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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 20, 2013
Bernstein dunkel, feine weisse schaumkrone, malz, fruchtig, süsse und hopfen im aroma, etwas grasig, malzsüsse, dominierende hopfenbittere im abgang ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - OCT 12, 2013
looks beautiful, amber with nice head. Aroma is resiny hoppy, malty, caramel. Taste is similar, nice balance, typical US barleywine with big hop profile and bitterness yet very well balance by a complex and smooth malt profile. Not alcohol noticable, - very underrated imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle:   Reddish amber, thick and hazy, large frothy tannish head, nice lacing.   Faint citrus and bready aroma, light caramel and toffee, with minor candied pith and peel.   Smooth on the tongue, malty, hops aren’t big but feel green in their bitterness, with soft caramel and toffee background.   Could stand to be a touch sweeter.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Decent balance on the finish, just wished it were a bit sweeter.   A little English at times, at others American.   Middle of the road, but solid and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
75 cl bottle @ RIP camp, bottled 26.11.2012
Aroma is sweet with caramel, resiny malt and some berry tones. Flavour is heavy and fruity with malt, caramel, some resiny notes and some vanilla. Also some woody tones. Too sweet, but then again what else can an American BW be?

Once again the D and G were on top of each other and I never understood

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7430) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
65 cl bottle @ RIP Camp.
Pours clear orange color with a small head. Aroma of resinous hops, grass, caramel malts, toffee notes, wet cardboard and apricot. Flavor of resin, caramel malts, some citric fruits and goose berries. Bitter fruity palate with a bit too strong malty and resinous finish. Not bad though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7047) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
650 ml bottle @ RIP camp.
Pours a dark copper colour with a white lacy head. Strong aroma of resin, caramel, pine needles and biscuit. Flavour of caramel malts, strong resiny bitterness, pine needles, some citrus and spruce. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long, warming, resiny finish. A heavy bitter barley wine, which I would love to taste from a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4648) - 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 (3140) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle at Dean’s 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 (6866) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle shared at the Press Dean’s 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 (9929) - 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!

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