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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2784) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Just had a quick sip before I left, so only wrote down a score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7282) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"A very nice hop forward barlwywine that seems to change it stripes as it opens. Starts out with an aroma more akin to a IIPA than a BW. First sip gives you hints of honey and biscuit malt in addition to the hops. As it opens, it develops more malty sweetness in the aroma, and a distinct (and delicious) malt character very similar to my favorites from great Divide, Hibernation and Old Ruffian. Dangerously drinkable at 9.6%!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWorta (1051) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 21, 2014
Full amber coloured with a light creamy fading dark white head. Noses of resin, caramel, malt offering more complex notes of floral hoppy notes with hints of earthyness, pineneedles and dried autumn leaves rounded off by alcohol aromatics. A light livelyness openes up into a full bodied dark fruity, alcohol infused, sweet yet hoppy snapped flavour. The finish is long lasting and aromatic with a snappy dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6428) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottled 650ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Darker amber coloured, small beige head, dried fruits in the nose. Sweet malty, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol with some odd sticky resiny notes. Mild hoppy notes in rather bitter finish. Quite dry also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (6492) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (5026) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2014
650ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, reddish, copper colour with average, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Caramel malty aroma with notes of toffee, piney hoppy overtone. Taste is bitter hoppy, caramel malty undertones with a touch of toffee, some warming alcohol. Straight malt and hop power without subtleties.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2014
22 oz. bottle. vintage 2012 purchased at the Brewery and carried home. Color shows a ruby/ copper color without head. Aroma is real nice. Dark fruits, raisins, dates upfront with a hop pine and herbal ness.

I never sampled this fresh but the flavor here is really well refined. Like the aroma the dark fruit and toffee caramel is upfront and foremost but it still has a real nice pine bitterness to help balance the sweetness. Extremely well balanced and the alcohol warmth is only found in the way of warming. Damn, another smash hit from Drakes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1000) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
Pours a dark caramel-sauce color producing a creamy looking slightly tanned head. Aroma of grains, caramel and piney and resinous hops. Taste is malty with loads of caramel flavor, light toast, faint chocolate notes, dried fruit and a well rounded resinous bitterness. Pretty nice. Some warming alcohol into the aftertaste. Full bodied and just above softly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (5561) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2014
655 ml. bottle sampled @ Pure Apricot Tasting. Thanks! Hope that this is the version that I had, I remember someone reading the label & saying distinctly that this was a Barley Wine. GUSHER! Darker amber brown, little head. Sweet herbal, candy, caramel nose. Taste is bitter herbal, sweetish malt, candy, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal hop finish,… Med. thicker malty body. Nice but nothing stellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3641) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2014
Small head mild carbonation misty brown pour aromas caramel pine needles citrus honey apricot stone fruit the flavours biscuit even rye but mainly biscuit a bitter taste grapefruit lemon a sweet Barley Wine some pepper pine the finish best tastes pine lasting bitter above average ale but dull have tasted a lot better

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