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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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a clear dark brown body that throws up a big fluffy head of off-white. The aroma has caramel. raisin and some alcohol. The flavor is sweet but with a big firm hop bitterness to balance.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2121) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
aenima (208) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2014
A little citrusy aroma with caramel. The taste is a little plain and boring. Mostly caramel. A little sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IluvatarMilan (231) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vells (542) - LATVIA - MAR 24, 2014
Nice caramel malty profile, bit toasted, bread, honey, decent fruitiness (grapefruit, mango), piney hops. Sweet, maybe bit too sweet with pleasant moderate bitterness. Enjoyable HQ barley wine, thou didnt impressed me a lot

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1199) - 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

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1312) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 19, 2014
Appearance: Dark red, clear. Some light tan head. Aroma: Fruits and berries, malts. Vinous. Taste: Vinous, dark malt and fruit. Quite a bit of hops. Warming. Info: 650ml bottle, 19/3-2014

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (5300) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zenkis (497) - Ogre, LATVIA - MAR 7, 2014
Pours clear, intense coppery reddish with thick, rocky white-off top, rich lasing. Aroma - pure caramel, berries, candy with pine-spruce hoppy touch. Taste is sweet with just a bit more then average bitter for BW or IIPA type brews. Pine aftertaste, medium bitter one. Thick, carbonization-melting mouthfeel, gentle astringent palate, medium+ body. Nice brew, but didn’t surprised me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (135) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle pour at home. Dark red pour with a thin white head. Strong alcohol aroma, with a smooth roasted caramel flavor. Taste hides alcohol well. Very good tasting beer overall.


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