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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,904
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 62
Gots: 211 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009)
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Photo of TheBrewo
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a thick black color. It has maroon streaks throughout the bottom half when held to the light, but is otherwise entirely impenetrable. It holds a medium brown head of two fingers, with big bubbles leaving thick lacing as they go. The carbonation is hard to assess, but doesn't look very active. Additionally, no sediment or haze is noted. The nose is composed of notes of coffee bean, roasty malts, flowery hops, and sweetness, reminiscent of cotton candy and bubblegum. As we sip, the front is predominated by toasted malts, oats, and coffee. They mix well for a smooth beginning. We progress to a middle that is equally as inviting, but here, the coffee enhances in bitterness. While this happens, there is a simultaneous increase in sweetness, as floral hops seep into the flavoring. Once these finally set in we are at the finale of the sip, which is hoppy, but floral and sweet, as if from honeysuckle and sweet grapefruit. The aftertaste breathes with a slight bitterness from charred malts, with a nice balance from those same hops. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. The feel is silky smooth, and the mouth is neither coated nor dried. The carbonation helps to move the sip along the tongue quickly, leaving little time for reflection. The smoothness mentioned earlier does help to increase the drinkability, while the standard abv really does nothing to hinder it.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how smooth it drinks. As an oatmeal stout, the beer is expected to have that clean, refined feel as it sips. To this it does not disappoint. To note, the label is also very inventive. For something with a coffee element in the name, the aroma and subsequent taste could have focused a bit more on infusing that characteristic into the profile but, in the end, the drinker is left satisfied with the blend provided.

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

Got this in the Blind Beers BIF- this beer was reviewed completely blind-- no knowledge of beer, brewery, or style.

Beer says it should be poured into a snifter... Darkness snifter gets the nod!

Beer is dark. Slightly viscous and oily looking on the pour. Deep red hues in the legs, and a dark tan head of tight small bubbles. Nice rings of sticky lace.

Smells like baker's cocoa powder and coffee. There's a touch of dark fruit as well.

Tastes just like the nose. A sweet dark roasty malt holds bitter coffee and cocoa notes. Some dark fruits come in just before the finish, but the aftertaste is dry with a coffee-like bitterness.

Feel is strong-- nice body-- a little on the full side of medium. Good low level carbonation. The body is smooth and velvety... Very pleasant.

Nice, highly drinkable beer here. I think this would be an excellent beer to sit and sip on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

--- reveals it to be Troegs Java Head Stout ---

Hmmm. Very nice. This was on my wants list, so a big thanks to Mpbugeye for the chance to sample this!
I found it quite enjoyable!

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a a deep brownish black with ample amount of creamy head that is light brown and sticks around, leaves a very nice amount of lacing

S: nice slight coffee notes and mild chocolate, also possibly a slight maple note?

T: nice maltiness with a slight broghtness at the finnish

D/M: drinks very smoothly, slides a bit thickly across the pallet, great taste and character make it a good drinking brew, strong carbonation presence

Photo of PhilfromPA
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Moderate tan head dissipates quickly to leave a light oily coating, and a thin cream rim around the glass.

S- Coffee upfront and almost overwhelms, slight chocolate in the background

T-Bitter coffee roast upfront giving away to oatmeal and chocolate on the finish.

M-A little oily with a slight touch of carbonation towards the finish. Finishes a little dry, overall mouth feel is a little lighter than I would hope.

D-Good for the ABV, a tasty beer that doesn't overwhelm and remains fairly smooth. A good value for the style.

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

pours black into the glass thin tan head that fades to a ring and a light wispy lace that hangs on fairly well.

you can smell the coffee, and it has a light smoky roasted musty aroma.

ah the taste fresh strong brewed coffee bitter chocolate roasted malt dark molasses and a bit of sugar to cut the bitterness well balanced and full flavored taste.

medium body carbonation holds up well and smooth going down.

as for drinkability need i say any more.

Photo of wiggum21
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came in the Troegs Anthology #2 Sampler 12 pack. To be honest, I bought the 12 just to get my hands on the Java Head.

Appearance- Cool looking label on bottle with pint glasses making up the teeth of a skull. Pours super dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Slight lacing

Smell- Not the strong coffee I was expecting, but still a nice subtle hint. Caramel, dark chocolate., roasted malts.

Taste- Espresso but not overpowering, dark chocolate,slightly hoppy bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel- Slightly dry, not as full bodied as I had expected, put still pleasant nonetheless.A touch of bitterness.

Drinkability. I found this to be very drinkable. May be biased as I am a stout man, but very enjoyable.Troeg's got this one right.

A very nice stout for sure. This was my first Troegs experience and it obvious that they put some effort into their brews. Next up, the Troegs Hop Back. Gotta work my way through the 12 pack this week! Merry Christmas

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

Thanks to someone for this extra. Forget who at the moment, but thanks.

Big creamy head, khaki, dark black color. Good looking beer

Coffee, floral notes in the nose.

Coffee, floral notes in the taste.

Good beer, enjoyable, not to bitter, easy to drink.

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

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge and poured into a standard pint glass. bottled 10 19 10 batch #100921 stamped on the bottle.

pours out nearly pitch black with just a slight rubiness eveident when held up to the light. about a one finger of super creamy looking mocha colored head with nice retention. lots of furry, sticky lace.

not a huge aroma. milky lactose like nose. some bakers chocolate in there as while as a bit of creamy oatmeal and lightly roasted malts. the coffee is sadly just hardly noticable but becomes just a touch more apparent as the beer warms.

super creamy and fluffy light on the palate, i wouldve never guessed 7.5%. creamy oatmeal, bakers chocolate, lightly roasted malt, and lactose like milk are the main players. a bit of citrus, dark chocolate, and light coffee beans are noticable towards the finish and along with the hops provide a nice bitterness. the coffee is definatly more apparent as the beer warms and is tasted the most a few seconds after the sip has been swallowed. average feeling carbonation.

overall this is stand up oatmeal stout, but it just lacks the coffee i was hoping to expect. still worth a try however. goes down smooth and easy which make this a decent session choice in the cold months. i wouldnt buy another six pack, but i would drink this again.

edit: enjoyed this more at cellar temp. more chocolate and a little more coffee come out.

Photo of Spider889
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bodega.

Honestly this is probably the best coffee stout I have had to date that wasn't Founders (that has fairly regular production).

Nice dark stout, light bodied and thinner but not watery at all. Had a light sandy head, fairly delicate and fluffy for such a robust beer.

Smells of freshly ground coffee beans. It is thick and pungent, overpowering the sweeter caramel and chocolate malts. I prefer it that way...

Nice roasted coffee flavor. I was actually very impressed here. For some reason I was expecting less body and flavor out of this beer. Sweet dark chocolate rounds out the roasty and slightly bitter coffee profile.

Medium carbonation, enough to facilitate better aroma and depth on the palate without becoming a nuisance.

I will always take a breakfast stout over this, but I would be very happy as this beer for my second or third choice.

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Pours deep brown with a once finger tan head with good retention that recedes to a thick cap. Great glass lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and some vanilla. Taste of some chocolate and coffee, lots of malts. A slightly bitter finish, but not that strong. Creamy body, but it comes out a bit thin feeling. Solid stout, pretty good.

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

12oz single, thoughtfully shipped northwest by borat.

appearance: served in a guinness pint, ebony body, creamy tan head with webby lacing. the standard stout

smell: roasty, char, espresso, licorice, bakers chocolate, compliment of earthy hops

taste: dry and roasty - dark bakers chocolate, burnt espresso, licorice, char and dark roast. not in the upper echelon of "coffee stouts" but a nice oatmeal stout with coffee notes nonetheless

mouthfeel: dry, medium body, light bitterness

drinkability: on par

Photo of pburland23
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a deep, dark black. When held up to the light, it's not 100% opaque. There's a reddish mahogany hue to the edges. There's a light brown head that recedes to some solid lacing.

The smell is overhelmingly coffee with some hops aroma a well. The coffee smells dark, musty and earthy.

The taste also features dark coffee as well as dark chocolate, roasted malts and some piney hops.

The mouthfeel should be fuller for an oatmeal stout. Each sip started out strong, but it felt like there wasn't enough body to sustain each mouthful.

At 7.5%, it's not exactly a session beer. But, the drinkability is pretty standard. It's a nice oatmeal stout, but not top of the line.

Photo of StormKing47
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at one of my local establishments. Reviewed from my trusty napkin notes. I know it's awkward, but I can't always have a notebook handy, I'm also saving paper...

A- A deep black color that is not completely dark there are some reddish brown/mahogany glimpses that allow in a little light. Has a thin brown head that works well with the dark color of this one. Another scratch beer upgraded to a year round, thank you Troegner brothers.

S- My, my, my a nice simple coffee bitterness with some burnt roasty malt notes. Very enjoyable to smell and as it warms the roastiness comes out a little more and has brought a licorice sweetness to the nose. Very pleasant smelling beer that I can't wait to taste.

T- Right away a great helping of bitter coffee flavor. Not too overpowering has a bit of a sweetness and almost a lactose sweetness. The burnt roasty malt flavors stay in great balance with the very subtle hoppiness hiding in the background. Throughout the sipping I can pick up a little bit of the licorice burn and sweetness that make it very enjoyable.

M- Not watery, but a little thinner than I would've liked. It's not as hearty and full bodied as I would have liked, but it has some nice coating and chewiness, just not as much as I would like. The carb plays out well in the mouth and I enjoy the tiny little tingle as I finish my glass.

D- Definitely enjoyable, but not as drinkable as I would have liked it to be. The bitterness of the coffee would become too overwhelming and the thinner than expected body would wear out it's welcome. Though it is a coffee stout and I can't argue you with that. Thanks again Troegs brothers.

Definitely an enjoyable stout, but I would have rather seen them resurrect the oatmeal stout or converted scratch 27 into a year round stout. Please John bring back scratch 27 or the oatmeal stout!

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

I picked up a 12 ounce bottle at Yankee Spirits in Swansea MA.

Appearance is a black color with a 1 finger mocha head.
The smell is a mix of coffee, chocolate, some other scents.
Taste for Java Head contains java, more chocolate, malts, some spices such as cinnamon, very rich overall. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very good on this coffee stout from Troegs. Its been some time since I have tried something from Troegs and I am happy to finally get around to this one. This is one beer that is very much worth your time.

Photo of Morey
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color with some dark brown hues visible around the edges when held up to the light. Head is golden brown and quickly faded to a thin lacing. Some decent stick though.

Smell is filled with the typical roasted aroma associated with most stouts. I would have to say that the coffee smell is more intensified in this beer as compared to other stouts. Overall, the aroma is still on the mellow side.

Very satisfying flavors of roasted barley, coffee, and a slight hop bitterness. Smooth finish with a mild yet lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied.

I could drink a few of these no problem. Very smooth and a delight to sip on. The 7.5 is unnoticeable.

Morey's Bottom Line: One of Troeg's only offerings that I had yet to have. Glad I did. Never had their Oatmeal Stout, but this is very good.

Photo of bgildea
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thin brown black with little tan head that fades quickly and leaves a slight lacing.

S: Faint smells of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Not a very strong smell a coffee flavored stout.

T: Stong tastes of coffee beans and semisweet chocolate right off the bat. The flavor fads away and leaves a nice bitterish aftertaste.

M: Pretty thin beer. I was hoping for a little more chew from a stout, so I was a little disapointed.

D: It's a drinkable beer. Pretty easy drinking for a stout. Not amazing but definitly drinkable.

Overall: Overall the beer was decent. Not much smell or chew, but the flavor was decent. It delivers on the coffee taste that it advertises. There are definitly better stouts out there, but this is worth a try for any coffee flavored stout lovers.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottling date is smudged, but I think it says 10/29/10.

A: Black body with dark reddish-brown highlights. Head isn't very vigorous, but it leaves decent lacing.

S: Coffee, dark fruits, licorice.

T: Lots of coffee, obviously. Strikes me as slightly minty. Some licorice. The coffee gives it an astringent character, but there is a good amount of underlying sweetness.

M: On the thin side of medium-bodied.

T: I wouldn't classify this as an exemplar of the style, but if you like coffee stouts, this will certainly do the job.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troegs Java Head Stout...on tap at the Troegs Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA.

Appearance-jet black with a large sized tan head, creamy and crackling bubbles everywhere, my god this is black. Deep layered body.

Smell-roasted coffee malts, very pungent, another sniff give traces of chocolate syrup, hop spice, crystal malt. Strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel-bready initially, nice strong coffee flavor mixed with fruit and chocolate for an almost mocha mix. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, nice smoothness. Finishes strong with a last note of coffee.

Drinkability-no issues, hides alcohol very well.

Overall-great example of an Oatmeal Stout, one of the top out there. Plenty of coffee, lives up to the name. Very well done.

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly with a little lacing. Pitch black in color.

S - Awesome! Coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Oddly enough I get a hint of cherries as well.

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. Bitter chocolates are a little more prominent than coffee but both are there in large quantities. Not a whole lot of flavors coming through these aggressive (but good) flavors.

M - Seems highly carbonated for a stout but it works. Great medium body. The aggressive coffee and chocolate flavors linger for a while, making you want to go back for more.

D - With the strong flavors and heavier body, this isn't a session beer. It's a great after work or desert beer though.

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More undated notes, but probably not written long after my initial, bottle review.

This was presented to me a finger of deep-brown head with great retention that eventually settled into some great lacing. Color was an inky ebony. Period. No light penetration whatsoever! Nose was like my morning cuppa joe - roasty and strong! A fellow Mug Club member (at IHLNC) and I were talking and as former servicemen, we prefer our coffee smokin' when it is finished brewing. My students often remark on how the room smells of coffee when they first enter in the morning. Man, there are days when I am hard-wired for sound by the time that I am done. How does Woody take his coffee? Hot and black, just like his women! Ha, thanks, Moe. Mouthfeel was silky and smooth with a roasty bitterness on the tongue. Forget cream! Finish was as bitter as a nasty divorce. More, please.

Another go-'round with this on cask, this time dated F, 30 July 2010.

Arrived with two fingers of dense deep-tan head with excellent retention, right from the handpump. Color was a deep dark-brown with zero light penetration except at the edges. Nose had qualities of dark chocolate, coffee, and charcoal. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a pronounced dark-roast coffee taste on the tongue. Finish lingered with anise, bittersweet chocolate and charcoal. Very dry and would be an excellent accompaniment with dessert. Nice lacing throughout.

Photo of psuKinger
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into my Penn State shaker pint, hoping to start Thanksgiving 2010 off on the right note. This bottle has been in my possession for a few months now, but I don't expect that to be detrimental on a big Stout like this.

A: Pours a thick frothy black with a nice brown head on the top. Looks like the quintessential stout in my glass.

S: I pick up roasted malts and distinctive java/coffee in the nose.

T: The Java is present. The roasted malts hit you initially, but then take a backseat to the Java, only to reappear as I exhale. My only knock here is that I think they may have overdone it a bit on the Java. This beer has lots of flavor, and that's what I want in my craft beer... just a little less Java and a little more "stout" would be ideal, IMO.

Also noting that "alcohol burn" is minimal here, something that often plagues my palate when dealing with "bigger" stouts.

M: Full-bodied and frothy in the mouth, it falls apart very enjoyable as I roll it around my tongue. I'm diggin' this guy.

D: The "minimal alcohol burn" that I noted above helps here, but Oatmeal/Java stout just doesn't fit my personal bias's. I often like to have one and then move on to something a little hoppier. I could and WOULD happily have another of these if in a setting where there were no other options. But I'm looking forward to my parents getting here and helping me out with the rest of this bomber so I can *move on* with Turkey Day.

Another fine offering from the Troegs Brewing Company. And I'll raise my glass in hopes that the lowly Detroit Lions can find a way to knock off those nasty Pats while I enjoy this brew.

Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler from spirits in point beach poured into large snifter glass

Pours a midnight black with a giant frothed coffee brown head. Retains a solid layer of film while leaving curtains of tanned lacing on the glass.

Scents of roasted dark malt, toasted oats, hazelnut, a touch of sweetness, and some surprisingly light coffee.

Dark malt with a hint of caramel, and plenty of oatmeal right up front. The coffee comes to the forefront quickly, with some nice whole bean flavor and underlying sweetness. A bit of hop bitterness is also apparent. Finishes crisp with a touch of warmth and another splash of coffee nuttiness.

Medium bodied, but a little thin considering the style. A bit of chewyness and dry edges in the feel. Smooth, easy drinking, and goes down pretty quick considering the abv, which is masked very well. Another hit from Troegs.

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee black with a thick, firm tan head - lovely looking.

Nose is a fruity plum carmel coffee that's appealing and inviting.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but with elegant carbonation and a nice balance.

Fruity coffee flavors that are assertive and bold with a very bright, clean and bold character.

This is an excellent example of an excellent coffee stout.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into guiness glass... nice deep dark black with creamy brown-tan head

Smell is sweet roasted malt with nice coffee espresso finish

Taste is all sweet chocately malt with great coffee flavors backing it up. Just a touch of alcohol esters, well done.

Mouthfeel is great, just enough oat and bread presence to give it a good presence, but flavors hit well everywhere.

very drinkable for the style and flavors.

Photo of mbunn125
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you like coffee and beer the java head is a great beer for you. I have the opportunity to teast this beer at the brewery itself, in the teasting room. Was a good hardy stout but not made for drinking is mass amounts. the beer had a rich coffee smell which made it quite interesting. overall the beer was good.

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,904 ratings.