The Java Man Cometh
The Dayton Beer Company

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Stout - American
Ranked #219
Ranked #13,172
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
The Dayton Beer Company
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark cola appearance with light tan head that diminished within a minute or so. Smell is knda shallow coffee/caramel/malt. Taste was quite smooth, made for easy drinking. Finish is not overly dry or bitter as I find some stouts with higher AbV to be.
Pretty good brew, and satisfying. Would buy again .

Jun 12, 2020
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Hans_Munich from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively from a can into a shaker pint. Thin, tan head fades quickly to a light film, reducing further to a just a hint of carbonation around the glass wall. No lacing sticks to the glass as the beer is drank. Beer is a rich, extremely dark brown color filtering out any light. Aroma is of strong hazelnut coffee with hints of chocolate and nut. Flavor profile is nicely balanced between coffee and roasted malt, with a bit of a dry hop finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. This is a coffee lovers beer!

Nov 03, 2018
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 11/14/16

It looks great. Big frothy light tan head on top of a jet black body. Decent looking viscosity. Retention is average, but it leaves a solid film with some spotty lacing.

Smells a little one dimensional. Lots of chocolate malt. A little bit of a metallic smell too. As it warms it starts to display some roasted/smoky/ashy aromas, but it doesn't scream coffee by any means.

A bitof a curve ball with the taste. A lot more coffee than I would have guessed. Especially when it is warmer and on the backside with a strong lingering bitterness. It is a very integrated flavor though. The chocolate malts are still the star here. A cocoa at best. Not a sweet chocolate. Reminds me of a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout a bit, which is a good thing. A significant amount of charred, ash tray like burnt flavor.

It has a very nice fullness and is a bit fluffy. Finishes very dry.

A very good, and tasty representation of an American Stout

Dec 28, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Canned on 8/29/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours black with not much light getting through; fluffy khaki head that quickly falls leaving solid retention and nice lacing. There's some sediment floating around if you look hard enough. The aromas have lots of roasted malts with some subtle hints of cocoa. The coffee is subtle, but definitely there. The flavors are roasty with some hints of smoke. There's some dark chocolate along with some coffee which gives this one a decent bitterness. It's not sweet at all. There's also some hazelnut in the mix. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is an okay brew. It's nothing crazy and it's not my new favorite coffee stout though. It's fine, but doesn't stand out in the world of coffee stouts, in my opinion.

Oct 11, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cola brown with a fizzy film of carbonation.

I smell roast coffee, sticky toffee, Werther's.

Taste is coffee, cola, and a little stale nut.

Feel is really frothy over a medium body finishing semi-dry.

Oct 10, 2016
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taters21 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pitch black, small half finger off white head that recedes to a thin cap, fairlyrics high carbonation.
Smells strongly of dark chocolate, bitter coffee (maxwell house to me)
Taste directly follows the nose, mild sweetness up front, followed by an acrid lingering coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is creamy, and moderate.
Overall, a good example of the style, a no frills coffee stout that delivers exactly what it promises.

Sep 11, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a can of the Java Man Commeth from Andersons in Reynoldsburg, OH. It poured an opaque black with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is coffee. The taste coffee with sweet caramel malt base. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and worth a try.

Aug 06, 2016
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Blueribbon666 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big coffee flavor, a bit of sweetness, cocoa nibs & dark chocolate w/a mouthfeel like cold brewed coffee. Body closer to cola in feel than creamy but solid as hell nonetheless. Glad I took a flyer on the last sixer on hand @ Pace Hi when I was passing thru Cbus.

Jul 18, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 03/28/16. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a huge head (4 inches or so during the initial pour) that I had to let settle down for a little while before I could pour myself a somewhat full glass. The head stayed around for a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with some nuts and cream added. Nice balance of sweet and roasty bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall stout, I'd buy this again. This was the first Dayton Beer Company brew I've tried, and I'll have to make sure and try more soon! $2.19 for a single can.

Jun 12, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Near black, thick mocha head, good retention, spots of lace. Cocoa aroma. Bitter dark chocolate and coffee dominates the flavor, char in the finish. Mouthfeel a bit thin but slippery, highly carbonated.

May 07, 2016
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DeFaz from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown color. Good retention and lacing, medium head. Great flavor of coffee that is neither too sweet or too bitter. Can't say this is super complex or unique, and it's no breakfast stout, but it is good, with a nice silky mouthfeel that is somewhat thin. Goes down easy.

May 04, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma is roasty malt dominant, with chocolate, coffee, nutty, toasted malt, and tar adding depth.

Flavor is a bit acrid and metallic throughout. Deeply toasted malt surfaces in the finish to prevent this from being a total loss.

Apr 24, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expounding upon the natural java flavors of roasted barley, the beer that would highly coffee-centric piles on press upon press of coffee additions for a flavor that's as much of espresso as it is of stout.

The Java Man Cometh pours the expected black saturation but with a kinder weight, careful not t appear thick or viscous to the eye. Its rich mocha lather is the vehicle for driving aromas toward the senses. Its earthiness of fresh-roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, gently smoldering embers and toasted walnut. A hint of dark berry tingles the nose en route to a taste of burnt toast, burnt caramel and seared cream.

While the sweetness retreats gracefully, the flavors of charred earth and roasty bitterness takes further command of the session- trending more and more coffee-like. French press flavors come to mind with its smooth peppery char, light licorice root qualities, and a hint of fruit suggesting plum skin and blackcurrant. Its soiled finish is hoppy with toasted pinecone, easily dismissed as coffee-derived bitterness instead.

Its full but casual body is creamy and roasty simultaneously. Feeling and tasting like burnt marshmallow, its creamy textures are arid and drying. Light roast-derived astringency dries the mouth with its powdery char and has the next sip calling quickly. An aftertaste of burnt cream and coffee bean extend broadly into the throat and is slow to loosen.

Mar 18, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter. A first for me from the brewery. This stout pours a beautiful meddled black with touches of brown, and a fantastic head of brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and nice lacing. Nose of rich coffee, rich caramel, chocolate, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with roasted coffee, subtly bitter on the front and sides, light char and chocolate come through on the middle with a touch of butterscotch with a touch of cream and a hint of vanilla that rests on the back of the taste with a moderately bitter chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Mouth feel is highly carbonated for the style, a touch watery yet coating that finishes a touch dry. Nice.


4-2-19 updated this one is vastly improved from the growler we got via Jungle Jim's
Eastgate with better mouth feel and richer coffee notes.

Feb 28, 2016
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Zanico from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look -Very dark, no light gets through at all. Had about 1/2 inch head that didn't last long at all.
Smell - Decent amount of coffee. Slight bit of chocolate.
Taste - Equal amounts of chocolate and coffee. Lingering bitterness at the end.
Feel - Very thin and watery, not what you would expect from a stout.
Overall - This is a pretty good coffee stout. Very disappointed in the thinness of this beer. I would expect a stout to be a lot thicker. Despite that, a decent brew.

Feb 27, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This looks pretty great, dark, moderate head that fades to a tan cap, and lots of lacing on the way down.

S - The nose is pretty quiet, roast malts being core. The chocolate and coffee notes are there, but are mild.

T - This lays out a big blast of coffee in the front, chocolate notes and toasted wheat bread, a hint of sweetness in the middle turns to a fading bitter bite in the close. Delicious, and one of the most coffee forward beers I've had.

M - Moderate weight, silky, with a bit of drying in the close, which helps clear the palate.

O - This is an impressive turn. I love a good coffee stout, and this is more than a good one, it is a pretty great one. I need to learn more about this brewery, without a doubt.

Dec 20, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at a beer tasting party from a growler freshly filled that afternoon.

Appearance: Very dark brown, with some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Tan head, plenty of lacing.

Smell: Rich coffee aroma with an underlying bittersweet chocolate smell.

Taste: Like drinking a chocolate covered espresso bean. Solid two flavors here and very little else: Deep coffee flavor and deep bittersweet chocolate flavor. There is a good bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the roasted malt, but the high dose of coffee (supposedly Highlander Grogg - a local caramelized flavored coffee) brings most of the flavor. A definite coffee stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and lightly carbonated. A bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall: We all felt this is truly the beer for breakfast, like a donut shop coffee where the balance of cream and sugar is just right. Not a full depth of flavor like you get with Founders Breakfast stout, but definitely one that has coffee front and center as its main flavor and taste, and it works well. I would definitely have another and will pick up some cans of it when it releases soon in the Dayton area.

Aug 22, 2015
The Java Man Cometh from The Dayton Beer Company
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