Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,914
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 62
Gots: 215 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009)
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Photo of thetomG
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical dark brown color. Minimal head with no lacing. A bit thinner then I'd like. Aroma is mostly just malts - not really picking up any coffee. Flavor is very much the same, and while that flavor is good, I was really expecting more coffee to come through - as it is I'm not picking much up here at all. Glad I tried it, but not seeking it out again really.

Photo of IPAescotch
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and a little heady nice thick lace. My first thought is that this is a beer meant to be drank room temp. Either that or it is just very bland, wait for it to heat up...

First oatmeal stout. Somewhat watery. Not much flavor really, a hint of coffeebut not enough to satisfy a real java head. Creamy and balanced but not much of a thrill.

Id call it a breakfast beer.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - What a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark black with a massive sudsy beige head that slowly dissipated into thin layer atop the liquid and thick lacing on the upper portion of the glass.

Smell -- Black coffee, cocoa powder, some cream and sugar sweetness, molasses, raisin, some smoke and char.

Taste -- Follows the nose perfectly, albeit not as sweet: black coffee and bitter roast malt up front, with subdued lactose-like sweetness. Molasses and fig are in the mix as well. Rounding out the finish is some mild hop bitterness along with char and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel -- medium in body, slick, with moderate prickly carbonation. A bit thin for style, but not distracting.

Drinkability -- This beer escapes the pitfall of many other coffee stouts in that it keeps the coffee flavor sharp and doesn't drink like like a boozy frappuccino. The body is a bit thin, especially for an oatmeal stout, but overall it's quite a drinkable offering. If you like your coffee black, this will suit you just fine!

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

A dark brown-black pour with a great caramel head that quickly fades with minimal lacing. The nose is all roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate. The taste is much the same. It had a wierd aftertaste at first but quickly faded. It keeps the roasty flavor without getting too sweet like some of this style. Definitely got better as it warmed up. Just enough bitterness but very smooth and drinkable. The slightly elevated alcohol was well hidden. Drinkability was good for the ABV.

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

Rather nice coffee stout, well blended and with a good range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Elaborated label design with the image of a skull formed by coffee pots, beer pints, embroidery and coffee beans, with a brown, cream and black palette... A bit too intricate but it is a nice design. Neck label offers a short and fair description of ingredients, and overall profile. Offers a semi-legible batching code but lacks any clear bottling or freshness date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.5%). Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich brown head with good retention, a fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Good nose, touches of coffee and roasted malts, pinch of chocolate and a bit of a citric floral sense.

T - Roasted malt predominates woven with a nice coffee rhythm. Chocolate also shows in the palate in a good sync with the coffee, and likewise there is a nice balance with a lightly citrusy hoppy touch.

M - Medium-full body with moderate carbonation offering a tingly texture over a lightly acidic finish.

D - Pleasing drink, with a good coffee range and an interesting balance.

Notes: Maybe not remarkable in any of its characteristics but as a whole it works pretty well and it is well above average.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

Yet another awesome cask offering down at the CK. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a minor ring of large tan suds. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, and some slight oak and vanilla notes. The taste follows in lock-step, adding molasses and a slight bitterness from the coffee to the proceedings. The body is a hefty medium, with pretty much no carbonation (shocker!) and a fairly viscous feel. I gotta say, it's better on cask than from the bottle. Tasty shit, people. Get some!

Photo of Manoftyr
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Pours a rich dark chestnut brown with a big sumptuous lightly tanned head, chunky lacing is left down the side as it recedes; this is a beaut of a beer.

Aroma-Coffee of course, big buttery caramel aromas, a bit of cocoa and...coconut?, yeah I smell coconut; it's just a hint but I definitely smell it, maybe it's just me though.

Taste-Tastes like straight black coffee with sugar upfront followed by the buttery caramel and cocoa flavors as noted in the aroma, no coconut on the palette so I suppose it's just something about the aroma that reminds me of it. It's actually a little plain to be honest, I was expecting more.

Mouthfeel-Medium carbonation, has that kind of light mouthfeel associated with coffee stouts but not enough crisp acidity to offset it; it's kinda meh.

Drinkability-Meh, that's really what comes to mind when I think of how this beer tastes 'meh' it's not terrible but it's not great.

Notes-Well, this doesn't come anywhere close to Peche' Mortel which I feel is the paragon of all coffee stouts; this is mid-tier at best.

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

Troegs Java Head

Looks: abiding black, with notes of cola and cranberry when held up to the light. A small frothy cardboard-colored head quickly recedes to a ring. Random spatters of lace.

Smells: sweet. Burnt chocolate, espresso, light piney hops, vanilla, milk and some subtle cherries.

Tastes: like coffee, black and without additives. It's less sweet than the nose would have you believe. The sting of burnt malts clings to the back sides of the tongue. Not too much complexity.

Feels: again, like black, unmolested coffee. Medium-high carbonation and a light, runny mouthfeel.

Drinks: unremarkably. I consider myself an aesthete of coffee stouts, and having tried many, I'd say Java Head is nowhere near the top of the totem pole.

Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to mikey711 for sending this my way in a trade...quite a while ago. The last surviving bottle from that box.

Pours black with moments of amber peeking around the edges. Not a lot going on in the nose, roast, almost a bit of milk-style stout sweetness.

Taste isn't nearly as in-your-face as expected from the name, perhaps it's mellowed in the months it's spent in the dark irony of my cellar. There's also a shadow on the beer that isn't supposed to be there: a bit of funk. Cherry. The taste of a beer with the middling beginnings of an infection. Strangely, the infection actually works pretty nicely, toning down the coffee & setting up squarely against the malts. It does, however, thin out the feel, making it feel smooth & diluted, which isn't right. And I wouldn't want more than my half of the wife is a bit appalled by it, & I'm not feeling any need to devour her half.

Decent beer, but plainly not what Troegs intended. I often leave my coffee beers for a bit to leaven the coffee a bit - I like it evident but not overbearing - but this clearly might be better off fresh.

Photo of rwf08
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pretty long review that I deleted because I'm an idiot so this will be concise.

Ain't that great. Not getting much coffee, too much hops. No head, weak lacing. Murky dark brown color. Smell of citrus and some dark chocolate.

This one is okay but I wish I had, had my girlfriend bring me something else back from vacation.

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

Thanks to Deuane for this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a minimal tan head on it.

S: Not really all that much coffee, considering the fact that coffee is plastered all over the label. Sweet chocolate and a bit of a cookie aroma to it.

T: A bit of a coffee flavor here, but still tending more towards some semi-sweet chocolate. Good sweetness and oatmeal flavor, there is a mild bitterness to this one as well.

M: The body is medium with a nice smoothness that you often find in oatmeal stouts and a subtle carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink and nice flavors, but I was really hoping for more coffee aroma and flavor.

Photo of Kolsch
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap on home keg system. Kegged date N/A.

Appearance: Dark brown but not quite black. No head at all, kind of disappointing.

Smell: not really much of a coffee smell, more in line with chocolate malts.

Taste: chocolate taste up front and slightly sweet from oatmeal mash. Little thin for a stout, doesn't approach RIS status at all though that is not what they were going for here. Watery but flavorful and easy to drink. Bitterness with sweet but really lacking in the coffee department in my opinion. Not sure the name Java Head is a good descriptor of this beer.

Overall: really tasty and easy to drink a few with the ABV being 7.5. Really wish they would amp up the coffee.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks to adamharbaugh for sending me this one

This appears to be solid black in color, but gives way to a touch of dark brown/deep ruby at the extreme edges. Two-fingers of medium-toned brown foam sit on top. Retention is very good and the lacing is thick and sticky.
Very nice.

This nose is all about the coffee notes. Lots of big espresso hints. Fresh ground coffee beans. There is a light chocolate hint to it. Light(er) hints of citrus hops.

Big coffee presence here...oh, the surprise! It has a slight astringency to it, which is nicely counterbalanced by lacto sweetness, along with some toasted oat hints. Mild touches of heavy cream. Light traces of milk chocolate are easily spotted. Nice hint of citrus, on the back end, but no bitterness is noticed from the hops.

This has a medium body and a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. It comes off as very smooth with a light hint of creaminess and a touch of carbonation 'sharpness'.

The 7.50%abv is hidden, very well. The flavor profile is rich and bold, yet not overly so. This is an easy drinking beer, if you enjoy stouts and/or coffee.

Photo of adamette
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought a few days ago at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.85 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. No "best by" date observed by me.

A Completely black body under a medium brown, great looking creamy head that leaves significant lacing. I have always admired the way that most stouts look, foreboding, dark, a real site. 4.5

S Dark roast malt that I expected is behind a nice sweetness with some coffee. I anticipate that the dark roast malt will become more prominent in the taste but I have to report that I really like the coffee/sweetness of the smell. It is intriguing and inviting. 4.0

T As expected, the dark roast malt takes center stage. Not as sweet as the smell suggested given the prominence of the dark roast malt (it tastes almost burnt!) and any coffee taste for me is well into the aftertaste which is just fine. I do not want to taste the coffee really prominently anyway. The taste reminds me of other big stouts with big name recognition. 4.0

M Actually a bit more thin than the look would have suggested. Don't get me wrong, this remains a "big" beer, dark as night and almost burnt malt tastes but it is not as thick and syrupy as I thought that it might be. 3.0

D Fair to good. This beer has the "big" feel despite it being a bit thin and the moderately high (7.5%) ABV makes this one and done for me. It is not meant, IMO, to be consumed repeatedly anyhow. 3.5

Notes: Saw this in 22 oz. bombers for a while so it was good to find it in a 12 oz. single at Save-On since I just wanted to sample it. Come to think of it, I am sure that the price on the 22 oz. bomber is more than twice that of this 12 oz., or $3.70 so it was a good value as well!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of johnmichaelsen, thanks bro! Pours a near-black color with a light shade of crimson showing around the edges. Dark beige foam is 3-fingers and sturdy, dropping an impressive sheet of lace as it slowly recedes. Great looking beer.

Smells sweet with plenty of roast, but not a whole ton of coffee. Some roasted bean aroma is present, but certainly could use some more.

The coffee comes out a bit more in the flavor, but it is a little astringent...luckily there is plenty of lactose-esque sweetness to counterbalance. It lacks the velvety smoothness that many of the best oatmeal stouts display, but that seems like it would be hard to achieve both a strong coffee presence and still have the smooth characteristics from the oats. This one drinks better at higher temperatures, some hops and marshmallow sweetness blend in nicely. Bitter roast lingers too long after the sip, not unlike a long visit from the in-laws. One of the better values for a coffee stout, but there are a plethora of tastier ones out there.

Photo of zaq37
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in New Jersey on a beach trip, I've already drank a few of these but this is my first review.

Poured into DFH snifter

A- Pours black, cannot see through it, has a small tan head that fades fairly quick.

S - Dark malt, not much of the coffee smell i was hoping for when i first bought it. but still mild chocolate and malt.

T - dark chocolate, coffee, almost like a black coffee with no sugar or cream, but still sweet. Aftertaste lingers for a bit leaving a bitter dark chocolate taste behind.

M- relatively smooth, creamy, and lingers for a while, very nice though. a good beer to sip on because the taste stays for a while after you take a drink.

D- very high, not something i would drink two or three of in one night, but definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

I bought a six pack of this on vacation, after drinking a few I wish I would have bought a second six pack, it's hard to find here. very good beer.

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

Bottle pours deep dark brownish to black with a very thin almost non-existant tan head (even with a heavy pour). Aroma is as expected with rich roasted malts, coffee, and a touch of licorice aroma. The flavor is less then amazing, but pretty good. Heavy on the roasted malt flavor followed by the coffee flavors with a lingering after taste of chocolate and caramel. Kinda rich and heavy with low carbonation, could still feel a little thicker for what it is. I tend to think these coffee stouts are all about the same level of drinkable. You wouldn't want to down a bunch of them, but one or two is ok. All in all a tasty beer.

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

A: Pours a head as high as the beer. Fluffy. Takes its time falling. The stout is a jet black.

T: Five of us tried it. Two of us only detected coffee in the aftertaste and not upfront. Another found it immediately and was delighted. Another one said it tastes like chocolate. Everyone said that they liked it alot. I think the coffee might be a bit muddled because it's an oatmeal stout, which I don't think was a bad thing. No hops forward, as expected.

M: Medium. Doesn't stay heavy on the tounge afterwards like some.

D: I had more than one glass. The coffee wasn't overwhelming like in some stouts.

O: Would I buy it again? I probably would if I was at the brewery again. Recommend it? Yes, this was pretty good. Worth the price? A growler fill was about $10, so $2.50 a pint or $1.78 a 12oz. Not the best price, but not outrageous. Iffy. Search it out? I'd go to the brewery again- the beer was good, it was a neat set-up, and the best looking sampler tray I'v ever seen.

Photo of irishking1977
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, black liquid with a small, tan head that leaves little lacing. Pretty good looking stout.

S: A combination of bitter chocolate and coffee. Some malt and hops can are also present.

T: A pretty good balance of malt, mild bitter chocolate, and mild bitter coffee. I was somewhat apprehensive to try this one, thinking perhaps one aspect of the beer might be too much (the coffee) but the balance of flavors is pretty good. Despite how heavy it looks, it's deceivingly drinkable.

M: Somewhat thick, and syrupy, but not too heavy, considering it's a stout. A good sipping beer for the colder months; oddly enough it was available in June, and I wanted to try it now.

D: Good drinkability for a stout; flavor and mouthfeel are working in unison fairly well. For the most part, my expectations were met. I'd probably have this again.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured jet black with a two finger tan-colored head. It has excellent head retention--a thick head constantly covered the surface all the way until it was all finished.
S: There are light aromas of coffee in the nose, which grow stronger as the beer warms up.
T: There are flavors of dark roasted malts and hop bitterness along with some notes of coffee.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and extremely smooth on the palate. The dryness leaves you wanting to take another sip.
D: You need to take your time drinking this beer given the amount of dryness and bitterness.

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

Thanks to dmunroe for throwing this one in the mix on a recent trade. Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- Pours dark brown in color. Two fingers worth of a tan head that fadesd quickly. A tad bit of lacing, but nothing to do a cartwheel over.

A- Pretty one dimensional. The coffee is str8 up in yo face.

T- Better than the nose but still nothing to write home about. The coffee is present but not as strong as I would have guessed from the nose. Dark chocolate and roasted malts become more noticeable as this thing warms up closer to room temp.

M- Very light for the style. A somewhat bitter coffee finish.

D- It was just ok. Easy drinking but Id much rather grab a wake 'n bake.

Photo of Freshie
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very good appearance. Thick black crud. Light brown head, that laces beautifully. Looks like foam on cappuccino.

S- Smell is hints of coffee and chocolate. Pretty basic nose.

T- Is coffee upfront, with bittersweet hops coming in the middle. Finishes clean. I also detect some mocha. A powerful mouth smack. Sweet and hoppy at the same time.

M- This one handles clean and smooth on the palate. Many similar brews fall victim to sticky and oily textures. This one packs a wallop in taste but finishes very clean.

D- A very good session beer. I enjoyed this one while watching the Celtics in the post season. Fit perfectly in the evening and the experience.

Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger medium tan head that is creamy and foamy with good retention. The color of the beer is dark brown color near black. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is some effervescence on the side of the glass. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A medium roasted malt, that toasty, caramel, toffee, and bittersweet chocolate, floral bouquet, coffee, and fruity esters. There are subtle notes of phenols molasses, oatmeal, and solvents.

Taste: A rich roasted malt, with vibrant espresso for the initial taste. There are other flavors of toffee, bittersweet chocolate, floral bouquet, french roast, and fruity esters. There are side notes of solvents, molasses, oatmeal, and phenols.

The mouth feel is dry, rich, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is full. This beer is very unique, it doesn't have the flavors of a strong oatmeal stout. The coffee flavor lends to a unique profile to the beer taste like on the palate. The oatmeal cuts the strong coffee flavor but only in half. I was hoping for more a smoother flavor in an oatmeal stout.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of shrek806 thanx bro

A: poured a very dark brown with a half finger head that dissipated quick and left a little sticky lacing.

S: roasted malts and oatmeal cookie aromas with some booze in the mix and hints of coffee and barbeque.

T: coffee bourbon and roasty malt flavors with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a mild hop bite.

M: medium body with moderate amount of carbonation and has a slight bitter finish.

D: really enjoyed the java head and had bourbon notes that made it more intresting and complex. Drank well and would love to get more of. This dark dank.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip. 7.5% ABV, 082509/090728 printed on the neck.

Thanks for nothing Beerwolf77! HA! :P

A - A seriously tall pour unleashes a two-and-a-half finger head that's light tan and dense as can be with great retention and thick webbing forking like upside-down lightning bolts. The beer is a totally black color, void of any light passage.

S - Bits of coffee bean poke through but not enough to support the Java Head name. The nose is much hoppier than expected. Bold citrus and mild pine combine for an American hop nose similar to a Black IPA. Black roasted malts have a light bitter scent that falls to the end.

T - Dark roasted malts and faint coffee comprise all of the mild flavor. There is such little going on here it's incredibly disappointing. Maybe there is too much age on it, but for a beer like this it should be able to withstand. Very average flavor. The hops are super mild in the flavor too.

M - Medium-bodied and dry to the finish, Java head is mediocre in the mouthfeel regard as well. The end is lightly bitter and increasingly dry with each sip.

D - This is a really disappointing coffee stout. It's lacking in just about every regard. The coffee needs serious bringing out but it's a decent starting point.

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,914 ratings.