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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 55
Gots: 143 | 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 CraftAleRookie


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a large Dogfish Head Snifter.

A- Pours thick and very dark (but not pitch black); 2 finger beige head that bubbled down to lace in a couple of minutes. Trace lace remained during the sipping that ensued.

S- Malts, hints of cocoa, very light coffee- with hop notes that dominate the end. Hop and malt balance nicely with the hints of coffee/cocoa.

T- Coffee and very light chocolate dominate the front of this stout- malts and hops kick in on the finish. Nice balance.

M- Full body, bubbly and fizzy. I'm drinking this while eating buffalo chicken pizza, which turned out to be an excellent pairing, as the full fizz and body went perfectly with the tingle of the spicy food. A flatter brew would have been a disappointment.

O- A good coffee stout- not the best example of this style, but solid overall. Nice balance of malt/hop/coffee.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 23:16:49 | More by CraftAleRookie
Photo of srandycarter


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, small tan head leaves to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Maybe too cold, but not much to offer. Deep malt comes up first.

T - Dark sweet malt, unexpected smokiness. Bitter apparent at end.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - I like it but a little too coating and tiring for session.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 06:51:56 | More by srandycarter
Photo of woosterbill


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Slick black body, dark brown highlights. Thin light-brown head that quickly recedes into a ring and leave a couple spots of lace. Ok.

S: Smooth, lightly sweet coffee. Nothing else, and that's fine by me.

T: Coffee jumps out, followed by dark chocolate, earthy hops, and more coffee. Clean, roasty finish. Smooth, balanced, and tasty.

M: A little thin and prickly, but not bad.

O: This beer caught me off guard, as I wasn't expecting too much out of it. The coffee was strong enough to dominate the aroma to dramatic effect, and yet soft enough to blend well with the sweet roasted malts backing it up. Quite good, but it could have been better still with a more substantial body.


Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 16:05:53 | More by woosterbill
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a small light brown head. Goes away fairly quickly. Aroma of hops, bit of coffee and molasses... not very strong. Flavor beings with a good burst of citrus and piney hops. Very prominent for the style. Hops give way to more traditional oatmeal stout flavor. Sweet, creamy, milk and a hint of chocolate syrup. Decent black coffee kick a tad more hop profile finish this one out. Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:07:49 | More by uustal
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours midnight black with a light, cocoa colored head. The head quickly retreats, leaving a dark murky liquid resting in the glass. Good looking stout in all.

S: Notes of fresh-cut grass and an earthy roast character are notable up front. The hops don't hide in this stout, which makes for a refreshing change of pace. The aromas don't clash, but they don't exactly mesh either.

T: Lightly fruity and fresh hops welcome the palate, interestingly fading into a subtle profile reminiscent of earthy coffee beans mixed with a light, milky sweetness. The malt profile has a slightly charred twang in the finish, leaving the palate with a lasting bitter sensation. An interesting blend of flavors for the most part.

M: Smooth with suitable carbonation, as would be expected from an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied with a retreating bitter finish. Strangely refreshing for a stout.

O: I can say that I enjoyed Troeg's Javahead Stout as a variation from the norm one-dimensional, roasty stouts. The char character could have been toned down in my opinion and the hops a little more complimenting of the roast profile. However, I would rule this beer as one worthy of a revisit for its unique and surprisingly refreshing character.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:10:46 | More by RossCain
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from mjtiernan. Thanks Matt!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head on a fairly passive pour. Good head retention, and lots of sticky lacing to be had...

S - Coffee and dark roasted malts hit me up front. Also pick up a good whiff of sweet malts. Caramel and toffee...

T - Starts of with some sweet malts which fades into a coffee roastiness. Ends on a lingering coffee bitterness. Pretty smooth, but coffee definitely dominates here...

M - A little light considering the style. Was hoping for a more viscous mouthfeel. Moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Would definitely recommend to coffee drinkers. I'm not a big fan of coffee, but I still enjoyed this one. Probably won't be in my rotation, but glad I got a chance to try it...


Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:55:31 | More by comfortablynumb1
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4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with brownish edges. Has a thin, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of coffee beans and dark chocolate. This beer has probably the most expressive coffee flavor of any beer I've run across.

Taste: Moderately bitter throughout with strong West Coast hops flavors. Finishes with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor backed by Cascade hops and a nice oatmeal sweetness. One of the hoppier stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated.

Overall: An excellent coffee stout. For lovers of stouts of all kinds, this really is a must-try. Coffee, chocolate, and Cascade hops all exist in perfect ratios. One of my new favorite stouts...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:28:38 | More by wahhmaster
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New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:13:12 | More by jdhilt
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with tints of red around the edges. 1-finger rich mocha cream head. Faint retention, but with a nice color against the dark pour. Strong rings of lace.

Nose is more understated than expected. Roast coffee is there, along with citrus hops and a whiff of sweet cream molasses. What's there is very good, but could be a bit stronger.

Rich coffee flavor with lots of citrus hops in the finish. A very hoppy ending. Roast malt but not much in the way of chocolate or anise. Stays true to the coffee stout expectation.

Feel is thinner than expected. Not porter-thin, but not quite robust enough to stand up to the flavor.

Overall, a very solid beer and one I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:10:55 | More by beer2day
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New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Troeg's Java Head Stout:
Reviewed from notes
22oz bottle split into 2 snifters.

A: Pours black, light brown/clear around the edges. 2 inch tight mocha head. Lots of bubbling action. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, hoppy (citrus and floral), a little molasses, a bit of a stale coffee aroma.

T: Coffee, a tiny bit of chocolate, and hollow roasted malts. There's a light hop presence in the background. The coffee flavor isn't very appealing, as with the nose, it tastes quite stale and almost artificial. The malt base seems to be almost missing, sure, there's roastiness, but it really tastes rather hollow. Also seems a bit too sweet on the molasses.

M: Fairly light and somewhat smooth. Good carbonation.

O: I didn't really dig this and neither did my tasting friend. We both thought it was rather bland and had a stale coffee taste. I had pretty high expectations for this, both from hearing a lot about this stout and the fact that I love NN. I wasn't impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 07:07:15 | More by Satchboogie
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass pour a jet black body and two fingers of light coffee colored thick creamy head.

Nose is coffee and a light earthiness.

A sip is delicately carbonated and smooth though erring towards a lighter body for a stout. Sweet coffee and a touch of chocolate up front and a lightly roast coffee ground dryness/hop feel in the back. I'm not tasting any of the 7.5% but as it warms it can be felt slightly.

By most standards, this is a very solid coffee stout -- by most standards. To the extreme stout enthusiast it lacks body and enough coffee punch. That being said, its balanced drinkability is surprising and I wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 23:32:42 | More by OldIronLungs
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a CCb Snifter.
Bottled on 3/14/11

A-> Not quite pitch black in color with about 1/3 of off-mocha colored head/foam. Not really much retention or lacing and it dissipated rather quickly.

S-> Smell is instantly of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts in the back. The nose also picks up a faint oaky earthy undertones. Coffee beans dominate though.

T-> Taste is VERY sweet right off the bat. Nose is well represented in the taste however, much much sweeter than I was expecting. Sweet and somewhat bitter dark chocolate is present along with a roasted coffee malt flavor. Some faint hops are present as well however, they take an extreme back seat to the roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate and coffee beans. Faint alcohol warming as this brew comes around to room temp. Finishes pretty dry with a pleasant dark chocolate aftertaste that lingers but not too long.

M-> Felt a bit thin after awhile but it was well carbonated for the style at first. Do I have to say full bodied due to style? Dare I say medium-bodied and a bit thin for the style>? I think I do...Overall not bad just not as creamy and luscious as I like most stouts to be. (It got better as time went on and is probably closer to full bodied if anything)

O-> A nice effort. Not bad by any means, but not stellar, knock my socks off either. This is a very serviceable coffee stout that lives up to its name with flavor. I would probably have it again as a "cleanser" beer with or after dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 04:01:40 | More by Fluke828
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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle). Pours near black with pillowy khaki head. Light carbonation bubbles. Aroma has loads of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a little wood. Taste has a nice sweet malt backbone followed with some roasty bitterness that tastes like coffee grounds (in a good way; not gritty). Medium to full bodied with an oily texture. Finish is dry and slightly chalky. Taste didn’t quite live up to the aroma, and I’d prefer a little more sweetness as the roast started to overwhelm the beer. Still, its a decent beer and one for big coffee lovers.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 04:23:19 | More by trappistlover
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a variety pack that a friend of mine picked up in Pennsylvania. Tröegs makes some nice brews and this is one of them. Not as much coffee on the nose and tounge as I would have expected, but still a good beer. Mouthfeel and beer was slighty above average.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:27:24 | More by vgarneth
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with listenatjoes, thanks Joe! Poured this beer in my Struise glass the beers looks very nice with a pitch black fluid and a decent head. Coffeesmell and dito taste. Groundnotes in the nose. A good and honest stout which could use a bit more alcohol. For this style a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 17:13:25 | More by Brabander
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Troegs, and this is another great example of a well made beer, but to call it java stout there should be more coffee going on. Maybe crack the beans its getting aged on or add more.

The appearance is pitch black with a thin tan head and slight lace. Was hoping for more head. The smell is great but faint and lacking on the ocffee notes. Its got faint chocolate, sweet and roasted malts, and some cocoa notes. Perhaps some faint vanilla. the taste is nice, roasted, some nice coffee thought I want more, and some bitter, earthy hops in the back. Hints of chocolate and some grassy notes. Sweet front and bitter back. Nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected. Was hoping for something creamier and thicker. Overall, great tasting and easy to drink. An overall great stout, just falls short on my extremified stout palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:57:26 | More by JayS2629
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black beer, not much head. Impressive looking.

S - Smells dominated by coffee beans and malts.

T - Tastes exactly like it smells, but almost with a coffee chocolate upfront, and a hoppy, malty, toasty aftertaste. Very pleasant.

M - Thick, heavy bodied, smooth. A lot of alcohol flavor though.

O - Great beer, I would definitely buy again. The strong alcohol flavor would be its biggest downfall, but impressive coffee beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 23:54:46 | More by NaLoGra
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

A: A super dark, almost pitch black beer with a tan colored head. There was not much of a head when poured, just a slight lacing. Does not appear to be very carbonated. Looks good for the style.

S: I love the aroma here. Real nice chocolate malt and coffee notes. Faint hop earthy aroma in the background. Really great aroma, it actually made my mouth start to salivate.

T: Right a way I get a really sweet taste, not what I was first expecting. Then I notice the hops... not bad, makes for a nice transition to the after taste. The after taste is this really nice rich coffee flavor. excellent progression of flavors.

M: I was hoping for something a little creamier, this is a little thin and has a little bit of a chalky feel.

O: Overall I would say this beer is well worth picking up. Drink it cold but slow, while it warms up you really get to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 23:54:39 | More by skenyon1811
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown, nearly opaque with a 2 inch tall mocha head. after the first couple of sips the head reduces to a thin, bubbly foam. some spotty lacing.

S - rich chocolate and coffee notes. some caramel and roasted malts. pretty sweet. not much else besides that, but it smells really tasty.

T/M - roasted malts accompanied by bitter coffee and rich sweet chocolate. there's some, but not much hop presence. also there's just enough alcohol presence to keep me interested. slightly bitter, dry finish. creamy, smooth feel. medium bodied.

Overall this is a decent stout. easy to drink. the sweet chocolately flavors are the best part, everything else is just average.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 04:04:35 | More by patreely12
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, not opaque, light gets through, light brown head, fluffy. Smell is toned down, not the strong coffee scent you'd expect. I get more chocolate and char rather than coffee, but not in a bad way. It has a bit of a dry finish, not very sweet, has some bitterness. Overall, not a bad stout, just needs more of a coffee boost for it to be aptly named Javahead.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 23:34:49 | More by gskitt
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs Java Head Stout
12 oz brown bottle
Batch #11001? (jet ink is smudged)
Served in my awesome Smuttynose tulip glass

Pours an opaque jet black. Looks like ink. Khaki colored trails and webs of sticky lace.

Pleasant aroma with some roasted malt and sugary sweetness in the nose.

Dark roasted malts leading to flavors of espresso, Hershey chocolate and sugary dairy. A well crafted, smooth and complex stout. The finish has a dark roast coffee and bitter hop flavor.

More nuances to the beer are revealed as it warms up to room temperature. The 7.5% is very well hidden under the attack of so many flavors. An enjoyable stout this Friday evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:08:03 | More by Hibernator
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3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Love all of the stuff I've had from Troegs, bought this for the NCAA championship game. To be honest, I was sort of let down. It pours a great dark brown color, has a nice roasty coffee smell, but I felt the taste was lacking a bit. The relatively high ABV is pretty well hidden, and there's some good kiss of hops upfront buried in the coffee taste, but the aftertaste is a bit bland and boring. Average beer, expected better for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 22:39:14 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- from notes
A - dark brown with a slightly oily head and lacing
S - Strong coffee followed by sweet caramel maltiness
T - Bitter coffee and sweet malts blend well leaving just a slight bitter residue
M - Smooth with lower carbonation and a bit of coffee style oil slick
D - I quite liked this coffee stout and would have more

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 21:29:12 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Chesapeake, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a deep black/brown in color with a 3/4 finger width, bubbly brownish-tan foam head that dissipates about a minute after pouring. The dissolved head leaves a thick, pasty lacing on the edges of the glass.

(Smell): The aroma is slightly subtle and is reminiscent of dark coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate. For a Java stout, I actually smelled a surprising amount of hops (almost like a Double IPA). The smell is slightly less appealing than some of the other coffee/java stouts I've had.

(Taste): Like a bully with a soft spot, the Troegs Java Stout hits the tongue much lighter than the appearance and smell would believe you to expect. At it's coldest, all I could taste was the hops, but as it warmed up, the beer came to life with a bitter/malty coffee taste.

(Mouthfeel): Extremely light in carbonation with a body that feels kind of heavy but washes down quite lightly.

(Drinkability): The Troegs Java Stout is one of those beers that feels like it's on the verge of an identity crisis. Is it supposed to be desserty? Hoppy? Light? Heavy? I really don't know. I love a good coffee stout every now and again, but this one just feels lost and out of place. They should rename this batch Troegs IPA w/ Java. Not horrible, but not really good either.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:35:48 | More by GilmooDaddy
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