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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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A dark ominous pour forming a 1/2 finger of beige bubbly head.

Aroma of peppery black coffee bean covered in chocolate. Some basic caramel, crystal, and cocoa malts are also detected.

Strong coffee flavor with suggestions of chocolate, some stale oats, slight cocoa. Stale milk, peppers.

Feel is creamy, very watery, semi-carbonated, and a dry coffee roasty finish.

Overall, pretty underwhelming. I was hoping for more but alas this did not meet my expectations. Won't return to.

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Photo of Zach_Fehrman
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Stout does a very poor job of masking the alcohol level of 7.5%. Tastes like coffee and dark chocolate but the aftertaste of alcohol is very prevalent. However, the pour was very nice with a nice thick head that maintained itself for a while.

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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 Dragginballs76
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a thick fluffy mocha colored head that lasts forever. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Roasted malts stand out, sweet dark chocolate, black coffee, some vanilla and a hint of smoke.

Flavor - The main flavors that stand out are roasted malts and coffee. Undertones of dark chocolate and a bit of charred flavor as well.

Feel - Heavy thick feel that is normal to oatmeal stouts, well carbonated.

Overall - I thought this beer was really well done, I was afraid the coffee would not be as noticeable but the flavors were great.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, mocha head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of the coffee and roasted, charred notes.

Tastes of the coffee and some fruits. Coffee notes lead off before some chocolate and brown sugar. This gives to some citrus and a bit of berries. About of oats in the middle. Roasted bitterness comes towards the end along with acrid, charred malt notes. Fiinishes with a bit of lingering fruits and coffee.

Mouth feel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid coffee stout, but could be a little smoother.

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Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft, was pretty decent overall. There was a spice aroma that I couldn't quite place, it was cinnamon like but meandered more towards nutmeg I think. Might have been a coffee note given the makeup of this beer. Very drinkable, roast bitterness was pleasant and not overpowering. Oats provided a silkiness to the mouthfeel, which lent a luxurious sort of quality to the light cocoa aroma that you get when you initially smell this beer.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with a generous fluffy tan head sitting up top. The head shrinks, but never fully disappears, and leaves fantastic lacing, really some of the best I've seen, on par with what I got from Deschutes Black Butte. The nose is dominated with the scent of cold black coffee. If you look, you can find hints of dark chocolate and soft fruit. Cold, the beer is straight black coffee, both in flavor and bitterness. As it starts to warm you get some toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate notes, and the bitterness dies down.

My particular bottle was very flat, with little carbonation felt or seen. Overall, this is a miss for me. Too coffee forward, and little else, along with poor feel leaves me disappointed. It reminds me of Bells Java Stout, another Coffee Stout I thought was too heavy on the coffee.

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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 BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a mocha colored, one finger head. Distinct coffee aroma on the initial smell. A very strong bitter coffee taste with hints of sweetness leaning towards chocolate. A dry aftertaste. Alcohol is well disguised. Leaves a bitter aftertaste in the mouth. Very good coffee stout.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of BierRunner
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown color that pours with a nice head. More coffee than chocolate on the nose and a pleasant rich creamy taste and a long coffee finish. A very pleasant stout.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has sweet, chocolate malt, a bit of fudge. Taste follows with sweet malt and chocolate at first but finishes more bitter and roasty with a hint of coffee. Body is on the lighter side but feels quite smooth. Overall it's a decent beer with good drinkability.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Troegs' tasting room.

S - Excellent nose, lots of coffee and some bitter chocolate. Pretty standard, no single smell that really outpaced the others.

T - Slightly more bitter than I would have thought but well balanced for a stout. Alcohol become more pronounced as it warms but it was never obtrusive or overly noticeable.

F- Pleasant, medium carbonation. Nice and slick. Excellent mouthfeel.

O - A solid coffee stout. It's not up there with the best as I feel the coffee flavor was just a bit too generic or weak. If this beer tasted a little closer to the intense coffee aroma I smelled it would be killer.

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Photo of hman43
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head.

Smell: It has aromas of Coffee, and citrus hops.

Taste: It has flavors of coffee and citrus hops with cocoa and roasted malts in the background.

Feel: It has a moderate feel and finishes bitter.

Overall: It's a quality creamy textured stout with moderate hops to add complexity.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of CNoj012
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a 2 finger light mocha head. Retention is very good and there is a ton of webbed lacing. Smell is coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, but less intense than I would have expected. Taste is the same, although again very subdued. Coffee comes through strongest, but not enough. Followed by sweet chocolate mid sip and a bitter finish. Feel is too light and slightly watery. Overall an ok beer, but not something worth seeking out.

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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 MacMalt
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter glass. It pours a dark mahogany-nearly black-with a thick, foamy, two-finger head and extensive lacing. It's a classic looking stout. It smells of roasted malt and burnt coffee but the smell is more subdued than I anticipated. I'm disappointed with the taste. There is some bitter, burnt coffee grounds and some subtle oatmeal but the tastes are overwhelmed by the bitterness. There is also an unpleasant bitterness. This stout is quite tin, and with low carbonation and a moderate ABV of 7.5%, it is very drinkable. Overall, I found it too bitter and lacking in the advertised flavors of coffee and oatmeal. I'm a little surprised because I generally really like Troegs' offerings. This one misfired, IMHO.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - Opaque black as it sits in the glass
Smell - A very nice coffee aroma coming out of the glass
Taste - Espresso type coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, nuttiness
Feel - smooth but way too thin

Overall - A decent (at best) stout from Troegs. But way too thin and a lingering bitterness on the back end that I wasn't fond of.

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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 JoeLacy
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Six pack of 12 ounce bottles brought home from Giant Eagle Sawmill store by my Beer Fairy. Have enjoyed Troeg's for years, but somehow missed this one. Drank from a 16 ounce snifter and liked it all around - did not dig into other reviews, so not completely sure why it isn't rated higher, but may be the bitterness or the smoke. Obviously doesn't work for everyone, but it worked for me.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into clean tulip glass. Dark garnet while pouring, turns to black, beautiful caramel colored head that deflates with a messy trail. Smell is slightly unpleasant, taste is better, very heavy malt and coffee but slightly more bitter than I usually like. Mouth feel is rewardingly creamy. Would not drink more than one of these in a session but would try it again another time.

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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 dbl_delta
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Oak (Heritage Hills) in York PA. Very dark, opaque, probably motor-oil black (but the dim lighting wasn't really conducive to color analysis). Initial impression is roasted malt, coffee, and a slight bitterness at the midpoint. Smooth finish. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel; alcohol is not evident. An OK stout but not something I'd seek out.

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