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RATINGS: 704   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
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2010
650 ml bottle courtesy of steelersfan. Thanks Jen. Pours an opaque black-brown color with a big tan head that has good retention and some lacing. The aroma is moderate with coffee, mocha and chocolate. The flavor is earthy with roasted coffees, some chocolate and biter nuts. There seems to be a bit of oxidation too. The palate is full and smooth. The finish is long with lingering coffee and dirt. Overall: Lots of potential here. This bottle might be a bit old, I’ll seek out again.

4.5
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Tröegs Java Head is a solid black beer with a thin, dense, light brown head that leaves solid sheets of lacing. It has a roasty, almost ashy, aroma with notes of coffee and pine. It’s medium bodied and incredibly smooth, with a light, graceful finish. It’s nice and roasty and well balanced with a light sweetness and a resiny bitterness. There are notes of ultra roast coffee and licorice. This is great. It’s really tasty, pretty complex and very drinkable. It’s very similar to Victory and Weyerbacher imperial stouts-- clearly of the Pennsylvania pursuasion.

4.3
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a frothy tan cap.

Aroma: Dry roasty malt and a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Very roasted, almost burnt malts,fresh black coffee, bitter chocolate, and minerals.

Mouthfeel: Thin and creamy with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: A very clean stout. No obnoxious coffee grind, just a great showcase of some dark roasty goodness.

3.9
nuplastikk (6218) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2010
22oz bottle. Opaque black with some ruby-red edges. Big, rusty beige head. Cocoa coffee notes. Pretty well done coffee stout, with enough ABV to add the the complexity, but it remains completely drinkable. A nice bitterness interplay between the hops and coffee. Chocolate and cocoa notes, but not overly sticky and sugary. Coffee Stouts are not really my favorite, but I find this one to b e quite enjoyable, above par for the style.

3.6
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Coffee, sweet malts, and roasted malt. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, and hops stand out. Mouth feel is rich and creamy. Good damn beer.

3.8
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
Dark brown / black pour with a thick frothy mocha beige color. Aroma is chocolate syrup and a bittersweet black coffee. Flavor has some molasses, bitter chocolate, a lot of heavily roasted, almost smoky malts. I can taste the coffee, but it is more clearly in the bitterness than the up front flavor. Not too sweet or rich like a lot of stouts. This is very nicely balanced and overall, a really nice beer.

4.1
jtclockwork (16443) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
Cocoa pour. Very dark. Nice think tan head. Very long finish of a gourmet coffee malt. Quite nice. Rated 4/2/09

3.2
cheap (5796) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Beautiful presentation in the glass. Dark choco moose thick head that sits on top of rather viscous black liguid. Hoppy dark beer smell but not overly coffee, roasted hints in the background. This olfactory carries over into the flavors, dark roasty with burnt black coffee instantly bitter roto tilling sideways across the tongue on its way to the back of the throat! Carbonation is that of a better nitro stout, smooth and creamy. Finish is coffee soaked partially burned wood from the campfire at the party the night before.

4.4
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Troegs Scratch 15 A- Body is a thick opaque dark brown, nearly black color. Pours with a 2 finger tan head that has excellent retention and leaves some lacing all the way down the glass. S- Big roasted malt aromas come through along with some toffee and oatmeal. T- Upfront is some coffee flavor showcased by roasted dark malt, a slight vanilla sweetness, and a hint of toffee. Oatmeal lingers in the background. Finish is consistent with the initial flavor but adds roasted malt bitterness. M- Thick, smooth, oatmeal rich body with medium carbonation. D- This is another wonderful brew by Troegs. Very happy that I had the opportunity to try this one. Great to sip on a cold day but sessionable as well. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-02-2008 00:07:04

3.9
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass Poured ruby-brown, almost black with a 2-finger head which settled into a thin layer but lasted. Lacing is heavy and lasting. The nose is citrus, roasted chocolate coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and good carbonation is evident. Taste is sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, with a small citrus hop bitterness. Vanilla is at the end as well. I have had this on-tap at the brewery and loved it. Bottled is good as well and I would have it again absolutely.


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