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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6022) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours amber with a short off-white head and a red ale type aroma. There is a bitter smoked malt flavor that turns fruity. Complex and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
bottled, muddy brown pour, piney toffee aroma, flavor is still a little hot, fruit caramel and pine, warm finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (5975) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (5967) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2013
Medium beige head. Clear deep dark red body. Fruity resiny raisiny aroma with strawy chocolatey notes. Dry-sweet strawy roasty fruity taste with resiny raisiny notes. Mid-to-full body. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dryish resiny strawy marzipan aftertaste with raisiny toffee and spice notes. Lovely! Highly drinkable, gorgeous malt character, well balanced hop spiciness. A very good beer. (0.65l bottle, from Kihoskh, Copenhagen.)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
11/23/13. 22oz bottle. Amber brown pour with a nice khaki tan head that sticks. Malty aroma, some distinct fruitiness, dark fruits, brown sugar, burnt toffee and caramel. Nice flavor, mellow, good bitterness balances with dark sugars and fruits, toffee, and biscuity malt. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5947) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2013
22. Pours a cloudy medium amber with minimal head. Nice clean sweet nose, pure malt caramel goodness. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Toasty caramel, toffee, and butterscotch on the mid palate. Long toasty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (5705) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichoranges Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr süß malzig, Karamell, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig fruchtig, wärmend, Karamell, alkoholisch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
On tap. Dark reddish brown with a fizzy off white head. Big hoppy aroma. Tastes of caramel, molasses, grapefruit, and hop resin with a decent bitterness and a chewy palate. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber color with ivory head. Big ganja bud, pine sap, floral, caramel aromas. Medium body with average co2. Sweet caramel, pale malt flavors with mild pit fruits, and pine, skanky hoppage--good.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5496) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Thanks Chris and Meredith! Bottle. The aroma escapes the instant I break the cap’s seal -- rich with warming sugar and a sense of home. It carries almost 2 feet from the goblet! The beer is deep brown, like stained oak furniture. The head is firm and stoic. The beer drinks with an amazing balance, rich with baked brown sugar and warming ethanol, laced with some pine and citric acidity. Remarkably easy to drink for its depth and strength. Amazing stuff. (#5375, 12/16/2013)


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