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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (12611) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2009
Just sampled some of this tonight at Shorty’s in NYC. A really tasty brew. Highly robust, with a deep coffee flavor. Coffee reigns, in the nose, the taste and in the aftertaste. Each is somewhat unique, though, and the overall experience is quite complex. I also detected notes of caramel and chocolate, as is to be expected. A good bit malty. Very savory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle. Nose is lactic oatmeal and mild coffee, with some soft roast and rich chocolate notes showing up as it opens. Tastes some sort of strange lactic/coffee/vanilla/cheese... not sure what to think of it. Pasty, a little chalky. Medium body. Something isn’t right with this one, I think mainly because of the lactic character throughout (sour cream), and a weak/pasty/bready character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 Accidentally had copied the wrong rating from my own files, so here’s the correct one: Bottle at the Cuvee de Castleton release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Big roast and a touch of coffee. Thin to medium bodied, very roasty, finishing with a nice long bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pineypower (2610) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of mocha, roast, chocolate and burnt brown sugar. Taste is straight forward coffee and espresso, chocolate, slight roast and an earthy note. I really don’t like coffee or espresso and this beer leaned way to far to that side for me to have enjoyed it. I appreciate what went into it, but I didn’t care for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3279) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Traded bottle. Opaque, dark brown pour with a khaki head and decent lacing. Espresso notes in the flavour plus some bourbon vanilla. Big coffee in the flavour and finish. The coffee might be a little overpowering in the flavour but really nice in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
12oz bottles from goryshkewych and treyrab, thanks George and Trey. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Sweet roasty aroma, some dark fruits as well, smells alot stronger than 6%. Flavor wasn’t up to par with the aroma, still some nice roastiness, coffee is pretty upfront too. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4565) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
12 oz from educators BIF, thanks dashirey. Pours dark brown with small dark tan head. Nose is roasted malt, spice, earth, chicory, and a twinge of sweetness. Flavor is espresso, roasted malt, some vanilla, and defintie coffee bitterness that lingers around past the finish. Medium-bodied and very coffee flavored. Decent Imp Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2009
12 oz bottle, via BA ffejherb. Pours a hazy dark brown, almost black, body with a small light brown head, light lacing. The nose is roasty and laced with coffee and dark chocolate notes. Nice coffee forward flavor, burnt day-old coffee, over a roasty and chocolaty malt base with a bit of yeastiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, a pretty darn good beer, one of my favorites from the Scratch series that I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle a few nights ago. Pours a black body with a tan head. Hints of coffee, chocolate, oats, and lactose. Earthy and coffee bitterness a bit cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12oz bottle from drinkandrive--thanks! Clear dark brown with a one finger tan head in my Duvel tulip, and the head is better retaining than other beers, so I dunno what the description’s talking ’bout. Roasty coffee beans, clean roasted malts, and some sweet caramel make up the aroma. Flavor follows suit pretty well without turning into the burnt ashy roast that makes me mad about a lot of stouts. The espresso is a little more restrained, though--but it doesn’t bother me because there’s some dark chocolate and caramel that blend really well with the roasted malts. Silky smooth Semi-dry finish with bitterness at a 3. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Very nice stout.

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