cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours dark brown, slight hints of burgundy in the light. Frothy mocha head that lingers; good lacing. Aroma of coffee that hits first, then a rich brown sugar oatmeal fills the nose. Nice bitterness, then finishes with a coffee-dominated bitterness, with just the slightest hint of bitter chocolate. Medium-full body that is incredibly creamy and buttery. Light carbonation. Delivers as advertised and a solid coffee stout.
matthewjk (964) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2010 Java Head is my first discovery from Troegs. Not bad. Nice creamy, long-lasting head forms from 22oz bomber. Nice blend of flavors, but nothing really stands out as exceptional. This is a maybe buy again for me.
Re-rating notes: -.1 deviation (palate) - Coffee stouts are still one of my favorite varieties and I know they can be executed well. I think what could be improved with this one is more of a malt backing. This would provide some sweetness to balance out the bitter notes of the espresso and coffee--that are barely detectable. The description claims it is based on their oatmeal stout, but I find this much too hoppy for to qualify as an oatmeal stout--even with the coffee brew added.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the weekly tastings at Blacklick Wines and Spirits.Pours black with a nice tan head.The nose on this was great.Lots of coffee note steming from this.The flavor was good but the nose lied about the flavor.The coffee an chocolate were there but the semi sweet bitterness kept interfering
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown/black color wit ha thick tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, a touch of hoppiness. Flavor is very coffee oriented up front but the mouth feel is not overly bitter. Some interesting hop notes here to. Pretty easy to drink, but not spectacular.
JaBier (5139) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the stout tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 10/1/09. Black pour with a medium tan head. Malty aroma with some hop influence and a bit of coffee. Syrupy and fruity flavor with a bitter coffee finish. Not great.
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla. Flavor of bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and some light coffee grounds in the finish. I’d like to get some more java from this java stout. Overall, an ok stout.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma at once milky and grainy with coffee clearly there but remaining somewhat subtle. Flavor intensely roasted, both the malt character and the coffee, charred at times even. Some semi-sweet cocoa notes peak out at the end to balance the charred components. Quite dry throughout. Pretty simple, but that’s the nature of the style, and a nice subtle-strong approach to the coffee.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown opaque pour with a thin white head. Roasted flavor with good fresh coffee. Dry.
Ughsmash (7265) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Rich (as Scratch 15). Poured deep brown with a creamy, easily-resuscitated cap of rich tan head. The aroma picked up roasty, peppery coffee with toasty grains and sweeter, milkier accents.. warm and intriguing, but it seemed to be missing a little something. The flavor was all about the coffee, with a lovely dry-roasted espresso presence.. chocolate and char supplemented.. bitterness came from earth and more coffee.. finished with a coffee-inspired hit of sourness and bitterness. Medium-bodied and scratchy on the palate.. dry and well-roasted.. not the greatest feel. Solid brew.
BREWMUSKCLES (2338) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
moderate of body and flavored in kind. expresso and a good touch of coffee the brew is light enough to be refreshing yet somewhat substantive with tingly pepper, spice and even less licorice. black with two toned head where the liquid stains it this brew is a bit wine like... perhaps an aged spanish table wine or more yet a muscatel... that is where the alcohol is.as a hop head i prefer more of a hybrid but these brewers already make a fine one. earthy... ok.