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

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Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 12-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Had a 22 oz bottle poured into a chalice 7/2013.
A: Brilliant dark amber, with a 1” dense dirty white foam collar that leaves lines of lace marking each drink.
S: Resiny pine and biscuit with traces of chocolate.
T: The palate starts with cream and foam that dissolve omtp a blend of caramel malt sugars, biscuit, pine, and alcohol.
M: Big, chewy, very soft carbonation.
O: A luscious sipping beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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