Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #10
Ranked #893
4.44 | pDev: 9.01%
Dec 01, 2022
Jul 28, 2014
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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Rated: 3.87 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 01, 2022
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very good. Bronze/copper hues, no carbonation or head. Notes of vanilla, caramel, and wooden bourbon barrel on the smell and taste. Mild maple presence. Medium bodied, slight booze burn, but definitely expected it to be stronger with the ABV. Really good.
Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by shelby415 from Oregon

May 30, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by KensWorld from Florida

4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
For my 2000th rating I figured I’d choose a special beer from my cellar. Not sure what to expect but knew this was going to different. No pop from cork pours flat without any head but that is to be expected with 18% and a few years on it. Smells of Whiskey and sweet molasses. Taste is not what I’d expected. Extreamly sweet honey like. Not much alcohol taste but very warm going down. This is an absolutely incredible Ale. So smooth and easy drinking. the sweetness is addicting. One of the best beers I’ve ever had!
Apr 10, 2019
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sep 22, 2018
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Rated by chapeti from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2018 release @ 18.5%

Boozy, no head whatsoever, but delicious! Caramel, dark fruit, and subtle spiciness. Smooth and sweet. Drink with caution!
Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jan 23, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by GClarkage from California

Aug 31, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 4.71 by Jules11788 from California

May 16, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by RyanTheLion13 from Iowa

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by anteater from Oregon

Oct 31, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by yeaprolly from Washington

Oct 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
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!!
Aug 08, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by kdown from California

Jul 22, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by Goatdavemac from North Carolina

Jul 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Impfan from Washington

5/5  rDev +12.6%
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!
Jun 07, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by Anaxagoris from Washington

May 24, 2015
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Rated by PacNWDad from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
High honors for the way it clings to the side of the glass. This is the vin santo of beers.
May 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Original_Gravity from Washington

4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
From the label: "A truly massive amount of English malts lend flavors of caramel and biscuit to our biggest brew yet...through fermentation our brewers nursed Headzo to a 18% ALC/VOL before transferring the beer to Wild Turkey Whiskey barrels that infused flavors of caramel and vanilla to this smooth, monstrous beer..."

Wow! This is the best beer that you've never heard of. Very complex mix of flavors that my unsophisticated palette isn't capable of comprehending. Very reminiscent of Utopias...without the $200 price tag.
Apr 06, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by SocalKicks from California

Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by JoeyStats707 from California

Mar 17, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by JRod1969 from New York

Feb 23, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by Rubenjr from California

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by random846 from California

Feb 21, 2015
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

2.78/5  rDev -37.4%
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.
Feb 14, 2015
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Reviewed by seagullbeer from California

4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
tastes like a muscat wine. i was expecting something a little more beer-y but after a few sips i was sold. smells like honey and tastes like golden raisins and more honey. a smooth and easy drinking 18%.
Feb 07, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by jlt6116 from California

Jan 12, 2015
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Reviewed by rlee1390 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.
Dec 17, 2014
Rated: 5 by LakerLeith from California

Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by MontereyBay831 from California

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 4.27 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Oct 11, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by socalbrewlvr from California

Oct 01, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by calivessel from California

Sep 16, 2014
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Reviewed by KevSal from California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
500ml straight from the bottle, missed out in the draft. poured into a tulip with the wife

A- looks unexpected. was expecting something black and sludgey but instead its clear, looks like an strong pale ale. nice 2 inch head. looks thick, has thick legs like wine

s- huge nose! strong honey, sweet alch, bourbon and vanilla.

t- huge flavor coats the mouth, strong honey, oak. this is massive. the flavor lingers great. not over the top sweet. taste best described as a ba strong pale ale. no alch burn but a warming in the chest.

m- massive, huge, well carbed. no way this 18%

o- fantastic beer by a local favorite. really enjoyed this, really wish i had this one draft. bottle version is great and ready to enjoy right now. main thing bringing this down is the price. hefty tag for a 500ml. wish i was able to get more of this guy.
Sep 14, 2014
Headzo from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 43 ratings