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RATINGS: 700   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Bottled. Pours with a large, lovely head, a very black color. Nice lacing. This is a light-bodied, easy drinking stout, with a clean roasty coffee that is not too in your face or over the top at all. It is well integrated. The beer is malt-forward, with a dryish, chalky body, and a gentle malt sweetness midway through. The finish is entirely dry. A solid beer that I easily consumed a bomber of without trouble.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamherbert (1525) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2010 Aroma is mild coffee, black licorice. Strong alcohol. A little weaker than I expected. Coffee grounds, hint of roasted hazelnut. Coffee is a tad cloying, the nuttiness works. Appears dark glassy brown with a medium brown head. Red at the edges. Decent head retention. The flavor is like coffee (heavy creamer) with a hint of some dark fruits (plum, raisin). Not as dry-coffee as I’d been led to believe. Nutty finish. Malts are standard porter/stout, with hints of grape. Has a welcome red wine finish as it warms up. The palate is very dry, but not very substantial. A solid, pleasant porter with a roasted nutty character.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2010 Nice frothy head that maintained; Dark and full... can’t see through. Aroma includes coffee and chocolate. Flavors linger but finish is good. A quality stout that has a good balance of coffee without being too much.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2010
In short: A straight forward basic coffee stout. Nothing special.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about 3 months after purchase
The look: Near black body topped by small tan head
In long: Nose of a cold cup of black coffee. Taste is very straightforward. Low-medium roasted level, lots of black coffee, some burnt toasts, floury sensation, medium sweet. Velvety body (type of mouthfeel I get from oatmeal stouts). No chocolate, not fruity notes, limited hops presence (if any). Finish is mouth drying in a strange way, like taking a sip with a teaspoon of flour. Just another coffee stout among too many others. I don’t pee anymore, I percolate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (3063) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Black pour tan head .... roasted coffee and chocolate aroma ... tastes of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and lightly acidic a light bitter finish .... very tasty and enjoyable stout

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1386) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Pours a dark chocolate brown color topped by a small, foamy tan colored head. The aroma shows dark chocolate, coffee roast, dark sweet malts, and some earthy hops. The flavor follows suit with the dark chocolate and coffee roast complimenting each other with some burnt malts, and hops in the back ground. Medium bodied with good carbonation and easy to drink. Not as much coffee roast as I was expecting, but still a good coffee stout.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (2245) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Pours a coffee black with a nice mocha colored head. YOu can really smell coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes is of chocolate, toffee and coffee, the coffee taste somewhat overwhelms this stout. Aftertaste is bitter. This was a ok beer, I would like to retry it and let it warm up some to see what tastes come through.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Listigovers (1086) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
650ml bomber. First off, I drank half and was unimpressed. Then, the second half, which had warmed up, was much much better. This beer should not be drunk cool, but warm. Smell was not too pungent, it was a little bit roasted but not strong enough for my liking. The mouthfeel and taste are extremely creamy. Coupled with a very long lasting bitter coffee aftertaste. Creamy at the start, dry at the end, I’m happy now. Main flavours involve copious amounts of roasted malt, and a bit of citrusy flavours at the end. There is coffee, but the main coffee flavour comes in the aftertaste. Pleasant and enjoyable, warming too. The aftertaste lasts so long, and the best flavours come out whilst warm, so you can just sip on this for an hour and it’s lovely. Quite enjoyable, I would buy it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (11014) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle. Poured a black with a nice thick muddy brown head that lasted throughout. Aroma was full of coffee notes, with plenty of roasted notes and a slight oat undertone. Flavor was well balanced with roast, coffee and a bit of cocoa. I picked up a slight undertone of citrus hops near the middle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Pours brownie brown with thin tan head. The aroma is sweet malts, some modest roastiness, caramel, black strap molasses, fudge brownie crumbs and a dash of chocolate. The taste is smooth and somewhat thin with burnt malts, a touch of chocolate, some black licorice, coffee and a dash of earthiness to keep things interesting. It actually gets fuller in body toward the finish leaving pretty bold roastiness into the after taste.


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