Friday, November 23, 2012

Drake's Brewing Company Jolly Rodger American Barleywine-Style Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Drake's Brewing Company Jolly Rodger American Barleywine-Style Ale. I had to get over to Drake's Barrel House to pick this up along with some other goodies for review.  Special shout out to Tony who was working that day...he's a good man.

From the Drake’s Brewing Company website: “After years of scallywagging about from port to port and dallying with any style that caught its fancy the 2012 edition Drake’s Jolly Rodger is returning to its original style, an American Barleywine. Our 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. Welcome home old friend. Yo Ho. — 2011-Imperial Dark India Pale Ale; 2010-Imperial Red Ale; 2009-Imperial Brown Ale — Available in November on draft and in 22 oz. bottles.” 
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a red garnet color with a fluffy off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma: Caramel and biscuit malts, toffee, citrus and pine hops.  Smells delicious.
Taste: And just like the nose, it is delicious.  Sweet caramel malts, toffee, bready, citrus and pine hops.  Bitter, sweet, balanced, fantastic!
Overall: Everyone knows I’m a huge Drake’s Brewing Company fan. Drake's Brewing Company Jolly Rodger American Barleywine-Style Ale is a top notch offering from a top notch brewery.  At 9.6% ABV this one’ll get you if you’re not careful. 


Mark Harvey

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