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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 12-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Fairly clear and ruby amber in color, this barleywine was served up in a 12oz snifter with an off-white finger width head. Good retention, dissipating at a fair rate and leaving a film of microbubbles across the surface. Leaves a nice lace around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Strong citrus aroma. Orange with a touch of grapefruit. Touches of pineapple. Light to moderate chocolate notes linger in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose; huge citrus character upfront and throughout. Grapefruit with the bitterness of orange pith. Moderate chocolate malt notes, with lesser caramel sitting beneath. Slight astringency near the finish, but not outside what one might expect from a barleywine.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a creamy, near syrupy feel. Moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - A very solid barleywine from Drake's. Lots of citrus bitterness, basically venturing into "DIPA" territory. Would likely benefit from aging, but drinks nicely as is.

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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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

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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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