Headwrecker | San Diego Brewing Co.

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San Diego Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2008

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Photo of ehammond1
4.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


San Diego Brewing Co.
San Diego, CA

A deep, dark, and tawny plum color. Inch of thick and creamy head that doesn't last too long. Almost no light passes through and it leaves the glass messy and sticky with sheets of lacing. Beautiful!

Rich and varied, changing and evolving nose. Strong butterscotch and vanilla aromas, along with plenty of sweet caramel malts and dark fruits. There's some pine hop presence as well. Really something terrific! World class!

Sweet yet complex flavor. Dominated by vanilla, caramel, and a touch of butterscotch, but that's not to suggest its too sweet. There's enough hop bitterness and bready malt character to balance it a bit, but these are big and delicious flavors. A touch of warming alcohol is present and certainly welcome.

Rich, creamy, full, well carbonated mouthfeel. A hint of alcohol warmth but it's a welcome addition that helps cut the relatively sweet flavor profile.

This is a world class beer drinking experience. An interesting hybrid of American hop-forward strong ales and sweeter barleywines.

I can't help but think that if this beer was released by a brewer like Stone as a limited release or as an anniversary beer, it would create a huge following and rank as one of the world's finest beers. Try this if you can!

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Photo of scottoale
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this growler of the latest batch of Headwrecker at the source. It pours a deep coppery red with a sticky ivory head of a finger plus. Really good head retention with slightly relaxed carbonation...perfect for this style.

The very first whiff had some nice piney hops upfront, followed by a huge bill of sweet caramelly malt. As it warms up, the hop notes fade while the alcohol punches through in a sweet and fusal manner. By the smell alone you can tell that the ABV is pushing 11%, although listed at 9.1%.

Big malty intro with the hops kicking and fighting to keep up as the two finally meld together. Long mid-section gives this brew a barleywine and old ale likeness, with an earthy complexity, toning down to a pleasant warmth in the finish. This stuff is awesome in the taste dept for this ol fart, like Thomas Hardy meets the Bigfoot, they shake hands and life goes on.

Big body, high octane and great taste that certainly lives up to it's name...ouch!

Thanks Dean and congrats!

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Headwrecker from San Diego Brewing Co.
4.68 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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