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RATINGS: 694   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Pours black. I can’t even get light penetration around the edges. Two-finger creamy coffee-tan colored head of foam. Great retantion and great lacing, to boot. Sweet maltiness and maple notes hit me first. Nice undertone of big espresso/coffee notes. Slight hints of dark fruits. Nice big chocolate presence. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Very slight hops notes, deep down inside. One of the better smelling coffee brews that I’ve had. Smells like a good cup from a specialty coffee shop. Ooooh, that’s some fine espresso tasting brew in my glass. Nice undertones of bittersweet chocolate. Light malty sweetness. Slight caramel notes. Hint of smoke. Feels nice and smooth. No real bitterness here, despite all of the sharp flavors involved in this brew. I’m sure that all of the smoothness is due to the oatmeal. What a wonderful grain! Good solid medium body. Nice level of carbonation. Slightly too thin for a stout, though, IMO. This is one that I’d love to see them put into regular, year-round, production. I would love to have this on a regular basis. Flavors are great. Nice level of smoothness. Good balance. On top of that, it’s a relatively low 6%ABV. I could do this as a session beer, no problem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
I thought this to be a pretty average coffee stout. I found it to be more toffee-ish than coffee-ish in the flavor, and a bit thin and not especially bitter. Some of what it lacked in coffee bitterness I thought was made up for in a pretty significant hop bitterness. I thought it was OK, and very quaffable, but not necessarily what I was expecting. Color was black. Head was tan and plentiful. I could tell from the viscousness of the pour that the body was a touch thin. Aroma was sweet like a breakfast stout. Flavor was also lactose-sweetness, and not really coffee-ish. However, there was a significant hop presence in this beer, more significant than other coffee beers in recent memory. Mouthfeel was a touch thin. Pretty good. I’d recommend giving it a try. I bought my bottle at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 I first had some from a cask at RnH. A mellow, easy stout. I tasted coffee, esters, tobacco, and a light bitterness. I also had a bottle of this, which was labeled Scratch 15. Dark bread, malt, and molasses in the aroma. This time it seemed more like a coffee porter than a stout, but it is now called a coffee stout. Fairly dry and lightly spicey, with some coffee and smoke in there too. A bit prickly on the palate. A big tasty brew - very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours black in color with full foamy brown head. Aroma sweet, hops and roasted coffee. Taste roasted malt, coffee and chocolate with bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark black color with a large dark brown head that lingered forever and produced lots of lacing. The aroma was lovey and complex with bitter roasty malts, coffee, tart cherriess, apples and berries. The flavor was bitter, roasty and toasty with notes of malted milk, vanilla and coffee. There were touches of citrus, apple and caramel underneath. The coffee is definitely present but is subtle. The finish was long, dryish and roasty. The body is full and silky smooth. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle x2 (shared with Shawn and then by myself thanks to Jeff). The two tastings were pretty much exactly the same. Deep brown hue with ruby highlights topped by a fading frothy head and very good lace. The aroma is coffee for sure along with burnt and caramel malts, hints of chocolate and vanilla, earthy and herbal esters as well. The taste is coffee and chocolate driven with a heavy lingering roast that is a bit astringent. Light smoke and a tad acidic fruits. The mouth feel is lively and chalky, a tad thin is a bit disappointing. An okay coffee stout, meets my expectations, nothing more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours dark, dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Aroma is sweet malts, grassy hops, and just a bit of roasted coffee. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced. Good coffee notes, with a hint of hops and roasty malts. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
22oz bottle from dmac. Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head that leaves specks of lace. Smells of roasted malts with some light chocolate and coffee scents. Faintly sweet as well. Tastes of sweet roasted malts with some coffee. Es ok. Medium body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Tap (Craft Ale House). Pours a deep, dark brown with a 1+ finger beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, dark roasted malts, espresso and a splash of hops. Surprising amount og hops in the flavor, with the bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts. This is a touch on the bitter side. Smooth and relatively easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3235) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
A tasty and very bitter stout. Aroma was good. All coffee with some dark chocolate. Pour was a deep dark black with a one finger tan head. Taste was strongly bitter. Coffee dominates with a strong bitter hoppy aftertaste. Decent carbonation. Only complaint is the coffee and hops seem to clash with bitterness which at times is OK but after a while gets too noticeable.

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