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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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1,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 56
Gots: 145 | 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 eagles22


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: beautiful black body with creamy tan head..very nice lacing on the glass also

Smell:very rich of coffee beans,caramel,dark fruits and malts

Taste: very nice...deep coffee taste with a nice chewy mouthfeel

Drinkability: 22oz is good enough for me but i can definitely session this brew

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 02:15:28 | More by eagles22
Photo of ClevoPiwo


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

A: Pours a nice opaque black color. The head is off white and stick around for a bit leaving a big successive lacing after each sip.

S: The smell is big with roasted malt, some coffee bitterness, perhaps some earthy bitterness from hops, and a compliment of malt sweetness. Notes of vanilla and caramel are secondary.

T: There is a nice big roasted malt flavor up front, especially coffee, with some other earthy and bitter notes throughout. The secondary sweetness that was present in the smell is much less pronounced in the taste, with bitter coffee and earthy notes dominating well into the aftertaste.

Overall, a good oatmeal stout. The mouth feel was spot on and very silky smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 23:39:14 | More by ClevoPiwo
Photo of corby112


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown color, almost pitch black that is completely opaque even when held to a light source. I mean there isn't even the slightest mahogany edge on this. 2.5 finger frothy tan head that has good retention, slowly fding into a lasting cap that leaves chinks of lace rings on it's way down.

Slightly roasted sweet aroma with chocolate, coffee bean, hops, caramel, oatmeal and licorice notes. I was expecting this to have much more of a coffee/espresso presence but it is pretty subtle.

The flavor is more coffee forward than the aroma would leave you to believe. Pretty roasty with a nice coffee/espresso bean flavor up front which roasted chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, burnt toast and a nice bitter hop profile. Slightly more watered down than I would prefer but still has a nice silky medium body. Again, this is very hoppy for the style and it shows in the dry bitter finish. The alcohol is decently masked.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 20:44:59 | More by corby112
Photo of YankChef


4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into beamish imperial pint

appearance: pitch black with creamy milk chocolate head, very nice lacing

aroma: really strong vanilla aromas and of course coffee and some fruity tones

taste: really rich and fruity for the style, vanilla shows u big time again, there is also even a citric quality to it to go with the coffee and the oats give it nice body. there are some plumpear and apple stuff going on, nice dry finish with lingering coffee but the java in this beer is not overwhelming just a part of the experience. As noted in another post the bitterness really intensifies as it warms in a good way

overall: a very different beer for the style, very drinkable and tasty with a lot of different flavors going on that meld well, really fruity in an interesting way, layers of flavor my hat goes off to troegs for this one realy quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 05:29:10 | More by YankChef
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a large creamy mocha head. The head has great retention and it's very sticky. Lacing comes in camouflage patterns, kind of looks like a rock face, as it's very splotchy but completely covers the wall of the glass.

The nose brings a nice roasted malt character, along with bitter chocolate and some coffee notes. Very pleasant on the olfactory gland, if I do say so myself. There is only a light bitterness, but thats fine by me.

The taste is dominated by bitter-sweet chocolate and toasted malts. I get a light espresso scent, but nothing along the lines of something you would expect froma beer labeled "Java Head." Still though, it's a very tasty beer, and I'm enjoying it very much. As it warms the bitterness comes out more and more.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with a low carbonation. At room temperature, it leaves a nice bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great, I feel I could session this is there was slightly less alcohol.

Overall, a solid offering from Troegs. I'm very happy I got the chance to try this, thanks a bunch to Sean (aka seanpachefddfa) for sending me this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 02:38:12 | More by Mistofminn
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly transparent black, nice rising brown head that fades quickly to a still blackness.
Smell has just a hint of bourbon, caramel and a very mild coffee.
This is one of the weakest coffee notes in a coffee stout I've ever tasted. It's there, just not in any outstanding way. I think if someone gave it to me without telling me what it was, I never would have pegged it as a coffee stout. A stout, yes. Coffee, no. All that in mind, it's not a bad stout by any means. It's dark with just a hint of dark fruits. Slightly sweet caramel and just a hint of citrus hops.
Feels a bit carbonated, yet dense enough to handle it. Nice and easy to sip, just not one of my favorite coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 00:31:40 | More by kirok1999
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at the brewery.

A: One of the darkest beers I've ever seen. It looks pitch black even when I hold it up to the light. There was a lot of caramel colored head on it when poured with a good amount of retention. Lots of lacing down the side of my glass.

S: Surprisingly a little bit of a citrus smell from the hops comes through along with the smell of chocolate and coffee.

T: Tastes a little bit sweet at first before finishing quite bitter on the back of my tongue. I can definitely taste the espresso but its not overpowering in anyway. Most definitely a full flavored beer. Very enjoyable.

M: Thick and chewy. Leaves my mouth a little bit flemmy, which is to be expected, but probably my least favorite part about this beer.

D: I really liked this beer but I wouldn't consider it to be a session beer by any means. Don't think I would want to drink more than a few of these in a sitting.

I would recommend this beer to anyone. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 22:55:16 | More by jrw5061
Photo of meatyard


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is dark, very dark, so much so that I can't tell if it's brown or black. Pours a nice, 1+ finger, light brown head with some sticky lacing.
The smell is, at first, grapefruit citrus hops and then, most noticeably, coffee with some sweet floral aromas (kind of odd but nice).
The taste is deeply roasted to burnt coffee & malt up front followed by mild citrusy hops and ending with a dose of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is unexpectedly on the thin side and I get no sense of the alcohol.
Drinkability is uneven since the higher ABV is well-hidden you don't have the sense that you may get buzzed and the flavors are interesting but the bitterness at the end puts me off a little.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 00:06:48 | More by meatyard
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is dark, like a stout, kind of brown at an angle, but there seems to be floaties in it, probably yeast? I'm not sure. Head is brown and diffuse, can't really get a reading on the carbonation, since the floaties aren't settling out, i'm going to guess this beer is THICK! Smells like a stout, maybe pick up some coffee and oatmeal in the aroma. Not a lot of oatmeal in the flavor, some alcohol in the flavor, some smoke on the back end. Pretty drinkable. Go find it, check it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 03:33:41 | More by drabmuh
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3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this over the weekend, and I was kind of excited at first, but was a little letdown overall. Pour is from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, near black; body looks thick, but not especially viscous (but that's OK because not all stouts need to look like motor oil); comes with a big 3 finger head that is light tan; body is opaque and I can see moderately strong carbonation bubbling up near the sides of the glass because that's only as far into it as I can see; head fades and the beer leaves only faint spots of lacing and streaks along the sides.

Smell: Actually quite hoppy and grassy (not the first stout I've had like this - I had a Smuttynose stout back in the spring that was especially hoppy as well); followed by a semi-sweet chocolatey malty presence as well as a sweeter coffee scent.

Taste: Taste is lacking and here is where the disappointment begins -- it does have a nice bitter-sweet chocolate flavor and that grassy/hoppy flavor really lingers in the aftertaste; I guess with something called "Java Head" I would expect much more of a coffee presence. Just didn't cut it in that area though as I felt it was more of a vegetative bitterness from the hops than long-boiled malts and various coffee ingredients.

Mouthfeel: Body is a letdown as well for a stout - very loose and watery (and I know I said that not all stouts need to be like motor oil, but dang, I need more substance in the body than what this offers as it is super thin); somehow manages to leave a fair coating on the roof of the mouth; smooth carbonation helps the body a long as well and creats a certain creaminess to boost it up from a 2 to a 3.

Drinkability: Not really worth it, so I scored it pretty average. It's not an especially heavy stout, and the flavors aren't awful, but not what's necessarily advertised by the label. If you're a fan of Troegs, you might like it, but if you're more a fan of stouts, I think you might be a bit let down, but that's just me...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:43:26 | More by bamadog
Photo of DIM


3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Completely opaque black body. This pours with a large, sticky, and rocky light tan colored head.

s: Interesting. The first thing I noted was flowery, lemony hops. Doubting my sense of smell, I decided to consult the label. It reads, "Java Head Stout passes through a blend of coffee and whole flower hops-akin to a French press- releasing cocoa, citrus, and java flavors." So I'm not nuts, just puzzled. The coffee is there, gently roasty, but decidedly in the backround. Interesting, but it does clash a bit.

t: This is the first time I remember being disappointed by a Troeg's offering. Mild, bitter coffee flavors up front while the finish is bitter, leafy lemon rind that completely overwhelms the coffee. Very little malt presence.

m: Maybe a little on the thin side for the style with gently fizzy carbonation. The lingering, bitter finish is abrasive and off-putting.

d: I love oatmeal stouts, coffee, and Troegs. Very surprised I don't like this more. I was kicking myself on the way home for not buying more, but one was plenty. Glad I bought some fresh Nugget Nectar, I can't have Troegs leaving a bad taste in my mouth. :)

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 22:38:45 | More by DIM
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Smell is of roasted malt and coffee followed by some light hops and a touch of caramel. Hops make a strong appearance in the taste. More than I had expected from a stout brewed with coffee beans. A bitter coffee taste makes its presence up front, and is mellowed out (only just a pinch) by sweetness from the chocolate malts. The body is a little skimpy for the style. At 7.5% ABV, this is a nice drinker that went down smooth without any problems.

Coming into this, I expected a little more than what I actually received. Overall, a nice effort by Troegs, and will revisit this one again. ~

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 22:36:40 | More by Goldfish19
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle purchased at the brewery.

A: The oatmeal stout is appropriately dark, barely betraying anything in the way of brown hues. The glass of blackness sits still, but poured with a two finger head that has laced extensively around the mouth of my glass.

S: Roasted malts, dark and bitterly sweet, drive the nose. Mild oatmeal sweetness shows up and there is almost no hint of coffee. Instead, a citrusy hop presence is unmistakable.

T: Coffee is present in the body, but as more of a blunt force than a distinct layer. The bitter, acrid coffee creates a black IPA kind of body that matches with roasted, chocolate grains. Oatmeal sweetness tones down the malts before the citrus hops hit with a vengeance. The hoppiness, like Dead Reckoning, is a welcome revelation that adds a floral depth to the stout, saving it in my opinion. I love what Tröegs does with the hops in stouts. Coffee finally shows up with some gusto in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel seems to run the gamut from stout (roasted) to coffee (well, coffee) to IPA (hoppy). I prefer the confluence of stout and hops.

D: This doesn't feel like a 7.5% brew. I'm not sure where this fits in the Tröegs coffee stout trilogy that includes Scratch 15 and Scratch 19, but it seems like a middle ground between the two.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:48:02 | More by akorsak
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

Midnight black with a thick and dense two finger stone khaki head that settles to a bubbly rim along the glass. A little patch of dark colored head remains from the sediment that filtered through it. Strong and sticky lacing.

The aroma has strong scents of bitter coffee, along with a good amount of roastiness from the malts.

Heavy roasted malts, bordering on burnt. The coffee is obvious, as it should be, along with hints of bitter cocoa. Full bodied, slightly creamy overall. The bitter malts linger for a while.

A good java stout, and not too rich like Southern Tier's Javah. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 04:37:28 | More by BeerSox
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very very dark brown...you can tell it's brown when you hold it up to the light...a two finger tan head forms and retains pretty well so you keep drinking through the head...some very nice lacing

S - Lots of roasted malts coming through...chocolate and coffee beans fill the aroma as well

T - The flavor follows the nose pretty good with some curve balls thrown in...starts up front loaded with the chocolate malts...you can taste the roastiness...through the middle the roasted coffee beans come through and they show up at the end to provide a bitterness...here's the kicker...paired with the coffee flavor is a bright grapefruit hop flavor...wow...did not expect that...these two leave a nice lasting bitterness on the palate...there is a few rolled oats that I'm picking up but nothing standing out

M - Medium bodied...not creamy...rather dry...kind of disappointed here

D - This is a very drinkable beer...it's not heavy and it has some nice characteristics that stand out for it...I did not try any of the beers this one was made from...but Troegs always knows how to do it

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 13:31:24 | More by thain709
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown at its core, becoming lighter toward the edges and eventually becoming a slightly translucent ruby shade. Three fingers of tan head rises about the body. Thick, creamy, and leaving behind lots of lacing, this head makes a pretty good looking beer.

The smell has a hint of dark malts with a lot of roasted character backing them up and a big, resiny, piney aroma of fresh hops. There is a good dose of coffee in there also. A little bit odd for a stout; it smells pleasant though.

The flavor of Troegs Java Head is extremely hoppy for a stout, as the aroma would suggest. Big blasts of pine and grapefruit are there throughout, competing with roasted malts and coffee to be the biggest flavors. The sweet malts are in the middle, and the coffee flavor is most pronounced in the finish and the after taste. A little hoppy for a stout, but pretty good.

Maybe it doesn't taste like what I envision a stout to taste like, but it sure feels like one. Thick, full, creamy, I almost want to chew it; I guess oatmeal will do that to a mouthfeel.

Overall, pretty drinkable, and for me quite good. I bet it would be interesting with some age on it also. Especially if you aren't looking for a hoppy stout, set this one down for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 05:53:24 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a tan head and medium lacing, decent retention. Smell and taste is a bit weak imo, has some roasted malts, coffee, hops, almost like gin, nothing too prominent, just a weak taste and smell. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, no alcohol and good carbonation. Drinkability is alright, decent taste, piney taste turns it into gin after a while, not as good as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 04:11:27 | More by cbutova
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New York

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

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Black colored brew with a khaki colored head that left a tremendous amount of lacing behind.
Dark roast coffee beans fill the aroma.
Up front roasted coffee flavor and then a good bittering from the hops kicks in, finishing somewhat espresso-like.
Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.
Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 01:13:50 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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New Jersey

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

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle just purchased from Gary's in Madison... "Stout brewed with coffee beans" on the black, yellow, and brown logo sticker... Troegs claims on the bottleneck that their stout "Passes through a blend of coffee beans and whole flower hops"... Impressive appearance... deep, dark, ebony hue with a tan, and cream-colored frothy head... Noticeable roasted malt aroma and flavor combined with undeniable essences of chocolate and espresso blend well with rich mocha and cappuccino flavors... Alcohol reasonably well-hidden... Good stuff...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 22:29:53 | More by dsa7783
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter black malt and coffee scent along with some light chocolate notes. It also has some crystal and roasted malt character as well. The taste is decent. It has a complex flavor profile that boasts of coffee, patent malts, and hops. It goes down easy with a stiff dryness and a nice coffee finish. It has some citrus hop flavors in the middle which I could really do without. This is a black, coffee stout. Leave the hops out of this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This could be a much better beer. As it is, it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 00:00:32 | More by WesWes
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark dark color, and a big foamy head. Kinda looks like dark root beer

S- Dark malt up front, bitter coffee in the back. The whole thing has a very interesting of sweet, creamy aroma.

T- The hops really stand out surprisingly. You still get a lot of the malty goodness and coffee bitterness, but not nearly as much of creamy sweetness.

M- Very sparkly. Lots of bite. I'm guessing a little to much carbonation. Really accentuates the hops bitterness.

D- Looks great, smells great, tastes good. It doesn't really stand out, but it isn't a complete crapshoot either. In fact I would lean more towards stand out than crapshoot easily. I might have this again, but their are better stouts. I recommend a look-see.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 23:06:22 | More by rregan
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a large DFH snifter

The look of java head is a dark black shade with a rising head of mocha color that reached 2 inches almost spilling down the side of the glass. Nice streaks of lace although not covering the glass. Aroma's of dark malt, slight chocolate and a whole lot of fresh coffee beans. Taste is coffee forward with a slightly burnt taste. This is joined by some sweetness with slight vanilla and cream. Some hops round this out flavor wise. The feel is smooth and medium bodied with light carb which is pleasent. Could of polished off two bombers of this easy. This is a slightly ramped up version of scratch 15 and I feel it needed a slight tweek as 15 was so so for me. Grab you some bombers if you like coffee, I hope this stays in Troegs line up.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 19:00:14 | More by BARFLYB
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather unsurprisingly dark brown to black color with a big tannish head. Plenty of fluffy lacing is left behind as this dark, malty brew settles.

Aroma is sweet dark malt up front with some bitter black coffee and both milk and dark chocolate. It has the smell of a very strong cup of espresso that someone has emptied a boat load of sugar packets into.

Flavors abound. Lots of sweet chocolate, caramel, black coffee, miky caramel and some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and makes this beer go down almost like a coffee milk shake. The quality of the coffee really comes through in this beer as there is plenty of character coming out. I am digging this oatmeal coffee stout, makes me want some breakfast!

Another quality beer from Tröegs.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 02:15:45 | More by indiapaleale
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a full inch of thick, mocha colored head. The head is quite resilient and hangs around for a good long time. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Great aroma of citrusy hops mixed in with fresh coffee. Dark, burnt malts and oats, and a good whiff of milk chocolate.

T - Good hit of hop bitterness on first sip. Followed by a full blast of coffee and oats. Citrusy hops blend in nicely, giving a slight fruitiness to round things out.

M - This beer has a good, full bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is adequate, has a nice light feel...the oatmeal adds an oily component to the feel - goes down very slippery and coats the mouth.

D - This is quite a good stout. Extremely smooth and sessionable. Plenty of flavors that all blend together very nicely...silky smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 23:40:22 | More by portia99
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4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just got this big bottle from around the corner - Goes down the hatch real smooth for a Stout - First taste I get the coffee/espresso that I enjoy from a coffee stout, then finishes very smooth which makes it drinkable for me.

Would love to have again and again and again - but then again I love Troegs brothers brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 22:01:26 | More by dssmale
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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