Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
If one vice is nice, then two vices are twice as nice! Tröegs Brewing Company, out of Harrisburg, Pa., figured their robust oatmeal stout wasn’t quite good enough, so they went ahead and tossed in stupid amounts of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee. You know, just to be sure if the beer (7.5 percent) didn’t knock us on our ass, the caffeine would. The truth is, though, that this is one of the finer aggressive coffee beers out there. It’s coffee forward, to be sure, but the stout all that coffee sits on is a damn good stout, with rich, roasty flavors that form a complex background for the top-shelf coffee this beer uses. Me? I consider this one of a handful of definitive coffee beers. Drink it. NOW. Tröegs JavaHead Stout is sometimes available at City Tap House.
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