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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 beerbutcher
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black beer with one finger tan head which lasts a minute, but makes great laces.

mellow roasty aroma with good coffee notes, some dark roast characteristics, chocolate, slight caramel sweetness and dark fruit.

taste is assertively roasted with a barleywine-esque quality. bitter with roast and resinous hops, spicy chinook-like bitterness. palate is full and barely sweet with big grainy dryness and trailing resiny fruit and bittersweet coffee flavors. great balance. lingering hops hang on palate

mouthfeel is nice. like a barleywine in it's maltiness, but roast adds a dimension of dryness which is great. nice carbonation and slight creaminess on the palate.

very drinkable for its strength with good complexity. i would drink this beer often. thumbs up

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Hudak, thanks man! Poured from bottle dated 10/26/2011 to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep black color with deep brown edges when held to light. A nice 1.5 finger thick brown head with good retention and lacing throughout. The nose consists of a pleasant blend of espresso and coffee tones. A hint of malty sweetness on the back end. The flavor begins with a roasted coffee flavor along with hints of chocolate malt and vanilla smoothness. Mildly bitter. Finishes smooth. No hint of alcohol. Creamy. Overall, this was extremely enjoyable. Another beer I wish I had access to more often. I would recommend.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours dark black, with some dark purple/ruby red light at the bottom of the glass. large 3 finger tan head - pretty smooth

s: dark sweet roasted malts, somethign grassy/grainy, dark baking chocolate, smooth coffee, something almost oaky and creamy

t: milk chocolate and coffee beans up front, dark sweet fruit, cream, toasted malts, slight sweet berry flavor. all the flavors in this are incredibly smooth. only a hint of bitterness from the coffee beans

m: fuller side of medium. it had a large head, but doesn't feel overly carbonated

o: kind of surprised - after trying this i think it should be rated higher than it is. it IS true that the coffee flavors could be a bit more pronounced, but its a real nice combination of roasty and sweet. drinks smooth and warms you nicely. thumbs up

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Photo of scotorum
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/27/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an English nonick pint.

a: Black with ruby highlights when held to light,. Inch and a half tall tan head receded slowly to thick even surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Actually smells more like chocolate than coffee, but it is yummy.

t: Now the coffee comes out front in no uncertain terms, but with some sweet malt balance. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Mildly roasty aftertaste.

m: Medium, very good body, moreso than the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout I reviewed yesterday. Very smooth at least, bordering on silky.

o: An excellent coffee stout! I'm getting to like these a lot, because they are very tasty, and the caffeine tends to counteract the alcohol to the point your body seems to think it has just ingested a very low ABV brew, so work such as writing beer reviews can proceed pretty much uninterrupted by a serious beer high. Good when you want to drink beer with some substance but not get taken out by it.

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Photo of Lunch
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on cask at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (10/15/09). Poured into a 10oz. goblet at around 55 degrees.

Appearance: Very dark shade of brown capped off with a slight coffee brown head. Little black specs float around like finely ground coffee beans.

Smell: Roasted coffee and malt followed by chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, and a faint tinge of alcohol.

Taste: The taste mirrors the smell greatly hitting the palate first with roasted coffee, malt, chocolate, toffee, nuts, and vanilla. There is a slight alcohol finish which nicely adds a degree of warmth to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy with just a hint of carbonation. Moderately thick and very smooth with a slight slippery mouthfeel.

Drinkable: Exceptionally drinkable especially from a cask.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and have already revisited it quite often and will continue to do so. Highly recommended if you are a fan of coffee stouts.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with brownish edges. Has a thin, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of coffee beans and dark chocolate. This beer has probably the most expressive coffee flavor of any beer I've run across.

Taste: Moderately bitter throughout with strong West Coast hops flavors. Finishes with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor backed by Cascade hops and a nice oatmeal sweetness. One of the hoppier stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated.

Overall: An excellent coffee stout. For lovers of stouts of all kinds, this really is a must-try. Coffee, chocolate, and Cascade hops all exist in perfect ratios. One of my new favorite stouts...

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Photo of vacax
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a thick tan head with a mixture of delicate bubbles and big soapy bubbles. Pretty nice retention and good bits of lacing evident. The aroma has a pleasant coffee bean character that mixes well with toasty malts, floral and earthy hops, and vanilla. Tastes of toasty and toffee malts, chocolate, some mild raisin and lower than expected java. Slightly spicy on th midpalate and a nice rich toasty and floral finish. What a nice beer. Rich in body with slippery oatmeal evident, carbonation hits the target as well at a low-mid level and creamy feeling. What a great oatmeal stout, the java is there but it is a nuance instead of a commanding aspect of the beer. Rich but mellow, smooth, relaxing beer.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troegs Java Head Stout...on tap at the Troegs Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA.

Appearance-jet black with a large sized tan head, creamy and crackling bubbles everywhere, my god this is black. Deep layered body.

Smell-roasted coffee malts, very pungent, another sniff give traces of chocolate syrup, hop spice, crystal malt. Strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel-bready initially, nice strong coffee flavor mixed with fruit and chocolate for an almost mocha mix. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, nice smoothness. Finishes strong with a last note of coffee.

Drinkability-no issues, hides alcohol very well.

Overall-great example of an Oatmeal Stout, one of the top out there. Plenty of coffee, lives up to the name. Very well done.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour, with some faint red highlights. Very creamy frothy tannish head in the stein, about 2 fingers worth. Nice looking glass of beer.
Nestle Quik powder aroma.
Milk chocolate creamy nose, very Quik like. Easy drinking, nice balance of the coffee & the stout. Roasty and with subtle bitterness. Smooth as all get-out, very well put together. Coffee flavor peeks it's head out real quick, then the chocolate undertones pull it back in. Lingering dry bitter roast java.
To me, coffee bears are a "dime a dozen" these days and this one stands out from the rest.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a creamy beige head; excellent stickage and lacing

Smell: Surprisingly fruity hop-influenced aroma, with chocolate, cinnamon, coffee and oats underneath

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor that delves equally into both the coffee/chocolate and fruity/hoppy realms by mid-palate, with the hoppy flavors actually being a bit more prominent; after the swallow, however, the coffee and chocolate outlast the hops and provide a somewhat sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, rather creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After being a little disappointed with Scratch 15, Troegs has amped up the recipe and produced a complex and tasty coffee oatmeal stout that nicely blends together a variety of elements

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Photo of Naugros
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great label! But we're not reviewing art. The beer is as dark as any stout and it has a mocha-colored head. Being a stout brewed with beer I'd be very upset if the head wasn't mocha. The smell of coffee immediately wafts up and you don't need to have your nose all that close to pick it up. You do need to get closer to mark the malts and there's even a surprising hop presence in the nose...citrus. Well, not surprising if you read the label, I guess. I'm still torn about reading the label before reviewing. Do I want to be predisposed to what the brewers claim or see if I can pick it out myself and sound like an idiot in the review? That might make a good forum question. Anyway, the unusual presence of strong hops in a stout actually works pretty damn well with other smells.

Viscous and velvety, this stout delivers a lot of flavor as it coats every inch of the inside of your mouth...the oatmeal has done its job. I expected more coffee flavor and bitterness, but both are well-integrated into the whole thick and luscious inkiness. The citrus that made such a statement in the nose is a little more subdued and no longer fighting for dominance...it's playing well in the sandbox. The roasted malts come through as cocoa and now leave me wondering if I would have garnered that without having read the label. Crud!

I find I want to chug this bad boy down and go find another. I wish you couldn't see the average rating before you rate yourself. A B+ seems a bit low for this beer, but that just might mean that this one matches my palate better than it did for others. This is also the first Troeg that I thoroughly enjoyed. Nicely done!

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Photo of mempath
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tumbler, decent dark toffee head and some light cascading lacing...deep black...smells of chocolate, hint of coffee, toasted malts, caramel...all fain

taste steps up, instant hoppy punch without the grapefruity mentolation...broad and bitter (in a good way). not catching the coffee yet...simple actually but very refreshing, near perfect viscosity and roil in the mouth, very drinkable. reminds me somewhat of a basic Guinness Extra Stout, but lighter. to the point and delicious. very dry finish.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into my Mad Elf tulip. They had just got done bottling this a couple of hours before cracking this bottle. Now that's FRESH!

Pours a VERY dark brown/near black, with 2 foamy fingers of rich looking mocha tan head. Retains with a creamy 1/4 finger of froth, that throws a big cascade of abundant lacing that hangs on the sides of the glass. The aroma is uber-fresh, with a lot of citrus going on with, as well as some spicy floral hop character. This all wraps around silkier smelling notes of dark roast and sweet chocolate.

The taste is roasted malts and coffee, with the toastiness of the java being so subtle, that I'm having a bit of a tough time differentiating the two. Sweetness from the chocolate malts pull things back a bit. Where the coffee does shine, is in the middle section of the profile, where it puts off some green and bright tasting citrus flavors of lemon and orange rind. Moderate little kick of hop bitterness to this as well, that helps contribute to a fairly strong finish of spicy dryness and roast. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big prickly creaminess to it. The oatmeal works wonder though, as despite the sharpness, it gives the overall feel an awesome mellow and smooth presence in the mouth. I killed this bomber a lot faster than I thought I would, despite an almost 8% ABV. Fantastic!

Well I think that they finally hit the nail on the head, as this definitely falls somewhere between the Scratch 15 & 19 efforts. Great balance of flavors as this warms, with the citrus character of the Kenyan coffee beans really being put on display here. The smoothness and ease of the oatmeal polishes this out nicely. This is definitely not your typical Coffee Stout, but its uniqueness is what sets it apart.

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Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied brown colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of chocolate and caramel, then a nice coffee aroma coming through with a bit of sweetness to it.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts up front with a nice chocolaty and caramel flavoring to it followed by a rich coffee flavor that isn't too bold or overpowering with some sweetness mixed in.
M: Very smooth, rich,, slightly chewy from the oatmeal, medium to heavy bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, nice alcohol level.
D: Very drinkable, this is a great oatmeal coffee stout.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a rich brown head that is well-retained. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of coffee, cocoa and citrus. A rich, aromatic coffee blends well with a citric hop aroma.

The taset is of rich roasted black coffee, with growing cocoa as it progresses, with grapefruit/orange citric finish. Maltiness, roasted coffee and bittering hops blend well here, giving it a very dry finish.

It hits full-bodied, though not thick. The alcohol gives a slight warmth to the palate, though certainly not hot. A spritz of carbonation keeps it going, though there is a slight astringency to it.

A delicious, unique brew! Things blend well - coffee forward, but hops certainly there, mixing in well. Get it if you can - esp. if you like coffee and hoppy!

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown with some tan tones and a 1/3' creamy head. Lacing follows the entire glass.
S: The smell is of dark roasted malts with a little caramel in the nose. Despite the name Java Head, there is very little coffee in the aroma.
T: The taste begins with dark, rich, roasted malts. Sweet oat and caramel flavors are present in the middle of the sip. Some faint bitter roasted coffee flavors are present in the finish.
M: This beer has a good creamy mouthfeel that makes the beer very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. The name of the beer is a little misleading. There is some coffee flavor in the beer's finish, but this beer really has the taste of a good oatmeal stout. Although not a primary focus, the coffee flavor adds to the overall enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of TommyW
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a tall, tan head made of loads of tiny bubbles. Sticks well to the glass.

S- Coffee and toasted malts with a noticable note of citrus and piney hops and whiff of alcohol.

T- Burnt malts upfront mix into a big combo of hops, coffee, chocolate malt and oats. A few notes of alcohol sneak in as well. There is a light, lingering burnt malt and coffee note.

M- Medium carbonation on a medium body that is pretty creamy.

D- A very interesting stout. I could see drinking this as a sipper due to its big flavor or a session beer due to the freshening/lightening hop profile that is present.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is truly the first underrated beer I have had since reviewing on BA. I thought this stout is up there with the best I have ever had.

Poured slowly from a 12oz bottle into a Stone RIS snifter which produced a deep, ashy brown one finger head. The head diminished slowly, leaving ample lacing in its absence. The actual body is a deep brown and like most stouts, allowed no light through.

Strong smells of malts, caramel, and cocoa. Each smell was easy to identify and differentiate.

Taste was not only fantastic, but unique and complex. I detected coffee, cocoa, citrus, and floral hops. This truly is the first beer that I could taste each ingredient added (per the info listed on the side of the bottle.)

Medium/heavy in the mouth that coats thoroughly, low carbonation.

Overall I found it to be fantastic and will definitely be trying this again in the future. Maybe I got a great batch, if so, I'm glad I did.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Head is tan, 1 in., puffy, dissipates to 1 cm. Light/medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: A blend of floral hops and coffee.

T: Coffee is initial palate, quickly followed by etheral yet potent influx of hops, then maltiness. Oats come through along with the hop/malt combo on secondary palate. Aftertaste is hoppy and oats/malt are present.

M: Medium body stout. So much going on, but it all works fantastically. Coffee starts the pallet in one direction. Hops and malt make it do a 180. Oatiness gives a thicker mf on aftertaste.

O: Wow. My mouth is so happy. Coffee, hops, oats. Total beergasam. We know the Man upstairs likes beer b/c Troegs made it through the recent floods, and this is one of the reasons why they made it. So many flavors, so perfectly well balanced. Again, I love coffee beers, so this rDev will be skewed towards the uptick. Big ups 2 Troegs!

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Photo of Crack1Open
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An aggressive pour yields a nice 2 inch tan head. Almost completely black. The head sticks around leaving some sticky lacing trailing on the glass. Some minor sediment toward the bottom of the bottle.

S- A definite hop aroma mixing with some sweet roasted malts and coffee scents. The mix of the two aroma creates a interesting nose on this one.

T- Some beautiful roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and even some slight vanilla extract flavors at times. Coffee flavor is mild but good. The hop flavors add a nice citrusy taste to accompany a bitter sweetish cocoa flavor for the finish.

M- Has good carbonation. Mouthfeel is actually a little thin but it also just a stout and not an imp stout. As I start to near the end of the bomber the finish becomes a little more tingly on the tongue. Good mouthfeel.

D- Pretty drinkable due to the light mouthfeel. 7.5 abv is well hidden which is pretty dangerous. Making through this one pretty quickly and easily.

This a good hoppy coffee stout. The hops aren't to over the edge and blend quite well with the stout flavors. The only issue I can see some having with this is that the coffee flavors aren't that strong. But I rather like the subtleties of this beer. All and all, another delicious brew from Troegs.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegs Java Head Stout
12 oz. bottle

A: Typical "black" body beneath a frothy head of dark tan. The head retention is excellent, and the lacing is very good.

S: Nutty dark malt with a touch of sweetness. Caramel. Cocoa. Subtle black coffee/roastiness.

T: Fuller than the aroma suggests with notes of bread, toast, nuts, toffee, cocoa, fruit (raisin, red apple, orange, grapefruit), grain/cereal, soft roast, coffee, and later on in the dry, bitter finish, espresso (as well as more citrus fruit). It's very well done. Often with coffee beer there's too much acidity across the board, and then in the finish it's kind of like licking an ashtray, but there's none of that here. Interesting.

M: Medium to medium-light in body with a median carbonation level that falls toward the lower end. It foams as it warms in the mouth leaving it creamy and smooth.

O: An impressive coffee stout. It's quite unique in the way that the citrus flavors break up the coffee and caramel flavors as it crosses the palate. Well worth trying.

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Photo of billybob
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black into the glass thin tan head that fades to a ring and a light wispy lace that hangs on fairly well.

you can smell the coffee, and it has a light smoky roasted musty aroma.

ah the taste fresh strong brewed coffee bitter chocolate roasted malt dark molasses and a bit of sugar to cut the bitterness well balanced and full flavored taste.

medium body carbonation holds up well and smooth going down.

as for drinkability need i say any more.

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a thin tan head that holds on strong and leaves decent lace.

S-A bit muted at first, but then it was served fresh from the keg at 33 F. With some hand holding and warming Notes of light dark roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of orange peel in th background.

T-Rich roasted/chocolate malt with dark coffee and light tobacco notes. A hint of light orange in the drying finish. This is a VERY well balanced beer with no one flavour out doing the other.

M-Medium bodied smooth and rich with good lingering flavours and coffee bitterness.

D-Solid! Becomes much more interesting and complex upon warming. Flavours pop well with the proper 55 F serving temperature. A very well balanced, enjoyable and easy to drink beer. Another winner from The Brothers!

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Photo of prg1976
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a beige, thin, quickly dissipating head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, and more coffee.

Tastes like it smells. A little creamy taste mixed in too.

Mouthfeel is good, carb is decent. Very easy drinking.

Overall a solid coffee stout.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very deep brown or black beer. It has a velvetty appearance while being poured. A vigorous pour produced about a fingers worth of mocha colored foamy head. The foam head is very dense looking. Good lacing is left when the head receeds. A gentle swirl produces copious amounts of foamy goodness.

Aroma is rich with malts and sutle hops maybe even anise. The coffee essence is hardly noticable in the nose even when the beer is swirled to help release the fine aroma that lay hidden.

My first sip, okay chug, produced nothing that the aroma might suggest instead you get hit with a big ol, bag of coffee beans.
Yes, your first taste is a wonderfull coffee taste, black coffee taste. Not overpowering just enought. Sweet milk chocolate follows. You maybe able to taste a bit of vanilla, it's very sutle.

Chinook and cascade hops are there, but they are well hidden and play only a minor part. Bittering.

This beer has a nice full body and smooth feel to it thanks to the oatmeal.
An intriging beer: you can hardly smell any coffee, but it's in your face when you drink up.
The taste starts sweet and ends in a bitter aftertaste.
A well made beer.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,281 ratings.
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