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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.

This picture is from the Wegman's website, that's awesome.

Java Head, Troegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States of A
Oatmeal Stout, 7.5% ABV

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.

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