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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 63
Gots: 241 | 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

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Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really, really deep brown that is bordering on black with a bit of a mocha head that fairly quickly recedes into nothing. The nose is fairly one dimensional with a lot of coffee, but that's fine by me as it is quite nicely presented. The taste is overloads of coffee along with a bit of roast and a nice creaminess. Smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation, accentuating the coffee flavor. A really nice coffee stout.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a dark tan head. In the aroma, coffee and roasted malt, with a small oatmeal sweetness. In the taste, dry coffee, roasty malt and a sweetness that almost reminds me of lactose. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee aftertaste. Nice coffee presence and interesting sweetness.

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark, seems more brown than black at first glance. Coppery edges. Dark brown cap, sort of thin and fine with a rockier collar. Sticky lacing, but not a lot of it. Smells of caramel, toffee, molasses, quite sweet, light roast, charcoal, chocolate, with some leafy hops. Solid bitterness throughout, growing into a lingering finish. Sweet and malty too, caramel and toffee, milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasty but not overly so. Hop flavour broke up the sweetness somewhat, adding some diversity in flavour and providing balance. Mild alcohol warmth in the finish. Quite thick and palate coating, lowish carbonation, creamy texture with just a hint of astringency. Pretty good overall. While there's definitely some roast, I didn't find it overpowering for a coffee beer. I'd certainly have it again.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. As I've mentioned before in previous review, I generally give aggressive pours. This one pours pitch black with not even a shred of head to be found. This looks like a glass of flat cola. Hopefully, it get better. The aroma is near non-existent. Light coffee and that's about it. Not much to be found so far on this one. The taste is pretty one dimensional as well, charred coffee and faint hints of sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is really the best thing about this for me. It's silky and full bodied with just right carbonation. Not the best I've had from Troegs. I'll finish this one, but I'm less than impressed.

Photo of Khazadum
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Allie for sending this beer in the Secret Halloween BIF. Poured into my brandy snifter. Been waiting all day for this one.

A- Just like coffee, this beer is pitch black. The head is a monster of classic brown hues with an arrangement of bubbles. We have huge ones, small ones, microscopic ones, and they all leave a fantastic lacing on the side. The side of my snifter details good signs of being carbonated properly, as well.

S- Whoo I was not expecting that. There is this sharp medicinal sweetness that reminds me of bourbon. Lots of vanilla notes and oak as well. This brings out all my favorite Barrel Aged memories without being barrel aged! I also detect the woodiness that reminds me of a stack of palates in a warehouse. Nice earthy tones mingling with what is coffee grounds rather than brewed coffee.

T- There are two instantaneous thoughts. They incorporated the oatmeal wonderfully to where it came out instantly. Also, strong flavors of brewed coffee come forward to start this party off. These are slowly balanced away reducing the acidity with the sweetness of dark chocolate, and even that fades away to a vanilla laden milk chocolate paradise residue.

This is very lightly hopped. Its existence is similar to that of a shooting star. The moment of realization is precisely when you become cognizant of the finish.

The alcohol does exist in the middle after a few gulps have settled. Its job is to rope things in apparently. It brightens the edges with its antiseptic qualities. I tend to think this is well done in terms of ethanol.

M- Huh... this is a ton more watery than I was expecting. Dissappointingly so. It even has less carbonation than you would want from any beer class. I find it to be thin, watery, and wanting. Regardless of how lacking it is in terms of feeling, there are creamy notes to speak of. It completely explains why it has some finish, but why the lag time of it is so minimal.

D- This is a good beer. Hell, it could have been a great beer. If someone wants something with coffee in it, I'd send this their way any day. Alcohol plays out nice. Flavors, bouquet, and appearance all leave me happy. If only it felt better.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is very surprising. I get the roasted malt and coffee that I expected, but I also get quite a bit of piney hops.

The flavor is more of the same, with pine mixed in with the roasted malt and coffee. There is definitely some bitterness in the beer.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of nhindian
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've actually been waiting to try this one for a long time due to its description of an oatmeal and coffee blended beer. Pretty much three of my favorite things combined into a delicious liquid. I haven't had much luck convincing anyone to go in with a case with me though, so I just picked up a 6-pack thinking I could trade the extras if I didn't like it...

A - This one pours a deep black that is completely opaque. I hard-poured it into a pint glass and only got about a finger of eggshell-colored head. It was pretty much gone by the time I walked back to the living room and onto the couch. It does have some pretty good lace retention, however, as there was still some lace on the glass by the time I was almost done. Looks like a pretty generic stout.

S - Smells heavily of bittersweet chocolates and oatmeal with a touch of coffee, where the FBS is overwhelmingly coffee. Can't say one's better than the other; just different. Also get hints of roasted barley. Very flavorfull smell.

T - Much like the smell, the initial flavors I got during my sips was bittersweet chocolate. After some of the sweetness wore off, another rush of coffee comes to exchange the mocha for the java. This is quite a pleasant sensation and makes it extremely easy to drink. Unfortunately, after the coffee flavor subsided, it leaves a bit of a watery taste that reduces into alcohol.

M - Unlike the heavy look of the stout, it is actually fairly medium bodied in the mouth. It's relatively creamy but doesn't bog down. Ample carbonation to deliver fresh flavors.

D - For a 7.5%, this one drinks way too easily. I had mine at the end of a hockey game and could easily imagine myself drinking a few of these of the course of a full game. Another solid brew from Troegs and reminds me of a poor man's FBS.

Glad I picked up a 6-pack as this is one enjoyable beer! Good job Troegs!

Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with about 1 finger of tan fluffy head, small amount of lacing.

The scent is of chocolate, some coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is of chocolate, burnt coffee, roasted malts, notes of citrus and oatmeal.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was a good oatmeal stout, the flavor is pretty much what you would expect, very balanced. This was unusually very easy to drink, not as filling as I had thought.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Mostly black with brown hues. Over an inch of head that dies down to a slim layer of foam on top. Really good retention and lacing.

Smells of some bakers chocolate, coffee, oats and some citrusy hops. It's alright, the coffee is fairly subdued. The strong hop presence adds an interesting dynamic.

Taste is mostly oats and hops. Oats up front then a dash of baker's chocolate, then some roasty coffee, and finishes with a blast of citrusy hops at the end. The hops are nice, but the aftertaste is kind of a roasty/coffee/hoppy flavor that I wasn't a big fan of.

Mouthfeel is kinda light for the style. Nice smooth carbonation.

The alcohol is suuuper well hidden. If it weren't for the kinda strange aftertaste this would have scored higher.

Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse in Dedham. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color. Thin white head. Smell had a faint hint of coffee. Taste was put together well. Lots of flavor of chocolate and espresso, plus the added roasted taste that you often find in an oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side for a stout though. Not watery, but would have loved it to be thicker. Drinkability was good as it was smooth and the 7.5% abv was not really detectable. A decent version of the style, and a good way to start the night.

Photo of geryeb624
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Dark opaque black in color with a solid 2 fingers of tan head. Retention is so-so but leaves nice lacing.

S- Coffee and some roasted malt, chocolate aromas. Not terribly aromatic, to be honest. Also some bright hoppy aromas peek through.

T- Some coffee tastes come through, but this isn't a sweet, creamy stout. An earthy, almost smoky bitterness is present, not exactly what I expected. Still very nice.

M/D- Smooth, and a little prickly. Nice mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, but I'd eventually get a little tired of the earthiness.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Jwiss22

Pours a deep burgundy color with a small, short lived light tan head.

Scent of chocolate, sugar, earth, coffee, cinnamon, fruity hops and some ash. This particular bottle has a few months on it, so I would really like to see what the fresh product smells like.

Taste of dry, roasted malts, ash, chocolate, oats, some coffee and a hint of smoke. A good beer, but a bit too dry for my taste.

Mouthfeel is Medium bodied and oily with a low level of carbonation.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. there was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Aroma was dominated by coffee, with traces of malt and chocolate.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and a touch of hops. Slightly watery in the finish, but this is a minor complaint.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: A drinkable oatmeal stout.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Black like your heart. Good head and lacing.

S: Cocoa and chocolate syrup, a weird fruitiness as well. No coffee aroma. Not sure if this is actually supposed to be a coffee stout.

T: That strange fruity characteristic is still sticking around, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Maybe dates. Slightly roasty. Not much chocolate or coffee flavor. Confusing and underwhelming.

D: A bit of a mixed bag. Not sure I'd want to drink too many of these.

Photo of steve8robin
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Been waiting to try this one for a little. 12oz bottle...

A: Deep dark color with a milk chocolate mocha colored that never completely fades. Very good.

S: I get some nice creamy milk chocolate upfront followed by some bitter espresso. Hint of raisin and coffee blended in. Some sugary malts blended in too. I really love the smell of this one. Very good.

T: Watery bitter coffee bean upfront followed by some bitter hop and hints of cocao. The flavors kind of blend weird. Too bad.

M: Medium body with a very light carbonation. Eh.

D: Getting through this strange blend of flavors is a little tough. Ok.

All in all, this brew started great but ended poorly. Not really worth going out of your way for. Maybe try once if you like stouts, but only if you have access.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint.

S- Not the strongest smelling coffee stout Ive had, but it does smell very approachable. Some light roast, vanilla, coffee grounds, oats, a touch of chocolate and lots of hops. I would say the citrus/grassy hops dominate, even over the coffee.

T- The hops dominate the taste too. Which is a disappointment to me. Lots of sweet citrus and bittering herbal hops. Coffee is second and its not that great. Its kinda like an acidic, cold cup of coffee. There is a nice bit of chocolate that sweetens things up and brings the taste to a balance.

Photo of 321jeff
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a finger of tan head that fades to a thin layer, leaving little lacing. Looks like a standard stout.

A casual sniff brings back some roast malt, but not much. A little swirl and a deep inhale reveals a much more complex nose. Fresh coffee with a dry bitter chocolate in the background, but that one required some effort.

Taste is of bitter coffee with some hints of roast, but all in all the flavor is pretty mild. Finishes with a dry chocolate that lingers for a few seconds after.

This one is average in body for the style, somewhat thick but not really viscous, but it is smooth overall with high carbonation for a stout. Overall a nice mild stout that was just what the doctor ordered after the first chilly, rainy day of fall.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good. Pretty much black, some brown tinges around the edges. 2 fingers of tan head, nice spiderweb lacing.

Smell is non-existent really. On a deep sniff, I get some roasted coffee...its faint though. There is some malts too. It's just not potent!

Taste is considerably better. Initial bitterness, roasted malts and a hint of dryness. The coffee taste is great, but too out of place. It comes in strong as a lingering aftertaste. I wish it was more up front.

Feel is nice and creamy, medium in body.

Easy to drink, I just wish most aspects of this brew were more "in your face", instead of unfortunately somewhat hidden.

Photo of zimmerbloke
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Blind Bomber BIF (Thanks to Hophead101!):

A: Even a fairly aggressive pour results in a half-inch mocha head, which quickly fades to an off-white ring around the top of the beer. The beer itself is black, just black... no hints of other colors or any translucency. When aggrivated, some nice caramel colored carbonation appears and quickly disperses. Stouty! 4.0

S: Roasty sweetness at first, some light coffee flavor, a bit of chocolate as well. As it warms, some quad-like dark fruits creep into the nose. 3.5

T: Mostly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and coffee. I'm not getting a taste of alcohol at all, but I'm guessing that's more due to lower ABV than anything. Finishes with a pretty pure fruity sweetness. 4.0

M: Not a very heavy drinking beer and has more carbination than I expected. Almost refreshing. 3.5

D: Goes down easier than an RIS... I'm guessing just a straight up, 6-8% stout. Enjoyable to drink. 4.0

Considering the mouthfeel and flavor profile, possibly some sort of Foreign Export?

I've actually had this once before, out of a 12oz bottle. I felt like the coffee was much more pronounced there, but the difference (older bomber, maybe) made for a really interesting beer. Quite enjoyable.

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Klshanks for this one!
A 12oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: Pours a one finger head, that is a deep tan in color. The head retreats quick into a foamy layer around the outer edge of the glass. The body is a deep black, only a bit of transparencies are found at the rim while drinking. The lacing is thin, but solid blotch all over the glass.
S: For a coffee stout, this one does not scream JAVA to me, it shows a bit more of the sweetness of the stout than the coffee aspects. Although coffee is found in the aroma, it is not as pronounced as I would have expected.
T/M: The taste is medium intensity, with a subtle sweetness to it. Oatmeal is layered throughout the experience, while the coffee does not seem to hit in till the lingering taste comes on. The mouthfeel is a creamy, silky sensation. When the Java strikes at the last second, there is a dryness to the palate.
D: I find this brew to be quite drinkable for the style, the ABV is hidden well and besides the lack of coffee throughout, this is a well rounded stout.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled March 19, 2010.

Pours dark brown with a large foam light brown head that leaves a ring of lacing and holds a good cap. I can see a fair bit of white sediment forming at the base of my glass.

Aroma isn't that strong but I can pick up some coffee, roasted malts, and faint chocolate and oatmeal, even a touch of piney hops. Aroma picks up strength as it warms further (served only lightly chilled).

Flavor is smooth coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, some mild citrus hops for balance and light bitterness both from the hops and coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety in typical oatmeal stout fashion, light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation.

Solid coffee oatmeal stout, but far from the best. Definitely best served only lightly chilled, as I served it at 55-60F, yet continued to improve as it warmed up beyond that temp. I could see a fresher sample being more intense on the coffee and hops front...

Photo of afksports
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice initial and sustaining head on this thick dark stout.

Smell: Coffee, oatmeal, sweetness. Good stout smell.

Taste: Well done beer, yet again, by Troegs. Only problem is there was nothing that stood out about it. For a name like Java Head, I was expecting maybe the coffee to really stand out, but it didn't. It was like weak coffee. That's not to say it was bad; it wasn't. It just wasn't exceptional.

Mouthfeel: There wasn't as much to this brew as other stouts. Still solid, just not crazy.

Drinkability: This is a repeater. Maybe not too much so, because at 7.5% it still packs a punch. But it's an easy beer to finish off while chatting with the bartender.

You know, cuz you're a lonely guy reviewing beers on here. What else are you doing?

Photo of Pinto21
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep dark brown color with tan/ brown head that goes to lacing.
Smell is mostly coffee but sweet too.
Taste follow the nose. Sweetness upfront with coffee and a bit of bitter to finish it off.
Cant tell its 7.5%
I had a very fresh bomber last time and that had more coffee and hop flavor to it as well.

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,959 ratings.