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Drakes Jolly Rodger

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This brew has a recipe change every year. You never know what it may be, you'll just have to wait and see. It will always be a nice winter treat coming in above 8.5% ABV and never spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
2012 Bottle poured a deep amber with slightly off white head with fair lacing. Aromas are hoppy with a malty undertones subtle fruityness. Flavors are of bitter hops, grapefruit and rye with mild malty body followed by subtle notes of tropical fruit. The Finish; quite hoppy for a barleywine, big bright citrus flavors up front tapering to malts and light fruity undertones with a lingering dry bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1088) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Great winter beer. Smells awesome, lot of herbs. Pouts black with brown head. Smooth taste, a little bit of a hoppy aftertaste. Had on tap. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Tried at toncatcher’s T3 tasting. I’ve been very eager to try this for some time. Very mellow and sweet. Excellent. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
T3 from AlohaC. I liked this one a lot. Medium brown in the glass, with an off-white head to ring and lace. Warm and brown sugar nose. Sweet and boozy. Smoooooooth in the mouth. Really, 20 year old bottle? Oldest for me by far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 12 oz bottle courtesy of alohac. Pours a light brown color with no real head to speak of. The aroma was dark and musty with peat, oak and some walnut. The flavor was that of a slightly oxidized barleywine. Finishes long and dry. The palate was slightly thin. Overall: Somebody said that this was a 20 year old bottle. if so, this has mellowed out real good for a 20 year old bottle. Thanks christian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2009
12oz, thanks Christian, this is the very first bottling of jolly rodger and the bottle came from AlohaC via owner/headbrewer of drakes. Thanks for another tick from a very good friend but also a cool dude on Ratebeer. Pours brown with some bubles. Nose is sweet and boozy. Taste is sweet and became a really nice barleywine, at least 20 years out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chandler0201 (645) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Tried this on tap at The Red in Santa Cruz, CA. Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of molasses really hits you, then the flavor goes to some caramel and coffee. Good stuff, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle provided by Rodger himself at the RB Sity Beer party. Rich molasses color and nose, with brown sugar and caramel added into the flavor. A bit earthy in the finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Courtesy of lunaticharness. Dark brown, minimal head. Big malt forward aroma, sweet caramel and peat, flavor much the same. One dimensional malt bomb, but not cloying at all. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very well done, easy drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
On tap at PP Carlsbad. It said double red under the title - but considering the taste and abv - I have to assume this is the correct entry. First reaction was "whoaaaaa". And not really a good whoa, but an intrigued whoa. The flavor started out very intriguing with sweet molasses, smoke, and a heavy dose of licorice. It soon warped into a nasty medicinal like taste that I just couldn’t come to enjoy. Just putrid. I couldn’t finish the pint and regretably, have to give this a thumbs down. Stoked I got the chance to try it though.

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