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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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1,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 56
Gots: 145 | 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 Stimack

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured to a deep black color with a thick dark tan head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma of this brew is dark malts, some coffee and a slight hint of hops. Based on the write up I was expecting much more in the way of both hops and coffee aroma, they where there but not overly dominate, it is the heavily roasted and burn malt that comes through. The flavor is very good for a nice oatmeal stout, the 7.5% ABV is completely hidden IMO. The malts really come out here with some nice chocolate/cocoa flavors. Now as in the aroma the coffee and hop flavor, while there, do not stick out. I know that the Troegs webpage states that this is a September seasonal release so possibly the hops and coffee flavors have mellowed out. Has a nice dry finish with ample carbonation. Now, let me say that this brew is very good, but for me does not stand out with the lack of coffee and hop flavors, would not mind seeing it in the mixed 12 pack but as for a standalone beer just does not cut it IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 00:36:19 | More by Stimack
Photo of joepais


3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a tan head that went to a thin lace. The body of the brew was your typical stout black in color.

The aroma was a little lacking in the coffee aroma I did expect more in that department. The flavor was what you would expect from a coffee brew as well but not what I expected from a Tröegs product. I was more of an average brew. It hada medium feel in my mouth with good carbonation for the style

I did finish the bomber with no problems but I have had better coffee brews

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 18:35:46 | More by joepais
Photo of bltzburgh


2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Troegs being one of my favortie brewers, I was excited to try this. There was a sampling at a local distributor and and first taste its was worth splitting a case. When I brought it home it the secong and third trys weren't as good. It poured dark chocalate as expected with a nice coffee aroma and head the after taste was bitter and stuck around in an odd way.

It was purchased in a case of 12, 24 oz bottles and of those there reamins 3, one of which I'm trying as I write. For the price there are better stouts out there. They should brew this in 12 oz. bottle for a variety pack; its not terrible, just not the best. Maybe a hoppy stout isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 03:43:21 | More by bltzburgh
Photo of IPhantom


4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second crack at the trendy beer of this winter (also tried Kona Pipeline Porter). I may be biased here as a HBG native, and a friend of the guy who supplied the beans for this brew, but...damn. This is good.

Pours a rather opaque chocolate brown, with a Guinness-tan creamy head and persistent lacing. Aroma is what you would expect, invitingly malty with coffee notes and a hint of yeastiness. Hits the tongue like both a good dark stout and a great cup of coffee--that's the best way to describe it. Mix your favorite beer and your favorite coffee in the best possible way, and this is it. Stays on the tongue hauntingly dry, but more so like the tannins in an espresso shot than hoppy resins (again, a good thing). Excels in drinkability for the style--creamy enough to satisfy, but surprisingly light considering. An excellent selection this season, and one I hope the Bros. Trogner continue to improve on.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:55:25 | More by IPhantom
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hophead101 and jcw215 for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/coffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/coffee. Medium body, this is a nice smooth brew. Drinkable, a nice one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 00:40:54 | More by Wasatch
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. A fleeting tan head that slowly surrenders itself to a cap on the the top and lace on the sides.
Smells of coffee and milk chocolate mostly. Slight bit of dark fruit, citrus, and alcohol round things out a bit.
Taste is dark fruits and chocolate up front that meld into some citrus hop bitterness then we get some coffee. The finish is a rather dry long lingering roasted malt and coffee that borders on ash.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter, almost astringent. Medium to thick body, light carbonation.
While certainly drinkable, I've had much better coffee stouts. I find the hops a bit heavy and compete to much with the roast bitterness that should be there to compliment the coffee flavors. Maybe with some age...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 23:27:23 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of tattooedtolley


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big khaki colored head. Great hop bitterness with a smooth oatmeal stout mouthfeel and a decent black coffee bitterness. Without looking I'm not aware of the ABV. Its highly drinkable though and tasty. Troegs has always been a great brewery but I'm always a little gun shy about their new beers, and while this may not be new its new to me and it was worth the price of the bomber. I dig it and I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 04:53:25 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of jimiejams


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -poures a nice dark brown (almost black) with a tan head, with medium lacing

Smell - very faint smell of coffee, was surprised it wasn't stronger

Taste - a mix of coffee, sweet chocolate and a bit of citrus too.

Mouthfeel - nice and creamy but not to think

Drinkability - very good, I would highly recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 00:14:43 | More by jimiejams
Photo of rayjay


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Secret Sant BIF 09. Poured into a pint glass.

Great appearance, huge head and lots of sticky lace. Can't see light through this beer, a deep dark brownish-black.

Nice but subdued aroma; no coffee, but some nice raspberry notes a la Weyerbacher Raspberry IS. A bit of fresh dusty malt. You can almost smell the brewing water. Good, but not what they describe on the label.

Esters are all over this and still make me think of raspberries. Coffee is completely lost, but a nice stout is left to shine. Roasted grains are the highlight, although I'd prefer a bit more (esp in the aftertaste). Hop bitterness yes; hop aroma no.

Nice slick oatmeal mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on. No cloying sticky malts. No complaints here.

A middle of the road stout, I wish it highlighted the specialty ingredients more, but it's a good stout that I would drink again. It would be more drinkable with a lower gravity, I know pick pick pick. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 02:31:31 | More by rayjay
Photo of Brez07


3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing from last week's notes. 22oz pour into a DFH Snifter

A: Dark brown with a very small tan head. Does leave good lacing. I think I see sediment in this beer, but I'm not 100% sure

S: Not much here, which I was surprised at. There was a very faint hint of coffee. I was definitely expecting more.

T: While the coffee/java flavor is more present in taste then smell, I got more of a smokey taste. Seems like there's chocolate malt as well and a tiny hint of alcohol

M: Medium bodied, slightly creamy at first. Carbonated well, maybe a little too much

D: I find this beer to be... so-so. To be honest, I was excited to find this in a store and may have hyped it up a little too much. Certainly nothing to write home about

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 16:23:08 | More by Brez07
Photo of nickd717


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd start off the decade with a beer from the brewery that got me started on craft beer back when I was a young'un: my local umlaut-sporting boys from Harrisburg, Tröegs. Bomber via trade.

Pours black with a large creamy tan head that leaves foamy bubbles on the beer and good lacing.

Aroma is lots of coffee along with some roast, and some milk chocolate is in there too.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted and caramel malt, and a nice citrusy hop bite that works very well. Balanced and tasty.

Medium-full body with a smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty high. I got through the bomber surprisingly fast.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 03:15:48 | More by nickd717
Photo of bluejacket74


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

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/10/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 2 inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some citrusy hops noticable too, mostly in the finish. However, for this being a coffee stout the coffee isn't strong in the flavor or aroma. For a beer called Java Head I expected a lot more coffee flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and goes down easy. The alcohol in this brew is well hidden. I think this is a good enough beer and would buy it again in the future, but since I was expecting more coffee in this brew I have to say I was a bit disappointed with it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 23:21:58 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with no highlights. Three fingers of dentable beige foam.

Huge roasty nose heavy with coffee as expected.

Tremendous coffee notes with a solidly tasty stout. Slow build up of hops leads to a nice bite at the sweallow.

Creamy mouthfeel. Full but not syrupy.

Superbly drinkable. The abv uis about twice what I would have guessed.

A damn tasty coffee stout. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 05:29:02 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

3 fingers of fluffy tan foam rises on top of the dark brown body. This settles down into a denser 1-finger layer after a couple of minutes and leaves pretty nice lacing.

For a beer with "java" in the name, the aromas are surprisingly light on coffee (older bottle?). Smells chiefly of burnt malts and dark fruits, but not terribly fragrant.

The coffee flavors are surprisingly restrained as well, coming into play mid-swallow and lingering a bit in the finish. The dominant flavors are burnt malts and a tangy fruitiness.

On the thicker side of medium, but lacking the signature creaminess of your better 0atmeal stouts- the combo of fairly lively carbonation and the acrid malts make it a little harsh. Could stand a bit more chocolatey sweetness.

Overall impression: Worth a try, but not something I'd seek out

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:05:22 | More by PDXHops
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark opaque brown with a thick 2 finger light brown foamy head. Aroma was slightly akin to cold coffee with a touch of mocha. Taste was slightly mocha flavored, smooth like a blended coffee drink. Coated extremely well inside the mouth, carbonation was a touch strong, but not overwhelming. Very pleasant to drink, a solid stout with very smooth coffee undertones.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 23:47:01 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Reagan1984


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well my first comment is that I was borderline shocked by the floral hop character in this beer. Was not expecting this.

Pours with a tight, fluffy and creamy head. 2+ fingers thick. It does eventually fade to slight foam. The inside of the glass is coated with lace. Dark brown shoe polish color. Brown, brown, brown

First whiff had a floral note to it and I did a double take. The aroma is really quite muted. I honestly don't get much coffee from it. (If any). I almost get a citrus note. A touch of juniper if I'm not crazy.

The fascination with the hop presence continues. More hoppy than I would have ever imagined. Citrus notes up front, coffee is almost in the background smooth and balanced front to back. A beer that's pretty consistent across the flavor profile.

Medium bodied and not too thick at all.

Pretty interesting, but I think that the coffee character is quite muted for a beer that highlights coffee as an ingredient.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 00:48:29 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of animal69


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours pitch black with hints of deep amber around the edges and a thick tan cap which dissipates after a while into a sticky ring of lace that totally coats the walls of my snifter

S- not a strong smell at all, the "assy" smell of chinooks with notes of blackened grains and a bit of an oily smell like light machine oil or something chemically similar

T- taste is mostly dark grains and coffee with a faint dark fruit/nutty undertone, a decent bitterness flows throughout, finishes just this side of sweet with a slightly sour note

M- a med body w/ a creamy texture, plenty of co2 as well

D- though not a stop-you-in-your-tracks beer it is quite drinkable, absolutely no hints to the ABV

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 01:00:27 | More by animal69
Photo of sprucetip


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours black, retains huge tan head very well and leaves thick lacing.

SMELL is mild at first. Later some roasted barley and black patent, vaguely coffee and a bit fruity with a swirl.

TASTE More roasted grains that coffee, smooth with solid malty backing and mild bitterness.

FEEL Smooth, rich, full bodied and finishes clean.

OVERALL Smooth, balanced, flavorful and easy drinking for a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:01:53 | More by sprucetip
Photo of javincik

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Pours an opaque black with a thick, foamy tan head that recedes slowly leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

S-Overwhelmingly coffee with some faint hints of chocolate and oatmeal. A little bit of roasted character, but the coffee really beats you over the head.

T-Roasted malt upfront with some chocolate and oatmeal too. Some slight hop bitterness through the middle. Finishes with a strong coffee flavor. Roasted malts lend a nice bitterness to the finish. Hop presence is very subdued; beyond some faint citrus notes, not really much to speak of. Coffee is the real star. Can't really tell it is 7.5% ABV. Drinks like a 5% stout IMO.

M-The body is surprisingly thin. This is the major drawback for me and the reason I think this beer is pretty average for the style.

D-Very high. No problem finishing off the bomber. Could easily make this an every day drinker if it was always available. Not complex enough for serious contemplation, but a nice quaffer.

Overall, a slightly above average stout. A little too one dimensional, but it will certainly satisfy the coffee lovers.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 17:46:00 | More by javincik
Photo of stewart124


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a huge rocky tan head.

Smells of strong roasted malts and coffee.

Smooth mouthfeel with a mellow character. Noble hop bitterness and an acrid note. More balanced that I had expected. There is no overpowering coffee bitterness and overall I believe it is a balanced stout. More of a roasted character and less on the chocolate or spice.

This is quite drinkable and the 7.50% alcohol is well-hidden. A very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 22:12:29 | More by stewart124
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opague black with an extremley creamy coffee colored heading. Stays thick and creamy until the very last sip.

Smell is heavy in roasted malt.Slight cocoa aroma with a decent amount of coffee bean as well.

Taste is mostly roasted malts at first wave. The second wave I let dance on the palate while. There is a nicely blended coffee bean and citrusy hop taste to this. Maybe a little odd for the style(citrus hops) but does seem to play well here.

Mouth has a very nice full bodied feel. Super smooth and velvety.

Drink is good. A different tasting stout to me with that heavier citrus and coffee ending. Very drinkable and very crafty.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 23:55:39 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of Crack1Open

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An aggressive pour yields a nice 2 inch tan head. Almost completely black. The head sticks around leaving some sticky lacing trailing on the glass. Some minor sediment toward the bottom of the bottle.

S- A definite hop aroma mixing with some sweet roasted malts and coffee scents. The mix of the two aroma creates a interesting nose on this one.

T- Some beautiful roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and even some slight vanilla extract flavors at times. Coffee flavor is mild but good. The hop flavors add a nice citrusy taste to accompany a bitter sweetish cocoa flavor for the finish.

M- Has good carbonation. Mouthfeel is actually a little thin but it also just a stout and not an imp stout. As I start to near the end of the bomber the finish becomes a little more tingly on the tongue. Good mouthfeel.

D- Pretty drinkable due to the light mouthfeel. 7.5 abv is well hidden which is pretty dangerous. Making through this one pretty quickly and easily.

This a good hoppy coffee stout. The hops aren't to over the edge and blend quite well with the stout flavors. The only issue I can see some having with this is that the coffee flavors aren't that strong. But I rather like the subtleties of this beer. All and all, another delicious brew from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 18:24:29 | More by Crack1Open
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Reviewed on 10/4/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla. Flavor of bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and some light coffee grounds in the finish. I'd like to get some more java from this java stout. Overall, an ok stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:07:01 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to had it to troeg on this one. This one was strictly sold to me on cover art when I wanted the Southern Tier Creme Brulee.

A - Hazelnut color and dark.
S - Kind of pick up on Coffee and vanilla.
T - Mostly coffee and hopps. Kind of thin and unexpectedly well covered for a 7% ABV beer.
M - A bit creamy but mostly bite from the coffee and hops.
D - Had to edit my review since it's now in 12oz forum +1 for drink-ability.

Overall I hate beer markups. This no impart reflects the score of the beer but Bocktown sold me this bomber for 10.00 at 25 percent off with tax. At about 7.25 it is an ok beer but when I saw it for 5.50 at my local beer place I was pissed.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 09:18:40 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of deaconoflove


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Very dark with a thick, coarse head...disapating slowly. Some nice lacing, too.
Sm. Not very strong smell acutally, some coffee and malt, maybe coffee flavored candy?
Ta. Faint chocolate, some berries maybe, a little coffee..way less coffee than expected. More hoppy than expected, too. Slightly bitter finish. Pretty decent stuff.
Mf. Pleasant, good carbonation.
Dr. Easy going.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 00:41:46 | More by deaconoflove
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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