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RATINGS: 157   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a lightly haze bronze-amber hued body with a lasting medium sized off-white head. Aromas are of crystal malt, brown sugar, sawdust, sandalwood, pine, citrus, raisins, dried currants and resin. Flavors are bitter, tar, caramel, green hops, raw, bitter, grassy, toasted, medium esters, strawberry. Almost tannic in the bitterness. Dry finish. I guess my preferences are out of line with the crystal content and hops in most west coast barley wines today. Quite full carbonation (higher 2.6s if I had to guess), dry finish, full bodied and warming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7682) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Nice pine and grapefruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with cocoa. Medium bodied. Pine and grapefruit linger with malt and cocoa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7643) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7515) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a clear deep ruby red body supporting a nice looking half inch tall tan head of foam that leaves behind some decent lacing. The aroma offers up a great mix of cherry and prune and pine hop infused molasses as well as a yum inducing dank hoppiness and then a bit of booze at the end of the draw. The taste begins with a nice resiny bitter hoppiness that is woven together with dank, spicy, pine and a bit of citrus hoppy goodness. This is nice and resiny and still full of hop flavor. Behind the hops are modest notes of sweet malts, prunes and a hint of molasses covered dates. Dandy barleywine!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7492) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7284) - 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%!"

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (7224) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7061) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours orange brown, nose is crystal malt, berries, caramel, taste is sweet toffee, caramel, dry.


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