Drake's Brewing Co.

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American Strong Ale
Ranked #38
Ranked #3,356
4.45 | pDev: 9.89%
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: Headzo is an American Strong Ale aged in Wild Turkey whiskey barrels. It has a smooth, creamy blend of flavors, including caramel, a hint of coconut, light American oak, and a touch of cocoa.
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Photo of Rutager
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Booze and fruity yeast on the nose. Taste is pretty unbelievable. Lightly boozy, orchard fruits, and brown sugar. Delicious, unique, and unexpectedly awesome! Thanks Matt!!

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This elixir is akin to a fine fig brandy liqueur,enhanced with vanilla and toasted coconut. It reminds me of Bois, but more balanced, and a tad less sweet. Pure luxury!

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Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an amber/copper color with a substantial murky haze. Minimal filmy head and lace, but that is to be expected with the alcohol content. Still, not very aesthetically pleasing.
S: Burnt caramel sugars, huge woody oak tannins. Really nothing else and just to simplistic.
T: A thin, dirty, malty presence. Grainy with a ton of burnt sugars, and oak tannins take over. Not digging this. I am somewhat impressed that there is not a huge alcohol burn, but seems more like a thin blond ale with lots of barrel character.
M/D: Thin, with almost no carbonation, which, again, is expected with the strength. Big tannins, almost gritty and dirty as well. The barrel overwhelms a thin malt character, and nothing else to note. Seems week and limp, especially for the strength.

I am always about balance and subtlety, which this has as far as any kind of an alcohol presence. Though I don't find this interesting at all. It is like a poorly made blond ale, with an overwhelming barrel character. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank more like a liquor than a beer. Alcohol was present with sweet barrel character. Caramel, vanilla and malt come through. Nice balance for the beer.

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Headzo from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 28 ratings