Beer #11 – Troegs Java Head Stout
Troegs is one of the best East Coast craft breweries I have encountered, maybe even the best from Pennsylvania. Plus, they are really nice guys. I’ve hung out with a few of their brewers at the Ommegang Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival and they are friendly and love to let people sample their beer. I was on a “cold weather beer” run the other day and saw this stout. I love the smell and taste of coffee, so I thought it’d be a smart addition to my mix and match pack. It’s a stronger beer, so it’s one to savor, not chug. I present to you, the Java Head Stout by Troegs Brewing Company.
Aroma: Citrus and bitter hops quickly followed by light cocoa and subtle coffee notes.
Appearance: Pours thick and smooth black/brown, small head.
Flavor: Roasty coffee, brief hoppy citrus, then cocoa on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, with nice carbonation.
Overall: A very nice stout with nice warming flavors. You can’t taste the alcohol that much, but it’s a little strong anyway for a session beer. The coffee notes are subtle while the cocoa flavors are more pronounced. I wanted a bit more aromatics considering it’s brewed with coffee beans, but it’s an enjoyable cold weather beer.