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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,882
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 62
Gots: 201 | 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 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.

GRG1313, Nov 20, 2010
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.

mvanaskie13, Nov 20, 2010
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.

mbunn125, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a solid pitch black color with a nice looking mocha colored head on it that holds some nice retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Solid looking Stout.

S= For sure coffee in there but I think I get a little bit of hops as well buried in there. There is an oatmeal playdoh smell to it a little as well. The coffee is the dominate smell but it doesn't seem as big as it should be for a java stout.

T= The taste is java for sure. Loads of coffee in this beer. Actually one of the most coffee intense beers I've ever had besides something like Coffee Bender. There is also a large hop presence to it for a stout. A deep bitterness that combines coffee and hop bitterness. The finish is what I would describe as coffee fruity.

M= Smooth as silk and light as hell. Really sort of feels like there is nothing in my mouth.
Sort of thin.
D= Delicious for coffee lovers that's for sure. This is a world class coffee stout but I don't think they do enough to make it an oatmeal stout. The oatmeal plays a secondary role and the mouth is quite thin on it.

jjanega08, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of busterthecat
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz into tulip goblet

A- Very dark brown with a dense khaki head. Some good lacing.

S- Roasted toffee, mild overall, some zest from hops. Mild.

T- Bitter toffee, slight chocolate and coffee. Hops present. The flavors seem to blend better as warms.

M- Fills mouth. Slightly creamy texture. Pleasant. Bitterness lingers.

D- No alc, very easy to put down a bomber.

Wish it had more coffee flavored influence. A good stout.

busterthecat, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost black into my favorite snifter. Foam disippated into a light tan ring. Moderate carbonation. Roasty toasty aroma with a hint of coffee. Quite honestly not as coffee forward as I expected. Same with the taste. Malt backbone, a hint of hops, nice and dry but only mild coffee. Mouthfeel was dry and the brew was certainly easy drinking.

rdub, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room into a standard pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan one finger head that leaves faint lacing down the entire glass.

S - Big roasty, rich, nose on this one. Chocolaty malts add a nice rich flavor to go along with all that roasty coffee. A little bit of vanilla and a slight hop bitterness are hidden but do come out a bit more once it begins to warm up.

T - Plenty of strong, roasty, flavors in this one. The chocolate malts are a great complement to all that strong coffee flavors. Espresso, chocolate, even a little vanilla help balance this one out a bit. Some hop bitterness comes thru on the finish and is a welcome addition to help break up all those rich flavors. A very nice oatmeal stout.

M - Heavy flavors with a medium feel and moderate carbonation. A little too cold at the start but much better once it warmed up a bit.

D - A very drinkable coffee stout. A nice rich, roasty, offering perfect for a cold day like this.

orangesol, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 9/17/10 (I think, its kind of hard to read). Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

Look: first off, the label on this guy is awesome. Pours black with a mocha colored head. I poured it very aggressively and so I end up with a 3 finger head thats very fluffy and laces the glass nicely. Even though its black there are some deep brown highlights around the edges when its held near a light. Nice looking stout.

Smell: its a little more subtle than I would like. Dark chocolate and a little coffee and some subtle hops are all I get. The coffee is so laid back I'm wondering why this beer is called Java Head.

Taste: its a little sweet, tasting a bit like a milk stout at first. There's some chocolate, some coffee, black patent malt, and some of the hops. The coffee is again fairly subdued. The hops are a little more pronounced than I'd expect. This isn't to say I don't like it; I was just expecting something different because of the name and the label. It also hides the alcohol very well. I thought it was 5% until I looked at the label.

Feel: medium bodied, very creamy and smooth. Its a little on the thin side for a 7.5% ABV stout. The carbonation is spot on for a stout. Again, the alcohol is hidden and there's no warmth from the alcohol.

Drink: probably the high point of this beer. If I wanted to drink a stout all night, I could easily make it this one.

Overall, a decent effort. I was craving a stout and reached for this one out of the beer fridge and it hit the spot. Like I said, it wasn't anything like I expected it to be but that's not a bad thing. Its certainly worth a try!

SkunkWorks, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a midnight black with a skimpy khaki head that laced the glass. It smells rich and sweet, almost like a milk stout. It smells of coffee beans and milk chocolate. The taste too echoes the milk chocolate, probably more so because this was bottled in September of 2009. It has really good flavor, rich and creamy. It drinks pretty light for a stout and is a light to medium. It's very, very drinkable. I really liked this one. I was glad I picked it up while in Cleveland.

aasher, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 9/13/10

Java Head Stout pours with a very dark, nearly black body and 1 finger of creamy tan head. The aggressive pour yielded some nice retention and lacing on my pint glass. Initially the predominant aroma is chocolate, but i pick up some coffee and roasted malt scents after a few more whiffs - nothing bold. The taste is very similar to the smell but more pronounced, some chocolate upfront with some nice coffee flavors coming through in the middle and back. Creamy in the mouth, with moderate carbonation and little (if any) indication of the 7.5 % ABV. Nice to see this become a year round offering from the Troegs Brewery - a welcome addition to my fridge!

prdstmnky, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, served in an imperial pint glass that was chilled.
Dark brown, almost black in color. Cocoa colored head. A little bit of lace.
Roasted malt aroma, a little bit of coffee and a little bit of chocolate.
Pronounced espresso taste, some chocolate.
Very nice.

lordofthewiens, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dense black beer with a very thin tan head. The aroma is coffee, black-patent, a bit of booze, and grain. The taste is bitter and intense. Espresso, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of bittering hops. It's an engaging and very drinkable beer. Full in body. If anything, the flavor is dominated by coffee...it could be a bit more intense. Still, very good.

Suds, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of musicforairports
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, nice brown head that disappears quickly. Some lacing. Surprisingly carbonated-looking.

Smells like dark malt, with chocolate and coffee dominating.

Taste is actually a bit porter-ish up front: dark malt with a hint of chocolate. Finishes with some coffee taste--not as overpowering as you might think given the beer's name--and a faint flowery, citrusy hop vibe.

Mouthfeel is substantial but not excessive for a stout at all.

Pretty drinkable. I like to cap off the night with a stout as opposed to drinking several in a row, but I could drink another one of these after this no problem.

musicforairports, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a pitch black color, with just a hint of red detected when you hold it near the light. There wasn't very much of a head and the lacing was pretty light.

The aroma at first was almost that of wine...It has almost a grapy, then almost cherry like aroma that makes me think wine. As it sits a for a few minutes you get the aroma of some malts that fall into a nice black coffee aroma.

The taste on this one starts out nice an malty. As it progresses more into the mouth, you begin to get a very dark chocolate taste. As you finish of the brew in the sip, you get a very strong coffee finish, as all the flavors come together for a nice complex flavor.

This is a decently light bodied brew, that has little carbonation. Very little when you swirl the glass, but some strong coffee flavor that strikes the taste buds.

This brew is very crisp and refreshing. As some have stated in there own reviews of this brew, drink this reminds me of really almost drinking coffee. Its cold and has a wonderful flavor. I would love to be able to drink this in the morning. This is another great brew, that I have had from Tröegs.

mattgreger, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with floaties from perhaps a too hard pour. Good solid head.

S - Nose is rich, dark fruit - grapes and such, hints of molasses and dark roastiness but not so much coffee.

T - Somewhat sweet with a grapey-winyness. Burnt, roastedness takes a second to develop. A bit of hoppiness in the back end is nice as well.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Not too heavy but still substantial.

D - Good overall brew. Well balanced.

allergictomacros, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of greengorilla
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a dark black with a thick tan head. It looks quite impressive.

The smell is decent, but a little weaker than I was expecting.

The taste is good though. It has a nice combination of malty chocolate and coffee tastes. There is just a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel is good also. It is very drinkable. Even my wife liked this one.

greengorilla, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of mjsheehan08
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

---from notes

I had this after a long night of work, so a good beer was needed. Great stout with a strong mouthfeel. Finishes smooth, but there is a little heat from the alcohol, but in a good way. Flavors of citrus, coffee, and caramel make this an all around enjoyable experience.

mjsheehan08, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, this is actually pretty decent. I hope to keep finding more stout/porter brews with coffee that are actually good like this (Beer Geek Breakfast was another I enjoyed recently).

Pours somewhat cask-like - small, big-bubbly head, flattening out quick an leaving nil lacing. Coal black. The aroma is a well-balanced mix of roasty scents - premium black coffee and a lightly acidic bitter porteresque quality. The coffee does not, at any time in the aroma or the taste, take majority rule, and that's wonderful. The flavor is much of the same, with the taste straddling porter/stout territory - actually, it's quite British in its flavor profile (comparable to Sam Smith's stouts) with a quite present ale fruitiness in the middle. The coffee (as well as the alcohol) is merely an exquisite highlight on the outer fringes.

But is this really an oatmeal stout? According to BA and the Troegs site, it is. Perhaps a most subtle touch of the smoothness associated with the addition of oatmeal is found in the feel here, as it drinks with nearly no interference of CO2, no bite, whether bitter or apparent astringency. On the other hand, it also lacks a bit of malt depth. I hesitate to call it "thin', however.

Honestly, this was surprisingly tasty. I wasn't worried that it would be awful at all. Troegs knows their shite.

Bouleboubier, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: solid back with a luscious head; decent lacing
S: abundant sweet smell of carame and molasses
T: a classic chocolate coffee stout; chilling this beer will mask the bass notes of the beer; it seems to have been brewed on the darker side of things
M: nice feel

overall, a good solid stout

Arithmeticus, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark black, no light penetrates. Creamy tan head dissipates quickly, leaving only a slight haze on top and a thin ring around the glass.
S - Dark malts, molasses, surprisingly subdued coffee, vanilla, and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Smells nice, but I would never guess it was a coffee stout from aroma alone.
T - More dark malt and molasses. I can certainly taste the coffee, it's sweet and not as darkly roasted as other coffee stouts I've had. Not a bad thing, just different. There's quite a bit of hops in here, they add a good amount of bitterness and orange peel to the finish. Nicely balanced.
M - Medium bodied with high, sharp carbonation. A bit too much carbonation for my liking, but no biggie.
D - It's good, and my bottle disappeared quickly, but it wouldn't be my first choice when shopping for a coffee stout.

jsanford, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black. Has an intensely sweet taste almost like molasses which finishes like coffee. The smell is all too much like coffee. Overall it isn't bad but other tastes make it taste less like a beer and more like carbonated iced coffee. Feels kind of smooth, a bit light for its strength. Goes down nice enough

hdofu, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of beernooby
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: I thought the beer was pitch black at first, but holding it to the light I can detect what I think is the faintest hint of red. The head is small and the lacing is light.

S: It actually smelled faintly like a red wine to me, with burnt toast and grape and cherries.

T: It starts pleasant and malty when it enters the mouth but takes on a very very dark chocolate taste. It has a strong black coffee afterglow, especially after all tastebuds are exposed to it.

F: It is very thin with little carbonation. There's almost no response when I swirl my tongue.

D: The coffee taste after the swallow is refreshing and recalls energizing memories of drinking actual coffee. I would drink it during the day instead of coffee.... if I drank beer during the day.

beernooby, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, in the glass it is black. A creamy coffee colored head tops this. Looks nice.

S: Coffee with bitter chocolate. Hints of licorice and earthy hops.

T: The flavor follows the smell. Bitter chocolate with dark coffee notes, followed by a fairly strong earthy bitterness from the hops. The finish has more coffee and chocolate. The alcohol is not noticeable.

M: A little on the thin side for me. It almost feels a little too watery for me. The carbonation is nice and the bitterness really lingers in the somewhat dry finish.

D: Good, although the bitterness seems a little heavy, while the mouthfeel seems a little weak. Still good, but not a stand out brew in this style.

Beejay, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of YouSkeete
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, brown around the edges of my snifter. Tan head, goes away quickly and turns into light bubbles across the surface.

S: Roasted malts, hops and some notes of citrus. Hops are stronger than i thought they'd be, and the coffee smell isn't as powerful as i thought it would be also. Sweet oats are hidden over the hoppy aroma.

T: Chocolaty and extremely hoppy. Tastes like a black IPA. Coffee is hardly present in the actual taste, but the chocolate makes it seem like theres some coffee flavors. Kind of malty, kind of flowery almost. Oatmeal is definitely present, and it balances out the maltiness well. Aftertaste is nice and light.

M: Very light! If you like chocolate, hops, and Imperial Stouts are too much for you, this is the beer you're looking for.

YouSkeete, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, thanks to mntlover, hidden away in a dark and cool closet. Almost forgot I had this one but what better beverage for breakfast can one ask for than a coffee oatmeal stout. Pours dark, ebony, and opaque with a tall tan head that is sturdy and lasting. Thick patchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is freshly roasted Kenyan coffee beans, cocoa, and a hint of grassy hops.

Lovely mouthfeel, befitting of a quality oatmeal stout, is smooth and silky with a restrained moderate carbonation.

Taste has plenty of roasty notes of dark chocolate, some nuttiness, and a sharpness from the coffee beans. The oatmeal deftly smooths out the rough edges and some citrusy and grassy hops serve up a nice bitter component. Alcohol is tucked away nicely, but you notice it a few minutes after the finsih.

Ideal marriage of a coffee and oatmeal stout. Another solid offering from a brewery that has never disappointed me.

Very well constructed.

merlin48, Oct 24, 2010
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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