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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 itís original form, an American Barleywine. Originally crafted as a holiday brew that Drakeís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1980) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Pours dark red with white head. Aroma is caramel, strawberries, raspberries, fruity, wood, sweet and aromatic hops. Flavour is medium to heavy bitter, fruity, wood, caramel and sweet. Full, thick and medium carbonated. Normally I love bitter but maybe they went a bit over the top with the hops for this one. Iím not sure it should be this bitter. Nonetheless, excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2964) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle pour at home. Dark red pour with a thin white head. Strong alcohol aroma, with a smooth roasted caramel flavor. Taste hides alcohol well. Very good tasting beer overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10251) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"A very nice hop forward barlwywine that seems to change it stripes as it opens. Starts out with an aroma more akin to a IIPA than a BW. First sip gives you hints of honey and biscuit malt in addition to the hops. As it opens, it develops more malty sweetness in the aroma, and a distinct (and delicious) malt character very similar to my favorites from great Divide, Hibernation and Old Ruffian. Dangerously drinkable at 9.6%!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours light murky amber with a medium, staying, creamy, yellowish head. Aroma has sweet caramel, light vinious, raisins. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, caramel, vinious, raisins, fine hops, solid bitterness. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2015
10-SEP-2015, bottle @Delirium Hoppy Loft, with UlklÝbben. 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1393) - 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 itís a big beer, itís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1561) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle from capitol beer Sacramento. Color is a amber/copper. Aroma is pine needles. Taste is hoppy and lots of malts. Has a red ale taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aquilo (628) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
I always love a good barlywine, and this one does not disappoint. Dark and cloudy amber color. Citrus and caramel aroma. Very bitter flavor is balanced by a fairly smooth mouthfeel. This is not the most unique barlywine Iíve ever tasted, but it is still wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark ruddy copper with a creamy off-white head that tried to lace. Aroma of darker bread with a hint of treacle. Med body. Flavor isnít sticky sweet, but itís dark brown sugar, a little heat, and some damn strong hop. This doesnít finish like a relaxing sipper. This ale is strongly bitter - yet allows the odd sweet note (treacle for one) to pop out once in awhile. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4112) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is toffee, a whole wheat biscuit, and a hint of molasses and sweetness. Clear rusty red with a medium, lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is light bitterness, light sweetness, and a hint of alcohol warmth.

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