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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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Tiburon
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
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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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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Photo of SanFranJake
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from double-deuce into a snifter.
Pours a copperish color with a slight bit of tannish head which dared pretty fast.
Pretty fragrant and smells something like an DIPA more than a BW. I think the bottle says this is ratcheted up to 72 IBU, so pretty high for a barley wine.
Flavors linger after sips which us nice because I like the tastes of this. Doesn't taste like 9.6%.
Seriously, the more I drink it the more I am tricked that its a DIPA.
Regardless, this is my second bottle but it wasn't yet been on BA for me to rate after the first bottle.
I'll be buying this again and sending it out when someone wants good west coast hoppy brews, of which there are a plenty.

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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Jolly Rodger 2012 American Barleywine from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 109 ratings