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 jimiejams
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -poures a nice dark brown (almost black) with a tan head, with medium lacing

Smell - very faint smell of coffee, was surprised it wasn't stronger

Taste - a mix of coffee, sweet chocolate and a bit of citrus too.

Mouthfeel - nice and creamy but not to think

Drinkability - very good, I would highly recommend trying it.

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Photo of rayjay
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Secret Sant BIF 09. Poured into a pint glass.

Great appearance, huge head and lots of sticky lace. Can't see light through this beer, a deep dark brownish-black.

Nice but subdued aroma; no coffee, but some nice raspberry notes a la Weyerbacher Raspberry IS. A bit of fresh dusty malt. You can almost smell the brewing water. Good, but not what they describe on the label.

Esters are all over this and still make me think of raspberries. Coffee is completely lost, but a nice stout is left to shine. Roasted grains are the highlight, although I'd prefer a bit more (esp in the aftertaste). Hop bitterness yes; hop aroma no.

Nice slick oatmeal mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on. No cloying sticky malts. No complaints here.

A middle of the road stout, I wish it highlighted the specialty ingredients more, but it's a good stout that I would drink again. It would be more drinkable with a lower gravity, I know pick pick pick. Cheers!

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Photo of Brez07
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing from last week's notes. 22oz pour into a DFH Snifter

A: Dark brown with a very small tan head. Does leave good lacing. I think I see sediment in this beer, but I'm not 100% sure

S: Not much here, which I was surprised at. There was a very faint hint of coffee. I was definitely expecting more.

T: While the coffee/java flavor is more present in taste then smell, I got more of a smokey taste. Seems like there's chocolate malt as well and a tiny hint of alcohol

M: Medium bodied, slightly creamy at first. Carbonated well, maybe a little too much

D: I find this beer to be... so-so. To be honest, I was excited to find this in a store and may have hyped it up a little too much. Certainly nothing to write home about

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I'd start off the decade with a beer from the brewery that got me started on craft beer back when I was a young'un: my local umlaut-sporting boys from Harrisburg, Tröegs. Bomber via trade.

Pours black with a large creamy tan head that leaves foamy bubbles on the beer and good lacing.

Aroma is lots of coffee along with some roast, and some milk chocolate is in there too.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted and caramel malt, and a nice citrusy hop bite that works very well. Balanced and tasty.

Medium-full body with a smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty high. I got through the bomber surprisingly fast.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/10/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 2 inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some citrusy hops noticable too, mostly in the finish. However, for this being a coffee stout the coffee isn't strong in the flavor or aroma. For a beer called Java Head I expected a lot more coffee flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and goes down easy. The alcohol in this brew is well hidden. I think this is a good enough beer and would buy it again in the future, but since I was expecting more coffee in this brew I have to say I was a bit disappointed with it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with no highlights. Three fingers of dentable beige foam.

Huge roasty nose heavy with coffee as expected.

Tremendous coffee notes with a solidly tasty stout. Slow build up of hops leads to a nice bite at the sweallow.

Creamy mouthfeel. Full but not syrupy.

Superbly drinkable. The abv uis about twice what I would have guessed.

A damn tasty coffee stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

3 fingers of fluffy tan foam rises on top of the dark brown body. This settles down into a denser 1-finger layer after a couple of minutes and leaves pretty nice lacing.

For a beer with "java" in the name, the aromas are surprisingly light on coffee (older bottle?). Smells chiefly of burnt malts and dark fruits, but not terribly fragrant.

The coffee flavors are surprisingly restrained as well, coming into play mid-swallow and lingering a bit in the finish. The dominant flavors are burnt malts and a tangy fruitiness.

On the thicker side of medium, but lacking the signature creaminess of your better 0atmeal stouts- the combo of fairly lively carbonation and the acrid malts make it a little harsh. Could stand a bit more chocolatey sweetness.

Overall impression: Worth a try, but not something I'd seek out

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Photo of mountdew1
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark opaque brown with a thick 2 finger light brown foamy head. Aroma was slightly akin to cold coffee with a touch of mocha. Taste was slightly mocha flavored, smooth like a blended coffee drink. Coated extremely well inside the mouth, carbonation was a touch strong, but not overwhelming. Very pleasant to drink, a solid stout with very smooth coffee undertones.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well my first comment is that I was borderline shocked by the floral hop character in this beer. Was not expecting this.

Pours with a tight, fluffy and creamy head. 2+ fingers thick. It does eventually fade to slight foam. The inside of the glass is coated with lace. Dark brown shoe polish color. Brown, brown, brown

First whiff had a floral note to it and I did a double take. The aroma is really quite muted. I honestly don't get much coffee from it. (If any). I almost get a citrus note. A touch of juniper if I'm not crazy.

The fascination with the hop presence continues. More hoppy than I would have ever imagined. Citrus notes up front, coffee is almost in the background smooth and balanced front to back. A beer that's pretty consistent across the flavor profile.

Medium bodied and not too thick at all.

Pretty interesting, but I think that the coffee character is quite muted for a beer that highlights coffee as an ingredient.

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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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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,315 ratings.
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