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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,761 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,761
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 57
Gots: 160 | 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 Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

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 +0.3%

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 +4.2%

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 -4.5%

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 +28.1%

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 +4.2%

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 +10.1%

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%

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%

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
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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 -3.7%

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
Photo of TheViolator666


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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 -5.8%

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 -6.4%

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
Photo of jdg204


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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
Photo of Lunch


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

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 +4.2%

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 +2.9%

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
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

On cask at Kite and Key...

Pours a deep dark brown with a standard full and fluffy khaki colored hand pumped head. Smell is of roasted coffee beans and malts with only faint hints of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar. Taste is a medium to dark roasted coffee bean flavor with dark chocolate and malts, more akin to chocolate covered espresso beans than actuall brewed coffee. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar are present. Mouthfeel is typical cask, creamy and smooth, medium body lightened up by the hand pump. Very good, somewhat unique take on the coffee beer.

10-19-2009 13:41:46 | More by rfgetz
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

This beer poured almost jet black and formed a huge medium tan foamy head, much like a float. It formed a latticed lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee, anise and bitter cocoa. The body was fairly light for the style and the finish bittersweet.

10-19-2009 03:09:50 | More by Wildman
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

A - Two fingers worth of slightly rocky thick deep dark cocoa colored head that continues to rise even post pour... Modest retention gives way to a full creamy lace which is a tad splotchy towards the center of the glass... Loads of foam cling to the glass... A dark flat black color...

S - The aroma is quite understated... Freshly ground dark roast coffee beans is the most intense scent as it should be... Some very faint hints of roasted malts... Dainty whiffs of vanilla and dark chocolate...

T - Ethiopian coffee beans... Loads of roasted malts... A touch of dark chocolate... A hint of vanilla... Very enjoyable...

M - Full bodied... Rich and creamy... Loads of muted carbonation fill the mouth... Slightly chalky on the tongue... An enjoyable dark coffee bitterness lingers in the back of the throats...

D - Another very solid offering from Troegs - which shouldn't come as much of a surprise... Leaves you wanting another sip before you even put your glass down... I would be happy to recommend and revisit in the future... As a lover of both coffee and beer, this one is right in my wheelhouse...

10-19-2009 01:18:40 | More by philbe311
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Troegs Brewery states their new Java Head Stout, just released in September, is based on their original Oatmeal Stout, but in addition to oats, this one includes a blend of roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans. Well, I like beer and I like coffee, so I figured I would give it a try, besides it has a pretty cool label. Java Head Stout is made with pilsner, crystal, chocolate, and roast malts; cluster, chinook, and cascade hops; and unfiltered ale yeast. It is 7.5% ABV, 60 IBUs, and is sold as a 22 ounce "bomber." Troegs further states that before fermentation, it is passed through whole-leaf hops and coffee beans in a process they claim is like French pressing, which gives it a coffee nose and subtle coffee flavor.

As it poured, it cascaded nicely like some good stouts do and presented a very nice, dark black color which light didn't penetrate. It developed a very tall head, which was tan in color and long lasting, left behind lots of persistent lace that frankly, never went away, and gave off a sweet, citrusy aroma. This struck me as perhaps a little odd because stouts are supposed to have a roasty, malt aroma. The sweetness could however have been attributed to the malt and Troeg's did say there should be some citrus notes in this beer but I didn't detect any roasted aroma at all. As I drank, it revealed a pleasant crispness and a little bit of hoppy bitterness, but primarily a citrus-dominated flavor. One of the main flavor characteristics when judging a stout is its roastyness so again, I thought this was a little odd but hoped that maybe its flavor profile would continue to develop. Troegs states that there should be notes of cocoa, citus, and java, but as I continued to work my way to the bottom, the flavor remained consistent and I never detected any cocoa or java, strange for a beer with java in its name.

While the stout style does cover a bit of a wide range, it is defined by certain commonalities. Some of the more important of these are the aforementioned roasty aroma and flavor, as well as a certain balance, none of which I thought were present here. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this was a bad beer; if you like the characteristics I mentioned, you should try it yourself and you be the judge. I'm just saying that for a beer titled Java Head Stout, I think they missed the mark. Too bad, I was looking forward to it because their Dead Reckoning Porter is very good. At least it had that cool label.

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

10-18-2009 21:01:14 | More by capn
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Deep rich dark espresso color (not just because this beer is put threw coffee beans in the hopback) with dark tan head and fairly good lacing considering the coffee oils in this brew. Head was a couple of fingers think, dropped but did not disappear.

Aroma is chocolate fudge, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, some hints of vanilla and licorice, but the latter two are subtle. Some citrusy and slightly piney hop aromas emerge but the coffee and chocolate are most prevalent. No detectable alcohol nice and clean for beer that comes in close to 8%. Did not get typical aromas I get from an oatmeal stout.

The beer has a rich mix of citrusy hops and chocolate flavor plus espresso character. The oatmeal it seems gives the flavor a bit of creamed coffee note. Not as lush and smooth as most straight oatmeal stouts, I can only hazard a guess that the coffee oils strip out or counter balance some of the typical oat character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated, very little if slight detectable alcohol on the tongue.

Extremely drinkable and tasty. Not a wow beer but well made and worth trying and repeat samples.

10-18-2009 15:13:07 | More by PBoegel
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: A rough pour gives me a nice, deep dark brown colored brew with a huge amount of frothy head. Very nice retention and some outstanding soapy lacing.

Smell: Mild coffee and chocolate smell with an overall malty sweetness typical of the style. Though it has a nice nose, I was hoping for a bit more.

Taste: A nice balanced blend of coffee and chocolate. Enjoyable, but not phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth creamy texture, easy drinking.

Drinkability: A solid, tasty brew from Troegs and an excellent addition to their lineup.

10-18-2009 04:22:26 | More by krisandajt
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Bought a 22 from the brewery yesterday, along with a case of Mad Elf...why not? ;)

Pours the color of a dark roast coffee actually with a half-finger's tan/copper head on top that starts rather dense, but dissipates to some slight foaming on top with a decent edge layer around the glass. Some lacing leftovers.

Right away the chocolate malt jumps out at me with also a large waft of bright hops...interesting. It is distinctly a Troeg's brew. Not as much coffee aroma as I was expecting, but it's there. Not that impressive.

Sipping reveals a rather dry dark coffee flavor along with a noticeable chocolate powder flavor. Some citrusy hops come through on the swallow that reminds me a bit of orange peel. Interesting. Decently bitter finish and dry.

Fairly dry big bodied brew. Alcohol is well hidden, but I'm sure it's there. Served it cold, but will allow it to warm until I finish to see how much less carbonation I get.

Big, robust beer that will double as a meal in my opinion. A 22 oz is enough for anyone...at one time anyways. Cheers!

10-18-2009 01:08:50 | More by Fish113d
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