Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Troegs Java Head was my stout selection at the beer store the other day. One of the great things about stouts is that the sweetness of the malt shines through and the hops that can make beer bitter is usually vague. Coffee stouts tend to bring back that bitterness, and not only that, they double the bitterness of the typical roasted taste. I have been searching for that coffee stout that leaves the smokiness behind in favor of coffee flavor. Reasonable of me? Probably now...nevertheless I am on a quest.
java Head pours nearly perfectly. A nice sticky head appears after a rather aggressive pour, which I tend to do with bottles because it's hard to get a good head formation. However, I didn't have to pour aggressively to get a good head here. The mocha-colored head sits atop a dark body that appears to be of a medium-to-heavy body.
The smell is very faint...more faint than I would expect from a strong beer style with >7% ABV. It does have a mocha nose that I tend to love in a stout. Roasted malts come through and is that some hop character I detect? Very faint.
As the head dissipates a nice sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass. It has decreased by 50% by now (3 mins) and is still about an inch thick. Like I said, no need for that aggressive pour.
The coffee flavor is noticeable more on the back end than the front. It pretty much replaces the back end bitterness of hops with bitterness of coffee...exactly how it should be. The bitterness of the roast isn't added upon, but rather they are two distinct flavors that evolve as a drink is consumed. I can definitely taste the hops though...almost as present as in pale ales, but the coffee taste quickly replaces it.
Very nice lacing rings after each sip, by the way. I love rings.
I am going to judge mouthfeel by what I expect this Java Head stout to have WITHOUT an aggressive pour, which sucks up the bubbles before I get to feel them. I like thicker stouts, but a nice porter-like feel keeps this coffee loaded concoction from feeling like jailhouse sludge.
This beer is very drinkable and has no abrasiveness. You have to like porters/stouts, subtle hops, coffee, and alcohol to like Java Head as all those distinct flavors come together in their pleasantly decorated bomber. Good stuff...glad I picked it up.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2009 19:28:48 | More by stevenseg
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