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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 animal69
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours pitch black with hints of deep amber around the edges and a thick tan cap which dissipates after a while into a sticky ring of lace that totally coats the walls of my snifter

S- not a strong smell at all, the "assy" smell of chinooks with notes of blackened grains and a bit of an oily smell like light machine oil or something chemically similar

T- taste is mostly dark grains and coffee with a faint dark fruit/nutty undertone, a decent bitterness flows throughout, finishes just this side of sweet with a slightly sour note

M- a med body w/ a creamy texture, plenty of co2 as well

D- though not a stop-you-in-your-tracks beer it is quite drinkable, absolutely no hints to the ABV

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Photo of sprucetip
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours black, retains huge tan head very well and leaves thick lacing.

SMELL is mild at first. Later some roasted barley and black patent, vaguely coffee and a bit fruity with a swirl.

TASTE More roasted grains that coffee, smooth with solid malty backing and mild bitterness.

FEEL Smooth, rich, full bodied and finishes clean.

OVERALL Smooth, balanced, flavorful and easy drinking for a big beer.

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Photo of javincik
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A-Pours an opaque black with a thick, foamy tan head that recedes slowly leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

S-Overwhelmingly coffee with some faint hints of chocolate and oatmeal. A little bit of roasted character, but the coffee really beats you over the head.

T-Roasted malt upfront with some chocolate and oatmeal too. Some slight hop bitterness through the middle. Finishes with a strong coffee flavor. Roasted malts lend a nice bitterness to the finish. Hop presence is very subdued; beyond some faint citrus notes, not really much to speak of. Coffee is the real star. Can't really tell it is 7.5% ABV. Drinks like a 5% stout IMO.

M-The body is surprisingly thin. This is the major drawback for me and the reason I think this beer is pretty average for the style.

D-Very high. No problem finishing off the bomber. Could easily make this an every day drinker if it was always available. Not complex enough for serious contemplation, but a nice quaffer.

Overall, a slightly above average stout. A little too one dimensional, but it will certainly satisfy the coffee lovers.

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Photo of stewart124
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a huge rocky tan head.

Smells of strong roasted malts and coffee.

Smooth mouthfeel with a mellow character. Noble hop bitterness and an acrid note. More balanced that I had expected. There is no overpowering coffee bitterness and overall I believe it is a balanced stout. More of a roasted character and less on the chocolate or spice.

This is quite drinkable and the 7.50% alcohol is well-hidden. A very nice stout.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opague black with an extremley creamy coffee colored heading. Stays thick and creamy until the very last sip.

Smell is heavy in roasted malt.Slight cocoa aroma with a decent amount of coffee bean as well.

Taste is mostly roasted malts at first wave. The second wave I let dance on the palate while. There is a nicely blended coffee bean and citrusy hop taste to this. Maybe a little odd for the style(citrus hops) but does seem to play well here.

Mouth has a very nice full bodied feel. Super smooth and velvety.

Drink is good. A different tasting stout to me with that heavier citrus and coffee ending. Very drinkable and very crafty.

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Photo of Crack1Open
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An aggressive pour yields a nice 2 inch tan head. Almost completely black. The head sticks around leaving some sticky lacing trailing on the glass. Some minor sediment toward the bottom of the bottle.

S- A definite hop aroma mixing with some sweet roasted malts and coffee scents. The mix of the two aroma creates a interesting nose on this one.

T- Some beautiful roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and even some slight vanilla extract flavors at times. Coffee flavor is mild but good. The hop flavors add a nice citrusy taste to accompany a bitter sweetish cocoa flavor for the finish.

M- Has good carbonation. Mouthfeel is actually a little thin but it also just a stout and not an imp stout. As I start to near the end of the bomber the finish becomes a little more tingly on the tongue. Good mouthfeel.

D- Pretty drinkable due to the light mouthfeel. 7.5 abv is well hidden which is pretty dangerous. Making through this one pretty quickly and easily.

This a good hoppy coffee stout. The hops aren't to over the edge and blend quite well with the stout flavors. The only issue I can see some having with this is that the coffee flavors aren't that strong. But I rather like the subtleties of this beer. All and all, another delicious brew from Troegs.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/4/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla. Flavor of bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and some light coffee grounds in the finish. I'd like to get some more java from this java stout. Overall, an ok stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to had it to troeg on this one. This one was strictly sold to me on cover art when I wanted the Southern Tier Creme Brulee.

A - Hazelnut color and dark.
S - Kind of pick up on Coffee and vanilla.
T - Mostly coffee and hopps. Kind of thin and unexpectedly well covered for a 7% ABV beer.
M - A bit creamy but mostly bite from the coffee and hops.
D - Had to edit my review since it's now in 12oz forum +1 for drink-ability.

Overall I hate beer markups. This no impart reflects the score of the beer but Bocktown sold me this bomber for 10.00 at 25 percent off with tax. At about 7.25 it is an ok beer but when I saw it for 5.50 at my local beer place I was pissed.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Very dark with a thick, coarse head...disapating slowly. Some nice lacing, too.
Sm. Not very strong smell acutally, some coffee and malt, maybe coffee flavored candy?
Ta. Faint chocolate, some berries maybe, a little coffee..way less coffee than expected. More hoppy than expected, too. Slightly bitter finish. Pretty decent stuff.
Mf. Pleasant, good carbonation.
Dr. Easy going.

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Photo of matty
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a rich slowly fading head.Aroma is faint cocoa.Taste is coffee beans,cocoa,sugar cane and cream.The flavors are light but pretty good.It is smooth going down like most oatmeal stouts.Overall I like it and would recommend to try at least one time.

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Photo of jampics2
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great when sitting in my New Belgium snifter. A vigerous pour from a 22oz bottle yields a nice white head and black body.

Smell is weak and a bit washed out. Mild chocolate, plus coffee is barely there. The star of the show is surprisingly some citrus hops.

Taste is mild. Coffee, chocolate and hops. Nothing interesting drawing me in. I'd like a touch more 'oomph'.

Mouthfeel is a touch watery. Carb seems appropriate.

Drinkability is average. I'm not giving this extra points because it goes down easy due to lack of flavor.

OK beer, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of BB1313
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

BLAND. Picked up a bomber, nice price. Too bad I find this very boring and bland. The coffee wasn't present in the aromas or taste. More on the thin side. Not, bold and really lacking robust flavors. It's very thin and seems like there's no body at all to this one, very flat. Troegs is a nice brewery but this is a miss for them in my eyes. It's drinkable, but not the best representation of the style, IMHO. I know they meant well but this one doesn't work and would pass on it in the future. BLAND.

I know it sounds like I have nothing good to say about it, it's not horrible, just boring. BLAND.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That's supposed to be a skull via optical illusion on the label, right?

Pours into the snifter with a frothy but modest toasty tan head. It lessens to an island of dishsoap bubbles on the surface. Color is a rich uber-dark brown/black.

Expected a little more in the nose. There's some coffee, but it's very mild. Also a bit of mineral and grassiness, both of which are probably the hops, and a super-faint whiff of slightly sweet milk back there somewhere.

At first, the sip doesn't offer up much of anything, flavor-wise. As everything coalesces before sliding down the throat, a combination of coffee grounds, baking chocolate and bright fruitiness merge, which is certainly interesting (the fruit/citrus element pretty much unexpected). Rich nutty bitterness in the finish sticks around awhile. Toasty, roasty and...citrusy?

Thinnish body. Strong carbonation level, but it chills out after just 15 minutes or so of sitting. Becomes a bit silky, which is quite nice. Pucker--apparently from the hops--threatens to become annoying.

I like that this beer's flavor ingredients (coffee and hops) are pressed into the liquid French press-style (my preferred coffee-making method). Java Head does fine in its attempt to offer something new to the coffee stout thing with its firm hop presence, but it's not a gold medal winner either. Perhaps the experience is tainted since I'm coming off recent experiences with Southern Tier's Jahva and Mokah, and those are freaking mindblowing, whereas Java Head is not.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a nice deep black with a two finger head of creamy tan foam on top. Spotty lacing as it falls. Aromas is surprisingly hoppy upfront. Citric and floral along with a smooth roast from the malt. Caramel, chocolate and a good coffee aroma as well that is more in the background than I would have expected. Bit of creaminess as well.

First sip brings smooth, lightly roasted dark malts upfront with a mix of caramel, chocolate and oats. Hops move in with green herbal citrus and a light floral flavor as well. Brewed coffee is there, but again it is more a background accent. Finishes off with oatmeal smoothness, a bit of bitterness and lingering hops and roast.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with good carbonation. Malt body is solid without being too heavy, making this one quite easy to put away. Overall, this ends up being more a hopped up oatmeal stout to me than a coffee oatmeal stout. I would have liked a stronger more vibrant coffee presence for a brew named Java Head....maybe Hop Java Head??

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Imp. Pint Glass. Dark like molasses pour with a couple inch thick coffee colored head. It almost looks like espresso in my glass. Scent of heavy coffee and alcohol not hidden at all. Open cocoa, coffee, malt flavors right from the first sip. Coffee is the lingering after taste. Burnt malts and nuts also. Lighter than expected mouthfeel almost some what watery for the color. I have only had this brew out of bombers so drinkability might be some what limited.

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Photo of deereless
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hefty head on a hard pour, a solid 2.5 inches of thick sticky cream, the head drops to reveal a spider web of spotty lacing along the edge of the glass, dark to almost pitch-black color - 4.50, S: As the name implies the nose has tons of roasted coffee, quite earthy and with a touch of charring, aroma is quite dry - 4.00, T: Coffee plays a big part in the palate, somewhat of a dry grainy flavor, noticeable hop bite, ashy with the slightest bit of smokiness, smidgeon of sweetness in the depths of this beer - 3.00, M: A bit on the grainy side, otherwise a medium to heavy body - 3.75, D: Overall an enjoyable beer, it didn't knock my socks off but I would drink it again - 3.25

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour, with some faint red highlights. Very creamy frothy tannish head in the stein, about 2 fingers worth. Nice looking glass of beer.
Nestle Quik powder aroma.
Milk chocolate creamy nose, very Quik like. Easy drinking, nice balance of the coffee & the stout. Roasty and with subtle bitterness. Smooth as all get-out, very well put together. Coffee flavor peeks it's head out real quick, then the chocolate undertones pull it back in. Lingering dry bitter roast java.
To me, coffee bears are a "dime a dozen" these days and this one stands out from the rest.

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Photo of saccro
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick black opaque color. Great tan head. Good lacing. thin bubbles mixed with big. Long lasting.

S - American hop aroma up front. Very slight coffee aroma. Tart fruity esters. Good malt aroma.

F - Roasted malt/chocolate flavor. Slight fruity hop flavor well balanced. Just a touch of coffee at the end which takes a back seat. I like that.

M - Medium carbonation. Slick on tongue. Malty thick. Bitter aftertaste.

D - Very tasty beer. Not too much coffee -- would've assumed the coffee I was tasting came from the malt. Maybe could use a bit more sweetness from crystal. A rough aftertaste.

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Photo of BigMike
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Black as night with no highlights coming through at all. Topped with a huge three finger head thats thin watery and disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is disappointing. I thought maybe the beer was too cold so i let it warm up but its still the same. Very light nose. The slightest touch of coffee and a roasted maltiness. Searching even further with my nose damn near in the beer itself i get more of a butterscotch aroma.

I'm disappointed once again after tasting this. I don't know if it's just me but for a beer brewed with coffee beans. I'm getting hardly anything as far as coffee flavors go. I get the slightest touch of semi sweet chocolate and thats about it. This beer is bland and watery. It finishes with a little bit of bitterness but other then that there is hardly any flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel is extremely watery and almost non existent. It's very thin a light bodied. No alcohol presence at all.

Drinkability is ok. I mean water is very drinkable but this ain't water. I could drink another, but i really have no desire to.

Overall, i love Troegs and most of their beers and i really wanted to love this one as well. Ive been excited to try this and i hate to give low reviews on any beer but this one just doesn't do it for me. It's just missing too many elements.
I wouldn't recommend this.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle from the brewery tasting room.

A: Pours very dark black with nice head that fades somewhat after a few minutes.

S: For a coffee stout, I was expecting to smell much more coffee/espresso aromas. Instead, I get mostly chocolate & black malts with the faintest bit of coffee in the background.

T: Fits in the stout category quite well. Nice tasting.

M: Smooth. Neither too light nor too thick.

Overall, I wish they made the coffee/java flavors & aroma a bit stronger. A nice tasting stout, but it won't give you that caffeine fix if that's what you were expecting.

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Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a huge frothy light brown head that left a wall of lacing as it dissipated. Some yeasties floating about. The aroma is of roasted malt, toasted bread, and light metal. Not very strong and I didn't really pick up any coffee aromas. The taste has roasted malt flavor with stale coffee, wet burnt wood, very light toffee and has a hint of lemony sourness. The initial feel is quite light and almost watery, towards the finish it seems to thicken a bit; semi-soft carbonation. Sweet yet finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. A fairly average coffee stout, definitely on the lighter end of the spectrum. The back end bitterness doesn't seem to be warranted with the flavor profile. It's enjoyable but I probably won't purchase again.

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Photo of neorunner
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Large amount of head, possibly poured too violently. Head is very thick and creamy tan with large carbonation bubbles trapped and plenty of lacing in the glass. Small carbonation bubbles barely visible in the beer.

S- Malt and biscuit aromas but no apparent sweet smell. First sniff I smelled hops but was unable to locate this smell afterwards.

T- Bitter malt/coffee taste, lingering hop presence. Slightly sour, almost like acetyl-aldehyde at the end.

M- Watery and thin feeling in the mouth, evens out with a good to fair amount of carbonation.

D- Reasonable beer, not a drain pour but not the best beer I've had from Troegs either. Will try again next year to see if the sourness is still there.

Over all impression was it tasted like Newcastle poured through a stale coffee filter.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this as a housewarming gift.

Black with a thin, muddy, tan head. Eh retention leaves some foamy ledges. Neat bottle art.

Smells predominately of unattenuated sugar. Mild citrus hop and mild coffee--kinda smells like tree bark tea. Or at least what I think tea made of tree bark would smell like.

Wow, this is really bland. Again, unattenuated sugar, watery gas station coffee, and watery hot chocolate (the sugar-free, fat-free kind) with some citrus hops peeking up in back. Tea-like sour.

Honestly, this is one of the blandest beers I've ever had. It's not terrible, it's not really anything. It doesn't have a strong coffee quality. It doesn't have a strong stout quality. If anything it reminds me of a really bland English brown. I thought that maybe it doesn't age well, but it's only 3 months old--max.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large, rocky head--leaves a lot of chunky lace. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through.

Cooled off hot chocolate smell; creamy; semi-sweet without the typical burnt aromas.

Tastes more dark than the smell. Far more bitter--burnt toast and background hop. It's thinner than I like, particularly for an oatmeal stout. The aftertaste is similar to mocha. Put it together, a nice complexity.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Java Head, bottle as an extra from a very generous Lum. Many thanks!

Appearance: A deep brown bodied brew topped with one finger of cocoa head of average retention that fades in to a thin sheen, but with plenty of nice lacing, replete with good blobs, sheets, streaks and drippy stickyness, along with a good, huge-bubbled collar. Great lacing.

Aroma: Very coffee-like, vaugely authentic but with a fair liquor-esque quality, accompanied by a few hints of earth and toast. A little simplistic.

Taste: Black coffee with some milky sweetness. Big toasted malts, faintly astringent, along with faint cocoa and some dark toffee. A slight hop bitterness rounds things out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth and medium bodied, with soft, mild, well-integrated carbonation. The only prickle here is contributed by the astringencies.

Drinkability: No hint of booze in this one, though it's not particularly high to begin with so that's not too surprising. Not - by any stretch - the best Troegs beer, though a solid addition to their bomber lineup, and one I'd be happy to have again at some point.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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