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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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JavaHead Stout, first released as Scratch 15, contains a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans by St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown, PA.

This recipe is based off of our original 2005 oatmeal stout. After the boil the hot wort passes through our hopback vessel packed full of whole leaf hops and a bed of coffee beans - akin to a French press - intensifying the coffee nose and releasing hints of coffee flavor. The result is a lush oatmeal mouthfeel balanced with cocoa, roast and subtle coffee flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark black color with a large dark brown head that lingered forever and produced lots of lacing. The aroma was lovey and complex with bitter roasty malts, coffee, tart cherriess, apples and berries. The flavor was bitter, roasty and toasty with notes of malted milk, vanilla and coffee. There were touches of citrus, apple and caramel underneath. The coffee is definitely present but is subtle. The finish was long, dryish and roasty. The body is full and silky smooth. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle x2 (shared with Shawn and then by myself thanks to Jeff). The two tastings were pretty much exactly the same. Deep brown hue with ruby highlights topped by a fading frothy head and very good lace. The aroma is coffee for sure along with burnt and caramel malts, hints of chocolate and vanilla, earthy and herbal esters as well. The taste is coffee and chocolate driven with a heavy lingering roast that is a bit astringent. Light smoke and a tad acidic fruits. The mouth feel is lively and chalky, a tad thin is a bit disappointing. An okay coffee stout, meets my expectations, nothing more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours dark, dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Aroma is sweet malts, grassy hops, and just a bit of roasted coffee. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced. Good coffee notes, with a hint of hops and roasty malts. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
22oz bottle from dmac. Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head that leaves specks of lace. Smells of roasted malts with some light chocolate and coffee scents. Faintly sweet as well. Tastes of sweet roasted malts with some coffee. Es ok. Medium body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Tap (Craft Ale House). Pours a deep, dark brown with a 1+ finger beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, dark roasted malts, espresso and a splash of hops. Surprising amount og hops in the flavor, with the bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts. This is a touch on the bitter side. Smooth and relatively easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (2920) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
A tasty and very bitter stout. Aroma was good. All coffee with some dark chocolate. Pour was a deep dark black with a one finger tan head. Taste was strongly bitter. Coffee dominates with a strong bitter hoppy aftertaste. Decent carbonation. Only complaint is the coffee and hops seem to clash with bitterness which at times is OK but after a while gets too noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6568) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted coffee in the aroma, with some floral hops. The flavor is well balanced, with coffee, roasted malt, and floral hoppy notes. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2009
22oz bomber from Charles Street Liquors, Boston MA. Very dark. Almost black with a slight ruby tinge. Small tan head. More chocolate than coffee in the aroma - lets call it mocha. Bournville chocolate, cocoa powder and espresso coffee on the palate. Quite dry and fairly bitter. Full bodied but not too thick, so easier drinking than expected, with a quite prickly carbonation. Turns a little creamy on the finish. Perhaps just a touch harsh on the palate but that’s only a minor quibble. Overall, extremely tasty and fascinating. I’d certainly go back to this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindog (266) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Pours dark brown with a large tan lingering head that stiicks to the sides of the glass. Lacking a little bit of the coffee flavor but leaves a nice thick coating in your mouth. Smooth, creamey with a silky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6713) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2009
22 ounce bottle thanks to hopdog. Pours a almost totally dark brown color with a very thick brown head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, nutty notes, light chocolate and milk. A rich oat flavor, sweet milky coffee, light bitter coffee beans. Easygoing and full flavored. A soft palate.

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