Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 - Drake's Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.
From a bomber into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white head with excellent retention. Clear burnt orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades slowly to a full foamy cap and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. A half wisp and ring remain leaving lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking stuff.
SMELL: Caramel, toffee notes with lots of piney, grassy hops on the nose. Bold aromas, with some light red fruits in there as well.
TASTE: Toffee and caramel up front with pale malts and some nice piney and grassy hops at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of bitter, piney hops, light citrus notes, spicy flavors and some sweet caramel and toffee as well. Flavorful and quite well balanced. Some bitterness lingers on the palate.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Nicely creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. Good stuff here as well.
OVERALL: Solid, solid stuff. Went down really well while watching the girls tie it up 2-2 and then take it home in overtime. Solid malt base to this one with a really nice hop profile as balance. Equal in quality to their Drakonic Imperial Stout and pretty much equally enjoyable. Something I'd gladly drink on a regular basis if it were available to me. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 15:45:37 | More by Jeffo
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Aged for 9 months. Barleywines are not usually one of my favorite styles, so I went into this with a little trepidation. However, compared to some of the absolutely overbearing, strong, in-your-face barleywines that I've had, this went over pretty well for me. The pour is a little lackluster, a mirky, dark orange with lots of sediment, and a moderate white head. I always think "appearance" is such a weird way to judge a beer, but this one falls into the "meh" category. Smell is mostly apple cider, caramel, and hops. Some mint and booze is noticeable. Taste is much more hoppy and much less sweet than I was expecting. As some others have said, it really feels more like a DIPA than a barleywine. Very noticeable alcohol which is unfortunate at only 9.6%. Mouthfeel is smooth, and not sweet-sticky like a lot of heavy hitting barleywines. Carbonation suits it. Overall, works well for me as a barleywine, but may not be as true to form for true fans of the style. Probably not something I would buy again.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2013 06:10:50 | More by Samuel906
3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-17-2013 00:10:27 | More by TheSixthRing
Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 from Drake's Brewing Co.
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