Java Head Stout
Tröegs Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #323
Ranked #24,352
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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Reviews by Bwise73:
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1.18/5  rDev -69%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bwise73 from Pennsylvania, Dec 12, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin super dark brown with heavy bubbles to the body. Head rose to maybe one finger's length dropping quick with easy lacing but still sticky.

Smell: Light mocha scent, and believe it or not like a spoon full of fresh coffee. Comes off what bland but still super attending scent.

Taste: Bitter coffee, malts are pretty heavy with smooth bitterness. I love the Chocolate finish at the a bitter nutella.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation and average stickiness.

Overall: Good brew, definitely one of those diamonds in the rough which took me a bit by surprise. Hopefully you like it as much as me, Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Mar 05, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle dated 05/29/16

Pours dark maroon, almost black with a creamy frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like roasted malts, dark chocolate, oats, vanilla, dark coffee, caramel, charred brown sugar, nutty molasses, mild dark fruits, with herbal earthy grass and woody pine. Tastes like roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, oats, dark coffee, some dark fruits, dark caramel, nutty molasses, charred brown sugar, with herbal earthy grass and woody pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice coffee oatmeal stout.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Jul 24, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours near black with tinges of dark brown around the edges. Ample creamy head with very good head retention.

S: Musky, chocolaty coffee with some caramel malt. Some dry oxidized notes with some mild grassy hops.

T: Black coffee with some bittersweet chocolate and very minor caramel. Far drier than most stouts of this strength and style, with some bread crust-like malt.

F: Medium-body, slightly silky mouthfeel with very moderate carbonation.

Thoughts: Halfway decent coffee stout. It would probably be better with some brighter coffee flavors and a touch more malt, but it's pretty decent as is.

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thepenguin from Massachusetts, Apr 17, 2016
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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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longarm from Maryland, Jan 20, 2018
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2.26/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks great with a nice head. has a nice thick feel of a good quality stout however it was too bitter considering the coffee flavor and aroma was missing or just overpowered by the hops. I would never turn one down however it would not be a beer I will return to on my own accord.

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Gk187 from Pennsylvania, Jan 10, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tröegs Java Head Stout has a medium-to-thick beige head, a dark brown appearance, with reddish-brown, as the sunlight hits the edges, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark malt, roasted coffee, some rich chocolate, and, perhaps, oats. Taste is of all that, with an acrid, but not unpleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Java Head finishes medium dry.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Sep 08, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler via Jungle Jim's. This nice little stout pours a rich opaque with a
nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and features
very nice lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, char, and sweet malts with a touch
of dark molasses. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with char and chocolate vying
for dominance over mellow strong coffee and herbal hops that have a touch of
cream and molasses (black strap) on the back. Excellent mouth feel; medium
full body fades to a light creaminess with medium carbonation and a bitter
malt, char, and hop finish.

Overall this is a solid offering from a great brewer.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tedho21 from Pennsylvania, Dec 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opague black with an extremley creamy coffee colored heading. Stays thick and creamy until the very last sip.

Smell is heavy in roasted malt.Slight cocoa aroma with a decent amount of coffee bean as well.

Taste is mostly roasted malts at first wave. The second wave I let dance on the palate while. There is a nicely blended coffee bean and citrusy hop taste to this. Maybe a little odd for the style(citrus hops) but does seem to play well here.

Mouth has a very nice full bodied feel. Super smooth and velvety.

Drink is good. A different tasting stout to me with that heavier citrus and coffee ending. Very drinkable and very crafty.

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TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania, Dec 20, 2009
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3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thin brown black with little tan head that fades quickly and leaves a slight lacing.

S: Faint smells of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Not a very strong smell a coffee flavored stout.

T: Stong tastes of coffee beans and semisweet chocolate right off the bat. The flavor fads away and leaves a nice bitterish aftertaste.

M: Pretty thin beer. I was hoping for a little more chew from a stout, so I was a little disapointed.

D: It's a drinkable beer. Pretty easy drinking for a stout. Not amazing but definitly drinkable.

Overall: Overall the beer was decent. Not much smell or chew, but the flavor was decent. It delivers on the coffee taste that it advertises. There are definitly better stouts out there, but this is worth a try for any coffee flavored stout lovers.

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bgildea from Virginia, Dec 03, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

mkholmes25 from Virginia, Sep 07, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

khargro2 from Tennessee, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Rod_J from Kentucky, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

NJBeer265 from New Jersey, May 22, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a snifter. As dark as the darkest stouts I've seen. About one finger of light tan, which turns into a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet, sugary almost. Like a sweet oatmeal,blended chocolate and coffee. Very good smell.

Taste: Mmmm, like a dark chocolate coffee served black, no creme or sugar. The light sweetness from the dark chocolate flavor, and the bitterness of the coffee blend very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Pretty creamy. Not too little, not too much. Just right.

Overall: This has been my go-to favorite from Troegs. Last I was at their brewpub this is what I had. As well being a coffee type stout, which I love. Good stuff.

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EvoRich from Pennsylvania, May 15, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on date on neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Beautiful black with 2-finger light brown bubbly head with good retention and spots of lace around the glass.

S: Strange orange blossom dominated aroma with additional dark, chocolate and toasted malts and soft floral, pine hops note. The java component is pretty bitter but overwhelmed by the orange creme smell.

T: The flavor is also very strong of the creamy orange citrus with comparably strong, bitter java and dark malt notes. This is still strange for an oatmeal stout -- hops are generally low and flavors aside from coffee and toasted malts are uncommon.

M: Smooth and easy to drink, although the body is a bit thinner than expected. Carbonation is low and the aftertaste is bitter coffee and orange peel.

D: A very odd brew with heavy citrus contributions and less pronounced coffee notes. Not Troegs' best by any means.

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argock from Virginia, Sep 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

MarvinSnyder from West Virginia, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

shockrocker65 from Pennsylvania, Jan 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

VonZipper from New York, Jun 03, 2014
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2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

yaksurf from North Carolina, Feb 25, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

bf7 from Pennsylvania, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

TangoJuliet from New York, Apr 02, 2014
Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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