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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Photo of PBoegel
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Deep rich dark espresso color (not just because this beer is put threw coffee beans in the hopback) with dark tan head and fairly good lacing considering the coffee oils in this brew. Head was a couple of fingers think, dropped but did not disappear.

Aroma is chocolate fudge, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, some hints of vanilla and licorice, but the latter two are subtle. Some citrusy and slightly piney hop aromas emerge but the coffee and chocolate are most prevalent. No detectable alcohol nice and clean for beer that comes in close to 8%. Did not get typical aromas I get from an oatmeal stout.

The beer has a rich mix of citrusy hops and chocolate flavor plus espresso character. The oatmeal it seems gives the flavor a bit of creamed coffee note. Not as lush and smooth as most straight oatmeal stouts, I can only hazard a guess that the coffee oils strip out or counter balance some of the typical oat character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated, very little if slight detectable alcohol on the tongue.

Extremely drinkable and tasty. Not a wow beer but well made and worth trying and repeat samples.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rough pour gives me a nice, deep dark brown colored brew with a huge amount of frothy head. Very nice retention and some outstanding soapy lacing.

Smell: Mild coffee and chocolate smell with an overall malty sweetness typical of the style. Though it has a nice nose, I was hoping for a bit more.

Taste: A nice balanced blend of coffee and chocolate. Enjoyable, but not phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth creamy texture, easy drinking.

Drinkability: A solid, tasty brew from Troegs and an excellent addition to their lineup.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22 from the brewery yesterday, along with a case of Mad Elf...why not? ;)

Pours the color of a dark roast coffee actually with a half-finger's tan/copper head on top that starts rather dense, but dissipates to some slight foaming on top with a decent edge layer around the glass. Some lacing leftovers.

Right away the chocolate malt jumps out at me with also a large waft of bright hops...interesting. It is distinctly a Troeg's brew. Not as much coffee aroma as I was expecting, but it's there. Not that impressive.

Sipping reveals a rather dry dark coffee flavor along with a noticeable chocolate powder flavor. Some citrusy hops come through on the swallow that reminds me a bit of orange peel. Interesting. Decently bitter finish and dry.

Fairly dry big bodied brew. Alcohol is well hidden, but I'm sure it's there. Served it cold, but will allow it to warm until I finish to see how much less carbonation I get.

Big, robust beer that will double as a meal in my opinion. A 22 oz is enough for one time anyways. Cheers!

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

Pours dark black with a big fluffy brown head that falls slow and leaves some lace behind on the glass.

Aroma is roasted coffee with some nice dark chocolate notes.

Taste is like the aroma nice roasted malts coffee and chocolate mingled through out. Lightly dry decent enough hop notes to mingle in with the coffee like bite. Enjoyable stout might not be world class but nothing wrong with it.

Mouthfeel is big medium, good carbonation levels.

Drinkability is good, enjoyable stout reasonably priced even pick some up for a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 cooncat
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a std. pint glass.

The pour produces an opaque black brew, with an ample pecan colored head. Head retention is pretty good, but minimal lacing is evident.

The nose is pretty understated, with nothing standing out; certainly not coffee, which is what I'd expected for a beer named Java Head. More roasty malt than anything.

Taste follows the nose, in that coffee notes are minimal, and roasty malts are dominant. Hops are non existant. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. A bit high on the abv for a session brew, but the alcohol is not noticeable during the tasting.

A decent stout, but nothing to get excited over. I had one of my own homebrew stouts right before this one, and prefer it over the Java Head. Java Head has more intense flavors than my export Stout, but that's about it.

Worth checking out. Not outstanding, but a solid brew you'll enjoy.

Na Zdravje

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a quasi fluted glass,very deep black/brown with a nice head that left great smells almost tart,with a bit of roasted coffee aroma.

taste is average,some roasted coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. not much to write home about.mouthfeel is a bit thin.not terrible,but not particularly good either.

not something i'll be returning to,but worth a shot.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger stiff tan head that fades slowly to spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is a light malty NECCO chocolate java. The mouth feel is light-medium bodied and grainy with an unexpected zing of hoppiness. I'm surprised how well the substantial hoppy character blends with the mocha flavor; both linger nicely. A real fine drinker.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into a snifter from a 22oz. brown bomber.

A- An appropriately dark stout with a tight, thin, light tan head.

S- Dark roasted malts, espresso, flowery hops - more so than expected.

T- Dark astringent malt/espresso, strong floral hop presence, clean bitter finish, no alcohol to speak of, lingering hops.

M- A little less body than I would have liked, but very smooth, easy drinking.

D- I found the coffe element to be underwhelming, as it warmed the coffee seemed to come forward more as the hops receded but not enought to redeem this one for me.

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Photo of mcallister
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Barely missing on black or this would have been a five. Nearly still a five for the large fluffly beautiful tan head. Great head retention and lasts the whole glass through. Unbelievable depth.

Coffee a bit of roastiness but then just a big blast of hops. Citrusy and big something I don't like in a stout much (ala Darkness). But still nice aromas with hints of chocolate and black fruits. Mocha.

Very nice flavors not too big or complex but makes will for a fall stout that is quite drinkable. Coffee fresh and fine, coffee tannins, fresh citrusy hops, limited black fruits, slick glyceryl mouth yet thin at the same time.

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Photo of stevenseg
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegs Java Head was my stout selection at the beer store the other day. One of the great things about stouts is that the sweetness of the malt shines through and the hops that can make beer bitter is usually vague. Coffee stouts tend to bring back that bitterness, and not only that, they double the bitterness of the typical roasted taste. I have been searching for that coffee stout that leaves the smokiness behind in favor of coffee flavor. Reasonable of me? Probably now...nevertheless I am on a quest.

java Head pours nearly perfectly. A nice sticky head appears after a rather aggressive pour, which I tend to do with bottles because it's hard to get a good head formation. However, I didn't have to pour aggressively to get a good head here. The mocha-colored head sits atop a dark body that appears to be of a medium-to-heavy body.

The smell is very faint...more faint than I would expect from a strong beer style with >7% ABV. It does have a mocha nose that I tend to love in a stout. Roasted malts come through and is that some hop character I detect? Very faint.

As the head dissipates a nice sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass. It has decreased by 50% by now (3 mins) and is still about an inch thick. Like I said, no need for that aggressive pour.

The coffee flavor is noticeable more on the back end than the front. It pretty much replaces the back end bitterness of hops with bitterness of coffee...exactly how it should be. The bitterness of the roast isn't added upon, but rather they are two distinct flavors that evolve as a drink is consumed. I can definitely taste the hops though...almost as present as in pale ales, but the coffee taste quickly replaces it.

Very nice lacing rings after each sip, by the way. I love rings.

I am going to judge mouthfeel by what I expect this Java Head stout to have WITHOUT an aggressive pour, which sucks up the bubbles before I get to feel them. I like thicker stouts, but a nice porter-like feel keeps this coffee loaded concoction from feeling like jailhouse sludge.

This beer is very drinkable and has no abrasiveness. You have to like porters/stouts, subtle hops, coffee, and alcohol to like Java Head as all those distinct flavors come together in their pleasantly decorated bomber. Good stuff...glad I picked it up.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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 tpd975
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks beerisheaven.

A: Pours a nice rich black hue with a tall mocha colored head. Nice retention with some lace.

S: Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, and light chocolate.

T: Different than I expected. Nice char roast up front, bakers chocolate comes next along with some bitter coffee. This one is hopped to the max loads of citrus hops push through in the finish.

M: Medium in body, good carb, quite a bit of hoppy bitterness.

D: Okay. Unique beer I like it. I like the waves of bitterness, each being very unique. The bakers chocolate flavor is bitter, it yeilds to an acrid coffee bitterness only to be overpowered by a citric bitterness. Different I must say. This is not a coffee forward beer. It is a different twist on the style though which I like. Unique.

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

Consumed 10/6/09
This beer pours a deep dark brown with slight light brown tinges to the edge when held to the light. A tan one inch finger of a head that recedes to a film and leaves nice streaky lacing. Nose of coffee, tofee, and toasted malts. Taste sweet upfront - toffee and caramel malts at first, lending to roasted malt mixed with chocolate and this finish is bitter coffee and burnt malts. Medium body, low carbonation, thin upfront at first with a slight oily feel to it at the end, bitter aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer throroughly and could definitely sit with it for a while.

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Photo of boralyl
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours 1 inch of mocha colored head that has a nice retention and laces the inside of the glass very well. The beer is a very deep brown, nearly black.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of hops make up the nose. I'm a little disappointed because Scratch #15 and #19 (which I thought this is based off of, apparently not) had much more pungent noses, however I had those on tap and from a growler, rather than bottled.

M - Medium in body, maybe a tad bit too thin on the mouth feel. It feels a little too watery. Minimal carbonation.

T - It tastes very similar to the labels description. There are roasted malts and coffee flavors initially followed by a hint of citrus hops. It's finished with some bitter chocolate and hops.

This isn't a bad brew, but nowhere near as good as I had anticipated after having Scratch #15 and #19.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep, dark in color with a big, thick chocolate-malt colored head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and cream, with very faint citrus notes
Taste-Coffee with cream, cocoa,and surprising citrus zest which seems to cut any underlying bitterness for a well-balanced and delicious flavor. Nice subtle hop bite in the finish, but not overly bitter- very drinkable and smooth

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque black ruby with dark tan head. It smelled fairly simple like roasted coffee with heavy cream, and some bitter chocolate. It tasted like dry roasted coffee with copper and barley, then semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of lemon. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was a decent beer with an enjoyable taste and good body, but it wasn't as bold or clean as I expected. It's in limbo between being a standard or imperial stout. Pretty solid as a standard stout, but very unimpressive as an imperial. Also, I didn't sense any oat, so I'm not sure why it would be considered an oatmeal stout (unless I totally missed it). It'll probably be a while before I buy this again, if ever.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Murphy's pub glass.

Black with a nice creamy two inch tan head. Nice thick lace.

Smells of wonderful rich coffee blended with chocolate and black malts. Earthy nobel hops and a nice roasted biscuit also lingers in the aroma.

Taste is a full bodied blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, earthy hop and buttery biscuit. The mouothfeel is extrordinary with the addition of the oats. Deliscious!

Very drinkable. Almost scary quaffable for a stout of 7.5% ABV. Be careful, two of these bombers will make you slur...

Buy some of this stuff!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very little light manages to squeeze its way through the dark brown to black beer that cascade bubbles up very quickly after the cask pour. The head that remains is a beautifully full inch of creamy darker brown head whose retention is phenomenal. The beer leaves thick rings of lacing from the first sip to the last.

S: Fresh coffee springs from the glass bringing with it nice strong aromas of roasted grains and malts. There is also an earthy character of hops.

T: Very similar to the smell for the most part, but the taste finishes out with a mild malty sweetness that I was unable to find in the nose. The hops are also a bit more evident in the taste, and they really add a ton of complexity and character to this beer.

M/D: If you have ever had a beer that you thought was silky smooth, re-evaluate your stance. Nothing I have ever tasted comes close to the silky texture of this beer poured out of a firkin. The beer retains just a bit of carbonation from the pump, lending one of the most slippery mouthfeels of any beer I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The alcohol is completely non-evident, and I would try to session this one if possible! This is one helluva good cask beer.

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Photo of ski271
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark chestnut brown (alomst black) with a chocolate milk-colored head. Foamy and medium-large in size, then diminishing to a creamy light brown film. A good amount of sticky lacing. Smell is of robust roasted malts with a decent dose of coffee. The hops the label advertised are a bit overstated. The taste follows the nose, with sweet roasted dark malt flavors dominating. Bitter coffee and cocoa flavors are helped along by the light hop presence to give it a lingering dry mouthfeel. Some very nice flavors pop out late in the finish. Overall, a nice treat. Worth a try if you come across it, but nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A:Near opague black in color. A cinnamon brown head pours one finger thick and stays for the remainder of the sample. Thick, sticky lacing clings all over the glass.

S:Strong smells of espresso and chocolate. The subtle sweetness of caramal malts and oat. Earhty or damp hops. Soft vanilla smell.

T:Intial tastes of roasted coffee bean and chocolate dominate. A soft wave of earthy hop bitterness comes into play. The sweetness of oat is followed by a ghost vanilla taste. Coffee finish.

M:Slightly slick and thin for a stout. Minimal carobnation. Slightly dry and sticky.

D:Extremely drinkable for a stout. Dangerous because of the higher ABV but addicting none the less. OK for a coffee stout.

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice coca-cola black body with a wonderful, frothy head. This is the way a head should entice...not only impressive in volume but in texture as well--like whipped egg whites or an egg cream shake.

Smells of blatant coffee upfront and a sweet chocolate. This brew seems to be far more balanced than other stouts that focus their attention to either chocolate or coffee, and it is well done.

Again the coffee is present immediately and burns slowly into a warming afterthought. Meanwhile, there seems to be a bitter sweet chocolate flavor which gives this robust stout a distinct yet subtle sharpness to it. I'm a fan.

I picked up the 22 oz. with no signs of slowing down. This would be a great introductory brew in the stout variety to someone who might at first be intimidated by the intensity of a heavy malt presence as found in others.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black in color, thick dark brown head that turns lighter, lots of lacing, no sediment in beer

S - Lots of coffee and chocolate present with hints of hops in the background (floral and slight citrus). Very pleasant aroma.

T - Roasted malts and coffee are instantly present but hops come in quickly. The hops taste fresh and have an Earthy flavor. Finishes with a chocolate bitterness and aftertaste.

M/D - Medium to full body, not nearly as thick as some stouts, "little" carbonation and not too aggressive, and has a semi-dry finish.

An excellent addition to Troegs lineup and one of their best beers in my opinion. You can tell they use their Hopback for this one to add a very unique hop aroma/flavor to a traditional stout. Guess the scratch series are paying off!

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Photo of number1bum
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, not quite black, with a rich three fingers of tan head. Keeps a thick, full lace with rings of stick all over the sides.

Smells of roasted malt and coffee, but neither are as bold as I would have hoped. There is a good whiff of citrus hops actually, and some chocolate as well. It's hoppier than expected, and overall is nice, but could be bolder.

Taste also has some lightly roasted malt, some bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee, but again the coffee is not as bold as I'd like. Like the smell it's a bit hoppier than expected, with a good amount of citrus hops in particular. There is some lingering chocolate sweetness in the finish and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy, medium bodied and maybe just a tad thinner than I'd like. Carbonation is pretty soft.

I had both of the Scratch beers that were coffee stouts, the 15 and the 19 I think it was, and this one is not quite as good as either. It's still quite good, but I enjoyed the boldness of the previous two a little more. If they are going to call it Java Head Stout then I'd like to see them amp up the coffee flavor a bit more. Still, a tasty beer for sure.

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Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,388 ratings