Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Reviews: 649
Hads: 2,068
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 71
Gots: 311 | FT: 4
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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: 649 | Hads: 2,068
Photo of csrbv
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a #3 Troegs Anthology Sampler Case with Java Head in it. Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip Glass.
A--Appears an opaque deep brown color with over an inch of dense, creamy dark foam.
S--Freshly roasted coffee beans, molasses,
T--Coffee, the molasses, hops, bittersweet chocolate, nice roastiness, some dark bread notes and a sweet citrus. The more I think about it, it tastes like a melted dark chocolate orange (that are around for the holidays) over oatmeal with a coffee chaser--Delicious!
M--the stout has just about a nice medium body and is amply carbonated.

My brother has been raving about this one for some time and I am very surprised about how good this stout is. I guess I should listen to my brother more (at least about beer). Another great beer from Troegs! (778 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this from Stormking47, cheers Josh!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Super head retention & good lacing

S: Ever so faint roastyness, & some mocha

T: Roasty, coffee & chocolate up front. More roastyness as this warms, then coffee, dryness & a touch of woody hops, slight booze warming & a touch of baker's chocolate. Finishes dry, roasty with cocoa

MF: Fairly thick with slight carbonation, grew warming as it warmed up

No much nose to this, but otherwise a solid coffee stout (505 characters)

Photo of neophilus
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice dark brew with a thick tan head. Hop aroma up front, lots of fruit and maybe a little bit of pine. Malt leans to the sweeter side, not much roast - more like chocolate.

First sip brings lots of hop flavor. Big dose of fruit goes down hard against the backdrop of roasted grains. Hop bitterness mixes with roasted grain bitterness. Flavors clash. Can't find the coffee in here either.

Body has too much carbonation by far, almost spritzy with carbonic acid aftertaste. Finishes with a nice dryness that stretches out the roasted grain flavor, still carries fruitiness on the palate though.

Not very good balance in this beer. I don't understand the fruitiness - whether from yeast esters or aggressive american hops it just doesn't belong in my coffee oatmeal stout. Too much carbonation as well makes the aftertaste unpleasant and punishes each sip instead of inviting another. (885 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours stark black with a frothy mocha head. Two fingers high with good retention. Nice rings of lacing.

Coffee forward some roast and charcoal. Hops of this one are prevalent and floral with some uplifting citrus. Sweetness balances perfectly with the floral and bright nature of the hops.

Charred malt that leaves a slight acidic quality. Coffee grounds and a mild toffee sweetness with dark pitted fruit. Hops are dank and earthy with a creeping bitterness.

Average body with a creamy texture that is still well carbonated. Bitterness allows this beer to dry very well once the acidity of the charred malt begins to fade. Alcohol is well hidden too.

This beer grows on you. Well balanced stout, equally displays hops with coffee, good complexity. Could use less roasted malt and more crystal malt sweetness. Overall very pleasant and one of the better oatmeal stouts out there. (883 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black with 1.5 fingers of tan head that has very nice retention and good lacing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, anise, dark chocolate, and earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty and coffee forward, with good hints of cocoa, earthy hops, and anise. Alcohol not noticeable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy

O: A great oatmeal stout with a very coffee-forward approach. I'd say this one stands up there with the better coffee oatmeal stouts such as FBS or WnB. Definitely an underdog in the category, most likely due to the fact that it isn't labeled as an Imperial (626 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic pont glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thon layer and left super awesome lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet and bready oats, and vanilla.

Taste: roasted coffee and bitterness dominate all the other flavors mentioned in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, and a little bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall: Pretty standard oatmeal stout. The oats seemed to have gotten lost in the roasted notes. Still a good beer though. (656 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Java Head Stout pours black into the glass with a medium sized, creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has nice notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and a little oily with light carbonation. The flavor has lots of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and a little pine at the end. It finishes dry and once gone the chocolate and coffee lingers on the palate.

The flavor comes out as the beer warms, especially the coffee. It's a tasty stout with a lot of flavor. (623 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBehr
3.52/5  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. (366 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of thlayli87
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Cheers. (1,066 characters)

Photo of RunningFox
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of denver10
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of ClarkHimself
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of warrenout330
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.... (510 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of veinless
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (860 characters)

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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