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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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very good

1,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 1596
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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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown nearly black color. The head was almost non existent upon serving, with only the lightest amount of foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is of coffee and some roasted malt and chocolate notes. There is a very light sweet sugary aroma as well, giving a somewhat sweet coffee drink smell.

Taste – The taste is quite roasty malt up front. The coffee then shows up on the scene more toward the middle of the of the taste. It starts out more on the bitter side but then sweetens slightly with some more milk chocolate coffee toward the end. Towards the very end the sweetness seems to lose ground however, giving way to the more bitter detected earlier on. At the end it leaves the tongue with a malty and oaty bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The body is a little above average in creaminess and quite fitting for the style. Being a cask, this beer was quite low in the carbonation level; enhancing the creaminess, but yet a bit too low and leaving something to be desired.

Overall – It was an alright drinking experience, although I do remember it being better when had from a bottle (non-cask).

Serving type: cask

04-18-2012 23:38:13 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on hand-pump cask at Teresa's in Wayne, PA. Poured a pitch black color with a large tan head. Head retained well and left nice lacing. Had an aroma of spices, black coffee and oatmeal. Tasted like it smelled, with some notes of dark fruits. Very smooth and drinkable.

Full mouthfeel with light carbonation. Recommended!

Serving type: cask

11-11-2011 21:49:50 | More by MsRif
Photo of Rifugium


3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hand-pump cask at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a Troegs pint glass, an impenetrable black color with a solid finger of beige head, that displayed good retention and lacing. Smelled like a breakfast spread of toasted pumpernickel, spiced oatmeal and black coffee. Taste of dark roasted malts, bready, with lots of coffee--more on the bitter side and less mellow--and notes of dark fruits, citrus zest, grains, and even a touch of hoppiness which is typically unexpected for the style. Interesting. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: cask

11-05-2011 21:11:42 | More by Rifugium
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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
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

Yet another awesome cask offering down at the CK. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a minor ring of large tan suds. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, and some slight oak and vanilla notes. The taste follows in lock-step, adding molasses and a slight bitterness from the coffee to the proceedings. The body is a hefty medium, with pretty much no carbonation (shocker!) and a fairly viscous feel. I gotta say, it's better on cask than from the bottle. Tasty shit, people. Get some!

Serving type: cask

07-16-2010 22:26:14 | More by TMoney2591
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured jet black with a two finger tan-colored head. It has excellent head retention--a thick head constantly covered the surface all the way until it was all finished.
S: There are light aromas of coffee in the nose, which grow stronger as the beer warms up.
T: There are flavors of dark roasted malts and hop bitterness along with some notes of coffee.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and extremely smooth on the palate. The dryness leaves you wanting to take another sip.
D: You need to take your time drinking this beer given the amount of dryness and bitterness.

Serving type: cask

06-17-2010 21:58:24 | More by metter98
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Dense, dark brown that's close to black; a thinner bubbly tan head

S - Lightly roasty; bittersweet chocolate; some lactose-like sweetness

T - Roasted maltiness; light chocolate flavors that only hint at bittersweet; good stuff

M - Medium, next to no carbonation (cask); warming and smooth over the palate

D - Nice dessert type of brew; very nice sipper that comes close to being a session brew :)

Overall, a nice stout and very enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

11-05-2009 22:36:01 | More by Nickls
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
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with a standard full and fluffy khaki colored hand pumped head. Smell is of roasted coffee beans and malts with only faint hints of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar. Taste is a medium to dark roasted coffee bean flavor with dark chocolate and malts, more akin to chocolate covered espresso beans than actuall brewed coffee. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar are present. Mouthfeel is typical cask, creamy and smooth, medium body lightened up by the hand pump. Very good, somewhat unique take on the coffee beer.

Serving type: cask

10-19-2009 13:41:46 | More by rfgetz
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very little light manages to squeeze its way through the dark brown to black beer that cascade bubbles up very quickly after the cask pour. The head that remains is a beautifully full inch of creamy darker brown head whose retention is phenomenal. The beer leaves thick rings of lacing from the first sip to the last.

S: Fresh coffee springs from the glass bringing with it nice strong aromas of roasted grains and malts. There is also an earthy character of hops.

T: Very similar to the smell for the most part, but the taste finishes out with a mild malty sweetness that I was unable to find in the nose. The hops are also a bit more evident in the taste, and they really add a ton of complexity and character to this beer.

M/D: If you have ever had a beer that you thought was silky smooth, re-evaluate your stance. Nothing I have ever tasted comes close to the silky texture of this beer poured out of a firkin. The beer retains just a bit of carbonation from the pump, lending one of the most slippery mouthfeels of any beer I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The alcohol is completely non-evident, and I would try to session this one if possible! This is one helluva good cask beer.

Serving type: cask

10-02-2009 03:02:52 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator for this one.

A - Dark brown body with dense mocha head leaving specks of lacing.

S - Cold coffee, chocolate, raisins, molasses, roasted.charred caramel.

T - Nice cold roasted coffee presence, charred caramel and molasses malts, chocolate covered raisin. A strong core of dark bready malt, creamy and decadent. Finishes with strong malts, raisins, and fading coffee.

M - Full bodied, thick, creamy and viscous body, low carbonation.

Good coffee presence with a stout and creamy body. The raisin/plum plays well and adds a creative layer. Nice creamy texture, this went down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 05:46:55 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of JamesGrove


3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color of this beer is, as the name implies, as coffee. It has a thin, tan head. The smell is subtle and ashy. The taste is strongly of coffee and chocolate and lingers long on the palate. The mouthfeel is slightly oily as it is not overly carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer but just shy of outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:35:54 | More by JamesGrove
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4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/27/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an English nonick pint.

a: Black with ruby highlights when held to light,. Inch and a half tall tan head receded slowly to thick even surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Actually smells more like chocolate than coffee, but it is yummy.

t: Now the coffee comes out front in no uncertain terms, but with some sweet malt balance. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Mildly roasty aftertaste.

m: Medium, very good body, moreso than the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout I reviewed yesterday. Very smooth at least, bordering on silky.

o: An excellent coffee stout! I'm getting to like these a lot, because they are very tasty, and the caffeine tends to counteract the alcohol to the point your body seems to think it has just ingested a very low ABV brew, so work such as writing beer reviews can proceed pretty much uninterrupted by a serious beer high. Good when you want to drink beer with some substance but not get taken out by it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 03:03:39 | More by scotorum
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours what appears to be a black hue, or at least an opaque dark brown. When held up to the light, some mahogany colors begin to show their face around the edges and bottom. An iPhone flashlight test proves that this brew isn't 100% opaque, as some blood red highlights appear. A deep, dark beige colored head starts at about two fingers, but within 5 minutes time dies down to a decent frothy cap. The real star of the show here is the ever-impressive thick coat of lacing left down the glass. Emphasis on the word "coating." There's no splotches here. There's an entire blanket of lacing where the head once stood.

S: The nose here is quite sweet. Milk chocolate with a lot of coffee aroma, but not exactly that of black coffee. Instead of a bitter roasted aroma, I'm picking up the profile of a sweetened, iced coffee. Perhaps a little bit of caramel drizzle as well. The aroma is nice, but not what I want in this style.

T: The coffee flavor is definitely the front-runner here, but as indicated in the nose, it's more of a sweet coffee flavor—definitely a cream and sugar profile. Some milk chocolate as well as weak hints of vanilla creep through. I'm not detecting any hops at all, but a surprising hint of raw coffee bean bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: The body here is medium, but there's a surprising amount of creaminess to be found which kind of makes the brew seem a bit bigger than it actually is. The carbonation is a bit on the moderate side, which isn't really a problem, but I personally like my stouts to have a mild carbonation. Drinks fairly easy.

O: Java Head definitely hits a bullseye with the "java" claim. Lots of sweetened coffee flavors here to satisfy any Starbucks fan, or anyone who prefers their stouts on the slightly sweeter side. In terms of stouts in general, I'm not floored by this, but it's definitely a tasty brew that I wouldn't mind getting again in the future. If you're a fan of iced coffee (or coffee in general), give this one a chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 03:43:02 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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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
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark black color with a light brown head which leaves a small trace of lacing around the glass.
Smell is typical stout. Coffee and malt pro dominate.
Taste is of coffee bean with maybe a hint of cocoa. Slightly bitter but surely drinkable.
Medium bodied and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste lingering in my mouth.
Overall not bad. Typical straight forward stout. Nothing bad nothing great. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 17:17:51 | More by Boggdogg
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a - Dark, dark brown in color with a 1" head that flattens but remains. Seems watery by some stout standards

s - sell of coffee notes

t - Taste of Coffee up front, but strong alcohol in finish is overpowering

m - OK

Overall - Very watery - more of a porter in many ways.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:43:32 | More by gonzo000
Photo of FLima


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deepest black color with a thin but later persistent caramel thick head with medium duration.
Relatively light aroma of coffee, caramel, licorice and cocoa.
Predominant flavor of full roasted coffee beans, charred wood, citrusy hops, lactic and acid milk and licorice. Very dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted note.
Velvety full body (oat?), actually sticky, with low carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well hidden.
Assertive coffee hoppy stout (actually a Foreign Coffee Stout) but with a lower drinkability than average.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 18:13:43 | More by FLima
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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in trade as an extra. Big thanks! Pours black with a two finger head that is brown looks super creamy and rich. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, a little booze, a little chocolate, and coffee that is somewhat subdued for the name. Flavor follows with earthy coffee though, then comes sweet chocolate covered fruits, some nice roasted grains in the finish. Still light on the coffee for a brew called Java Head, but very nice nonetheless. Lingering sweetness left on the palate with the roast. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and pretty rich for a non-impy stout. Nice beer overall and something I could see being a nice go-to for a rich beer on a week night.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:14:01 | More by BMMillsy
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2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Black, 1/2 inch head that sticks.

S: So faint, but dark plum is there.

T: Dark roast motor oil burnt coffee on the front end, followed by strong coffee bitterness in the middle, concluded with a nice creamy coffee back end as I smack my tongue against the roof of my mouth.

M: Heavy and full with a slight alcohol feel.

O: I love the coffee back end, but can't get over the heavy burnt coffee front end.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:38:57 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Extra friggen dark toffee, no light got thru when held up to my monitor. I tried to coax a head out of it but didn't get much.
Smell is light coca faint cofffee and some alcohol, very interesting but light to my nose.
Taste. much coffee/ coco, smmooth and rich!
mouthfeel is quite coco-ie full , finishes dry and making you want another sip
Overall a great stout you don't taste the alcohol as it warms you . If you like the coco not chocholate stouts this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:25:28 | More by edfish
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark mahogany with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, mocha

Taste - much like the smell, dark chocolate, coffee bean, mocha

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightest of sweetness upfront followed by bitterness of the coffee

Overall- nice stout for those chilly nights, give it a shot

Price Point - $2.09/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:14:02 | More by keithmurray
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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and acidic coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with char and acidic coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a subdued coffee presence that is somewhat acrid in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:23:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I am a fan of stouts. This one is too done up - between flowers, coffee, and spring earth - too much going on for more than 1 in a row. A little cloying. I drink unsweetened espresso. Still a great way to finish the evening, and I'd enjoy it again as a singleton. complex.

ALSO - I have found this stout makes a great "black and tan" when poured over a pale or red ale.

A- dark black roast body with a thick tan large head, with nice lacing. Excellent looking.

S- roasted coffee, malty and chocolate, spring earth, flowers, hops, earthy, piney. Mostly spring earth. smell is matched with appearance

T- approachable, nice first impression, roasted java dominant, earthy hop finish.
A bit too sweet for me after.

M- medium body, medium dry finish, a little warming. Needs some cheese or cookies to go with it. Too much burnt earth to invite another.

O- a decent coffee stout, good hop & earthiness, not overwhelming coffee malt, pleasantly surprised at its approachability, but still too cloying for two in a row.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 21:51:40 | More by Act25
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A very black stout with a thin coffee colored head that does not linger very long. No lacing on the glass worth mentioning. Looks like your average stout.

Great aroma of fresh ground coffee and roasted dark malts. This is what sets it apart from a normal old stout.

Very coffee forward. Coffee flavor is very strong, it mellows as it warms in your mouth and makes way for a typical roasted malt stout flavor.

Coffee lingers and the beer has a smoothness to it.

Very above average. Many coffee stouts go too far with harsh flavors but this one hits a lot of the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:59:44 | More by ZachKelly
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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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