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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 Wolberjs
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Troegs. Great coffee nose. Somehow the hops brings out coffee in the smell and taste. Great creamy finish. Terrific 7.5 stout. Gets a bonus for having sooo much taste at a lower abv.

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

Pours a pretty much pitch black with a brown milk chocolate colored 1/2 inch head.

Smell has a roasted coffee bean scent to it...some chocolate and raisin.

Taste matches the nose....coffee beans are most prominent and later on comes in chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit...but all in all...coffee.

Mouth feel was ok..for a stout i wasn't happy how carbonated this beer is...jeez. very bubbly...has a semi creamy feel to it.....a solid beer.....not bad but not great either....i would drink again tho...enjoyable.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, thin tan head.

Aroma/Flavor: Mild intensity earthy, light roast coffee on the nose that comes out more on the palate. Chocolate character also present.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a lingering roast finish.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03/29/13 On tap & cask at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

I was fortunate enough to run into this in 2 versions, regular on tap & w/cocoa nibs on cask.

The cask version was more opaque with a darker richer color to the head. There was no lacing to speak of, but I don't find that unusually for cask versions. The cask had a more pronounced aroma & a much smoother taste & mouth feel. The coffee flavors were more apparent in the cask as well but I was surprised I didn't catch any chocolate.

The only aspect where the tap version stood out was in the bite of the finish. It wasn't too astringent but was definitely more apparent.

All in all, I'd come back to either but under 'druthers', I'd go cask. BTW this is not always the case in my book. Usually flavors survive better from casks but often, since they are higher maintenance, they can lose in the long run. In this instance, it is not the case. A real treat.

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Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Had a bottle on a hot day while home brewing. A lot of coffee notes in this one. Decent drink ability for its bulk. Met my expectations, wasnt earth shattering.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 hophugger
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Having a beer for breakfast?, This is the one. If you like coffee and a kick ass beer, this will suit you just fine. Medium head when poured and dissipates rather fast. Flavor is bold and finishes with just the right amount of somewhat bitter coffee flavor. Taste remains in mouth for quite awhile...but....so does coffee. High alcohol content but well balanced!

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Photo of IronLover
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black in color. Poured with a thick, light beige foam that reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted and charred malt aromas, with earthy cereal grain and dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied and creamy smooth with light, soft carbonation through the middle. The body thinned toward the finish. Dark roasted malt flavor up front immediately followed by bitter, burnt malt and roasted coffee beans. Hop bitterness kicked in from the middle to the end riding over dark roasted malt. Finished with a lingering, bitter charred malt aftertaste.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of tan head. Most of the head dissipated but a thin film remained for quite some time. The nose has roasted notes but I am really not getting any coffee notes. The flavor is similar – roast but the coffee is very, very faint. The body is fairly hearty and the finish is mildly bitter.

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Photo of Bone53
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Black as can get with no light coming through. A one finger frothy tan head

Smell: chocolate, dark fruit, slight coffee

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate upfront with slight coffee throughout. Not quite as much depth in malts as I had hoped, and a bit too sweet for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Quite light for a stout; Moderate bitterness

Overall: Although enjoyable, I don't think its a good representation of a coffee stout. Not enough coffee or roasted malt flavor. Maybe a tad too sweet for me as well, and the aftertaste isn't that great as it's bitter for the style. With better options available, I probably won't be returning to this any time soon.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black colored brew with a khaki head that is about 1 finger. The head is fluffy with small bubbles. Head pulls back slowly leaving lacing.

S: Lots of milk chocolate and coffee.

T: Coffee and malt flavors hit early with the a nice coffee aftertaste.

M: Slightly waterier than I expected. Also higher carbonation than I anticipated. Not its strongest characteristic.

O: Decent coffee stout. I could drink more but I have several others that I like better. This is okay across the board but doesn't stand out in any area.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging and a tan, finger width head.Good retention, leaving behind a thin but consistent layer of suds on the surface. Strong lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Milk chocolate primarily, with notes of earth, leaf, dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Touches of milk chocolate sweetness upfront, then earth, coffee ground, citrus and leafy bitterness hit hard mid-taste and ride into the finish, backed by a moderate amount of roastiness. Faint traces of caramel and walnut shell linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with fair, tingly carbonation and a velvety texture. Goes down with fair smoothness, though there's a light astringency in the finish.

Overall - A good beer, but with a name like Java Head, you'd expect a coffee bomb... this is not. Instead it's a fairly hoppy stout with coffee character taking a lesser supporting role. Eh, it's good enough. Try it if you get the chance, but don't go out of your way to find it.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DANG! This is a BOLD, BOLD beer!

Black, BLACK in appearance! And the smell is outstanding. Just as one would expect - cocoa, and COFFEE! Coffee is big time in the smell.

The taste is of bitter unsweetened chocolate, and bitter unsweetened BLACK coffee. When you sip it, the smell and taste combine to give you a scrumptious experience.

All I can say is WOW! The beer is rather thick and oily on the tongue. If you don't like that kind of mouthfeel, you won't like this beer. I happen to like it - a lot!

But the weirdest thing is this: I do not like BLACK unsweetened coffee. And in truth, the black unsweetened coffee flavor so prominent in this beer kind of overwhelms me. But that is NOT the beer's fault. If you drink something named "Java Head" you should have a good idea of what to expect.

I am drinking this beer right now as I write this. I am still enjoying the various flavors, even though I am not a fan of black coffee. That says a lot for how tasty this beer is!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a snifter. As dark as the darkest stouts I've seen. About one finger of light tan, which turns into a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet, sugary almost. Like a sweet oatmeal,blended chocolate and coffee. Very good smell.

Taste: Mmmm, like a dark chocolate coffee served black, no creme or sugar. The light sweetness from the dark chocolate flavor, and the bitterness of the coffee blend very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Pretty creamy. Not too little, not too much. Just right.

Overall: This has been my go-to favorite from Troegs. Last I was at their brewpub this is what I had. As well being a coffee type stout, which I love. Good stuff.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a decent khaki head. Some lacing inside the glass and a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of oatmeal, wow. Coffee. Roasted malt. So roasted it gives a hint of a burnt character.

Taste - That burnt malt is the most prevalent flavor throughout. Never gets overwhelmed. Coffee, but it's brief. Some dark chocolate, which leads to a nutty caramel malt. A hint of grassy hops linger in the back end, along with an intense bitter burnt roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Extremely roasty, lending a burnt malt bitterness. Medium body.

Overall - This really beats you over the head with the burnt malts. Nothing in balance.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp 12 oz bottle into a snifter. The bottle is about 2 years old.
Beer pours a rich dark malty brown color with some tan creamy head that foams up about 1 cm and is an edge layer very quickly after the pour.
Aroma is roasted malt and coffee bean with a little brown sugar, maybe a little bakers chocolate.
First sip reveals a silky textured beer with very very fine and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and some brown sugar but rolls to a bit of a bitey coffee finish. Very dry on the end of each sip. Does leave a sticky film on my lips.
I dont get any alcohol heat or real hop presence. Very drinkable and I am almost finished with the beer much quicker than I anticipated.

This is a well crafted coffee brew that isnt too much coffee and not enough beer. I will definitely buy this beer again.

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

I want sure if I was in the mood for this, but I actually had never had this before, so how would I know this was an excellent stout.

Is black, no surprises. There is plenty of lacing. The aroma, coffee and malt. Lots of sweet malt.

The taste is a nice balance of coffee, hops and malt. Very good. The aftertaste is more than just a coffee overdose like some of these. Is very pleasant. Recommended.

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Photo of TheArcan3
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Surprised to see this beer only rated around the 80's overall. It's a great beer for any stout and/or coffee lovers, what really caught me off guard is finding a realization that this beer is in fact a oatmeal stout. This beer is great and taste up to its expectations. Great taste and balance of mostly semi-sweet chocolate and coffee with a nice vibe with it's bold 7.5% ABV. Mixture of sweet and bitterness with a spiky but smooth mouth-feel. I recently got a six pack from my local beverage store and it did not disappoint especially the fact of it's moderate cost. Definitely worth every penny, will be buying again soon!

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator for this one.

A - Dark brown body with dense mocha head leaving specks of lacing.

S - Cold coffee, chocolate, raisins, molasses, roasted.charred caramel.

T - Nice cold roasted coffee presence, charred caramel and molasses malts, chocolate covered raisin. A strong core of dark bready malt, creamy and decadent. Finishes with strong malts, raisins, and fading coffee.

M - Full bodied, thick, creamy and viscous body, low carbonation.

Good coffee presence with a stout and creamy body. The raisin/plum plays well and adds a creative layer. Nice creamy texture, this went down very smooth.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3/5  rDev -20.8%

The color of this beer is, as the name implies, as coffee. It has a thin, tan head. The smell is subtle and ashy. The taste is strongly of coffee and chocolate and lingers long on the palate. The mouthfeel is slightly oily as it is not overly carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer but just shy of outstanding.

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Photo of scotorum
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/27/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an English nonick pint.

a: Black with ruby highlights when held to light,. Inch and a half tall tan head receded slowly to thick even surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Actually smells more like chocolate than coffee, but it is yummy.

t: Now the coffee comes out front in no uncertain terms, but with some sweet malt balance. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Mildly roasty aftertaste.

m: Medium, very good body, moreso than the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout I reviewed yesterday. Very smooth at least, bordering on silky.

o: An excellent coffee stout! I'm getting to like these a lot, because they are very tasty, and the caffeine tends to counteract the alcohol to the point your body seems to think it has just ingested a very low ABV brew, so work such as writing beer reviews can proceed pretty much uninterrupted by a serious beer high. Good when you want to drink beer with some substance but not get taken out by it.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours what appears to be a black hue, or at least an opaque dark brown. When held up to the light, some mahogany colors begin to show their face around the edges and bottom. An iPhone flashlight test proves that this brew isn't 100% opaque, as some blood red highlights appear. A deep, dark beige colored head starts at about two fingers, but within 5 minutes time dies down to a decent frothy cap. The real star of the show here is the ever-impressive thick coat of lacing left down the glass. Emphasis on the word "coating." There's no splotches here. There's an entire blanket of lacing where the head once stood.

S: The nose here is quite sweet. Milk chocolate with a lot of coffee aroma, but not exactly that of black coffee. Instead of a bitter roasted aroma, I'm picking up the profile of a sweetened, iced coffee. Perhaps a little bit of caramel drizzle as well. The aroma is nice, but not what I want in this style.

T: The coffee flavor is definitely the front-runner here, but as indicated in the nose, it's more of a sweet coffee flavor—definitely a cream and sugar profile. Some milk chocolate as well as weak hints of vanilla creep through. I'm not detecting any hops at all, but a surprising hint of raw coffee bean bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: The body here is medium, but there's a surprising amount of creaminess to be found which kind of makes the brew seem a bit bigger than it actually is. The carbonation is a bit on the moderate side, which isn't really a problem, but I personally like my stouts to have a mild carbonation. Drinks fairly easy.

O: Java Head definitely hits a bullseye with the "java" claim. Lots of sweetened coffee flavors here to satisfy any Starbucks fan, or anyone who prefers their stouts on the slightly sweeter side. In terms of stouts in general, I'm not floored by this, but it's definitely a tasty brew that I wouldn't mind getting again in the future. If you're a fan of iced coffee (or coffee in general), give this one a chance.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate milk stout smells with a head that looks like hershey syrup runs through it. Very smooth taste with chocolate malts and actual chocolate taste. Hop bitterness and the coffee bean bitterness mixes together at the end and actually makes for a more bitter beer than it actually is. As it warms it smells more and more like hershey syrup.

I just visited the brewery thats next to hershey and I'm surprised they didnt use their chocolate in this beer it tastes like it. The coffee beans add to the roastyness and wow this is just an incredible beer. One of my favorites that Troegs makes hands down. They ran out of it on tap at Troegs and I understand why now.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark black color with a light brown head which leaves a small trace of lacing around the glass.
Smell is typical stout. Coffee and malt pro dominate.
Taste is of coffee bean with maybe a hint of cocoa. Slightly bitter but surely drinkable.
Medium bodied and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste lingering in my mouth.
Overall not bad. Typical straight forward stout. Nothing bad nothing great. Very drinkable.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a - Dark, dark brown in color with a 1" head that flattens but remains. Seems watery by some stout standards

s - sell of coffee notes

t - Taste of Coffee up front, but strong alcohol in finish is overpowering

m - OK

Overall - Very watery - more of a porter in many ways.

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Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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