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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Dark brown opaque pour with a thin white head. Roasted flavor with good fresh coffee. Dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7322) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2357) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Bottle sample shared by shigadeyo. Poured dark brown with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Solid coffee balanced flavor with a smooth average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Bottle; pours a bubbly mocha head atop a black body with obvious viscousity. Redolent of cocoa powdern, dark roast, bittersweet chocolate, roast barley, caramel notes, hint of vanilla, slight lactose or mild cream, and a final noticeable hop note. Overall a pleasant coffee aroma. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, then dark chocolate, bitter roasted coffee which unfortunately is not overly complex, and then a slight floral orangey hint. Palate is nicely smooth due to the oats. However there is obviously too much of a hop presence in this stout and it presents a weird juxtaposition from bitter coffee to oranges. Overall a good start for a coffee stout but I found it somewhat timid and ambivalent as to the brewers intent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Tap at Barcade: Near opaque pour with a light brown head that retains well. Rich fruity aroma with some soft roast (more black malt than coffee) and a nice British yeast soft fruitiness. Some mild hop notes are there as well giving it a resiny edge. Fluffy carbonation- creamy body. Lots of dry roasted black malt and burnt fruit notes (raisin) giving it a mild sweetness. Nice hop character as well- the resiny bitterness meshes with the roast. A nice drinkable and balanced coffee stout that has lots of discernible base beer qualities rather than just bombarding the consumer with coffee and masking the base beer. Nice job on the balance and coffee subtlety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1470) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
(Bottled 09/10/09) Interesting aroma of citrus hops and coffee. Pours an opaque black with a full tan head. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. On the flavor side it seems a bit light, some hops, some coffee, and a touch of roast. Not a bad beer, but not one I’ll hunt down again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color, almost pitch black that is completely opaque even when held to a light source. I mean there isn’t even the slightest mahogany edge on this. 2.5 finger frothy tan head that has good retention, slowly fding into a lasting cap that leaves chinks of lace rings on it’s way down. Slightly roasted sweet aroma with chocolate, coffee bean, hops, caramel, oatmeal and licorice notes. I was expecting this to have much more of a coffee/espresso presence but it is pretty subtle. The flavor is more coffee forward than the aroma would leave you to believe. Pretty roasty with a nice coffee/espresso bean flavor up front which roasted chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, burnt toast and a nice bitter hop profile. Slightly more watered down than I would prefer but still has a nice silky medium body. Again, this is very hoppy for the style and it shows in the dry bitter finish. The alcohol is decently masked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfonit (1214) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Pure black color with some killer brown head. Aroma has a coffee and pine scent with a chocolate and floral undertone. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Has a little more carbonation than I was expecting from a stout. Leaves a bitter coffee aftertaste. Not too bad, but not too good either.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Qubert (62) - USA - SEP 25, 2009
From bottle- Pours a black color with tank head. Flavor of molasses and coffee, hint of chocolate. solid coffee stout, just missing a little something.

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