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

BA SCORE
88
very good
109 Ratings
Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 12-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark, tawny color with an impressive stack of ecru foam; shards and squiggles of lacing linger

Smell: Burnt caramel, tobacco, roasted pecan, pine resin and raisin

Taste: The caramel underpins the flavors, with tobacco, pine resin and somewhat burnt character developing; raisin and roasted pecan flavors, through the middle, with the resinous pine and tobacco flavors re-emerging in the finish; quite a lot of bitterness as well as licorice in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; with low to moderate carbonation; I was expecting a fuller mouthfeel

Overall: On the one hand, the 3 1/2 years in the bottle diminished the DIPA character noted by earlier reviewers but, ultimately, this beer is slightly past its prime and the flavors are fading; glad to give it a go, however

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

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Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good barleywine.
Four years old, and still tasty as f*ck!

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4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parintele
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

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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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.84/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Drake's Jolly Rodger American Barleywine 2012 from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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