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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle... Pours murky and dark brown with a small, frothy, tan head. Good, swirling, hurricane/Milky Way galaxy-like retention. Milk chocolate and freshly ground, dark roast coffee dominate the nose. Medium to full-bodied and very creamy with prickly carbonation. Heaps of coffee, flanked by slightly lesser notes of chocolate and charcoal. Well-balanced between the burnt and bitter and the chocolaty-sweet. Lengthy, acrid, bitter finish. Kudos to axilla for shipping this very nice brew my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Pours a very dark brown bordering on black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee beans, oats and grains. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, oats and grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle from machfive55. He the Troegs man! Blackish pour. Small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and oats. Flavor hits you with spent coffee grinds, some chocolate and a fair hit of bitterness. Not bad, but a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma of espresso, chocolate, caramel, slight roasting, and oats. Poured black in color with a small, brown/beige head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Several very large particles. Small lacing. Flavor is lightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, oats, espresso, slight roasting, slight piney hops, and slight caramel. Medium body. Smooth, then chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Chocolate and espresso finish is dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12 oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours very deep brown, capped with medium sized khaki head that fades fairly rapidly. Aroma of baker’s chocolate, coffee and oats. Flavor is primarily coffee and dark chocolate, oats and some citrus. Long espresso finish. This is silky smooth and very drinkable, but the body is a bit thinner than I expected. Overall it’s a nice stout, and one of my favorite beers from the Scratch Series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a sudsy tan head. Nose is cafe au lait, semi-sweet chocolate, oat and coffee bean. Smooth medium body with a tang. Taste is French roast and milk chocolate with woody orange and lime. Hints of licorice. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abcfan (725) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Very nice effort for this highly anticipated brew. Pours black with fluffy tan head. Aroma of oat and chocolate dominate throughout with a nice roasted oat finish. Slight taste of espresso throughout. Wish I could have bought more of a growler, but the cases had already sold out!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Poured a dark brown / reddish color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, espresso, rolled oats, and cocoa. Taste of cocoa, oats, toffee, tobacco, toffee, and roasted malts, with a dry, espresso-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 Scratch 15 notes - 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium bubbly light tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of coffee, noble hops, milk chocolate, oats and coffee ice cream. Enjoy the aroma on this one. Flavor of roasted malts, some lighter coffee, bitter chocolate and light hop bitterness and flavor. Coffee coming through a bit nicer in the aroma than flavor. 8-4-6-4-14 JavaHead Stout notes - 22 ounce bottle pours a deep black with a medium creamy tan head with large bubbles and that left some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, oats, lots of citrusy and floral notes from the hops and the coffee is there but not as up front as I would have liked. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, toasted malt, some light coffee notes, citrusy and piney hops. Kind of thin and to be honest a bit of a disappointment. They could have done so much better with this beer. Pump up the coffee and make a better more robust stout. It sure is hoppy too...bitterness lingers a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2008
12oz bottle. I think Eric brought this one over. Poured a dark brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, roast, and some oats. Tastes of chocolate, lactose, very light coffee, oats, and roasty. I wanted more coffee in this! This just live up to my expectations and just seemed overall a little light.

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