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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 drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 bamadog
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this over the weekend, and I was kind of excited at first, but was a little letdown overall. Pour is from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, near black; body looks thick, but not especially viscous (but that's OK because not all stouts need to look like motor oil); comes with a big 3 finger head that is light tan; body is opaque and I can see moderately strong carbonation bubbling up near the sides of the glass because that's only as far into it as I can see; head fades and the beer leaves only faint spots of lacing and streaks along the sides.

Smell: Actually quite hoppy and grassy (not the first stout I've had like this - I had a Smuttynose stout back in the spring that was especially hoppy as well); followed by a semi-sweet chocolatey malty presence as well as a sweeter coffee scent.

Taste: Taste is lacking and here is where the disappointment begins -- it does have a nice bitter-sweet chocolate flavor and that grassy/hoppy flavor really lingers in the aftertaste; I guess with something called "Java Head" I would expect much more of a coffee presence. Just didn't cut it in that area though as I felt it was more of a vegetative bitterness from the hops than long-boiled malts and various coffee ingredients.

Mouthfeel: Body is a letdown as well for a stout - very loose and watery (and I know I said that not all stouts need to be like motor oil, but dang, I need more substance in the body than what this offers as it is super thin); somehow manages to leave a fair coating on the roof of the mouth; smooth carbonation helps the body a long as well and creats a certain creaminess to boost it up from a 2 to a 3.

Drinkability: Not really worth it, so I scored it pretty average. It's not an especially heavy stout, and the flavors aren't awful, but not what's necessarily advertised by the label. If you're a fan of Troegs, you might like it, but if you're more a fan of stouts, I think you might be a bit let down, but that's just me...

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Photo of DIM
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Completely opaque black body. This pours with a large, sticky, and rocky light tan colored head.

s: Interesting. The first thing I noted was flowery, lemony hops. Doubting my sense of smell, I decided to consult the label. It reads, "Java Head Stout passes through a blend of coffee and whole flower hops-akin to a French press- releasing cocoa, citrus, and java flavors." So I'm not nuts, just puzzled. The coffee is there, gently roasty, but decidedly in the backround. Interesting, but it does clash a bit.

t: This is the first time I remember being disappointed by a Troeg's offering. Mild, bitter coffee flavors up front while the finish is bitter, leafy lemon rind that completely overwhelms the coffee. Very little malt presence.

m: Maybe a little on the thin side for the style with gently fizzy carbonation. The lingering, bitter finish is abrasive and off-putting.

d: I love oatmeal stouts, coffee, and Troegs. Very surprised I don't like this more. I was kicking myself on the way home for not buying more, but one was plenty. Glad I bought some fresh Nugget Nectar, I can't have Troegs leaving a bad taste in my mouth. :)

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

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Smell is of roasted malt and coffee followed by some light hops and a touch of caramel. Hops make a strong appearance in the taste. More than I had expected from a stout brewed with coffee beans. A bitter coffee taste makes its presence up front, and is mellowed out (only just a pinch) by sweetness from the chocolate malts. The body is a little skimpy for the style. At 7.5% ABV, this is a nice drinker that went down smooth without any problems.

Coming into this, I expected a little more than what I actually received. Overall, a nice effort by Troegs, and will revisit this one again. ~

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

A 650 mL bottle purchased at the brewery.

A: The oatmeal stout is appropriately dark, barely betraying anything in the way of brown hues. The glass of blackness sits still, but poured with a two finger head that has laced extensively around the mouth of my glass.

S: Roasted malts, dark and bitterly sweet, drive the nose. Mild oatmeal sweetness shows up and there is almost no hint of coffee. Instead, a citrusy hop presence is unmistakable.

T: Coffee is present in the body, but as more of a blunt force than a distinct layer. The bitter, acrid coffee creates a black IPA kind of body that matches with roasted, chocolate grains. Oatmeal sweetness tones down the malts before the citrus hops hit with a vengeance. The hoppiness, like Dead Reckoning, is a welcome revelation that adds a floral depth to the stout, saving it in my opinion. I love what Tröegs does with the hops in stouts. Coffee finally shows up with some gusto in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel seems to run the gamut from stout (roasted) to coffee (well, coffee) to IPA (hoppy). I prefer the confluence of stout and hops.

D: This doesn't feel like a 7.5% brew. I'm not sure where this fits in the Tröegs coffee stout trilogy that includes Scratch 15 and Scratch 19, but it seems like a middle ground between the two.

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

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

Midnight black with a thick and dense two finger stone khaki head that settles to a bubbly rim along the glass. A little patch of dark colored head remains from the sediment that filtered through it. Strong and sticky lacing.

The aroma has strong scents of bitter coffee, along with a good amount of roastiness from the malts.

Heavy roasted malts, bordering on burnt. The coffee is obvious, as it should be, along with hints of bitter cocoa. Full bodied, slightly creamy overall. The bitter malts linger for a while.

A good java stout, and not too rich like Southern Tier's Javah. Recommended.

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Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very very dark brown...you can tell it's brown when you hold it up to the light...a two finger tan head forms and retains pretty well so you keep drinking through the head...some very nice lacing

S - Lots of roasted malts coming through...chocolate and coffee beans fill the aroma as well

T - The flavor follows the nose pretty good with some curve balls thrown in...starts up front loaded with the chocolate malts...you can taste the roastiness...through the middle the roasted coffee beans come through and they show up at the end to provide a bitterness...here's the kicker...paired with the coffee flavor is a bright grapefruit hop flavor...wow...did not expect that...these two leave a nice lasting bitterness on the palate...there is a few rolled oats that I'm picking up but nothing standing out

M - Medium bodied...not creamy...rather dry...kind of disappointed here

D - This is a very drinkable beer...it's not heavy and it has some nice characteristics that stand out for it...I did not try any of the beers this one was made from...but Troegs always knows how to do it

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown at its core, becoming lighter toward the edges and eventually becoming a slightly translucent ruby shade. Three fingers of tan head rises about the body. Thick, creamy, and leaving behind lots of lacing, this head makes a pretty good looking beer.

The smell has a hint of dark malts with a lot of roasted character backing them up and a big, resiny, piney aroma of fresh hops. There is a good dose of coffee in there also. A little bit odd for a stout; it smells pleasant though.

The flavor of Troegs Java Head is extremely hoppy for a stout, as the aroma would suggest. Big blasts of pine and grapefruit are there throughout, competing with roasted malts and coffee to be the biggest flavors. The sweet malts are in the middle, and the coffee flavor is most pronounced in the finish and the after taste. A little hoppy for a stout, but pretty good.

Maybe it doesn't taste like what I envision a stout to taste like, but it sure feels like one. Thick, full, creamy, I almost want to chew it; I guess oatmeal will do that to a mouthfeel.

Overall, pretty drinkable, and for me quite good. I bet it would be interesting with some age on it also. Especially if you aren't looking for a hoppy stout, set this one down for a while.

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Photo of cbutova
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a tan head and medium lacing, decent retention. Smell and taste is a bit weak imo, has some roasted malts, coffee, hops, almost like gin, nothing too prominent, just a weak taste and smell. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, no alcohol and good carbonation. Drinkability is alright, decent taste, piney taste turns it into gin after a while, not as good as I had hoped.

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

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Black colored brew with a khaki colored head that left a tremendous amount of lacing behind.
Dark roast coffee beans fill the aroma.
Up front roasted coffee flavor and then a good bittering from the hops kicks in, finishing somewhat espresso-like.
Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.
Easy to drink.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle just purchased from Gary's in Madison... "Stout brewed with coffee beans" on the black, yellow, and brown logo sticker... Troegs claims on the bottleneck that their stout "Passes through a blend of coffee beans and whole flower hops"... Impressive appearance... deep, dark, ebony hue with a tan, and cream-colored frothy head... Noticeable roasted malt aroma and flavor combined with undeniable essences of chocolate and espresso blend well with rich mocha and cappuccino flavors... Alcohol reasonably well-hidden... Good stuff...
Worth a try...

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter black malt and coffee scent along with some light chocolate notes. It also has some crystal and roasted malt character as well. The taste is decent. It has a complex flavor profile that boasts of coffee, patent malts, and hops. It goes down easy with a stiff dryness and a nice coffee finish. It has some citrus hop flavors in the middle which I could really do without. This is a black, coffee stout. Leave the hops out of this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This could be a much better beer. As it is, it's pretty good.

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Photo of rregan
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark dark color, and a big foamy head. Kinda looks like dark root beer

S- Dark malt up front, bitter coffee in the back. The whole thing has a very interesting of sweet, creamy aroma.

T- The hops really stand out surprisingly. You still get a lot of the malty goodness and coffee bitterness, but not nearly as much of creamy sweetness.

M- Very sparkly. Lots of bite. I'm guessing a little to much carbonation. Really accentuates the hops bitterness.

D- Looks great, smells great, tastes good. It doesn't really stand out, but it isn't a complete crapshoot either. In fact I would lean more towards stand out than crapshoot easily. I might have this again, but their are better stouts. I recommend a look-see.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a large DFH snifter

The look of java head is a dark black shade with a rising head of mocha color that reached 2 inches almost spilling down the side of the glass. Nice streaks of lace although not covering the glass. Aroma's of dark malt, slight chocolate and a whole lot of fresh coffee beans. Taste is coffee forward with a slightly burnt taste. This is joined by some sweetness with slight vanilla and cream. Some hops round this out flavor wise. The feel is smooth and medium bodied with light carb which is pleasent. Could of polished off two bombers of this easy. This is a slightly ramped up version of scratch 15 and I feel it needed a slight tweek as 15 was so so for me. Grab you some bombers if you like coffee, I hope this stays in Troegs line up.

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

Pours a rather unsurprisingly dark brown to black color with a big tannish head. Plenty of fluffy lacing is left behind as this dark, malty brew settles.

Aroma is sweet dark malt up front with some bitter black coffee and both milk and dark chocolate. It has the smell of a very strong cup of espresso that someone has emptied a boat load of sugar packets into.

Flavors abound. Lots of sweet chocolate, caramel, black coffee, miky caramel and some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and makes this beer go down almost like a coffee milk shake. The quality of the coffee really comes through in this beer as there is plenty of character coming out. I am digging this oatmeal coffee stout, makes me want some breakfast!

Another quality beer from Tröegs.

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Photo of portia99
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a full inch of thick, mocha colored head. The head is quite resilient and hangs around for a good long time. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Great aroma of citrusy hops mixed in with fresh coffee. Dark, burnt malts and oats, and a good whiff of milk chocolate.

T - Good hit of hop bitterness on first sip. Followed by a full blast of coffee and oats. Citrusy hops blend in nicely, giving a slight fruitiness to round things out.

M - This beer has a good, full bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is adequate, has a nice light feel...the oatmeal adds an oily component to the feel - goes down very slippery and coats the mouth.

D - This is quite a good stout. Extremely smooth and sessionable. Plenty of flavors that all blend together very nicely...silky smooth.

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Photo of dssmale
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just got this big bottle from around the corner - Goes down the hatch real smooth for a Stout - First taste I get the coffee/espresso that I enjoy from a coffee stout, then finishes very smooth which makes it drinkable for me.

Would love to have again and again and again - but then again I love Troegs brothers brews.

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

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

Pours a deep, dark black with russet highlights around the edges. A frothy brown head rose just shy of two fingers and settled to a thin collar. Dots and lines of lace inside the glass.

The aroma is more deep than broad. Roasted malt, baker's chocolate, fresh pressed coffee, grassy hops, and some orange peel, which adds an interesting element to this beer. Overly hoppy. Really tough to cut through the hops.

Wow, the hops really leap onto the palate just as they do with the nose. Grassy/citrus hops just dominate the flavor. Fresh roasted coffee comes through and blends with the hops for a particularly bitter finish. Some mild chocolate pokes its way through.

I thought the mouthfeel was lacking. Not nearly as creamy due to the carbonation being too high. These types of stouts need a thick, heavy mouthfeel to really impress me, and this falls short.

I thought the flavors were good, but they didn't meld well together. Seemed a little piecemeal. The hops were too aggressive and detracted from the coffee/roast/chocolate flavors. While I made it through the whole 22, it didn't leave me wanting more.

It reminded me of dead reckoning with coffee added during the brewing process, but they just missed the mark a bit.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a off white thick frothy head that gives way to some lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, molasses, and coffee bean. The smell is just average as it is slightly weak. The taste is of molasses and roasted malt as a backbone and over the top is a nice mild coffee flavor. The flavor is smooth and not overpowering, all the flavors complement each other. The mouthfeel is of light carbonation and is a little creamy. Overall there is nothing to stop you from drinking a lot of these. You can go back for one after another.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sticky two-finger tan head that died slowly and left a lace ring down glass. A decent coffee/java malt smell along with toasted malt, burnt chocolate and some vanilla along with minor fruit notes - all in there but minor.
Same notes are in the taste as this is a light, medium-bodied somewhat creamy beer that passes a little smooth due to some minor oaky/woodiness. Has some coffee, roasted and chocolate malts taste along with minor hop bitterness. A good mild stout that is enjoyable but not the most outstanding.

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Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on date on neck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Beautiful black with 2-finger light brown bubbly head with good retention and spots of lace around the glass.

S: Strange orange blossom dominated aroma with additional dark, chocolate and toasted malts and soft floral, pine hops note. The java component is pretty bitter but overwhelmed by the orange creme smell.

T: The flavor is also very strong of the creamy orange citrus with comparably strong, bitter java and dark malt notes. This is still strange for an oatmeal stout -- hops are generally low and flavors aside from coffee and toasted malts are uncommon.

M: Smooth and easy to drink, although the body is a bit thinner than expected. Carbonation is low and the aftertaste is bitter coffee and orange peel.

D: A very odd brew with heavy citrus contributions and less pronounced coffee notes. Not Troegs' best by any means.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very nicely... opaque and black, as they'll be, with a nice pale brown head that gives it a contrast without being too stark white. It sits almost a perfect two fingers, retains well, and has that little shimmer that I can appreciate in the "head of a stout." Lacing is good.

S: A citrus quality I get, a coffee scent, not as much. Granted, the specific bean are said to have such an aroma, so perhaps that is just the thing. It's certainly not an unpleasant aroma in the least, but it does come across as a little mild - muted, even. A chocolate hint sneaks in there, but again, I find it to be a little 'too subtle.'

T: Coffee flavours come out a little more here... and there is, indeed, a citrus flavour to it! It does better with some time to breathe and come up to a reasonable temperature, so it is most certainly recommended that one do so. Bitter finish that lingers, with a nice balance of the coffee and hops.

M + D: Mouthfeel is a tad disappointing, simply in that I would have hoped for more creaminess and body. It's not that I would consider it thin... rather, just not thick enough. There is a light-medium body to it, but it could do well with a bit more. This is a good effort, though, and certainly worth the time to look into.

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

Troegs- Java Head

A- Deep brown almost black with a thick frothy head. Thick frothy lacing too.
S- Sweet sugary molasses malt, light black coffee and a touch of pine hops.
T- Roasted malt and molasses come through with a nice mild sweet black coffee bean body. Creamy coffee and chocolate with a light touch of fresh pine hops in the finish.
M- Sweet and malty with a mild coffee bitterness and a creamy oily pine hop and dry cocoa finish.

Overall- A nice coffee stout thats not too strong. A solid offering!

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Photo of mirish72
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Spirit Haus in Amhrest.

Poured into my Portsmouth snifter and was impressed by how dark it was with an amazing frothy two finger head.

It smelled of chocolate with a nice hop profile and equal parts malt and sweetness. The aroma wasn't overpowering, but I was ready to be impressed.

To be honest I was bit underwhelmed at the first sip, it tasted good, but didn't have the bitter chocolate/coffee bite I had been expecting. When something is named Java Head it establishes certain expectations, even if it isn't a RIS. I would have also been happy with something more creamy but it really didn't make the grade there either.

Overall, it was smooth, but I was expecting much more out of this, given the great beers that Troegs has brewed in the past.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hate to be Debbie Downer with this beer but it really wasn't all that impressive. I cracked this open last night sitting by a fire on a splendid fall evening.

The pour was gorgeous - black with brown highlights,a large brown head that hung around a while, leaving some lace. On the nose, it's surprisingly hoppy with so much apricot and peach, I was taken aback. The base stout seems to be whelmed, with moderate roast, chocolate flavors coming through, and prominent cold pressed coffee also present. However, once my nose latched onto the hop character, it could not let go. On the palate, the beer opened (again) with a surprising amount of hop flavor with peach and apricot. Bitterness was reserved and actually perfect for style, and it made me wonder if it was warmer than necessary fermentation that was at fault here. Moderate roast, chocolate, and a clean, fresh coffee flavor with no lingering bitterness. The finish is moderately roasty with a little chocolate, and coffee. The palate's on the lighter side, with the carbonation being higher than I'd like, but once it had some time in the glass, it was pretty good. The finish was pretty good too. While I had no problems polishing off half a bomber, I was hoping for more. I'm going to revisit this in a few months to see how it's come along. The bottle I had was no more than 5 days old, making it one of the freshest beers I've had.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,355 ratings
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