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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,750 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 57
Gots: 157 | 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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oregonskibum

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep, dark brown, almost black in color with a nice 3/4-1 inch tan head. Head slowly dissipates to a thing layer that sits on the surface for most of the tasting.

S: Stong vanilla notes come through first, followed by the coffee. On first smell, this could have been a "stout brewed with vanilla bean" rather than coffee beans. Later in the tasting, the vanilla smell seemed to receed slightly as the coffee acidity took on more dominance.

T: Similar to the smell, first taste shows strongly of vanilla that is less prominent later in the tasting. Perhaps the coffee deadens those smell/taste sensors? The roasted coffee flavors show more strongly, although at times the taste is a little harsh, almost like the beans were roasted a touch too long. Also tasting a little milk chocolate that adds a smoothness to the taste without any bitterness. Not picking up any hop flavors. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Finish is smooth with some lingering coffee notes that work well.

M: Moderate levels of carbonation. Body is a little lighter than expected, although this isn't a double/imperial stout, so possibly still in style.

D: Quite nice. Smooth and easy to drink. Troeg's kept the bitterness of the coffee in check for the most part, so this doesn't have some of that unwelcome harshness of some coffee porters/stouts. Would enjoy again.

03-27-2010 18:46:37 | More by oregonskibum
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is virtually non existent. Maybe a slight hint of coffee. Taste is of coffee with some notes of chocolate, finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

03-27-2010 14:08:28 | More by tone77
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

A-pours a dark brown liquid with a khaki colored head that is creamy but spaced out and bubbly. Some retention, not a lot, but a good lacing is left on the glass

S-the nose starts with roasted malts, not roasted coffee, just the roasted malt first. A touch of chocolate and coffee accompany but are faint as dark fruits and floral hops come in at the end

T-this is more what I thought it would be. Roasted coffee comes in right up front as the oatmeal comes in after. Dark bitter chocolate and coffee come in towards the back as the hop presence comes through in the back. Floral esters and a touch of bitterness to balance

M-medium to full body and very smooth. A good bit of carbonation in the back tickling the throat a little.

D-this is a good drinking stout, not as much coffee as I thought it might have; but still a good oatmeal stout!

03-26-2010 03:25:23 | More by cpetrone84
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 12/15/09.

A - Pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that left smoe good lacing

S - chocolate and coffee dominate the nose, hints of some hops come through as well

T - chocolate and coffee take turns rolling over the tongue, with a nice hop bitterness

M - smooth, creamy with good carbonation

D - very easy to drink, not over the top flavors, very smooth, a little lacking in flavor, but overall enjoyable

03-23-2010 20:29:01 | More by mikereaser
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Straight black with a barely there tan head that quickly dissipates. Smell is wonderful, tons of coffee with a hint of chocolate...chocolate smells lighter than usual for a stout, maybe of the milk variety. Taste is STRONGLY of coffee with hardly any chocolate coming through. The coffee almost tastes sweet after a couple of sips, and the chocolate starts to come through a little more. It takes awhile to get used to, but its a rather nice stout.

03-21-2010 03:03:12 | More by bigfnjoe
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llllDrGONZOllll

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

I poured my bomber into a giant tulip from the highest of heights to get 3 fingers of head. Its called Java Head and the last ones I had almost no head to speak of sorta ironic.

Hues of red surround the dark near black body. The lacing is forming concrete like artwork all along the sides of the glass. The once mighty pile of aggressively formed less than white foam is reduced to a thin cap.

Aromas of citric hops and bitter coffee meld with notes of chocolate and pine. I can not help but think of those Christmas chocolate oranges being broken in my head and eaten slice by slice.

A thin but still chewy bitter coffee filled swallow lingers long enough and remains pleasant. A medium body with a velvet feel is slick on the tongue with carbonation present but not very noticeable.

I have no problem downing a bomber of this stout, drinking 2 would be a challenge. The new release of the 12 oz bottles it may be more drinkable being less a limited supply and less than a 22 oz commitment.

03-15-2010 22:44:27 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
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prototypic

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Java Head is a very dark mahogany color. It's very close to opaque, but slight scarlet highlights are noted at the edges. A light mocha head caps it off and stands a finger and a half tall. It's quick to recede, leaving light, sticky lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is a little on the weak side. Nothing comes through very strong. There is some evidence of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla, and perhaps even some sweet, milk chocolate. It doesn't smell bad, the various elements just need more strength. Alcohol is buried in the background. A little yeast emerges on the tail.

The flavor is a step above the nose. It's enough to warrant a score bump, but not by much. Roasted coffee is definitely the strongest flavor. It's followed by an even mix of bittersweet dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. Secondary flavors of vanilla and light yeast round things out. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable. It finishes with a nice coffee flavor.

Java Head has a lighter body that's too thin. Carbonation is light, but it needs more body to feel smooth. More body here would do wonders. Drinkability is above average. The flavor is good, but could be better. It goes down easy enough, but it just doesn't have that something special that draws me in.

Java Head is an interesting beer. It's good, but seems quite a ways away from great. One of its biggest problems is its light body. It's too thin and holds it back. The flavor's good, but would improve with a stronger chocolate malt presence. As it is, it's barely sturdy enough to support the coffee heavy flavor. Ultimately, my love for coffee carries the day here. This beer works for me, but I can see where it may not for others.

03-13-2010 03:31:13 | More by prototypic
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hawks10

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

22oz. bottle poured into my FFF's imperial pint...

Pours a thin black with a great cascading effect from the vigorous pour...a nice two finger tan head quickly forms and leaves in the same way...some slight lacing I guess...

Like most stouts...coffee, dark roasted malts and a bit of chocolate in the nose...

Initially bitter from the burnt coffee flavor, with some bitter dark chocolate as well. Hops show themselves a bit as the beer warms...becomes a bit less coffee-like and bitter the more I drink and the warmer it becomes, that's when a slight chocolate sweetness emerges...

Decent medium body with good carbonation. A bit thin on the palette, but after all this isn't an imperial stout, so I guess that can be expected...

Not bad, I am generally not a fan of coffee stouts, or coffee in general so I am already biased against this beer. However, I liked it more than my pre-conceived notions indicated...

03-12-2010 08:17:23 | More by hawks10
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -4%

Had this tonight by chance. From notes.

Pours somewhere between mahogany and charcoal with a big bubbled tannish foam into a DFH snifter. Dotted lace and some retention which is easily revived with a healthy swirl.

Wow, yes there are some hops here in the aroma. A citrusy edge, I kind of see what they are going for with the coffee bean flavor. Roasted beans and dark chocolate at the base of the beer, but a considerable hop presence especially at colder temperatures. It kind of became more integrated as it warmed up, allowing deeper cocoa and java flavors to come through.

The taste has firm bitterness contributed both by grassy/citrusy hops and roasted beans. Kind of like a chocolate bar you get with bits of orange peel in it. Some cocoa and java chips. Medium bodied and a good substance to it, low carbonation - could've been a little thicker, but the weight of it helps the drinkability and makes it a little more approachable. I really like the 7.5% ABV point for splitting a bomber between two people. This beer is kind of like a poor man's darkness in the way the hoppiness works with the base stout. A shadow of darkness though, as far as intensity goes. Although this is by no means a bad beer, I would vote to lose this brew from their portfolio and bring back the Scratch 15 beer in 6pk form.

03-12-2010 05:33:20 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Bung

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz. Light black pour, if that's possible, one finger dark cream colored foam. Sticks to the glass just a smidge.

Aroma is pretty mild, roast malt/oat, dark chocolate and light coffee.

Taste is adequately roasty, malt and coffee. Some chocolate, but not a whole lot else. Finish has some roasted coffee.

Solid medium body, a bit too much carbonation to be creamy. No alcohol noticeable and readily drinkable.

Glad I tried it, could be part of a regular rotation if it was local and reasonably priced. Probably would be better on draft. More of a standard oatmeal stout than a coffee stout.

03-07-2010 06:24:15 | More by Bung
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david18

New York

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

I expected a stronger Java flavor and aroma from this beer, which, at the time, was something i was in the mood for. It is really a basic oatmeal stout. Not bad but not great.

Dark brown color, very dark brown head. Decent dark malt aroma and flavor but, again, not as much coffee as I had hoped for. I would recommend but there are several others I prefer.

03-06-2010 15:27:02 | More by david18
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beerbutcher

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%

black beer with one finger tan head which lasts a minute, but makes great laces.

mellow roasty aroma with good coffee notes, some dark roast characteristics, chocolate, slight caramel sweetness and dark fruit.

taste is assertively roasted with a barleywine-esque quality. bitter with roast and resinous hops, spicy chinook-like bitterness. palate is full and barely sweet with big grainy dryness and trailing resiny fruit and bittersweet coffee flavors. great balance. lingering hops hang on palate

mouthfeel is nice. like a barleywine in it's maltiness, but roast adds a dimension of dryness which is great. nice carbonation and slight creaminess on the palate.

very drinkable for its strength with good complexity. i would drink this beer often. thumbs up

03-05-2010 01:31:40 | More by beerbutcher
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marble

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev 0%

i'm editing my review as the beer is now offered year round in 12 oz bottles and at a competitive price. perhaps i now have a better attitude, but the beer tastes a tad better this time around. very similar to the old oatmeal stout, only with a touch of coffee. this is a solid stout worthy of a taste.

03-04-2010 21:56:21 | More by marble
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Kendo

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottled on 9/25/09, consumed on 2/25/10, though this bottle's been in the fridge for probably 2 months.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a big (1.5 fingers), foamy chocolatey-tan head. Some rings of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Good strong nose: roasted barley malt, roasted coffee beans and a touch of chocolate.

T: Like the nose -- roasted barley malt and coffee. Bitter dark chocolate, which becomes more milk-chocolatey as it warms. Bitter citric hops are there. Finishes with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium in body, maybe a touch lighter. Feels thinner than expected/desired. Carbonation is good.

D: Cold it was all about bitterness -- from both the coffee and the hops. But as it warmed it improved, with the bitter chocolate becoming sweeter and that initial lingering bitterness tapering off a little in the aftertaste. A decent coffee stout; I'd get it again but drink it closer to cellar temperature next time.

02-26-2010 15:48:17 | More by Kendo
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bum732

Lesotho

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a thick black, decent creamy head that disipates to a ring of foam. Smells of chocolate, coffee beans, some vanilla, touch of bourbon, maybe some dark fruit. Tastes of coffee like malt, fairly bitter with just a touch of chocolate like sweetness. Some rich caramel flavors. Hop bitterness comes through with citrus like flavors, lemon mostly. Finishes mellow with charred-like roastiness and coffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

A really nice beer, the coffee is definitely present without being too overwealming. That said, there is an almost bitter or acrid component that;s either coming from the hops or the coffee that is unpleasant. Not overly sweet for an oatmeal stout, but pretty solid as an American stout.

02-25-2010 02:24:04 | More by bum732
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morimech

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

I am a bit confused about this beer. If it did not say "Stout brewed with coffee beans", I would have a hard time saying coffee was used at all in this stout. It is more citrus flavors than coffee.

Pours very dark with a large mocha colored head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. It sure is a looker. Not very aromatic but I detect hints of cocoa and citrus fruit. Also a little sugar and grain. The flavor features a lot of citrus hops and cocoa. Complimenting those flavors are some roasted malt, toffee, and lastly, some coffee. Bitterness is moderate coming from both the hops and burnt malt. I would of liked a little bit more in the body as it is an Oatmeal stout. It feels a little thin and lacks the silky texture of the greats of the style. I was expecting more coffee in this beer, but it has nice stout flavor. Maybe they should call this Troegs Chocolate Java Stout..

02-21-2010 18:18:13 | More by morimech
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

from notes

A- pours a completely opaque black with a strong chocolatly colored head which dissipates rather quickly. Spots of lacing along the glass.

S - the scent is a bit muted but it does smell like coffee.

T - taste is of velvety roasted malty coffee. Some sublte chocolate flavor and a slight hop bitterness and finishes pretty dry actually.

M - full bodied, thick, creamy with a medium to mild amount of carbonation.

D - very drinkable dispite the "heaviness" and I could easily finish more than just the one bomber.

02-18-2010 06:16:09 | More by Teleweizen2
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BeerDawg1

Massachusetts

2.05/5  rDev -45.8%

Aroma-roasted nut and coffee

Appearance-Black/Nice head/Good retention/nice lacing

Flavor-at first malty then bitter then soapy/all in all kinda gross

Mouthfeel-Too much carbontaion for any stout/dry/ bitter/makes you salivate/couldn't get past the soapy after taste

Drinkability-Absolutly didn't like/the after tast stuck with it and didn't wash away/will never drink this again

02-18-2010 00:38:38 | More by BeerDawg1
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%

Big huge head climbing as this bomber split between two pint glasses with my Valentine.
Head slowly fades to plenty of silky lacing.
Getting malted milk, slight astringent roastiness and some hints of cocoa powder.
Taste is bold. Nice kick of roasted malts, bitterness that I am assuming may be coming more from the beans than the hops? No matter.
coffee is present, but not over powering.
Nice mix/balance to this beer.
Give me another!

02-14-2010 23:19:33 | More by dmamiano
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%

Aggressive pour of a bomber into a chalice yields a two-finger deep tan head sitting atop a very dark brown stout. The head fades slow, turning rocky as it leaves intricate traces of lacing on the glass. Only a shimmer of ruby near the stem of the glass when held to the light belies the utter translucence of this beer. Nice!

Aroma is an enticing blend of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, warming alcohol, and coffee. A very mild astringency is evident and not at all detracting. Taste is equally balanced, a smoothness introduced by the oats compliments the sharp roastiness of the malts and the alcohol warmth. Nice cocoa and coffee flavors. The hop bitterness here is perceived as 80+% cacao chocolate, it compliments the malt and coffee flavors so well.

Great smooth mouthfeel (thanks oats) and a nice medium body. ABV is stepped up for this style, but it is perfectly done to compliment the other attributes of this beer. A nicely done beer that I will surely seek out again.

02-14-2010 22:32:12 | More by ZimZamZoom
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vacax

California

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Black in color with a thick tan head with a mixture of delicate bubbles and big soapy bubbles. Pretty nice retention and good bits of lacing evident. The aroma has a pleasant coffee bean character that mixes well with toasty malts, floral and earthy hops, and vanilla. Tastes of toasty and toffee malts, chocolate, some mild raisin and lower than expected java. Slightly spicy on th midpalate and a nice rich toasty and floral finish. What a nice beer. Rich in body with slippery oatmeal evident, carbonation hits the target as well at a low-mid level and creamy feeling. What a great oatmeal stout, the java is there but it is a nuance instead of a commanding aspect of the beer. Rich but mellow, smooth, relaxing beer.

02-14-2010 01:57:37 | More by vacax
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wise456

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +23%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass during yet another 18"+ snowstorm here in the Philliy area. Attractive label (I am a sucker for anything with a skull on it) but no date code provided.

A - Dark black-brown with a gorgeous tan-colored two inch head which dissipated much too quickly.

S - Much lighter coffee aromas than one would think. Aroma is dominated by piny hops.

T - Smooth yummy blend of expresso and hops. Great balance and smoothness contribute to:

M - Fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Full but not heavy richness to this one.

D- Definitely not over-the-top like some chocolate or coffee stouts and despite the 7.5% abv, this one went down far too quickly. Must find more!

02-10-2010 20:46:37 | More by wise456
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Quickly formed a fluffy, three finger sandstone colored head. Slow dissipation leaving large tufts of foam behind. The body is dark brown with slivers of mahogany edges when held up at eye level and backlit.

The first aromas you can detect are hops...more piney the citrus. Coffee comes through a few seconds later. The background hides roasted malts and caramel.

The flavorings are not in line with the nose. Vanilla latte...that what I can taste up front. The creaminess fades into a floral hop bitterness that lasts through the finish and is accompanied by dark coffee.

Medium mouth feel, creamy with moderate carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. A unique combination of flavors that works for me!

02-08-2010 21:15:46 | More by mgbickel
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%

Look - very nice color. The foam lasted but something odd happened, it looked A LOT like rootbeer foam. The bubbles were larger than I am used to seeing.

Smell - Slight coffee smell with a little bit of bitterness.

Taste - It was a buy weaker than I expected. Slight coffee taste, but I was expecting Starbucks! Mild bitterness.

Feel - Slight tingle on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability n As this brew tastes okay, but not strong, one should be able to drink a few glasses no problem. However, there are better options out there.

02-02-2010 01:39:17 | More by biglite351
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Presentation: 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Very deep mahogany/borderline black, and nearly opaque. Sturdy pour yields ~3 fingers of creamy brown head, which fades slowly into a healthy cap, leaving behind thick lacing.

S- Roasted coffee mingles with chocolate notes to dominate. Hints of sweetness and citrus hops sneak in.

T- Roasty chocolate and a moderate malty sweetness. Slightly acidic coffee bitterness. Touch of orange peel

M- Moderate carbonation with a moderate feel. Slightly creamy. Definitely a bit too thin here.

D- Good. Good looker with nice aroma....taste is good, but lack of fullness detracts a bit.

Future outlook: Not the best I've had from Tröegs, but still quite solid. Maybe not a "seek out" beer for the future, but one that I'd still welcome back.

01-30-2010 04:22:44 | More by DoctorDog
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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