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RATINGS: 114   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34343) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home.

Clear medium orange amber colour with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, caramel, dried fruit, wood, alcohol, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity hops, caramel, malty, hoppy, dry. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy and sticky, carbonation is soft. [20130827]

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1270) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Huge pines in the aroma, along with malt notes. Full bodied, long bitter finish. Trademark west coast barley wine

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2182) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle. Hazy deep copper with medium off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit, raw sugar, bread, caramel, toffee, booze, port wine and citrusy hops. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee, pine and citrus. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (1905) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle at World Cup Brazil tasting. Unclear amber body with a medium offwhite head. Ripe fruit, malt, vinous, dark fruit, raisin, light hops, fruity, alcohol sweetness. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours an amber color with an off white head. Amazing aroma. Hops and brown sugar. Taste is very balanced between some strong pine hops and some maple syrup. Bit bitter with a bit of a creamy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
22oz bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR. Pours a clear amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty solid. Biscuity and toasty toffees with a nice earthy and piney hopping. Brown sugar, grapefruit and pineapple citruses with a few resins, caramel, touches of red fruits, and barely a hint of cocoa. Flavor is similar. Fairly hop forward with a good amount of piney and earthy hops, but a solid toasty and biscuity toffee malt backing. A few resins from the hops with some grapefruit, brown sugar, and deep caramels. Finishes dry and bitter with a nice toffee note. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a softer, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable barley wine. Well hopped with a good amount of piney and earthy grapefruits, but a solid toffee malt backing to balance. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3027) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Tap. Pours clear reddish amber with a medium creamy beige head that dissipates slowly with great lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, caramel, bread. Flavor is the same, nice citrus and resinous hoppy, light malty sweetness. Finish is medium bitter with the abv coming through in the far finish. Mediumbody. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Sampled in a bomber. Pours deep brown with mild carbonation. Has a solid fresh hop flavor along with solid barley malt finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8943) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3292) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with a whipped off-white head. Nose is butterscotch, orange Creamsicle, spruce and light pine. Creamy and resiny with tongue-tickling carb. This does strike a nice balance between the hops and malts; citrus honey, melon, lemon peel and pine. More of an American strong for me; very good.


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