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 denver10
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a light brown head that recedes to the edges. Aroma seems rather underwhelming to for what I was expecting. I am not really getting much coffee, seems like I am getting some hops though offering a line pine, some licorice? on top of a roasted malt base. Flavor is as underwhelming as the aroma, and slightly off putting. Really crappy coffee, licorice?, some sugars from the oats, roasted malts, and a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is nice, fuller bodied and creamy. Overall, what a disapointment. Perhaps, however, this was my fault for drinking a Breakfast Stout right before this, if the opportunity presents itself I will have to give this another (and maybe more fair) chance.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this one!

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours black but not super thick. Head is fluffy but does not cascade out, just appears. Lots of spotting/lacing.

Nose: Faint coffee with cream aromas. Some light roastiness. Something that reminds me of palm fronds.

Palate: Medium-light bodied for a stout, especially a coffee stout. Somewhat acidic coffee flavors, light roasted malt. Some toasted oak flavors. Short finish.

Notes: Not super impressed with this one. I want more body from a coffee stout.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown with copper head

S- Smell coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, metallic smell to it

T- This beer is a mess. I was surprised because I love Troegs and I love the style. Tasted mostly a roasted malt, some coffee, but not a good coffee- more like a stale coffee taste. Some chocolate and sweetness. Oatmeal. Leaves a metallic aftertaste

M- this, light body. too light for the style. Medium carbonation

O- not something that I would drink again

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Photo of Sludgeman
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on 1/15/13. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours slightly viscous black and opaque with a one-finger rocky brown/khaki head. Nice lacing.

A - Coffee is predominant. Slight sweetness. Could not pick-up the citrus notes the brewer calls out on the label.

T - Coffee, some burnt bitterness and some hop bitterness upfront, in the middle and in the finish.

MF - Astringent, sharp, not smooth like a typical oatmeal stout.

O - Not sure I would classify this as an oatmeal stout as it is missing some of the sweetness and all of the smoothness expected from the style. I guess the whole flower hops really alter the typical taste profile. The burnt bitterness and the hoppy bitterness do not work for me.

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Photo of Tommo
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like crappy homebrew, not impressed. Very thin, to much hops. no body and very little coffee to be quite honest. I drank about half of it, and considered it not worth the calories

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Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Mom and dad picked this up in NC, and sis and bro flew it over when the came to visit. Thanks guys!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 12 Aug 2010 at 10:32

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour makes a small, medium, tan head that quickly vanishes. Head fades to a ring and splotchy wisp almost immediately. Black body with zero carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Mild nose. Very weak. Some roasted malt and slight hints of coffee, but way too weak to be noticeable. Aroma comes out a little more as it sits, but still too mild, especially for the ABV. Not off putting, but just too mute.

TASTE: Mild flavors as well. Some roasted malts and roasted coffee flavors. a touch of dark chocolate and cream in there, but mostly roasted and coffee flavors. A delayed aftertaste shows some nice bitter chocolate and coffee flavors, but still too mild to really make a statement.

PALATE: Here's where the beer shines, and where the oatmeal finally comes into play. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy and velvety smooth on the palate, presumably from the oatmeal. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Velvety smooth and very nice.

OVERALL: Not off putting by any stretch of the imagination, and quite drinkable to be honest, but simply too mild and mute to be noteworthy. A fantastic feel for sure, and some nice flavors are definitely there, but everything just needs a little more umph to make it stand out. One worth checking out, but if every batch is like this, then it won't be all that memorable.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3/5  rDev -20.8%

The color of this beer is, as the name implies, as coffee. It has a thin, tan head. The smell is subtle and ashy. The taste is strongly of coffee and chocolate and lingers long on the palate. The mouthfeel is slightly oily as it is not overly carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer but just shy of outstanding.

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Photo of degerbah
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick coffee black with plenty of head. Just a hint of coffee smell, but not much aroma at all. The coffee taste is more of an aftertaste than anything. Not nearly as much coffee flavor as I'd expect from a beer called Java Head. There are too many hops to let the beer really sing as an oatmeal stout. I think it would be better if it were made more along the lines of a standard oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Black like your heart. Good head and lacing.

S: Cocoa and chocolate syrup, a weird fruitiness as well. No coffee aroma. Not sure if this is actually supposed to be a coffee stout.

T: That strange fruity characteristic is still sticking around, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Maybe dates. Slightly roasty. Not much chocolate or coffee flavor. Confusing and underwhelming.

D: A bit of a mixed bag. Not sure I'd want to drink too many of these.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly a very good beer, but there are much better examples of coffee stouts on the market right now. The coffee flavors are there but are weak. There's a touch of chocolate as well. That's about it. It feels a little thin as well. Just not hitting the right notes for me.

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Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to mikey711 for sending this my way in a trade...quite a while ago. The last surviving bottle from that box.

Pours black with moments of amber peeking around the edges. Not a lot going on in the nose, roast, almost a bit of milk-style stout sweetness.

Taste isn't nearly as in-your-face as expected from the name, perhaps it's mellowed in the months it's spent in the dark irony of my cellar. There's also a shadow on the beer that isn't supposed to be there: a bit of funk. Cherry. The taste of a beer with the middling beginnings of an infection. Strangely, the infection actually works pretty nicely, toning down the coffee & setting up squarely against the malts. It does, however, thin out the feel, making it feel smooth & diluted, which isn't right. And I wouldn't want more than my half of the wife is a bit appalled by it, & I'm not feeling any need to devour her half.

Decent beer, but plainly not what Troegs intended. I often leave my coffee beers for a bit to leaven the coffee a bit - I like it evident but not overbearing - but this clearly might be better off fresh.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Solid black/brown with milk chocolate highlights. Think head with ok lace.

S - Mild latte: creamer, medium roast coffee. Touch of almond.

T - Sweet milk, roast coffee. Bitter roasted coffee grinds. Some cedar on the back end of the profile.

M - Slightly gritty dryness in a medium body.

D - The dry body and coffee grind character slows the drink down.

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Photo of biglite351
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - very nice color. The foam lasted but something odd happened, it looked A LOT like rootbeer foam. The bubbles were larger than I am used to seeing.

Smell - Slight coffee smell with a little bit of bitterness.

Taste - It was a buy weaker than I expected. Slight coffee taste, but I was expecting Starbucks! Mild bitterness.

Feel - Slight tingle on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability n As this brew tastes okay, but not strong, one should be able to drink a few glasses no problem. However, there are better options out there.

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Photo of jampics2
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great when sitting in my New Belgium snifter. A vigerous pour from a 22oz bottle yields a nice white head and black body.

Smell is weak and a bit washed out. Mild chocolate, plus coffee is barely there. The star of the show is surprisingly some citrus hops.

Taste is mild. Coffee, chocolate and hops. Nothing interesting drawing me in. I'd like a touch more 'oomph'.

Mouthfeel is a touch watery. Carb seems appropriate.

Drinkability is average. I'm not giving this extra points because it goes down easy due to lack of flavor.

OK beer, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a quasi fluted glass,very deep black/brown with a nice head that left great smells almost tart,with a bit of roasted coffee aroma.

taste is average,some roasted coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. not much to write home about.mouthfeel is a bit thin.not terrible,but not particularly good either.

not something i'll be returning to,but worth a shot.

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Photo of GilmooDaddy
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Chesapeake, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a deep black/brown in color with a 3/4 finger width, bubbly brownish-tan foam head that dissipates about a minute after pouring. The dissolved head leaves a thick, pasty lacing on the edges of the glass.

(Smell): The aroma is slightly subtle and is reminiscent of dark coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate. For a Java stout, I actually smelled a surprising amount of hops (almost like a Double IPA). The smell is slightly less appealing than some of the other coffee/java stouts I've had.

(Taste): Like a bully with a soft spot, the Troegs Java Stout hits the tongue much lighter than the appearance and smell would believe you to expect. At it's coldest, all I could taste was the hops, but as it warmed up, the beer came to life with a bitter/malty coffee taste.

(Mouthfeel): Extremely light in carbonation with a body that feels kind of heavy but washes down quite lightly.

(Drinkability): The Troegs Java Stout is one of those beers that feels like it's on the verge of an identity crisis. Is it supposed to be desserty? Hoppy? Light? Heavy? I really don't know. I love a good coffee stout every now and again, but this one just feels lost and out of place. They should rename this batch Troegs IPA w/ Java. Not horrible, but not really good either.

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Photo of jones3aj
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Troegs Brewing Company - Java Head Stout

12 oz. bottle into glass

Appearance: Pours a dark cola-color with 1 finger of meringue-colored head. Shortly after the pour, it lessens to about a half-finger. Micro bubbles line the glass with each drink.

Smell: A slight chocolate aroma, mixed with booze, and the smallest amount of coffee. Dark fruits like raisins or dates.

Taste: At first, very bitter. Instant thoughts of grapefruit. Hops, dark malts, and a hint of cocoa. Hints of coffee. Coffee and cocoa increase as it warms and breathes. Leaves a strong metallic aftertaste. Bitterness hangs on for a very long time after you're finished. Reminds me of watered down version of Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Tingles as you take it in. Moderate to low amount of carbonation. Leaves a bitter film in your mouth. Very dry finish.

Overall: I'd like to have a little more coffee flavor in something called "Java Head". No comparison to some other coffee stouts (Bell's Java Stout still rules the category in my book). Not much complexity here, but not bad, either. A lot of bitter and dryness. Let it warm and breathe, and then sip it.

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Photo of Brez07
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing from last week's notes. 22oz pour into a DFH Snifter

A: Dark brown with a very small tan head. Does leave good lacing. I think I see sediment in this beer, but I'm not 100% sure

S: Not much here, which I was surprised at. There was a very faint hint of coffee. I was definitely expecting more.

T: While the coffee/java flavor is more present in taste then smell, I got more of a smokey taste. Seems like there's chocolate malt as well and a tiny hint of alcohol

M: Medium bodied, slightly creamy at first. Carbonated well, maybe a little too much

D: I find this beer to be... so-so. To be honest, I was excited to find this in a store and may have hyped it up a little too much. Certainly nothing to write home about

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Troeg's Java Head Stout:
Reviewed from notes
22oz bottle split into 2 snifters.

A: Pours black, light brown/clear around the edges. 2 inch tight mocha head. Lots of bubbling action. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, hoppy (citrus and floral), a little molasses, a bit of a stale coffee aroma.

T: Coffee, a tiny bit of chocolate, and hollow roasted malts. There's a light hop presence in the background. The coffee flavor isn't very appealing, as with the nose, it tastes quite stale and almost artificial. The malt base seems to be almost missing, sure, there's roastiness, but it really tastes rather hollow. Also seems a bit too sweet on the molasses.

M: Fairly light and somewhat smooth. Good carbonation.

O: I didn't really dig this and neither did my tasting friend. We both thought it was rather bland and had a stale coffee taste. I had pretty high expectations for this, both from hearing a lot about this stout and the fact that I love NN. I wasn't impressed.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours quite black. Barely any light penetration. Dark tan head forms and retains. Head is about an inch high and leaves good lacing.

S-Lighter aroma of coffee and cocoa. Too light to be very interesting. Not gonna earn high marks here. Very light for a stout.

T-Something about the taste that just doesn't hit the tongue right. Maybe its the odd twang in the taste. Maybe its the awkwardly noticeable alcohol. Either way this isn't doing it for me. There is chocolate and coffee. There's also a bit of hop bitterness. But altogether, something is amiss here.

M-Massaging carbonation. Medium body with an adequate mouthfeel. A tad bitter.

O/D-Not a big fan. The local Ipswich Oatmeal Stout blows this one away. Simply put: I am not a big fan of this. And I really like the style too.

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Photo of bamadog
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this over the weekend, and I was kind of excited at first, but was a little letdown overall. Pour is from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, near black; body looks thick, but not especially viscous (but that's OK because not all stouts need to look like motor oil); comes with a big 3 finger head that is light tan; body is opaque and I can see moderately strong carbonation bubbling up near the sides of the glass because that's only as far into it as I can see; head fades and the beer leaves only faint spots of lacing and streaks along the sides.

Smell: Actually quite hoppy and grassy (not the first stout I've had like this - I had a Smuttynose stout back in the spring that was especially hoppy as well); followed by a semi-sweet chocolatey malty presence as well as a sweeter coffee scent.

Taste: Taste is lacking and here is where the disappointment begins -- it does have a nice bitter-sweet chocolate flavor and that grassy/hoppy flavor really lingers in the aftertaste; I guess with something called "Java Head" I would expect much more of a coffee presence. Just didn't cut it in that area though as I felt it was more of a vegetative bitterness from the hops than long-boiled malts and various coffee ingredients.

Mouthfeel: Body is a letdown as well for a stout - very loose and watery (and I know I said that not all stouts need to be like motor oil, but dang, I need more substance in the body than what this offers as it is super thin); somehow manages to leave a fair coating on the roof of the mouth; smooth carbonation helps the body a long as well and creats a certain creaminess to boost it up from a 2 to a 3.

Drinkability: Not really worth it, so I scored it pretty average. It's not an especially heavy stout, and the flavors aren't awful, but not what's necessarily advertised by the label. If you're a fan of Troegs, you might like it, but if you're more a fan of stouts, I think you might be a bit let down, but that's just me...

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3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to pint glass. The bottled-on date is smudged, but it seems to read 01/04/11. The label design is much more clever than it appears at first glance. Two carafes in pouring position make up the eyes of the skull. The hot water from the carafes drain into a bowl filled with coffee beans which is representative of the nose. The liquid overflows from the bowl and fills up the beer glasses that wait underneath, arranged in bowling pin formation, and thereby making up the teeth.

A: An semi-aggressive pour brings the khaki colored head up to two fingers. Creamy and foamy at the same time, the head last quite some time and deposits a continuous sheet of lace around the glass. The almost black body is opaque, except for the very top edge of the surface. Lacing is spare to fair afterwards.

S: Java Head Stout favors coffee more than any other malt aroma, but it doesn't hit me over the head like I want it to. The aroma is actually very well balanced. Modest coffee, grassy and citrusy hops, light chocolate, very light earth and even a touch of a fruit that I can't quite put my finger on.

T: Not that the nose was bad or anything but no significant changes or improvements were made from the aroma to the flavor. And I still can't tell what the fruity quality is.

M: Medium light body with a texture that could benefit from being a little thicker. Given that Java Head is an Oatmeal Stout, the texture could have been creamier as well. Also, the tingling carbonation is a little more persistent than I would like it to be.

D: Decent beer, but from the bottle, it just doesn't stand out from the coffee stout crowd.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour, half an inch of tan head, good viscosity. Aroma was disappointing, when the name java is in big letters, I expect coffee, and I expect it to jump.

Same thing with the taste, I'm left with a real average stout. Coffee please. The oats did their job, it was smooth and there were no off flavors, the coffee just wasn't oozing out of this one at all.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into a snifter from a 22oz. brown bomber.

A- An appropriately dark stout with a tight, thin, light tan head.

S- Dark roasted malts, espresso, flowery hops - more so than expected.

T- Dark astringent malt/espresso, strong floral hop presence, clean bitter finish, no alcohol to speak of, lingering hops.

M- A little less body than I would have liked, but very smooth, easy drinking.

D- I found the coffe element to be underwhelming, as it warmed the coffee seemed to come forward more as the hops receded but not enought to redeem this one for me.

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Photo of Stigs
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into DFH oversized snifter

A - barely a finger of creamy, cappuccino colored head. falling slowly, lacing a good bit. beer is just a shade below pitch black.

S - not picking up much initially...faint fresh (but weak) coffee, sweet caramel and toffee...pretty lackluster for a coffee stout

T - there's the coffee...its pretty bitter. some chocolate (again bitter), hops come in a flash. again, kind of bland...needs some sweetness though i'd take anything at this point.

M - light bodied, pretty healthy carbonation. taste is a bit sticky as expected. carbonation is distracting from what little flavors are there

D - not struggling with it, but not really sad whe i poured the end of the bottle.

I'm a huge coffee fan, the more the better. This just doesnt do it for me. Pretty disappointing from a brewery that normally isnt afraid to push the limits.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,303 ratings.
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