Tröegs has been brewing up some pretty unique brews over the years. Starting in 1996 by two brothers, they are no strangers to home crafted brews. They have a slew of recipes that will be hard to find in other beers. About Java Head, the company description reads as follows:
JavaHead is like a day at Tröegs; it’s hard to tell where the coffee ends and the beer begins. This creamy oatmeal stout is infused with locally roasted, cold steeped coffee through our HopBack vessel releasing subtle hints of cocoa, roasted nuts and dark mocha.
Malt: Chocolate, Crystal, Oats, Pilsner, Roast
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Cluster
Best Served: Snifter or goblet, 55 degrees.
I enjoyed the Mad Elf by Tröegs and a few others like their newer mango IPA. However, I am afraid the Java Head does not live up to the hype. It has an aroma of a semi-malty coffee stout but the taste is not quite as appealing. While I appreciate the 7.5% ABV, I would prefer a beer with more than just alcohol. The coffee is hard to find in this beer as well as any maltiness. I can taste the 60 IBU hops which add a decent bittering but not overbearing bittering. But the hops are about the only thing I can taste.
The pour was glamorous with a rich and thick head, about 4 fingers tall. It was creamy like an oatmeal stout with a great mouth feel.
I let this one warm up a bit to see what would come out of it and it was not much better. I got a pinch more malt and hops but that is all. No coffee to be found.
Aroma: At best this is a mediocre aroma that is mostly hops and slight malt.
Taste: Taste is sadly void of coffee or standard maltiness that is expected from a stout. The hops steal the show. However, the hop selection seems correct for this beer. Cascade and Chinook are very pleasing and somewhat mild hops. Chinook can be strong earthy and pine-like additive.
Texture: The texture of this beer was the very best part. It was rich and creamy and smooth.
Finish: The finish is slightly sweeter than the rest of the sip. You get a pinch of the oatmeal stout at the finish.
Comparisons: None yet.