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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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1,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 1600
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009)
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Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.
Overall rating 8/10.

A dark, opaque beer with a tan head. Head retention is good, as is lace formation. Coffee is present in the aroma though not especially prominent. The bulk of the aroma is toasted malt and dark, bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is moderately dry from start to finish. Strong hints of coffee but nothing overt, as with the aroma. A bit of sweetness upfront that quickly subsides. Some light bitterness from the hops amidst a current of roasted malt. Use of oats yields a signature soft, smooth mouthfeel, but it could stand to be heavier. Nonetheless, it's very quaffable for 7.5%.

Having had Java Head several times now, I've found it to be a very well-balanced coffee stout. More coffee and more viscosity would be nice, but as it stands, it's a great stout that I keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:45:37 | More by gr0g
Photo of ThirstyBehr


3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- dark black roasted body with a thick mocha head.

S- roasted malt coffee and chocolate, good hop presence earthy and piney.

T- roasted java dominant, earthy dry hop finish.

M- medium body, dry finish, a little warming.

O- a good coffee stout, good hop balance, I expected to get smacked with burnt coffee malt but was pleasantly surprised at its drink-ability.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 17:30:12 | More by ThirstyBehr
Photo of kylehay2004


3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger tan head with good lacing on a deep amber brown body.

S: vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate

T: dark chocolate, mild roasted malt, hint of coffee, citrus is there but generic. Where is the coffee?

M: smooth and almost seems like no carbonation. Finishes with moderate carbonation though. Medium body.

Overall: where is the coffee here? Basically a decent base beer but definitely is lacking a memorable quality.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 05:25:54 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured with a small head of light tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel and a bit of chocolate with some nutty notes.

T - Caramel malt and some light roast up front. Smoke and milk chocolate in the middle with a finish of caramel, smoke and weak coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nicely done, but I don't get a great deal of coffee in either the flavor or aroma. There is significant chocolate in the flavor profile, but it is more or less a slightly sweeter than average American stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 05:21:47 | More by nickfl
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New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black with one finger tan head that recedes into a thin cap which lasts for the duration. Decent lacing.

S - Roasted malt, strong coffee.

T - Dominated by bitter roasty coffee flavors, maybe a hint of chocolate. Bitter roasty flavors linger long afterwards. Probably the most intense coffee flavor I've had in a beer to date. Coffee drinkers will love this.

M/O - Full bodied, intense, and somewhat dry. This is a great brew all around. Will definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 18:40:26 | More by thlayli87
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. As suggested on Beer Advocate, this beer is better at higher temps.
I got the best flavor at about 57F.

The color was excellent: very deep chocolate with a one finger head.

Lemon-vanilla, coffee, oatmeal aroma- moderate and lasting with the warming.

The mouth feel was not carbonated, and was very smooth at the higher temp.

At first, the taste was bitter coffee with lemon- as the beer warmed up, the strong bitterness subsided and the taste was relatively smooth with a strong coffee accent.

Overall, a very good beer and worth trying. Serving temp and glassware are key.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:43:30 | More by brureview
Photo of thecheapies


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Coffee black with a tan head. Very nice lacing. Great look.

Floral and piney aromas from fresh hops and sturdy black coffee. Sweet, but with bright complementing hops and roast bitterness. Hints of raisin and licorice. Almost smells like a coffee black IPA.

Very hoppy and decently bitter. Robust malts and black coffee balance out wily floral hops. Backdrop stout-y flavors release flavors of cocoa nibs and burnt cereal. Finishes with citrus notes and lingering hoppiness. Such bright contrasting flavors.

Feels alright. Feels bright in the mouth. Loose and low carbonation. Medium to medium-light body. Not difficult to gulp.

I love the brash hoppiness versus the sweeter coffee notes. An experiment gone right. Excellently different. Unique and easy to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:30:43 | More by thecheapies
Photo of SaisonRichBiere


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to ThePorterSorter for sharing this one.

Poured into a 12oz. mug from a bottle.

Appearance- Ebony with a dark amber tinge. Appears quite red as it pours. Thin looking at first glance, settling to a nice darkness with a huge bubbly head that slowly falls. Nice looking in the glass.

Smell- Roasty cocoa with slightly burnt coffee aromas. Sweet milk chocolate hints with oatmeal tartness. There's also a slight chemical smell. Strange.

Taste- Bold smoky coffee, slight sugar creaminess, full flavor cigar tobacco, raisins, dark chocolate. Finishes slightly off, perhaps related to the strange smell. Strong bitter espresso aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel- The strong suit here. Smooth and creamy start to finish. Extra nice with a gulp full of the creamy head.

Overall- A solid easy drinking coffee stout. Alcohol hid very nicely in the flavor. A bit lighter and thinner than most oatmeal stouts, but flavorful and smooth. Would definitely drink again, if I can get some more. I would really like to try a draught offering.


Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:30:33 | More by SaisonRichBiere
Photo of RunningFox


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours into a black hole - no light escapes the glass. The head is a buffy tan and holds for a few minutes, then gradually becomes a skim of seafoam.

S: The aroma of barnyard hit me at the beginning, which was off-putting for me initially - but then that disappeared after a minute, giving way to toasted malt and coffee.

T: The taste was a very intense mocha with a good share of coffee flavor. Hops showed up in the swallow along with some bitter coffee.

M: The mouthfeel was smooth and silky - could have been a bit more substantial. Carbonation was forward throughout the tasting.

O: I enjoyed this with a melt-in-your-mouth pan-seared coffee rubbed NY sirloin with a demi glace made from the beer. The pairing was heavenly. Having a flashback (good one) right now. Will have to try this again all by itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 00:34:45 | More by RunningFox
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with little or no light. Of white colored head - a finge or two at pour and disappates nicely to a layer on top of the beer. Lots of spotted lacing. Smells of dark malts and coffee. Taste brings the same but adds some chocolate notes. Overall good taste but also pulling in some vibrancy from maybe fruits & hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:29:11 | More by Oakenator
Photo of mooseo


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Black as night with a creamy tan head.

S - Roasted malt, black coffee, hints of citrus.

T - Loads of black coffee bitterness on the palate mixed with earthy roast and fresh citrus. There is some sweetness throughout to balance the hops and bitter coffee.

M - Medium body, creamy and silky. Average carbonation with a dry finish.

O - A very tasty coffee stout with a surprising citrus element that blends perfectly with the coffee. The alcohol is hidden well making this a very drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 05:54:59 | More by mooseo
Photo of denver10


2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a light brown head that recedes to the edges. Aroma seems rather underwhelming to for what I was expecting. I am not really getting much coffee, seems like I am getting some hops though offering a line pine, some licorice? on top of a roasted malt base. Flavor is as underwhelming as the aroma, and slightly off putting. Really crappy coffee, licorice?, some sugars from the oats, roasted malts, and a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is nice, fuller bodied and creamy. Overall, what a disapointment. Perhaps, however, this was my fault for drinking a Breakfast Stout right before this, if the opportunity presents itself I will have to give this another (and maybe more fair) chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 02:08:12 | More by denver10
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/03/12.

A: Pours a dark brownish black with a 1 finger khaki head that dissipates in a few minutes. Leaves some lacing on the sides.

S: Get coffee grounds up front with a slightly bitter hop backing. Also get a sweet malt or fruit as it warms.

T: Smooth malty notes with ample coffee. Sweet with dark fruits. Booze is a little noticeable. Coffee and bitterness linger in the after taste.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Perhaps a little thin considering the booze.

Overall another enjoyable brew by Troegs. Could have a little more body and maltiness but still pulls through as a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:17:33 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of PeterIngemi


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours black with a massive three fingers of creamy coffe colored head... Nice retention and excellent lacing.

S: not as much coffe as I expected on the nose... Even at room temp this beers aroma is in the subtle side... I get a bit of chocolate, a touch of roasted malts, a bit of earthy hops.

T: again, not nearly as much coffe as one would expect from a brew named java head, I get some dry chocolate and subtle roasted malts, along with a touch of coffee, along with some earthy hops, particuarly on the finish.

M: medium bodied, with some slickness And low medium creamy carbonation. Dry on the finish with a touch if bitterness. Wish this had a little more heft and creamyness. Very drinkable though... Goes down super easy.

O: a solid stout, tasty in its own right, although I would have perfected a bit more coffe and a bit more heft, perhaps an impy version of this brew, with some dialed up coffee, and this would be seriously awesome... Solid just the same though.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:15:18 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of ClarkHimself


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring aggressively into a snifter yields a powerful 1.5 inch tan head that stays put for a good 3-4 minutes. Jet black in color and smells of coffee, roasted everything, etc... nice, but nothing too crazy. First taste is burnt coffee, and very bitter at that. Very subtle coco and malty goodness on the back end but, again, nothing too complex. This beer isn't nearly as "sweet" as I'd expect from an oatmeal stout. Really, it's a mid-range stout from one of my favorite breweries. Java Head is slightly above average, but doesn't measure up to the rest of Troegs great brews. Having said all this, I am glad it is part of their winter variety pack as it's a good pick for the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 17:51:25 | More by ClarkHimself
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A- pours a opaque black colors... vigorous pour yields a 2 finger khaki colored head. Quickly disappears to a thin slurry over the beer... no lacing

S- faint coffee smell. Roasted barely, hint of chocolate

T- coffee forward, roasty chocolcate ting throughout the taste

M- very thin body for a oatmeal stout, even if this is the actual beer style. Average carbonating, so thin that its almost oily in the throat

O- a mediocre attempt at a Java stout from a prestigious brewery....

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 00:38:38 | More by warrenout330
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The pour is not black, but a very dark mahogany with very little light getting through. A rough pour produced a massive frothy light tan head. On the nose I get coffee notes as well as some semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of an astringent, solventy kind of note.

The beer has a medium to full body and a thinner feel than I anticipated. I also anticipated more intense coffee flavors than I experienced. As is, this strikes me as a fairly conventional stout. It is a bit more on the creamy-tasting side than it is on the roasty-tasting side. It doesn't have intense coffee, chocolate, or burnt fruit character. it is not very complex. It's just semi-sweet, smooth, and tasty with a bit of roasty bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this is a decent stout. It's not extreme and it's not over-the-top. It almost drinks like a porter. Not bad, but I probably won't buy it again. I should mention however that I just love the label on this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 18:07:45 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of madvermin


2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured very, very dark brown with a light tan head. Very fine bubbles and a creamy, lasting texture to the foam. Left nice lacing on the glass.

Smells weakly of coffee and grain, with not much else. Weak overall, which is not what I was expecting from a coffee stout. A bit of dry fruit perhaps, but not really.

Taste is a nice oatmeal followed by very bitter coffee. Tasty for sure, with some chocolate coming out as the beer warms. It's a simple flavor profile, but a good one. Maybe just a bit too astringent on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and not very satisfying for a stout. I like the acidity, but its almost gritty and not balanced by anything else. Drinkability suffers due to the basic taste - doesn't really develop other than the chocolate, and it gets a bit boring to drink to be perfectly honest. Not one of the better coffee stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:30:20 | More by madvermin
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown with a lil, soft, off white head

S - coffee, some faint roasted malts

T - coffe, roasted malts, a nice bitter hop finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, simple, easy to drink beer. It has just enough flavor to keep you interested, but it's simple enough that you can have a couple of them without worry. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 08:11:41 | More by tdm168
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Oil can darkness, with brownish head and good lacing

S - Dark roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate

T - Very dark malt taste with some coffee. Not overly sweet, somewhat creamy, but a mild dark chocolate in flavor

M - Medium body and with low carbonation

O - Not my favorite. A good beer. I love coffee stouts and this one is unique to others...

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 23:53:02 | More by jtd1969
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark Coca-Cola colored liquid. The toffee colored head is about two fingers high and uneven. Lots of lacings on the glass.

S: Smells roasted barley, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and some coffee. There is also some smokiness and toffee.

T: Tastes dry chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The aftertaste leaves a long lasting dry chocolate and coffee taste. I can also find some oat tones and smokiness. Some alchohol at the end.

M: The body is medium but towards the lighter end. The carbonation is medium with small bubbles.

O: Not great, but a decent stout I would buy again if given a chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 18:45:31 | More by eriktoyra
Photo of MDDMD


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark black brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate

T-dark roasted malt dominates with some light coffee and chocolate flavors, burnt sugar, and a bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth

O-a decent oatmeal stout but a little overpowered by the malt, not enough coffee

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 19:24:37 | More by MDDMD
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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Troegs Brewing Company - Java Head Stout

12 oz. bottle into glass

Appearance: Pours a dark cola-color with 1 finger of meringue-colored head. Shortly after the pour, it lessens to about a half-finger. Micro bubbles line the glass with each drink.

Smell: A slight chocolate aroma, mixed with booze, and the smallest amount of coffee. Dark fruits like raisins or dates.

Taste: At first, very bitter. Instant thoughts of grapefruit. Hops, dark malts, and a hint of cocoa. Hints of coffee. Coffee and cocoa increase as it warms and breathes. Leaves a strong metallic aftertaste. Bitterness hangs on for a very long time after you're finished. Reminds me of watered down version of Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Tingles as you take it in. Moderate to low amount of carbonation. Leaves a bitter film in your mouth. Very dry finish.

Overall: I'd like to have a little more coffee flavor in something called "Java Head". No comparison to some other coffee stouts (Bell's Java Stout still rules the category in my book). Not much complexity here, but not bad, either. A lot of bitter and dryness. Let it warm and breathe, and then sip it.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:05:19 | More by jones3aj
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light dark brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee with lighter notes of dark roasted malts. The smell of this beer intensifies as the beer warms.

T: The beer has a moderately strong flavors of dark roasted malts in the body with some moderate amounts of bitterness that truly lingers. Lighter notes of freshly brewed coffee in the background.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The coffee flavor in this beer is really nice but unfortunately there is not enough other notes or complexity in this beer. It is quite bitter and the dry mouthfeel makes this not the easiest drinker, this is a slow sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:58:01 | More by dbrauneis
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West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in a pint glass

A - Black with 1.5 finger foamy tan head with good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, caramel malt

T - A nice mild coffee and chocolate start with a smooth oatmeal climax and a slightly bitter herbal hops finish.

M - Full body, moderate-low carbonation. Smooth.

O - Pretty good, the coffee or the chocolate flavor has some room for improvement, need a little more boldness. Good winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 20:43:33 | More by williamjbauer
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