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.

Added by Deuane on 08-25-2009

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large, rocky head--leaves a lot of chunky lace. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through.

Cooled off hot chocolate smell; creamy; semi-sweet without the typical burnt aromas.

Tastes more dark than the smell. Far more bitter--burnt toast and background hop. It's thinner than I like, particularly for an oatmeal stout. The aftertaste is similar to mocha. Put it together, a nice complexity.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled on tap at Troegs tasting room in a pint glass.

A - A black opaque appearance w/ foam of medium brown and the bead is fine. The beer is like drinking ink and the lace clings well.

S - The aroma is complex w/ a nutty aroma of dark roast beans w/ a mild sweet malt like cocoa and coffee w/ subtle pine notes from the hops

M - A med thin body w/ roasty almost charred texture w/ nutty spiced finish which is very clean and dry

T - The taste is delightful. I gulped this quicker than I realized and the full swallows gave an alcoholic coffee taste w/ a dry bean flavor like when you crush an espresso bean between your teeth and some of the astringency is released w/ mild dark cocoa bitter notes. The flavor has mild astringent and light char but has a smooth stout/coffee synergy and the oatmeal never really comes to mind, but perhaps it softens some of the bitterness and acidity. A great flavor profile

D - The stout is solid and so drinkable you forget it is your ordinary 5%, at 7.5% it can have slight warming effects. The oatmeal impact is minimal but definitely a great choice if you dig coffee and stout w/ dark roast almost burnt flavor w/ dry not creamy feel

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a minimal tan head on it.

S: Not really all that much coffee, considering the fact that coffee is plastered all over the label. Sweet chocolate and a bit of a cookie aroma to it.

T: A bit of a coffee flavor here, but still tending more towards some semi-sweet chocolate. Good sweetness and oatmeal flavor, there is a mild bitterness to this one as well.

M: The body is medium with a nice smoothness that you often find in oatmeal stouts and a subtle carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink and nice flavors, but I was really hoping for more coffee aroma and flavor.

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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 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 orangesol
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in the Troegs tasting room into a standard pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan one finger head that leaves faint lacing down the entire glass.

S - Big roasty, rich, nose on this one. Chocolaty malts add a nice rich flavor to go along with all that roasty coffee. A little bit of vanilla and a slight hop bitterness are hidden but do come out a bit more once it begins to warm up.

T - Plenty of strong, roasty, flavors in this one. The chocolate malts are a great complement to all that strong coffee flavors. Espresso, chocolate, even a little vanilla help balance this one out a bit. Some hop bitterness comes thru on the finish and is a welcome addition to help break up all those rich flavors. A very nice oatmeal stout.

M - Heavy flavors with a medium feel and moderate carbonation. A little too cold at the start but much better once it warmed up a bit.

D - A very drinkable coffee stout. A nice rich, roasty, offering perfect for a cold day like this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

Yet another awesome cask offering down at the CK. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a minor ring of large tan suds. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, and some slight oak and vanilla notes. The taste follows in lock-step, adding molasses and a slight bitterness from the coffee to the proceedings. The body is a hefty medium, with pretty much no carbonation (shocker!) and a fairly viscous feel. I gotta say, it's better on cask than from the bottle. Tasty shit, people. Get some!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More undated notes, but probably not written long after my initial, bottle review.

This was presented to me a finger of deep-brown head with great retention that eventually settled into some great lacing. Color was an inky ebony. Period. No light penetration whatsoever! Nose was like my morning cuppa joe - roasty and strong! A fellow Mug Club member (at IHLNC) and I were talking and as former servicemen, we prefer our coffee smokin' when it is finished brewing. My students often remark on how the room smells of coffee when they first enter in the morning. Man, there are days when I am hard-wired for sound by the time that I am done. How does Woody take his coffee? Hot and black, just like his women! Ha, thanks, Moe. Mouthfeel was silky and smooth with a roasty bitterness on the tongue. Forget cream! Finish was as bitter as a nasty divorce. More, please.

Another go-'round with this on cask, this time dated F, 30 July 2010.

Arrived with two fingers of dense deep-tan head with excellent retention, right from the handpump. Color was a deep dark-brown with zero light penetration except at the edges. Nose had qualities of dark chocolate, coffee, and charcoal. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a pronounced dark-roast coffee taste on the tongue. Finish lingered with anise, bittersweet chocolate and charcoal. Very dry and would be an excellent accompaniment with dessert. Nice lacing throughout.

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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 Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Some lacing inside the glass and a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of oatmeal, wow. Coffee. Roasted malt. So roasted it gives a hint of a burnt character.

Taste - That burnt malt is the most prevalent flavor throughout. Never gets overwhelmed. Coffee, but it's brief. Some dark chocolate, which leads to a nutty caramel malt. A hint of grassy hops linger in the back end, along with an intense bitter burnt roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Extremely roasty, lending a burnt malt bitterness. Medium body.

Overall - This really beats you over the head with the burnt malts. Nothing in balance.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black body with a large tan mocha brown khaki colored head, leaves speckled lacing behind with each sip.

Aroma has big acidic coffee roasts in there with dark chocolate bringing the dry quality. A bit of herbal mint and citrus fruits rains supreme with this dark offering from Troeg's Brewing company.

Has robust fruity notes including grape seed and dark chocolate herbal goodness. Leafy herbal hop profile comes at you with a very nice mix of smells and flavors. Flows evenly with a mature mix of coffee and dark fruits excellent brew.

Mouthfeel is full to medium bodied range with low carbonation one of those beers that I yearn for with each more and more complex brew that has arisen in the brewing industry.

Drinkability overall is excellent one of those beers that keeps us beerdrinkers waiting for more, I enjoy a good limited release Harrisburg Trogner offering it has become some of the best drinks around.

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Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle reads: "JavaHead Stout passes through a blend of coffee beans and whole flower hops—akin to a French press—releasing cocoa, citrus and java flavors."

Pours a near black color that shows off hues of redish brown along the edges of my pint glass when held up to the light. The color coming through the edges flirt with the notion that if this beer wasn't so dark, it would be fairly clear and crisp looking. Thick 2 finger head of tanned head retains quite well and leaves a ring of lace on the glass at every sip. The nose is an amazing balance of bitter hops, coffee tones and sweet chocolate. Taste is right in line with what the aroma lets you believe that you are in for. Hop bitterness upfront, burnt barley and chocolate notes filling out the middle and welcomed again with a bitter finish that is a mix of the burnt barley and hops. Lingering taste of bitter chocolate and hops remain on the palette. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer, it is not playing much of a role in the nose or taste. The feel of this beer is a little lighter than I anticipated but that is due in part by a higher amount of carb. I have to give this one a perfect rating for the smell. I purchased this bottle at the brewery the day that it was released and I have been putting this review off for too long. The smell is exactly what I believe the Troegs brothers were looking to accomplish with this beer and it is wonderful even after sitting in my beer fridge for too long. Great job, very good beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. A fleeting tan head that slowly surrenders itself to a cap on the the top and lace on the sides.
Smells of coffee and milk chocolate mostly. Slight bit of dark fruit, citrus, and alcohol round things out a bit.
Taste is dark fruits and chocolate up front that meld into some citrus hop bitterness then we get some coffee. The finish is a rather dry long lingering roasted malt and coffee that borders on ash.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter, almost astringent. Medium to thick body, light carbonation.
While certainly drinkable, I've had much better coffee stouts. I find the hops a bit heavy and compete to much with the roast bitterness that should be there to compliment the coffee flavors. Maybe with some age...

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown with a lil, soft, off white head

S - coffee, some faint roasted malts

T - coffe, roasted malts, a nice bitter hop finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, simple, easy to drink beer. It has just enough flavor to keep you interested, but it's simple enough that you can have a couple of them without worry. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real velvety like pour out of the bottle, creates a real nice together if somewhat foamy head that is nice and tan colored. Dark brown walnut body, with lots of red to it. Head clumps quite bit, looks aggressive, very nice looking beer here.

Bouquet is a slight soap, but gives to chocolate like milk. Strangely not very coffee like and some mild roasted malt character.

Taste is interesting. Chewy dark roast in the mid palate, a good texture that gives a real nice body. Finish brings a slow coffee roast, but then just rips on coffee on the finish. Coffee angle is subdued quite a bit, but grows with larger gulps and finishes. Carbonation is moderate if not low to just let the beer retain some malt sweetness and density.

Overall pretty enjoyable, perhaps not a favorite coffee angled brew but easily drinkable for a high abv as well.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Pours quite near black, the head is dark khaki, slow to receede and then leaves copious lace. Dark malt and just a slight sniff of coffee/java in the nose. More dark malts, chalky chocolate and some grainy hops. Stale dark coffee note becomes more present as it warms. Not all that pleasant stuff, didn't really come together for me.

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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 Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One inch mid mocha head atop a black beer. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Sweet cocoa.

T- Rich chocolate, subdued coffe at first sip. Not too noticeable hop presence.

M- Smooth, creamy like an oatmeal stout based beer should be.

D/O- Overall a solid coffee/chocolate based oatmeal stout. Drinkable enough to have two or three, which is saying something for the style. Recommended for normal gravity stout fans.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is dark, like a stout, kind of brown at an angle, but there seems to be floaties in it, probably yeast? I'm not sure. Head is brown and diffuse, can't really get a reading on the carbonation, since the floaties aren't settling out, i'm going to guess this beer is THICK! Smells like a stout, maybe pick up some coffee and oatmeal in the aroma. Not a lot of oatmeal in the flavor, some alcohol in the flavor, some smoke on the back end. Pretty drinkable. Go find it, check it out.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a midnight black with a skimpy khaki head that laced the glass. It smells rich and sweet, almost like a milk stout. It smells of coffee beans and milk chocolate. The taste too echoes the milk chocolate, probably more so because this was bottled in September of 2009. It has really good flavor, rich and creamy. It drinks pretty light for a stout and is a light to medium. It's very, very drinkable. I really liked this one. I was glad I picked it up while in Cleveland.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a big fluffy head that sports some large bubbles. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: coffee and light chocolate tones are noticeable amoungst the roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: big malt profile with decent coffee flavors. Mixed in are some bitter dark chocolate tones and some prune sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. This was a bit too crisp for the style for me. Relatively short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this beer is great for an after dinner drink or sitting in front of a fireplace. Easy to drink and a few could be had in a session, but be wary of well hidden alcohol levels.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of shrek806 thanx bro

A: poured a very dark brown with a half finger head that dissipated quick and left a little sticky lacing.

S: roasted malts and oatmeal cookie aromas with some booze in the mix and hints of coffee and barbeque.

T: coffee bourbon and roasty malt flavors with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a mild hop bite.

M: medium body with moderate amount of carbonation and has a slight bitter finish.

D: really enjoyed the java head and had bourbon notes that made it more intresting and complex. Drank well and would love to get more of. This dark dank.

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

Thanks goes out to Hophead101 and jcw215 for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/coffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/coffee. Medium body, this is a nice smooth brew. Drinkable, a nice one.

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Photo of tone77
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is virtually non existent. Maybe a slight hint of coffee. Taste is of coffee with some notes of chocolate, finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Unibroue tulip

A - Poured black with a finger of coffee coloured head and some visible carbonation.

S - Coffee, hops and roasted malts. A nice nose.

T - The hops are more present than I expected and hit you up front with coffee, with a very obvious sweetness and roasted malts. Some chocolate in the background as well.

M - medium body. A little too much carbonation for my liking.

D - Gets a little sweet after a while, especially since I have a bomber of this to go through. Otherwise, the flavour profile is very enjoyable.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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