Drakes Jolly Rodger Scotch Ale Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
For centuries the Scots have been masters at brewing beer. At Drakes we have attempted to honor their efforts. Our brewer Rodger combined European malts and hops to create this ruby red strong ale. Slightly sweet with hints of roasted malt this wee heavy Scotch ale was then barrel aged for 18 months to enhance the intense flavors. So enjoy this as you would any fine after dinner beverage and give a toast to the scots, who've only been brewing beer since 6500B.C. This is a very limited release and won't be repeated.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
brstp (201) - - JAN 24, 2008
Lost my commentary on this due to a computer error. In short--watery, extremely alcohol-y, some fruit, no carbonation and no head. I would have thought this was a bad bottle but sounds like that’s just how the beer tastes. You can smell it from a yard away.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Heavy brown with deep caramel hues, thin sudsy off-white head, little lacing.   A bit of Brandy and wood notes.   Seems musty, but guessing since its aged for nearly 4 years that would be it.   Minor tart notes up front, backside shows a bunch of raisin and prune like flavors.   Seems like its likely over the hill.   Backside shows a bit of dryness and some woody notes.   Body is lacking, and the mouthfeel seems thin.   Guessing this is due to the age of this bottle.   Not off, but its certianly over the hill.   It actually kind of reminds me of really old Old Crusty from Rogue in its raisin and prune like background.   The 11% ABV is well hidden.   Entertaining, but I should have drank this long ago.

User37895 (3085) - - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle from sloth or CaptCoug. Pour was dark hazy brown, weak initial head, zero lacing. Aroma was caramel, brandy, maple, rasins. The flavor was salty, caramel, raisins, molasses, maple, oak, cobwebs, oxidation too. This one didn’t hold as well as the 15th bourbon and apple brandy barrel bottles. Oh well, win some, lose some. Mouthfeel was moderate body with a flat mouthfeel, gritty/grainy texture almost. Thanks, bert or tom!

Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Sample @ Woodshop 5.0. Pours a hazy dark brown with a small head that quickly fades out into a thin collar. Smell is of lots of caramel, bourbon oak, raisins, and doughy bread. Taste is of the same aromas with some tart cherries thrown into the mix. Mouth feel is cloyingly sweet, tart, chewy, with caramel standing out and lingering.

Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Nip bottle, rating #100 for the beer! Poured a spooky deep shade of brown that didn’t look so dark when poured, but it seemed to absorb light after that.. absolutely still. The aroma really showcased the barrel-aged part of the package, with rye whiskey, vinous notes, toasty oak, and vanilla leading.. aged caramel and some smoke gave the sweet underlying impression.. I really dug the barrel treatment, which drove the score up. The flavor had old caramel and molasses joined by liquid smoke and overripe dark fruits at the core.. sour whiskey and oak were laced throughout.. not as well composed as the nose, but still very good. Medium-bodied and flat on the palate (the latter part didn’t kill my enjoyment because this was more like drinking booze than beer).. this was very well put together!

shigadeyo (3820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2009

Rating #2000

7/28/2009: Drake’s Jolly Rodger Scotch Ale (Barrel Aged) has an amazing aroma! It’s like a blend of Merlot, port, extremely ripe dark fruits, and a hint of licorice blended with refined, brandy-like alcohol. As it warms, the aroma reminds me more and more of a long-aged balsamic vinager. Awesome! The beer is a deep ruby color, pours thick like syrup, and is still (no carbonation left). The flavor is both sweet and slightly tangy/tart like blackberry and deep red wine (Cabernet). The maltiness and body has thinned somewhat with age, but the beer is still quite smooth. The alcohol is quite supressed and there are hints of chocolate and cherry in the finish. Even some of the caramelized sugar starts to come out as the beer warms. Despite the alcohol being absent from the flavor, it is definitely warming. I’m not sure this is a favorite amongst Scotch Ales for me, but it is definitely a fantastic beer that deserves some recognition.

Nip bottle (Net Wt 6 OZ, Alc/Vol - 11.10%) from iowaherkeye via trade in May 2007. Thank you very much Joey. I really appreciate it! Rating #99 for this beer.

BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
6oz bottle thanks to ratman197. Served at ~60*. Pours with a murky chocolate to amber or mahogany brown body with a thin layer of bubbles, no lace but some legs. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, brandy, madeira, plum, raisins, sherry, tannins, vanilla and grain alcohol. Taste is smokey and boozy with dark fruits, rotting fruits, vinous tones, tannins, wood and rum soaked biscuits. Not very sweet, actually seems to finish quite dry. Syrupy and flat. Warming. Just drinkable enough to be served in a 6oz bottle.

daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle from ratman197, thanks! Pours a murky brown. No head. Aroma is sweet and full of woody bourbon aromas. Flavor is a bit dry with some sweetness and the booze peaking through. Interesting and I feel a bit underrated.

Tmoney99 (15133) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Small bottle with foil cover from Freakin Frog, Las Vegas. Poured dark brown color with mimimal head that was mostly diminished with minimal lacing. Heavy woody, peat and scotch alcohol aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet woody scotch finish of moderate to long duration. Good brew.

fiulijn (21517) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2009
<i>Bottle from Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas; barrel aged for 18 months</i>
It pours a still dark brown, almost black color without head. Light aroma of alcohol and raisins, notes of Porto wine. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, with alcohol in front of all, then caramel, light chocolate, light raisins, sweet nuts and light sourness. I would prefer not sour and less alcoholic. It’s like an alcoholic Old Ale; I had better ones…

alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2008
6 oz. nip bottle courtesy of captaincougar. Pours a hazy ruby highlighted brown color with nohead or hint of carbonation. The aroma comes leaping out of the glass almost instantly: sweet caramel malt, dark fruits such as prunes, alcohol, and sherry character. The flavor does not necessarily connect with the nose. I was expecting a sweet thick malty fruity boozy beer; what I found was a slightly sour, acidic, somewhat fruity, thin, boozy, yet interesting brew. I don’t really taste 11.1%, but the alcohol is around. I really wanted this to be a bit more chewy, but its not bad.

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