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Big Head Stout | Three Heads Brewing

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Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big Head Stout is an egomaniac. And why not? Deep black in color, layers of roasted malt flavor, notes of caramel and vanilla mingle with waves of hoppy goodness. The Big Head takes you to Beervana. Bold, Beautiful and Bombastic. Go ahead, prance about in your skivvies!

Added by Todd on 10-25-2012

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

We pop the top and pour a brew of dark brown, with nice ruby hues when held directly to light. It holds a one and a half finger head of eggnog colored bubbles, showing nice retention. The bubbles are cakey, leaving sticky sheets of lacing down the glass as they recede. Carbonation appears medium, and no haze or sediment is noted. The nose shows big notes of creamy vanilla and tinny metallics. Lactics come out, much like a sweet/milk stout, but the malts are charred and roasty to the bone. This gives dryness, and a light woody quality. With warmth the malts smell very much like a freshly pressed wafer ice cream cone, with light syrupy sweetness of red cherries. Our first impression is that the flavoring is predominated by alcohol and significantly soured grain on the back, but is sadly otherwise washed through. As we sip, medicinal phenols mix with the burnt-blackened coffee malts for a bitter start. There is a faint sweetness to the peak, with iced black coffee and hints at raw honey grittiness. The grains are chalky from the start, and retain that bite here. Those medicinals return, pulling us to the finish, which is marked by souring grain, bite of coffee and light chocolate malts, roast, soapy hops, savory and salty toffee sugariness, and general mineral water wash. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze, blackened pepper, souring soapy hops, maraschino cherries sweetness, big char, and blackened raw coffee beans. The body is thin to medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip has nice slurp and froth off the top, but is significantly watered through to the feel, which dances lightly on the palate. The mouth is cooled initially, but thereafter dried with chalky astringency down the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the char on the nose and in the aftertaste. The nose really warmed up by the end, giving a nice roasty quality to an otherwise strong base of aromatics. The flavoring, however, fell short. While there were notes here and there of what we wanted, the only part where flavor felt stark enough to wake you up was in the end and aftertaste. Otherwise the beer was relatively washed out and watery, and we found ourselves not wanting much more than one serving. We have certainly come to expect more from this prominent local brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter this beer was black with a hint of red. It had a small tan head that left a tiny bit of lace.

Caramel and roasted malt aroma. Rather charred.

Taste was mostly of strong coffee/espresso. There was also a bit of caramel and vanilla. Mostly, however, it was the strong coffee that was dominant.

Nice enough beer.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of pat_usher
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gate House Valentine's Day with the lady!

Pours a fairly dark black, with a creamy one inch head, and really good thick lacing down the glass.

Smells like vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt.

The taste is similar. Slightly bitter coffee and roasted malt flavors, with some creamier lactose and vanilla flavors. Some slight barely noticeable hop flavors- pine, mostly.

Medium bodied, slightly thin. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation.

A no-nonsense, no-frills stout from Three Heads. Nothing crazy, but still very tasty.

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Photo of cistercian12
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Skyjmpr
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of russwilliam
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tviz33
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, served in a goblet.

A- Pours close to black with a quickly dissipating half inch tan head and moderate lacing.

S- Smells a little smokey and roasty. A faint coffee and hoppy presence is also detectable on the nose.

T- A lot of sour coffee-like flavors accompanied bits of caramel and some bitterness. The starts of the sip seems promising, but the finish just doesn't follow through for me.

M- Medium to full-bodied brew with adequate carbonation.

O- Not my favorite stout I've had. Quite hoppy as far as stouts go. It just misses the mark for me.

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Photo of beermark10
4.96/5  rDev +36.3%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler from Whole Foods. Pours a black color with ruby hues and an inch of light brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is earthy with some chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa powder and hints of caramel and vanilla. Tastes much like the aroma. Earthy at first with some chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of smoke with some sweetness towards the finish. Some sour notes. Mild alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is slick and thin. Overall, pretty solid example of the style I'd grab again.

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Photo of OldDirty
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of YourOnlyMan
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light and small creamy head, very dark color almost black faint brown light coming through.

Nose chocolate lactose, light caramel :-/ cocoa, hint toasted aromas, but very little else.

Taste creamy lactose, chocolate milk, faint cocoa, hint if minty hops, bitter earthy hops, some roasted malt character. Finish its bitter dry earthy spicy hops, little mint again, cocoa, burnt roast.

Mouth is creamy med to lighter bod, decent carb

Overall ok but nothing special. Didn't have a lot going for it, fairly bland, not a lot of great stout characters either.

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Photo of paulytasker
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of CtheGeneral99
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%

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Big Head Stout from Three Heads Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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