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

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99 Ratings

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a fine white head in the tall Stella glass. Fabulous aroma of hop flowers and resins. Tastes sharp, and really hot rather than full-bodied. So seriously hopped-up, but with a liqueur like flavor that is powerfully alcoholic. Hoppy smells and the noseful of pine hit you with every sip. Too much of a good thing, so if you like a DIPA you'll love this.

This tastes and feels like a really hot double IPA with a touch of sugar, rather than any kind of Barley Wine. At 72 claimed IBUs it's in a different time zone, even from such big hop barley wines like SN Big Foot. It's more like Double Bastard. But anyhoo, if you want the hops this is the place.

From the 22 oz bottle.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1712th Review on BA
Bottle to Drakes Tulip

2012 Release
Purchased for $7.99

App- This came out of the bottle about the color of a dark sunset. A nice orange color with a good clarity behind it. Nice and clear but still fairly dark for a barleywine. More head that stayed awhile and left a great amount of clings and sticky lines.

Smell- Its the american version. Much more citrus and bitter hops than a malty english version. Not bad smelling but needs a bit of balance between the deep citrus and the ABV. The ABV is sneaky on the nose.

Taste- I enjoyed this beer. Its a bit fresh to me, with a bit of the booze being very upfront and then the bitter hops blending semi-well with the malts and the citrus flavors of this hoppy barleywine. The flavor is quite large to it. The ABV is letting its presence known as you sip but doesnt dominate the flavor profile.

Mouth- A bit of a bubbly medium body with a medium smooth carbonation. The flavors are well pronounced on the residual flavors. You get the citrus, the malts, the bitter and even a little bit of honey to it.

Drink- Its a nice barleywine. Not on par with some with some of the best that there is. But a nice citrusy and hoppy barleywine with a good ABV boozy balance to it. I would like to see the BBA version of this. The balance might transform this into magic.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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4.12/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #72 (Jan 2013):

So much the American Barleywine that is clearly on the label and more importantly the brewers intention, an “in your face” style brew to boot. While it may not be a total palate wrecker it certainly keeps it captive for a while. Drake’s has been around since 1989, you should really check them out.

STYLE: American Barleywine
ABV: 9.6%

LOOK: Reddish orange, tiny bubble sticky lace

SMELL: Biscuity, candied fruit, citrus rind, minty, caramel, booze soaked raisins, spicy, Christmas pudding

TASTE: Creamy smooth, super malty, stodgy full-ish sized body, bitter hop, spicy resin, evergreen, grapefruit, toasty, caramel, dried grass, expressive alcohol, herbal tea, hoppy drying finish

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.15/5  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.

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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. $8 at a local store. Prices going up?

A: Pours a clear, reddish amber body with a billowing, beige off-white head that rises to 3 fingers in height. It recedes slowly and leaves a few tendrils of lace in its wake. Quite nice.

S: Heavy on the pine and caramel, this is clearly an American-style barleywine. There is a small fruitiness that reminds me of apricot; is this some hop expression? If so, I wish the hop bill were reversed...

T: Caramel and pine with a little apricot, as the nose suggested. There's a small almond presence that I find interesting. Bitterness is present, but not overpowering. As it warms, I find myself enjoying the flavor profile more; the nuttiness becomes more noticeable and enjoyable. I wish the citrus were played up more, as I don't really enjoy pine hops as much, but it's definitely a solid American-style barleywine flavor.

M: Fairly creamy; the carbonation mostly dissipates on the pour, leaving a less aggressive tickle on the palate. Alcohol is well disguised. Bitterness is present, and noticeable in the aftertaste, but it isn't palate-wrecking.

O: It's solid, and worth buying one to try it, but it's outclassed by some vintages of Old Guardian, Double Bastard, Old Ruffian.... Not quite top-tier. I'm a little bummed by the price point, too. Between $6 Alpha Session bombers and $8 for this, I'm gazing with more longing at the $9 six-packs of Little Sumpin' Sumpin' sitting next to Drake's beers at the grocery store.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.