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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 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 (2699) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle shared by kramer: Pours a mostly opaque black with a thin, stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel and roasty coffee with a touch of dark chocolate. Body starts with good viscosity and mild sweetness well-balanced with roasty coffee and dark chocolate flavor. A good coffee stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2009
The dark, chocolate colored body glows with a chestnut hue at the edges when backlit. A small, frothy, beige colored head shows nice retention, leaving delicate, organic looking splotches of lacing in its wake. The aroma is a little quirky. What seems like a fialry straightforward, roasty, coffee, cocoa, and oatmeal profile is clouded by notes of celery. Yes....celery. I’ve never smelled anything like this in a stout before, and celery is far from my favorite vegetable, so I think you can tell how I feel about it. There’s also a weird, completely out of place note of mint leaves that clashes quite abruptly with the earthen hop notes. Flavors, unfortunately, show more of the same. It would be a pretty nice brew if the vegetal, celery component wasn’t there, as the cocoa-coffee roast and smooth, vanilla laden oatmeal are all present. I just can’t get past the celery-mint, however. Medium bodied and balanced on the tongue, the palate neither impresses or offends. This beer is straight up weird. There’s not much more to say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8674) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Pours onym with 1-finger tan head and great lacing. Nose is dark malt, dark choc, cacao, heavy coffee, molasses, slight rauch and hops. Tastes dark malty, with heavy coffee, dark choc, hops, gets a bit bitter late. The palate is not very dense, but has good complexity, and the coffee stays strong throughout, with a late jalapeno oil that reminds me a lot of Bell’s Java Stout. Very nice, but coffee haters should stay away, as should cheap dark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle at nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Pours amber black with tan head. The aroma is soy sauce, pepper, spent coffee grounds. The flavor is ash and soy sauce with some nut shells. Kind of sloppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
12 oz. thanks to lithy for sharing this one. Opaque with a tidy little cover of foam. Aroma of coffee, oats and cookie dough. Flavors of espresso, oats and char. Medium heavy body is smooth, a little sticky and roast-dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to machfive55. Dark black pour with a finger of tan head. Aroma is soy sauce, lightly roasted malt. Taste is more roast, soy sauce, some faint chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5801) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle : The aroma has notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, black licorice, and light roasted coffee. It pours a dark brown with some orange hilights and a small tan head. Flavor starts with bitter chocolate. Moderate burnt flavors in the finish with some roasted coffee and a hint of smoke. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6657) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2009
My bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of TheEpeeist. Pours a very dark brown with an average size frothy light-brown head. Aroma’s roasty with lots of coffee, dark bitter chocolate and a bit of smoke. Flavour’s dry and also has lots of coffee along with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

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