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 rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour, half an inch of tan head, good viscosity. Aroma was disappointing, when the name java is in big letters, I expect coffee, and I expect it to jump.

Same thing with the taste, I'm left with a real average stout. Coffee please. The oats did their job, it was smooth and there were no off flavors, the coffee just wasn't oozing out of this one at all.

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

Poured into snifter glass. It pours a dark mahogany-nearly black-with a thick, foamy, two-finger head and extensive lacing. It's a classic looking stout. It smells of roasted malt and burnt coffee but the smell is more subdued than I anticipated. I'm disappointed with the taste. There is some bitter, burnt coffee grounds and some subtle oatmeal but the tastes are overwhelmed by the bitterness. There is also an unpleasant bitterness. This stout is quite tin, and with low carbonation and a moderate ABV of 7.5%, it is very drinkable. Overall, I found it too bitter and lacking in the advertised flavors of coffee and oatmeal. I'm a little surprised because I generally really like Troegs' offerings. This one misfired, IMHO.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - Opaque black as it sits in the glass
Smell - A very nice coffee aroma coming out of the glass
Taste - Espresso type coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, nuttiness
Feel - smooth but way too thin

Overall - A decent (at best) stout from Troegs. But way too thin and a lingering bitterness on the back end that I wasn't fond of.

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Photo of Tommo
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like crappy homebrew, not impressed. Very thin, to much hops. no body and very little coffee to be quite honest. I drank about half of it, and considered it not worth the calories

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Photo of JoeLacy
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Six pack of 12 ounce bottles brought home from Giant Eagle Sawmill store by my Beer Fairy. Have enjoyed Troeg's for years, but somehow missed this one. Drank from a 16 ounce snifter and liked it all around - did not dig into other reviews, so not completely sure why it isn't rated higher, but may be the bitterness or the smoke. Obviously doesn't work for everyone, but it worked for me.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into clean tulip glass. Dark garnet while pouring, turns to black, beautiful caramel colored head that deflates with a messy trail. Smell is slightly unpleasant, taste is better, very heavy malt and coffee but slightly more bitter than I usually like. Mouth feel is rewardingly creamy. Would not drink more than one of these in a session but would try it again another time.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tröegs Java Head Stout brewed by Tröegs Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.50% This brew pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Tröegs Java Head Stout is rich with caramel sweetness and roasted grins and malts. Tröegs Java Head Stout , has a real nice inviting smell to it. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor. You pick up on the roasted grains and malts. However I must say this brew taste like coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is a lot going on in Tröegs Java Head Stout. Tröegs Java Head Stout, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I like how bold this brew is but it is so smooth. You really can't pick upon the 7.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Tröegs Java Head Stout, is bold, rich, smooth and full bodied. Overall I'm giving Tröegs Java Head Stout a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Tröegs Brewing Company, did nice job with this one.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Oak (Heritage Hills) in York PA. Very dark, opaque, probably motor-oil black (but the dim lighting wasn't really conducive to color analysis). Initial impression is roasted malt, coffee, and a slight bitterness at the midpoint. Smooth finish. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel; alcohol is not evident. An OK stout but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
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 +0.8%
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 -0.8%
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 +4%
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 Jacobier10
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +11.4%
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 -2.4%
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 -3.2%
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 -6.1%
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 +1.1%
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 -9.8%
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 Urk1127
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Black. Tawny head
Smell of toast, heavy coffee. Sweet malts. Taste is coffee, dark fruit. Toast.
Feel is the lighter side of medium. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of qchic
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -11.9%
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 -0.3%
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 -10.8%
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 +9.8%
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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Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,417 ratings