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Drakes Jolly Rodger (-2004)

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
RBSG 2004: Clear ruby with a small off-white head. Rich full spicy aroma, starts and ends sweet. Oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
sampled at RBSG 04 this pours murky brown with a malty nose. The flavor is sweet. The carbonation was low.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 15, 2004
2004 Bottle, labled as "Scotch Ale". Pours a dark ruby with a smallish head, very nice appearance. Aroma is sweet cherry, woody and light spice (I know it says it’s never spiced but...). A smooth, full bodied dark fruit flavor with good balance of hops. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Strange baby cereal aroma. A little off. Nice flavor though. Medium bitterness. Some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2668) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Tap @ Barclays. Deep golden color with a tan head. Fresh hop aroma. I was told this was a double IPA this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2547) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2003 2002. This is a different recipe, I'm informed. It's more like a double IPA. Very hoppy, very lightly spiced. Golden and crisp with touches of curacao and honey. It's a bright, light, crisp and outstanding beer is a season usually littered with dark, murky spicy crud. If the other beers were the resinous, junipery, christmas tree, this is the star on top. Delicious and a big win for Drake's. Kudos for having the balls to make this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2001
Big nose of traditional holiday spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Thick, lush mouthfeel is accentuated by a heavily spiced flavor profile, particularly more nutmeg. Very festive, but like many spiced beers can get a little cloying if you drink too much. One glass is fine, thank you.

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