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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1561) - - APR 8, 2016
Bottle, thanks Christina! Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate, roasted nuts and some coffee. Pours extremely dark brown with half a finger of light brown head with excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with nice roasted malt and chocolate flavors smoothed out nicely by the oatmeal that gives a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry with some nutty flavors, but with big coffee coming through at the very end to linger on the palate. Surprisingly good overall for a coffee stout, however the finish was still a bit harsh in the coffee department.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (649) - Radford, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2016
Breakfast, here I come! I love the balance, chocolate, sweet malt, just an excellent job.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (840) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Julio’s Liquors. Aroma is roasted malts with relatively subtle chocolate, dark fruit, oats. Maybe the faintest hint of coffee, but honestly not getting it. Appearance is dark, dark brown. Reddish-brown seen at the bottom with light source behind it. One stream of sparkle noted at the edge of the glass. Finger-width foamy light brown head with fair retention and nice lacing. Taste is moderately rich roasted malt with dark fruit and late espresso/coffee bitter taste. Palate is medium bodied with thick, creamy texture, average carbonation with dry, bitter finish as above. Overall, this is good but doesn’t stand out in any way. Aroma and taste are pretty restrained and, given that it’s got Java in the name, you’d think there’d be strong coffee flavor but there wasn’t. OK. Nothing I’d turn down but better offerings out there.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zgpt (39) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Pours black with plenty of head. Slightly soapy aroma but a deep rich creamy taste and a hint of espresso tang. Nuts and some chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1566) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - FEB 26, 2016
A very nice & roasty stout that is lovely on the palate & a pleasure to look at! Pours black w/ a mocha head & good lacing. The aroma is of subtle roast & chocolate. The taste is quite roasty up front & finishes w/ some chocolate notes & exceptionally smooth. Very good stout!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacNJ (61) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Troegs spares no expense with this delightful beer that has it all! I was so impressed with the tanish head that created awesome lacing, and I poured it from a bottle. I would love to have it on tap at the brewery! The oatmeal gives it the fluffy head and the chewy mouthfeel. It’s also super roasty and bitter with the combo of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Definitely grab this one on a cold, winter’s night. Cheers!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - FEB 9, 2016
From a bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are coffee and some roasted malts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roryd86 (1) - Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2016 does not count
Very strong coffee notes on the aroma, especially at first. First few sips are more heavily accented with coffee flavor. After that, the body remains full but the flavors start to blend or the coffee dominance starts to subside or overwhelm the palate and lead to an overly-complicated taste. Need to try again, and drink more slowly; this draught was on the cold end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (5018) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 4/9/2016. Pours nearly opqu dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Awesome appearance. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, light pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, light pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Medium piney/spicy and roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, and roast/charred earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good oatmeal coffee stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the abv. This was more of an American stout style on the level of hoppiness; but it was not a bad thing, and it was still nicely balanced. A very enjoyable offering.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (422) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2016 Black pour with a medium tan frothy head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee with sweet notes. Body is rather light for the style. Flavor a nice balance of sweet and bitter but overall light in flavor.


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