Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

651 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 651
Hads: 2,073
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 71
Gots: 314 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 651 | Hads: 2,073
Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of tan head. Most of the head dissipated but a thin film remained for quite some time. The nose has roasted notes but I am really not getting any coffee notes. The flavor is similar – roast but the coffee is very, very faint. The body is fairly hearty and the finish is mildly bitter. (324 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Black as can get with no light coming through. A one finger frothy tan head

Smell: chocolate, dark fruit, slight coffee

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate upfront with slight coffee throughout. Not quite as much depth in malts as I had hoped, and a bit too sweet for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Quite light for a stout; Moderate bitterness

Overall: Although enjoyable, I don't think its a good representation of a coffee stout. Not enough coffee or roasted malt flavor. Maybe a tad too sweet for me as well, and the aftertaste isn't that great as it's bitter for the style. With better options available, I probably won't be returning to this any time soon. (733 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black colored brew with a khaki head that is about 1 finger. The head is fluffy with small bubbles. Head pulls back slowly leaving lacing.

S: Lots of milk chocolate and coffee.

T: Coffee and malt flavors hit early with the a nice coffee aftertaste.

M: Slightly waterier than I expected. Also higher carbonation than I anticipated. Not its strongest characteristic.

O: Decent coffee stout. I could drink more but I have several others that I like better. This is okay across the board but doesn't stand out in any area. (527 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging and a tan, finger width head.Good retention, leaving behind a thin but consistent layer of suds on the surface. Strong lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Milk chocolate primarily, with notes of earth, leaf, dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Touches of milk chocolate sweetness upfront, then earth, coffee ground, citrus and leafy bitterness hit hard mid-taste and ride into the finish, backed by a moderate amount of roastiness. Faint traces of caramel and walnut shell linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with fair, tingly carbonation and a velvety texture. Goes down with fair smoothness, though there's a light astringency in the finish.

Overall - A good beer, but with a name like Java Head, you'd expect a coffee bomb... this is not. Instead it's a fairly hoppy stout with coffee character taking a lesser supporting role. Eh, it's good enough. Try it if you get the chance, but don't go out of your way to find it. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Shade1951
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DANG! This is a BOLD, BOLD beer!

Black, BLACK in appearance! And the smell is outstanding. Just as one would expect - cocoa, and COFFEE! Coffee is big time in the smell.

The taste is of bitter unsweetened chocolate, and bitter unsweetened BLACK coffee. When you sip it, the smell and taste combine to give you a scrumptious experience.

All I can say is WOW! The beer is rather thick and oily on the tongue. If you don't like that kind of mouthfeel, you won't like this beer. I happen to like it - a lot!

But the weirdest thing is this: I do not like BLACK unsweetened coffee. And in truth, the black unsweetened coffee flavor so prominent in this beer kind of overwhelms me. But that is NOT the beer's fault. If you drink something named "Java Head" you should have a good idea of what to expect.

I am drinking this beer right now as I write this. I am still enjoying the various flavors, even though I am not a fan of black coffee. That says a lot for how tasty this beer is! (981 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a snifter. As dark as the darkest stouts I've seen. About one finger of light tan, which turns into a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet, sugary almost. Like a sweet oatmeal,blended chocolate and coffee. Very good smell.

Taste: Mmmm, like a dark chocolate coffee served black, no creme or sugar. The light sweetness from the dark chocolate flavor, and the bitterness of the coffee blend very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Pretty creamy. Not too little, not too much. Just right.

Overall: This has been my go-to favorite from Troegs. Last I was at their brewpub this is what I had. As well being a coffee type stout, which I love. Good stuff. (692 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Some lacing inside the glass and a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of oatmeal, wow. Coffee. Roasted malt. So roasted it gives a hint of a burnt character.

Taste - That burnt malt is the most prevalent flavor throughout. Never gets overwhelmed. Coffee, but it's brief. Some dark chocolate, which leads to a nutty caramel malt. A hint of grassy hops linger in the back end, along with an intense bitter burnt roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Extremely roasty, lending a burnt malt bitterness. Medium body.

Overall - This really beats you over the head with the burnt malts. Nothing in balance. (665 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp 12 oz bottle into a snifter. The bottle is about 2 years old.
Beer pours a rich dark malty brown color with some tan creamy head that foams up about 1 cm and is an edge layer very quickly after the pour.
Aroma is roasted malt and coffee bean with a little brown sugar, maybe a little bakers chocolate.
First sip reveals a silky textured beer with very very fine and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and some brown sugar but rolls to a bit of a bitey coffee finish. Very dry on the end of each sip. Does leave a sticky film on my lips.
I dont get any alcohol heat or real hop presence. Very drinkable and I am almost finished with the beer much quicker than I anticipated.

This is a well crafted coffee brew that isnt too much coffee and not enough beer. I will definitely buy this beer again. (826 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I want sure if I was in the mood for this, but I actually had never had this before, so how would I know this was an excellent stout.

Is black, no surprises. There is plenty of lacing. The aroma, coffee and malt. Lots of sweet malt.

The taste is a nice balance of coffee, hops and malt. Very good. The aftertaste is more than just a coffee overdose like some of these. Is very pleasant. Recommended. (402 characters)

Photo of TheArcan3
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Surprised to see this beer only rated around the 80's overall. It's a great beer for any stout and/or coffee lovers, what really caught me off guard is finding a realization that this beer is in fact a oatmeal stout. This beer is great and taste up to its expectations. Great taste and balance of mostly semi-sweet chocolate and coffee with a nice vibe with it's bold 7.5% ABV. Mixture of sweet and bitterness with a spiky but smooth mouth-feel. I recently got a six pack from my local beverage store and it did not disappoint especially the fact of it's moderate cost. Definitely worth every penny, will be buying again soon! (626 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator for this one.

A - Dark brown body with dense mocha head leaving specks of lacing.

S - Cold coffee, chocolate, raisins, molasses, roasted.charred caramel.

T - Nice cold roasted coffee presence, charred caramel and molasses malts, chocolate covered raisin. A strong core of dark bready malt, creamy and decadent. Finishes with strong malts, raisins, and fading coffee.

M - Full bodied, thick, creamy and viscous body, low carbonation.

Good coffee presence with a stout and creamy body. The raisin/plum plays well and adds a creative layer. Nice creamy texture, this went down very smooth. (654 characters)

Photo of JamesGrove
3/5  rDev -20.8%

The color of this beer is, as the name implies, as coffee. It has a thin, tan head. The smell is subtle and ashy. The taste is strongly of coffee and chocolate and lingers long on the palate. The mouthfeel is slightly oily as it is not overly carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer but just shy of outstanding. (316 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/27/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an English nonick pint.

a: Black with ruby highlights when held to light,. Inch and a half tall tan head receded slowly to thick even surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Actually smells more like chocolate than coffee, but it is yummy.

t: Now the coffee comes out front in no uncertain terms, but with some sweet malt balance. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Mildly roasty aftertaste.

m: Medium, very good body, moreso than the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout I reviewed yesterday. Very smooth at least, bordering on silky.

o: An excellent coffee stout! I'm getting to like these a lot, because they are very tasty, and the caffeine tends to counteract the alcohol to the point your body seems to think it has just ingested a very low ABV brew, so work such as writing beer reviews can proceed pretty much uninterrupted by a serious beer high. Good when you want to drink beer with some substance but not get taken out by it. (1,002 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours what appears to be a black hue, or at least an opaque dark brown. When held up to the light, some mahogany colors begin to show their face around the edges and bottom. An iPhone flashlight test proves that this brew isn't 100% opaque, as some blood red highlights appear. A deep, dark beige colored head starts at about two fingers, but within 5 minutes time dies down to a decent frothy cap. The real star of the show here is the ever-impressive thick coat of lacing left down the glass. Emphasis on the word "coating." There's no splotches here. There's an entire blanket of lacing where the head once stood.

S: The nose here is quite sweet. Milk chocolate with a lot of coffee aroma, but not exactly that of black coffee. Instead of a bitter roasted aroma, I'm picking up the profile of a sweetened, iced coffee. Perhaps a little bit of caramel drizzle as well. The aroma is nice, but not what I want in this style.

T: The coffee flavor is definitely the front-runner here, but as indicated in the nose, it's more of a sweet coffee flavor—definitely a cream and sugar profile. Some milk chocolate as well as weak hints of vanilla creep through. I'm not detecting any hops at all, but a surprising hint of raw coffee bean bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: The body here is medium, but there's a surprising amount of creaminess to be found which kind of makes the brew seem a bit bigger than it actually is. The carbonation is a bit on the moderate side, which isn't really a problem, but I personally like my stouts to have a mild carbonation. Drinks fairly easy.

O: Java Head definitely hits a bullseye with the "java" claim. Lots of sweetened coffee flavors here to satisfy any Starbucks fan, or anyone who prefers their stouts on the slightly sweeter side. In terms of stouts in general, I'm not floored by this, but it's definitely a tasty brew that I wouldn't mind getting again in the future. If you're a fan of iced coffee (or coffee in general), give this one a chance. (2,051 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate milk stout smells with a head that looks like hershey syrup runs through it. Very smooth taste with chocolate malts and actual chocolate taste. Hop bitterness and the coffee bean bitterness mixes together at the end and actually makes for a more bitter beer than it actually is. As it warms it smells more and more like hershey syrup.

I just visited the brewery thats next to hershey and I'm surprised they didnt use their chocolate in this beer it tastes like it. The coffee beans add to the roastyness and wow this is just an incredible beer. One of my favorites that Troegs makes hands down. They ran out of it on tap at Troegs and I understand why now. (667 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark black color with a light brown head which leaves a small trace of lacing around the glass.
Smell is typical stout. Coffee and malt pro dominate.
Taste is of coffee bean with maybe a hint of cocoa. Slightly bitter but surely drinkable.
Medium bodied and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste lingering in my mouth.
Overall not bad. Typical straight forward stout. Nothing bad nothing great. Very drinkable. (418 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a - Dark, dark brown in color with a 1" head that flattens but remains. Seems watery by some stout standards

s - sell of coffee notes

t - Taste of Coffee up front, but strong alcohol in finish is overpowering

m - OK

Overall - Very watery - more of a porter in many ways. (274 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deepest black color with a thin but later persistent caramel thick head with medium duration.
Relatively light aroma of coffee, caramel, licorice and cocoa.
Predominant flavor of full roasted coffee beans, charred wood, citrusy hops, lactic and acid milk and licorice. Very dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted note.
Velvety full body (oat?), actually sticky, with low carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well hidden.
Assertive coffee hoppy stout (actually a Foreign Coffee Stout) but with a lower drinkability than average. (545 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in trade as an extra. Big thanks! Pours black with a two finger head that is brown looks super creamy and rich. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, a little booze, a little chocolate, and coffee that is somewhat subdued for the name. Flavor follows with earthy coffee though, then comes sweet chocolate covered fruits, some nice roasted grains in the finish. Still light on the coffee for a brew called Java Head, but very nice nonetheless. Lingering sweetness left on the palate with the roast. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and pretty rich for a non-impy stout. Nice beer overall and something I could see being a nice go-to for a rich beer on a week night. (654 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Black, 1/2 inch head that sticks.

S: So faint, but dark plum is there.

T: Dark roast motor oil burnt coffee on the front end, followed by strong coffee bitterness in the middle, concluded with a nice creamy coffee back end as I smack my tongue against the roof of my mouth.

M: Heavy and full with a slight alcohol feel.

O: I love the coffee back end, but can't get over the heavy burnt coffee front end. (412 characters)

Photo of edfish
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Extra friggen dark toffee, no light got thru when held up to my monitor. I tried to coax a head out of it but didn't get much.
Smell is light coca faint cofffee and some alcohol, very interesting but light to my nose.
Taste. much coffee/ coco, smmooth and rich!
mouthfeel is quite coco-ie full , finishes dry and making you want another sip
Overall a great stout you don't taste the alcohol as it warms you . If you like the coco not chocholate stouts this is for you. (475 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark mahogany with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, mocha

Taste - much like the smell, dark chocolate, coffee bean, mocha

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightest of sweetness upfront followed by bitterness of the coffee

Overall- nice stout for those chilly nights, give it a shot

Price Point - $2.09/12 oz single (373 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and acidic coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with char and acidic coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a subdued coffee presence that is somewhat acrid in my opinion. (607 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I am a fan of stouts. This one is too done up - between flowers, coffee, and spring earth - too much going on for more than 1 in a row. A little cloying. I drink unsweetened espresso. Still a great way to finish the evening, and I'd enjoy it again as a singleton. complex.

ALSO - I have found this stout makes a great "black and tan" when poured over a pale or red ale.

A- dark black roast body with a thick tan large head, with nice lacing. Excellent looking.

S- roasted coffee, malty and chocolate, spring earth, flowers, hops, earthy, piney. Mostly spring earth. smell is matched with appearance

T- approachable, nice first impression, roasted java dominant, earthy hop finish.
A bit too sweet for me after.

M- medium body, medium dry finish, a little warming. Needs some cheese or cookies to go with it. Too much burnt earth to invite another.

O- a decent coffee stout, good hop & earthiness, not overwhelming coffee malt, pleasantly surprised at its approachability, but still too cloying for two in a row. (1,022 characters)

Photo of ZachKelly
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional pint glass.

A very black stout with a thin coffee colored head that does not linger very long. No lacing on the glass worth mentioning. Looks like your average stout.

Great aroma of fresh ground coffee and roasted dark malts. This is what sets it apart from a normal old stout.

Very coffee forward. Coffee flavor is very strong, it mellows as it warms in your mouth and makes way for a typical roasted malt stout flavor.

Coffee lingers and the beer has a smoothness to it.

Very above average. Many coffee stouts go too far with harsh flavors but this one hits a lot of the right notes. (642 characters)

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.