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

651 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 651
Hads: 2,076
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 71
Gots: 314 | FT: 4
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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Reviews by nhindian:
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've actually been waiting to try this one for a long time due to its description of an oatmeal and coffee blended beer. Pretty much three of my favorite things combined into a delicious liquid. I haven't had much luck convincing anyone to go in with a case with me though, so I just picked up a 6-pack thinking I could trade the extras if I didn't like it...

A - This one pours a deep black that is completely opaque. I hard-poured it into a pint glass and only got about a finger of eggshell-colored head. It was pretty much gone by the time I walked back to the living room and onto the couch. It does have some pretty good lace retention, however, as there was still some lace on the glass by the time I was almost done. Looks like a pretty generic stout.

S - Smells heavily of bittersweet chocolates and oatmeal with a touch of coffee, where the FBS is overwhelmingly coffee. Can't say one's better than the other; just different. Also get hints of roasted barley. Very flavorfull smell.

T - Much like the smell, the initial flavors I got during my sips was bittersweet chocolate. After some of the sweetness wore off, another rush of coffee comes to exchange the mocha for the java. This is quite a pleasant sensation and makes it extremely easy to drink. Unfortunately, after the coffee flavor subsided, it leaves a bit of a watery taste that reduces into alcohol.

M - Unlike the heavy look of the stout, it is actually fairly medium bodied in the mouth. It's relatively creamy but doesn't bog down. Ample carbonation to deliver fresh flavors.

D - For a 7.5%, this one drinks way too easily. I had mine at the end of a hockey game and could easily imagine myself drinking a few of these of the course of a full game. Another solid brew from Troegs and reminds me of a poor man's FBS.

Glad I picked up a 6-pack as this is one enjoyable beer! Good job Troegs! (1,910 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of woodchipper
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of MikeC144
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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?? (1,023 characters)

Photo of JasonA
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (278 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (939 characters)

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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