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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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1,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,837
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 58
Gots: 182 | 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 afksports
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice initial and sustaining head on this thick dark stout.

Smell: Coffee, oatmeal, sweetness. Good stout smell.

Taste: Well done beer, yet again, by Troegs. Only problem is there was nothing that stood out about it. For a name like Java Head, I was expecting maybe the coffee to really stand out, but it didn't. It was like weak coffee. That's not to say it was bad; it wasn't. It just wasn't exceptional.

Mouthfeel: There wasn't as much to this brew as other stouts. Still solid, just not crazy.

Drinkability: This is a repeater. Maybe not too much so, because at 7.5% it still packs a punch. But it's an easy beer to finish off while chatting with the bartender.

You know, cuz you're a lonely guy reviewing beers on here. What else are you doing?

afksports, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Pinto21
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep dark brown color with tan/ brown head that goes to lacing.
Smell is mostly coffee but sweet too.
Taste follow the nose. Sweetness upfront with coffee and a bit of bitter to finish it off.
Cant tell its 7.5%
I had a very fresh bomber last time and that had more coffee and hop flavor to it as well.

Pinto21, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of popery
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Good coffee stout. I'd put this in the better half of coffee stouts that I've tried. It has a great aroma full of both dark, roasty malt and strong, rich coffee. The malt has a lot of chocolate, too, which works well with the coffee. The taste is a bit dominated by the coffee flavor, but it's still solid. Starts nice and sweet and finishes dry and bitter. I would guess that this isn't the most caffeine-packed variety of coffee stout, which I appreciate. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, since the recipe is based on an oatmeal stout. This beer just needs a bit more creaminess to show off the flavor to its full potential. More of the fruitier coffee notes and chocolatey malt would come out with a fuller feel. The beer is almost wall-to-wall black. The sides just barely glow with dark brown. Very good beer and one of the easier to drink coffee stouts that I've tried.

popery, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of earthboundagain
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From Notes:

Come to think of it, those words apply to coffee stouts too. Dark chocolate with a reddish tint , the head is big and mocha colored and leaves some wonderful lacing.

The nose is subdued dark chocolate, coffee, and a load of hops.

Ok for taste we get a big blast of sweet chocolate, cold coffee, some vanilla, a blast of hops and some UFOS (unknown Fruit object).).

The lack of carbonation would not be as noticeable, except for the beer is rather thin and not cream. The mouthfeel is very unstout like.

The drinkabilty suffers a bit due to the bad mouthfeel.

earthboundagain, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

This brew is pitch black in color with a two inch thick mocha colored, creamy head floating on top. Nice sticky lacing as this goes down.

Smells chocolatey with roasted coffee beans and a surprising hoppiness.

Taste is dominated by chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Midway through there is a descent hop presence, which was unexpected, but welcome. Finishes with a burnt molasses like sweetness.

Smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. Thick, but not much as I would have expected.

Overall, this is a very nice oatmeal stout that offers a slightly different spin, which is a good thing. Very drinkable and easy going. If you enjoy the style, this is absolutely a caseworthy brew.

ujsplace, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of modernartblues
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Blacker than night. Large brownish head. Some carbonation coming through.

S: Not terribly strong, but nice coffee scent

T: Delicious. A little sweeter than I would have suspected (but this is something I notice in a lot of Troeg's beers).

M: Not nearly as thick as the abv, 7.5%, would have had me thinking, but still quite nice.

D: Better than most impy(semi-impy) stouts for me. I can nearly session this one.

modernartblues, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this one!

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours black but not super thick. Head is fluffy but does not cascade out, just appears. Lots of spotting/lacing.

Nose: Faint coffee with cream aromas. Some light roastiness. Something that reminds me of palm fronds.

Palate: Medium-light bodied for a stout, especially a coffee stout. Somewhat acidic coffee flavors, light roasted malt. Some toasted oak flavors. Short finish.

Notes: Not super impressed with this one. I want more body from a coffee stout.

SFLpunk, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Spica66
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this an extra from randomdanger. Thanks, Will!

A: Pours dark with good head formation. Medium level of carbonation.

S: Smells a little bland. There is roast and the hint of coffee, but nothing to wow you.

T: This is a light-tasting stout. There is dark malt and some coffee, but it seems lacking...

M: Was way to watery for an oatmeal stout. No creaminess at all.

D: The 7.5% was well hidden.

Spica66, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of letsgopens
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First time for me from the bottle on this one. Happy to see it in 12 oz. bottles included in the seasonal variety pack also. It pours an extremely deep, earthy brown; just a shy of matted black. The head is fine and frothy and concentrates to a foamy creme at the edges. Thin wisps of lace stick on the glass behind.

Lots of roasty patent malt in the nose along with some day-old black coffee and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Just a hint of leafy hops and black cherry. A more creamy, cappuccino goodness comes out as it warms a bit.

There's a lot going on here. Nothing individually amounts to a big smack in the jaw but lots of complex flavors are well represented. Sweet chocolate maltiness with plenty of black coffee. Some pretty intense char sneaks in along with the bitter cocoa. Fresh, sticky hops make themselves evident in the bitterness as well. Dark fruit and a touch of booze mingle well with licorice in the finish.

Heavy and creamy but not syrupy. Dense but not burdening on the palate. Airy, fine textured carbonation with a semi-dry finish. I wouldn't have called an oatmeal stout necessarily. Certainly not the most drinkable one I've had (oatmeal stout that is) but I suppose I could put back a few relatively easily. Overall, a quality, very enjoyable brew.

letsgopens, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large tan head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and a little smokiness. Then the bitter coffee flavor comes in but it's not as big as you would expect. There's a little bit of dark fruit and chocolate in the background. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but kind of watery, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly several other beers in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a dark chocolate brown - deep and mysterious - with a tan head.
In the nose there is cocoa, coffee, and a slight pine smell. All are inviting.
The coffee flavor hits in the back of the mouth and is smoothed over by chocolate goodness; then, it finnishes with a slight piney bitterness that keeps you coming back for more. A delightful brew and extremely drinkable.

Chickenhawk9932, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of tan head. This beer is dark brown/black in color. The aroma is dark, roasted malt with rich coffee. The taste is very much the same as the smell. It has roasted chocolate malts up front with a coffee finish that seems to linger on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium, a bit thin for me, but this is a good tasting beer. I could go for another.

buschbeer, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one of my wife's favorite beers. Even though this one is readily available in almost any beer store in the area, I got this sixer from the brewery in Harrisburg last week.

A: Dark, dark brown, with absolutely no head.

S: I know the brewery website says that the coffee is very subtle, but that is really all I'm smelling right now. Because the name is what it is, that is not a bad thing.

T: I detect Troeg's hop profile right away. Ahhh! I love the coffee taste. We're not talking Maxwell House here, but something very special. Despite the brewery stating that they used Kenyan coffee beans (from a local coffee house) with "roasted espresso." I'm surprised at how non-roasty it actually is. I taste more cocoa-like flavor. Also, the cascade really bumps you at the end. Nice!

M: Here is where the oats kick in! Very thick, almost slimy texture. That may not be some people's thing, but I dig it!

D: 7.5 ABV? I didn't even notice. I like the flavor, texture, and just about everything about this beer. I'll buy this again!

Chaney, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black body tan head

S: smell is that of coffee and roasted malt and maybe even roasted coffee

T: the coffee lends it self to being bitter its too bitter for me with the hops and coffee I am on bitter overload its not horrible but just too bitter for my liking

M: light to med mouth with med carbonation

D: to be honest for me the bitterness makes this a 3.5 it would get a 4 if not for that.

overall: not the best coffee stout I have had its very bitter and not that easy to drink, note to brewers if your doing a coffee stout tone down the IBUs cuz coffee is bitter.

JamisonM, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly three fingers of inviting tan head that takes its sweet time to slowly bubble down. The ale is largely black with ruby brown highlights. Good retention and lots of lace.
S: On the nose, I smell BALANCE! And surprisingly for an oatmeal stout, I get the hoppiness right away (i'm officially obsessed with hops). There is dark roasted coffee, almost burnt but not astringent. Berries and sugary sweetness. Great complexity on the nose.
T: Bitter chocolate gets walloped by the hops, which are also bitter and acidic. The hugely bitter chocolate comes right back with a vengeance, with a little burnt note in the back. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied with a burnt bitterness that really lingers. I can't believe this oatmeal stout is so hoppy. Citrusy, to be more specific. There's a bit of heat with some warmth.
D: I'm such a happy camper! A unique oat stout, in my opinion.

washburnkid, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 7-3-10

The color is nearly black though light can be seen creeping through the sides of the glass. The smallest bit of head gathers at the sides but there is no evidence of lacing.

Sweet malts and coffee lend flavors to my nose. Mainly just chocolate malts and a touch of pine hops.

The chocolate malts are sweet and blend into the coffee well. A mild bitterness ever so slightly interupts the sweetness.

Medium in the mouth with some acidity. The overall feel is somewhat creamy.

This is not the most interesting stout, but not bad. Worth a try or two.

TCgoalie, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of witster18
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

even though this is no light beer - I had to rank this high on drinkability. I've never had a less boozy or as easy a drinkin 7.5 percenter in my entire life. THis beer could get you in trouble fast... you could run through 4 bottles rather quickly(i can attest), and find yourself in a wee bit of trouble.

Pours near black with little head.

Nice lacing forms instantly.

aroma is burnt coffee.

first sip is hoppier than expected. COffee notes, fig notes, and prickly hops, especially at the finish.

I'm really pleased with this one mainly because of the unbelievable drinkability. There is a wee bit of heat that generates, but it isn't boozy at all.

I've had better stouts in my time but this is definately above average. Will re-visit for sure.

If you want to try a really easy drinkin 7.5 stout with more hops than most stouts - then here ya go!

(LATE EDIT)- I keep thinking about what this beer has done in terms of smoothness for it's abv, and it's DAM^ impressive! THis is the easist drinkin 7.5 you'll ever sink your teeth into.

witster18, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of therica
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great stuff- Starpucks should serve this in Espresso.

A= practically a Schwarzbier, near-black and dense, very little head or rimming/lacing.

S= a sharp nose of hops and burnt malts bitters, dry coffee, more bold as it warms.

T= delightful, powerful, strong burnt malts with dry dark coffee (literally, they infuse it through coffee beans French-press style), slightly smoked-woody, green hops bitters and other hops florals. Slight sweetness balancing it out. Increasingly better as it warms.

M= beautiful blend of flavors, dry malts, hops florals, light sweetness lingering enough to savor for a few minutes.

D= too dense and filling for more than a few, but even one is a great treat at a time.

therica, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours so dark that it only permits the smallest glints of brown to show on the edges when held up to the light. h as a sticky brown head that generously laces the top of the glass. The espresso aromas are definitely there, but they're not prominent. Delicious smells of dark chocolate steal the show. As far as taste is concerned, this Java Head has the sweetness of a milk stout but is remarkably well balanced by strong roasty notes and rich coffee flavors. The weight and feel are watery and weak, but the flavor is no joke. This is a very tasty beer.

droomyster, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of dpcoz
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber - purchased from Troegs Gift shop - $5

Appearance - Pours Black, tan head. No light passing through

Smell - Coffee Coffee and more coffee. Oatmeal and maybe a hint of baker's chocolate

Taste - Light hop, more carbonation, coffee and hints of alcohol. Faint oatmeal and chocolate, maybe some caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, fair carbonation. Warming thanks to the 7.5% ABV

Drinkability - Refreshing, consistent. Great addition to the Troegs line and I am sure to purchase a few bombers for the cellar.

dpcoz, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of muttyd
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Jet black pour with a medium tan head.

S - Sweet roasted malt & oatmeal dominate the nose. Coffee comes through in the form of damp coffee grounds. Very pleasant aroma.

T - Big chewy roasted malts, dark chocolate, and mellow grainy sweetness. Coffee takes a backseat to the overall roasty/toasty-ness, but its still present. Very well balanced stout. Not too sweet, but the big flavors expected from a 7.5% abv stout are there. Very well done.

M - A bit on the thin side, but nicely carbonated and doesn't leave any sticky feeling on the palate.

D - Truely exceptional. $5.99 for a bomber! Nice 1.5 hour session beer that won't leave you bloated.

muttyd, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a tan fizzy head. No retention, no lacing.

Ok, where is he coffee fellas? Some coffee notes, but more from deep roasted malt. Some dark leafy scents as well. I'm being generous here.

French roast coffee, dark roasted malt, some charred notes, some herbal bitterness, some light sour bits at the end, and some carbonated water flavors. A little thin in the flavor dept. Where is the intensity? Oat/grain flavor is lost in this one.

Thinner bodied than expected, and a little over-carbonated. I can't win here. I want silky-smooth and I got prickly.

Overall, just run of the mill. Flawed and overstyled, nothing I'd want to have in succession. Not horrible, but really a hodge-podge of flavors.

OtherShoe2, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical dark brown color. Minimal head with no lacing. A bit thinner then I'd like. Aroma is mostly just malts - not really picking up any coffee. Flavor is very much the same, and while that flavor is good, I was really expecting more coffee to come through - as it is I'm not picking much up here at all. Glad I tried it, but not seeking it out again really.

thetomG, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and a little heady nice thick lace. My first thought is that this is a beer meant to be drank room temp. Either that or it is just very bland, wait for it to heat up...

First oatmeal stout. Somewhat watery. Not much flavor really, a hint of coffeebut not enough to satisfy a real java head. Creamy and balanced but not much of a thrill.

Id call it a breakfast beer.

IPAescotch, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - What a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark black with a massive sudsy beige head that slowly dissipated into thin layer atop the liquid and thick lacing on the upper portion of the glass.

Smell -- Black coffee, cocoa powder, some cream and sugar sweetness, molasses, raisin, some smoke and char.

Taste -- Follows the nose perfectly, albeit not as sweet: black coffee and bitter roast malt up front, with subdued lactose-like sweetness. Molasses and fig are in the mix as well. Rounding out the finish is some mild hop bitterness along with char and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel -- medium in body, slick, with moderate prickly carbonation. A bit thin for style, but not distracting.

Drinkability -- This beer escapes the pitfall of many other coffee stouts in that it keeps the coffee flavor sharp and doesn't drink like like a boozy frappuccino. The body is a bit thin, especially for an oatmeal stout, but overall it's quite a drinkable offering. If you like your coffee black, this will suit you just fine!

yeahnatenelson, Jul 20, 2010
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,837 ratings.