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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 58
Gots: 161 | 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 stakem


3.93/5  rDev +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.

11-09-2009 22:38:33 | More by stakem
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

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

11-08-2009 17:55:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

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

11-08-2009 05:36:44 | More by bruachan
Photo of billab914


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

11-07-2009 00:17:31 | More by billab914
Photo of Slatetank


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

Served chilled on tap at Troegs tasting room in a pint glass.

A - A black opaque appearance w/ foam of medium brown and the bead is fine. The beer is like drinking ink and the lace clings well.

S - The aroma is complex w/ a nutty aroma of dark roast beans w/ a mild sweet malt like cocoa and coffee w/ subtle pine notes from the hops

M - A med thin body w/ roasty almost charred texture w/ nutty spiced finish which is very clean and dry

T - The taste is delightful. I gulped this quicker than I realized and the full swallows gave an alcoholic coffee taste w/ a dry bean flavor like when you crush an espresso bean between your teeth and some of the astringency is released w/ mild dark cocoa bitter notes. The flavor has mild astringent and light char but has a smooth stout/coffee synergy and the oatmeal never really comes to mind, but perhaps it softens some of the bitterness and acidity. A great flavor profile

D - The stout is solid and so drinkable you forget it is your ordinary 5%, at 7.5% it can have slight warming effects. The oatmeal impact is minimal but definitely a great choice if you dig coffee and stout w/ dark roast almost burnt flavor w/ dry not creamy feel

11-06-2009 17:25:55 | More by Slatetank
Photo of deathdealer666

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip.

It's as dark and murky as my soul with a head the color of used cigarette but. And I mean that in the best way possible.

It's amazingly fruity in the nose. Berry fruit like strawberry and blueberry. A great perfume but not over the top.

The taste is more of a pit fruit like a peach or plum. A good amount of hop really balances this beer niicely. I don't really taste the coffee though. I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eatin crackers.

It's more like a Latte than a coffe stout. Very enjoyable (not to say coffe stouts aren't enjoyable). There has to be lacto sugars in this.

It's only 7.5%. Only.

Find it. Drink it.

11-06-2009 01:15:20 | More by deathdealer666
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

(From notes)

A - Dense, dark brown that's close to black; a thinner bubbly tan head

S - Lightly roasty; bittersweet chocolate; some lactose-like sweetness

T - Roasted maltiness; light chocolate flavors that only hint at bittersweet; good stuff

M - Medium, next to no carbonation (cask); warming and smooth over the palate

D - Nice dessert type of brew; very nice sipper that comes close to being a session brew :)

Overall, a nice stout and very enjoyable.

11-05-2009 22:36:01 | More by Nickls
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: black in color with a big fluffy head that sports some large bubbles. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: coffee and light chocolate tones are noticeable amoungst the roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: big malt profile with decent coffee flavors. Mixed in are some bitter dark chocolate tones and some prune sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. This was a bit too crisp for the style for me. Relatively short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this beer is great for an after dinner drink or sitting in front of a fireplace. Easy to drink and a few could be had in a session, but be wary of well hidden alcohol levels.

11-05-2009 12:44:01 | More by Gavage
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev 0%

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. It is pitch black with a 2 finger tan head. On the nose it is chocoalte forward, hints of coffee and citrus. The flavor profile is dark bitter chocolate and rounded out with coffee liquor and grapefruit. The finish lingers and is pleasantly bitter. The brew is full bodied and creamy. I enjoyed this beer but was suprised that the coffee flavors were just for rounding it out. IMO with a name like java head it should be coffee forward.

11-02-2009 12:52:59 | More by bonkers
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3.93/5  rDev +4%

I am doing a review on a beer I already reviewed to see it my taste buds have changed or if this time around is better or not.

A-Yes, still very beautiful as the first time: Pours a dark black color with a tan colored thick head that has great retention and lacing.

S-Still not impressed at all with the aroma, very dull aroma: The aroma is not very impressive at all. Just a little roasty chocolatiness. That's all really.

T-Well, this time around, I seem to get a bit more coffee flavor than noted, maybe it's a fresher bottle than my first review, it's a very nice smooth, light roasted "cold brewed" citrus coffee flavor, like a good Kenya or Ethiopian coffee: When I think of Java Head, I think this beer should be coffee foward, but it's not. I get more chocolate than coffee. The coffee is very subtle. (This time around, it's more of a good balance between chocolate and coffee, very nice indeed) [I raised the taste score up one notch.]

M-Indeed the mouthfeel is the same as noted: Very nice mouthfeel as it is very creamy and full bodied.

D-Think is a very drinkable beer, extremely smooth and creamy. Overall, I'm glad I tried this one again, I really enjoyed it:
I would suggest this to any coffee and beer loving individual.

11-02-2009 04:56:19 | More by hoplover82
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

good 1.5 finger head. great retention and a dark brown color.

smell is of chocolate and very slight coffee. hint of licorice and hot alcohol. I want more coffee aroma in a java stout.

taste has a slick oatmel characteristic. more chocolate than coffee or roast. earthy hop notes throughout.

slick mouthfeel.

good oatmeal stout. however I want more coffee if they want to call this a java head stout.

11-02-2009 04:54:13 | More by jasonjlewis
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South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +27.8%

Ash a new coffee offering for me, I simply am elated to say the least, one of the greatest styles of all time, this was no exception as this was simply a stunning beer. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/25/2009.
The pour was damn near perfect with a rich dark brown tone and a huge coffee colored head that just reached a height of around two inches before settling down with tons of side lacing a huge pillow of brown that settled on the top nearly perfectly. Aroma dripping of coffee, richer brewed coffee with hints of light chocolate and milk sugar, really sweet and well brewed I have to say, Warming only served to bring out even more flavors of crisp coffee notes and light touches of vanilla. As I reach in for the sip I am floored. Liquid gold right here. Smooth and rich feel to it gave it the ultimate in coffee flavor. Super rich fresh brewed coffee and vanilla flavors just wash over the tongue with wonderful ease. Rich, decadent dessert like flavors here. Warming only brings them out even more. Simply stunning. Rich feel with near perfect carbonation only lends to the legend here,
Overall this was hands down one of the best coffee beers I have ever tried I would go for this one again in a heartbeat, any day of the week. Amazing stuff.

10-30-2009 14:21:01 | More by mikesgroove
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3.93/5  rDev +4%

Pours a rich opaque with a deep, frothy tan head leaving a thick sticky lacing in its path.

Big aroma consists of roasted malt, oats, coffee, and chocolate.

Palate consists of roasted malt, bold coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and just a hint of hop finish.

Rich body, medium carbonation, a bit warming with a creamy/milky smooth finish.

Tasty brew as is typical for Troegs with excellent character and just a slight twist from the style norm.

10-30-2009 03:15:36 | More by CHADMC3
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Looks like iced coffee color wise in the glass. A quarter finger of slightly brownish head with some lacing. Carbonation is minimal.

S: Charred coffee beans. The smell of oatmeal really works well with it though. The oats are fairly bright with just a tinge of chocolate thrown in. Little bit of a milky sweetness in the end. Really nice nose. Not as much over the top coffee as I thought it would be.

T: Almost tastes like a milk stout in that sweetness really grabs you. The coffee is there but is really not that dominating just like the nose.

M: Very velvety mouthfeel. Very smooth.

D: Split the bomber and that was no problem. Very easy drinking with a fairly reasonable ABV. They really do not make a bad beer.

10-29-2009 21:56:58 | More by aerozeppl
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

A- Dark brown almost black liquid topped with a thick tan head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Subtle notes of coffee and chocolate.

T- Bittersweet chocolate followed by a note of coffee. Finish is a mix of coffee and a biter bite of hops. Not something I was expecting but not unpleasant, the hops are held in check nicely by the coffee.

M- Full bodied, but not heavy and low carbonation. Feels creamy and smooth in the mouth. Finish is dry with a lingering final note of coffee.

D- Easily drinkable and a solid effort, the 7.5% ABV is not noticeable.

Solid beer but not stellar.

10-28-2009 01:05:31 | More by ToddT
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2.98/5  rDev -21.2%

Pours a thick coffee black with plenty of head. Just a hint of coffee smell, but not much aroma at all. The coffee taste is more of an aftertaste than anything. Not nearly as much coffee flavor as I'd expect from a beer called Java Head. There are too many hops to let the beer really sing as an oatmeal stout. I think it would be better if it were made more along the lines of a standard oatmeal stout.

10-27-2009 22:26:25 | More by degerbah
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Pour is super-dark with tan head that lasts fiarly long. Aroma has some espresso and strnog oatmeal presence. Some bitterness, not too robust though. Flavor isn't very robust either, some java and milk chocolate as well as darker malts. The flavor seems a little on the light side, but considering its not a 10%abv or something beer its god a good level. Mouth is light to moderate, light carbonation. More like a porter than a stout. All around it is pretty easy to drink, not super heavy. It is better than most options you might find at a bar.

10-27-2009 15:17:28 | More by BirdFlu
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3.63/5  rDev -4%

a: snifter serving, a frothy mocha head blankets the black stout, receding slowly and coating the glass walls with residue

s: pine hops overtake the roasted malt aromas of the stout, charred barley is evident underneath with some toasted oats, glimpses of coffee are present but tough to pick out

m: the medium-full bodied beer carries a smooth moderate carbonation,

t: resinous pine hop flavors at the start progress to a full bitterness in the finish, underneath ride roasted barley and a dusting of cocoa powder with dry roast lingering, coffee is again tough to find - with only some hints roasted bean in the finish, apparently completely amalgamated into the the roasted barley context, nice but a little thin on flavor complexity

d: an easily drinkable 7.5% stout, thanks to the low residual sugars and roasty, bitter finish

bomber from State Line Liquors, MD

10-27-2009 01:40:08 | More by blackie
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

22 fl. oz. bomber poured into nonic glass.

A: Pours dark brown/black that is almost opaque with a dense fluffy light tan head. tons of beautiful lacing left after each sip.

S: Smells of piney hops and roasted coffee malt bitterness as well as a subtle touch of chocolate.

T: According to the bottle, this "passes through a blend of coffee beans and whole flower hops" and you can definitely tell! Tons of hops followed by tons of roasted malts and coffee. Leaves a bit of a caramel-like sweetness in the aftertaste.

M/D: Very smooth due to the oats, but is actually a bit too thin in the mouth. Carbonation is great. Pretty drinkable, hides the alcohol well.

10-26-2009 23:18:50 | More by TheViolator666
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

22 oz bottle, picked up in Buffalo.

Pours an opaque and cloudy dark brown, almost black, no light gets through, thick and rocky light brown head forms, slowly settles to a very thick ring and layer, shit tons of lace stick. Can't see a stout looking too much better.

Smell is interesting, fruity, oats, some caramel, chocolate, some light coffee roast, burnt sugar, raisin, cake, pretty neat character, nothing jumps out but it smells nice.

Taste is nice as well, big and roasty, slightly astringent, burnt sugar and toffee, oatmeal, coffee roast and a bit of chocolate, some dark fruitiness, silky and smooth, light but good.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, a bit slick and oily feeling. Slightly watery but pretty decent and drinkable.

10-23-2009 23:46:41 | More by Viggo
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

A: Pours a dark black with no light coming through. Provides a large tan head with some speckled lacing.

S: For an oatmeal stout, I thought there would be a stronger aroma on the nose. It is mostly a weak coffee/espresso with a vague hint of hops.

T: A lot of roasted malt character up front with some citrus hop, although not a lot of hop.

M: A nice medium body beer with minimal carbonation, leaves a slight roasted malt flavor on the palate.

D: A higher ABV of 7.5%, makes this more of a dessert beer. Worthy of a purchase.

10-23-2009 12:01:01 | More by IronCitySteve
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

My good friends at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, Pa are always great at advertising their new brews. So, when they sent word that Troegs new project was in stock I had to go and get some.

A: Deep black body with a good mocha colored head that stuck around and left some lacing.

S: Acidic coffee roasts dominate the aroma with a touch of chocolate and dark fruits supporting.

T: Decent roasted mocha flavor leads the way with chocolate supporting the cause. Hoppy bitterness is on the undertone but fall just a bit short to balance the heavy coffee flavor.

M: Medium body which is too thin for this brew in my opinion and a good amount of carbonation.

D: A real solid brew from the boys at Troegs, but not quite up to their normal high standards. Also, a good but not great coffee stout, but to be fair after Jahva, Depth Charge, and Founders Breakfast I've got pretty high standards. The flavor here is good, but just a bit too thin and unbalanced to really take it to the elite level. All Troegs fans should support them and try, but not really a must try for all brew fans.

10-22-2009 01:39:52 | More by jdg204
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

Had on cask at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (10/15/09). Poured into a 10oz. goblet at around 55 degrees.

Appearance: Very dark shade of brown capped off with a slight coffee brown head. Little black specs float around like finely ground coffee beans.

Smell: Roasted coffee and malt followed by chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, and a faint tinge of alcohol.

Taste: The taste mirrors the smell greatly hitting the palate first with roasted coffee, malt, chocolate, toffee, nuts, and vanilla. There is a slight alcohol finish which nicely adds a degree of warmth to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy with just a hint of carbonation. Moderately thick and very smooth with a slight slippery mouthfeel.

Drinkable: Exceptionally drinkable especially from a cask.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and have already revisited it quite often and will continue to do so. Highly recommended if you are a fan of coffee stouts.

10-21-2009 14:55:57 | More by Lunch
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3.93/5  rDev +4%

Poured a dark brown with a one finger head that slowly reduced to a skin. The aroma was light coffee. The taste consisted of the usual suspects, i.e. coffee and bitter chocolate. The feel seemed on the medium side, but I'll give it a full bodied rating, and a nice job of walking the carbonation tight wire. Drinkability was good. I was happy with Java Head and the price was reasonable.

10-21-2009 04:22:07 | More by kegger22
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

bomber bottle split between two people and poured into snifters.

Just lands on the correct side of the opaque fence - definitely a murky brew - some light stays, some light goes in this dark chocolate colored beer. Spots of khaki head sit atop. End of story.

Roasted malts provide a a nice broad base that fills the nostrils. Some toffee, nut, espresso and faint alcohol notes swim around, forming a nose that is just complex enough to make the cut into the circle of the 'good'.

Starts out a little thin and watery on the front of the tongue. Some sweet caramel makes its way in as the beer moves across the tongue. The body reveals itself in the middle as milk chocolate qualities develop - this is a very pleasing easy, creamy chocolate taste that gently coats the tongue. The beer reaches towards a slightly astringency towards the back of the arc - a whiff of bitter coffee and heat mixes with the still sweet malty backbone. The beer kicks into high gear and finishes with a good prick of piney hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Well done here Trogners. The dryish finish is all earthen hop, coffee and strong cocoa...and it is in no hurry to leave. The finish is very nice, but the beer otherwise lacks a commanding presence, and suffers from the timid start, thin edges, and seemingly below average carbonation. A solid effort here - a beer that is easy to enjoy.

10-20-2009 03:13:53 | More by Philabeerphia
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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