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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,839 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,839
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 58
Gots: 184 | 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 marble
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'm editing my review as the beer is now offered year round in 12 oz bottles and at a competitive price. perhaps i now have a better attitude, but the beer tastes a tad better this time around. very similar to the old oatmeal stout, only with a touch of coffee. this is a solid stout worthy of a taste.

marble, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/25/09, consumed on 2/25/10, though this bottle's been in the fridge for probably 2 months.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a big (1.5 fingers), foamy chocolatey-tan head. Some rings of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Good strong nose: roasted barley malt, roasted coffee beans and a touch of chocolate.

T: Like the nose -- roasted barley malt and coffee. Bitter dark chocolate, which becomes more milk-chocolatey as it warms. Bitter citric hops are there. Finishes with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium in body, maybe a touch lighter. Feels thinner than expected/desired. Carbonation is good.

D: Cold it was all about bitterness -- from both the coffee and the hops. But as it warmed it improved, with the bitter chocolate becoming sweeter and that initial lingering bitterness tapering off a little in the aftertaste. A decent coffee stout; I'd get it again but drink it closer to cellar temperature next time.

Kendo, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of bum732
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black, decent creamy head that disipates to a ring of foam. Smells of chocolate, coffee beans, some vanilla, touch of bourbon, maybe some dark fruit. Tastes of coffee like malt, fairly bitter with just a touch of chocolate like sweetness. Some rich caramel flavors. Hop bitterness comes through with citrus like flavors, lemon mostly. Finishes mellow with charred-like roastiness and coffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

A really nice beer, the coffee is definitely present without being too overwealming. That said, there is an almost bitter or acrid component that;s either coming from the hops or the coffee that is unpleasant. Not overly sweet for an oatmeal stout, but pretty solid as an American stout.

bum732, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a bit confused about this beer. If it did not say "Stout brewed with coffee beans", I would have a hard time saying coffee was used at all in this stout. It is more citrus flavors than coffee.

Pours very dark with a large mocha colored head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. It sure is a looker. Not very aromatic but I detect hints of cocoa and citrus fruit. Also a little sugar and grain. The flavor features a lot of citrus hops and cocoa. Complimenting those flavors are some roasted malt, toffee, and lastly, some coffee. Bitterness is moderate coming from both the hops and burnt malt. I would of liked a little bit more in the body as it is an Oatmeal stout. It feels a little thin and lacks the silky texture of the greats of the style. I was expecting more coffee in this beer, but it has nice stout flavor. Maybe they should call this Troegs Chocolate Java Stout..

morimech, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes

A- pours a completely opaque black with a strong chocolatly colored head which dissipates rather quickly. Spots of lacing along the glass.

S - the scent is a bit muted but it does smell like coffee.

T - taste is of velvety roasted malty coffee. Some sublte chocolate flavor and a slight hop bitterness and finishes pretty dry actually.

M - full bodied, thick, creamy with a medium to mild amount of carbonation.

D - very drinkable dispite the "heaviness" and I could easily finish more than just the one bomber.

Teleweizen2, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of BeerDawg1
2.05/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Aroma-roasted nut and coffee

Appearance-Black/Nice head/Good retention/nice lacing

Flavor-at first malty then bitter then soapy/all in all kinda gross

Mouthfeel-Too much carbontaion for any stout/dry/ bitter/makes you salivate/couldn't get past the soapy after taste

Drinkability-Absolutly didn't like/the after tast stuck with it and didn't wash away/will never drink this again

BeerDawg1, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of dmamiano
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big huge head climbing as this bomber split between two pint glasses with my Valentine.
Head slowly fades to plenty of silky lacing.
Getting malted milk, slight astringent roastiness and some hints of cocoa powder.
Taste is bold. Nice kick of roasted malts, bitterness that I am assuming may be coming more from the beans than the hops? No matter.
coffee is present, but not over powering.
Nice mix/balance to this beer.
Give me another!

dmamiano, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour of a bomber into a chalice yields a two-finger deep tan head sitting atop a very dark brown stout. The head fades slow, turning rocky as it leaves intricate traces of lacing on the glass. Only a shimmer of ruby near the stem of the glass when held to the light belies the utter translucence of this beer. Nice!

Aroma is an enticing blend of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, warming alcohol, and coffee. A very mild astringency is evident and not at all detracting. Taste is equally balanced, a smoothness introduced by the oats compliments the sharp roastiness of the malts and the alcohol warmth. Nice cocoa and coffee flavors. The hop bitterness here is perceived as 80+% cacao chocolate, it compliments the malt and coffee flavors so well.

Great smooth mouthfeel (thanks oats) and a nice medium body. ABV is stepped up for this style, but it is perfectly done to compliment the other attributes of this beer. A nicely done beer that I will surely seek out again.

ZimZamZoom, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick tan head with a mixture of delicate bubbles and big soapy bubbles. Pretty nice retention and good bits of lacing evident. The aroma has a pleasant coffee bean character that mixes well with toasty malts, floral and earthy hops, and vanilla. Tastes of toasty and toffee malts, chocolate, some mild raisin and lower than expected java. Slightly spicy on th midpalate and a nice rich toasty and floral finish. What a nice beer. Rich in body with slippery oatmeal evident, carbonation hits the target as well at a low-mid level and creamy feeling. What a great oatmeal stout, the java is there but it is a nuance instead of a commanding aspect of the beer. Rich but mellow, smooth, relaxing beer.

vacax, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of wise456
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass during yet another 18"+ snowstorm here in the Philliy area. Attractive label (I am a sucker for anything with a skull on it) but no date code provided.

A - Dark black-brown with a gorgeous tan-colored two inch head which dissipated much too quickly.

S - Much lighter coffee aromas than one would think. Aroma is dominated by piny hops.

T - Smooth yummy blend of expresso and hops. Great balance and smoothness contribute to:

M - Fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Full but not heavy richness to this one.

D- Definitely not over-the-top like some chocolate or coffee stouts and despite the 7.5% abv, this one went down far too quickly. Must find more!

wise456, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Quickly formed a fluffy, three finger sandstone colored head. Slow dissipation leaving large tufts of foam behind. The body is dark brown with slivers of mahogany edges when held up at eye level and backlit.

The first aromas you can detect are hops...more piney the citrus. Coffee comes through a few seconds later. The background hides roasted malts and caramel.

The flavorings are not in line with the nose. Vanilla latte...that what I can taste up front. The creaminess fades into a floral hop bitterness that lasts through the finish and is accompanied by dark coffee.

Medium mouth feel, creamy with moderate carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. A unique combination of flavors that works for me!

mgbickel, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - very nice color. The foam lasted but something odd happened, it looked A LOT like rootbeer foam. The bubbles were larger than I am used to seeing.

Smell - Slight coffee smell with a little bit of bitterness.

Taste - It was a buy weaker than I expected. Slight coffee taste, but I was expecting Starbucks! Mild bitterness.

Feel - Slight tingle on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability n As this brew tastes okay, but not strong, one should be able to drink a few glasses no problem. However, there are better options out there.

biglite351, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Very deep mahogany/borderline black, and nearly opaque. Sturdy pour yields ~3 fingers of creamy brown head, which fades slowly into a healthy cap, leaving behind thick lacing.

S- Roasted coffee mingles with chocolate notes to dominate. Hints of sweetness and citrus hops sneak in.

T- Roasty chocolate and a moderate malty sweetness. Slightly acidic coffee bitterness. Touch of orange peel

M- Moderate carbonation with a moderate feel. Slightly creamy. Definitely a bit too thin here.

D- Good. Good looker with nice aroma....taste is good, but lack of fullness detracts a bit.

Future outlook: Not the best I've had from Tröegs, but still quite solid. Maybe not a "seek out" beer for the future, but one that I'd still welcome back.

DoctorDog, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark, opaque black color. Even when held to light, only a thin glimmer of sienna color peeks through at the edge of the glass. The medium-sized brown head has a dense, frothily whipped texture and nice staying power. Lacing is good.

S: A full complement of roasted aromas - dark roasted malts, molasses, and of course aromatic coffee beans. The coffee aromas are near-ideal - strong without being overbearing. Hints of semisweet cocoa powder, lactic sweetness, and oats. There's also a solid hop presence, with a pleasant citrus/grapefruit character.

T: Roasted malt sweetness up front, with robust coffee flavors throughout complimented by notes of chocolate and citric hops. Bitterness is moderate halfway through, but fades into a fairly sweet finish, with notes of more coffee and chocolate along with a tasty lactic/oatmeal sweetness.

M: Medium-full bodied. Definitely a bit chewy. Carbonation is light and creamy, adding smoothness before a hoppy, roasted finish punches back with some dryness into the finish.

D: A big, coffee-infused, hoppy oatmeal stout? Yes, please. Props to Troegs for using a coffee blend from a locally-owned coffee shop in Linglestown. It's nice to see local companies sticking together and producing an excellent product. Achieves an impressive balance of coffee flavors, roastiness, sweetness, and hoppiness that scores this beer points in my book.

Clydesdale, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love."

--Turkish proverb

Come to think of it, those words apply to coffee stouts too. Dark mahogany with burnt sienna colored highlights and a wonderful looking lid of mocha milkshake colored foam. The cap becomes even more attractive as it melts, with a rounded crown of jewel-like bubbles and thick sheets of BB-shot lace.

The aroma could be more aromatic, but it does pretty much everything else right. Dark chocolate leads the way, coffee trails along in its wake, and the hops (Cluster, Chinook and Cascade) are on the subtle side.

Java Head Stout is definitely good beer for anyone who likes this particular combination of flavors. That said, it isn't noticeably better than Troegs Oatmeal Stout, a great brew that is now inexplicably retired. This beer is based on that beer, but is a seasonal and comes in bombers rather than 12 ouncers.

There's a fair amount of sweetness, almost as if dark candi sugar was added. Specifics include melted Hershey's kisses, cold coffee, sugared vanilla bean and a hint of white grapefruit peel. Maybe a few coconut shavings too, but not as much as in some big stouts (especially bourbon barrel-aged ones).

The body/mouthfeel is the only real (still minor) disappointment. It needs to be fuller and more creamy, which would, in turn, allow longer flavor linger and more appreciation of flavor nuances. Laid back bubbles are fine.

Java Head is good beer through and through. It's still a shame that Troegs killed Oatmeal Stout, because it was just as delicious and had the not insignificant advantage of being a year-round release. Thanks to jwc215 for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this come out last fall and a few people told me that this was similar to the Troegs Oatmeal Stout that I missed terribly. At the same time, it was nice to see that these guys finally put out a bomber and with a beer that seemed to have a lot of buzz and popular appeal to it. I'm not sure if my tastes have changed in the several years since I had the Oatmeal Stout, but this was a bit disappointing to me, in that I thought it would be much thicker, flavorful, and memorable. While this wasn't a bad beer, I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing here...

Of course, this pours dark with just a hint of crimson-like brown around the edges of my pint glass. The pour was good with a root-beer like head and lacing both in terms of the color and the consistency of it. The mouthfeel, like the taste, was a bit thin, with bitter chocolate dominating and some roasted notes behind it. This almost reminded me of an ice cream float after seeing how long the head lasted and the lightness of the beer itself!

This one goes down pretty easily as the alcohol can hardly be felt, as well. While this is a good beer to have during the colder months, I couldn't help but feel that this was just a bit disappointing. If it had more of a mouthfeel and thickness of an Oatmeal Stout, I think this would rate much higher. That being said, it's not a bad effort for their first bomber and I still think very highly of Troegs!

JerzDevl2000, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Stimack
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured to a deep black color with a thick dark tan head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma of this brew is dark malts, some coffee and a slight hint of hops. Based on the write up I was expecting much more in the way of both hops and coffee aroma, they where there but not overly dominate, it is the heavily roasted and burn malt that comes through. The flavor is very good for a nice oatmeal stout, the 7.5% ABV is completely hidden IMO. The malts really come out here with some nice chocolate/cocoa flavors. Now as in the aroma the coffee and hop flavor, while there, do not stick out. I know that the Troegs webpage states that this is a September seasonal release so possibly the hops and coffee flavors have mellowed out. Has a nice dry finish with ample carbonation. Now, let me say that this brew is very good, but for me does not stand out with the lack of coffee and hop flavors, would not mind seeing it in the mixed 12 pack but as for a standalone beer just does not cut it IMO.

Stimack, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of joepais
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a tan head that went to a thin lace. The body of the brew was your typical stout black in color.

The aroma was a little lacking in the coffee aroma I did expect more in that department. The flavor was what you would expect from a coffee brew as well but not what I expected from a Tröegs product. I was more of an average brew. It hada medium feel in my mouth with good carbonation for the style

I did finish the bomber with no problems but I have had better coffee brews

joepais, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of bltzburgh
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Troegs being one of my favortie brewers, I was excited to try this. There was a sampling at a local distributor and and first taste its was worth splitting a case. When I brought it home it the secong and third trys weren't as good. It poured dark chocalate as expected with a nice coffee aroma and head the after taste was bitter and stuck around in an odd way.

It was purchased in a case of 12, 24 oz bottles and of those there reamins 3, one of which I'm trying as I write. For the price there are better stouts out there. They should brew this in 12 oz. bottle for a variety pack; its not terrible, just not the best. Maybe a hoppy stout isn't for me.

bltzburgh, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of IPhantom
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second crack at the trendy beer of this winter (also tried Kona Pipeline Porter). I may be biased here as a HBG native, and a friend of the guy who supplied the beans for this brew, but...damn. This is good.

Pours a rather opaque chocolate brown, with a Guinness-tan creamy head and persistent lacing. Aroma is what you would expect, invitingly malty with coffee notes and a hint of yeastiness. Hits the tongue like both a good dark stout and a great cup of coffee--that's the best way to describe it. Mix your favorite beer and your favorite coffee in the best possible way, and this is it. Stays on the tongue hauntingly dry, but more so like the tannins in an espresso shot than hoppy resins (again, a good thing). Excels in drinkability for the style--creamy enough to satisfy, but surprisingly light considering. An excellent selection this season, and one I hope the Bros. Trogner continue to improve on.

IPhantom, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hophead101 and jcw215 for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/coffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/coffee. Medium body, this is a nice smooth brew. Drinkable, a nice one.

Wasatch, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. A fleeting tan head that slowly surrenders itself to a cap on the the top and lace on the sides.
Smells of coffee and milk chocolate mostly. Slight bit of dark fruit, citrus, and alcohol round things out a bit.
Taste is dark fruits and chocolate up front that meld into some citrus hop bitterness then we get some coffee. The finish is a rather dry long lingering roasted malt and coffee that borders on ash.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter, almost astringent. Medium to thick body, light carbonation.
While certainly drinkable, I've had much better coffee stouts. I find the hops a bit heavy and compete to much with the roast bitterness that should be there to compliment the coffee flavors. Maybe with some age...

johnnnniee, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of tattooedtolley
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big khaki colored head. Great hop bitterness with a smooth oatmeal stout mouthfeel and a decent black coffee bitterness. Without looking I'm not aware of the ABV. Its highly drinkable though and tasty. Troegs has always been a great brewery but I'm always a little gun shy about their new beers, and while this may not be new its new to me and it was worth the price of the bomber. I dig it and I'd drink it again.

tattooedtolley, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of jimiejams
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -poures a nice dark brown (almost black) with a tan head, with medium lacing

Smell - very faint smell of coffee, was surprised it wasn't stronger

Taste - a mix of coffee, sweet chocolate and a bit of citrus too.

Mouthfeel - nice and creamy but not to think

Drinkability - very good, I would highly recommend trying it.

jimiejams, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of rayjay
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Secret Sant BIF 09. Poured into a pint glass.

Great appearance, huge head and lots of sticky lace. Can't see light through this beer, a deep dark brownish-black.

Nice but subdued aroma; no coffee, but some nice raspberry notes a la Weyerbacher Raspberry IS. A bit of fresh dusty malt. You can almost smell the brewing water. Good, but not what they describe on the label.

Esters are all over this and still make me think of raspberries. Coffee is completely lost, but a nice stout is left to shine. Roasted grains are the highlight, although I'd prefer a bit more (esp in the aftertaste). Hop bitterness yes; hop aroma no.

Nice slick oatmeal mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on. No cloying sticky malts. No complaints here.

A middle of the road stout, I wish it highlighted the specialty ingredients more, but it's a good stout that I would drink again. It would be more drinkable with a lower gravity, I know pick pick pick. Cheers!

rayjay, Jan 06, 2010
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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