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RATINGS: 679   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1534) - 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 (3432) - 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 (3328) - 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 (1093) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Draft. Pours deep black, almost obsidian, with an amberish, creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, pepper, spice, roasted malts, smoke, and hints of hops. Medium bodied for a stout, but pleasantly so. Satisfying, rich moutfeel with a long, spicy finish. Very good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Sample at the gingerman, NYC.... It’s dark in here but it looks pretty close to black with a frothy light tan head... Aroma of roast and very mild coffee notes...Roasted malt and cocoa make up the flavors. Kind of dull and lacking in assertiveness. Soft carbonation and somewhat thin palatewise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5527) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, coffee, a touch of hops and a strong amount of oatmeal. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong assertive roasted malt flavour with nuts, caramel and a small amount of coffee flavouring at the end. Aftertaste shows a rather bitter nutty beer with a lactic taste, plenty of roasted oatmeal and some light coffee scents. Overall, a good beer - strong, but not overly bitter - the coffee comes out well and is the leading characteristic, but doesn’t overpower the other stuff. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 02-October-2009 sampled in Washington on 17-October-2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12937) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2009
22oz bottle. Large beige head that leaves nice lacing, atop dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, oatmeal, chocolate, roast, some espresso, floral. Taste is moderately sweet, chococoffee, some roast, oatmeal, floral/earthy, light anise. Watery light-medium body that holds the alcohol surprisingly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Nice beer that’ s great on tap but I can see this one changing in bottle. That fresh clean taste tapped beers have is rampant in this one, and I loved it. The coffee is light, extremely light for a beer that’s named Java Head. But it’s good. I got the oatmeal sweetness and god damnit why does every stout have to be an oatmeal finishing stout? Decent beer but I wouldn’t shell out the money for the bombers. Glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2682) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bomber. Pours a leathery dark brown with a slow rising, but fairly large tan head. It’s sticking around for a while from the looks of things and there is some nice sudsy lacing clinging to the side of the glass where it has receded. Aromas are pretty weak... I was expecting a blast of coffee and chocolate, and instead I’ve found a hodgepodge of hops smells. A bit of pine and pineapple, but it’s pretty faint. I guess that there is a bit of chocolate there, but this was not the start that I was looking for. Flavor is much more predictable and right off the bat I find myself enjoying the oatmeal flavors. They lend an interesting counterbalance to the brusque coffee flavor (although this flavor seems a little stale... like old gas station coffee more than premium overpriced "venti" coffee.) There’s an nice play between the sweet and creamy chocolate and oatmeal front to this and the more edgy finish from the coffee. Not bad stuff...

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