%. creamy oatmeal, bakers chocolate, lightly roasted malt, and lactose like milk are the main players. a bit of citrus, dark chocolate, and light coffee beans are noticable towards the finish and along with the hops provide a nice bitterness. the coffee is definatly more apparent as the beer warms and is tasted the most a few seconds after the sip has been swallowed. average feeling carbonation.

overall this is stand up oatmeal stout, but it just lacks the coffee i was hoping to expect. still worth a try however. goes down smooth and easy which make this a decent session choice in the cold months. i wouldnt buy another six pack, but i would drink this again.

edit: enjoyed this more at cellar temp. more chocolate and a little more coffee come out.

Photo of ehammond1
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

The beer pours a dark brown with some clarity. The edges are a dark mahogony ruby. There isn't a particularly sizeable head, and this eventually leaves dots of stick down the glass. This looks a bit thin, but the color is pretty.

The aroma is a pleasant, above average combination of coffee, brown sugar, and roast. The coffee element doesn't seem particularly fresh or vibrant, but seems a bit stale, unfortunately.

The coffee flavor dominates the flavor as well, as expected. Again, the coffee flavor seems a bit muted and stale. There's a bit of sweet and earthy brown sugar, roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate to round this beer out. Nice.

Lower-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I wish this beer was a bit thicker and the coffee flavors were a bit more pronounced and fresh. That being said, this was still a fine coffee oatmeal stout and paired well with my breakfast.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown, looked thick, mild head on it, about 1/2" in height. Aroma, lacked the java component I was looking for at the time. I'm starting to think these oatmeal coffee stouts really absorb the coffee or something, they don't really lead to a coffee forward experience.

Taste, just kinda meh, still missing the coffee component, seems like they just roasted a shit ton of malt for a regular kind of stout (non imperial nor barrel aged) to lay this down on. Tastes a little too bitter, I wonder if this is relatively over hopped or something. Different amalgamation of stuff going on, but this should be a beer that is straightforward with the coffee, and ultimately, is somewhat of a letdown because it lacks that component.

I would drink again, merely to confirm the absence of the coffee I had. Man, this year is taking longer than ever to get the reviews in from March Madness, thanks to koufax21 for bringing this one.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a pint glass

A - Black with 1.5 finger foamy tan head with good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, caramel malt

T - A nice mild coffee and chocolate start with a smooth oatmeal climax and a slightly bitter herbal hops finish.

M - Full body, moderate-low carbonation. Smooth.

O - Pretty good, the coffee or the chocolate flavor has some room for improvement, need a little more boldness. Good winter beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black body with a large tan mocha brown khaki colored head, leaves speckled lacing behind with each sip.

Aroma has big acidic coffee roasts in there with dark chocolate bringing the dry quality. A bit of herbal mint and citrus fruits rains supreme with this dark offering from Troeg's Brewing company.

Has robust fruity notes including grape seed and dark chocolate herbal goodness. Leafy herbal hop profile comes at you with a very nice mix of smells and flavors. Flows evenly with a mature mix of coffee and dark fruits excellent brew.

Mouthfeel is full to medium bodied range with low carbonation one of those beers that I yearn for with each more and more complex brew that has arisen in the brewing industry.

Drinkability overall is excellent one of those beers that keeps us beerdrinkers waiting for more, I enjoy a good limited release Harrisburg Trogner offering it has become some of the best drinks around.

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 glid02
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle shared by Joe and tried side-by-side with a 2009 bottle hastily procured by Lee - thanks to both!

Both pour black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Both smell of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. The coffee is present in both but seems harsher in the 2010 and not as robust in the 2009. I think the middle ground would be optimal here.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly roasted coffee. Midway through the sip the coffee flavors lighten up a bit and dark chocolate flavors join in. All of the above carry through to a moderately bitter ending. The 2010 is more complex whereas the 2009 has a heavier roast influence.

Mouthfeel is good. Both vintages have a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing either of my glasses and could have two more.

Overall I was a fan of both vintages but if I had to choose one I would go for the 2010, although that's not a surprise for a coffee-forward beer. In any event, this is a solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly with a little lacing. Pitch black in color.

S - Awesome! Coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Oddly enough I get a hint of cherries as well.

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. Bitter chocolates are a little more prominent than coffee but both are there in large quantities. Not a whole lot of flavors coming through these aggressive (but good) flavors.

M - Seems highly carbonated for a stout but it works. Great medium body. The aggressive coffee and chocolate flavors linger for a while, making you want to go back for more.

D - With the strong flavors and heavier body, this isn't a session beer. It's a great after work or desert beer though.

Photo of degerbah
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick coffee black with plenty of head. Just a hint of coffee smell, but not much aroma at all. The coffee taste is more of an aftertaste than anything. Not nearly as much coffee flavor as I'd expect from a beer called Java Head. There are too many hops to let the beer really sing as an oatmeal stout. I think it would be better if it were made more along the lines of a standard oatmeal stout.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/03/12.

A: Pours a dark brownish black with a 1 finger khaki head that dissipates in a few minutes. Leaves some lacing on the sides.

S: Get coffee grounds up front with a slightly bitter hop backing. Also get a sweet malt or fruit as it warms.

T: Smooth malty notes with ample coffee. Sweet with dark fruits. Booze is a little noticeable. Coffee and bitterness linger in the after taste.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Perhaps a little thin considering the booze.

Overall another enjoyable brew by Troegs. Could have a little more body and maltiness but still pulls through as a great stout.

Photo of PittsburghAJ
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown, tan head

S: robust coffee smell

T: smooth coffee taste, not overpowering or sharp like other coffee flavored stouts

M: medium bodied, medium carbonation

O: enjoyable oatmeal stout that's not too heavy, with well disguised ABV

Definitely recommended.

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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice and black but looking at the top of the glass it looks thin but hey...for a stout, it only 7.5% Slim to none head retention after plenty of swirls keep it from going over 3.5

S - Black bitter coffee, some smoke and hints of Vanilla and mollasses, Java forward. WOW, a swirl brings out Oatmeal cookie, now I can't wait to let this warm some and dive in.

T - Coffee first and foremost. Obviously what was intended. Java. Oatmeal, molasses and vanilla all there together with some lingering smoke. Swirl, take a sip...and there's the cookie batter flavor along with the vanilla. Smoke and some ash becoming more apparent as it warms so instead of 4.0 I can't go above 3.5

M - A bit thin and somewhat watery with all these good flavors going on but I have to keep reminding myself that this is only a 7.5% stout. It would have to be 9.5% plus for the mouthfeel I'm looking for in a stout and this is not claiming to be a imperial stout so I'm saying it's a decent mouthfeel for what it is. In-between a Porter and a Stout's mouthfeel to best explain it. Not bad by any means but not above average.

D - Good. Could put back a few in a sitting before wanting another style of beer.

Final Thoughts - Take this beer and make it an Imperial Stout and I think we have a winner minus the smoke and light ash. All these components Imperialized would be fantastic again, minus the smoke and light ash components here. I'm all about mouthfeel with Stouts so that would explain my opinion on the matter here. Well done I'd say though on what was trying to be accomplished. Somewhat similar to Old Rasputin but I'd say close to on par.

to view more.
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.