Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer that’ s great on tap but I can see this one changing in bottle. That fresh clean taste tapped beers have is rampant in this one, and I loved it. The coffee is light, extremely light for a beer that’s named Java Head. But it’s good. I got the oatmeal sweetness and god damnit why does every stout have to be an oatmeal finishing stout? Decent beer but I wouldn’t shell out the money for the bombers. Glad I got to try it.
MrBunn (2391) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a leathery dark brown with a slow rising, but fairly large tan head. It’s sticking around for a while from the looks of things and there is some nice sudsy lacing clinging to the side of the glass where it has receded. Aromas are pretty weak... I was expecting a blast of coffee and chocolate, and instead I’ve found a hodgepodge of hops smells. A bit of pine and pineapple, but it’s pretty faint. I guess that there is a bit of chocolate there, but this was not the start that I was looking for. Flavor is much more predictable and right off the bat I find myself enjoying the oatmeal flavors. They lend an interesting counterbalance to the brusque coffee flavor (although this flavor seems a little stale... like old gas station coffee more than premium overpriced "venti" coffee.) There’s an nice play between the sweet and creamy chocolate and oatmeal front to this and the more edgy finish from the coffee. Not bad stuff...
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pitch black with frothy tannish white head, very attractive looking brew. mild roast to the nose. flavor with initial bitterness that is moderate, but lingering and intermixes with the coffee notes, before some low crystal sweetness and some floral hop notes. a brew that is just too understated for the alcohol content. the coffee flavor is present, but not worthy of the title, and the rest of the beer is pretty standard for, what i would presume would be a russian imperial stout, by the abv and hop presence
zizzybalubba (1318) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Black pour with a beautiful, bubbly tan head. Light coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Great flavor; roasted malt, smoke, and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. A very good coffee stout.
jb (2057) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful looking, black, not much of any highlights visible, thick head, some retention, heavy lacing. Hoppy aroma, pine, espresso. Palate is very hefty, heavy hop content, lots of coffee, lots of chocolate, and carbonation. Not well blended, not many subtleties, but interesting. Wonder what aging would do?
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a creamy head that does not last. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste is the same plus a substantially hoppy finish. Solid mouth feel. Drinkable and enjoyable.
Braudog (5496) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Beautiful, classic pour -- pitch black with a fortress of a foam top. The aroma is muted, yet enticing enough, with a hint of sweet chocolate. Delicious drinker, too -- sweet and rich with a nice smooth body. (#3699, 10/18/2009)
Cavie (3672) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Clouded brown pour. Light sweet aroma. Lightest aroma ever though. Slight feeling of hops but mainly malty. Not much coffee.
shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
9/27/2009: Tröegs JavaHead Stout... Aroma: Orangy citrus. Appearance: Near black in color; deep beige to ivory-colored head. Flavor: Tastes like The Flying Mouflan with some roast; coffee flavor nowhere to be found; quite hoppy overall. Palate: Medium-light to medium-body; thin mouthfeel for a stout. Overall: Tastes more like a dark/black IPA than a stout.
22 fl. oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio. Rating #104 for this beer.
ALCOHOLNIZM (164) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
THIS IS A VERY IMPRESSIVE BREW. IT POURS A DARK RICH BLACK BUT LACKS THE RICH HEAD OF AN AVERAGE STOUT, ALTHOUGH IT HAS ONLY A SLIGHT COFFEE AROMA IT TASTES SUPRISINGLY OF WONDERFULL SLIGHTLY BITTER HOPS, PREMIUM COFFEE AND A HINT OF VANILLA , THE NICE LEVEL OF CARBONATION IT HAS LACES THE TOUNGE WELL, HARD TO BELIEVE ITS A STOUT I WOULD THINK IT WAS A BROWN ALE. VERY GOOD.