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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 58
Gots: 168 | 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 BigMike
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Black as night with no highlights coming through at all. Topped with a huge three finger head thats thin watery and disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is disappointing. I thought maybe the beer was too cold so i let it warm up but its still the same. Very light nose. The slightest touch of coffee and a roasted maltiness. Searching even further with my nose damn near in the beer itself i get more of a butterscotch aroma.

I'm disappointed once again after tasting this. I don't know if it's just me but for a beer brewed with coffee beans. I'm getting hardly anything as far as coffee flavors go. I get the slightest touch of semi sweet chocolate and thats about it. This beer is bland and watery. It finishes with a little bit of bitterness but other then that there is hardly any flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel is extremely watery and almost non existent. It's very thin a light bodied. No alcohol presence at all.

Drinkability is ok. I mean water is very drinkable but this ain't water. I could drink another, but i really have no desire to.

Overall, i love Troegs and most of their beers and i really wanted to love this one as well. Ive been excited to try this and i hate to give low reviews on any beer but this one just doesn't do it for me. It's just missing too many elements.
I wouldn't recommend this.

BigMike, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of jwhancher
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle from the brewery tasting room.

A: Pours very dark black with nice head that fades somewhat after a few minutes.

S: For a coffee stout, I was expecting to smell much more coffee/espresso aromas. Instead, I get mostly chocolate & black malts with the faintest bit of coffee in the background.

T: Fits in the stout category quite well. Nice tasting.

M: Smooth. Neither too light nor too thick.

Overall, I wish they made the coffee/java flavors & aroma a bit stronger. A nice tasting stout, but it won't give you that caffeine fix if that's what you were expecting.

jwhancher, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a huge frothy light brown head that left a wall of lacing as it dissipated. Some yeasties floating about. The aroma is of roasted malt, toasted bread, and light metal. Not very strong and I didn't really pick up any coffee aromas. The taste has roasted malt flavor with stale coffee, wet burnt wood, very light toffee and has a hint of lemony sourness. The initial feel is quite light and almost watery, towards the finish it seems to thicken a bit; semi-soft carbonation. Sweet yet finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. A fairly average coffee stout, definitely on the lighter end of the spectrum. The back end bitterness doesn't seem to be warranted with the flavor profile. It's enjoyable but I probably won't purchase again.

Gmann, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of neorunner
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Large amount of head, possibly poured too violently. Head is very thick and creamy tan with large carbonation bubbles trapped and plenty of lacing in the glass. Small carbonation bubbles barely visible in the beer.

S- Malt and biscuit aromas but no apparent sweet smell. First sniff I smelled hops but was unable to locate this smell afterwards.

T- Bitter malt/coffee taste, lingering hop presence. Slightly sour, almost like acetyl-aldehyde at the end.

M- Watery and thin feeling in the mouth, evens out with a good to fair amount of carbonation.

D- Reasonable beer, not a drain pour but not the best beer I've had from Troegs either. Will try again next year to see if the sourness is still there.

Over all impression was it tasted like Newcastle poured through a stale coffee filter.

neorunner, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this as a housewarming gift.

Black with a thin, muddy, tan head. Eh retention leaves some foamy ledges. Neat bottle art.

Smells predominately of unattenuated sugar. Mild citrus hop and mild coffee--kinda smells like tree bark tea. Or at least what I think tea made of tree bark would smell like.

Wow, this is really bland. Again, unattenuated sugar, watery gas station coffee, and watery hot chocolate (the sugar-free, fat-free kind) with some citrus hops peeking up in back. Tea-like sour.

Honestly, this is one of the blandest beers I've ever had. It's not terrible, it's not really anything. It doesn't have a strong coffee quality. It doesn't have a strong stout quality. If anything it reminds me of a really bland English brown. I thought that maybe it doesn't age well, but it's only 3 months old--max.

donkeyrunner, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large, rocky head--leaves a lot of chunky lace. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through.

Cooled off hot chocolate smell; creamy; semi-sweet without the typical burnt aromas.

Tastes more dark than the smell. Far more bitter--burnt toast and background hop. It's thinner than I like, particularly for an oatmeal stout. The aftertaste is similar to mocha. Put it together, a nice complexity.

smcolw, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Java Head, bottle as an extra from a very generous Lum. Many thanks!

Appearance: A deep brown bodied brew topped with one finger of cocoa head of average retention that fades in to a thin sheen, but with plenty of nice lacing, replete with good blobs, sheets, streaks and drippy stickyness, along with a good, huge-bubbled collar. Great lacing.

Aroma: Very coffee-like, vaugely authentic but with a fair liquor-esque quality, accompanied by a few hints of earth and toast. A little simplistic.

Taste: Black coffee with some milky sweetness. Big toasted malts, faintly astringent, along with faint cocoa and some dark toffee. A slight hop bitterness rounds things out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth and medium bodied, with soft, mild, well-integrated carbonation. The only prickle here is contributed by the astringencies.

Drinkability: No hint of booze in this one, though it's not particularly high to begin with so that's not too surprising. Not - by any stretch - the best Troegs beer, though a solid addition to their bomber lineup, and one I'd be happy to have again at some point.

CrellMoset, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to fbm115 for sending me this.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 2 fingers of tan head. Color is much black. Leaves nice lace rings.

Aroma: Cocoa, fresh coffee, very fresh earthy hops. Big roasted malt profile. Basic, but good.

Taste: Big roasted malt flavor, very toasted, and then comes a ton of fresh earthy hops. Big coffee and cocoa flavors mixed in.

Moutfeel: Very creamy, rich and smooth. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clear with a roasted malt flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this bomber was a cake walk. Very easy drinking with a lot of flavor. I really enjoyed how well the earthy hops and coffee mixed together. Very drinkable.

mothman, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Axic10
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a finger-width bubbly tan head. Head evaporates quickly leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very faint hints of coffee and alcohol. Not overpowering at all.

Taste: Rush of cold coffee flavor hits the tongue initially. After taste is very bitter, dark chocolatey tasting. Very similar to drinking a cold cup of coffee (in a very good way).

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the tongue and not overpowering. Some mild alcohol heat after the initial swallow that quickly fades away.

Drinkability: Goes does very smooth and I am finding myself gulping, not sipping this beer.

Another solid beer by Troegs that I could see myself drinking again and even a couple of bottles in a session.

Axic10, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of younger35
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew not long ago from the one, the only, the BeerTruth. My little buddy knows my love of coffee brews. Especially at 10:45 on Saturday morning while watching G.I. Joe. Go me! Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark blackish brown with a nice one finger light tan head that recedes very slowly. A decent cap and collar remains with plenty of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Not the most potent nose of all time but not bad. A light bit of espresso from the get go with hints of dark chocolate and cocoa. Even a bit of spicy pine hiding in the background from all the hops.
Taste- Starts with a very light bit of coffee bean and vanilla. A dusting of light chalky chocolate is noticeable as is some lightly sweet caramel. The beer is fairly hoppy as well with a lightly citric bite. Think lemon peel and/or grapefruit pith. Nothing crazy but hops don't belong in my coffee goodness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin but still somewhere short of medium bodied with a light crisp bit of carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall not too shabby. I could use a bit more body, a bit more coffee and a bit less hops. It's definitely tasty BUT, I've been drinking A LOT of Bell's Java Stout in the last week and it's amazing. Either way, enjoyed this, I'm just a negative Nancy this morning. Thanks Adam!

younger35, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Travlr
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was nearly black, but let's some light through. Large bubble head that evaporates quickly to leave moderate lacing.
Smell was roasted coffee and milk chocolate.
Taste was straightforward and simple coffee and chocolate.
Overall, average, common coffee-style stout. Nothing that stands out.

Travlr, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle poured a rich and deep walnut brown with a frothy and macro-bubbly mocha colored head that was fairly well lasting. A sticky thin film coating composes the lacing. Not much to go on here, pretty standard issue per style.

S: The nose was citrusy and piney upfront while only light hints roasted coffee were barely distinguishable in the background. The aroma lacked a rich and robust nature void of much roastediness considering its name is java head. Touches of dried chocolate and a dried chalkiness prevails on the fade with only slighty bettern then average results.

T: The flavor opens up with freshly charred wood against a citrusy and pine hopping. A nice bitterness of freshly roasted coffee beans come through with chalky highlights. Spicy dark fruit of plums makes a brief appearence while it is a moderate showing of coffee beans detected on the finish. Overall i found this beer lacking in complexity and wasnt as robust as hoped for.

M: a medium body with an oily texture. Coming off slippery and smooth the finishing fade was composed of roasted coffe that was moderate in execution and short lived.

D: Decent drinkability though lacked heart, a robust nature, and a wow factor. This could of easily been delivered in six pack form, as when packaged in a single bomber with a moderate pricetag you expect a bigger more special beer. Recommend for a try, though i think it fell short of being good in most regards.

beerthulhu, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Otesanek
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Super deep russet brown, head is the color of coffee with cream, made up of super dense bubbles, about a half inch tall. The lace sticks like crazy. The aroma is muted, kinda homebrewy, that fruity-yeasty smell. Perhaps it's too cool, letting it warm... Nothing else really comes forward. Digging deeper pulls a little dusty cocoa, but no coffee really. This was bottled on 9.10.09, drank 10.14.10, so nothing in the aroma should have mellowed out by now. Flavor is roasty, a hint of toffee or butterscotch? Thin and kinda winey, with a faintly roast finish, kinda reminds me of coffee but doesn't really scream it like the coffee-bean-pot-skull on the label would suggest. Pretty boozy, not in taste or feel, but definitely leaves my head a bit cloudy. It has an interesting acidity, perhaps from the coffee? Long after, the finish has some nice berry characteristics. Mouthfeel is fine, lightly coating, lingers for a while but not too heavy, good carbonation. Drinks nice and easy at 7.5% but I definitely am feeling it by the end of the bottle.

Otesanek, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this to be a pretty average coffee stout. I found it to be more toffee-ish than coffee-ish in the flavor, and a bit thin and not especially bitter. Some of what it lacked in coffee bitterness I thought was made up for in a pretty significant hop bitterness. I thought it was OK, and very quaffable, but not necessarily what I was expecting.

Color was black. Head was tan and plentiful. I could tell from the viscousness of the pour that the body was a touch thin. Aroma was sweet like a breakfast stout. Flavor was also lactose-sweetness, and not really coffee-ish. However, there was a significant hop presence in this beer, more significant than other coffee beers in recent memory. Mouthfeel was a touch thin.

Pretty good. I'd recommend giving it a try. I bought my bottle at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

BeerBelcher, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Stigs
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into DFH oversized snifter

A - barely a finger of creamy, cappuccino colored head. falling slowly, lacing a good bit. beer is just a shade below pitch black.

S - not picking up much initially...faint fresh (but weak) coffee, sweet caramel and toffee...pretty lackluster for a coffee stout

T - there's the coffee...its pretty bitter. some chocolate (again bitter), hops come in a flash. again, kind of bland...needs some sweetness though i'd take anything at this point.

M - light bodied, pretty healthy carbonation. taste is a bit sticky as expected. carbonation is distracting from what little flavors are there

D - not struggling with it, but not really sad whe i poured the end of the bottle.

I'm a huge coffee fan, the more the better. This just doesnt do it for me. Pretty disappointing from a brewery that normally isnt afraid to push the limits.

Stigs, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Tromba
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams "signature glass"

A: Pours a very dark brown - almost black. Creamy light brown head is substantial at the pour and dissipates to a thin layer. A little bit of lacing.

S: Faint, but complex. Coffee and chocolate notes, with a little bit of dark roasted (almost burnt) malt and a hint of alcohol.

T: Also complex - Roasted (almost burnt) malt up front, followed quickly by chocolate notes. The coffee reveals itself in the finish along with a nice, balancing bitterness.

M: Full body with moderately high carbonation. Mouthfeel reminds me of lactose brewed beers I've had - a smooth, velvety quality (despite the carbonation).

D: Very drinkable for the style, but this is a big beer - make no mistake. Definitely worth a try!

Tromba, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of JasonA
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oil slick black with a thick mocha head. Love to see the head coloring with any high ABV coffee/chocolate stout. Ample lacing, disapaiting head to islands of co2.

I didnt believe the citrus hop aroma until I read it on the bottle. Sticky IPA hops, very strange for a stout. Im worried. Not much coffee/choclate, maybe some flake oat. Little ABV ... and to be honest, still getting co2. Wanted to give a 3.5 here, but the smell matches what they are trying to do so I cant fault them too much.

Creamy, medium roasted malt. Little citrus, dry roasted nut, biscuit. Missing any sort of coffee/espresso, maybe its coming out in the nut flavor.

Smooth. Sits really well, ABV is about perfect. Love the oatmeal creaminess. Quite a dry finish.

The citrus is very well balanced. I was really worried with the smell, but its balanace for the beer is great. Pretty amazing brew if you look at all the components that contribyte to its flavor. I can appreciate how folks wont like this interpretation of the style, but on the grounds for what they were shooting for, they have hit the mark.

JasonA, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of CircusBoy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very dark brown which lets light through when being poured, but looks black when in the glass. Tan head sits a good 1.5 in. and sticks to the glass.

Smell is not very strong, only really getting small hints of coffee. The taste brings out a lot more of the coffee flavor that I missed in the aroma. After the instant coffee flavor, it drops off a bit and fades out leaving a watery aftertaste.

For a coffee stout, Java head feels very light and is very drinkable. It goes down easy and doesn't take long to finish a bomber; could probably drink another.

This is a decent beer and would drink it again, but there are other stouts out there I would choose first.

CircusBoy, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head

Smell: toasted malt, molasses, and a touch of cream

Taste: burnt malt, towards the end there is a taste of coffee, a small taste of cream at the finish. minimal hops

Mouthfeel: minimal carbonation, smooth sweet start followed by a bitter touch towards the end, with a sweet ending. Light for the style.

Drinkability: Very pleasant for a stout, but I did not get an overwhelming taste of coffee or oats. Both flavors are very subtle. This one was more refreshing than I have had in this style. I will have it again, but will not rush to do so.

tigg924, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a tall, tan head made of loads of tiny bubbles. Sticks well to the glass.

S- Coffee and toasted malts with a noticable note of citrus and piney hops and whiff of alcohol.

T- Burnt malts upfront mix into a big combo of hops, coffee, chocolate malt and oats. A few notes of alcohol sneak in as well. There is a light, lingering burnt malt and coffee note.

M- Medium carbonation on a medium body that is pretty creamy.

D- A very interesting stout. I could see drinking this as a sipper due to its big flavor or a session beer due to the freshening/lightening hop profile that is present.

TommyW, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Poured the color of cola with a cascading, dense, three inch mocha-colored head. Head slowly crackles and recedes leaving behind thick concentric bands of delicate lacing before settling into a solid quarter inch cap. Subdued nose - some lactose, flaked oats and a mocha quality. Taste follows nose; however, the mocha comes out more dominantly in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is creamy, light-medium and a little gassy - a bit on the thin side. Easy drinking, but lacking some of the chewiness I've come to associate with the style. Definitely worth a try - I bet it would be exceptional on nitro.

Jwale73, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle reads: "JavaHead Stout passes through a blend of coffee beans and whole flower hops—akin to a French press—releasing cocoa, citrus and java flavors."

Pours a near black color that shows off hues of redish brown along the edges of my pint glass when held up to the light. The color coming through the edges flirt with the notion that if this beer wasn't so dark, it would be fairly clear and crisp looking. Thick 2 finger head of tanned head retains quite well and leaves a ring of lace on the glass at every sip. The nose is an amazing balance of bitter hops, coffee tones and sweet chocolate. Taste is right in line with what the aroma lets you believe that you are in for. Hop bitterness upfront, burnt barley and chocolate notes filling out the middle and welcomed again with a bitter finish that is a mix of the burnt barley and hops. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate and hops remain on the palette. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer, it is not playing much of a role in the nose or taste. The feel of this beer is a little lighter than I anticipated but that is due in part by a higher amount of carb. I have to give this one a perfect rating for the smell. I purchased this bottle at the brewery the day that it was released and I have been putting this review off for too long. The smell is exactly what I believe the Troegs brothers were looking to accomplish with this beer and it is wonderful even after sitting in my beer fridge for too long. Great job, very good beer.

stakem, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a creamy beige head; excellent stickage and lacing

Smell: Surprisingly fruity hop-influenced aroma, with chocolate, cinnamon, coffee and oats underneath

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor that delves equally into both the coffee/chocolate and fruity/hoppy realms by mid-palate, with the hoppy flavors actually being a bit more prominent; after the swallow, however, the coffee and chocolate outlast the hops and provide a somewhat sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, rather creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After being a little disappointed with Scratch 15, Troegs has amped up the recipe and produced a complex and tasty coffee oatmeal stout that nicely blends together a variety of elements

brentk56, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of bruachan
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yep...it's black. looks like a stout. has an acceptable, khaki-colored head. a little sudsy and weak-willed, but not entirely flighty. decent lacing

smells of coffee, and some piney hop

strong bitterness brackets tastes of sweet coffeeness and sweet roasty. supersmooth delivery though a touch slim for a 7.5% stout (an oatmeal stout doesn't have to be robust, by any means). this does allow for hops to make an appearance, presenting a woody and citrus (though, importantly, not oaky) interruption of the sweetness. the coffee element is dignified and not forced like so many adjunct ingredients are

bruachan, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 2oz bottle poured into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black in color with a big brown foamy head atop. Very nice lacing down the glass as I drank it.

Smell is very chocolaty with some bitter coffee coming through. Taste also has strong chocolate and roasted malts with the coffee coming through as well. Not as strong of a coffee flavor as I anticipated but still a very good taste overall. I enjoyed this beer and for the price I would but again. As someone that isn't a huge coffee lover I enjoyed the more subtle coffee in this one compared to some other coffee stouts.

billab914, Nov 07, 2009
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.