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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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#67

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.

ElSid, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Trilogy31, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Auror, Jan 27, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1712th Review on BA
Bottle to Drakes Tulip
22oz

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.

FosterJM, Jan 27, 2013
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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.

brewdude1982, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

tdm168, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.