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Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 - Drake's Brewing Co.

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very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-02-2012)
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Reviews by flexabull:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a deep amber color with a decent white head.

Aromas are very nice. Blended notes of citrus, resin, and hard candies. It smells like a well made DIPA.

Taste is slightly grainy up front. Beer then settles into some creamy malts, hard candies, and some slight stewed fruit flavors. Finish is bitter, resiny, with some grapefruits and citrus notes as well as warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with nice carbonation and good body,

Overall this is a very tasty beer. It reminds me of more of a DIPA than a barleywine, but that's not really a bad thing. This is a very good offering from the fine folks at Drakes.

12-24-2012 05:17:21 | More by flexabull
More User Reviews:
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from double-deuce into a snifter.
Pours a copperish color with a slight bit of tannish head which dared pretty fast.
Pretty fragrant and smells something like an DIPA more than a BW. I think the bottle says this is ratcheted up to 72 IBU, so pretty high for a barley wine.
Flavors linger after sips which us nice because I like the tastes of this. Doesn't taste like 9.6%.
Seriously, the more I drink it the more I am tricked that its a DIPA.
Regardless, this is my second bottle but it wasn't yet been on BA for me to rate after the first bottle.
I'll be buying this again and sending it out when someone wants good west coast hoppy brews, of which there are a plenty.

12-06-2012 03:42:22 | More by SanFranJake
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3.9/5  rDev 0%

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 2012 Vintage

A: Deep, dark mahogany with a shade of cherry. The head of stone khaki foam rises in the snifter after a firm pour, slowly fading away leaving behind a flotsam of bubbles which seek shelter at the rim.

S: Pine hop freshness which fades to a breeze of booze along with caramel and raisin sweetness. There is also wood with a char undertone which comes through more as the beer settles.

T: Begins with a nice caramel, raisin, and brown sugar sweetness. The initial malt sweetness then settles to a wood, biscuit, and bread middle. There are hints of char and vanilla that come through intermittently. The booze and piney bitterness builds from this point finishing with a dry and spicy earthiness.

M: Smooth and syrupy, this big sipper packs a medium to gargantuan feel with an ample portion of carbonation.

O: This brew lacks complexity and layers but ultimately delivers a capable American Barleywine that stays true to the style.

02-18-2013 03:48:38 | More by ElSid
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-04-2014 05:17:57 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-20-2012 21:47:54 | More by pumptrick
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-08-2013 06:56:46 | More by buzzword
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Fairly clear and ruby amber in color, this barleywine was served up in a 12oz snifter with an off-white finger width head. Good retention, dissipating at a fair rate and leaving a film of microbubbles across the surface. Leaves a nice lace around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Strong citrus aroma. Orange with a touch of grapefruit. Touches of pineapple. Light to moderate chocolate notes linger in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose; huge citrus character upfront and throughout. Grapefruit with the bitterness of orange pith. Moderate chocolate malt notes, with lesser caramel sitting beneath. Slight astringency near the finish, but not outside what one might expect from a barleywine.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a creamy, near syrupy feel. Moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - A very solid barleywine from Drake's. Lots of citrus bitterness, basically venturing into "DIPA" territory. Would likely benefit from aging, but drinks nicely as is.

06-17-2013 00:10:27 | More by TheSixthRing
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

A - dark orange with a soft, white head that has little retention

S - huge citrus, some spicy hops, peppery, alcohol

T - spicy, peppery, bready, birthday cake-like sweetness, alcohol, some herbal hop notes in the finish

M - warm, full bodied, well carbonated

This is yet another Barleywine that blurs the line between DIPA and Barleywine. This has all of the classic DIPA notes people craze. It's hoppy, bordering on intensely so. It has a sweet maltiness to edge the hops. The alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't take away from the drinkability. I could work through a whole bomber of this myself and be satisfied. It's worth a try for any fan of big, hoppy beers.

01-18-2013 22:57:13 | More by tdm168
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2.85/5  rDev -26.9%

On draft at Smokeeaters in Cupertino.

In a 10oz Triple Karmeliet tulip glass.

A: Dark red/gold in color, little head, but leaves plenty of lace. A bit redder in color than a typical example of the style.

S: Alcohol dominates the nose. Slight tinge of hops, but no IPA style cirtus/pine. Very slight undercurrent of apricot or other light stone fruits. Not much there.

T: Dominated by the hops, but decently balanced. Malts are present, but not very much so. Mid pallet is very slightly metallic, but not offensively so.

M: Typcial medium body barleywine. Not oily or heavy, trending towards lighter due to alcohol in finish.

Overall: an inoffensive but underwhelming beer. Not all that impressed. Likely to not improve with a few years in a bottle, simply not sure what is left under the alochol and hops.

12-28-2012 01:49:11 | More by brycemc
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-19-2012 05:03:31 | More by Tiburon
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-25-2013 01:47:34 | More by Pugs78
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4.19/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Clear mahogany-orange pour with a two finger off-white head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is very malt forward with hints of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, tobacco, tangerine, pineapple, and pine resin. The taste is bold and pungent with huge piney, citrus notes up front along with hints of caramel, toffee, orange peel, biscuit, pineapple, grapefruit, tobacco, and subtle dark fruit. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and smoothly creamy with medium body and carbonation and a great tangy, bitter, slightly dry finish. Overall, the balance leans slightly more towards the double IPA side which hurts the drinkability a bit for me, and would probably mellow out with some aging. With that said, it's still a very enjoyable Barley-wine!

04-18-2014 20:49:27 | More by beerdrifter
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-21-2013 20:18:12 | More by anson42
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Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 from Drake's Brewing Co.
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