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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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3.5
CH-303 (2358) - 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
Beerhunter111 (22427) - P´Castle, 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
zenkis (1079) - 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
andrewje41 (4241) - 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.

3.8
kraddel (8867) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle from caignies Pours clear dark amber , rather small white head Smell is grainy , sweet , hoppy . Rather thick High carbo Bitter , sweet , grainy taste . Nice and full .

4.1
wyzzywyz22 (2752) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle, Brew Dog.com. Dark copper pour with a small yet lingering off-white head. Sweet malt, fragrant hop and bready notes in the nose. Brown sugar, sweet malts, up front booze , a little summer fruit and hops aplenty flavour-wise. Robust bitterness. Thoroughly enjoyable brew that punches its weight. Lovely.

3.8
GTAEgeek (2411) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Sample at First Sunday. Pours brown, with a medium, beige head. The aroma is hay, chalk, corn syrup, and some biscuity notes. Very sweet, with a nice spicy bitterness. Heavy body, sticky, but a little thin. Overall, this is a very nice barley wine. Good low-level hopping, and super-malty.

3.3
TBone (18213) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle 650ml (Bierkompass)
Clear dark amber color, steady beige head. Aroma has pine needle hoppyness, toffee and hints of licorice and alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Front is salty then slightly toffeish maltyness leading to piney and resiny finish and aftertaste. Ryeish notes. A bit alcoholic. Powerful but simplish.

3.7
Staffan47 (908) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2014
Flaska på nyår. Doft av ljunghonung. Krämig och alkoholtung men inte spritig. Medel till hög beska.

4.6
Gandalf39 (157) - - DEC 29, 2013
Nez: praliné, pin,chocolat Bouche: c’est pas sirupeux ni gras, c’est consistant certe mais pas écourant. L’amertume est forte en fin de bouche. C’est pas trop sucré, l’alcool est très présent, ça réchauffe. Une barleywine fabuleuse!!


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