Tröegs Java Head Stout | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of Caveworm
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and an opaque black body.

I smell a nice blend of the coffee with a distinctive roasted malt characteristic in there as well. Should be nice and smooth.

Tastes like a very nice French roast, with very masterfully toasted malts. The hops used aren't very noticeable, as the balance of this brew seems to be executed by the black coffee profile.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up here is medium and pretty smooth with not very much carbonation going on, but it wasn't expected in the first place. The alcohol content is rather stealthy with this one.

Overall, I'll give a 4.75 to Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company. This certainly has more of a "real" coffee flavor than other within this style that I've experienced as of this review. It was a high temp today of 15 degrees F, so this called my name in the beer cooler at my local grocer. I strongly recommend this for frigid nights in; preferably with a few good black metal albums to enjoy with it.

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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 barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big roast malt notes, but more surprising is the nutty, toasted malt presence. Coffee doesn't dominate.

Flavor is similar, though there's a touch of acrid coffee character that lingers in the finish. Fairly fruity.

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Photo of Merticois
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Brownish black hue with a medium bodied tan head that dissipated at a reasonable clip.

S: Earthy coffee notes. A bit of malt and oats. Overall very faint though.

T: Strong bitter coffee notes that almost overpower the oats and malts.It finishes with the taste of hops and coffee on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, goes down smoothly though the is a texture that sits on the tongue for a while afterwards that I didn't care for.

O: This is the first coffee oatmeal stout I've had so I don't have much to compare it to other than other oatmeal stouts. I think its pretty good overall, though I think in this beers case, they may have over done it with the hops..

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle @ The River Palm Terrace in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Dark brown/black pour and opaque with a thin tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a touch of coffee at the end. The flavor is well-balanced with roasted malt again leading the way, followed by coffee and some chocolate as well. Slightly bitter in the finish but not overwhelming. I like the amount of coffee in this one as it's not in your face at all. Medium-full body. Paired great with a New York strip steak.

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Photo of VDJ104
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

While it did get a little rich and overly heavy towards the end, I thought this was a good beer with a nice mixture of coffee and dark chocolate. You definitely got the smokey flavors. And with the high ABV it gets you buzzed easily. But I don't think I could drink more than 2 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty refreshing as far as coffee stouts go. Not too complex, just really pleasant. It's a little thin but is rounded out be a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes roasty and dry with a slight tobacco twang. I could crush a few of these for sure.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,315 ratings.
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