maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on 10/04/2009. Dark black body with a large rocky tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate, caramel and coffee aroma with a bit of floral and resiny notes. Sweet chocolate, roast and vanilla flavor with coffee and a bit of floral hop bitterness. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
fiulijn (18390) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Ginger Man, NYC
Black color, creamy head. Light aroma but deep. Roasted malt flavor, and caramel. Not bad.
gpekar (486) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark almost black with a tall light brown creamy head. There were highlights of orangy red at the base of the glass as light passed through. The aroma was fairly mild with hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor was predominately coffee and an enhanced bitterness developed from the hops towards the finish. Some dark chocolate flavor also came through towards the finish as well. The head left a nice amount of lacing throughout the glass. I was disappointed in the lack of a strong aroma and a mild finish as well, but still good.
bluejacket74 (1767) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/10/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 2 inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s some citrusy hops noticable too, mostly in the finish. However, for this being a coffee stout the coffee isn’t strong in the flavor or aroma. For a beer called Java Head I expected a lot more coffee flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it’s smooth and goes down easy. The alcohol in this brew is well hidden. I think this is a good enough beer and would buy it again in the future, but since I was expecting more coffee in this brew I have to say I was a bit disappointed with it.
AmEricanbrew (6626) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color/ tan head. Big tobacco, black malt, dark pit fruit aromas. medium body. Semi sweet chocolate, dry black malt flavors, lingering bitter finish. not much coffee.
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head. Great roasted coffee aroma with a hint of malt. Smooth, with some chocolate and dark hoppy flavor. Also, you can sense the coffee. Great stout.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber served in a clear pint glass. Pour was a shade darker than cola with a tan, bubbly foam sitting on the top. Nose is roasted malt, light coco powder, coffee bitter and light hops. Taste is oatmeal, roasted malts, very light java, and some resinous hops that pop out. This is a much lighter taste and body than I expedited from a stout like this. This is not too bad, but I’m not crazy about it either.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma was utterly lacking in any coffee features or for that matter much roastedness, some kind of chocolate powder mix,way to flimsy of an aroma for this kind of stout, flavor was agin tepid chocolate or at the most maybe a mocha, bitterness in the finish ,probaly from hops as opposed to any coffee bitterness. At a loss as to why anyone would buy this,you get the wrong impression from the name,if you want a coffee stout ,there are many that have actual coffee flavor in them, if not,why did you buy this in the first place
jcwattsrugger (12010) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Uno’s Caskfest-pours a rich dark tan head that laces and dark brown with red color. Aroma is pine hops, roasty-dark malt. Taste is coffee/roasty-dark malt, secondary resin hops.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful black pour with a boisterous, fine bubbled tan head. Lacing is evident immediately. Aroma is hop heavy for the style- earthy loam, mocha, evergreen, caramel, chocolate, toffee, and roasted barley. Flavor has quite the bite- dark roast coffee and resinous hop characteristics combine to make for an abrasive but enjoyable flavor arrangement. Tons of dark chocolate, espresso, spruce, citrus, and caramel with more mild notes of cream and roast. Palate is medium to full with a silky, creamy velvet mouth feel and a chalky roast oriented dryness in the finish.