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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (732) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Poured from the bomber. Aroma is hoppy. Almost like a wet hop beer, there is grassy hop notes. Flavor is of dark fruits, prunes. Nice redish colour nice head with light lacing. I love this! The aroma is amazing!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5576) - 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)

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gandalf39 (30) - - DEC 29, 2013
Nez: praliné, pin,chocolat Bouche: c’est pas sirupeux ni gras, c’est consistant certe mais pas écourant. L’amertume est forte en fin de bouche. C’est pas trop sucré, l’alcool est très présent, ça réchauffe. Une barleywine fabuleuse!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (671) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours a red amber color with thick off white head. Malt, caramel and pine aromas. Malt, caramel, hops and pine taste with a slightly bitter caramel finish. Spectacular is the word that comes to mind.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Pours a rich amber with thick foamy tan head. Smells of hops, malts, pine, alcohol, and dried fruit. Tastes of hops, bitter, caramelized malts, and alcohol. Has a creamy and thick mouth feel and light carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of floral notes, carmel, grapefruit, pine, tangerine, peach and light melon. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, peach, earthiness, pine and grapefruit with a smooth lingering earthy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (7220) - 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!

4.2
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1520) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Pours dark red with white head. Aroma is caramel, strawberries, raspberries, fruity, wood, sweet and aromatic hops. Flavour is medium to heavy bitter, fruity, wood, caramel and sweet. Full, thick and medium carbonated. Normally I love bitter but maybe they went a bit over the top with the hops for this one. I’m not sure it should be this bitter. Nonetheless, excellent brew.


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