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RATINGS: 662   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1593) - 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 (2804) - 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 (1279) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1413) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, slight citrus hops, and a hint of molasses. Flavor isn’t as good as I was hoping. Pretty much what I got on the aroma with less coffee. Slightly bitter on the finish but not what I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Sampled at the SFTO Brandy release. Just about black in color with a small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, some light coffee. Taste has chocolate, roast, mild coffee, some light citrusy hops. Body is medium. Some light bitter roast in the finish. A nice stout, although I would have liked more coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5545) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with plenty of brown head. Coffee, espresso, dark malts, oatmeal, and chocolate flavors. Aroma is light but is a slight view into the depth of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2009
22oz. – The Wine Source. Black, tan creamy head. Cold pressed coffee and roasted chocolate-like aromas warm to soft vanilla cream swirls. Dark cocoa and medium roast coffee flavors are well rounded by a light backend bitterness. Light to medium bodied and smooth, soft carbonation, drying bittersweet finish. Well done…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Pours dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Smell is of roasted malt and coffee followed by some light hops, and a touch of caramel. Hops make a strong appearance in the taste. More than I had expected from a stout brewed with coffee beans. A bitter coffee taste makes its presence up front, and is mellowed out (only just a pinch) by sweetness from the chocolate malts. The body is a little skimpy for the style. At 7.5% ABV, this is a nice drinker that went down smooth without any problems. Coming into this, I expected a little more than what I actually received. Overall, a nice effort by Troegs, and will revisit this one again. ~

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5089) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2009
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron. Poured a dark black with a large foamy light beige head and a good amount of visible yeast from the end of the bottle. The aroma has no visible coffee notes despite their claim of coffee being added. What is there is a good amount of chocolate and orange that seems to be common in a good amount of stouts and sadly the absence of the coffee really brings this one down a notch or two. The body of this brew is medium with a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly chalky finsih. The flavor, upon mucho warming, shows some coffee qualities but still slight compared to something like Breakfast Stout. The remainder of the flavors are citrus rind, chocolate, floral hops, roastiness and slight earth notes. Despite being very lax in the coffee area this is one decent stout.

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