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Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RJIV
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/29/15
The beer pours black with a slight brownish foamy head. The smell is of sweet lactose and a slight roastedness. Taste is a light sweetness, followed by faint roasted notes and then an underwhelming coffee aftertaste. The body is middling and I would expect the beer to be thicker and for there to be less carbonation.

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Photo of qchic
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This "stout brewed with coffee beans" looks great in the glass. For having the word Java in the name, this doesn't satisfy my coffee beer craving. The aroma suggests dry cocoa, and the flavor hints at anise and chocolate-raspberry. Only after it warms does it reveal a hint of coffee in the finish. The hops are what stand out more than anything. Trippy label.

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Photo of MoiraRVA
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Looked great. Bitter coffee aftertaste. Compared to the many good coffee and chocolate tinged oatmeal stouts out there this doesn't measure up.

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Photo of rjs246
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an oatmeal stout with a splash of coffee seemingly accidentally thrown in. It looks great. Super dark, nice head. Tastes good too. Just not as much coffee on the nose or in the taste as one would expect from something called Java Head. Still, will happily finish the six pack and just as happily drink again.

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Photo of 4lo
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

'14 Bottle

Pour - on the pour you can see it is quiet thin as it leaves the bottle and heads into the glass. Looks like a cola in the glass. Thin head off the pour which dissipates and hangs around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Get a coffee and chocolate off the nose. A bit of raisin up front

Taste - Chocolate right off the bat with some bitterness to it. Coffee isn't that strong and doesn't pick up much at all until the tail end. Some fruits in there in between.

Feel - Thin, at least a good bit thinner than I like my stouts. It is smooth but almost has a bit of a watery feel to it.

Overall - Decent but not something I'd seek out. Mouthfeel and thinness really aren't there for me. I'd like a stronger coffee presence as well.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this a million times...looks like my review got deleted or purged at some point?

Had this again on 07/29/15 at Fools Gold right before the bourbon BA version. This is a great base and has a lot more coffee to it, and is a little less thick. Think the BA version is a touch better, but both are great.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Age is unknown since I can't find any dating, but hopefully it won't be an issue since this is a fairly strong and (probably) not hop-forward beer.

LOOK: Pours an almost pitch black with some cola brown around the edges, topped by a thin mocha brown head.

SMELL: Dark fruits hit me first. Figs, plums, and raisins. Coffee immediately follows, but isn't overly prominent. Notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and nuttiness accompany.

TASTE: Chocolate upfront. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and baking cocoa. Caramel, toffee, toasted malts, almonds, and cashews come in on the middle, with faint notes of figs, prunes, raisins, and earthy hops. The coffee doesn't come in until near the finish, where it ends fairly bitter with more cocoa.

FEEL: The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. So smooth and creamy. Carbonation is light, body is medium-heavy, but super creamy.

OVERALL: Pretty good. It isn't as coffee-prominent as I would prefer, but that might be due to the age, since I have no idea how old this bottle is. Mouthfeel, however, is superb. I would probably buy this again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown with ruby highlights clearly visible at the edges; 1 finger medium tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: roasted grain; coffee with cream;

T: follows the nose; low to moderate bitterness on the finish that increases after the swallow;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a very nice stout, but I was expecting more coffee;

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Photo of soupyman10
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Points for the bottle design - this is awesome. Deep brown with a small light brown head with just a touch of lacing. Nose is mostly coffee and roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. Flavor is similar. No especially sweet, but a nice roasted malt, a bit of a bitter chocolate background. Body is nice and thick, appropriate for the style. Overall, another nice brew from Troegs, definitely a great after-meal treat.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with fine tan 1fb head with good lacing. Smells of molasses, roasted malts, hint of coffee and cocoa. Tastes sweet malts forward, caramel, hint of pepper with transition to unsweetened chocolate and hint of coffee at end note with rather clean finish. Medium bodied, tongue tingling and enough carbonation to add body and offset the malty sweetness.

Great balanced coffee stout- not overly coffee like, overall a very pleasant, well balanced stout.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 1/29/15. Pours dark as a starless night. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Rich nose of roast, coffee and dark chocolate.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that is a touch oily and has creamy moments. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair amount in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense (roast focused), complex and very well balanced. It begins with a burst of rich roast that fades into chocolate notes over a rising level of sweetness. The middle brings the coffee closer to the forefront over a mild bitterness that has distinct citric hop influence in addition to roast. Coffee is most noticeable in the finish over a receding sweetness and a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of dar482
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer offers light amounts of roasted coffee, a medium minus roast character with some bitterness of anies on the back. The beer has a medium minus mouthfeel and that follows on the amount of flavor as well.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Acquired in New York, NY for $2.19. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Reviewed live as a coffee stout per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

7.5%. "Stout brewed with coffee beans."

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Appealing, with `1.5-2 inches of frothy creamy soft-looking foam. Khaki coloured and luscious, with a nice even thick consistency. Complex is great. Sure, it could be richer and/or darker, but it's nice as-is. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - ~5-6 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. Has no unappealing sediment visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking coffee stout, but there're no unique characteristics and it's not special.

AROMA: Sweet notes of cacao nibs and chocolate malt are complemented nicely by faint coffee bitterness. It's not real expressive in terms of either the chocolate or coffee - certainly, other stouts are doing more interesting things with each - but the fundamentals are there. I'd like more of a roasty java presence, as well as more roasted barley presence. Mild coffee acidity is implied.

Aside from that, there's not much to it. Mild hop presence, no yeast presence, no off-notes. Some cream, maybe? Oats, sure.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Its higher-than-normal acidity is the first thing I noticed, which accentuates the coffee character nicely - though the coffee character itself is pretty middle-of-the-road, with no rich java, harsh espresso, or masterful roast. The notes of cacao & chocolate malts are interesting and work well in the build, but they're also not horribly expressive compared to the best beers in the style; there's no soft powdery feel to complement the chocolate, it doesn't evoke a rich chocolate presence, and it's subsidiary to the prominent coffee anyway.

The roasted barley is far too masked by the combination of chocolate malt sweetness, unexpected hop bitterness (Cascade and a stout?), and smoothening oatmeal.

I find it balanced, but not dialed in or fine-tuned. The chocolate plays well with the coffee, of course, but the hop bitterness can go and I'm not sure the oatmeal is really necessary. Maybe a more dry, coarse mouthfeel would bring out the roasted barley and coffee.

It's aptly medium-bodied, with a luscious creamy finish that smacks of muted malted milk balls (think Whoppers). This is a very cohesive build, but it's not gestalt, nor can it hold a candle to the best beers in the style. There's a nice marriage of texture to taste, but it's by no means a perfect harmony, and minor flaws (like overcarbonation) hold it back.

OVERALL: I've nitpicked above, in large part due to the absence of any major flaws. In fact, the few issues there are with this beer are quite minute; it is a fine beer as-is, but there are ways in which it could be much better. The coffee and the chocolate work (as they often do together), but if they were both more expressive and intricate, this might be a world-class beer. Ultimately, this is more solid work from Troegs and I'd heartily recommend it to friends and trade partners - even at NYC prices. Highly drinkable and worth returning to.

High B- (3.48)

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from Media PA.

Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has good retention and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Medium-full and smooth body with near medium carbonation that seems just right.

The aroma is a nice mix of dark chocolate, coffee and dark roasted grains.

The flavor also has a nice balance, with a modest but obvious coffee addition that mixes with the malts rather than masking them. Excellent sweet-bitter balance.

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Photo of Maxbier
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black/brown with brown head. Aroma lots of light/medium roast coffee. Flavor is mocha, chocolate milk, mild coffee and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Very nice coffee stout.

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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 patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black with a foamy brown head.
S - Chocolate and coffee
T - Creamy with the flavors that came out in the nose, a bit bitter and a little vanilla.
M - Medium to full body with slightly carbonated finish.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, creamy, long lasting beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and herbal hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and dry. Outstanding stout.

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Photo of Mikus
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic damn beer. Deep brownish/black with a solid finger of tan head. Balanced coffee, cocoa nose with noticeable bitters as well. Excellent taste. Cheers. Balanced and roasty. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, with residual bitterness holding on. Nice example if a coffee stout. Proud of this PA brewski!

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Photo of Gk187
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/11/14 at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of coffee
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm frothy ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – not much. Some weak coffee flavor; no hops, no roasted malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light to medium, watery, carbonation weak

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.25

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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 Glennlawless
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty much pitch black with a brown milk chocolate colored 1/2 inch head.

Smell has a roasted coffee bean scent to it...some chocolate and raisin.

Taste matches the beans are most prominent and later on comes in chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit...but all in

Mouth feel was ok..for a stout i wasn't happy how carbonated this beer is...jeez. very bubbly...has a semi creamy feel to it.....a solid beer.....not bad but not great either....i would drink again tho...enjoyable.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, thin tan head.

Aroma/Flavor: Mild intensity earthy, light roast coffee on the nose that comes out more on the palate. Chocolate character also present.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a lingering roast finish.

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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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