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RATINGS: 681   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12106) - 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 (1412) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5400) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to hug rim. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Thin with vanilla, chocolate and sweet espresso. Lasting coffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3636) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
pours a very black color with a huge mocha colored head...some sediment visible throughout...nice lacing and retention. aroma is not as bold as i expected but does have coffee dominating it...also the faintest hint of a dusty aroma. flavor has some roastiness and burnt qualities and mild coffee...a touch of milkiness too..not as complex as i expected. excellent creamy mouthfeel...velvety and lively...with a lingering roasty coffee finish. pretty nice but i was expecting more out of this one...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1987) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Black, coffee infused stout, malt, oatmeal, and medium bitterness. Picked up a bomber @ premium price, enjoyed Java Head, but it left me yearning for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Large, rocky head--leaves a lot of chunky lace. Dark, dark brown where no light shines through. Cooled off hot chocolate smell; creamy; semi-sweet without the typical burnt aromas. Tastes more dark than the smell. Far more bitter--burnt toast and background hop. It’s thinner than I like, particularly for an oatmeal stout. The aftertaste is similar to mocha. Put it together, a nice complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bomber from State Line Liquors. Very nice pour, thick and deep brown, with a hefty head. Slight sediment visible in the body. The nose is actually a bit indistinct, particularly as far as coffee stouts go. Sharp hops are the dominant characteristic, and there’s a particular citrus aroma to them. Strange. Full bodied and very smooth, with a dry finish. The flavor is more complex than the aroma, with the bean coming in somewhat shyly - certainly not much of a roasted characteristic, more of a smooth dry chocolate. Overall, it’s an enjoyable beer but I found it more like a black IPA than a coffee stout.

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