Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2011 01:15:49 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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