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

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Jolly Rodger 2012 American BarleywineJolly Rodger 2012 American Barleywine

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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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of brycemc
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Smokeeaters in Cupertino.

In a 10oz Triple Karmeliet tulip glass.

A: Dark red/gold in color, little head, but leaves plenty of lace. A bit redder in color than a typical example of the style.

S: Alcohol dominates the nose. Slight tinge of hops, but no IPA style cirtus/pine. Very slight undercurrent of apricot or other light stone fruits. Not much there.

T: Dominated by the hops, but decently balanced. Malts are present, but not very much so. Mid pallet is very slightly metallic, but not offensively so.

M: Typcial medium body barleywine. Not oily or heavy, trending towards lighter due to alcohol in finish.

Overall: an inoffensive but underwhelming beer. Not all that impressed. Likely to not improve with a few years in a bottle, simply not sure what is left under the alochol and hops.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Samuel906
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a caramel amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffly off white head. Some nice lacing on the glass, though the head dissipates quickly.

S: Not overly aromatic. Getting some caramel and slight toffee. Some hop aroma is present as well, pine needles, slighty earthy tone. That's about all I'm getting. Anything else would be a stretch.

T: Hop bitterness hits immediately. Sweet citrus coming through on the second wave. Followed by some nice malty caramel sweetness to finish out the taste.

M: Medium bodied,well carbonated. Sweet finishes and lingers.

O: I'm not the biggest Drakes fan, outside of their pale/IPA selections so I was hesitant on this. However I was rewarded o n this risk. Really interesting barleywine that is basically a DIPA with some nice caramel notes. Dont think I would think about aging this one past a yr, as the hop profile is pretty big on this.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Jolly Rodger? Hell yeah I'll give it a shot.

Pours out a very transparent copper color. The head isn't bad, but neither is the ABV. Not much lace gets left behind.

The smell is strong and simple. The start, heavy caramel, pine and apricot. After this a little grain and citrus. Slight alcohol aftertaste. Light body for a Barleywine.

All in all, the perfect starter Barleywine. It's simple, not over the top, tasty and inexpensive. It doesn't add anything new to the style but I found it very easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Jolly Rodger 2012 American Barleywine from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 109 ratings