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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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3.1
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Bomber. Pours light black with a medium brown head. Aroma is chocolate and dark roast. Coffee is there though not especially fresh or overtly obvious as in some coffee beers. Hops in the aroma are present as well and somewhat distracting. Flavor is mild chocolate, not much roast, coffee, or bitterness, at least compared to what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This tastes like a standard porter. This was very disappointing.

3.6
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Cask. Pretty decent java stout, not that I’d expect anything less from Troegs. My only complaint was a bit of chalkiness in the finish. Otherwise, nice milk chocolate, good roast, light coffee.

3.7
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Thin milk and light roast nose, rather plain and straightforward. Flavor is a bit bolder with more biting, burnt coffee, light chocolate, and significant hop to add some balance without going green. Grainy, milky finish, some oat lingering in the decent-sized body, the hop keeping it fresh and lightly oily. Pretty decent beer, glad for the balance.

4.2
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2010
bomber. pours an average black with a thick 3 finger rocky tan head... coffee on the nose with some overall sweetness... medium to thick body full of roasted coffee, chocolate, cream and light hops... very smooth body with a milk like cream feel and low carbonation... the flavors really shine throughout the mouth and flow from front to back very delicately... this is almost like drinking a coffee beer milkshake... the bitterness comes forward on the finish with the whole leaf hops falling into the sweet roasted coffee malts. as the beer warms there are some darker fruit and yeast notes that come forward. outstanding coffee stout - very enjoyable and very well made.

3.8
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
I really enjoyed this and found it to be very drinkable and on the dry side. It was well balanced between all the elements. Long rich finish that is smooth and chocolaty.

3.3
Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2010
A decent stout. Hints of coffee and cocoa in the nose and flavor. Very soft, just like an oatmeal stout, but lacks in the overall complexity and flavors. Not a tremendous amount of coffee presence.

3.7
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2010
bottle poured a dark chestnut brown in color with a foamy tan head. aroma has both roasted malt and coffee, dark chocolate, and sweetness. mouth feel is medium with good coating. flavor has a nice coffee that gets a bit more bitter, medium roast, and chocolate.

3.8
jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle - thanks to secret santa ’09. Very dark brown pour with an ample sized creamy tan head. Lots of thick, sticky lacing. Coffee filled aroma, sweet and with a light cocoa. I can sense a little bittersweetness is about to happen. Flavor profile is up front with a roasted espresso flavor before getting swept up in heavy roast. Light bittersweet chocolate notes. Dry and chalky. Straightforward and enjoyable.

3.6
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle from Buffalo. Dark brown with a voluminous tan head. Nice aroma, fairly dry and roasty with good espresso notes. Medium bodied, a bit thinner than expected. Flavour has a great roasty character, with a fair bit of coffee, some charred malt, a hint of cocoa, and a dry, moderately hopped finish. Not quite as intense as I was hoping, but still pretty good stuff.

3.2
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Poured a dark brown color with a small, foamy beige head. The nose is roasted with lesser notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Medium body with a round mouth feel and ample carbonation. The flavor contains lots of dark chocolate and roasted/burnt malt notes with mild hops bitterness. Finishes roasted with mild bitterness and light acidity. I was pretty underwhelmed with this brew, for a coffee stout I like the coffee profile to be more forward, coffee in this one lurked in the background.


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