AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 On tap @ Buffalo Bills, Hayward, Ca. This was my first Barley wine. I was a bit intimidated by it’s alcohol%, but when I tasted it, the alcohol was very well hidden. It was viscous, rich, complex, and there was almost no carbonation. Wish they would make it again..... marcus (10869) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
On tap at Toronado. The beer I am reviewing was actually brewed in 2005, using the original 1990 Jolly Rodger recipe, and is not to be confused with the 2005 Imperial IPA version of Jolly Rodger. This is a copper-colored Old Ale that poured with a decent off-white head. It is fairly hoppy (40 IBUs), but the bitterness is subdued due to the tasty roasted malt characteristics. I also enjoyed a version of this ale that was aged in an apple brandy barrell for 12 months. The aging bumped the ABV to 11% and added a very noticeable and pleasant liquor flavor. This aged version was definitely superior to the standard version. My numerical rating is a composite of both. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Draft. Drunk side-by-side with the 2005. Pours a deep copper color with reddish hues and an ivory head. Next to the 2005 this seems to be much more malt forward and hotter. Toasty malt flavor with sweet caramel and bourbon note. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
What an excellent barleywine that I wish I could get my hands on more. I could drink this all night long. Very well balanced and enticing. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Clean and malt forward with some grassy and earthy hop notes, some mild spice and pepper notes come forward as the beer warms. Somewhat nutty and mildy fruity on the palate. This is a velvet hammer, watch yourself closely or the pirates flag will stomp you good.
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer was brewed again based on the recipe for the 1990 Jolly Rodger so this rating is from a fresh (not aged) batch.
Draft. Amber-red color with a slight beige head. Low malty aroma. Smooth malty flavor with some earthiness and just enough hops to balance. Hides alcohol well. Nice but unspectacular.