Java Head Stout
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #211
Ranked #21,483
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Feb 12, 2023
Aug 26, 2009
Very Good
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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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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I liked this stout early on but found recent samples too sweet.

The beer is dark not '-- light for a stout -- with an off-white head. Nose is interesting: roasty, smokey, and sweet. Palate is more straightforward sweet malt, and then there's an IPA-style hop smack in the finish.

It needs revamping. A more complex, bittersweet malt base would be better; the coffee could be more pronounced; and, for goodness' sake, tone down the IPA-style hops.
Feb 12, 2023
Rated: 4 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2021
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle.
Freshest by 041821.
Oh well; close enough!

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch tan head over a near black body with sticky lacing. Nose of coffee, espresso, dark malt, malted milk, and a bit of milk chocolate. Taste, however, is almost all espresso and coffee with milk chocolate from the middle to near the finish of bitter coffee and hops. Nice creamy feel from the oatmeal and if you’re looking for an oatmeal/coffee stout, you really can’t go wrong with this one.
Apr 26, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by tbru929 from Delaware

Apr 17, 2021
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Rated: 4.19 by bgillespie from New Jersey

Mar 02, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Nov 13, 2020
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Reviewed by JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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
Rated: 4.54 by pidus from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Rated: 3.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Oct 09, 2020
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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
Rated: 3.72 by GracelandII from Virginia

Sep 22, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 18, 2020
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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
Rated: 3.78 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by thomda11 from California

Jul 30, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Wi_brew_bud from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Rated: 3.93 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2020
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Rated: 3.98 by Tadwinks from Virginia

Mar 17, 2020
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Rated by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark. Thick foam. Medium coffee aroma. Smooth and mild. Not too thick or bitter. Nice coffee flavor. Pretty solid.
Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Lelampp from Ohio

Feb 26, 2020
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Reviewed by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Reviewed by jakej654 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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
Rated: 4.15 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts

Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by shreead from Michigan

Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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
Rated: 3.71 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Reviewed by deleted_user_1283803

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
Rated: 4.14 by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by kuhndog from New York

Nov 25, 2019
Rated: 4 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania

Nov 23, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by DrunkenClam from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2019
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