Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2009
From bomber. Light coffee bean aroma, lots of roasted barley and chocolate malt. Mild bitter smoky burnt nose, with light hop character. Bit of a sour tang in there, too. Dark, dark black body with foamy-creamy medium tan lacing head. Medium body, kinda chewy, with a bit of an oily finish and medium fizzy carbonation. Starts dry and bitter, with lots of burnt malt, chocolate and roasted barley. A touch of coffee and medium hop bitterness. There’s a little subdued vanilla in there with a bit of oaky quality. Big bitter dry finish with lasting roast on the tongue. Pwn3d (1958) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2009
On cask at the Chelsea brewery cask festival. Toasty and toasty malt goodness. Some hop backing. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours dark brown, slight hints of burgundy in the light. Frothy mocha head that lingers; good lacing. Aroma of coffee that hits first, then a rich brown sugar oatmeal fills the nose. Nice bitterness, then finishes with a coffee-dominated bitterness, with just the slightest hint of bitter chocolate. Medium-full body that is incredibly creamy and buttery. Light carbonation. Delivers as advertised and a solid coffee stout. matthewjk (1138) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2010 Java Head is my first discovery from Troegs. Not bad. Nice creamy, long-lasting head forms from 22oz bomber. Nice blend of flavors, but nothing really stands out as exceptional. This is a maybe buy again for me.
Re-rating notes: -.1 deviation (palate) - Coffee stouts are still one of my favorite varieties and I know they can be executed well. I think what could be improved with this one is more of a malt backing. This would provide some sweetness to balance out the bitter notes of the espresso and coffee--that are barely detectable. The description claims it is based on their oatmeal stout, but I find this much too hoppy for to qualify as an oatmeal stout--even with the coffee brew added. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Sampled at the weekly tastings at Blacklick Wines and Spirits.Pours black with a nice tan head.The nose on this was great.Lots of coffee note steming from this.The flavor was good but the nose lied about the flavor.The coffee an chocolate were there but the semi sweet bitterness kept interfering
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Pours a deep brown/black color wit ha thick tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, a touch of hoppiness. Flavor is very coffee oriented up front but the mouth feel is not overly bitter. Some interesting hop notes here to. Pretty easy to drink, but not spectacular. JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Sampled at the stout tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 10/1/09. Black pour with a medium tan head. Malty aroma with some hop influence and a bit of coffee. Syrupy and fruity flavor with a bitter coffee finish. Not great. LilBeerDoctor (4235) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla. Flavor of bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and some light coffee grounds in the finish. I’d like to get some more java from this java stout. Overall, an ok stout.
7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5] fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle. Aroma at once milky and grainy with coffee clearly there but remaining somewhat subtle. Flavor intensely roasted, both the malt character and the coffee, charred at times even. Some semi-sweet cocoa notes peak out at the end to balance the charred components. Quite dry throughout. Pretty simple, but that’s the nature of the style, and a nice subtle-strong approach to the coffee. EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Dark brown opaque pour with a thin white head. Roasted flavor with good fresh coffee. Dry.