1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

1,867 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 61
Gots: 195 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Tröegs Java Head Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,867 | Reviews: 636 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of greengorilla
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a dark black with a thick tan head. It looks quite impressive.

The smell is decent, but a little weaker than I was expecting.

The taste is good though. It has a nice combination of malty chocolate and coffee tastes. There is just a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel is good also. It is very drinkable. Even my wife liked this one.

greengorilla, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of mjsheehan08
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

---from notes

I had this after a long night of work, so a good beer was needed. Great stout with a strong mouthfeel. Finishes smooth, but there is a little heat from the alcohol, but in a good way. Flavors of citrus, coffee, and caramel make this an all around enjoyable experience.

mjsheehan08, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, this is actually pretty decent. I hope to keep finding more stout/porter brews with coffee that are actually good like this (Beer Geek Breakfast was another I enjoyed recently).

Pours somewhat cask-like - small, big-bubbly head, flattening out quick an leaving nil lacing. Coal black. The aroma is a well-balanced mix of roasty scents - premium black coffee and a lightly acidic bitter porteresque quality. The coffee does not, at any time in the aroma or the taste, take majority rule, and that's wonderful. The flavor is much of the same, with the taste straddling porter/stout territory - actually, it's quite British in its flavor profile (comparable to Sam Smith's stouts) with a quite present ale fruitiness in the middle. The coffee (as well as the alcohol) is merely an exquisite highlight on the outer fringes.

But is this really an oatmeal stout? According to BA and the Troegs site, it is. Perhaps a most subtle touch of the smoothness associated with the addition of oatmeal is found in the feel here, as it drinks with nearly no interference of CO2, no bite, whether bitter or apparent astringency. On the other hand, it also lacks a bit of malt depth. I hesitate to call it "thin', however.

Honestly, this was surprisingly tasty. I wasn't worried that it would be awful at all. Troegs knows their shite.

Bouleboubier, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: solid back with a luscious head; decent lacing
S: abundant sweet smell of carame and molasses
T: a classic chocolate coffee stout; chilling this beer will mask the bass notes of the beer; it seems to have been brewed on the darker side of things
M: nice feel

overall, a good solid stout

Arithmeticus, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark black, no light penetrates. Creamy tan head dissipates quickly, leaving only a slight haze on top and a thin ring around the glass.
S - Dark malts, molasses, surprisingly subdued coffee, vanilla, and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Smells nice, but I would never guess it was a coffee stout from aroma alone.
T - More dark malt and molasses. I can certainly taste the coffee, it's sweet and not as darkly roasted as other coffee stouts I've had. Not a bad thing, just different. There's quite a bit of hops in here, they add a good amount of bitterness and orange peel to the finish. Nicely balanced.
M - Medium bodied with high, sharp carbonation. A bit too much carbonation for my liking, but no biggie.
D - It's good, and my bottle disappeared quickly, but it wouldn't be my first choice when shopping for a coffee stout.

jsanford, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black. Has an intensely sweet taste almost like molasses which finishes like coffee. The smell is all too much like coffee. Overall it isn't bad but other tastes make it taste less like a beer and more like carbonated iced coffee. Feels kind of smooth, a bit light for its strength. Goes down nice enough

hdofu, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of beernooby
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: I thought the beer was pitch black at first, but holding it to the light I can detect what I think is the faintest hint of red. The head is small and the lacing is light.

S: It actually smelled faintly like a red wine to me, with burnt toast and grape and cherries.

T: It starts pleasant and malty when it enters the mouth but takes on a very very dark chocolate taste. It has a strong black coffee afterglow, especially after all tastebuds are exposed to it.

F: It is very thin with little carbonation. There's almost no response when I swirl my tongue.

D: The coffee taste after the swallow is refreshing and recalls energizing memories of drinking actual coffee. I would drink it during the day instead of coffee.... if I drank beer during the day.

beernooby, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, in the glass it is black. A creamy coffee colored head tops this. Looks nice.

S: Coffee with bitter chocolate. Hints of licorice and earthy hops.

T: The flavor follows the smell. Bitter chocolate with dark coffee notes, followed by a fairly strong earthy bitterness from the hops. The finish has more coffee and chocolate. The alcohol is not noticeable.

M: A little on the thin side for me. It almost feels a little too watery for me. The carbonation is nice and the bitterness really lingers in the somewhat dry finish.

D: Good, although the bitterness seems a little heavy, while the mouthfeel seems a little weak. Still good, but not a stand out brew in this style.

Beejay, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of YouSkeete
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, brown around the edges of my snifter. Tan head, goes away quickly and turns into light bubbles across the surface.

S: Roasted malts, hops and some notes of citrus. Hops are stronger than i thought they'd be, and the coffee smell isn't as powerful as i thought it would be also. Sweet oats are hidden over the hoppy aroma.

T: Chocolaty and extremely hoppy. Tastes like a black IPA. Coffee is hardly present in the actual taste, but the chocolate makes it seem like theres some coffee flavors. Kind of malty, kind of flowery almost. Oatmeal is definitely present, and it balances out the maltiness well. Aftertaste is nice and light.

M: Very light! If you like chocolate, hops, and Imperial Stouts are too much for you, this is the beer you're looking for.

YouSkeete, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, thanks to mntlover, hidden away in a dark and cool closet. Almost forgot I had this one but what better beverage for breakfast can one ask for than a coffee oatmeal stout. Pours dark, ebony, and opaque with a tall tan head that is sturdy and lasting. Thick patchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is freshly roasted Kenyan coffee beans, cocoa, and a hint of grassy hops.

Lovely mouthfeel, befitting of a quality oatmeal stout, is smooth and silky with a restrained moderate carbonation.

Taste has plenty of roasty notes of dark chocolate, some nuttiness, and a sharpness from the coffee beans. The oatmeal deftly smooths out the rough edges and some citrusy and grassy hops serve up a nice bitter component. Alcohol is tucked away nicely, but you notice it a few minutes after the finsih.

Ideal marriage of a coffee and oatmeal stout. Another solid offering from a brewery that has never disappointed me.

Very well constructed.

merlin48, Oct 24, 2010
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a dark tan head. In the aroma, coffee and roasted malt, with a small oatmeal sweetness. In the taste, dry coffee, roasty malt and a sweetness that almost reminds me of lactose. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee aftertaste. Nice coffee presence and interesting sweetness.

OWSLEY069, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark, seems more brown than black at first glance. Coppery edges. Dark brown cap, sort of thin and fine with a rockier collar. Sticky lacing, but not a lot of it. Smells of caramel, toffee, molasses, quite sweet, light roast, charcoal, chocolate, with some leafy hops. Solid bitterness throughout, growing into a lingering finish. Sweet and malty too, caramel and toffee, milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasty but not overly so. Hop flavour broke up the sweetness somewhat, adding some diversity in flavour and providing balance. Mild alcohol warmth in the finish. Quite thick and palate coating, lowish carbonation, creamy texture with just a hint of astringency. Pretty good overall. While there's definitely some roast, I didn't find it overpowering for a coffee beer. I'd certainly have it again.

DrJay, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. As I've mentioned before in previous review, I generally give aggressive pours. This one pours pitch black with not even a shred of head to be found. This looks like a glass of flat cola. Hopefully, it get better. The aroma is near non-existent. Light coffee and that's about it. Not much to be found so far on this one. The taste is pretty one dimensional as well, charred coffee and faint hints of sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is really the best thing about this for me. It's silky and full bodied with just right carbonation. Not the best I've had from Troegs. I'll finish this one, but I'm less than impressed.

Bendurgin, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Allie for sending this beer in the Secret Halloween BIF. Poured into my brandy snifter. Been waiting all day for this one.

A- Just like coffee, this beer is pitch black. The head is a monster of classic brown hues with an arrangement of bubbles. We have huge ones, small ones, microscopic ones, and they all leave a fantastic lacing on the side. The side of my snifter details good signs of being carbonated properly, as well.

S- Whoo I was not expecting that. There is this sharp medicinal sweetness that reminds me of bourbon. Lots of vanilla notes and oak as well. This brings out all my favorite Barrel Aged memories without being barrel aged! I also detect the woodiness that reminds me of a stack of palates in a warehouse. Nice earthy tones mingling with what is coffee grounds rather than brewed coffee.

T- There are two instantaneous thoughts. They incorporated the oatmeal wonderfully to where it came out instantly. Also, strong flavors of brewed coffee come forward to start this party off. These are slowly balanced away reducing the acidity with the sweetness of dark chocolate, and even that fades away to a vanilla laden milk chocolate paradise residue.

This is very lightly hopped. Its existence is similar to that of a shooting star. The moment of realization is precisely when you become cognizant of the finish.

The alcohol does exist in the middle after a few gulps have settled. Its job is to rope things in apparently. It brightens the edges with its antiseptic qualities. I tend to think this is well done in terms of ethanol.

M- Huh... this is a ton more watery than I was expecting. Dissappointingly so. It even has less carbonation than you would want from any beer class. I find it to be thin, watery, and wanting. Regardless of how lacking it is in terms of feeling, there are creamy notes to speak of. It completely explains why it has some finish, but why the lag time of it is so minimal.

D- This is a good beer. Hell, it could have been a great beer. If someone wants something with coffee in it, I'd send this their way any day. Alcohol plays out nice. Flavors, bouquet, and appearance all leave me happy. If only it felt better.

Khazadum, Oct 19, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of nhindian
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've actually been waiting to try this one for a long time due to its description of an oatmeal and coffee blended beer. Pretty much three of my favorite things combined into a delicious liquid. I haven't had much luck convincing anyone to go in with a case with me though, so I just picked up a 6-pack thinking I could trade the extras if I didn't like it...

A - This one pours a deep black that is completely opaque. I hard-poured it into a pint glass and only got about a finger of eggshell-colored head. It was pretty much gone by the time I walked back to the living room and onto the couch. It does have some pretty good lace retention, however, as there was still some lace on the glass by the time I was almost done. Looks like a pretty generic stout.

S - Smells heavily of bittersweet chocolates and oatmeal with a touch of coffee, where the FBS is overwhelmingly coffee. Can't say one's better than the other; just different. Also get hints of roasted barley. Very flavorfull smell.

T - Much like the smell, the initial flavors I got during my sips was bittersweet chocolate. After some of the sweetness wore off, another rush of coffee comes to exchange the mocha for the java. This is quite a pleasant sensation and makes it extremely easy to drink. Unfortunately, after the coffee flavor subsided, it leaves a bit of a watery taste that reduces into alcohol.

M - Unlike the heavy look of the stout, it is actually fairly medium bodied in the mouth. It's relatively creamy but doesn't bog down. Ample carbonation to deliver fresh flavors.

D - For a 7.5%, this one drinks way too easily. I had mine at the end of a hockey game and could easily imagine myself drinking a few of these of the course of a full game. Another solid brew from Troegs and reminds me of a poor man's FBS.

Glad I picked up a 6-pack as this is one enjoyable beer! Good job Troegs!

nhindian, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with about 1 finger of tan fluffy head, small amount of lacing.

The scent is of chocolate, some coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is of chocolate, burnt coffee, roasted malts, notes of citrus and oatmeal.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was a good oatmeal stout, the flavor is pretty much what you would expect, very balanced. This was unusually very easy to drink, not as filling as I had thought.

BeerCon5, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Mostly black with brown hues. Over an inch of head that dies down to a slim layer of foam on top. Really good retention and lacing.

Smells of some bakers chocolate, coffee, oats and some citrusy hops. It's alright, the coffee is fairly subdued. The strong hop presence adds an interesting dynamic.

Taste is mostly oats and hops. Oats up front then a dash of baker's chocolate, then some roasty coffee, and finishes with a blast of citrusy hops at the end. The hops are nice, but the aftertaste is kind of a roasty/coffee/hoppy flavor that I wasn't a big fan of.

Mouthfeel is kinda light for the style. Nice smooth carbonation.

The alcohol is suuuper well hidden. If it weren't for the kinda strange aftertaste this would have scored higher.

billshmeinke, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse in Dedham. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color. Thin white head. Smell had a faint hint of coffee. Taste was put together well. Lots of flavor of chocolate and espresso, plus the added roasted taste that you often find in an oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side for a stout though. Not watery, but would have loved it to be thicker. Drinkability was good as it was smooth and the 7.5% abv was not really detectable. A decent version of the style, and a good way to start the night.

morebeergood, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of geryeb624
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Dark opaque black in color with a solid 2 fingers of tan head. Retention is so-so but leaves nice lacing.

S- Coffee and some roasted malt, chocolate aromas. Not terribly aromatic, to be honest. Also some bright hoppy aromas peek through.

T- Some coffee tastes come through, but this isn't a sweet, creamy stout. An earthy, almost smoky bitterness is present, not exactly what I expected. Still very nice.

M/D- Smooth, and a little prickly. Nice mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, but I'd eventually get a little tired of the earthiness.

geryeb624, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Jwiss22

Pours a deep burgundy color with a small, short lived light tan head.

Scent of chocolate, sugar, earth, coffee, cinnamon, fruity hops and some ash. This particular bottle has a few months on it, so I would really like to see what the fresh product smells like.

Taste of dry, roasted malts, ash, chocolate, oats, some coffee and a hint of smoke. A good beer, but a bit too dry for my taste.

Mouthfeel is Medium bodied and oily with a low level of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. there was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Aroma was dominated by coffee, with traces of malt and chocolate.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and a touch of hops. Slightly watery in the finish, but this is a minor complaint.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: A drinkable oatmeal stout.

avalon07, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of BeefyMee
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Black like your heart. Good head and lacing.

S: Cocoa and chocolate syrup, a weird fruitiness as well. No coffee aroma. Not sure if this is actually supposed to be a coffee stout.

T: That strange fruity characteristic is still sticking around, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Maybe dates. Slightly roasty. Not much chocolate or coffee flavor. Confusing and underwhelming.

D: A bit of a mixed bag. Not sure I'd want to drink too many of these.

BeefyMee, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Been waiting to try this one for a little. 12oz bottle...

A: Deep dark color with a milk chocolate mocha colored that never completely fades. Very good.

S: I get some nice creamy milk chocolate upfront followed by some bitter espresso. Hint of raisin and coffee blended in. Some sugary malts blended in too. I really love the smell of this one. Very good.

T: Watery bitter coffee bean upfront followed by some bitter hop and hints of cocao. The flavors kind of blend weird. Too bad.

M: Medium body with a very light carbonation. Eh.

D: Getting through this strange blend of flavors is a little tough. Ok.

All in all, this brew started great but ended poorly. Not really worth going out of your way for. Maybe try once if you like stouts, but only if you have access.

steve8robin, Oct 03, 2010
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.