Java Head Stout | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English 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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 722 | Ratings: 2,417
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice version of an oatmeal stout.dark with medium carbonation. Aroma was of raw dough which I believe was the yeast and malt,then came coffee. Taste was identical to smell with a bit of a bitterness from hops and the coffee. Well done stout that was far from too sweet which made it an easy beer to have more than one

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Photo of BeerSexLove
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tröegs impresses me and didn't fail with their coffee stout. What I appreciate most about it is it isn't too sweet, something I've been running into with other choc/coffee stouts. I like hearty but not syrupy. This is enjoying beer I'll likely buy again.

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Photo of Ob512316
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.
Look: black with a thin tan head.
Smell: coffee, chocolate.
Taste: bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted barley.
Feel: a little thick, but the alcohol is not noticeable.
Overall: drinkable stout.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle into snifter

Look: dark brown-black with a sticky tan head.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, maybe some booze.

Taste: Moderately sweet, but not cloying. Coffee and earthy hop bitterness balance the sweetness of the malts. No lingering finish. Nice toasted oat flavor in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice body. Tight carbonation lightens it a bit.

Overall: it's a pleasant, easy drinking stout.

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Photo of na118
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Needs some tweaking but is a decent offering from Troegs.

The nose highlights one of the main flaws with the beer, as the malt just seems off. There is a coffee aroma but it blends in with bitter chocolate and strong malt notes. Instead of being a rich and roasted character, the malt profile almost smells like an IPA that has gone well beyond it's shelf life; a bit flat, sour and bready which hangs over everything else.

The taste follows the nose almost exactly, but with much more coffee. This is definitely a coffee beer but that isn't it's singular flavor or defining feature. The malt tastes like it smells, and I still believe it isn't right for a stout. A scotch or brown ale might be better suited to the taste of the malt, but it doesn't ruin the beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer is decent but nothing special. Doesn't pull off a creamy mocha or even a bitter black coffee vibe that a lot of people like in their coffee stouts, but offers something a bit more dry and bready.

Overall, none of the flaws are deal breakers but there are many things that can be improved on. For the price I wouldn't say stay away, but I also wouldn't say it's a must buy when you see it in your local shops.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler via Jungle Jim's. This nice little stout pours a rich opaque with a
nice head of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and features
very nice lacing. Nose of chocolate, coffee, char, and sweet malts with a touch
of dark molasses. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with char and chocolate vying
for dominance over mellow strong coffee and herbal hops that have a touch of
cream and molasses (black strap) on the back. Excellent mouth feel; medium
full body fades to a light creaminess with medium carbonation and a bitter
malt, char, and hop finish.

Overall this is a solid offering from a great brewer.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This coffee heavy sought is like a cold mocha in a bottle. It puts blackish-brown with a slight beige head and a apparant carbonation in the body. Smells of mild coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Tastes of weaker than expected coffee and roasted malt with some nuttiness and quite a bit of chocolate in the end. Medium-full body that finishes bitter like dark chocolate meets coffee.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin super dark brown with heavy bubbles to the body. Head rose to maybe one finger's length dropping quick with easy lacing but still sticky.

Smell: Light mocha scent, and believe it or not like a spoon full of fresh coffee. Comes off what bland but still super attending scent.

Taste: Bitter coffee, malts are pretty heavy with smooth bitterness. I love the Chocolate finish at the a bitter nutella.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation and average stickiness.

Overall: Good brew, definitely one of those diamonds in the rough which took me a bit by surprise. Hopefully you like it as much as me, Salud!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FriedSlug for this trade!

A dark ominous pour forming a 1/2 finger of beige bubbly head.

Aroma of peppery black coffee bean covered in chocolate. Some basic caramel, crystal, and cocoa malts are also detected.

Strong coffee flavor with suggestions of chocolate, some stale oats, slight cocoa. Stale milk, peppers.

Feel is creamy, very watery, semi-carbonated, and a dry coffee roasty finish.

Overall, pretty underwhelming. I was hoping for more but alas this did not meet my expectations. Won't return to.

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Photo of Zach_Fehrman
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Stout does a very poor job of masking the alcohol level of 7.5%. Tastes like coffee and dark chocolate but the aftertaste of alcohol is very prevalent. However, the pour was very nice with a nice thick head that maintained itself for a while.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a black color with a thin short lived dark tan to brown head that settles very slowly leaving a short lacing on the glass.

The nose is strong with dark chocolate, chili, salt, coffee, alcohol, and grass notes.

The taste is a hopped up stout with great bitterness and undertones of fruit. I detect notes of very dark chocolate, coffee, coriander, nutmeg, cloves, alcohol, and pine resin.

The mouthfeel is rich and perfect for a stout.

Overall an exceptional beer with fantastic flavors. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a thick fluffy mocha colored head that lasts forever. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Roasted malts stand out, sweet dark chocolate, black coffee, some vanilla and a hint of smoke.

Flavor - The main flavors that stand out are roasted malts and coffee. Undertones of dark chocolate and a bit of charred flavor as well.

Feel - Heavy thick feel that is normal to oatmeal stouts, well carbonated.

Overall - I thought this beer was really well done, I was afraid the coffee would not be as noticeable but the flavors were great.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, mocha head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of the coffee and roasted, charred notes.

Tastes of the coffee and some fruits. Coffee notes lead off before some chocolate and brown sugar. This gives to some citrus and a bit of berries. About of oats in the middle. Roasted bitterness comes towards the end along with acrid, charred malt notes. Fiinishes with a bit of lingering fruits and coffee.

Mouth feel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid coffee stout, but could be a little smoother.

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Photo of dd43
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft, was pretty decent overall. There was a spice aroma that I couldn't quite place, it was cinnamon like but meandered more towards nutmeg I think. Might have been a coffee note given the makeup of this beer. Very drinkable, roast bitterness was pleasant and not overpowering. Oats provided a silkiness to the mouthfeel, which lent a luxurious sort of quality to the light cocoa aroma that you get when you initially smell this beer.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with a generous fluffy tan head sitting up top. The head shrinks, but never fully disappears, and leaves fantastic lacing, really some of the best I've seen, on par with what I got from Deschutes Black Butte. The nose is dominated with the scent of cold black coffee. If you look, you can find hints of dark chocolate and soft fruit. Cold, the beer is straight black coffee, both in flavor and bitterness. As it starts to warm you get some toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate notes, and the bitterness dies down.

My particular bottle was very flat, with little carbonation felt or seen. Overall, this is a miss for me. Too coffee forward, and little else, along with poor feel leaves me disappointed. It reminds me of Bells Java Stout, another Coffee Stout I thought was too heavy on the coffee.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
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 +5.8%
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 +11.4%
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 +0.8%
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 +13%
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 -0.8%
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 +1.6%
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 +6.6%
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 -0.8%
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 -5.6%
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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Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,417 ratings