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Drakes Jolly Rodger (2012)

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
after years of scallywagging about and dallying with any style that caught its fancy, good ole JR is returning to it’s original form, an American Barleywine. Originally crafted as a holiday brew that Drake’s brewers could get behind, Jolly had all the warming powers of malt and alcohol, minus the strange holiday beer ubiquitousness of overpowering pie spices, and finished with the open handed smack of bold Northwest American hops. The 2012 Jolly Rodger is full-bodied with rich caramel malt undertones and mild biscuit malt character. Sufficient additions of West Coast hops balance the malt with pine needle aromatics and satisfying bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosbouw (2664) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2015
Mooie oranje kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, vanille, crème. Smaakt vol vanille, crème, alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2015
From a 650ml bottle on 16/12/2015 (another early Xmas gift from my wondeful wife). Pours a cloudy light amber with a small head. Has a big malty nose, with heaps of caramel, toffee and butterscotch, with some piney hops in the background. This is a very flavoursome beast - sweet malt dominates, with caramel, toffee and honey, with some rye bread in there as well. This is countered by big resiny piney hops. While you can tell it’s a big beer, it’s still quite easy to drink. The texture is a bit syrupy with modest carbonation. This is a bold, complex, lovely and impressive barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leghorn99 (232) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 1, 2015
Si presenta di un profondo color mogano, leggermente torbida, con riflessi rame; schiuma abbondante, chiara, compatta, di buona persistenza. L’aroma è pungente, alcolico, dolce, liquoroso; note agrumate e leggero torbate. In bocca rispetta quanto percepito al naso: inizialmente si percepisce malto e note di uva passa, in seguito caramello, agrumi, al palato rimane morbida. E’ corposa, dalla bassa carbonazione, note resinose; gran mix tra sapori dolci e quelli amari, per un ottimo equilibrio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (4184) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2015
10-SEP-2015, bottle @Delirium Hoppy Loft, with Ulkløbben. Hazy amber with lasting off-white head. Very malty. Chocolate - does that come from aged hops? Spice, malt, caramel. A bit tired and a little dusty perhaps but still a very nice drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (1428) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 11, 2015
Caoba tupido y espuma beis compacta. Aromas de caramelo, anís, avellana y frutos secos, toque cítrico. Cuerpo medio alto, sabor dulce de caramelo, anís y final seco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (1981) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2015 100ml sample. Big bold double imperial malts, strong hops but clearly behind the malts, moderate zesty bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Big and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle..Pour is dark amber with a nice off colored head..Nose is nice chewy caramels, dark fruit, apple skin, mashed squash..Taste is burnt sugar, spice, caramels, dark fruits, sticky..love it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (2838) - SPAIN - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle 66cl / Botella 66cl. Vintage 2012. @ Cervezorama 2.0. A: Hazy amber / Ambar turbio. T/S: Malt, sweet, raisins, alcohol, slightly hoppy / Malta, dulce, uvas pasas, alcohol, ligeramente a lupulo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5528) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
Bomber bottle at Hasse. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma salty, minerals, marmalade, caramel, dried fruit and fruity hops. Taste is balanced, caramel, marmalade, low bitterness, fairly sweet with some warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle @ 3N tasting. Deep reddish pour with a small head. Hot cereal, apples. Caramel. Peppers. Toffee. Taste is pretty chewy. Sweet caramel. Brown bread. Fruit leather. Full body, soft carb.

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