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RATINGS: 686   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1815) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 29, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1615) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2009
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2009
@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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Dark body with a caramel colored head. Aroma has a strong initial hop character with notes of coffee, caramel and almost hidden sour citrus. Body is medium with flavors of coffee with the hops coming through. Finishes off with a mouth feel similar to an IPA with a dryer feeling on the tongue. Overall, this is a rather unique take on the stout style though quite delicious all the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2009
No coffee aroma, no coffee taste. This beer is very smooth and slides down real easy. Finishes with avery slight undertone of maybe coffee-esque. But not really. The beer is good and worth a try, but it was a let down from an otherwise good brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1433) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pitch black pour. Doesn’t really smell like much - subtle coffee notes, as expected, but nothing huge. Taste is kinda a letdown too - the coffee is there, but it’s in the background. Not a huge coffee bite like I was expecting. A good beer, sure, but far from the best coffee stout I’ve tried.

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