RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bonster (182) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bomber from coldbrewky for beeeer tasting night. Pours a dark brown with a tan color head. The most captivating thing about this beer was the complete honeycomb pattern that materialized from the frothy head. Quite delightful indeed. As for the beer itself the aroma was very subdued and the flavor almost featured more hops than coffee in my opinion. It is creamy and smooth however, but I just expected more coffee bean punch from something labeled Java Head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5649) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 Bomber. Nose of chocolate, coffee, citric hops, not really roasty but some smooth mocha-y and vanilla powder. Pleasant. Pitch pour with a large creamy, rocky tan head. Taste is dry and lightly sour, rounded and smooth feel, low carbonation, coffee et al are low and restrained. Light body, long dry aftertaste, lightly beany but again, zero trace of roast. There’s some nice complexity here in a style not always known for it, but I much prefer a different direction (to the other side of the spectrum). [2010.01.05: 3.3]

Bottle, different label (now black instead of ... light brown? Tan?. I do like the acrid-citric combination here, and the smooth fresh roast coffee is really appealing combined with the sludgy malt and excellent chocolate tones. Great lightly smoky aftertaste tinged with lemon, medium bitterness. [2016.04.09: 3.4]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mingo1968 (51) - phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Poured pitch black from a 22oz bottle. Aroma of coffee with chocolate notes. And frothy, tan head. A light sweetness with a soft carbonation. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Sampled at Barrios’ Sausage Fest 2010! Pours a great near black with decent brown head. Nose is a little on the weak side of old coffee. Flavor is roasty, cocoa, coffee. A little astringent, but still a tasty beer. Love the label art.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a lacing tan head with a dark brown body. Aromas of roasted, dark bread flavors with a hint of coffee. Flavors of toasted bread, molasses, old coffee that is faint. Finish is sticky and bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2010
dark pour with a cream soda head. Thin and sour. Surprise. But not a good one. It’s really astringent old coffee in flavor. Disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle on 10/04/2009. Dark black body with a large rocky tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate, caramel and coffee aroma with a bit of floral and resiny notes. Sweet chocolate, roast and vanilla flavor with coffee and a bit of floral hop bitterness. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19614) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
Draught at Ginger Man, NYC
Black color, creamy head. Light aroma but deep. Roasted malt flavor, and caramel. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gpekar (494) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Poured a dark almost black with a tall light brown creamy head. There were highlights of orangy red at the base of the glass as light passed through. The aroma was fairly mild with hints of coffee and chocolate. The flavor was predominately coffee and an enhanced bitterness developed from the hops towards the finish. Some dark chocolate flavor also came through towards the finish as well. The head left a nice amount of lacing throughout the glass. I was disappointed in the lack of a strong aroma and a mild finish as well, but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1882) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/10/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 2 inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s some citrusy hops noticable too, mostly in the finish. However, for this being a coffee stout the coffee isn’t strong in the flavor or aroma. For a beer called Java Head I expected a lot more coffee flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it’s smooth and goes down easy. The alcohol in this brew is well hidden. I think this is a good enough beer and would buy it again in the future, but since I was expecting more coffee in this brew I have to say I was a bit disappointed with it.

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