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Rochestafarian - Three Heads Brewing

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mjtiernan on 03-08-2013

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Appears a medium brown color, slight off white head and a plethora of webbed lacing going down the length of the pint. There is a chill haze on the brew, interrupting what would be fine clarity. This wee heavy pours sediment free.

SMELL: Brown sugar, caramel, and floral hops. The nose is kind of light.

TASTE: Fully malty, with nutty and caramelized flavors. Hops chime in with a small earth, citrus oil, and pine note. There is a fine balance of hoppy bitterness and almost robust malt sweetness. Just a touch of dry cocoa in the finish. No hint of booze.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium/low carbonation, fairly smooth on the palate. Not as in-your-face as some scotch ales, and by no means is this super sugary or over sweet.

OVERALL: Closer to an American Brown Ale than the great malt bombs of Scotland, this is an enjoyable, easy drinking beverage. I love me some hops, but this could have used a bit smokier, drier malt to give it that trademark flavor profile of a scotch ale. This is still well worth drinking, as the pint was gone in about 10 minutes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mjtiernan
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic pint

A: Copper color body with an attractive off-white head.

S: Some grain, nut, bread and honey sweetness. Dose of grassy hops.

T: Fairly delicate at first, then some malty sweetness, grassy/floral hops and very light toast. Finishes somewhat sharp and alcoholic.

M: Light and watery feel. Not my preference for this style. Carbonation was soft, which I liked.

O: A nice beer, but I'd like a little bit more depth and richness. I'll re-visit this in the fall when I'm more apt to drink this style of beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours clear with only a thin, fragile head.
Aroma and flavor reflect a Scotch Ale that is a bit mild, light-colored, sweet and caramelized for style. Fruity, with a light hint of smoke coming out at the finish.

Smooth with low carbonation.

O: an easy drinking and enjoyable Scotch Ale that, for style, seems as if it was just a little diluted with a brown ale.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a darkish brown appearing a bright light ruby when held up to the light. A somewhat mediocre slightly yellowed head that leaves some touches of lacing. Not really much visible carbonation.

S: Oddly enough the first whiff of this reminds me of pineapple upside-down cake. Must be the citrus like hop aroma blending with the carmely malts. A dark fermented fruit comes through as well.

T: Has a nice serious malt bill on this brew but it is well crafted and not overwhelming. Remains true to the Scotch Ale style. Malt forward with a blend of carmel sweetness and breadiness. Hops do come through but take a backseat.

M: For the style this one is fairly light on the palate. Good carbonation. Not as sticky as some other scotch ales just a touch. Booze is well hidden.

Overall love the name and the artwork of this beer/bottle. Has a serious malting that provides a rich complexity. Pick one of them up if your into maltier brews.

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bill says..."Hmmmmm...I don't remember"

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the East Ave Wegmans.

Pours a clear medium amber, with a one inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells a bit weak, some brown sugar, caramel, and other malt flavors.

The taste is a bit light too. One of the more watery Scotch Ales I've had. Some light toffee and caramel, a little bit of chocolate. Not much going on here, this needs to be beefed up quite a bit.

Light bodied, slightly watery mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

A bit of a miss from one of my favorite local breweries. The label on this is really cool, unfortunately, what's inside is kinda weak.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My friend brought over a bottle of Three Heads Brewing's Rochestafarian to share with me, I've never had anything from Three Heads Brewing before and I'm interested to see how this Wee Heavy turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label isn't bad looking, but I think it's a little cheesy and it doesn't really stick out. It poured a cloudy amber color that took on more of a copper color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer and it looked pretty typical for the style.

S- The aroma starts of with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a funky yeast aroma being the first to show up and it imparts an aroma that reminds me a little of a Farmhouse Ale. Up next comes some grainy, bready, stale malts, sweet malts, and caramel malt aromas with the caramel malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a fruity aroma that is more of just a generic fruity aroma then a dark fruit aroma and there's a lighter alcohol aroma. The aroma wasn't good, it wasn't very Wee Heavy like and the funky yeast aromas really threw me off.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart all the malty aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel malts still seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a couple weird flavors that I can't put my finger on and they don't seem to fit into this style, the only thing I can somewhat Identify is a weird slightly smokey flavor. On the finish there's a light alcohol flavor with a slight fruity flavor and a medium amount of bitterness with a malty and weird smokey aftertaste. This beer didn't taste like a good Wee Heavy and the taste just left me confused.

M- Not that smooth, not clean, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it was still a little weird and it could be smoother.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and I thought it was a pretty bad example of a Wee Heavy, there would be no way I would guess this was intended to be a Wee Heavy, it tastes more like someones first home brew that they added weird random ingredients to an Amber Ale base. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth, it was slightly filling and the taste did not do a good job at holding my attention, half the bottle was way too much for me and it became a chore to finish the last of it. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad and it was the most Wee Heavy like aspect of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the how off it was for the style, it's just not recognizable as a Wee Heavy. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's just not something I enjoyed and I would never recommend it as a goof Wee Heavy. All in all I was not a fan of this beer,it just had way too many things wrong with it and I don't know how a Brewer could taste this and think he made a good Wee Heavy. This made for a bad first impression for Three Heads Brewing, I don't think I will be going out of my way too try any of their other beers anytime soon. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some major work.

Photo of DrJoe916
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reminds me of some of the best ales I tasted in Scotland – smooth, round in the mouth, pleasant with most foods. Unlike so many American scotch ales, it is light in the stomach, not overly sweet, not too carbonated. The folks in Rochester got this one right.

Photo of fscottkey
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown - molasses color. Forms a 1/4 finger head of white film.

S: I get mostly rust and metal. Sorry - that is what I am getting.

T: some muted caramel that is over toned by rusty metallic flavor.

M: Decent body and carbonation level.

O: This one is DOA. Weak head formation. Really bad aroma. The taste is only slightly better that really bad. The mouthfeel is ok - but I just don't want it in my mouth at all. I hold out the possibility that this is a bad/old/stale batch. If I was handed another I would r-review it. This one is headed for the drain.

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, plum, strawberry, pear, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of dark malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, light roast, raisin, plum, strawberry, pear, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, light roast, raisin, plum, strawberry, pear, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good balance of dark malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is very thin for the style, but otherwise solid. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a decent beer. Definitely not anywhere near the scotch ale style with the interesting yeast fruitiness and thin mouthfeel, but was pretty enjoyable otherwise. More of an estery brown ale.

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark amber in the tumbler with a short-lived head. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Warm and tangy, with plenty of alcohol, even if it's low for the category. Dark roasted malt, some grainy flavors, and a robust taste. Nice aroma where a little fruit and peat come through.

The hops are leafy and a little on the dank side. Light, almost watery body, but more refreshing than most examples (I'm thinking of Old Chub). Plenty of malt flavors. Spicy with some burnt sugar. Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste with those funky hops. From the 22 oz bottle out of the cooler at Whole Foods in DC.

Photo of Zach136
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Ruby red, with very little head that disipated quickly. Zero lacing. Very little carbonation. Nose has light notes of caramel, tortilla and just a touch of smoke. Taste is nutty, medicinal, very little sweetness and a very drying sweetness. Overall, not a scotch ale I'd revisit with all the other easy to come by options.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25


Pours a slughtly hazy brown with yellowish white film head.

Smells of caramel and buttered biscuit malt.

Tastes of caramel and stale biscuity malts. Bit of dry hoppiness.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

Average brew, looks and smells good but tastes bland. I could take it or leave it.

Photo of FFreak
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Some resemblance to a Wee Heavy, but really lacks the body and most of the flavor you'd expect. It also had a metallic taste that indicates a beer already past its prime. I'm not impressed with this beer at all.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/amber color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that fades to nothing

S: Sweet malts at the front, along with a light fruitiness. Almost like candied fruity hops. A hint of alcohol as well

T: Starts off sweet and malty with a hint of fruitiness and bitterness. Lightly earthy into the finish, with more of the candied hops thing going on

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A decent wee heavy, with the expected overload of malts and light sweetness. Fairly easy to drink at 7%. Definitely has an American feel to it with the bitterness, even though it isn't all that much. Worth a shot

Photo of tillmac62
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy amber pour with a dark ruby cast. Normal head volume, retention and lacing.

Light nose of dark fruit (raisin, plum), molasses and caramel.

Medium bodied with a texture that has creamy aspects. Richly carbonated with effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is reasonably intense (but lacks the punch of the World Class Wee Heavies), a bit complex and reasonably balanced. Blended dark fruits lead, but are a bit subdued for the style. Prune over caramel constitutes the middle as a nice effervescence takes hold. As these fade towards the finish, an herbal bitterness is prominent. The finish is a lingering herbal flavor with notes of caramel. Decent, but far from outstanding

Photo of Alextricity
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly pricey $3.49 single 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Looks the part, as it's an red amber sort of color with a slight haze on it. Semi-aggressive pour yielded a modest head that bubbled away pretty quickly, leaving behind just a thin layer of bubbles on top. No lacing. There's a reasonable amount of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass, but not too heavy. Looks pretty decent.

Smell: Dark fruits, as you'd figure, with sweet malts, and some scotch sort of aromas as well that actually give off almost a honey sweetness. Definitely smells like a Wee Heavy.

Taste/feel: A training wheels go at a Wee Heavy. The very first thing I notice about this beer is that it is just way, way, way too thin and watered down tasting. Very thing with a bit of a prickly carbonation... almost like drinking a pop -- it's that thin. The flavor is just forgettable, and the watery feel isn't helping a thing. The flavor consists of the usual dark fruit suspects, some caramel malt, and hints of scotch. Slightly herbal as well. Aftertaste has a slight spice character as well, but it's minor.

I hadn't heard of Three Heads Brewing before I bought this beer, and now I know why -- if this is any indication, their beer is just "okay." I also have another one of their beers in the fridge, so I'll be curious to see how that one turns out. With Rochestafarian, I'm left completely unimpressed, especially given the price. With their pricing as it is now, Three Heads doesn't stand much of a chance of being around for long. Why the hell would I pick this beer up over, say, Old Chub or Dirty Bastard for almost half the price? Overall, it smells pretty good and has a decent flavor, but the mouthfeel is not good at all, and basically ruins the experience as a whole. I certainly won't revisit this beer.

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Rochestafarian from Three Heads Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.