Tröegs Java Head Stout | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ash a new coffee offering for me, I simply am elated to say the least, one of the greatest styles of all time, this was no exception as this was simply a stunning beer. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/25/2009.
The pour was damn near perfect with a rich dark brown tone and a huge coffee colored head that just reached a height of around two inches before settling down with tons of side lacing a huge pillow of brown that settled on the top nearly perfectly. Aroma dripping of coffee, richer brewed coffee with hints of light chocolate and milk sugar, really sweet and well brewed I have to say, Warming only served to bring out even more flavors of crisp coffee notes and light touches of vanilla. As I reach in for the sip I am floored. Liquid gold right here. Smooth and rich feel to it gave it the ultimate in coffee flavor. Super rich fresh brewed coffee and vanilla flavors just wash over the tongue with wonderful ease. Rich, decadent dessert like flavors here. Warming only brings them out even more. Simply stunning. Rich feel with near perfect carbonation only lends to the legend here,
Overall this was hands down one of the best coffee beers I have ever tried I would go for this one again in a heartbeat, any day of the week. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a dark chocolate brown - deep and mysterious - with a tan head.
In the nose there is cocoa, coffee, and a slight pine smell. All are inviting.
The coffee flavor hits in the back of the mouth and is smoothed over by chocolate goodness; then, it finnishes with a slight piney bitterness that keeps you coming back for more. A delightful brew and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of TheArcan3
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Surprised to see this beer only rated around the 80's overall. It's a great beer for any stout and/or coffee lovers, what really caught me off guard is finding a realization that this beer is in fact a oatmeal stout. This beer is great and taste up to its expectations. Great taste and balance of mostly semi-sweet chocolate and coffee with a nice vibe with it's bold 7.5% ABV. Mixture of sweet and bitterness with a spiky but smooth mouth-feel. I recently got a six pack from my local beverage store and it did not disappoint especially the fact of it's moderate cost. Definitely worth every penny, will be buying again soon!

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate milk stout smells with a head that looks like hershey syrup runs through it. Very smooth taste with chocolate malts and actual chocolate taste. Hop bitterness and the coffee bean bitterness mixes together at the end and actually makes for a more bitter beer than it actually is. As it warms it smells more and more like hershey syrup.

I just visited the brewery thats next to hershey and I'm surprised they didnt use their chocolate in this beer it tastes like it. The coffee beans add to the roastyness and wow this is just an incredible beer. One of my favorites that Troegs makes hands down. They ran out of it on tap at Troegs and I understand why now.

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Photo of wac9
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a wonderful beer i didnt know it was an oatmeal stout or i would have tryed it sooner love it . great black color and some bitter hops that works in this beer , and coffe i taste coffe some body some they dont taste coffee my son says he can smell it from across the the room . great beer gonna drink this all the time when i cant find anything else hmmm good

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a black color with a thin short lived dark tan to brown head that settles very slowly leaving a short lacing on the glass.

The nose is strong with dark chocolate, chili, salt, coffee, alcohol, and grass notes.

The taste is a hopped up stout with great bitterness and undertones of fruit. I detect notes of very dark chocolate, coffee, coriander, nutmeg, cloves, alcohol, and pine resin.

The mouthfeel is rich and perfect for a stout.

Overall an exceptional beer with fantastic flavors. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of IPhantom
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My second crack at the trendy beer of this winter (also tried Kona Pipeline Porter). I may be biased here as a HBG native, and a friend of the guy who supplied the beans for this brew, but...damn. This is good.

Pours a rather opaque chocolate brown, with a Guinness-tan creamy head and persistent lacing. Aroma is what you would expect, invitingly malty with coffee notes and a hint of yeastiness. Hits the tongue like both a good dark stout and a great cup of coffee--that's the best way to describe it. Mix your favorite beer and your favorite coffee in the best possible way, and this is it. Stays on the tongue hauntingly dry, but more so like the tannins in an espresso shot than hoppy resins (again, a good thing). Excels in drinkability for the style--creamy enough to satisfy, but surprisingly light considering. An excellent selection this season, and one I hope the Bros. Trogner continue to improve on.

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Photo of csrbv
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a #3 Troegs Anthology Sampler Case with Java Head in it. Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip Glass.
A--Appears an opaque deep brown color with over an inch of dense, creamy dark foam.
S--Freshly roasted coffee beans, molasses,
T--Coffee, the molasses, hops, bittersweet chocolate, nice roastiness, some dark bread notes and a sweet citrus. The more I think about it, it tastes like a melted dark chocolate orange (that are around for the holidays) over oatmeal with a coffee chaser--Delicious!
M--the stout has just about a nice medium body and is amply carbonated.

My brother has been raving about this one for some time and I am very surprised about how good this stout is. I guess I should listen to my brother more (at least about beer). Another great beer from Troegs!

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Murphy's pub glass.

Black with a nice creamy two inch tan head. Nice thick lace.

Smells of wonderful rich coffee blended with chocolate and black malts. Earthy nobel hops and a nice roasted biscuit also lingers in the aroma.

Taste is a full bodied blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, earthy hop and buttery biscuit. The mouothfeel is extrordinary with the addition of the oats. Deliscious!

Very drinkable. Almost scary quaffable for a stout of 7.5% ABV. Be careful, two of these bombers will make you slur...

Buy some of this stuff!

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Photo of wise456
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass during yet another 18"+ snowstorm here in the Philliy area. Attractive label (I am a sucker for anything with a skull on it) but no date code provided.

A - Dark black-brown with a gorgeous tan-colored two inch head which dissipated much too quickly.

S - Much lighter coffee aromas than one would think. Aroma is dominated by piny hops.

T - Smooth yummy blend of expresso and hops. Great balance and smoothness contribute to:

M - Fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Full but not heavy richness to this one.

D- Definitely not over-the-top like some chocolate or coffee stouts and despite the 7.5% abv, this one went down far too quickly. Must find more!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More undated notes, but probably not written long after my initial, bottle review.

This was presented to me a finger of deep-brown head with great retention that eventually settled into some great lacing. Color was an inky ebony. Period. No light penetration whatsoever! Nose was like my morning cuppa joe - roasty and strong! A fellow Mug Club member (at IHLNC) and I were talking and as former servicemen, we prefer our coffee smokin' when it is finished brewing. My students often remark on how the room smells of coffee when they first enter in the morning. Man, there are days when I am hard-wired for sound by the time that I am done. How does Woody take his coffee? Hot and black, just like his women! Ha, thanks, Moe. Mouthfeel was silky and smooth with a roasty bitterness on the tongue. Forget cream! Finish was as bitter as a nasty divorce. More, please.

Another go-'round with this on cask, this time dated F, 30 July 2010.

Arrived with two fingers of dense deep-tan head with excellent retention, right from the handpump. Color was a deep dark-brown with zero light penetration except at the edges. Nose had qualities of dark chocolate, coffee, and charcoal. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a pronounced dark-roast coffee taste on the tongue. Finish lingered with anise, bittersweet chocolate and charcoal. Very dry and would be an excellent accompaniment with dessert. Nice lacing throughout.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black, nice frothy head after the pour. Leaves spotty lacing around my stout glass.
S: Bit of chocolate, coffee, sweetness.
T: Sweetness up front, then balanced by coffee at the end. A little bit of chocolate notes throughout.
M: Slightly on the thick side. Love how the bitterness of the coffee lingers on the back of the tongue.
O: Pretty pleasant beer, although I would probably only have one in a session. Maybe slightly above middle of the road for this beer in its category

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Photo of Caveworm
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and an opaque black body.

I smell a nice blend of the coffee with a distinctive roasted malt characteristic in there as well. Should be nice and smooth.

Tastes like a very nice French roast, with very masterfully toasted malts. The hops used aren't very noticeable, as the balance of this brew seems to be executed by the black coffee profile.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up here is medium and pretty smooth with not very much carbonation going on, but it wasn't expected in the first place. The alcohol content is rather stealthy with this one.

Overall, I'll give a 4.75 to Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company. This certainly has more of a "real" coffee flavor than other within this style that I've experienced as of this review. It was a high temp today of 15 degrees F, so this called my name in the beer cooler at my local grocer. I strongly recommend this for frigid nights in; preferably with a few good black metal albums to enjoy with it.

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Photo of dssmale
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just got this big bottle from around the corner - Goes down the hatch real smooth for a Stout - First taste I get the coffee/espresso that I enjoy from a coffee stout, then finishes very smooth which makes it drinkable for me.

Would love to have again and again and again - but then again I love Troegs brothers brews.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #126
Served On: 02/10/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 10/26/2011 (Bottle On Date)

This was from a 24 pack I found at Brewsky's of New Oxford. They never seize to amaze me with their selection.

Look: Poured a super black viscous color with a thick 1 finger of mocha brown head. The head reduced to a thin consistent layer of foam.

Smell: Robust coffee notes with a sweet lactose sugary backbone. Also there were some sweet notes of brandy soaked oats.

Taste: First was a creamy vanilla with roasted coffee bean to follow. The middle was slightly bitter with a pleasant coffee astringency. The finish was an unsweetened baking chocolate with an alcohol warmth that coated the entire mouth. Finish was an earthy coffee bean with a roasty note dominating the aftertaste.

This is a phenomenal Stout. The oatmeal really adds substance to the complexity.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03/29/13 On tap & cask at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

I was fortunate enough to run into this in 2 versions, regular on tap & w/cocoa nibs on cask.

The cask version was more opaque with a darker richer color to the head. There was no lacing to speak of, but I don't find that unusually for cask versions. The cask had a more pronounced aroma & a much smoother taste & mouth feel. The coffee flavors were more apparent in the cask as well but I was surprised I didn't catch any chocolate.

The only aspect where the tap version stood out was in the bite of the finish. It wasn't too astringent but was definitely more apparent.

All in all, I'd come back to either but under 'druthers', I'd go cask. BTW this is not always the case in my book. Usually flavors survive better from casks but often, since they are higher maintenance, they can lose in the long run. In this instance, it is not the case. A real treat.

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Photo of Neecee513
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Deep brown, moderate head and retention

S: Coffee, chocolate aroma

T: Dark chocalate, roasted coffee

M: Low body and low carb, very smooth

D: Absolutely loved this beer, very superb! No hop bitterness. All the coffee notes were ideal.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tröegs Java Head is a solid black beer with a thin, dense, light brown head that leaves solid sheets of lacing. It has a roasty, almost ashy, aroma with notes of coffee and pine. It's medium bodied and incredibly smooth, with a light, graceful finish. It's nice and roasty and well balanced with a light sweetness and a resiny bitterness. There are notes of ultra roast coffee and licorice. This is great. It's really tasty, pretty complex and very drinkable. It's very similar to Victory and Weyerbacher imperial stouts-- clearly of the Pennsylvania pursuasion.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tröegs Java Head Stout brewed by Tröegs Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.50% This brew pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Tröegs Java Head Stout is rich with caramel sweetness and roasted grins and malts. Tröegs Java Head Stout , has a real nice inviting smell to it. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor. You pick up on the roasted grains and malts. However I must say this brew taste like coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is a lot going on in Tröegs Java Head Stout. Tröegs Java Head Stout, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how bold this brew is but it is so smooth. You really can't pick upon the 7.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Tröegs Java Head Stout, is bold, rich, smooth and full bodied. Overall I'm giving Tröegs Java Head Stout a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Tröegs Brewing Company, did nice job with this one.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs. Great coffee nose. Somehow the hops brings out coffee in the smell and taste. Great creamy finish. Terrific 7.5 stout. Gets a bonus for having sooo much taste at a lower abv.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark, opaque black color. Even when held to light, only a thin glimmer of sienna color peeks through at the edge of the glass. The medium-sized brown head has a dense, frothily whipped texture and nice staying power. Lacing is good.

S: A full complement of roasted aromas - dark roasted malts, molasses, and of course aromatic coffee beans. The coffee aromas are near-ideal - strong without being overbearing. Hints of semisweet cocoa powder, lactic sweetness, and oats. There's also a solid hop presence, with a pleasant citrus/grapefruit character.

T: Roasted malt sweetness up front, with robust coffee flavors throughout complimented by notes of chocolate and citric hops. Bitterness is moderate halfway through, but fades into a fairly sweet finish, with notes of more coffee and chocolate along with a tasty lactic/oatmeal sweetness.

M: Medium-full bodied. Definitely a bit chewy. Carbonation is light and creamy, adding smoothness before a hoppy, roasted finish punches back with some dryness into the finish.

D: A big, coffee-infused, hoppy oatmeal stout? Yes, please. Props to Troegs for using a coffee blend from a locally-owned coffee shop in Linglestown. It's nice to see local companies sticking together and producing an excellent product. Achieves an impressive balance of coffee flavors, roastiness, sweetness, and hoppiness that scores this beer points in my book.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour of a bomber into a chalice yields a two-finger deep tan head sitting atop a very dark brown stout. The head fades slow, turning rocky as it leaves intricate traces of lacing on the glass. Only a shimmer of ruby near the stem of the glass when held to the light belies the utter translucence of this beer. Nice!

Aroma is an enticing blend of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, warming alcohol, and coffee. A very mild astringency is evident and not at all detracting. Taste is equally balanced, a smoothness introduced by the oats compliments the sharp roastiness of the malts and the alcohol warmth. Nice cocoa and coffee flavors. The hop bitterness here is perceived as 80+% cacao chocolate, it compliments the malt and coffee flavors so well.

Great smooth mouthfeel (thanks oats) and a nice medium body. ABV is stepped up for this style, but it is perfectly done to compliment the other attributes of this beer. A nicely done beer that I will surely seek out again.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big huge head climbing as this bomber split between two pint glasses with my Valentine.
Head slowly fades to plenty of silky lacing.
Getting malted milk, slight astringent roastiness and some hints of cocoa powder.
Taste is bold. Nice kick of roasted malts, bitterness that I am assuming may be coming more from the beans than the hops? No matter.
coffee is present, but not over powering.
Nice mix/balance to this beer.
Give me another!

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Photo of hosehead83
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep, dark in color with a big, thick chocolate-malt colored head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and cream, with very faint citrus notes
Taste-Coffee with cream, cocoa,and surprising citrus zest which seems to cut any underlying bitterness for a well-balanced and delicious flavor. Nice subtle hop bite in the finish, but not overly bitter- very drinkable and smooth

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Photo of EvoRich
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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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