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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3036) - 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 (7223) - San Diego, California, 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 (7513) - 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 (267) - 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 (7447) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Big thanks to machfive55. Dark brown pour, black in the glass, with an open, frothy tan head. Glasscoating lace. Faint coffee aroma. Flavor pairs iced coffee with the fruitier roasted malt flavors, cherry, strawberry, licorice. Chocolate and fig bringing up the bittersweet finish. Medium body, palate is slightly dry and very lively with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Dark brown with a big brown long lasting head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts and some hops. Flavor of roasted malts finishes with coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3160) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of hops and some roasted malts. Flavor is mild-not overpowering coffee, roasted malts, and a slightly hop-bitter end. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 31, 2009
bottle. pours a deep brown with a foamy tan head. Notes of coffee, milk chocoalte, malt balls, toffee. very smooth and creamy. good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy, who shared it at the Houston RB Tasting in October. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is of coffee. Taste is of coffee. Mouthfeel is thin and dry.

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