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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%
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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3889) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle. Hazy deep copper with medium off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit, raw sugar, bread, caramel, toffee, booze, port wine and citrusy hops. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee, pine and citrus. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle at World Cup Brazil tasting. Unclear amber body with a medium offwhite head. Ripe fruit, malt, vinous, dark fruit, raisin, light hops, fruity, alcohol sweetness. Nice.

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   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8057) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2014
24/VIII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: n/a, 2012 version apparently (2014-948)

Clear red brown beer, big creamy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, raisins, strawberry jam. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: some bitter hops, little sour, sugary, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: sour hint, very fruity, alcohol, dried fruits, raisins, soft bitter touch.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (11866) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 9, 2015
from Mikkeller&Friends - hazy orange-brown beer with a long lasting yet chaotic foam left; a bit eartzhy and with strong notes of caramel and prunes, apples and vanilla; sweet and full-bodied, light grainy, solidly bitter; long aftertaste of caramel, walnuts, honey and plums, warming alcohol presence

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (1909) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7625) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours an amber color with an off white head. Amazing aroma. Hops and brown sugar. Taste is very balanced between some strong pine hops and some maple syrup. Bit bitter with a bit of a creamy finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
22oz bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR. Pours a clear amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty solid. Biscuity and toasty toffees with a nice earthy and piney hopping. Brown sugar, grapefruit and pineapple citruses with a few resins, caramel, touches of red fruits, and barely a hint of cocoa. Flavor is similar. Fairly hop forward with a good amount of piney and earthy hops, but a solid toasty and biscuity toffee malt backing. A few resins from the hops with some grapefruit, brown sugar, and deep caramels. Finishes dry and bitter with a nice toffee note. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a softer, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable barley wine. Well hopped with a good amount of piney and earthy grapefruits, but a solid toffee malt backing to balance. Great beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Tap. Pours clear reddish amber with a medium creamy beige head that dissipates slowly with great lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, caramel, bread. Flavor is the same, nice citrus and resinous hoppy, light malty sweetness. Finish is medium bitter with the abv coming through in the far finish. Mediumbody. Quite nice.


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