Vanilla Bean Java Head (Cascade Dry Hopped) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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4.17 w/ 13 Ratings

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by xnicknj on 09-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 10
2.96/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the hand-pull into a pint glass for $6. Sampled 10/25/11.

I'm honestly not even sure if this is the Cascade or Bravo version, or something different entirely based on the dates all of the other reviews were logged.

A: Pours with a finger of sudsy light brown head. Long lasting into a chunky collar throwing down some nice lacing as it recedes. The body of the beer is very dark brown with no light penetrating.

S: Aromas are very soft with hints of vanilla becoming readily noticeable as it gains a few degrees. Coffee and fudgey chocolate in the background.

T: Flavors are mild. WAYYY too mild for what it should be. Palatable but nothing to talk about really. Damn.

M: Soft, watery, nearly lifeless. Another damn.

O: Kind of blah. I don't know what happened here. This beer was drinking great when I had it at Splinter Blue release. This time however, just average.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask from Al's of Hampden

A- Pours a nice dark beer like black coffee.

S- Smell of Hops and coffee and vanilla.

T- Taste of Vanilla and Coffee with a hoppy note at the end.

M- Smooth and velvet like Elvis underware. lol..

D- A must try if are around the Harrisburg area. Very Tasty.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one-off/cask offering variation of Java Head on at Al's of Hampden.

A-Deep, dark black/brown with a thin tan head. Head hangs on strong and leaves attractive lace behind.

S-Rich vanilla sweetness melds nicely with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Musty, leafy, citrus hops bring up the aroma profile on the backside.

T-Bold roasted malts and oily, dark coffee dominate the initial flavour profile. Vanilla sweetness helps to moderate the rich roastiness. Touches of bitter orange rind zest in the background.

M-Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with nice lingering roasty bitterness.

D-Another nice incarnation in the Java Head firkin line. The citrus hops pop more with warming changing the aspect of the beer....almost like getting two beers in one glass!

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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer is a deep, dark's not letting any light through, but it's not quite black...the head was about two fingers tall and mocha in was creamy from the cask and slowly settled to a thin ring...lacing showed up on the entire glass

S - There is a roasted coffee presence just as the normal Java Head presents...but as this beer warms the addition of the vanilla bean really jumps out

T - Again the beer starts off with a roasted flavor...I'm getting ground coffee and a touch of the middle the vanilla adds the nice counter balance to that roastiness with its sweetness...and waiting for the hops they come in full force at the end of the beer

M - Medium to full bodied...smooth and creamy...coats the palate...great lingering, fresh hop bitterness

D - This is for sure a step up from the regular Java Head...I like the normal version, but if it had this much creaminess and body to it, I'd love it even more...I would have this one again if I was craving a dark beer with a nice body and nice finish

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3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Al's of Hampden while waiting for lunch.

A: The Java Head is dark, a black stout that struggles to let any lighter colors through. The hand pump yields a small head that doesn't last for long.

S: The nose has Java Head coffee aromas competing with a strong blend of vanilla bean sweetness and strong cascade hoppiness. The hops are hard to ignore.

T: The beer runs all over the place. The coffee and sweet stout flavors peek through first, dark and burnt with a lactic streak. Immediately following those flavors, the vanilla beans have a moment in the spotlight, sweet and, well, vanilla-y. Cascade hops are fast on their heels with a full hoppiness that, when coupled with the dark malts, almost yields a Black IPA feel. The vanilla and hops together are a study in the sweet-bitter contrast. The cask's lower carbonation really helps concentrate the flavors.

M: The hops are strong, especially near the end. They manage to outshine/outdo the vanilla and coffee aspects, like Nightstalker on steroids.

D: The richness of the myriad flavors would make multiple pints difficult. The one, on the other hand, goes down very easily.

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4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 10/6/10.

Another cask offering/one-off of java head available at Als. Served in a nonic, this brew appears black in color with a finger of tan head. Patches of lace cling all over the glass.

The aroma has a bold vanilla sweetness bursting out of the glass before I even bring it to my nose. Chocolate and coffee notes upfront with hops in the background playing a bit of a grassy citrus aspect that is not as pronounced as I was expecting.

Taste is bitter roasty malt coupled with coffee. The vanilla is very forward and absolutely coats the inside of the mouth with a bit of a tacky consistency. Moderately bitter with a pleasant flavor of coffee that mixes quite well with the vanilla's contribution. The citrus bitter hops bring this brew all together.

Very enjoyable brew. It is medium bodied with a light smooth feel and light level of carbonation. I could easily enjoy several of these. The citrus character of the hops are much more evident in the flavor than the aroma as the brew comes up to temperature.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pitch black color with a solid two finger off white, almost brown, head. The head dissipates to a thin layer of foam and leaves lacing down the entire length of the glass.

S - My pint was a little cold when first poured. The strong roasty aroma of coffee greats you and not much else. Once it had some time to warm up the other flavors began to emerge. The strong coffee flavor gave way to a more balanced aroma of coffee, vanilla, and a light hop presence. As it got to room temp the vanilla really took over.

T - I love oatmeal stouts so this is right up my alley. The coffee hits you right off the bat but gives way quickly to the other flavors. There is a hint of the hops but as expected they play a supplementary role in this one. The vanilla is a welcome addition to this as it helps offset the strong roasty notes with its sweetness. As the beer warms you get an almost chocolatey malt presence to go along with the stronger vanilla presence. I just wish normal Java Head was this good.

M - Slightly sweet with plenty of roast. Starts out with a creamy mouthfeel thanks to the hand-pull but it turns slightly thin as the beer warms.

D - I have had this beer multiple times now and every time I get it I notice something new. Much easier to drink than the non cask version. Yet another example why Troegs is quickly becoming one of, if not the, best in the state.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

black with a one inch tan head that sticks on the glass thoughout

Pleasant mild coffee vanilla stout aroma

Wow is all I can say. smooth is the operative word here. All the flavors blend together in a smooth and delicious way. coffee, vanilla, slightly burnt malt. some caramel in an amazing mild and smooth way. alcohol is almost non existant in the taste for a 7.2 abv. It is the perfect blend of these flavors. non of them over powering or strong. flavorful yet smooth.

medium body and did I say smooth.

Icould easily down 4 pints of this and I am not even a much of a stout fan

Notes: if you can find it get it don't miss out on this very special treat,

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4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the splinter blue release -served cask temp in a pint

A - A practically black dark brown with cola color at the top,with a caramel colored cap of about 1 inch which settles out and clings to the glass in rings, the bead is fine

S - The intensity of vanilla bean is more than I expected in a good way. There is a mild coffee undertone and mild caramel scent pervades w/ a light hop accent.The floral essence of the vanilla is there w/ light toasted malt complimenting

T The taste is a vanilla and coffee fans dream with plenty of bean taste and smooth caramel and the oatmeal stout base does a good job of supporting the spice additions. The coffee is not overdone and there is a light char taste in the finish w/ mild bitter and acidic accent from both the coffee and hops. The flavor of mild cocoa is nice w/ a hint of pepper. The stout finishes dry w/ smooth vanilla flavor continuing after the swallow.

M - a mildly sweet and creamy entry w/ cask treatment giving a full feel and moderately high roasted and subtle spiced middle w/ a semi-dry and semi-astringent aspect w/ a hint of roast and low carbonation as it finishes

D - The Stout is definitely enhanced by the cask and vanilla additions IMO. The stout is darn good to begin with but add some cascades and vanilla and you have a coffee oatmeal stout that is extremely high on the drinkability scale - I wish the original oatmeal would make a comeback, but java head quells the thirst for a big roasty oatmeal stout-a great cask.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at troegs during the splinter blue release.

A - Pours dark, almost black with a mocha hue and little to no head. A filmy surface forms with bubbly, wispy lacing around the glass that slowly dissolves.

S - Plenty of roasted dark malt, coffee, light vanilla, and a touch of hops.

T - Dry roasted malts with coffee, oatmeal, and breadiness. This is hopped up a notch from the regular variety as a slight bite continues on through the beer. The roasted warmth accumulates while drinking, but the flavors remain true throughout the pint. A somewhat bitter vanilla and woodiness flavor begins the finish, as it rounds out smoothly.

M - Easygoing, lighter body than you might expect. Dry tingly feeling towards the end.

D - Especially high for the style, and definitely not overboard on the booze content.

A drinkable, impressive version of the already delicious Java Stout. The pleasing coffee flavors mesh well with the vanilla, and the added hop dash is a welcome surprise.

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Vanilla Bean Java Head (Cascade Dry Hopped) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.6% out of 100 with 13 ratings
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