Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company
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2.75/5 rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from Goblinmunkey7. Thanks, Joey!
A: Pours a very dark brown: it's opaque in the center, with some edge translucence. A small mocha cap of foam develops and vanishes into a few bubbles on the periphery of the glass.
S: Dark chocolate, coffee, mild notes of pine and earth. Not a standout, but it's serviceable as a coffee stout. I don't know if this is really brewed with oatmeal, but it doesn't exude much of a grainy aroma.
T: This is on the sweeter side, with a syrupy chocolate flavor dominating the coffee. The effect immediately reminds me of Southern Tier's Jah-va, though this isn't quite as treacly. The pine notes of the nose contribute a restrained hoppiness to the flavor, with some crushed vanilla bean hints on the back end.
M: The body is smooth on the front end, suggesting oatmeal really was used here. Creamy carbonation, though it leaves a slightly prickle on the tongue after a swallow. The finish falls off quickly, and it borders on watery there.
O: This isn't bad at all, but it's hard to get excited about this when I've got Velvet Merlin as a local alternative. Plus, Founders Breakfast Stout beats this in every category.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 06:58:39 | More by Arbitrator
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,719 ratings.