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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Poured a dark brown color with a small, foamy beige head. The nose is roasted with lesser notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Medium body with a round mouth feel and ample carbonation. The flavor contains lots of dark chocolate and roasted/burnt malt notes with mild hops bitterness. Finishes roasted with mild bitterness and light acidity. I was pretty underwhelmed with this brew, for a coffee stout I like the coffee profile to be more forward, coffee in this one lurked in the background.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kennydiaz (356) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy head. Has a cereal taste with mild coffee notes. A little on the weak side fora java stout. I prefer Bells java or southern tiers Java hands down

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Poured an opaque black color with an off-white head. Fairly roasty in the aroma and flavor. Coffee is less than I thought but that is not a bad thing. Some roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with some warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash. Pours a dark brown to pitch black color with one finger tan head that settles quickly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of coffee, nuts, caramel, chocolate, hints of molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is about the same with stronger coffee and chocolate notes along with a slight funkiness toward finish. Medium to full body with a pleasing coffee malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigMike (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Black as night with no highlights coming through at all. Topped with a huge three finger head thats thin watery and disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing. The smell is disappointing. I thought maybe the beer was too cold so i let it warm up but its still the same. Very light nose. The slightest touch of coffee and a roasted maltiness. Searching even further with my nose damn near in the beer itself i get more of a butterscotch aroma. I’m disappointed once again after tasting this. I don’t know if it’s just me but for a beer brewed with coffee beans. I’m getting hardly anything as far as coffee flavors go. I get the slightest touch of semi sweet chocolate and thats about it. This beer is bland and watery. It finishes with a little bit of bitterness but other then that there is hardly any flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel is extremely watery and almost non existent. It’s very thin a light bodied. No alcohol presence at all. Drinkability is ok. I mean water is very drinkable but this ain’t water. I could drink another, but i really have no desire to. Overall, i love Troegs and most of their beers and i really wanted to love this one as well. Ive been excited to try this and i hate to give low reviews on any beer but this one just doesn’t do it for me. It’s just missing too many elements. I wouldn’t recommend this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Bottled. Pours with a large, lovely head, a very black color. Nice lacing. This is a light-bodied, easy drinking stout, with a clean roasty coffee that is not too in your face or over the top at all. It is well integrated. The beer is malt-forward, with a dryish, chalky body, and a gentle malt sweetness midway through. The finish is entirely dry. A solid beer that I easily consumed a bomber of without trouble.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamherbert (1509) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2010 Aroma is mild coffee, black licorice. Strong alcohol. A little weaker than I expected. Coffee grounds, hint of roasted hazelnut. Coffee is a tad cloying, the nuttiness works. Appears dark glassy brown with a medium brown head. Red at the edges. Decent head retention. The flavor is like coffee (heavy creamer) with a hint of some dark fruits (plum, raisin). Not as dry-coffee as I’d been led to believe. Nutty finish. Malts are standard porter/stout, with hints of grape. Has a welcome red wine finish as it warms up. The palate is very dry, but not very substantial. A solid, pleasant porter with a roasted nutty character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 Nice frothy head that maintained; Dark and full... can’t see through. Aroma includes coffee and chocolate. Flavors linger but finish is good. A quality stout that has a good balance of coffee without being too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2010
In short: A straight forward basic coffee stout. Nothing special.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about 3 months after purchase
The look: Near black body topped by small tan head
In long: Nose of a cold cup of black coffee. Taste is very straightforward. Low-medium roasted level, lots of black coffee, some burnt toasts, floury sensation, medium sweet. Velvety body (type of mouthfeel I get from oatmeal stouts). No chocolate, not fruity notes, limited hops presence (if any). Finish is mouth drying in a strange way, like taking a sip with a teaspoon of flour. Just another coffee stout among too many others. I don’t pee anymore, I percolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2909) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Black pour tan head .... roasted coffee and chocolate aroma ... tastes of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and lightly acidic a light bitter finish .... very tasty and enjoyable stout

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