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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,016
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 66
Gots: 281 | FT: 5
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009

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Ratings: 2,016 | Reviews: 656
Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the Troeg's tasting room in Harrisburg. Interestingly, this beer's base malts are Continental. No Pale Malt reportedly used.

A - Pours opaque and "wet" into a small snifter. Looks like pen ink w/ the thin white film on top. Really missing the head on this one, and begin to detect a thinner body that I'm used to from this style w/ this ABV.

A - Roasted malt. Some baking cocoa, some indiscernible coffee. Some vanilla and hops.

T- cold coffee, a little bitter-sweet chocolate mixing twang w/ sweet. Kinda roasty bite in the finish, but not over-bearing. Not especially complex, but no chance in questioning this is a coffee-porter/stout. Balanced. Some oat shines, though, but it doesn't stand out the way the other features do. base malts come through, too, if you know what you're looking for.

Suitable hopping, though more bitter than initial sips let on.

The oatmeal was wasted.

M- Too thin. I'm sure this has it's time and place, but I'd prefer they provided this thin mouthfeel for a Porter. Hell, even do a big RIS with thinner than average mouthfeel. It just seems out of place here. It doesn't help the drinkability at all because you are forced to notice how one-dimensional this beer is before finishing with that roasted bite.

O- Not mind-blowing, but a serviceable beer. They were probably aiming at satisfying those who find Stouts too heavy and too roasty. If I want coffee, I know where to get good Colombian and Sumatran roasts, I won't look for it in beer.

If you are unfamiliar w/ Porters and Stouts, it doesn't hurt to start here; you might find yourself a new favorite beer. However, if you've tasted big leaguers: Fullers, SN, Founders, Youngs, Anchor or Rogue, you very well may be quite disappointed.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Javahead Stout

Poured ontap into a pint glass, dark brown in color with a khaki colored head. Aroma of roasted malt and a bit of coffee. In the flavor, a nice roasted presence with some mild dark roast coffee presence. A kiss of earthy hops is noted in the finish. Medium to full bodied feel. Overall, a nice roasted presence, some coffee and hops mix well. A pretty decent stout.

Photo of ferrari29
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Snifter shaped glass at Churchkey (DC)

A - Beer was served with less than one finger sized coffee colored head; dissipated rather quickly and didn't hold well; beer had a dark brown silky body

S - High alcohol notes come up rather quickly; soft roasted malt nose; some chocolate; hints dark fruit like dry fig or dates

T - Smokey malt back-end; semi-sweet dark chocolate notes upfront; deep coffee taste

M - Silky smooth; some bitter chocolate aftertaste; mildly effervescent; full body feel

D - Great drink to top off the evening; nice burnt coffee and taste and smell; great combination of conventional stout flavors

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: White small head which is the norm for higher alcohol stouts. Pitch black.

S: Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate and licorice.

T: Great rich espresso taste. Really rich coffee. Subtle chocolate. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

M: Rich and full bodied. Thicker chewier mouthfeel with little carbonation.

O: Great coffee stout. Heavy espresso taste makes this a great beer to pair with dark chocolate, chocolate or coffee desserts.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/14/11 Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A:Typical pitch black with a small mount of creamy tan head. Left a fair amount of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa, and some coffee.

T: Fresh ground coffee, floral hops, a little oats and smoked peat flavor. Coffee is a little more reserved as compared to most coffee stouts.

M: Thin bodied with a lower level of carbonation.

Slightly above average stout overall. Troegs is probably my favorite brewery so I would love it if they made a bigger stout.

Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick, mahogany color with a one finger tan head. The aroma was that of roasted malt, some coffee, and actually a faint hint of chocolate. Faint coffee and a little chocolate in the taste with some roasty malt gives way to a nice oat kick in the end. Has a smooth mouthfeel and goes down easy. It is a nice representation of the style, but it's not Anderson Valley Barney Flats good. I know the summertime is an odd time for a stout, but I was in the mood for a switchup.

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a thick looking black liquid with a mocha colored head on it. The lacing was thin but showed itself on the glass. The smell of this beer roasted but I was struggling to get the coffe aromas from it. I was hoping that I'd be more impressed with this brew. The taste had a some burnt malt flavors with a creamy oat taste in the back. The mouthfeel could have been a little thicker. All in all this beer was alright, I just felt like something was missing.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter and courteous extra. Thanks Alex, I've been shuffling this around for too long. The verge of an endless summer looms.

Dark brown with an off tan head that melds into a whispy white top and some assorted islands of spotty bubbles.

Half and half laden coffee, which I've come to appreciate after a long tenure in straight black town. Some roast, flaked oats, chocolate, and hops round out the mix.

Oats provide a sturdy base for the bitter roasted coffee that shows stronger than the nose would indicate. Hints of milk and artificial sweetener, which plays too sugary, jump in as well. If the coffee presence was dialed in to showcase the coffee rather than the slightly off artificiality, this might be a real contender. As is, it's good but off.

Medium bodied

Overall, with Central Waters Coffee Stout around, it's a tough battle for the kingdom. A valiant effort none the less, but one that comes up just a bit short...like most Mavericks. Make your sports or political connections at will.

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.79 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

Gave it a rough pour into a Guinness pint glass and it returned a 2 inch foamy brown sugar colored head that receded slowly and clung to the glass. It was very dark brown, near black, with dark mahogany edges.

Not hugely fragrant. The name, Java Head, prepared me for tons of coffee in the nose. The coffee was moderated with roasted malts, hint of hops, and maybe some vanilla.

I'm probably serving this a bit cold, around 35. The first thing I notice in the mouth, even before the flavors unfold, is the silky, creamy mouthfeel typical of an oatmeal stout. Then some coffee, hops, roasted malts, and touches of smoke round out the finish which lingers a bit. Let me see if I can make it last till it warms up a bit perhaps revealing some new characteristics.

Ok, the temp is up to 53 and let's see what we have here. The nose is the same, no changes there. The flavors were about the same with perhaps an additional of some chocolate on the back half. While there is no great change to the flavors per se, at the warmer temperature the flavors were much more accessible and more enjoyable.

Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One inch mid mocha head atop a black beer. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Sweet cocoa.

T- Rich chocolate, subdued coffe at first sip. Not too noticeable hop presence.

M- Smooth, creamy like an oatmeal stout based beer should be.

D/O- Overall a solid coffee/chocolate based oatmeal stout. Drinkable enough to have two or three, which is saying something for the style. Recommended for normal gravity stout fans.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black brown with very little head. It might have been a bit too cold in the pour which calmed it some. It has since kept a nice film of light creamy head.

Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee notes This is quite enjoyable to smell.

The taste goes right along with the smell. Lots of roasted malts and coffee notes. I notice the earthy bitterness of dark chocolate as well which is always a positive note for me. A note of bitterness in the finish between drinks.

Medium bodied with a tingle across the tongue. Coats nicely and carries flavor across the entire tongue. Definitely very enjoyable when I am in the mood for a not-so-filling stout.

Photo of vandemonian
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tröegs Java Head Stout is a bitter coffee stout. It's pretty nice, but I don't love it.

A: Black colour and a 5 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Coffee with some sweetness too. Is that hops? 4.5

T: I taste sharp, bitter coffee with some burnt flavours at the finish. It's nice, but not the best coffee stout I've had. 3.5

M: Reasonably foamy. 4

O: SLightly too bitter, imo. 3.5

Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.


Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of RossCain
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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...


Photo of wahhmaster
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
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...

Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Fluke828
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of trappistlover
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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