orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint glass.
A - Pitch black color with a solid two finger off white, almost brown, head. The head dissipates to a thin layer of foam and leaves lacing down the entire length of the glass.
S - My pint was a little cold when first poured. The strong roasty aroma of coffee greats you and not much else. Once it had some time to warm up the other flavors began to emerge. The strong coffee flavor gave way to a more balanced aroma of coffee, vanilla, and a light hop presence. As it got to room temp the vanilla really took over.
T - I love oatmeal stouts so this is right up my alley. The coffee hits you right off the bat but gives way quickly to the other flavors. There is a hint of the hops but as expected they play a supplementary role in this one. The vanilla is a welcome addition to this as it helps offset the strong roasty notes with its sweetness. As the beer warms you get an almost chocolatey malt presence to go along with the stronger vanilla presence. I just wish normal Java Head was this good.
M - Slightly sweet with plenty of roast. Starts out with a creamy mouthfeel thanks to the hand-pull but it turns slightly thin as the beer warms.
D - I have had this beer multiple times now and every time I get it I notice something new. Much easier to drink than the non cask version. Yet another example why Troegs is quickly becoming one of, if not the, best in the state. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a really, really deep brown that is bordering on black with a bit of a mocha head that fairly quickly recedes into nothing. The nose is fairly one dimensional with a lot of coffee, but that’s fine by me as it is quite nicely presented. The taste is overloads of coffee along with a bit of roast and a nice creaminess. Smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation, accentuating the coffee flavor. A really nice coffee stout.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-24-2010 jb (3250) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Cask at Old Toad. Very decent looking dark, murky, with a thick head. Nose struck me a bit bland with a touch of vanilla and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel was very creamy and nice, taste was a bit bland too, not complex. Don’t know that I’d get this one again. TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Weak and watery, couldn’t taste vanilla or coffee. And now I have to fill in to get 75 characters because there’s nothing else to say. PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Cask at Al’s of Hampden. A nice pint of black with a finger of brown head. Sweet, but not overly sweet; vanilla and coffee are also not overdone as in some examples of the style. Smooth and drinkable.
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Firkin @ Splinter Blue Release. Pours a flat black with a minimal frothy beige head that fell to a thin ring. The nose is pretty big on the vanilla with a nice coffee level, some burnt and roasty malt, and a touch of earthiness. The vanilla on the flavor is surprisingly heavy for just being thrown into a firkin and not brewed with it. Very nice natural vanilla bean flavor, you can tell that it’s not just extract. It adds a nice sweetness up front that mellows out the JavaHead somewhat. Still plenty of coffee and roast, but the vanilla certainly dominated. Medium bodied with soft minimal natural carbonation. Pretty nice, I could have had a few of these. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Cask at Troegs. Poured a deep, muddy brown to black with a small tan head that dimishes to nothing. Nice mocha, caramel, slight vanilla in the nose. Taste is thin, astrigent, mostly char and water. Not impressed. Also not really properly cask conditioned/carbonated. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Firkin at the Troegs tasting room. Poured a dark black color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla beans, roast, coffee, and caramel. Vanilla bean came out more as I drank this.