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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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California

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-15-2012 16:19:42 | More by CEDAMA
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CCInCharge

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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CA_Infidel2o9


4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- dark reddish copper, 1 1/2" fluffy khaki head

S- dank, piny hops, mint, spices that tingle the nose

T- caramel, vanilla, alcohol, spicy, piney hop bitterness, biscuit malts

M- creamy, below average carbonation, spicy bitterness tingles the back of the throat

O- another amazing brew from Drake's. This brewery is quickly becoming one of my favorites and after only trying 3 of their beers, they have hopped into my top 5. This beer is packed with spicey, dank, piny hops both in nose and taste. Booze is ever present but melds with the flavors and never over powers it. Awesome caramel malts keep the hops in check and gives a creamy caramel, vanilla flavor. Spicy hops tingle the nose, alcohol warms the belly, caramel malts create a creamy nucleus in which the rest of the flavors/aromas support. And so i realize the designation of a Barleywine is correct, it's just an awesomely hoppy one!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 23:29:43 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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Joe_Mahma

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

05-21-2014 07:27:06 | More by Joe_Mahma
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

06-12-2013 17:38:05 | More by gleemonger
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saeh

France

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-27-2014 18:38:55 | More by saeh
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drake - jolly rodger
A: reddish brown with a slight opaqueness, a head with tiny bubbles.
S: faint boozy smell other than that not much
T: malty with a sour hop taste in the finish
MF: good carbonation and full body
O: interesting especially since it is a barleywine and doesn't have that fig taste that a lot of barleywines have.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:13:57 | More by brewdude1982
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g_jenkins

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-06-2013 07:59:49 | More by g_jenkins
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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RangnaR

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Pennsylvania

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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scottfrie

California

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a woody caramel color with a thick, three fingers, of dense light tan head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting film. A network of sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: Sugary sweet overall with dominating scents of caramel and candied dark fruits. I get a few hints of biscuit malt, bread crust, honey, and brown sugar as well. Hops are spicy with a hint of old pine needles. Hint of leather and cocoa, too.
T: Not as sweet as the nose but still potent and rich flavors of caramel, raisins, and candied dates. I get deeper notes of leather, chocolate, hop resin, pine sap, fudge, mead, and spicy, leafy, hops. The finish is strong with rich, boozy flavors that linger long after the swallow. The aftertaste is rough around the edges and slightly boozy.
M: Full body, thick and heavy mouthfeel with a good chew to it. Low, dense and soft carbonation that kicks up on my palate. The booze is noticeable but not especially hot. Still, it adds a sharp bite that, combined with a pretty decent hop bitterness, is a bit rough at times.
O: Deep flavors are rich and fairly complex. Drinks well despite have a few subtle flaws. I enjoyed this one and would enjoy another.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 02:49:11 | More by scottfrie
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 20:49:27 | More by beerdrifter
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a burnished amber hue, deep in colour, but perhaps only because it's a deep beer intrinsically. Body is full and satiny, holding carbonation well. Head forms a structural foamy crest, settling down to a substantial, but less structural film of off-white. Lacing is good, forming in flecked rings around the glass. Looks very good.

Lemony notes on the nose, extremely delicate, with a structure of filigreed herbal notes behind it. There's a pleasant malt character backing it up, but it stays dormant for a long while. As it warms, the malt comes a little more forward, along with the booze, which accentuates some of the other characters, but doesn't overpower. It's a very well-constructed and extremely pleasant aroma.

Taste is a little lighter than I expected, and certainly less broad on the palate, but it's exceptionally long, and it develops beautifully along its length. Initial leafy, earthy hop notes eventually fade, leaving sweet malty tones, toasted oatmeal, and a honeyed sweetness that lingers and dances with the oddly roasty tones that flare up towards the ending. Booze provides feeling: a kinaesthetic structure that guides the flavours without getting in the way.

Overall, this is good stuff. After a while, the lack of breadth on the palate means it feels a little sharp; this harms the drinkability slightly, but really, this is a beer that's meant to be savoured and sipped. The length on the palate is it's strength, and its delicacy is it's uniqueness. I've not had such a big bold beer that is so subtle and coy. It's fascinating stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 04:42:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
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SanFranJake

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:42:22 | More by SanFranJake
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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
2012 release
IBU: 72

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
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flexabull

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 05:17:21 | More by flexabull
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Philousa

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed on tap at Original Gravity on 12/14/12.

Appearance is like an imperial red: ruby, clear, with a thin lace of off white head that laces well. lots of caramel in the nose with grapefruit, lemon, pine, and some dark chocolate. Aroma is mostly dank. Starting out nice. Flavor starts caramel with a hint of chocolate. Hop flavor is definitely present: piney, bitter, almost soapy and refreshing. Finish is dry with a good solid mouthfeel. This is basically a double IPA with a heaping helping of red, caramel malt. Solid.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 02:10:06 | More by Philousa
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Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.