Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,053 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 70
Gots: 302 | FT: 4
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009

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Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of jwc215
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!

Photo of orangesol
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room into a standard pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan one finger head that leaves faint lacing down the entire glass.

S - Big roasty, rich, nose on this one. Chocolaty malts add a nice rich flavor to go along with all that roasty coffee. A little bit of vanilla and a slight hop bitterness are hidden but do come out a bit more once it begins to warm up.

T - Plenty of strong, roasty, flavors in this one. The chocolate malts are a great complement to all that strong coffee flavors. Espresso, chocolate, even a little vanilla help balance this one out a bit. Some hop bitterness comes thru on the finish and is a welcome addition to help break up all those rich flavors. A very nice oatmeal stout.

M - Heavy flavors with a medium feel and moderate carbonation. A little too cold at the start but much better once it warmed up a bit.

D - A very drinkable coffee stout. A nice rich, roasty, offering perfect for a cold day like this.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Pours deep brown with a once finger tan head with good retention that recedes to a thick cap. Great glass lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and some vanilla. Taste of some chocolate and coffee, lots of malts. A slightly bitter finish, but not that strong. Creamy body, but it comes out a bit thin feeling. Solid stout, pretty good.

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 WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light dark brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee with lighter notes of dark roasted malts. The smell of this beer intensifies as the beer warms.

T: The beer has a moderately strong flavors of dark roasted malts in the body with some moderate amounts of bitterness that truly lingers. Lighter notes of freshly brewed coffee in the background.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The coffee flavor in this beer is really nice but unfortunately there is not enough other notes or complexity in this beer. It is quite bitter and the dry mouthfeel makes this not the easiest drinker, this is a slow sipping beer.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

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

Big thanks to fbm115 for sending me this.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 2 fingers of tan head. Color is much black. Leaves nice lace rings.

Aroma: Cocoa, fresh coffee, very fresh earthy hops. Big roasted malt profile. Basic, but good.

Taste: Big roasted malt flavor, very toasted, and then comes a ton of fresh earthy hops. Big coffee and cocoa flavors mixed in.

Moutfeel: Very creamy, rich and smooth. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clear with a roasted malt flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this bomber was a cake walk. Very easy drinking with a lot of flavor. I really enjoyed how well the earthy hops and coffee mixed together. Very drinkable.

Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle reads: "JavaHead Stout passes through a blend of coffee beans and whole flower hops—akin to a French press—releasing cocoa, citrus and java flavors."

Pours a near black color that shows off hues of redish brown along the edges of my pint glass when held up to the light. The color coming through the edges flirt with the notion that if this beer wasn't so dark, it would be fairly clear and crisp looking. Thick 2 finger head of tanned head retains quite well and leaves a ring of lace on the glass at every sip. The nose is an amazing balance of bitter hops, coffee tones and sweet chocolate. Taste is right in line with what the aroma lets you believe that you are in for. Hop bitterness upfront, burnt barley and chocolate notes filling out the middle and welcomed again with a bitter finish that is a mix of the burnt barley and hops. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate and hops remain on the palette. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer, it is not playing much of a role in the nose or taste. The feel of this beer is a little lighter than I anticipated but that is due in part by a higher amount of carb. I have to give this one a perfect rating for the smell. I purchased this bottle at the brewery the day that it was released and I have been putting this review off for too long. The smell is exactly what I believe the Troegs brothers were looking to accomplish with this beer and it is wonderful even after sitting in my beer fridge for too long. Great job, very good beer.

Photo of Gavage
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown with a lil, soft, off white head

S - coffee, some faint roasted malts

T - coffe, roasted malts, a nice bitter hop finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, simple, easy to drink beer. It has just enough flavor to keep you interested, but it's simple enough that you can have a couple of them without worry. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a large DFH snifter

The look of java head is a dark black shade with a rising head of mocha color that reached 2 inches almost spilling down the side of the glass. Nice streaks of lace although not covering the glass. Aroma's of dark malt, slight chocolate and a whole lot of fresh coffee beans. Taste is coffee forward with a slightly burnt taste. This is joined by some sweetness with slight vanilla and cream. Some hops round this out flavor wise. The feel is smooth and medium bodied with light carb which is pleasent. Could of polished off two bombers of this easy. This is a slightly ramped up version of scratch 15 and I feel it needed a slight tweek as 15 was so so for me. Grab you some bombers if you like coffee, I hope this stays in Troegs line up.

Photo of Billolick
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Javahead Stout

Poured ontap into a pint glass, dark brown in color with a khaki colored head. Aroma of roasted malt and a bit of coffee. In the flavor, a nice roasted presence with some mild dark roast coffee presence. A kiss of earthy hops is noted in the finish. Medium to full bodied feel. Overall, a nice roasted presence, some coffee and hops mix well. A pretty decent stout.

Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 2oz bottle poured into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black in color with a big brown foamy head atop. Very nice lacing down the glass as I drank it.

Smell is very chocolaty with some bitter coffee coming through. Taste also has strong chocolate and roasted malts with the coffee coming through as well. Not as strong of a coffee flavor as I anticipated but still a very good taste overall. I enjoyed this beer and for the price I would but again. As someone that isn't a huge coffee lover I enjoyed the more subtle coffee in this one compared to some other coffee stouts.

Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real velvety like pour out of the bottle, creates a real nice together if somewhat foamy head that is nice and tan colored. Dark brown walnut body, with lots of red to it. Head clumps quite bit, looks aggressive, very nice looking beer here.

Bouquet is a slight soap, but gives to chocolate like milk. Strangely not very coffee like and some mild roasted malt character.

Taste is interesting. Chewy dark roast in the mid palate, a good texture that gives a real nice body. Finish brings a slow coffee roast, but then just rips on coffee on the finish. Coffee angle is subdued quite a bit, but grows with larger gulps and finishes. Carbonation is moderate if not low to just let the beer retain some malt sweetness and density.

Overall pretty enjoyable, perhaps not a favorite coffee angled brew but easily drinkable for a high abv as well.

Photo of corby112
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown color, almost pitch black that is completely opaque even when held to a light source. I mean there isn't even the slightest mahogany edge on this. 2.5 finger frothy tan head that has good retention, slowly fding into a lasting cap that leaves chinks of lace rings on it's way down.

Slightly roasted sweet aroma with chocolate, coffee bean, hops, caramel, oatmeal and licorice notes. I was expecting this to have much more of a coffee/espresso presence but it is pretty subtle.

The flavor is more coffee forward than the aroma would leave you to believe. Pretty roasty with a nice coffee/espresso bean flavor up front which roasted chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, burnt toast and a nice bitter hop profile. Slightly more watered down than I would prefer but still has a nice silky medium body. Again, this is very hoppy for the style and it shows in the dry bitter finish. The alcohol is decently masked.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Some lacing inside the glass and a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of oatmeal, wow. Coffee. Roasted malt. So roasted it gives a hint of a burnt character.

Taste - That burnt malt is the most prevalent flavor throughout. Never gets overwhelmed. Coffee, but it's brief. Some dark chocolate, which leads to a nutty caramel malt. A hint of grassy hops linger in the back end, along with an intense bitter burnt roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Extremely roasty, lending a burnt malt bitterness. Medium body.

Overall - This really beats you over the head with the burnt malts. Nothing in balance.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.44/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger brown head that fades quickly some lace. Deep brown color, mahogany highlights. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee/chocolate, flavor is roasted coffee with a burnt coffee finish. Nice IS. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. A fleeting tan head that slowly surrenders itself to a cap on the the top and lace on the sides.
Smells of coffee and milk chocolate mostly. Slight bit of dark fruit, citrus, and alcohol round things out a bit.
Taste is dark fruits and chocolate up front that meld into some citrus hop bitterness then we get some coffee. The finish is a rather dry long lingering roasted malt and coffee that borders on ash.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter, almost astringent. Medium to thick body, light carbonation.
While certainly drinkable, I've had much better coffee stouts. I find the hops a bit heavy and compete to much with the roast bitterness that should be there to compliment the coffee flavors. Maybe with some age...

Photo of Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a FW tulip. 7/10/13 bottling date.

Pours an opaque black with a half inch beige head. Malty aroma, but i dont pick up any chocolate or coffee notes. A bit weak. Taste though is very smooth and delicious. Pretty big beer for 7.5% ABV, bordering on syrupy but that isnt a bad thing. Coffee is faint but definitely there. I get some chocolately malts as well. Easy drinking too. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable coffee stout that I'd drink regularly.

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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