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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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after years of scallywagging about and dallying with any style that caught its fancy, good ole JR is returning to itís original form, an American Barleywine. Originally crafted as a holiday brew that Drakeís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3933) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
650ml bottle @ RIP Camp

Pours dark reddish brown with a large head. Aroma of resinous hops, caramel, sweet malts, syrup and toffee. Taste is sweetish, hoppy, bitter and resinous with notes of caramel, toffee and syrup. Finish is sweet, sticky, malty and caramely with loads of bitter hops and hints of fruits. A bit unbalanced, perhaps a bit too sweet and harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2656) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle at Deanís stickiest floor tasting. Pours a clear amber beer with a light, off white head on top. Aroma of barley, vineous characters and quite boozy. Flavor is very sweet, light alcoholic and malty. Alcohol is present in the palate, but still not disturbing. Slightly herbal and very strong flavors. Full bodied, nice!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5605) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle shared at the Press Deanís Button tasting. Pours clear ber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, grassy hops, brown sugar. Flavour is light heavy sweet and over moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8744) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle @ "Press Deans button tasting". Clear dark amber to reddish color, small beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, nicely hoppy and a bit sweet. Taste malts, hops, lightly alcohol, some sweetness. Really nice, love this one. Full body, long lingering bitter alcoholic finish, medium body. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4772) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle at Deanoís monthly tasting, September 2013. Poured a clear dark amber with a thin frothy white head. The aroma is malty with some caramel. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a big malty liqourice palate. More of a DIPA than a Barley Wine for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zer0 (1133) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is sweet malts, dusty and peach. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (3906) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle @ press Deanís button tasting. Aroma is caramel, bready, somehting rye ish, thick hops. Flavour is the same. LRAB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (3635) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Poured a medium with no head. Aroma of sweet berries and alcohol. Full body, flavour of the aroma. Could be left for a decade or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5566) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle shared @ JMDST Thin creamy white head. Clear amber pour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8011) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2013
Medium, cream-coloured head over finely carbonated brownish orange beer. Sharpish initial nose of alcohol and ink. Some hints at seewater/food (sepia?). Then more classical sweet-nutty, caramel induced aromas. Even a bit cheesy. Bitter, going over in roasted-sweet, caramelly and even syrupy notes. The hop is present, but cannot control the ubiquitous caramel. There is some balance, but me seems thereís not much going on for a big barley wine. Aftertaste shows some spiciness, and again a hint at cheese. Very slick, onctuous but not really overfully bodied as some - thereís restraint here, which is a good thing. Yeah, itís worthwile, but it wonít drive me wild.

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