Tröegs Java Head Stout | Tröegs Brewing Company

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85
very good
2,328 Ratings
THE BROS
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Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

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.

Added by Deuane on 08-25-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,328
Reviews:
693
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
449
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Premiere. A coffee novel, with very little drinkability. Reddish dark brown body, coffee and roasted nose. Dry mouthfeel, with chocolate and real coffee, a little acidic. I just could not get into it, tried again a while later, and drain poured it.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee black with a thick, firm tan head - lovely looking.

Nose is a fruity plum carmel coffee that's appealing and inviting.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but with elegant carbonation and a nice balance.

Fruity coffee flavors that are assertive and bold with a very bright, clean and bold character.

This is an excellent example of an excellent coffee stout.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger tan head with good lacing on a deep amber brown body.

S: vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate

T: dark chocolate, mild roasted malt, hint of coffee, citrus is there but generic. Where is the coffee?

M: smooth and almost seems like no carbonation. Finishes with moderate carbonation though. Medium body.

Overall: where is the coffee here? Basically a decent base beer but definitely is lacking a memorable quality.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and acidic coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with char and acidic coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a subdued coffee presence that is somewhat acrid in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a thick looking black liquid with a mocha colored head on it. The lacing was thin but showed itself on the glass. The smell of this beer roasted but I was struggling to get the coffe aromas from it. I was hoping that I'd be more impressed with this brew. The taste had a some burnt malt flavors with a creamy oat taste in the back. The mouthfeel could have been a little thicker. All in all this beer was alright, I just felt like something was missing.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured jet black with a two finger tan-colored head. It has excellent head retention--a thick head constantly covered the surface all the way until it was all finished.
S: There are light aromas of coffee in the nose, which grow stronger as the beer warms up.
T: There are flavors of dark roasted malts and hop bitterness along with some notes of coffee.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and extremely smooth on the palate. The dryness leaves you wanting to take another sip.
D: You need to take your time drinking this beer given the amount of dryness and bitterness.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Love all of the stuff I've had from Troegs, bought this for the NCAA championship game. To be honest, I was sort of let down. It pours a great dark brown color, has a nice roasty coffee smell, but I felt the taste was lacking a bit. The relatively high ABV is pretty well hidden, and there's some good kiss of hops upfront buried in the coffee taste, but the aftertaste is a bit bland and boring. Average beer, expected better for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's see... I have oats, I've got coffee and I've got maple flavor. Who says beer isn't for breakfast?

Like many stouts, Java Head pours with an opaque dark brown hue and topped with a creamy light brown head. But amazing lacing is intricate and emboldened as it coats the glass with random patterns. Also, its yeasty sediments are a little overdone as their flakes settle to the bottom of the glass.

Bold roast coffee aromas are just shy of espresso, as the roasted barley, burnt caramel, and tangy malty twinge rise to greet the nose. The coffee scent is a standout, however the beer balances beautifully with supporting oatmeal and a berry-like tartness.

Its mid-intense taste is lead by coffee with the dark french roast-type of earthy and smoky character. Burnt grains, burnt marshmallows and roasted walnuts all come to mind as the coffee and malt intermingle. Before the beer dives into its bitter-burnt finish, that light tangy citrus and yogurt-like center is sweetish and bready. Its late fade includes a woodish burnt pine character.

Full bodied, but not absurdly so, the beer's silky oatmeal character gets a creamy lift from carbonation for a rich and smooth texture to balance out the roast bitterness and astringency. Warm and lightly spicy, the ale lingers with extended roast taste and texture.

Java Head hits the ground running with a bold and drinkable blend. Its rich and bright and gives a level of spunk to beer drinking.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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 Chinook...in 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)

***
2016/10/09:

Gorgeous oatmeal stout.

B (3.58) / GOOD

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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 oline73
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some light coming through at the edges. There is a two finger tan head of which a layer remains through the pour.

Smell: I pick up sweet coffee roast with a hint of cocoa.

Taste: Sweet roast and coffee flavors hit the tongue first. There are hints of dark chocolate as well. The finish is mildly roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body. The body and carbonation are both quite smooth. This one isn't dry at all.

Drinkability: I thought this beer was very good and well balanced. I'll come back to it again when I'm in the mood for a coffee beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 4/9/2016. Pours nearly opqu dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Awesome appearance. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, light pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, light pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Medium piney/spicy and roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, and roast/charred earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good oatmeal coffee stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the abv. This was more of an American stout style on the level of hoppiness; but it was not a bad thing, and it was still nicely balanced. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really, really deep brown that is bordering on black with a bit of a mocha head that fairly quickly recedes into nothing. The nose is fairly one dimensional with a lot of coffee, but that's fine by me as it is quite nicely presented. The taste is overloads of coffee along with a bit of roast and a nice creaminess. Smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation, accentuating the coffee flavor. A really nice coffee stout.

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