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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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1,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 1593
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009)
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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ash a new coffee offering for me, I simply am elated to say the least, one of the greatest styles of all time, this was no exception as this was simply a stunning beer. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/25/2009.
The pour was damn near perfect with a rich dark brown tone and a huge coffee colored head that just reached a height of around two inches before settling down with tons of side lacing a huge pillow of brown that settled on the top nearly perfectly. Aroma dripping of coffee, richer brewed coffee with hints of light chocolate and milk sugar, really sweet and well brewed I have to say, Warming only served to bring out even more flavors of crisp coffee notes and light touches of vanilla. As I reach in for the sip I am floored. Liquid gold right here. Smooth and rich feel to it gave it the ultimate in coffee flavor. Super rich fresh brewed coffee and vanilla flavors just wash over the tongue with wonderful ease. Rich, decadent dessert like flavors here. Warming only brings them out even more. Simply stunning. Rich feel with near perfect carbonation only lends to the legend here,
Overall this was hands down one of the best coffee beers I have ever tried I would go for this one again in a heartbeat, any day of the week. Amazing stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 14:21:01 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a dark chocolate brown - deep and mysterious - with a tan head.
In the nose there is cocoa, coffee, and a slight pine smell. All are inviting.
The coffee flavor hits in the back of the mouth and is smoothed over by chocolate goodness; then, it finnishes with a slight piney bitterness that keeps you coming back for more. A delightful brew and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 21:46:31 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate milk stout smells with a head that looks like hershey syrup runs through it. Very smooth taste with chocolate malts and actual chocolate taste. Hop bitterness and the coffee bean bitterness mixes together at the end and actually makes for a more bitter beer than it actually is. As it warms it smells more and more like hershey syrup.

I just visited the brewery thats next to hershey and I'm surprised they didnt use their chocolate in this beer it tastes like it. The coffee beans add to the roastyness and wow this is just an incredible beer. One of my favorites that Troegs makes hands down. They ran out of it on tap at Troegs and I understand why now.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 23:39:39 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of IPhantom


4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second crack at the trendy beer of this winter (also tried Kona Pipeline Porter). I may be biased here as a HBG native, and a friend of the guy who supplied the beans for this brew, but...damn. This is good.

Pours a rather opaque chocolate brown, with a Guinness-tan creamy head and persistent lacing. Aroma is what you would expect, invitingly malty with coffee notes and a hint of yeastiness. Hits the tongue like both a good dark stout and a great cup of coffee--that's the best way to describe it. Mix your favorite beer and your favorite coffee in the best possible way, and this is it. Stays on the tongue hauntingly dry, but more so like the tannins in an espresso shot than hoppy resins (again, a good thing). Excels in drinkability for the style--creamy enough to satisfy, but surprisingly light considering. An excellent selection this season, and one I hope the Bros. Trogner continue to improve on.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:55:25 | More by IPhantom
Photo of wise456

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass during yet another 18"+ snowstorm here in the Philliy area. Attractive label (I am a sucker for anything with a skull on it) but no date code provided.

A - Dark black-brown with a gorgeous tan-colored two inch head which dissipated much too quickly.

S - Much lighter coffee aromas than one would think. Aroma is dominated by piny hops.

T - Smooth yummy blend of expresso and hops. Great balance and smoothness contribute to:

M - Fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Full but not heavy richness to this one.

D- Definitely not over-the-top like some chocolate or coffee stouts and despite the 7.5% abv, this one went down far too quickly. Must find more!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 20:46:37 | More by wise456
Photo of wac9


4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a wonderful beer i didnt know it was an oatmeal stout or i would have tryed it sooner love it . great black color and some bitter hops that works in this beer , and coffe i taste coffe some body some they dont taste coffee my son says he can smell it from across the the room . great beer gonna drink this all the time when i cant find anything else hmmm good

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 02:31:08 | More by wac9
Photo of woodychandler


4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More undated notes, but probably not written long after my initial, bottle review.

This was presented to me a finger of deep-brown head with great retention that eventually settled into some great lacing. Color was an inky ebony. Period. No light penetration whatsoever! Nose was like my morning cuppa joe - roasty and strong! A fellow Mug Club member (at IHLNC) and I were talking and as former servicemen, we prefer our coffee smokin' when it is finished brewing. My students often remark on how the room smells of coffee when they first enter in the morning. Man, there are days when I am hard-wired for sound by the time that I am done. How does Woody take his coffee? Hot and black, just like his women! Ha, thanks, Moe. Mouthfeel was silky and smooth with a roasty bitterness on the tongue. Forget cream! Finish was as bitter as a nasty divorce. More, please.

Another go-'round with this on cask, this time dated F, 30 July 2010.

Arrived with two fingers of dense deep-tan head with excellent retention, right from the handpump. Color was a deep dark-brown with zero light penetration except at the edges. Nose had qualities of dark chocolate, coffee, and charcoal. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a pronounced dark-roast coffee taste on the tongue. Finish lingered with anise, bittersweet chocolate and charcoal. Very dry and would be an excellent accompaniment with dessert. Nice lacing throughout.

Serving type: cask

11-26-2010 22:59:30 | More by woodychandler
Photo of csrbv


4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a #3 Troegs Anthology Sampler Case with Java Head in it. Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip Glass.
A--Appears an opaque deep brown color with over an inch of dense, creamy dark foam.
S--Freshly roasted coffee beans, molasses,
T--Coffee, the molasses, hops, bittersweet chocolate, nice roastiness, some dark bread notes and a sweet citrus. The more I think about it, it tastes like a melted dark chocolate orange (that are around for the holidays) over oatmeal with a coffee chaser--Delicious!
M--the stout has just about a nice medium body and is amply carbonated.

My brother has been raving about this one for some time and I am very surprised about how good this stout is. I guess I should listen to my brother more (at least about beer). Another great beer from Troegs!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 12:50:25 | More by csrbv
Photo of GordonQuid


4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Murphy's pub glass.

Black with a nice creamy two inch tan head. Nice thick lace.

Smells of wonderful rich coffee blended with chocolate and black malts. Earthy nobel hops and a nice roasted biscuit also lingers in the aroma.

Taste is a full bodied blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, earthy hop and buttery biscuit. The mouothfeel is extrordinary with the addition of the oats. Deliscious!

Very drinkable. Almost scary quaffable for a stout of 7.5% ABV. Be careful, two of these bombers will make you slur...

Buy some of this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 14:00:31 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of dssmale


4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just got this big bottle from around the corner - Goes down the hatch real smooth for a Stout - First taste I get the coffee/espresso that I enjoy from a coffee stout, then finishes very smooth which makes it drinkable for me.

Would love to have again and again and again - but then again I love Troegs brothers brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 22:01:26 | More by dssmale
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark, opaque black color. Even when held to light, only a thin glimmer of sienna color peeks through at the edge of the glass. The medium-sized brown head has a dense, frothily whipped texture and nice staying power. Lacing is good.

S: A full complement of roasted aromas - dark roasted malts, molasses, and of course aromatic coffee beans. The coffee aromas are near-ideal - strong without being overbearing. Hints of semisweet cocoa powder, lactic sweetness, and oats. There's also a solid hop presence, with a pleasant citrus/grapefruit character.

T: Roasted malt sweetness up front, with robust coffee flavors throughout complimented by notes of chocolate and citric hops. Bitterness is moderate halfway through, but fades into a fairly sweet finish, with notes of more coffee and chocolate along with a tasty lactic/oatmeal sweetness.

M: Medium-full bodied. Definitely a bit chewy. Carbonation is light and creamy, adding smoothness before a hoppy, roasted finish punches back with some dryness into the finish.

D: A big, coffee-infused, hoppy oatmeal stout? Yes, please. Props to Troegs for using a coffee blend from a locally-owned coffee shop in Linglestown. It's nice to see local companies sticking together and producing an excellent product. Achieves an impressive balance of coffee flavors, roastiness, sweetness, and hoppiness that scores this beer points in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 22:52:28 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tröegs Java Head is a solid black beer with a thin, dense, light brown head that leaves solid sheets of lacing. It has a roasty, almost ashy, aroma with notes of coffee and pine. It's medium bodied and incredibly smooth, with a light, graceful finish. It's nice and roasty and well balanced with a light sweetness and a resiny bitterness. There are notes of ultra roast coffee and licorice. This is great. It's really tasty, pretty complex and very drinkable. It's very similar to Victory and Weyerbacher imperial stouts-- clearly of the Pennsylvania pursuasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 17:00:54 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Neecee513

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Deep brown, moderate head and retention

S: Coffee, chocolate aroma

T: Dark chocalate, roasted coffee

M: Low body and low carb, very smooth

D: Absolutely loved this beer, very superb! No hop bitterness. All the coffee notes were ideal.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 06:58:03 | More by Neecee513
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #126
Served On: 02/10/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 10/26/2011 (Bottle On Date)

This was from a 24 pack I found at Brewsky's of New Oxford. They never seize to amaze me with their selection.

Look: Poured a super black viscous color with a thick 1 finger of mocha brown head. The head reduced to a thin consistent layer of foam.

Smell: Robust coffee notes with a sweet lactose sugary backbone. Also there were some sweet notes of brandy soaked oats.

Taste: First was a creamy vanilla with roasted coffee bean to follow. The middle was slightly bitter with a pleasant coffee astringency. The finish was an unsweetened baking chocolate with an alcohol warmth that coated the entire mouth. Finish was an earthy coffee bean with a roasty note dominating the aftertaste.

This is a phenomenal Stout. The oatmeal really adds substance to the complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:29:06 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of hosehead83


4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep, dark in color with a big, thick chocolate-malt colored head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and cream, with very faint citrus notes
Taste-Coffee with cream, cocoa,and surprising citrus zest which seems to cut any underlying bitterness for a well-balanced and delicious flavor. Nice subtle hop bite in the finish, but not overly bitter- very drinkable and smooth

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 19:10:55 | More by hosehead83
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour of a bomber into a chalice yields a two-finger deep tan head sitting atop a very dark brown stout. The head fades slow, turning rocky as it leaves intricate traces of lacing on the glass. Only a shimmer of ruby near the stem of the glass when held to the light belies the utter translucence of this beer. Nice!

Aroma is an enticing blend of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, warming alcohol, and coffee. A very mild astringency is evident and not at all detracting. Taste is equally balanced, a smoothness introduced by the oats compliments the sharp roastiness of the malts and the alcohol warmth. Nice cocoa and coffee flavors. The hop bitterness here is perceived as 80+% cacao chocolate, it compliments the malt and coffee flavors so well.

Great smooth mouthfeel (thanks oats) and a nice medium body. ABV is stepped up for this style, but it is perfectly done to compliment the other attributes of this beer. A nicely done beer that I will surely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 22:32:12 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big huge head climbing as this bomber split between two pint glasses with my Valentine.
Head slowly fades to plenty of silky lacing.
Getting malted milk, slight astringent roastiness and some hints of cocoa powder.
Taste is bold. Nice kick of roasted malts, bitterness that I am assuming may be coming more from the beans than the hops? No matter.
coffee is present, but not over powering.
Nice mix/balance to this beer.
Give me another!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 23:19:33 | More by dmamiano
Photo of beerbutcher


4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black beer with one finger tan head which lasts a minute, but makes great laces.

mellow roasty aroma with good coffee notes, some dark roast characteristics, chocolate, slight caramel sweetness and dark fruit.

taste is assertively roasted with a barleywine-esque quality. bitter with roast and resinous hops, spicy chinook-like bitterness. palate is full and barely sweet with big grainy dryness and trailing resiny fruit and bittersweet coffee flavors. great balance. lingering hops hang on palate

mouthfeel is nice. like a barleywine in it's maltiness, but roast adds a dimension of dryness which is great. nice carbonation and slight creaminess on the palate.

very drinkable for its strength with good complexity. i would drink this beer often. thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:31:40 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of DanielWRyan


4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark black/brown body with with brownish head

S: nice coffee scent

T: smooth with coffee flavor that doesn't overpower the beer. The ABV is hidden well in this beer.

M: Very nice, not too heavy or light.

O: A very enjoyable beer, very drinkable. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 21:16:29 | More by DanielWRyan
Photo of Lunch


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on cask at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (10/15/09). Poured into a 10oz. goblet at around 55 degrees.

Appearance: Very dark shade of brown capped off with a slight coffee brown head. Little black specs float around like finely ground coffee beans.

Smell: Roasted coffee and malt followed by chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, and a faint tinge of alcohol.

Taste: The taste mirrors the smell greatly hitting the palate first with roasted coffee, malt, chocolate, toffee, nuts, and vanilla. There is a slight alcohol finish which nicely adds a degree of warmth to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy with just a hint of carbonation. Moderately thick and very smooth with a slight slippery mouthfeel.

Drinkable: Exceptionally drinkable especially from a cask.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and have already revisited it quite often and will continue to do so. Highly recommended if you are a fan of coffee stouts.

Serving type: cask

10-21-2009 14:55:57 | More by Lunch
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Hudak, thanks man! Poured from bottle dated 10/26/2011 to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep black color with deep brown edges when held to light. A nice 1.5 finger thick brown head with good retention and lacing throughout. The nose consists of a pleasant blend of espresso and coffee tones. A hint of malty sweetness on the back end. The flavor begins with a roasted coffee flavor along with hints of chocolate malt and vanilla smoothness. Mildly bitter. Finishes smooth. No hint of alcohol. Creamy. Overall, this was extremely enjoyable. Another beer I wish I had access to more often. I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:05:05 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of hopsputin


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours dark black, with some dark purple/ruby red light at the bottom of the glass. large 3 finger tan head - pretty smooth

s: dark sweet roasted malts, somethign grassy/grainy, dark baking chocolate, smooth coffee, something almost oaky and creamy

t: milk chocolate and coffee beans up front, dark sweet fruit, cream, toasted malts, slight sweet berry flavor. all the flavors in this are incredibly smooth. only a hint of bitterness from the coffee beans

m: fuller side of medium. it had a large head, but doesn't feel overly carbonated

o: kind of surprised - after trying this i think it should be rated higher than it is. it IS true that the coffee flavors could be a bit more pronounced, but its a real nice combination of roasty and sweet. drinks smooth and warms you nicely. thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:30:30 | More by hopsputin
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a creamy beige head; excellent stickage and lacing

Smell: Surprisingly fruity hop-influenced aroma, with chocolate, cinnamon, coffee and oats underneath

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor that delves equally into both the coffee/chocolate and fruity/hoppy realms by mid-palate, with the hoppy flavors actually being a bit more prominent; after the swallow, however, the coffee and chocolate outlast the hops and provide a somewhat sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, rather creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After being a little disappointed with Scratch 15, Troegs has amped up the recipe and produced a complex and tasty coffee oatmeal stout that nicely blends together a variety of elements

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 17:55:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of RustyDiamond


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour, with some faint red highlights. Very creamy frothy tannish head in the stein, about 2 fingers worth. Nice looking glass of beer.
Nestle Quik powder aroma.
Milk chocolate creamy nose, very Quik like. Easy drinking, nice balance of the coffee & the stout. Roasty and with subtle bitterness. Smooth as all get-out, very well put together. Coffee flavor peeks it's head out real quick, then the chocolate undertones pull it back in. Lingering dry bitter roast java.
To me, coffee bears are a "dime a dozen" these days and this one stands out from the rest.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 05:10:38 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of vacax


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick tan head with a mixture of delicate bubbles and big soapy bubbles. Pretty nice retention and good bits of lacing evident. The aroma has a pleasant coffee bean character that mixes well with toasty malts, floral and earthy hops, and vanilla. Tastes of toasty and toffee malts, chocolate, some mild raisin and lower than expected java. Slightly spicy on th midpalate and a nice rich toasty and floral finish. What a nice beer. Rich in body with slippery oatmeal evident, carbonation hits the target as well at a low-mid level and creamy feeling. What a great oatmeal stout, the java is there but it is a nuance instead of a commanding aspect of the beer. Rich but mellow, smooth, relaxing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:57:37 | More by vacax
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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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