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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,909 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,909
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 62
Gots: 212 | FT: 6
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 Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee black with a thick, firm tan head - lovely looking.

Nose is a fruity plum carmel coffee that's appealing and inviting.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but with elegant carbonation and a nice balance.

Fruity coffee flavors that are assertive and bold with a very bright, clean and bold character.

This is an excellent example of an excellent coffee stout.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger tan head with good lacing on a deep amber brown body.

S: vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate

T: dark chocolate, mild roasted malt, hint of coffee, citrus is there but generic. Where is the coffee?

M: smooth and almost seems like no carbonation. Finishes with moderate carbonation though. Medium body.

Overall: where is the coffee here? Basically a decent base beer but definitely is lacking a memorable quality.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
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!

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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