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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Light aroma of coffee and - surprisingly - hops. A decent stout if light bodied, some nice coffee flavor without much bitterness, cocoa, roasted barley, and a noticeable hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3046) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2009
On cask at Chelsea Pier, NYC. Aroma is roasted coffee, and citrus/grapefruit hops. The appearance is true to the style, dark brown, tan head. The flavor is like the aroma - a roasted coffee note, and strong citrusy hops. Strange, but enjoyable. The finish was strictly citrus. Medium thick mouthfeel. Interesting. Good, just a little strange. Very hoppy for this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3622) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours black, faint tan head. Aroma is gently of coffee and a bit of chocolate, but also quite a bit of a doughy yeasty note. Flavor matches, very surprised at the level of yeast flavor here. Honestly would not have pegged this as a coffee stout - I have had far more intense coffee notes from many stouts that never saw a drop of the beans. Rather light bodied too for a 7.5% beer. Faint citrus hops on the finish barely there, but detectable. Not bad, just not what I was expecting. Sort of a middling stout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WVHouseofBeer (961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Pours pitch black with a medium tan head which stayed the entire time with some lacing. Looked great, and then I was disappointed by the extremely slight coffee aroma which was almost nonexistent. Decent coffee and malt flavor and medium bodied. This could be an awesome beer with a little stronger flavor and any kind of aroma at all. This is the worst beer from Troegs that I have tried, definitely a disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2009
From bomber. Light coffee bean aroma, lots of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Mild bitter smoky burnt nose, with light hop character. Bit of a sour tang in there, too. Dark, dark black body with foamy-creamy medium tan lacing head. Medium body, kinda chewy, with a bit of an oily finish and medium fizzy carbonation. Starts dry and bitter, with lots of burnt malt, chocolate and roasted barley. A touch of coffee and medium hop bitterness. There’s a little subdued vanilla in there with a bit of oaky quality. Big bitter dry finish with lasting roast on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2009
On cask at the Chelsea brewery cask festival. Toasty and toasty malt goodness. Some hop backing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matthewjk (1021) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2009
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
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.

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