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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,996
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 270 | 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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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.

Photo of vgarneth
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a variety pack that a friend of mine picked up in Pennsylvania. Tröegs makes some nice brews and this is one of them. Not as much coffee on the nose and tounge as I would have expected, but still a good beer. Mouthfeel and beer was slighty above average.

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

I got this beer in a trade with listenatjoes, thanks Joe! Poured this beer in my Struise glass the beers looks very nice with a pitch black fluid and a decent head. Coffeesmell and dito taste. Groundnotes in the nose. A good and honest stout which could use a bit more alcohol. For this style a good beer.

Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Troegs, and this is another great example of a well made beer, but to call it java stout there should be more coffee going on. Maybe crack the beans its getting aged on or add more.

The appearance is pitch black with a thin tan head and slight lace. Was hoping for more head. The smell is great but faint and lacking on the ocffee notes. Its got faint chocolate, sweet and roasted malts, and some cocoa notes. Perhaps some faint vanilla. the taste is nice, roasted, some nice coffee thought I want more, and some bitter, earthy hops in the back. Hints of chocolate and some grassy notes. Sweet front and bitter back. Nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected. Was hoping for something creamier and thicker. Overall, great tasting and easy to drink. An overall great stout, just falls short on my extremified stout palate.

Photo of NaLoGra
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black beer, not much head. Impressive looking.

S - Smells dominated by coffee beans and malts.

T - Tastes exactly like it smells, but almost with a coffee chocolate upfront, and a hoppy, malty, toasty aftertaste. Very pleasant.

M - Thick, heavy bodied, smooth. A lot of alcohol flavor though.

O - Great beer, I would definitely buy again. The strong alcohol flavor would be its biggest downfall, but impressive coffee beer overall.

Photo of skenyon1811
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

A: A super dark, almost pitch black beer with a tan colored head. There was not much of a head when poured, just a slight lacing. Does not appear to be very carbonated. Looks good for the style.

S: I love the aroma here. Real nice chocolate malt and coffee notes. Faint hop earthy aroma in the background. Really great aroma, it actually made my mouth start to salivate.

T: Right a way I get a really sweet taste, not what I was first expecting. Then I notice the hops... not bad, makes for a nice transition to the after taste. The after taste is this really nice rich coffee flavor. excellent progression of flavors.

M: I was hoping for something a little creamier, this is a little thin and has a little bit of a chalky feel.

O: Overall I would say this beer is well worth picking up. Drink it cold but slow, while it warms up you really get to enjoy it.

Photo of patreely12
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown, nearly opaque with a 2 inch tall mocha head. after the first couple of sips the head reduces to a thin, bubbly foam. some spotty lacing.

S - rich chocolate and coffee notes. some caramel and roasted malts. pretty sweet. not much else besides that, but it smells really tasty.

T/M - roasted malts accompanied by bitter coffee and rich sweet chocolate. there's some, but not much hop presence. also there's just enough alcohol presence to keep me interested. slightly bitter, dry finish. creamy, smooth feel. medium bodied.

Overall this is a decent stout. easy to drink. the sweet chocolately flavors are the best part, everything else is just average.

Photo of gskitt
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, not opaque, light gets through, light brown head, fluffy. Smell is toned down, not the strong coffee scent you'd expect. I get more chocolate and char rather than coffee, but not in a bad way. It has a bit of a dry finish, not very sweet, has some bitterness. Overall, not a bad stout, just needs more of a coffee boost for it to be aptly named Javahead.

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Premiere. A coffee novel, with very little drinkability. Reddish dark brown body, coffee and roasted nose. Dry mouthfeel, with chocolate and real coffee, a little acidic. I just could not get into it, tried again a while later, and drain poured it.

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

Tröegs Java Head Stout
12 oz brown bottle
Batch #11001? (jet ink is smudged)
Served in my awesome Smuttynose tulip glass

Pours an opaque jet black. Looks like ink. Khaki colored trails and webs of sticky lace.

Pleasant aroma with some roasted malt and sugary sweetness in the nose.

Dark roasted malts leading to flavors of espresso, Hershey chocolate and sugary dairy. A well crafted, smooth and complex stout. The finish has a dark roast coffee and bitter hop flavor.

More nuances to the beer are revealed as it warms up to room temperature. The 7.5% is very well hidden under the attack of so many flavors. An enjoyable stout this Friday evening.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Love all of the stuff I've had from Troegs, bought this for the NCAA championship game. To be honest, I was sort of let down. It pours a great dark brown color, has a nice roasty coffee smell, but I felt the taste was lacking a bit. The relatively high ABV is pretty well hidden, and there's some good kiss of hops upfront buried in the coffee taste, but the aftertaste is a bit bland and boring. Average beer, expected better for sure.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- from notes
A - dark brown with a slightly oily head and lacing
S - Strong coffee followed by sweet caramel maltiness
T - Bitter coffee and sweet malts blend well leaving just a slight bitter residue
M - Smooth with lower carbonation and a bit of coffee style oil slick
D - I quite liked this coffee stout and would have more

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Chesapeake, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a deep black/brown in color with a 3/4 finger width, bubbly brownish-tan foam head that dissipates about a minute after pouring. The dissolved head leaves a thick, pasty lacing on the edges of the glass.

(Smell): The aroma is slightly subtle and is reminiscent of dark coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate. For a Java stout, I actually smelled a surprising amount of hops (almost like a Double IPA). The smell is slightly less appealing than some of the other coffee/java stouts I've had.

(Taste): Like a bully with a soft spot, the Troegs Java Stout hits the tongue much lighter than the appearance and smell would believe you to expect. At it's coldest, all I could taste was the hops, but as it warmed up, the beer came to life with a bitter/malty coffee taste.

(Mouthfeel): Extremely light in carbonation with a body that feels kind of heavy but washes down quite lightly.

(Drinkability): The Troegs Java Stout is one of those beers that feels like it's on the verge of an identity crisis. Is it supposed to be desserty? Hoppy? Light? Heavy? I really don't know. I love a good coffee stout every now and again, but this one just feels lost and out of place. They should rename this batch Troegs IPA w/ Java. Not horrible, but not really good either.

Photo of JizackFH
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a dark brown color, and has a small 1-finger bubbly tan head. The head has okay retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The bottom edge of the glass shines red when held to the light.

S - It smells mainly of coffee and dark roasted malts. There are also notes of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and some caramel sweetness is also present.

T - It tastes mainly of dark roasted maltiness, and a big coffee flavor. There are notes of some caramel sweetness, chocolate, and Vanilla. Also, there is some booziness present. The finish is roasty and there is some lingering bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and lower carbonation. It goes down smooth and has good flavor. It is quite a roasty beer, and has quite a bit of bitterness. There is also some alcohol warmth present in the finish.

D - Pretty good drinkability here. It was a bit of a sipper for me, but quite easy to drink. This is definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts that I have had so far. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and I would buy it again.

Photo of knephews
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tasted this brew at a bar near New Cumberland, PA while away on business and I had been thinking about it ever since.
The beer has a dark, black as midnight color and pours with a frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing around the glass.
The taste boasts of roasted coffee, malts, and hops. The hops aren't overpowering but you know they're there. It finishes nicely and begs you to drink another but be careful, at 7.5% ABV, it catches up to you quickly. It is without a doubt, my favorite stout and one of my favorite beers.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle shared by Joe and tried side-by-side with a 2009 bottle hastily procured by Lee - thanks to both!

Both pour black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Both smell of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. The coffee is present in both but seems harsher in the 2010 and not as robust in the 2009. I think the middle ground would be optimal here.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly roasted coffee. Midway through the sip the coffee flavors lighten up a bit and dark chocolate flavors join in. All of the above carry through to a moderately bitter ending. The 2010 is more complex whereas the 2009 has a heavier roast influence.

Mouthfeel is good. Both vintages have a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing either of my glasses and could have two more.

Overall I was a fan of both vintages but if I had to choose one I would go for the 2010, although that's not a surprise for a coffee-forward beer. In any event, this is a solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black color with a finger of creamy off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of deep roasted toffee notes. Slightly sweet. Lots of chocolate and coffee also fills in the aroma. Little bit of milk/vanilla in there.

T - Starts off with some sweet roasted caramel malts some a touch of chocolate flavor. Also a touch of lactate in the background. Through the middle coffee flavor comes through alongside some more roasted flavors. Finish is a blend of sweet caramel flavor, and the coffee and chocolate flavor with a touch of milky sweetness that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied and moderate-low carbonation. Overall, fairly smooth and creamy, with only a touch of watery feeling. Finish is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. Flavors are really smooth and nicely balanced. Overall, nice and creamy, could maybe use a little more of a punch, but a really tasty beer.

Photo of mckeowbc
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown, looks black in the glass. Topped by a thin foamy head that dissipates quickly.
S - Smell is of roasted malt, but I don't get a lot of coffee. Smell like most decent stouts I've had, but I was hoping for something different.
T - Taste is good but not exceptional. Dark roasted malt, some coffee but not as much as I was expecting. A good stout, but not outstanding.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth.
D - Very drinkable, well balanced goes down easy, alcohol content not incredibly high.

It's a good beer, don't get me wrong. But I was expecting something like Founder's Breakfast Stout. If this had a bunch of coffee in it, it certainly didn't come through over the regular flavors of dark roasted malt.

Photo of engagechad
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - fresh - poured into a tulip

Pours very dark brown with faint ruby peaking through, soapy head that dissipates quick but there is nice lacing.
Smells of bitter malts and coffee according to the bottle they pass the beer through a chamber of coffee beans and hops at the end and it's kind of an odd mixture for me with the smells and the tastes. Bitter is good but the sting kind of kills the oatmeal feel for me.

Overall this is an average brew for me. Love the other offerings from Troegs but this was kind of a let down

Photo of danmcg62
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark black/brown color with a solid thumb width head. Looks like there are pieces of oatmeal of something floating around in the beer. Interesting.

S-Toasty smell with dark coffee and chocolate.

T-Roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Oatmeal as well.

M-Kind of creamy a little less thick that most stouts I've had.

O-Overall I like this beer. Pretty drinkable and tasty as well. Would pair well with any dessert or sweet item served.

Photo of philly224
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark black, can not see through the beer at all. The only thing I was a little disappointed with was the head was pretty thin.

Smell: The smell of this beer is amazing, strong coffee scent

Taste: Coffee is very noticeable but the beer is a bit lighter then most stouts.

Mouthfeel: A bit light would prefer it to be a little thicker but its not bad.

Its an excellent stout for the price, it only cost me $9.99 for a six pack and the 7.5 abv is hardly noticeable.

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,996 ratings.