Java Head Stout | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown, looked thick, mild head on it, about 1/2" in height. Aroma, lacked the java component I was looking for at the time. I'm starting to think these oatmeal coffee stouts really absorb the coffee or something, they don't really lead to a coffee forward experience.

Taste, just kinda meh, still missing the coffee component, seems like they just roasted a shit ton of malt for a regular kind of stout (non imperial nor barrel aged) to lay this down on. Tastes a little too bitter, I wonder if this is relatively over hopped or something. Different amalgamation of stuff going on, but this should be a beer that is straightforward with the coffee, and ultimately, is somewhat of a letdown because it lacks that component.

I would drink again, merely to confirm the absence of the coffee I had. Man, this year is taking longer than ever to get the reviews in from March Madness, thanks to koufax21 for bringing this one.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to dimpled mug:

The body is in fact reminiscent of a fresh poured dark roast, capped with a dense mocha head.Good lacing.

The nose shows roasted malts of many kinds, soft coffee presence, some vanilla, milk duds.

The taste is pretty straight forward - fresh American stout base with the addition of a coldpressed black coffee. Nice and creamy. This would likely be a routine purchase if I had this one in distribution.

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Photo of YuenglingMike78
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like most of Troegs brews, the Java Head Stout get high marks in my book. It had a nice dark consistent color. Slightly reminding me of a Manhattan Special with a kick, it went down smooth and easy. I could almost taste the hops and coffee beans mixing together in my mouth for a very complex, but soothing taste. It is a little heavier than a Guinness and probably best paired with a good meal.

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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark stout when poured. Thick head which lasted only briefly. Didn't have the powerful coffee smell of a fresh coffee stout, was more malty with the coffee playing more a background role. The taste was dark roasted malt, chocolate and then the coffee and hops seem to tease the taste buds into guessing which is causing the bitterness. Not as thick and creamy of some of my favorite stouts, but well crafted and worthy of buying again.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware: Kisatsky Tavern pint... Occasion: rainy Sunday evening... Appearance: black--no sugar, no cream--with a cloudy, pencil-thin brown head and minimal lacing...Aroma: sharp and creamy (a paradox?) with pleasant vanilla punches...Palate: active, full-bodied presence that demands attention and lingers in the teeth--a soda pop finish...Taste: medium bitterness, with a balancing sweetness--slightly alcoholic for a 7.5 ABV ... Overall: not feeeling (or tasting) the coffee, this is a compelx beer that ttempts to brew two of my favorite things at once--and gets some points for the hints of vanilla and roastedness...a warmer on a soggy April night for sure....

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3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with minimal fine carbonation on the glass and a two inch light chestnut foam that leaves a patchwork of webbing as it slowly drops to a thin bedding in a pint glass.

Astringent alcohol overpowers light hints of malt ball in the aroma. Unfortunately there is little else to be found.

While sweet on entry, that quickly gives was to bitter toasted malt. One also finds light coffee and a hint of chocolate syrup in the long and subtle finish.

A light to medium bodied beer with a slick texture, faint carbonation and minimal alcohol.

While this is a fine drinking beer, it is better paired with a meal and one per sitting is sufficient.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of WesM63
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a Deschutes Tulip

A: Pours a very dark brown with a beautiful 3finger deep brown head that sticks around a while before dissipating.

S: Coffee! Some malts and a very light hint of chocolate.

T: Coffee sweetness to a slightly hop bitterness then to a malty finish.

M: Light-Medium creaminess.

O: Overall a decent Coffee Stout. To me, it's easily drinkable and one of my goto coffee flavored stouts.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown nearly black color. The head was almost non existent upon serving, with only the lightest amount of foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is of coffee and some roasted malt and chocolate notes. There is a very light sweet sugary aroma as well, giving a somewhat sweet coffee drink smell.

Taste – The taste is quite roasty malt up front. The coffee then shows up on the scene more toward the middle of the of the taste. It starts out more on the bitter side but then sweetens slightly with some more milk chocolate coffee toward the end. Towards the very end the sweetness seems to lose ground however, giving way to the more bitter detected earlier on. At the end it leaves the tongue with a malty and oaty bitterness.

Mouthfeel – The body is a little above average in creaminess and quite fitting for the style. Being a cask, this beer was quite low in the carbonation level; enhancing the creaminess, but yet a bit too low and leaving something to be desired.

Overall – It was an alright drinking experience, although I do remember it being better when had from a bottle (non-cask).

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,373 ratings