Onwards we roll to 365 and in that pursuit I would like to introduce beer #241, Java Head by Troegs Brewing Company. Troegs brews in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This Oatmeal Stout has an ABV of 7.5%. Of note on the bottle it mentions this is brewed with coffee beans…hence the Java in the name.
I had a Troegs pint glass, so into it went this black brew with a nice light brown head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. The nose reminded me of a iced-coffee with a nice smoky earthy thing going on. There was a bit of a distant cocoa aroma along with some vanilla. I love coffee, so this smelled nice to me. I took a sip and got those dark roasted coffee flavors up front…there was no mistaking that. Towards the back end of this was a nice hoppy pine like flavor. I didn’t get any chocolate in the taste but there was a vanilla sweetness here which complimented the dark roastiness of the coffee. It had a medium body with lower amounts of carbonation. It was smooth and creamy and very drinkable. Alcohol? Hidden nicely.
I liked it quite a bit, I wished I had another. Good stuff from Troegs, especially if you dig coffee. I must say, it is so nice to have good beer again.