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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6415) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2014
650ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, reddish, copper colour with average, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Caramel malty aroma with notes of toffee, piney hoppy overtone. Taste is bitter hoppy, caramel malty undertones with a touch of toffee, some warming alcohol. Straight malt and hop power without subtleties.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6187) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2014
22 oz. bottle. vintage 2012 purchased at the Brewery and carried home. Color shows a ruby/ copper color without head. Aroma is real nice. Dark fruits, raisins, dates upfront with a hop pine and herbal ness.

I never sampled this fresh but the flavor here is really well refined. Like the aroma the dark fruit and toffee caramel is upfront and foremost but it still has a real nice pine bitterness to help balance the sweetness. Extremely well balanced and the alcohol warmth is only found in the way of warming. Damn, another smash hit from Drakes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1246) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
Pours a dark caramel-sauce color producing a creamy looking slightly tanned head. Aroma of grains, caramel and piney and resinous hops. Taste is malty with loads of caramel flavor, light toast, faint chocolate notes, dried fruit and a well rounded resinous bitterness. Pretty nice. Some warming alcohol into the aftertaste. Full bodied and just above softly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (8104) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2014
655 ml. bottle sampled @ Pure Apricot Tasting. Thanks! Hope that this is the version that I had, I remember someone reading the label & saying distinctly that this was a Barley Wine. GUSHER! Darker amber brown, little head. Sweet herbal, candy, caramel nose. Taste is bitter herbal, sweetish malt, candy, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal hop finish,… Med. thicker malty body. Nice but nothing stellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2014
Small head mild carbonation misty brown pour aromas caramel pine needles citrus honey apricot stone fruit the flavours biscuit even rye but mainly biscuit a bitter taste grapefruit lemon a sweet Barley Wine some pepper pine the finish best tastes pine lasting bitter above average ale but dull have tasted a lot better

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from Burg Bieren, large sample, served in a tulip glass. Clear amber color, short frothy head. Aroma of biscuit, cookie, whole grain cookie, some grapefruit, pine, slight milk chocolate and mocha, hint of toffee. Bit sweet in taste from whole grain coffee cookie, bit bitter as well. Nice combination of biscuity and grainy malts and grapefruit and piney hops. Soft carbonation, medium bodied. Nice american strong ale / barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle @midlaren with dutchdrebus. Dark amber color with a beige head. Smells hoppy, sweet, fruity, malts, chocolat, caramel. Tastes hoppy, fruity, wood, sweet, bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4500) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
Bomber bought @ bierkompass.de. Pours clear deep amber with a rather big frothy goldenish offwhite head that leaves some thick lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and slightly malty with heavy caramel, resinous wood, toffee, alcohol, grapefruit rinds, sweet dark bread, pine needles and orange zest. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and earthy with heavy caramel, toffee, resinous wood, grapefruit rinds, moist tobacco, pine needles, alcohol, minerals and orange zest. Mouthfeel is round, sticky, viscous and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and earthy with caramel, toffee, resinous wood, alcohol, grapefruit rinds, pine needles and orange zest. Exactly what I expected it to and hoped it to be: A caramel and resin punch in the face!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alkolas510 (1178) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2014 Kopparfärgad / rödaktig med stort ljusbrunt skum som ligger kvar runt glaset! Doftar mycket karamellmalt och lite söt. Smaken är fyllig och bra kolsyrad med massor med malt och lite humle och en bra beska! God öl!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (4580) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2014
27.06.2014, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly consentrated grassy, leafs, pine needles, caramel malts, grass, hops, sap, citrus, alcohol, bark. Taste is kind of dry grassy, pine needles, bark, old leafs, hops, alcohol, citrus peel, sap, cardboard, grass, caramel malts. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Fair enough.

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