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Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas AleMaritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas Ale

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very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002)
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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mothman, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

strongaf, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +5%

sukwonee, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a rich red amber with a very thin head and slight lacing. Malt, dark fruit and hop aroma. Very malty with spice, some caramel. Finishes dry and oaky with some hop bite. Has the dry malt flavor that reminds me of Mad River's barley wine. Unusual. The finish bitterness is not well balanced, but otherwise interesting and fun to drink.

LiquidAmber, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Adamostella, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Romulux
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

thewimperoo, May 08, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, leftover from the 2011 batch. Ballard beer.

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, lovely body really - ruby, garnet, brown, light foamy beige head

smell: earthy, pale malts, toasted nut

taste: A slightly above average winter warmer - vanilla, booze, nuts, creme, caramel, toasted malt, herbal hops. Improved with age, but the cheapest 2010 bombers i have seen are an ASTRONOMICAL $8.99 at ballard market - Are you serious?

mouthfeel: mild bitterness, creamy medium-light body

overall: good, not great

dirtylou, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Zombiepaper
4/5  rDev +5%

Zombiepaper, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of piclee
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

piclee, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +5%

bespin15, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of IPAnoah
3/5  rDev -21.3%

IPAnoah, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap the Parkway tavern the other night. They had both the 2011 and 2010 version on tap, but I believe had run out of the 2011. I would have gone with the 2010 version given a choice anyway...

The beer pours a slightly dark, copper amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose, this really comes across as a hoppy barleywine, as there is a huge presence of sweet malt, pine and dry citrus. On the palate, it's just more of the same, with the massive malt backbone more than compensated for by the huge blast of hoppy bitterness. In combination, I get something of a caramel, butterscotch, toffee and candyapple flavor that marries well with the considerable hoppy bitterness. The 2010 version wasn't quite as raw as this beer sometimes is when fresh, and I found this beer to be quite smooth and surprisingly drinkable for it's abv. and huge flavor profile.

Not the sort of beer I'd want to drink any other time or any other place than in the NW during winter. However, drinking this beer in Tacoma in December is just an absolute treat, but one I'll probably have to wait another year for to sample again.

John_M, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a cloudy dark amber with almost no head. Little carbonation. Slow. Smell is very nice...malty and spicy. Smells like Christmas.

Taste is sweet and caramelly with pleasant spices. Very malty.

Mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky. Overall, I'm pretty impressed. It's nice.

snaotheus, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Very lightly cloudy brown. Finger and a half of light tan head.. settled to some lace, and a very thin solid layer above the brew. Overall somewhat average.

Smell: (3.0)
- Light caramel, and bready malt. Somewhat sweet, and has a deep rich earthiness.. light spice. Overall light in scent, and seems silky sweet.

Taste: (3.5)
- Sweet caramel malt, light spice, and molasses.. brown sugar and grassy herbal hop. Hops are not big, though this seems to be an aged bottle. It is rather smooth, sweet, and overall decent.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This beer kind of shines here.. it is medium bodied, lightly carbonated which seems perfect for its creamy smooth body. Little chewy and cloying. Overall an easy drinker.

Overall: (3.5)
- It's a solid beer, and I wonder what a fresh 2011 release would taste like. Perhaps more bitter and hoppy. But this cellared number seems nice and smooth.. and certainly has some nice character in its malt and spice.

Docer, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

evilkorova, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker amber color with red highlights when held to the light. A half finger slightly off white head with so-so retention and good lacing.

S: Very light nose. Bready, yeasty, malty. Slight spice notes. Touch of alcohol.

T: Caramel and biscuits upfront. Toasted toffee and malts in the middle. Nuttiness in the finish along with a slight floral/piney hop character. Very boozy (like hairspray) from middle to finish.

M: Light body. High carbonation. A touch sticky and syrupy. Alcohol sting on back of tongue and throat.

O: Not impressed one bit. Was looking forward to a local brew and shouldn't have grabbed this. Don't know if I'll finish it or not.

doughanson78, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Exiled
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Exiled, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of nsabo
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like salt water taffy. From the first sip, the booze ain't hiding from nobody. Usually this overt booziness tastes harsh, but it's pleasant here. Medium creamy mouth, like it's been whipped but is still runny. A little piney, some vanilla and toffee, all the while accompanied by booze. I don't get much, if any, spices.
I feel like I've written a fairly average sounding review without meaning to. There's nothing particularly outstanding about this beer, but it impresses me with each sip.
Here in Washington, it's a few bucks more than most winter warmers, but it's also the best one around.

nsabo, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of SirWilliam666
4/5  rDev +5%

SirWilliam666, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +5%

twelveinches, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Hawkfish
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Hawkfish, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of kcander
5/5  rDev +31.2%

kcander, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received via trade with barleywinefiend – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale and caramel malts with very slight hints of toastiness. Also present are earthy and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of leafy and lightly herbal hops. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out further with mild amounts of toasted malts. The toasted malts and leafy hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I’m not sure about another.

Overall this seemed like a run of the mill amber ale with hints of darker malts. Not a bad beer but not worth seeking out either.

glid02, Apr 14, 2011
Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.