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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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very good

662 Reviews

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Reviews: 662
Hads: 2,126
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 21.11%
Wants: 72
Gots: 345 | 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 stevenseg:
Photo of stevenseg
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gk187
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

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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.

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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??

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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.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.
Very nice.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
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%

Photo of dditto2
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alonso2468
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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