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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,961
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 63
Gots: 245 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown with some tan tones and a 1/3' creamy head. Lacing follows the entire glass.
S: The smell is of dark roasted malts with a little caramel in the nose. Despite the name Java Head, there is very little coffee in the aroma.
T: The taste begins with dark, rich, roasted malts. Sweet oat and caramel flavors are present in the middle of the sip. Some faint bitter roasted coffee flavors are present in the finish.
M: This beer has a good creamy mouthfeel that makes the beer very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. The name of the beer is a little misleading. There is some coffee flavor in the beer's finish, but this beer really has the taste of a good oatmeal stout. Although not a primary focus, the coffee flavor adds to the overall enjoyment of this beer.

Photo of AwYeh
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz poured into tulip pint glass

A: Deep, dark brown; almost opaque. Two fingers foamy tan head, with great lacing.

S: Quite sweet; smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Disappointingly, I'm only picking up a few light hints of coffee aroma.

T: Lots of the sweetness carries over here; there's a definite and predominate tang from the oatmeal, and once again a raisiny dark fruit malty flavor. Some coffee does show up here, but it's surprisingly weak considering the beer's name. Bittersweet finish, one place where the coffee actually is somewhat noticeable, even if it's still greatly outweighed by the oatmeal. Metallic finish as the beer warms, which further detracts from taste.

M: Medium-bodied, but surprisingly thin for an oatmeal stout; goes down like water without leaving much texture behind.

D: An okay beer but not one I would ever seek out, especially with all the other great coffee and/or oatmeal stouts out there.

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to bs870621345 for a bottle of this! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a massive five finger khaki head that subsided to two fingers upon sitting. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, dark fruit, and slight coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight raosted malt, cream, slight caramel, and very subtle coffee bean. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it was also not that awesome either. The flavor for me needed to be more robust in some aspects so you could pick up on what they were trying to make here. This one just missed the mark on this key point if I'm honest. Worth trying at least once, but that is about it.

Photo of grover37
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance (4): Very dark brown, nearly black with just over a finger of light brown head. Foam reduces to a coating layer and leaves some minor lacing.

Smell (4.5): Somewhat mild but pleasing aroma with burnt roast, milk chocolate and cream.

Taste (4): Milk chocolate and some pine up front. A touch of sweetness in the middle and the roasted barley, a bit charred actually, comes through in the finish and lingers.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very smooth and creamy but with a somewhat acrid burnt finish. The longer it lingers the more pleasant it becomes with hints of pine, but the char is a bit too strong at first. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Drinkability (3): I wouldn't call this a breakfast beer and that's what I look for in a coffee oatmeal stout. The char flavor is too strong and there is little coffee to speak of. It's a borderline imperial stout and could probably be toned down a bit on the ABV without losing much. Maybe this is more of a nightcap beer than a wake-up beer, but perhaps I was deceived by the java namesake.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brown to pitch black color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Red hues when held against light. No freshness date found anywhere on the bottle.
Little to no head on this stout.
Aroma was predominantly of chocolate/cocoa with hints of coffee and some molasses like sweetness coming through.
Taste is sweet upfront. The sweetness that coats the palate initially gives way to a bitter roasted coffee finish. The balance seems pretty good. Didn't notice any oats in this medium bodied stout. Decent lacing along the glass. Not sure if this should be categorized as an oatmeal stout though.
Anyways, it definitely pairs well with dark chocolate. Not the best of stouts, but definitely good enough to try. Good drinkability.

Photo of Landfill21
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beverage at the local beerfest last weekend. Has a nice color and a nice jave infused smell with hints of chocolate and caramel. Also has some hoppiness that many other stouts do not have. Has a nice medium mouthfeel and a medium drinkibility.

I enjoyed this beverage. Very good for coffee/java stouts. I would recommend this beer for stout lovers.

Photo of sjverla
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Coffee and semisweet chocolate. Nice hop grassiness. Mild baking spices, especially cinnamon. A little syrupy at first, but very enticing.

Appearance: Rich, creamed-coffee head sits atop an all-but-opaque black. Faint ruby hints flicker on the edges, but just barely.

Taste: A roasted slap on the tongue. A mild grassiness peeks through and almost seems out of place. It does add a nice complexity though. A little alcoholic on the soft palate, and the hop bitterness builds with drinking. Pleasant sweet hints percolate up occasionally. The feel is smooth with just a slight carbonation.

Overall: Solid. The level of hopping is a bit strange, but I like it.

Photo of beerdepartment
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears coffee black. Lingering head doesn't totally fade and laces well.

Smells good. Not like a cup of coffee, but nice roasty, not burnt; creamy; a bit tart. Caramel soft in the background.

Tastes good. Well balanced roastiness does not overpower with bitterness as some can do. Can definitely taste the character of the malt used for this. A little yeasty character.

Mouthfeel is nice.

To me, quality drinkability.

A decent beer.

Photo of vfgccp
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Solid black/brown with milk chocolate highlights. Think head with ok lace.

S - Mild latte: creamer, medium roast coffee. Touch of almond.

T - Sweet milk, roast coffee. Bitter roasted coffee grinds. Some cedar on the back end of the profile.

M - Slightly gritty dryness in a medium body.

D - The dry body and coffee grind character slows the drink down.

Photo of heebes
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours dark black with a finger width of foamy tan head. Tan lacing left all the way down. Nose is sweet and creamy; notes of coffee bean, baker's chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste follows the nose; burnt, toasty malt is upfront, bitterness follows into the finish. Mild hops apparant. Not sure why this is an Oatmeal Stout, perhaps it is a bit creamy in the mouthfeel. Medium to heavily bodied. Not bad drinkability; I wouldn't normally have subsequent stouts in a session, so one bottle is just fine. Enjoyable. Glad to see a bottling date, impressed and will seek out more from Troegs.

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

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black body with a brown head

S - Dark malts, a bit of a roasty smell and some coffee mingled in there

T - Fairly roasty, dark malt flavor but not much chocolate, some coffee flavor but not an overwhelming amount

M - medium to heavy body, pretty smooth

D - A decent stout for sure. Not too much coffee present but that's ok. I really enjoyed this one and wouldn't mind drinking it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of garuda
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black with a thin tan head that has good retention, and great lacing down the glass.

S - Fresh coffee beans, with a good dose of grassy, pine hops.

T - Milk chocolate, then huge fresh roasted coffee beans, a touch of pine hops then finishes with more coffee flavors towards the end, but then the hops reassert themselves to add a little twang astringentness which is a bit off.

M - Full body, good low carbonation. Medium bitterness in the finish, and the hops again make it a little astringent, and not as smooth as I like an oatmeal stout to be.

D - Accurately named with fresh coffee being foremost in smell and taste, and I was surprised to see how much hop presence that it did have. I'd get it again.

3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to pint glass. The bottled-on date is smudged, but it seems to read 01/04/11. The label design is much more clever than it appears at first glance. Two carafes in pouring position make up the eyes of the skull. The hot water from the carafes drain into a bowl filled with coffee beans which is representative of the nose. The liquid overflows from the bowl and fills up the beer glasses that wait underneath, arranged in bowling pin formation, and thereby making up the teeth.

A: An semi-aggressive pour brings the khaki colored head up to two fingers. Creamy and foamy at the same time, the head last quite some time and deposits a continuous sheet of lace around the glass. The almost black body is opaque, except for the very top edge of the surface. Lacing is spare to fair afterwards.

S: Java Head Stout favors coffee more than any other malt aroma, but it doesn't hit me over the head like I want it to. The aroma is actually very well balanced. Modest coffee, grassy and citrusy hops, light chocolate, very light earth and even a touch of a fruit that I can't quite put my finger on.

T: Not that the nose was bad or anything but no significant changes or improvements were made from the aroma to the flavor. And I still can't tell what the fruity quality is.

M: Medium light body with a texture that could benefit from being a little thicker. Given that Java Head is an Oatmeal Stout, the texture could have been creamier as well. Also, the tingling carbonation is a little more persistent than I would like it to be.

D: Decent beer, but from the bottle, it just doesn't stand out from the coffee stout crowd.

Photo of Keffa
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black, nice 2 finger tan/khaki head settles into a small ring, leaves a little lacing that holds on for a while. No light shines through it. Nice.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, figs, some nice sweetness shows up and then a note here and there of a citrus like fruitiness. A little bitterness and oats. Nice.

T: Coffee, roast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, orange, and a nice bitterness. A little bit of oats as well. Nice

M: Creamy, lower carbonation, nice full body. Nice.

D: Oh yeah. This one is very easy to drink, and I think this one, when it's available, will be a staple. Nice body, alcohol is very well hidden, and the finish is nicely balanced between roast and slight bitterness.

Very nice stout here, and one of the best "Oatmeal" stouts I've had. This one is very easy to drink, is affordable (5.99 for a 22oz bomber?!?) and is just plain outright good. I think that if this one is available for a while, I'm going to buy as much as I can. Fantastic.

Photo of Gushue3
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark black with medium head that subsides. No lacing.

S- coffee beans malt and a little cocoa.

T- coffee, anise and cocoa. Caramel with I swish it around.

M- really smooth. Almost flat.

D- pretty drinkable. Not an all night long beer but a nice brewbrew

Photo of chodinheaven
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a good stout with thick off-white head. Lacing all the way down as you drink. The smell is lacking the coffee that I was expecting, but it was there. Otherwise nothing special in the aroma. Its a stout that I like but the fact that it was brewed with coffee beans makes me think that it should hit you with more than the just the stout taste. It's a good beer and stout but I expected more out of the taste since it was labelled as such. All that said, it was easy to drink and has a nice mouthfeel. Troegs does good things though and that should not be forgot.

Photo of scottfrie
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours an extremely dark coffee brown with a billowing dense latte-foam colored head that slowly faded into a thick oily film that left rings of fine lacing down the glass.
S: I mostly pick up notes of chocolate and cream, almost like chocolate ice-cream. After the monstrous head dies down a touch of latte or coffee with cream comes through. The fragrance is sweet smelling as well.
T: Creamy flavors of chocolate and coffee. The coffee is definitely not overpowering but is rather well integrated with the other chocolate and caramel malt flavors. The aftertaste is almost sweet, but has just a touch of sharp acidity to it.
M: Tingly carbonation but it doesn't really froth up in the mouth. Medium-full body with a pretty average mouthfeel.
D: One of the easier to drink coffee stouts, but far from the greatest out there. Still, there is nothing really wrong with this brew, there's just simply nothing really outstanding. Pick a couple up if you love coffee.

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped by the Tröegs tasting room a couple of times during the last week, and managed to try some new biers. This was my first...

'Twas a deep, dark brown, opaque all the way, with a thin, fine tan head. Nice lacing topped things off. Aroma was roasty and lightly bitter, with good choco coming through as well. Had a solid, medium body, with little carbo to roughen up the tongue.

Roasty all the way, dark choco and bitter coffee were plentiful. Dry from the start, it also had some cocoa powder, and some subtle floral notes in the dry, bitter finish. Not a killer, but solid nonetheless. Prosit!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Photo of MetalandBeer
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this by accident! It was in a 6-pack of Troegenator....so I got 5 Troegenators and 1 Java Head!

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

A - Black. Dark. One finger of head....moderate but acceptable lacing.

S - Smelled like a quality stout.Though I really couldn't smell any coffee like odors.

T - Sweet toffee & coffee with some bitterness. It was well balanced. Reminded me of a good espresso.

M - smooth and creamy. Almost silky. very pleasant!

D - Very Rich. Filled me up. I enjoyed it after a nice roast beef dinner. It was like having a quality coffee after dinner....but it was beer! That made it even better!

This was a pleasant suprise! I will definately get myself a full sixer of this on my next journey to the beer store!

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle for $5.99. Pours into an imperial glass. Emerges nearly opaque with raisin colored highlights. For all intents and purposes, lets call this opaque. Topped with a frothy and creamy mocha colored head. Looks pretty damn tasty.

I was a little disappointed in the aroma. With this being a coffee stout, I get no coffee. Instead, I get citrus and fruity hops followed by a large caramel malt backbone. Blindfolded, I would think of this as an imperial amber or something. Roastiness? Gone. Toastiness? Nowhere. Caramel and hops? Plenty of that.

No coffee in the flavor. Unless you count way in the back in the finish about a minute after the sip. There is a bit of bitter chocolate in there but mostly this one is a caramel malt, citrus and pine hopped beer. Thoroughly disappointed.

I cant imagine calling this one a stout, oatmeal stout, coffee stout, or any other kind of stout. At best it is a weak black IPA but realistically, this is a dark imperial amber ale. Its sweet and malty. Kind of an Arrogant Bastard meets Rogue Imperial Red meets Southern Tier Iniquity. Maybe my bottle is old as hell; who knows. I still dont understand the lack of a brewed on/bottled on date. Anger! Not my cup of tea, or in this case, not my cup of coffee. Not a stout!

Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very deep brown or black beer. It has a velvetty appearance while being poured. A vigorous pour produced about a fingers worth of mocha colored foamy head. The foam head is very dense looking. Good lacing is left when the head receeds. A gentle swirl produces copious amounts of foamy goodness.

Aroma is rich with malts and sutle hops maybe even anise. The coffee essence is hardly noticable in the nose even when the beer is swirled to help release the fine aroma that lay hidden.

My first sip, okay chug, produced nothing that the aroma might suggest instead you get hit with a big ol, bag of coffee beans.
Yes, your first taste is a wonderfull coffee taste, black coffee taste. Not overpowering just enought. Sweet milk chocolate follows. You maybe able to taste a bit of vanilla, it's very sutle.

Chinook and cascade hops are there, but they are well hidden and play only a minor part. Bittering.

This beer has a nice full body and smooth feel to it thanks to the oatmeal.
An intriging beer: you can hardly smell any coffee, but it's in your face when you drink up.
The taste starts sweet and ends in a bitter aftertaste.
A well made beer.

Photo of goatgoat
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from 2 traders in short order, so thanks to cmurren25 and russwbeck for the opportunity.

Clear black with mahogany highlights that can be wrenched from the brew, if you take the trouble. Thick creamy cocoa tinged head. Nice retention and a thick lace. Aroma is roasted coffee with a bare undertone of citrus hops. Taste is a first sweetness that moves into roasted coffee and finishes with a blend of roasted and hop bitterness. Smooth and medium full body with a nice subtle sweet coating finish.

Maybe just a bit too American for my tastes. I thought the coffee was nicely done, but the roasted and hop bitterness in the finish clashed a little.

Photo of Pellinore1
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for this extra.

Pours near black into a pint glass, producing a finger of light tan head. This fades to some lacing.

The smell is pleasant, but pretty subdued. There is some nice malt roastiness, but so little coffee that I wonder if I am imagining it.

More coffee comes through in the flavor, and this is followed up by dark, roasty malt, and a bit of chocolate. The finish is classic oatmeal stout: slightly sweet, and a little creamy.

This beer is thinner than the flavors lead me to expect, and leaves me wanting more body. On the other hand, drinkability is quite good, and it would be easy to have a few of these.

Photo of chilly460
2.2/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, what a disappointment. I like Troegs, this is the first brew I've tried from them that I didn't like. Beer is just "thin". Doesn't look like a stout, pours dark brown with a thin light tan head. Smell was weak, mild coffee roast with background of sweet malts but nothing stood out. Tasted "weak", no full flavors. The mouthfeel was the worst, almost watered down...more like a cheap lager style.

Photo of dcx10music
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An oily black that was impossible to see through when held up to light. The head was only a few bubbles, but this may be attributable to a weak pour on my part.

S - Roasty and dark, very stout-like. The problem is that the coffee scent is very mild, and unfortunately doesn't cut through enough to make this anything special.

T - Reminds me very much of espresso or another form of strong black coffee. Sweet and bitter at the same time, and very pleasing to the tastebuds.

M - Moderately thick and creamy. By no means poor, but my personal preference leads me to wish for a bit more syrupy consistency here.

D - Smooth and mellow, pleasing for sure, but very filling. Normally I'd like to pair this flavor with a desert, but the beer would leave me no room for the food.

Notes - All in all, a very good, but not outstanding coffee stout. If a few things were tweaked a little bit I would probably enjoy this one even more, but it's plenty enjoyable as is.

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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