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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (5932) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2739) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2013
Clear amber colour, slight off-white head. Malty aroma, alcohol, some soap, citrus, honey and flowers. Bitter flavour, malts, quite some hops. Rather full body, bitter finish.
(From 66cL bottle shared @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (925) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2013
Appearance: Dark amber with 2 finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Christmas cake, raisin, prune, vinous, slight chocolate note, hint of cherry, vanilla, grapefruit and pine. Taste: Low sweetness and sourness, medium/high bitterness which is fairly harsh. The flavours are an amalgamation of cherry, vinous notes and grapefruit like bitterness. Palate: Thick texture and mouthfeel with a medium body, and low carbonation. Lingering astringent bitter finish. Comments: Quite harsh bitterness akin to an IPA but still very enjoyable and refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle @ press Dean’s button tasting. Aroma is caramel, bready, somehting rye ish, thick hops. Flavour is the same. LRAB.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2449) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle at Dean’s stickiest floor tasting. Pours a clear amber beer with a light, off white head on top. Aroma of barley, vineous characters and quite boozy. Flavor is very sweet, light alcoholic and malty. Alcohol is present in the palate, but still not disturbing. Slightly herbal and very strong flavors. Full bodied, nice!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (6814) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IluvatarMilan (236) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to Benzai - terrific deep ruby red body with solid white head. Aroma is rich on pine, ceder, nuts. Medium bodied, flowery taste, more chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2433) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark copper pour with a creamy beige head, pine and caramel aroma, taste has intense pine along with robust caramel, biscuity malts, tangerine, grapefruit, quite sticky mouthfeel and a big bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle. A dense brown color with a lush tan head. A strong hoppy nose as it warms but almost nonexistent when cold. A sweet malty flavor with a strong hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Appearance: Pours a semi-clear dark amber with a big fluffy head that subsides to a retaining thin cap of tan.

Aroma: Quite similar to the Imperial Red from 2010! Resinous piney hops, brown sugar and burnt sugar like malt sweetness. Very aromatic even from a far.

Taste: Big bitter and citrusy hops, burnt toasty and caramel malts. A little dark chocolate, finishes with long sturdy dry bitterness that lingers well past the sip. Not boozy, but the over-the-top hop profile would lead you to believe this beer is young/hot.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall: Delicious, big and hoppy. A very similar beer to not only Jolly Rodger 2010, but also to fresh Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I would drink this guy fresh however.


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