Tröegs Java Head Stout | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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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.

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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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Photo of BethanyB
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black, with a bubbly, two-finger, light-brown head that leaves behind soft, sporadic lace. The smell is light and has a strange yeasty quality, with a bit of brown sugar being the only attribute typical of an oatmeal stout scent. As others have noted, the coffee is hardly the highlight here, even in terms of the taste. The most prominent flavor for me, in fact, is one of blueberry donuts, a sweetness which is barely balanced by spicy hops and roasted malt. The roasty character attempts to break through more in the aftertaste, but the effort, while noticeable, is ultimately in vain. The creamy mouthfeel is what saves the day, highlighting the dark, sweet layers of the flavor profile. Moderate carbonation provides refreshment without masking any of the taste, and a light sensation of alcohol warming creates a cozy feeling of comfort. Overall , it's a tasty beer, but not one which lives up to its name.

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Photo of djkman
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here is the deal in my humble opinion. This is an oatmeal stout with a taste of coffee. If you want to be drinking beer coffee then there are plenty of other brews out there for you. To me, this is a decent oatmeal stout with a coffee finish. A drinkable coffee stout. Not a beer made with dark roast coffee. That's my review/opinion.

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Photo of Dope
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/13/15. Oops.

A: Jet black pour with an enormous frothy medium brown head. Great head retention and loads of lacing. Huge island of foam sticks around for a long time.

S: Surprisingly enough not a ton of coffee. A little earthy, a little chocolate and some black licorice.

T: More coffee in the taste but it's fairly weak. It's sweet too, with some backing chocolate. Some dark fruits help sweeten it up too. Then suddenly comes the bitter coffee character in the finish, earthy and bittersweet.

M: Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Very bitter on the back end.

O: Hmph. Not your typical coffee stout with a strong coffee presence up front. It's sweet up front with a huge bitter coffee aftertaste. Not bad but it's a bit on the unbalanced side.

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Photo of RJIV
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/29/15
The beer pours black with a slight brownish foamy head. The smell is of sweet lactose and a slight roastedness. Taste is a light sweetness, followed by faint roasted notes and then an underwhelming coffee aftertaste. The body is middling and I would expect the beer to be thicker and for there to be less carbonation.

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Photo of qchic
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This "stout brewed with coffee beans" looks great in the glass. For having the word Java in the name, this doesn't satisfy my coffee beer craving. The aroma suggests dry cocoa, and the flavor hints at anise and chocolate-raspberry. Only after it warms does it reveal a hint of coffee in the finish. The hops are what stand out more than anything. Trippy label.

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Photo of MoiraRVA
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Looked great. Bitter coffee aftertaste. Compared to the many good coffee and chocolate tinged oatmeal stouts out there this doesn't measure up.

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Photo of rjs246
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an oatmeal stout with a splash of coffee seemingly accidentally thrown in. It looks great. Super dark, nice head. Tastes good too. Just not as much coffee on the nose or in the taste as one would expect from something called Java Head. Still, will happily finish the six pack and just as happily drink again.

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Photo of 4lo
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

'14 Bottle

Pour - on the pour you can see it is quiet thin as it leaves the bottle and heads into the glass. Looks like a cola in the glass. Thin head off the pour which dissipates and hangs around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Get a coffee and chocolate off the nose. A bit of raisin up front

Taste - Chocolate right off the bat with some bitterness to it. Coffee isn't that strong and doesn't pick up much at all until the tail end. Some fruits in there in between.

Feel - Thin, at least a good bit thinner than I like my stouts. It is smooth but almost has a bit of a watery feel to it.

Overall - Decent but not something I'd seek out. Mouthfeel and thinness really aren't there for me. I'd like a stronger coffee presence as well.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this a million times...looks like my review got deleted or purged at some point?

Had this again on 07/29/15 at Fools Gold right before the bourbon BA version. This is a great base and has a lot more coffee to it, and is a little less thick. Think the BA version is a touch better, but both are great.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Age is unknown since I can't find any dating, but hopefully it won't be an issue since this is a fairly strong and (probably) not hop-forward beer.

LOOK: Pours an almost pitch black with some cola brown around the edges, topped by a thin mocha brown head.

SMELL: Dark fruits hit me first. Figs, plums, and raisins. Coffee immediately follows, but isn't overly prominent. Notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and nuttiness accompany.

TASTE: Chocolate upfront. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and baking cocoa. Caramel, toffee, toasted malts, almonds, and cashews come in on the middle, with faint notes of figs, prunes, raisins, and earthy hops. The coffee doesn't come in until near the finish, where it ends fairly bitter with more cocoa.

FEEL: The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. So smooth and creamy. Carbonation is light, body is medium-heavy, but super creamy.

OVERALL: Pretty good. It isn't as coffee-prominent as I would prefer, but that might be due to the age, since I have no idea how old this bottle is. Mouthfeel, however, is superb. I would probably buy this again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown with ruby highlights clearly visible at the edges; 1 finger medium tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: roasted grain; coffee with cream;

T: follows the nose; low to moderate bitterness on the finish that increases after the swallow;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a very nice stout, but I was expecting more coffee;

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Photo of soupyman10
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Points for the bottle design - this is awesome. Deep brown with a small light brown head with just a touch of lacing. Nose is mostly coffee and roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. Flavor is similar. No especially sweet, but a nice roasted malt, a bit of a bitter chocolate background. Body is nice and thick, appropriate for the style. Overall, another nice brew from Troegs, definitely a great after-meal treat.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with fine tan 1fb head with good lacing. Smells of molasses, roasted malts, hint of coffee and cocoa. Tastes sweet malts forward, caramel, hint of pepper with transition to unsweetened chocolate and hint of coffee at end note with rather clean finish. Medium bodied, tongue tingling and enough carbonation to add body and offset the malty sweetness.

Great balanced coffee stout- not overly coffee like, overall a very pleasant, well balanced stout.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 1/29/15. Pours dark as a starless night. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Rich nose of roast, coffee and dark chocolate.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that is a touch oily and has creamy moments. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair amount in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense (roast focused), complex and very well balanced. It begins with a burst of rich roast that fades into chocolate notes over a rising level of sweetness. The middle brings the coffee closer to the forefront over a mild bitterness that has distinct citric hop influence in addition to roast. Coffee is most noticeable in the finish over a receding sweetness and a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of dar482
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer offers light amounts of roasted coffee, a medium minus roast character with some bitterness of anies on the back. The beer has a medium minus mouthfeel and that follows on the amount of flavor as well.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Acquired in New York, NY for $2.19. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Reviewed live as a coffee stout per the label. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

7.5%. "Stout brewed with coffee beans."

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Appealing, with `1.5-2 inches of frothy creamy soft-looking foam. Khaki coloured and luscious, with a nice even thick consistency. Complex is great. Sure, it could be richer and/or darker, but it's nice as-is. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - ~5-6 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. Has no unappealing sediment visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking coffee stout, but there're no unique characteristics and it's not special.

AROMA: Sweet notes of cacao nibs and chocolate malt are complemented nicely by faint coffee bitterness. It's not real expressive in terms of either the chocolate or coffee - certainly, other stouts are doing more interesting things with each - but the fundamentals are there. I'd like more of a roasty java presence, as well as more roasted barley presence. Mild coffee acidity is implied.

Aside from that, there's not much to it. Mild hop presence, no yeast presence, no off-notes. Some cream, maybe? Oats, sure.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Its higher-than-normal acidity is the first thing I noticed, which accentuates the coffee character nicely - though the coffee character itself is pretty middle-of-the-road, with no rich java, harsh espresso, or masterful roast. The notes of cacao & chocolate malts are interesting and work well in the build, but they're also not horribly expressive compared to the best beers in the style; there's no soft powdery feel to complement the chocolate, it doesn't evoke a rich chocolate presence, and it's subsidiary to the prominent coffee anyway.

The roasted barley is far too masked by the combination of chocolate malt sweetness, unexpected hop bitterness (Cascade and a stout?), and smoothening oatmeal.

I find it balanced, but not dialed in or fine-tuned. The chocolate plays well with the coffee, of course, but the hop bitterness can go and I'm not sure the oatmeal is really necessary. Maybe a more dry, coarse mouthfeel would bring out the roasted barley and coffee.

It's aptly medium-bodied, with a luscious creamy finish that smacks of muted malted milk balls (think Whoppers). This is a very cohesive build, but it's not gestalt, nor can it hold a candle to the best beers in the style. There's a nice marriage of texture to taste, but it's by no means a perfect harmony, and minor flaws (like overcarbonation) hold it back.

OVERALL: I've nitpicked above, in large part due to the absence of any major flaws. In fact, the few issues there are with this beer are quite minute; it is a fine beer as-is, but there are ways in which it could be much better. The coffee and the chocolate work (as they often do together), but if they were both more expressive and intricate, this might be a world-class beer. Ultimately, this is more solid work from Troegs and I'd heartily recommend it to friends and trade partners - even at NYC prices. Highly drinkable and worth returning to.

High B- (3.48)


Gorgeous oatmeal stout.

B (3.58) / GOOD

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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 Maxbier
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black/brown with brown head. Aroma lots of light/medium roast coffee. Flavor is mocha, chocolate milk, mild coffee and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Very nice coffee stout.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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