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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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654 Reviews

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Reviews: 654
Hads: 2,084
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 72
Gots: 325 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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 +0.3%
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 -2.9%
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)

Photo of lechap
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't consider myself a connoisseur but I know what I like and I know why I like it. I'm a stout lover and Troeg's Java Head is up there with the best. It poured a dark brown with a thick light brown head. The hint of coffee was well balanced and not overwhelming. Great flavor and to my satisfaction the lacing lasted to the final sip. (338 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this from Prospect Heights Beer Works as a single 12 ounce bottle and consumed it on New Year's Eve.

It poured a very very dark brown with an huge amount of sediment. Lacing was practically non existent with about a one finger cream colored head.

I didn't get much in the way of smell besides bitter chocolate. I was disappointed I didn't get a huge scent of coffee. Not terrible but not much depth.

This tasted like an oatmeal stout with a subtle hint of coffee. I wish the coffee was more flavorful and strong. The taste is actually more about a slight chocolate note.

The beer was extremely flat and under carbonated even for an oatmeal stout. The most redeeming qualities were the alcohol was hidden and the beer was dry.

Not my favorite selection from Troegs even though I love stouts and coffee. Just wasn't a memorable beer. (846 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Java Head pours black with no head. There is a coffee aroma; very roasted. The taste is the same, good coffee flavors, with nice roasted notes to finish. Good flavors, decent body, but overall a bit light. Overall its a stout with some nice coffee flavors. (256 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bottle into glass. 7.5 abv

Appearance- Dark brown to black with a thick foamy head. The head is not the usual white, instead it has a brown hue.

Smell- Roasted malts along with coffee evident. Hints of sweetness also, not unlike that of candy.

Taste- One of the most complex beers that I have ever tried. So much going on with this! First I get a punch of yeasty maltiness which is followed up by flavors of roasted coffee beans. The coffee is strong enough to not be labeled a note, yet not over-bearing. Lastly there is a bitter but quite sweet after taste that lingers, no doubt from a generous amount of hops, knowing that from the way Troegs is with their fine brews. The alcohol is masked well.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied beer. Extremely creamy character.

Overall- I was impressed by this. I'm also new with the Stout style as well. As stated, the complexity of this brew is a big reason to go and try if if you have not already. It is smooth and easy to drink. Troegs craft brews do not dissappoint. Give it a try. (1,033 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a two finger mocha shade that features good density, creaminess, and retention. Some small splotches of lacing are left behind.

S: There's actually a lot going on here. Apart from the black licorice (which I could personally do without), there are nice notes of coffee, oat, chocolate, and flowery hops. The hop 'bite' and the coffee plays together extremely well.

T: Some slight licorice flavor hits the palate first. Around the mid-taste it becomes roasty (and coffee-esque, natch), while the finish is pleasantly hoppy. It brings decent bitterness, but also a good amount of floral FLAVOR, too. If there's one thing that lets me down, it's that the coffee is too mild for my tastes. Here, it's more of a subtle addition rather than the main show.

M: It's almost the tale of two feels here: one that's creamy and soft, and the other that's dry with a mild bite to it. The former is felt initially, while the finish is purely the latter. Some sweetness does return after much of it is consumed, though. It gets bonus points for being borderline refreshing, too. And to think it's mildly carbonated...

O: This is NOT FBS, not for a second. One is decadent, sweet, yet brimming with coffee; while the other (this) is hoppy, bitter, yet very easy to drink. As someone who doesn't mind a bitter-ass stout, this one is quite satisfying in my opinion. (1,426 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice dark head. The head lasted forever, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, but not overly strong. Can smell both the hops and roasted malts, but the hops are more prevalent.

Taste: A complex mix of hops, malts, and coffee, but the hops dominate. There are hints of coffee, and some sweetness from the malt. This has a unique taste for a stout, and makes for an interesting alternative to other stouts. Not surprisingly since the hops dominate the taste, there is a strong hop influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with an average body.

Overall: This is an interesting stout, and I would buy a case. It is different from other stouts with the dominance of the hops, but I find a lot of similarities with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. (866 characters)

Photo of amorette87
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-Dark brown, almost black, thick light brown head

Smell- Very roasted-smoky, coffee, hoppy, warming

Taste- strong coffee upfront and light at the finish, roasted

Mouth Feel- creamy, a little heavy,

Overall- easy drinking beer, lots of coffee flavor not over whelming. great beer (292 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pitch black with a short-lived creamy tan head. Minimal retention and a little bit of lacing.

S- mostly roasted malt notes with subtle hints of coffee some alcohol esters.

T- more to the stout side than the coffee side. There is a subtle hint of coffee in the background of the stronger chocolate malt flavor.

M- a little thinner and not as unctuous as other coffee stouts I've had, but pleasant all the same.

O-a really good, not quite great coffee stout. (463 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. 10/6

Pours dark black, <1/4 inch of white creamy foam. Rich coffee nose, lighter roast. Creamy taste, strong coffee bean, mild bitter. Smooth. Milky mouthfeel, but not in a lactic kind of way. Bitter builds, but always contributes. Really good. (288 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black body with a thin chocolate brown head. Expected a little more head but no issue here. The coffee isn't overpowering. I had to agitate the beer to produce a fuller nose. The taste gives you some iight espresso but the body is fairly thin. This drinks much more like a coffee ale bordering on a porter. Solid flavor but not exactly what the bottle describes. (374 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's see... I have oats, I've got coffee and I've got maple flavor. Who says beer isn't for breakfast?

Like many stouts, Java Head pours with an opaque dark brown hue and topped with a creamy light brown head. But amazing lacing is intricate and emboldened as it coats the glass with random patterns. Also, its yeasty sediments are a little overdone as their flakes settle to the bottom of the glass.

Bold roast coffee aromas are just shy of espresso, as the roasted barley, burnt caramel, and tangy malty twinge rise to greet the nose. The coffee scent is a standout, however the beer balances beautifully with supporting oatmeal and a berry-like tartness.

Its mid-intense taste is lead by coffee with the dark french roast-type of earthy and smoky character. Burnt grains, burnt marshmallows and roasted walnuts all come to mind as the coffee and malt intermingle. Before the beer dives into its bitter-burnt finish, that light tangy citrus and yogurt-like center is sweetish and bready. Its late fade includes a woodish burnt pine character.

Full bodied, but not absurdly so, the beer's silky oatmeal character gets a creamy lift from carbonation for a rich and smooth texture to balance out the roast bitterness and astringency. Warm and lightly spicy, the ale lingers with extended roast taste and texture.

Java Head hits the ground running with a bold and drinkable blend. Its rich and bright and gives a level of spunk to beer drinking. (1,449 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a FW tulip. 7/10/13 bottling date.

Pours an opaque black with a half inch beige head. Malty aroma, but i dont pick up any chocolate or coffee notes. A bit weak. Taste though is very smooth and delicious. Pretty big beer for 7.5% ABV, bordering on syrupy but that isnt a bad thing. Coffee is faint but definitely there. I get some chocolately malts as well. Easy drinking too. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable coffee stout that I'd drink regularly. (491 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours dark black, with some dark purple/ruby red light at the bottom of the glass. large 3 finger tan head - pretty smooth

s: dark sweet roasted malts, somethign grassy/grainy, dark baking chocolate, smooth coffee, something almost oaky and creamy

t: milk chocolate and coffee beans up front, dark sweet fruit, cream, toasted malts, slight sweet berry flavor. all the flavors in this are incredibly smooth. only a hint of bitterness from the coffee beans

m: fuller side of medium. it had a large head, but doesn't feel overly carbonated

o: kind of surprised - after trying this i think it should be rated higher than it is. it IS true that the coffee flavors could be a bit more pronounced, but its a real nice combination of roasty and sweet. drinks smooth and warms you nicely. thumbs up (796 characters)

Photo of Hopscat
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with date 2-21-13 so not exactly fresh. Pour to stemless wine glass. Smallish tan head settles with nice ring of tight bubbles, dark brown body with some light seeping thru the sides- nice looking stout.
S- nice roasted coffee , with impressive - vanilla- toffee like notes as well. The age on this blunted the hoppy aroma , IMO but it smells delicious anyway.
T- taste follows the coffee well, just bursting with it and chocolate and vanilla following on top. Not at all bitter and the hops are really pushed to the background. Maybe the age again. Slight warming on the finish but the abv is not real evident- this is real easy drinking.
M- oily- medium body, creamy and really good. This is one of my favorite stouts so far, with limited experience.
Overall I heartily recommend. I'm going to try a fresher bottle to see if the hops are noticeable. Definitely a good one from Troegs (893 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the dive bar.

A -Poured into a tulip a nice deep dark brown black hue with a good two finger mocha head that fades to leave sticky lacing and a thin mocha blanket.

S - Aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, mmm coffee. Some nice oats too.

T - Taste is nice coffee, oats, chocolate, roast malts. Mm, quite nice. Coffee isn't too strong but it is nicely vibrant and oat creamy goodness.

M - Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, nice light bitterness. Quiet good.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, nice coffee, chocolate, and oats. Straightforward and well executed. (591 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Troegs Brewery tasting room.

Brought to the table in a tall pint glass. Looked excellent, black with flashes of brown body, 1" or so caramel head. Lacing was good and maintained throughout,

Aroma was mostly coffee and malt.

Taste was just beautiful, coffee coming through nice and strong without being overpowering, slightly sweet malty tones.

Mouth was delicious, a little above medium, good burn toward the back of the mouth.

Overall, a beer I have had many times via the bottle, first time from the tap. To be honest, didn't feel much of a difference betweeen the two. A great coffee stout, certainly one I would recommend and have again. Readily available in this part of PA. (705 characters)

Photo of RacerX5k
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An old favorite from beginning craft days, haven't had one in so long I had forgotten how good this is. Looks like a stout, they're all good. Darkest brown to black, good head, beautiful lace. Nice aroma of mild roast coffee, mild bitter. Big coffee taste with a nice grapefruit, bitter orange hoppy blast. Mouthfeel oily and slick, finishes dry with that great bitter hop aftertaste. I had that Stone Dayman coffee IPA this year, guess what, this has been around and is just as good. (484 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Poured a brown/black color, nice 1.5 finger head with a nice caramel color, some wide lacing.
S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, some nice earthy hop aroma, a little burnt toast, some other bread qualities.
T - Big bitter coffee flavor all through this, a surprisingly nice hop balance though, which is welcomed, a touch of smokey roasted malt, some toffee sweetness on the end. But the coffee lasts forever, love it!
M - Thick, rich, a little chewy and sticky, full bodied is the game here.
O - Excellent coffee stout from Troegs, this is a bigger take on the style, but the balance of hops is what I like best here, though this isnt for the feint beer drinker, its bold. (699 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Libbey craft beer pint (which I really enjoy) from a 12 oz. bottle

A- Deep deep brown with a pretty creamy 1/2" light brown head. Nice rings of lacing.

S- Coffee, and a bit of sweetened cocoa.

T- Coffee and toasty sugar. A slight bitter taste.

M- Fully body and creamy, very smooth with just a bit of a bitter finish.

O- This is pretty good. I'm not too keen on coffee stouts, because I feel like there is a way to achieve a coffee character without actually using coffee. However, the coffee is a good complement and does not overpower the beer. (567 characters)

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

Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head of foam that fell slowly to coat the glass with thick lace. Nose is simple, uncluttered and mild. Bittersweet chocolate with the coffee behind that. Roasted malt, dark fruit. The hops are subtle but they bring a touch of earth and floral and make the nose bright. I smell a little lemon but no oats. The taste is burnt, chocolate, the coffee steps up and emboldens the flavor of the malt. Body is thinner than it looks. The palate is beautiful simplicity like the nose and as it warms everything gains in flavor but not in intensity. Extremely well done. The drink is creamy and rich. Finishes dry, a little oily with some bitter and smoke and more coffee. This was my first stout and Troegs has won me over completely. This was a stately, pleasing stout. Undeniably delicious and easy to drink. (839 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a tulip glass at a fairly cool temperature so I let it cool down a bit. The beer poured jet black and clear with a full three finger head that receded to a full ring and thin cap which leaves and interesting "hands across America" lacing pattern that falls to polka dots. WE-EARED!

The aroma is pretty typical of a sweet stout. Roasted malts take the forefront being sweet and leading to cocoa, vanilla and oat biscuity notes.

The flavour is dominated by roasted malts starting off sweet and then instantly moving towards a coffee bitterness topped with hints of vanilla cream. The sweetness fades really fast after the vanilla smoothness and the beer finishes amazingly dry. It's an obvious transition. If this were a musical piece it would be quite a work of art. If I get any hops they are more towards the end after the roasted bitterness and a bit earthy. It also ends slightly peppery. The high alcohol content is hidden well.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium to full bitter and dry with a quick interlude of sweet somewhere in the beginning of the sip. There is also a bit of a film on my tongue, but not overly so. The carbonation is playfully moderate starting off playful then mellowing. It's a pretty cool transition just as is the sweet to dry thang that it has going on.

Overall I find this beer really super interesting in the transitions that it goes through! I did find it a little on the roasted bitter side and not as balanced as I had thought. I also thought it was just a little thinner in body. These things don't really detract from the beer, but may not fit the style 100%. But you know, craft beer is all about creativity and this is a VERY creative beer! There are no off flavours, etc... It's getting a solid 4 or better from me! I bet this beer is incredible on tap and would get higher scores!

If you love your beer, leave it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Get out there and play the field! It's a mighty big field and "free love" is what craft beer is all about! (2,038 characters)

Photo of PumaSaysRawrr
2.44/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

I received this bottle about a month ago from a friend who is always tring to unload Pennsylvania beers on me....
Poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass while I was keeping to dog from eating the cat...'s food Yeah she was trying to eat the cat's food....6 inches of thick beige ish foam that is proving wonderful at making Beer moustaches on a blacker than my soul base!

It smells like packed away laundry...it has a slight floral note under a smack in the nose of must and maybe a hint of cedar chest
This beer has no real flavor if you don't practically gargle with it and then all it does is burn the skin off of your uvula....Then after you swallow the party is basically over....unless you are in to a burning uvula and you go back for more. It has some strong bitterness then just a really acidic end with no after taste. (829 characters)

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.