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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light beige head. ARoma. Herbs, ripe fruits sweetness, some flowers, spice. Flavour. Ripe fruits, herbs, caramel, light bread, spice. pine, flowers. Medium to full bodied. Ends light bitter and fruity. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10926) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 9, 2015
from Mikkeller&Friends - hazy orange-brown beer with a long lasting yet chaotic foam left; a bit eartzhy and with strong notes of caramel and prunes, apples and vanilla; sweet and full-bodied, light grainy, solidly bitter; long aftertaste of caramel, walnuts, honey and plums, warming alcohol presence

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10575) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, lots of resinous and citrusy hops, and some honeyed malts. Flavour is exceedingly hoppy for a barley wine, with loads of citrus hops, barely a hint of caramel malts just to provide some body and a hint of balance, though this is a hop bomb all the way. Very enjoyable, highly drimlably boozy hop bomb. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Nice dark caramel colored pour, small off white head. Sweet malts combine with some spicy hops notes. Quite a hoppy barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10014) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Sample at a weekly bottle sharing event at Red House BBQ in Tehachapi, CA on 02/02/2013. Pours a dark ruby-amber color with a medium thick and foamy beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel and hops. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, herbal hops and fruit. The finish is malty with a short grassy hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2015
22 oz bottle. Bottled 11/26/12. Bomber tasting at Timo A.
Cloudy amber colour with a small off-white head. Sweetness, strong maltiness and warming alcohol in the aroma. Sweet malt, hops, strong bitterness, strong caramel maltiness and warming alcohol in the flavour. Quite nice. Sweet but drinkable Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Mostly clear reddish amber color. Good thin khaki head. Solid lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of creamy. Nice spicy hop profile. Some chocolate. Light dark fruit. More sweet taste, though not cloying at all. Light bitter. Nice spicy hop, kind of earthy. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear amber orange with a grayish light brown head that dissipates to the edges slowly. Aroma has a combination of pine and sweet grains with a bit of underlying resin. Flavor starts with sweet grains but finish is strong pine with a bit of grass and a resin kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, 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 there’s 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 - there’s restraint here, which is a good thing. Yeah, it’s worthwile, but it won’t drive me wild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8203) - 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.

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