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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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very good

1,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 1595
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:
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(Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Premiere. A coffee novel, with very little drinkability. Reddish dark brown body, coffee and roasted nose. Dry mouthfeel, with chocolate and real coffee, a little acidic. I just could not get into it, tried again a while later, and drain poured it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:26:40 | More by Sammy
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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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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love."

--Turkish proverb

Come to think of it, those words apply to coffee stouts too. Dark mahogany with burnt sienna colored highlights and a wonderful looking lid of mocha milkshake colored foam. The cap becomes even more attractive as it melts, with a rounded crown of jewel-like bubbles and thick sheets of BB-shot lace.

The aroma could be more aromatic, but it does pretty much everything else right. Dark chocolate leads the way, coffee trails along in its wake, and the hops (Cluster, Chinook and Cascade) are on the subtle side.

Java Head Stout is definitely good beer for anyone who likes this particular combination of flavors. That said, it isn't noticeably better than Troegs Oatmeal Stout, a great brew that is now inexplicably retired. This beer is based on that beer, but is a seasonal and comes in bombers rather than 12 ouncers.

There's a fair amount of sweetness, almost as if dark candi sugar was added. Specifics include melted Hershey's kisses, cold coffee, sugared vanilla bean and a hint of white grapefruit peel. Maybe a few coconut shavings too, but not as much as in some big stouts (especially bourbon barrel-aged ones).

The body/mouthfeel is the only real (still minor) disappointment. It needs to be fuller and more creamy, which would, in turn, allow longer flavor linger and more appreciation of flavor nuances. Laid back bubbles are fine.

Java Head is good beer through and through. It's still a shame that Troegs killed Oatmeal Stout, because it was just as delicious and had the not insignificant advantage of being a year-round release. Thanks to jwc215 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 14:48:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a minimal tan head on it.

S: Not really all that much coffee, considering the fact that coffee is plastered all over the label. Sweet chocolate and a bit of a cookie aroma to it.

T: A bit of a coffee flavor here, but still tending more towards some semi-sweet chocolate. Good sweetness and oatmeal flavor, there is a mild bitterness to this one as well.

M: The body is medium with a nice smoothness that you often find in oatmeal stouts and a subtle carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink and nice flavors, but I was really hoping for more coffee aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:41:45 | More by womencantsail
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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
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3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's see... I have oats, I've got coffee and I've got maple flavor. Who says beer isn't for breakfast?

Like many stouts, Java Head pours with an opaque dark brown hue and topped with a creamy light brown head. But amazing lacing is intricate and emboldened as it coats the glass with random patterns. Also, its yeasty sediments are a little overdone as their flakes settle to the bottom of the glass.

Bold roast coffee aromas are just shy of espresso, as the roasted barley, burnt caramel, and tangy malty twinge rise to greet the nose. The coffee scent is a standout, however the beer balances beautifully with supporting oatmeal and a berry-like tartness.

Its mid-intense taste is lead by coffee with the dark french roast-type of earthy and smoky character. Burnt grains, burnt marshmallows and roasted walnuts all come to mind as the coffee and malt intermingle. Before the beer dives into its bitter-burnt finish, that light tangy citrus and yogurt-like center is sweetish and bready. Its late fade includes a woodish burnt pine character.

Full bodied, but not absurdly so, the beer's silky oatmeal character gets a creamy lift from carbonation for a rich and smooth texture to balance out the roast bitterness and astringency. Warm and lightly spicy, the ale lingers with extended roast taste and texture.

Java Head hits the ground running with a bold and drinkable blend. Its rich and bright and gives a level of spunk to beer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 05:36:07 | More by BEERchitect
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really, really deep brown that is bordering on black with a bit of a mocha head that fairly quickly recedes into nothing. The nose is fairly one dimensional with a lot of coffee, but that's fine by me as it is quite nicely presented. The taste is overloads of coffee along with a bit of roast and a nice creaminess. Smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation, accentuating the coffee flavor. A really nice coffee stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 00:28:04 | More by Thorpe429
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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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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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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegs Java Head Stout
12 oz. bottle

A: Typical "black" body beneath a frothy head of dark tan. The head retention is excellent, and the lacing is very good.

S: Nutty dark malt with a touch of sweetness. Caramel. Cocoa. Subtle black coffee/roastiness.

T: Fuller than the aroma suggests with notes of bread, toast, nuts, toffee, cocoa, fruit (raisin, red apple, orange, grapefruit), grain/cereal, soft roast, coffee, and later on in the dry, bitter finish, espresso (as well as more citrus fruit). It's very well done. Often with coffee beer there's too much acidity across the board, and then in the finish it's kind of like licking an ashtray, but there's none of that here. Interesting.

M: Medium to medium-light in body with a median carbonation level that falls toward the lower end. It foams as it warms in the mouth leaving it creamy and smooth.

O: An impressive coffee stout. It's quite unique in the way that the citrus flavors break up the coffee and caramel flavors as it crosses the palate. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 20:51:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large tan head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and a little smokiness. Then the bitter coffee flavor comes in but it's not as big as you would expect. There's a little bit of dark fruit and chocolate in the background. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but kind of watery, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly several other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:18:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this from Stormking47, cheers Josh!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Super head retention & good lacing

S: Ever so faint roastyness, & some mocha

T: Roasty, coffee & chocolate up front. More roastyness as this warms, then coffee, dryness & a touch of woody hops, slight booze warming & a touch of baker's chocolate. Finishes dry, roasty with cocoa

MF: Fairly thick with slight carbonation, grew warming as it warmed up

No much nose to this, but otherwise a solid coffee stout

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 04:25:37 | More by russpowell
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New York

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

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter black malt and coffee scent along with some light chocolate notes. It also has some crystal and roasted malt character as well. The taste is decent. It has a complex flavor profile that boasts of coffee, patent malts, and hops. It goes down easy with a stiff dryness and a nice coffee finish. It has some citrus hop flavors in the middle which I could really do without. This is a black, coffee stout. Leave the hops out of this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This could be a much better beer. As it is, it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 00:00:32 | More by WesWes
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is dark, like a stout, kind of brown at an angle, but there seems to be floaties in it, probably yeast? I'm not sure. Head is brown and diffuse, can't really get a reading on the carbonation, since the floaties aren't settling out, i'm going to guess this beer is THICK! Smells like a stout, maybe pick up some coffee and oatmeal in the aroma. Not a lot of oatmeal in the flavor, some alcohol in the flavor, some smoke on the back end. Pretty drinkable. Go find it, check it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 03:33:41 | More by drabmuh
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is very surprising. I get the roasted malt and coffee that I expected, but I also get quite a bit of piney hops.

The flavor is more of the same, with pine mixed in with the roasted malt and coffee. There is definitely some bitterness in the beer.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 19:25:12 | More by Mora2000
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a thick looking black liquid with a mocha colored head on it. The lacing was thin but showed itself on the glass. The smell of this beer roasted but I was struggling to get the coffe aromas from it. I was hoping that I'd be more impressed with this brew. The taste had a some burnt malt flavors with a creamy oat taste in the back. The mouthfeel could have been a little thicker. All in all this beer was alright, I just felt like something was missing.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 04:57:45 | More by Knapp85
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a rich brown head that is well-retained. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of coffee, cocoa and citrus. A rich, aromatic coffee blends well with a citric hop aroma.

The taset is of rich roasted black coffee, with growing cocoa as it progresses, with grapefruit/orange citric finish. Maltiness, roasted coffee and bittering hops blend well here, giving it a very dry finish.

It hits full-bodied, though not thick. The alcohol gives a slight warmth to the palate, though certainly not hot. A spritz of carbonation keeps it going, though there is a slight astringency to it.

A delicious, unique brew! Things blend well - coffee forward, but hops certainly there, mixing in well. Get it if you can - esp. if you like coffee and hoppy!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:50:32 | More by jwc215
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black body with a large tan mocha brown khaki colored head, leaves speckled lacing behind with each sip.

Aroma has big acidic coffee roasts in there with dark chocolate bringing the dry quality. A bit of herbal mint and citrus fruits rains supreme with this dark offering from Troeg's Brewing company.

Has robust fruity notes including grape seed and dark chocolate herbal goodness. Leafy herbal hop profile comes at you with a very nice mix of smells and flavors. Flows evenly with a mature mix of coffee and dark fruits excellent brew.

Mouthfeel is full to medium bodied range with low carbonation one of those beers that I yearn for with each more and more complex brew that has arisen in the brewing industry.

Drinkability overall is excellent one of those beers that keeps us beerdrinkers waiting for more, I enjoy a good limited release Harrisburg Trogner offering it has become some of the best drinks around.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:44:52 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a big fluffy head that sports some large bubbles. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: coffee and light chocolate tones are noticeable amoungst the roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: big malt profile with decent coffee flavors. Mixed in are some bitter dark chocolate tones and some prune sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. This was a bit too crisp for the style for me. Relatively short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this beer is great for an after dinner drink or sitting in front of a fireplace. Easy to drink and a few could be had in a session, but be wary of well hidden alcohol levels.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 12:44:01 | More by Gavage
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large, rocky head--leaves a lot of chunky lace. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through.

Cooled off hot chocolate smell; creamy; semi-sweet without the typical burnt aromas.

Tastes more dark than the smell. Far more bitter--burnt toast and background hop. It's thinner than I like, particularly for an oatmeal stout. The aftertaste is similar to mocha. Put it together, a nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 02:40:57 | More by smcolw
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle purchased at the brewery.

A: The oatmeal stout is appropriately dark, barely betraying anything in the way of brown hues. The glass of blackness sits still, but poured with a two finger head that has laced extensively around the mouth of my glass.

S: Roasted malts, dark and bitterly sweet, drive the nose. Mild oatmeal sweetness shows up and there is almost no hint of coffee. Instead, a citrusy hop presence is unmistakable.

T: Coffee is present in the body, but as more of a blunt force than a distinct layer. The bitter, acrid coffee creates a black IPA kind of body that matches with roasted, chocolate grains. Oatmeal sweetness tones down the malts before the citrus hops hit with a vengeance. The hoppiness, like Dead Reckoning, is a welcome revelation that adds a floral depth to the stout, saving it in my opinion. I love what Tröegs does with the hops in stouts. Coffee finally shows up with some gusto in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel seems to run the gamut from stout (roasted) to coffee (well, coffee) to IPA (hoppy). I prefer the confluence of stout and hops.

D: This doesn't feel like a 7.5% brew. I'm not sure where this fits in the Tröegs coffee stout trilogy that includes Scratch 15 and Scratch 19, but it seems like a middle ground between the two.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:48:02 | More by akorsak
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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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New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours quite near black, the head is dark khaki, slow to receede and then leaves copious lace. Dark malt and just a slight sniff of coffee/java in the nose. More dark malts, chalky chocolate and some grainy hops. Stale dark coffee note becomes more present as it warms. Not all that pleasant stuff, didn't really come together for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 02:57:35 | More by Billolick
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York.

Pours a dark red-black, with a surprisingly light body, and a surprisingly tame head of mocha-brown, which just forms a bubbly film on the top of the glass. Minimal lacing, and the lack of body disappoints me a little bit. Was expecting more from a beer weighing in at 7.5%.

Nose is pleasantly toasty and rich, with a biting coffee fragrance through the centre, which actually seems to isolate itself from the rest of the flavours. Pleasant sweetness, however, giving touches of musk to counterpoint the coffee. Nice.

Taste is smooth and roasty, with coffee characters coming through nicely, but the body is woeful. Extremely thin and watery, without any depth of thickness to cushion the stout flavours. Still, the coffee flavours are done nicely, and matched against the roasted malts—in particular, the dry coffee afterpalate is moreish and savoury.

There's things to like, and things to dislike about this one. It's got some lovely flavours, and the coffee is worked in very nicely with the rest. But there's no basis for it, and the 7.5% is high for a beer with so little body. You feel it after a while, and you wonder why you should.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:49:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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