Monday, October 19, 2015

Troegs Java Head Coffee Stout (review)

For my 50th beer review I'm continuing my recent foray into the "dark side," by checking out Java Head, a coffee stout from Hershey Pa favorites, Troeg's Independent Brewing.

Labeled by the brewer as having "subtle coffee flavors," Java Head is anything but subtle. In the brewing of this beer whole leaf hops and coffee beans are run through the "hop back" in a process they describe as similar to using a "french roast press." Perhaps its only because I am not a coffee drinker, but unsweetened, bitter dark roasted coffee bean seems to be the dominant player.

Java Head pours intensely black (even when held up to a light), with a thick lasting head of almond hued foam. The aroma is more subdued than the flavor; but its still coffee, coffee, coffee. Mouth feel: smooth and creamy. 


Musical Pairing: Black No. 1 by Type O Negative

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