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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,016 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,016
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 66
Gots: 281 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 2,016 | Reviews: 656
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Acquired in New York, NY for $2.19. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Reviewed live as a coffee stout per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

7.5%. "Stout brewed with coffee beans."

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Appealing, with `1.5-2 inches of frothy creamy soft-looking foam. Khaki coloured and luscious, with a nice even thick consistency. Complex is great. Sure, it could be richer and/or darker, but it's nice as-is. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - ~5-6 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. Has no unappealing sediment visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking coffee stout, but there're no unique characteristics and it's not special.

AROMA: Sweet notes of cacao nibs and chocolate malt are complemented nicely by faint coffee bitterness. It's not real expressive in terms of either the chocolate or coffee - certainly, other stouts are doing more interesting things with each - but the fundamentals are there. I'd like more of a roasty java presence, as well as more roasted barley presence. Mild coffee acidity is implied.

Aside from that, there's not much to it. Mild hop presence, no yeast presence, no off-notes. Some cream, maybe? Oats, sure.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Its higher-than-normal acidity is the first thing I noticed, which accentuates the coffee character nicely - though the coffee character itself is pretty middle-of-the-road, with no rich java, harsh espresso, or masterful roast. The notes of cacao & chocolate malts are interesting and work well in the build, but they're also not horribly expressive compared to the best beers in the style; there's no soft powdery feel to complement the chocolate, it doesn't evoke a rich chocolate presence, and it's subsidiary to the prominent coffee anyway.

The roasted barley is far too masked by the combination of chocolate malt sweetness, unexpected hop bitterness (Cascade and Chinook...in a stout?), and smoothening oatmeal.

I find it balanced, but not dialed in or fine-tuned. The chocolate plays well with the coffee, of course, but the hop bitterness can go and I'm not sure the oatmeal is really necessary. Maybe a more dry, coarse mouthfeel would bring out the roasted barley and coffee.

It's aptly medium-bodied, with a luscious creamy finish that smacks of muted malted milk balls (think Whoppers). This is a very cohesive build, but it's not gestalt, nor can it hold a candle to the best beers in the style. There's a nice marriage of texture to taste, but it's by no means a perfect harmony, and minor flaws (like overcarbonation) hold it back.

OVERALL: I've nitpicked above, in large part due to the absence of any major flaws. In fact, the few issues there are with this beer are quite minute; it is a fine beer as-is, but there are ways in which it could be much better. The coffee and the chocolate work (as they often do together), but if they were both more expressive and intricate, this might be a world-class beer. Ultimately, this is more solid work from Troegs and I'd heartily recommend it to friends and trade partners - even at NYC prices. Highly drinkable and worth returning to.

High B- (3.48)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Media PA.

Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has good retention and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Medium-full and smooth body with near medium carbonation that seems just right.

The aroma is a nice mix of dark chocolate, coffee and dark roasted grains.

The flavor also has a nice balance, with a modest but obvious coffee addition that mixes with the malts rather than masking them. Excellent sweet-bitter balance.

Photo of iamibe523
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trdtercel92
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDAGZ84
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kell50
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nlawrence301
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdkist
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maxbier
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black/brown with brown head. Aroma lots of light/medium roast coffee. Flavor is mocha, chocolate milk, mild coffee and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Very nice coffee stout.

Photo of DuBeats
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a coffee porter guy.....but I have a Troegs variety pack and it was included. Very coffee, not enough vanilla,creaminess,etc......

Photo of Derek_Besly
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jak
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BIA_BrewMasta
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Expected a little more unique coffee flavors. Wasn't quite there to keep me coming when craving a very specific flavor pallet

Photo of walaguh
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

LOVE!!!!!!!!! Especially good beer for the coffee lover!!!!!

Photo of AGB
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of surfrogue1
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of belljt33
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcghost
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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