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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,754
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 57
Gots: 158 | 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 JohnnyChicago


4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours out deep, dark brown with a nice finger and half of brown foam.

S: Rich roasted malts and black coffee with some dark chocolate and toffee notes.

T: Hops are present in taste, while they weren't in the smell. Black coffee/dark chocolate theme is big here - it certainly isn't a sweet stout. There's some bitter astringency to it, but I can't tell if its from the hops of the coffee.

D: Drinkable for what it is. Its got a bite to it, but at 7.5, that's to be expected.

Overall: Nice, smooth coffee stout. This is tasty stuff if you in the mood for a robust stout without an overdose of sweetness. It is what it advertised itself as.

11-09-2011 18:48:07 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a large frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some great lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, coffee, smoke, hops, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly creamy on the tongue. I can taste chocolate, coffee, and some malts. There is also a nice amount of smoke/roasted notes and a surprising amount of hop taste. I really wasn't expecting to taste grapefruit/citrus in a stout.. interesting. It ends with a chocolate/coffee aftertaste with a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – This beer definitely scores points for having an interesting taste. It has some promise and just needs a little tinkering to be a truly great beer. As a fan of American Black Ales I'd probably pick this one up again.

11-07-2011 16:48:33 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Rifugium


3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

11-05-2011 21:11:42 | More by Rifugium
Photo of HossMcGraw


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

I just feel like this one has a lotta potential but doesn't deliver. Pours black, no light I can see; thin tan head reduces quickly unless poured aggressively.
Smell is probably the best attribute: raisins, milk chocolate and prunes. Taste is similar but little indication of "java", at least not more than other most other stouts that don't indicate coffee qualities. Very, very dry finish which I kinda like.
Mouthfeel is thin, a bit bubbly. Been looking forward to trying this one for awhile but I could pick up a 22 of Guinness xtra stout which is nearly as good as this for half the price.

10-30-2011 22:08:51 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of jayhawk73


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a super dark brown w/ a perfect two finger chocolate head. Excellent lacing on my snifter. This beer is very close to being a 5 on appearance- it looks fantastic for the style. The nose is a little on the subtle side, although not bad. Hops, chocolate, and coffee are the main things I get (as expected). Very smooth and mellow smells from this beer. Taste is great- excellent taste for the style. The coffee/chocolate/hops and malt all seem to be in perfect balance. It's very smooth, silky, and makes me want to take another sip. None of the 7.5% ABV is evident to me. Medium mouthfeel, with a smooth, silky finish. A little dryness in there as well. Overall, this is another winner from Troegs. I would definitely have this again. Cheers.

10-10-2011 16:59:39 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of Rhode17

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Inky with a coffee colored head. Two finger head lasted for quite some time.

Smells like fresh ground coffee beans and chocolate with all sorts of Malty goodness.

Tastes like brown sugar, malt and chocolate had a tryst with my morning coffee. Well done.

Mouthfeel is much the traditional oatmeal stout. Rich but a little light on the finish. Doesn't linger too long. Just a little bit of bitter chocolate and burned coffee (strangely not in a bad way).

Great beer, hits the marks where it should. Solid, well made stout that hits the spot.

09-30-2011 01:52:30 | More by Rhode17
Photo of jgagne


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to Bill for sending me a bottle.

A-Opaque black body with a creamy light brown head,

S- Subdue hints of coffee and citrus fruits.

T-Very similar to a nice french press brew. Not an overwhelming bitterness but leaves a very nice coffee aroma in your mouth. Nice flowery hop bitterness.

M-Nice heaviness but still very drinkable. Medium carbonation.

O-Very good beer. Very smooth, tasteful and not overdone. Good amount of coffee flavor and a perfect abv for the style.

09-29-2011 00:23:52 | More by jgagne
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3.63/5  rDev -4%

A: black body, creme trace head, solid lacing

S: roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, malt

T: sweet cocoa, malt, oatmeal, big bitter/roasted coffee finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice aroma and taste, could be world class.
Worth recommending to newbies to coffee/oatmeal


09-24-2011 16:01:40 | More by BeerLover99
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a deep, rich brown. Pours a 1/2 finger head that fades to a thin film pretty quickly,.

Smell: Primarily burnt, roasted malts with a mild alcohol presence. There are also some coffee and dark chocolate notes to be found as well.

Taste: One of the strongest oatmeal tastes I have gotten in a beer. Somewhat sweet with a twinge of bitter chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick silky texture, unbelievably smooth. Just a tiny bite. Pure, liquid velvet.

Overall: Excellent, absolutely wonderful. This bottle was aged for a few months and I am very happy with the results. One of the best mouthfeels. Taste is lovely, as well as everything else. A formidable competitor in the oatmeal stout world.

09-23-2011 04:40:17 | More by EkimGram
Photo of rinhaak


4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

I've had this beer on tap previously, but this was the first time I had it out of the bottle. I actually think I preferred it from the bottle, and the value ($5) simply cannot be beat.

It pours a ruby-black (does such a color really exist? It does here!) with a great brown head. The head was thick and left behind a great lace.

The nose is rich and malty. Lots of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and black cherry with a little bit of chocolate. Not a lot of coffee in the nose, but then, perhaps the coffee roast is what contributed to the cherry aromas.

The taste is nice with a lot of fruitiness (again a lot of cherry) up front. There are flavors of bourbon and oak, as well as a hay flavor. I really don't taste coffee, though as it sits I get a little more of the coffee notes. Granted, the other flavors seemed to diminish as it sat in the glass, and though the coffee started to dominate, the rest of the beer suffered. In short, don't let it sit in the glass too long.

Overall a well made beer with an unbeatable value. If you're looking for a nice stout, go ahead and reach for it.

09-21-2011 14:29:40 | More by rinhaak
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: dark as night, 1 finger foamy head

Aroma: the nose of this beer is a little weak for my liking. dark fruit notes and roasted malts barely come through

Taste: the taste is a pleasant surprise compared to the aroma of this beer. Sweet dark fruit almost cola like taste finishes dry with a hint of coffee

Mouthfeel: medium body could be a little thicker in my opinion

Overall a decent stout but not a great coffee stout. The lower abv of this beer makes me appreciate it more because in colder months I could see this as a session beer.

09-20-2011 23:56:53 | More by Cmack15
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

On tap at O'Reilly's Taproom, Harrisburg, PA on 9/15/11.

A - Deep, roasted walnut brown liquid with two fingers of dense mocha-colored foam on top that reduced to a bubbly patch and yielded plenty of thick lacing around the glass.

S - I've had plenty of these before, and the nose just doesn't scream coffee like so many other coffee stouts. That said, the aroma is rich with cocoa and toasted nuts, as well as flaked oats, giving a bit more depth than you average coffee stout. Hop presence is fairly tame, with some earthy notes opening up as the liquid warmed. The nose leads me to the conclusion that this would be a milk stout if I didn't know any better.

T - Initial flavor boasts a bitter chocolate and cocoa character accompanied by a moderate coffee roast. Oatmeal malt and vanilla sweetness add a bit of contrast in the middle through the backend. However, the finish is quite bitter, with leafy greens and earthy notes paired with a small dose of nutty astringency.

M - Medium bodied and straddling the line between creamy and oily, JavaHead is quite smooth up front with a bold bitterness in the backend that lasts well into the finish, leaving a lingering hop bite on the palate.

D - Overall, this is a fine addition to the Troegs line-up, although I still prefer the original Oatmeal Stout. In the grand scheme of things, while it is not one of my top five coffee beers, it is still a great go-to local offering when I need a dark beer fix.

D -

09-16-2011 00:33:12 | More by ffejherb
Photo of jamescain


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sharing.

Appearance: Black with red hues when held to the light with a brown head about a finger thick that fades into a ring around the glass.

Aroma: I'm not sure what the date on the bottle is, but there was not that strong of a coffee aroma. It was there but it was more muted. There were also roasted and chocolate notes.

Taste: There is more coffee in the taste then in the aroma, mixed with bittersweet chocolate and roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Good, but I've had better coffee beers before.

09-13-2011 19:43:58 | More by jamescain
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4%

Pour a thick black hue with a small brown head. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, espresso beans, and some cacao. Taste is dark roasted malt and espresso, cacao, some toasted oatmeal. Palate is a full rich body, with a creamy oily texture, and moderate carbonation. Finish is dark roasted / burnt espresso beans, dark malts, some light cacao and a toasted oatmeal with some hops. Overall an interesting but drinkable brew.

09-09-2011 14:19:26 | More by Samp01
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: This brew pours a dark, almost pitch-black color with mild amber highlights. Great frothy, thick, chocolate brown, 2-finger, head that lasts forever and leaves a beautiful trail all the way down the glass.

S: Chocolate and coffee bean aroma fills the nose with every whiff. Great roasted malt background.

T: Smooooth stout with a mild sweetness. Flavors of Chocolate, Coffee, and cocoa powder cross the palate. Great roasted toffee malt backbone. Alcohol is present but almost undetectable secondary to the great taste of this brew.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Great Stout – although coffee portion was pretty weak. Could have been better, but all around it was very good. Troegs is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

09-09-2011 03:14:24 | More by ckollias
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2.78/5  rDev -26.5%

Pours jet black with a white two finger head into my bruery tulip. Aroma is weak, malts and feint coffee. Taste follows the nose, very light, like drinking a Guinness with a dash of coffee. Smooth and easy to drink, hides the alcohol well. Not bad if your looking for a light tasting stout, just not what I was looking for.

09-06-2011 01:24:32 | More by jcartamdg
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

This is truly the first underrated beer I have had since reviewing on BA. I thought this stout is up there with the best I have ever had.

Poured slowly from a 12oz bottle into a Stone RIS snifter which produced a deep, ashy brown one finger head. The head diminished slowly, leaving ample lacing in its absence. The actual body is a deep brown and like most stouts, allowed no light through.

Strong smells of malts, caramel, and cocoa. Each smell was easy to identify and differentiate.

Taste was not only fantastic, but unique and complex. I detected coffee, cocoa, citrus, and floral hops. This truly is the first beer that I could taste each ingredient added (per the info listed on the side of the bottle.)

Medium/heavy in the mouth that coats thoroughly, low carbonation.

Overall I found it to be fantastic and will definitely be trying this again in the future. Maybe I got a great batch, if so, I'm glad I did.

09-05-2011 23:48:53 | More by tjkinate
Photo of GregSVT


3.15/5  rDev -16.7%

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a nice brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very faint with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and a slight hint of coffee.

T: The taste has some vanilla and chocolate malts along with a hint of watery coffee. Nothing like I was expecting but it's not entirely undrinkable.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: I wanted to like this one but it was just not as good as others in the style. I'd take Wake N Bake over this any day but I like my coffee stouts to be big and in your face. This is more like a hint of coffee.

09-05-2011 06:27:14 | More by GregSVT
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

A - Dark with a Tan head; moderate lacing with a 1/2 inch head.

S - Malt and coffee, subtle notes of chocolate.

T - Coffee upfront, but it is not too strong. Malty and some chocolate. For a beer that has "java" in the name, the coffee notes are more complementary than overpowering.

M - A little thick but pretty refreshing, not much carbonation.

O - First offering I have had from Troegs and it was very enjoyable. 7.5% alcohol is hidden nicely and it is a very drinkable stout. Definitely recommended.

09-04-2011 02:29:01 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of JMad


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

I drank this from a large wine glass...

Pours pretty much straight up black with a filmy tan head that left lots of lacing. I could smell tobacco along with citrus and green pepper on a base of coffee and black chocolate. Surprisingly I could taste a lot of citrus hop flavors followed by jalepeno, cocoa and bitter coffee. It feels very smooth, thick and creamy with low carbonation and a nice lingering finish. I would recommend trying this one to anybody, it's hoppier than most stouts and has lots of different flavors.

09-03-2011 17:17:03 | More by JMad
Photo of eclipse54


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thank you!

Dark brown, almost black that glows with a rich mahogany hue around the edges when held to the light. About a half inch of thin, foamy, tan head that dissipates to patches rather quickly.

Smells much sweeter than expected, with date, plum, dark cherries, and sugar comprising the forefront. A little roastiness and caramel is detected later, but not much. Really can’t smell anything that would resemble the oatmeal or grain notes I was expecting, and only a thin coffee veil exists.

Tastes rather caramelly, playing off the fruits and sugars that were present in the nose. A bit more roasted flavor comes through, but the oats and grain are still absent, to a slight disappointment. Also, very little coffee is detectable, and even the little I find may be all in my head due to the name of this beer. Slightly misleading in my opinion.

All in all, a good beer that I enjoyed drinking, but not at all what I was expecting given the style and title.

09-02-2011 03:49:04 | More by eclipse54
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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: This is a jet black beer with a small tan head that appeared and died quickly. No lacing at all. I have had this beer several times and I also thought the head lingered quite a while longer with nice lacing, but this is much colder.

S: Roasted grains and burnt aroma. Slight fruit tones also detectable in the aroma.

T: The taste is strong on the burnt flavor and the fruit tones come quick in the forefront. Towards the end the flavor is of strongly brewed stale coffee and then some hop bitterness on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery feeling for such a tenebrous brew. It feels just fine, but not what I was expecting.

O: This is a pretty good stout. It isn't overly complex and amazing, but it certainly isn't bad and it hits the spot. I do think the label is packing some pretty cool artwork as well.

08-30-2011 19:44:50 | More by jifigz
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.1/5  rDev -44.4%

I usualy like an Oatmeal Stout, but this tasted of burnt grains and old Starbucks french roast coffee! I didn't even notice anything about the hops!! The Brewmaster's here may still have a good idea though, try differing coffee's in the mix or less coffee.

I'm also not a fan of these new caffenated alchohol drinks I see in 7-11, they just encourage wide awake drunks!

08-21-2011 01:24:13 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint

A: Pours black with tints of red when held to the light. Head is a fluffy beige and lasts a long time leaving lacing

S: Malt, roast barley and coffee

T: Coffee up front with a malty backbone and a roasted bitterness afterwards

M: Thick and creamy. No carbonation bite

O: A nice stout. It goes down smooth on a warm summer night.

08-10-2011 23:54:35 | More by gestyr
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

A - Pours black, with a big, fluffy, slow-fading, mocha colored head, very nice lacing

S - Nose of burnt malt, with some ash. Not picking up a ton of coffee

T - Coffee is present right up front, very coffee forward, and it is a bitter coffee. Has a smoky, ash character. Fainest amount of dark chocolate

M - Medium body, mildly creamy, nice mouthfeel. Quite smooth

O - This beer is so much better as it warms. Upfront the coffee bitterness dominates. As it warms it softens a bit, the creamy mouthfeel becomes more pronounced. Nice.

08-04-2011 16:02:10 | More by jman892
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