Tröegs Java Head Stout | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout
BA SCORE
3.78/5
2,344 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#16,723
Reviews:
702
Ratings:
2,344
pDev:
11.64%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
457
Trade:
4
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,344 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegs Java Head Stout
12 oz. bottle

A: Typical "black" body beneath a frothy head of dark tan. The head retention is excellent, and the lacing is very good.

S: Nutty dark malt with a touch of sweetness. Caramel. Cocoa. Subtle black coffee/roastiness.

T: Fuller than the aroma suggests with notes of bread, toast, nuts, toffee, cocoa, fruit (raisin, red apple, orange, grapefruit), grain/cereal, soft roast, coffee, and later on in the dry, bitter finish, espresso (as well as more citrus fruit). It's very well done. Often with coffee beer there's too much acidity across the board, and then in the finish it's kind of like licking an ashtray, but there's none of that here. Interesting.

M: Medium to medium-light in body with a median carbonation level that falls toward the lower end. It foams as it warms in the mouth leaving it creamy and smooth.

O: An impressive coffee stout. It's quite unique in the way that the citrus flavors break up the coffee and caramel flavors as it crosses the palate. Well worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light dark brown highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee with lighter notes of dark roasted malts. The smell of this beer intensifies as the beer warms.

T: The beer has a moderately strong flavors of dark roasted malts in the body with some moderate amounts of bitterness that truly lingers. Lighter notes of freshly brewed coffee in the background.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The coffee flavor in this beer is really nice but unfortunately there is not enough other notes or complexity in this beer. It is quite bitter and the dry mouthfeel makes this not the easiest drinker, this is a slow sipping beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large tan head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and a little smokiness. Then the bitter coffee flavor comes in but it's not as big as you would expect. There's a little bit of dark fruit and chocolate in the background. The hops presence is mild as it should be in this type of beer. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but kind of watery, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, there are certainly several other beers in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of nickfl
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured with a small head of light tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel and a bit of chocolate with some nutty notes.

T - Caramel malt and some light roast up front. Smoke and milk chocolate in the middle with a finish of caramel, smoke and weak coffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nicely done, but I don't get a great deal of coffee in either the flavor or aroma. There is significant chocolate in the flavor profile, but it is more or less a slightly sweeter than average American stout.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hand-pump cask at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a Troegs pint glass, an impenetrable black color with a solid finger of beige head, that displayed good retention and lacing. Smelled like a breakfast spread of toasted pumpernickel, spiced oatmeal and black coffee. Taste of dark roasted malts, bready, with lots of coffee--more on the bitter side and less mellow--and notes of dark fruits, citrus zest, grains, and even a touch of hoppiness which is typically unexpected for the style. Interesting. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into my Mad Elf tulip. They had just got done bottling this a couple of hours before cracking this bottle. Now that's FRESH!

Pours a VERY dark brown/near black, with 2 foamy fingers of rich looking mocha tan head. Retains with a creamy 1/4 finger of froth, that throws a big cascade of abundant lacing that hangs on the sides of the glass. The aroma is uber-fresh, with a lot of citrus going on with, as well as some spicy floral hop character. This all wraps around silkier smelling notes of dark roast and sweet chocolate.

The taste is roasted malts and coffee, with the toastiness of the java being so subtle, that I'm having a bit of a tough time differentiating the two. Sweetness from the chocolate malts pull things back a bit. Where the coffee does shine, is in the middle section of the profile, where it puts off some green and bright tasting citrus flavors of lemon and orange rind. Moderate little kick of hop bitterness to this as well, that helps contribute to a fairly strong finish of spicy dryness and roast. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big prickly creaminess to it. The oatmeal works wonder though, as despite the sharpness, it gives the overall feel an awesome mellow and smooth presence in the mouth. I killed this bomber a lot faster than I thought I would, despite an almost 8% ABV. Fantastic!

Well I think that they finally hit the nail on the head, as this definitely falls somewhere between the Scratch 15 & 19 efforts. Great balance of flavors as this warms, with the citrus character of the Kenyan coffee beans really being put on display here. The smoothness and ease of the oatmeal polishes this out nicely. This is definitely not your typical Coffee Stout, but its uniqueness is what sets it apart.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 2oz bottle poured into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black in color with a big brown foamy head atop. Very nice lacing down the glass as I drank it.

Smell is very chocolaty with some bitter coffee coming through. Taste also has strong chocolate and roasted malts with the coffee coming through as well. Not as strong of a coffee flavor as I anticipated but still a very good taste overall. I enjoyed this beer and for the price I would but again. As someone that isn't a huge coffee lover I enjoyed the more subtle coffee in this one compared to some other coffee stouts.

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Photo of smithj4
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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 atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this from Stormking47, cheers Josh!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Super head retention & good lacing

S: Ever so faint roastyness, & some mocha

T: Roasty, coffee & chocolate up front. More roastyness as this warms, then coffee, dryness & a touch of woody hops, slight booze warming & a touch of baker's chocolate. Finishes dry, roasty with cocoa

MF: Fairly thick with slight carbonation, grew warming as it warmed up

No much nose to this, but otherwise a solid coffee stout

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
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 ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,344 ratings
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