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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
after years of scallywagging about and dallying with any style that caught its fancy, good ole JR is returning to its original form, an American Barleywine. Originally crafted as a holiday brew that Drakes 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (23013) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
bottle at home .. copper .. small light tan head ... soft sweet toffee caramle malt nose ... dry fruits .. soft sweet malts ... sweet toffee..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4569) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Bitter and malty aroma. Tastes like a malty imperial IPA with some raisin. This is really a bitter barley wine. Nice note of caramel as well. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (2948) - oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2014
Botella de 65 cl en cimmeria en el momento el 29-10-2014. color rojizo cerezo oscuro con espuma tambin bastante oscura. Aromas y sabores maltosos con toques de caramelo tostado. Cuerpo medio a intenso de 9.6 vol que se nota en todo momento. Paso por boca denso. Bastante buena, para repetir sin duda.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - NOV 1, 2014
Very malty beer hoppy finish Nice brew. One of the better barley wines not too sweet

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (12995) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle. Amber color. Malty, plastic, grassy notes and dried red fruit in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with roast and confit fruit. Red berries, grassy notes. Alcoholic, complex, multi-layered beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2991) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2014
22 oz bottle @ home. Clear dark amber brown color with a red hue. Off white rocky head, sticky, good lacing. Aromas: sweet, toffee (sticky toffee cake), dried fruits. Also hops noticeable retronasal, some root (sarsparilla?). Flavor is rather bitter with a moderate sweet backbone. Alcohol feel is rather strong, warming. Medium to full bodied. Long finish, rather bitter, earthy. Still good after two years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (3893) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 8, 2014
22fl oz bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 08-10-2014.
BBD: not found.
In short: sweet thick ale.
Pours hazy copper with nice creamy off white head. Moderate to short head retention, some lacing. Malty, caramel, ripe fruit, liquor aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Thick mouthfeel, sweet, liquor, alcohol well hidden. smooth and balanced. Enjoyable. A robust barley wine, but not top of his class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Just had a quick sip before I left, so only wrote down a score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"A very nice hop forward barlwywine that seems to change it stripes as it opens. Starts out with an aroma more akin to a IIPA than a BW. First sip gives you hints of honey and biscuit malt in addition to the hops. As it opens, it develops more malty sweetness in the aroma, and a distinct (and delicious) malt character very similar to my favorites from great Divide, Hibernation and Old Ruffian. Dangerously drinkable at 9.6%!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWorta (1601) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 21, 2014
Full amber coloured with a light creamy fading dark white head. Noses of resin, caramel, malt offering more complex notes of floral hoppy notes with hints of earthyness, pineneedles and dried autumn leaves rounded off by alcohol aromatics. A light livelyness openes up into a full bodied dark fruity, alcohol infused, sweet yet hoppy snapped flavour. The finish is long lasting and aromatic with a snappy dryness.

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