Java Head Stout
Tröegs Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #317
Ranked #23,777
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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-

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Photo of EnderFett11
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.

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Photo of SeerBhits
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.

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Photo of peepicheep
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.

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Photo of JWFRISCH67
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.

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Photo of Peach63
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of CodyBasden
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

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
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

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Photo of Imakoniver
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.

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Photo of SABERG
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
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.

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Photo of Lampro
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.

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Photo of AJSeven
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.

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Photo of lastmango
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured pitch black with a 2 finger tan head. Heavy lacing. Nose is vanilla and mocha. Tastes of light coffee and cocoa with some hop bitterness on the tail. Unexpected thinness in body with light carbonation. Overall, not impressed.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, dark brown with a dark tan, leathery head. Great toasty coffee aroma. All this melds well on the front end. After several drinks all by itself, the bitterness, which I initially like, begins to get a little "tin-ie", Paired with some nuts & pretzels helped counter that.

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Photo of VABA
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has coffee, dark chocolate and hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with coffee, dark chocolate and slight hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice oatmeal stout

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Opaque, black. Huge light brown head with very good retention that left tremendous, persistent lacing.

S---Coffee, obviously. Chocolate is also right up front. Oddly, some hops are in the background.

T---Again, coffee. Chocolate comes through. Maltiness is well balanced by hoppiness, again I'm surprised by this.

F---Thinner than I expected. Goes down easier than it should. Excellent carbonation.

O---Excellent product by an excellent brewery. I'll get more of this, for sure. Major bonus points--the wife absolutely loved it and shared the bottle with me. She's VERY picky about beer.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
Dark black with thin tan head
BB 9/14/18
1st impression is black ipa, malt and pine, but quickly the bittersweet aroma of coffee comes into the picture as well
The Cascadian Black Ale impression continues on to the taste...dry astringent malt, loads of hoppiness,  with only subtle coffee notes
Dry bracingly bitter, crisp carbonation
Overall i honestly feel this is not brewed to style, missing key roasty notes, way too hop heavy

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A) Pours with a thick, tan colored head. Lacing is a mixture of big and little bubbles and very sticky. Body is opaque.
S) Coffee. Roasted grains with hints of chocolate.
T) A rich blast of coffee up front and stays somewhat balanced all the way though. In the finish a bitter chocolate and hints of alcohol.
M) Semi-smooth, Semi-creamy, body.

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Photo of Sable
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tröegg's is usually a win for me, but I'm not really impressed with the Java Head Stout. It does pour with a nice bit of foam, so they got the Head part of the name right, but it is seriously missing on the stout end. The mouthfeel is too thin, and there's no richness to the flavor. The coffee element is really mild. As it warms there is a hint of burnt sugar that comes out, but it's not enough to save the experience.

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Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark inky black. Not getting much of an aroma outside of some slightly skunky odor. Flavors could be a bit more balanced. It's more happy than I would expect or like for the style, but some bitter cocoa, coffee and cola flavors come through which is nice. Mouthfeel is also too carbonated foe an oatmeal stout. I'd expect it to be much smoother.

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

Pours a dark brown almost black color with about a finger of tan head. Smells of pine hops, coffee, and licorice. Taste is chocolate brownie, licorice, a little hop bitterness towards the end. Medium body, flavors linger. Interesting, not bad, but not something I think I'll buy again.

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Photo of DanielMB
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

This is an absolutely superb coffee-oatmeal stout, significantly underrated, in my opinion. It pours a dark brown (like coffee) with a decent khaki head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of coffee, caramel, roasted brown sugar, toffee, and nuts, and the taste--incredibly!--follows suit. Troegs could just about market this is as a chocolate-caramel or caramel-toffee oatmeal stout, it's so tasty. The coffee is strong, but not overwhelming. One thing that could be better is the feel of this beer. For a coffee-oatmeal stout, it's a little bit thin. But still, an absolutely incredible beer, and one that I highly recommend.

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Photo of longarm
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black-typically stout....great head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma: Hops overlaid with roasted malt. Strong doses of licorice and maybe something like cardamom.

Flavor: chocolate cake, licorice appears in flavor too as it warms a little. Some oxidized roasted malt on along with hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: clean finish. No cloying.

I’ve always enjoyed this non-traditional stout but it’s not off style. It’s available year-round but tasty when weather gets cold.

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Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 2442 ratings