Java Head Stout
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #361
Ranked #27,085
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Java Head StoutJava Head Stout
Notes: JavaHead is like a day at Tröegs; it’s hard to tell where the coffee ends and the beer begins. This creamy oatmeal stout is infused with locally roasted, cold steeped coffee through our HopBack vessel, releasing subtle hints of cocoa, roasted nuts and dark mocha.
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour. Solid head that clings a bit to the sides.

Very faint coffee scent.

Great taste. Nothing specific, just really easy to drink and has excellent flavor. Extremely slight coffe taste at the end. Slight bitterness as well - but good.

Very solid beer - not expensive - would definitely buy again.

Mar 05, 2021
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Not quite a two finger head after pouring into the glass. Head dissipated quickly but left good lacing on the glass.
Color was strong black-brown and opaque.
Aroma had strong roasted coffee notes.
Tastes like roasted coffee with a hint of other roasted ingredients, but was hard to tell exactly what those were.
Mouthfeel was earthy and a slight bit crisp in the beginning with a smoky finish.
Overall, this is a beer you drink if you are a fan of coffee stouts. While it delivers on that level, there is some very subtle hints of other roasted flavor profiles, but they were fairly elusive lending to a somewhat one-dimensional beer. I would recommend this beer for coffee stout lovers and in the end, it was really enjoyable.

Nov 02, 2020
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a cola look, some amber showing through with typical tan colored head. Aroma was bitter malt/coffee, taste did mellow as it warmed with the malt flavor being a bit pronounced on the front end. IBU listed as 60 and unlike other oatmeal stouts of similar IBU's, the bitter finish dominates the overall drinking a bit too much for my taste but overall enjoyable.

Oct 12, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am the stout guy here at 1009 and I love a good Troegs beer so I had to take the shot to try this. The beer pours like a black coffee with a brown foamy head. The black coffee comparisons continue to the scent of the beer, giving off dark chocolate/coffee scents. Although, the black coffee comparisons continued once again into the taste and I am not a huge fan of that. It tasted like burnt coffee beans from an old pot at a gas station Dunkin' Donuts. For some people, they love that taste, but for me it was a bit too overpowering and made it difficult to drink. Some pros, some cons.

Oct 05, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

April 12th, 2016 - First time with Troegs? I think so. And writing this review from 2020 and after living in CT, I now know I rather like Troegs. But this was a harder beer to find on the West Coast. And it was strong: on both the nose and the tongue, it's an intensely sweet brew that tastes like a rum soaked cake, complete with frosting. A bit strong for me, but all the better that it comes in a 12 oz. dose.

Sep 03, 2020
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Wi_brew_bud from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: A little bit on the liter side for everything that it is but for the most part it’s a a run of the black coffee kinda color.

S: it smells like coffee. Nice and toasty super warm and very welcoming. It’s not going to jump out at you with anything special but it fills its purpose.

T: like my previous two comments it’s very toasty and warm and welcoming. This can definitely be a comfort beer that you go to in the middle of a blizzard to feel secure and safe. Great blend of coffee and stout

F: feels good. Very good level of carbonation very good mouth weight. I don’t feel like I’m chewing on it but i also don’t think I’m drinking water

O: so I almost didn’t review this. Not because it’s bad. It’s actually really good but the thing about this beer is that it is what it is. It’s not going to beg you to come back for your next sip but it’s also won’t disappoint you either. This is a very “safe” beer. It’s not going to offer special twists or note of specific flavor but it’s does have just enough character to Mel it worth drinking. To the people of the craft beer world this is a standard easy to drink beer. Overall it’s really well done. I would buy this again

May 11, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoutly black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Roasted malts and coffee shine in the aroma. Flavors focus on a traditional stout platform of smooth roastiness, coffee and dark fruit. Floral and herbal hops add a nice finishing touch. Medium-to-full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel.

Apr 23, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that is leaving some lace. The scent had roast coffee notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with coffee base presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

Apr 18, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 6-pack fm Aloha Liquors here in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. A not easily discovered (or identified) date reads 9/2019. A good looking pour - dark brown w/a lighter brown head. The hops provide a nice aroma, but an initial shock on the tongue which yields to the coffee. Could do w/more body, but a nice example of the style.

Mar 24, 2020
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - poured black with 1-finger tan head. Nice lacing.
S - coffee with a bit of chocolate.
T - coffee for sure but not too strong.
F - thin/medium mouthfeel. Pretty smooth. Nice finish with mild aftertaste.
O - good beer. Would have liked a bit more thickness in mouthfeel but overall enjoyable.

Feb 23, 2020
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jakej654 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

love the dark color on this, wish the coffee notes were a little more pronounced in the taste but it's a smooth beer especially for a 7.5%, big fan of this coffee stout.

Feb 19, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into a stout glass with three fingers of mocha head, creamy/foamy. Coffee and cacao upfront, with some residual toffee and earthiness. Taste of malt and coffee with some caramel.Tastes almost like a malted milk ball. Feels thin bodied and velvety creamy smooth. The oats make this very silky.Overall a solid coffee based stout. If you like coffee you will love this if not I would stay away-

Dec 30, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a short pint glass, resulting in minimal head. Deep brown color. Light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Slight hint of coffee smell. Decent coffee flavor, background is malty. Surprisingly no strange aftertaste that I often get with many coffee stouts.

Dec 13, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark, can't see through it. A finger of tan/khaki head when poured into a tulip glass.

Smell: Smells really roasty. A bit of coffee comes through, but as a coffee lover, it is underwhelming.

Taste: It's nice, and exactly what I would expect from a great stout. There is a lingering bitterness, but it's not overwhelming. Coffee doesn't really come through as much as I would expect it to.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light for the amount of flavor it has.

Overall: A great stout, but as a coffee stout it needs more coffee.

Dec 13, 2019
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peepicheep from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Wyomissing PA.
A big thumbs up for actually smelling and tasting like coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is a touch lighter than I would prefer but I'm just being picky here. Just noticed that the beautiful head has disappeared, but again nothing that detracts from the experience. Great beer for an autumn day.

Nov 05, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, almost black appearance. Quickly dissipating tan head with nice lacing.

Nose is coffee with roasted malt and slight floral hops.

For a beer called Java Head, I was expecting more coffee flavor but it is there. Definitely a slightly hoppy finish. Fairly thin mouthfeel for a Stout. Worth a try.

Oct 25, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark amber. Half inch tan head, nice lacing. Light carbonation.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate and cluster hops.

Taste of strong coffee, cluster hops, chocolate malt and roast malts. Bitterness close to IPA's.

Full bodied, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

If you like strong black coffee, this one is for you.

Sep 29, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear dark mahogany brown pour.. thick fluffyoff-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Coffee and roast... bittersweet cocoa.

T.F: Follows the nose. Strong espresso character... bittersweet roast. Dark chocolate, burned grains, and baked sugars. Lighter bodied than expected... sticky on the tongue. Lingering bittersweet chocolate and mocha at the finish.

O: A well played coffee stout. Has all the flavors you'd expect and easy drinking to boot. The ABV is well hidden... this one can sneak up on you.

Aug 10, 2019
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep black color with fluffy tan head and good lacing, no real prominent smell of coffee but a good smell of roast, bitter roasted taste to it with just a little hint of coffee, a good thick stout feel

May 19, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark brown, nearly black with a nice tan head that sticks around and leaves behind some lacing
S - Roasted notes along with bitter coffee and semi sweet chocolate
T - Follows the nose with roasted malt and barely along with bitter coffee and semi sweet chocolate.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation - smooth - almost milky
O - A pretty solid coffee stout with a smooth finish and nice notes of rich chocolate and bitter coffee

May 10, 2019
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Imakoniver from New York

4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a very deep brown from the bottle, almost black. You can’t see through it! A nice two finger head gives it a beautiful appearance as does the ample lacing. The head is a nice peanut butter color. It smells malty with a hint of coffee. There is a nice smooth roasted malty taste with subtle coffee undertones. It has a really nice mouth feel. It’s aftertaste goes from nice and smooth to a nice, bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a very good coffee stout. I am not a huge stout fan but I would order this if it is on the menu. It would pair well with a nice steak.

Apr 18, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle into the test glass.
A - Color of bakers chocolate, solid carbonation, a large toffee colored froth, leaves excellent lacing.
S - Muted, and narrow band of coffee, cocoa, dark roast malts, a funny red raspberry thing in there as well.
T - Coffee forward, with a really good balance. Plays off the dark malt quite well. The hop choice of Cluster, Chinook and Cascade keep things on the earthy side which I appreciate.
M - Medium in body, very soft on the palate, like a good oatmeal stout should be. The from start to finish a nicely balanced bitterness presides. Finish is semi sweet and the coffee re-appears.
O - A very good coffee stout, with the body and texture being its strong suit.

Mar 31, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours out very dark brown. It forms a pinky width of dense and creamy, peanut butter colored crown. It leaves some nice, thick lacing throughout. I had the looks at 4.25, but the heavy lacing throughout the whole thing got it bumped up to 4.5.

The nose brings a very fruit forward coffee. Some light fruit hints of orange peel, apricot. Hardly roasty at all. Not sure what to think about it.

The taste follows suit to the nose. It kicks in with that fruit forward coffee, this time even showing some banana. Cherries, orange peel are in there. Some dark, bitter chocolate elements are showing.

I would say the body is on the thinner side of the medium spectrum, not watery, but not full. The coffee is mildly acidic, slightly bitter.

Overall, this was a wildly unique coffee stout. I’ve got to say I’ve not had one like it before. I still don’t really know what to think. I really like the fruit aspects, but not as the beer is labeled.

Mar 16, 2019
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Lampro from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great aroma of malty coffee, but I think I should have let this beer get a bit warmer before I opened it. The bitterness of the coffee seemed much more burnt when the beer was cold, but as it warmed this mellowed and the malty character took a more prominent place.

Mar 04, 2019
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AJSeven from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guys this is a Black IPA. Troegs called it a stout but it is not. I love black IPAs and they are very hard to find. If you look at this beer as a mis named Black IPA you’ll see that it is exactly that and a good beer.

Jan 29, 2019
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