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Drakes Jolly Rodger (2012)

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RATINGS: 170   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.

BK7's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bomber. Caramel, grapefruit and pine. A bit resiny. Lingering bitterness with a light alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (4837) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at Bolime tasting 3/2016. Hazy orange-amber colour, sediment. Poor head retention. Quite assertive hoppiness despite the age. Sherry notes, dried fruits, citrusy zesty hops. High bitterness. Light alcohol warmth. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7627) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle from Beerlovers. Hazy golden colo with small white head. Honey, malt, citrus hops. Taste, malt, strong citrus hoppy taste. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rusos (541) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle. Bolime tasting. Hazy amber colour, almost no head. Aroma malts, bisquity, caramel, some nuts, assertively hoppy - which is quite interesting due to its age. Taste hoppy, malts, caramel, bisquity, alcohol. High bitterness, also in aftertaste. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MisoW (3104) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at Bolime tasting 3/2016. Pours hazy Amber color, white head. Aroma of hops, caramel, malty. Taste is medium sweet, bitter, caramel, citrusy hops, chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (2465) - ALSACE, FRANCE - FEB 22, 2016
Courtesy of Jaghana. Brune sombre, aucune mousse. Nez caramel, boisé, leger fruits noirs, alcool. Gout caramel, caramel cuit, fut de bois, fortes épices, fruits noirs macérés et alcool, note chocolat. Forte amertume en fin de bouche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5438) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle 65cl shared by Dominique. A cloudy amber beer with low head. Nose is on caramel, alcohol and oak notes. Aroma is on toasted malt, quite bitter, grassy hops, peppery hops, light chocolate touch, not that complex. Finish is on dry burnt caramel and hops bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (2020) - Minsk, BELARUS - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle. Polished bronze color with good foam. Aroma: nectar and malt sweetness, candy, floral, candied fruit, candy, toffee, raisins and other sweets. Taste: sweet white port wine, nectar, dried fruit, candied fruit, candy, toffee, noticeable alcohol-hop bitterness, slightly earthy and pine. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (3330) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 28, 2015
Rating #3000.Brown color with a beige head, good retention with nive lacework.Aroma has notes of molasses, toffee, toasted malts and caramel. Flavor is mild sweet at the beginning, notes of caramel, ripe fruit, some plumbs. Mild bitterness in the final with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel on palate. Also some caramelish hints are present with the alcohol hidden by ripe fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosbouw (2620) - 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 (1365) - 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.

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