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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Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 166
Photo of harrymel
1.43/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

$2 for 12oz bottle @ Rocket Market in Spokane, WA
Poured to NB tulip.

A: Pours amber and thick. Little/no visible head or lacing despite hard pour.

S: Pine, copper and aluminum. This is horrid and not making me want to drink it.

F: Sweet, alcoholic, not much here. Lightly bitter, hint of crystal malt in background. Boring.

M: Slicks the tongue with fine, low carbonation.

D: This recipe should be tossed out of the lexicon for what is normally a great brewery.

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Photo of leantom
2.1/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wasn't sure what to think of this beer. Here goes:

A: Just OK. Cloudy, opaque brown with a small brown head. Lots of lacing, though.

S: Funky, but not in a good way. Onions, herbal smell, some burnt malt. Not very good.

T: Bleh, drain-pour. Rancid, oniony hops on a caramel malt backbone. Just bad.

F: OK, not very thick, some carbonation.

O: Keep away from this one.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.15/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured with almost no head. I poured until I saw the sediment being disturbed and left a bit in the bottom of the bottle. Dark amber in color with mostly brown highlights. A touch of visible carbonation.

The aroma is all grains and a little harsh. Not "bad" but you can tell it's all about gritty grains with a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is sharp up front and gritty. Not sure how else to describe it. Some caramel sweetness, but the alcohol is really present. In fact as you lick your lips after, it's as if you did a shot. The sharp finish is of the alcohol. Wow, NOT a fan...

Mouth feel is a bit hot and the alcohol is ruling the roost.

Not very drinkable. Have to be honest, on a Friday evening, I'm not going to waste my time with this beer. Moving on. You should too.

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Photo of ccrida
2.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the Parkway Tavern, Jolly Rodger Christmas is a murky chestnut with a small, creamy off-white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is super soft, as served cold, nothing really until it warmed a bit and smelled like rubbing alcohol.

Taste is a generally mish-mashy strong ale, doesn't strike me as to well crafted honestly. There is a sharpness from the malt and fusels that reminds me a bit of a malt extract homebrew, a firm bitterness that contributes to the drying of the alcohol. I kept waiting for more flavors to develop as I worked though it, but all that came was pain.

Mouthfeel is very dry, but on the heavier side.

Drinkability is not to high, this was a subpar beer, and I'm not impressed. Less fusels and more maltiness, or basically any other character and they might have pulled it off, but as it stands, I really don't see much of a leg to stand on!

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.52/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Aroma is sweet and malty but with a very high level of diacetyl. (comes off as butterscotch.) Very low hop aroma.

Nice amber color, very clear. Small and quickly fading head.

Diacetyl whacks me over the head here. In the flavor, it's like someone melted some butter into my beer. There's a malty backbone behind it. Hop Bitterness is pretty low. Hop flavor is non-existant. Each sip is so overly diacetyl that it's hard to concentrate on any other flavors. It's like someone melted a pad of butter into my glass.

Medium full bodied, somewhat creamy.

I really couldn't finish this one. A little diacetyl can add a hint of richness or depth, but too much, and it stops tasting like beer and instead is like liquid popcorn.

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Photo of craytonic
2.61/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Murky caramel-orange.

Smell: Not much - caramel, hops, malt

Taste: Something is seriously off. Big malt backbone, but it tastes moldy. Some cough syrup flavors. Alcohol is up front. Maybe a little amaretto.

Mouthfeel: Does have a nice, full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not good at all; I possibly got a bad bottle

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Served from a 12 oz bottle aquired in trade. No freshness markings on the bottle. The beer pours dark, cloudy amber with an off white head that thins quickly to a ring on the top. This beer has lots of sediment in it. I don't know if it was intended to be that way, but alas, it is.

Smell: Notes of brown sugar, dry tannins, and fresh berries.

Taste: Sour and tart, yet some sweetness is there as well. Burnt toast with some dryness along with a bitter middle and a sweet malty end. The flavor is rather convuluted. No flavors really seperate themselves to be noticed. It tastes like a mish-mash of other beers.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied despite the cloudiness and sediment. Rather uncomfortable in my mouth.

Drinkability: Perhaps I got a bad bottle, perhaps not. I don't really want another bottle of this beer. The flavor needs to be refined to and I just don't see it happening from this beer. My advice would be to toss this recipe and start over.

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Photo of doughanson78
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of Aaryah
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Beer doesn't live up to the hype for me. The taste isn't very complex and its a bit too light in taste to justify its strength in both color and smell. Tastes very ordinary in my opinion.

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle to glass.

Appearance was a perfect amber with little to no head. The thin head did completely dissipates within a few seconds. Leaves a dissapointing flat look. Very few bubbles.

Smell was also very promising. A hint of candy cane, brown sugar, raisins and toasted fruit cake.

Taste is a little overwhelming but does eventually settle down. The bitterness and alcohol slowly lets the complex flavors thru. The finish is a little dissapointing also. It has a lingering bitterness that will not let the smoothness complete the experience. I may have detected a hint of crushed blue spruce pine needles in the after taste at the back of my tongue.

Mouth feel is similar to appearance. It is a thin less than effervescent bite from the bitterness.

Drinkability is low on my scale due to the bitterness. I must admit to drinking several but I also like a good bitter ESB. I cut my teeth on the original Redhook ESB.

Overall worth a try but not high on my list of wonderful Christmas beers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear copper-colored brew in the Ciney snifter with plenty of suds in the mouth, but short-lived head in the glass. Aroma of herbal hops. Rich, rather sweet concoction with a spicy edge and an insistent malted milk taste. The flavor of slightly burnt raisin toast comes to mind.

This stuff just stays sweet from start to finish. It's a pleasant grainy, malty brew with an over-abundance of caramel. Some bitterish hops emerge for the finish. Rather leafy and a little dank for a winter brew. I had a Sierra Nevada Celebration on tap yesterday, which sets a better standard with more aromatic hops and less sugar.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip...

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a very small one finger head that fell very quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

S: Boozy molasses and caramel malt slightly grassy hop profile. Not all that balanced...

T: Big mouth of boozy malt upfront, caramel and molasses with dry grassy hops on the finish. Slightly bready on the finish as well.

M: Smooth medium body with nice carbonation, a bit creamy with lingering bitterness.

D: The lingering bready bitterness keep it from being overly drinkable. To be honest, not a big fan of this one. Certainly wouldn't go out of my way to find it...

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Photo of beertaster13
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pune juice color with dark streaks, the head was tan and delicious looking, smell was of deep roasted oak and nuts, metallic hint, a ground almost grassy hint, the taste just didn't seem right, I might have to give this one another try, almost a burnt crisp sweetness, a slight hop was out of place dont' like hints of citrus in my winter warmer, thick bodied like syrup, could only handle one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane, WA. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color and is clear. A white head forms and is some what resilient. Nice lacing.

The smell is faint, but piney, evergreen. Like an IPA

Taste is a sweet malt caramel backbone up front with a hop finish. There is a bitter aftertaste that lingers.

Mouth Feel is smooth maybe a little flat. It has a sticky feel.

This one is not real sessionable. It would be worth having a couple but that's all. It's kind of strong tasting, and the ABV is a little high. Not the most drinkable brew.

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Photo of dc87
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a dark cloudy amber - not quite brown - with a disappointingly thin, almost-white head.

S - Sweet malts, a little caramel and chocolate, booze. A little dark fruitiness. Simple but pleasant.

T - Very sweet up front and on the way down. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee and a little chocolate, much like the nose. A small hop bite comes through towards the end. The aftertaste starts out fairly malty and slightly metallic, almost like a lager, eventually leaving a little bitterness.

M - A little too flat and syrupy for my liking.

O - A very sweet, pleasant enough Christmas ale. A little one dimensional. Nice, but nothing special.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served a little hazed - some time in the freezer... oops! Fortunately, it didn't freeze, but needs some time to warm up.

A: A rather minimal white head... foamy, over an orange-brown hazy body.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg - well sweetened and blended well with the malts.

T: Quite a bitter flavour... the spices seem a bit jumbled, and the alcohol is a bit strong

M + D: Easy does it... the alcohol is a bit on the hefty side. Medium body, minimal carbonation. Not one of my favourites, but glad to have tried it.

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Photo of hawks10
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ScreamForMe for this one...

12oz. bottle poured into FFF's pint glass...

Slightly hazy bright bronze color with a thin one finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a little lacing...

Smells of sweet bready malt and not much else, slight spice but pretty one dimensional...

Taste is much of the same, sweet malt up front, a slight bitterness peeks out followed by a little spice. For some reason I just find it kind of boring...

Mouthfeel is typical winter/christmas ale, chewy from the abundant malt, warming and nice. Could definitely have one of these after Christmas dinner...

Drinkability is decent, but with the somewhat boring nose/taste I couldn't see myself drinking more than one...

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

im sick of wine so let's have a beer. it pours like a porter, bubbles are wispy and anemic. smells like sourdough gingerbread, if such a thing were to exist. the taste is something quite special, evoking a primal flavor of fermentation.. something that harkens back to some early memories of stronger esb-style beers. chocolate flavors without being chocolatey, roast flavors without being overly ashy.. y'know.

it's drinkable, and somewhat of an anomaly for the typical pacnw beers that i encounter from day-to-day. when i stop and think about it, this beer caught me off guard with its lack of hops, booze, and stars-and-stripes attitude.

i would recommend it, if for nothing more than a history lesson to other northwesterners.. to let them know that there's more than just what we normally see out there in the beer world.

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Photo of Docer
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of redelephantdane
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass
a - hazy amber, one finger head that dies down quick, a few beads lace remain on the side of glass, almost red.

s - slightly floral with hop citrus. not particularly smelly.

t - malt sweetness at first, ripe juicy fruits that finishes with hops

m - slightly heavier than expected, not as smooth as the style usually is. crisp finish.

d - definitely not a session, one will do fine.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky dark copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy cereal grain, some vanilla and alcohol.

The taste was upfront malty, with some vanilla and spice. There was a noticable alcohol warming. Some earthy yeast esters as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side and mildly chewy.

Overall a complex and unique winter warmer. A bit too sweet for my taste however.

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Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.66. I've never had this in bottle, but I've had it twice on-tap.

Poured a hazy russet color with a modest, off-white head that dropped in about 2 minutes, though a foam collar did endure. Modest, spotty lace.

The smell is malty, with a mild spiciness. Seems a little underdone, though it certainly doesn't smell objectionable. It made me wish I could smell more of what I was smelling, if that makes any sense.

Mildly spicy, in a vaguely christmas-y way. Otherwise, very malty. The only sign of hops is in a slight dryness. This tastes good without being particulary interesting.

Mouthfeel could best be described as "medium", which is also how I would describe the body.

This tastes like a totally average beer. I know there are a lot of people who rave about it. I myself first had it on-tap at a sportsbar in Mt Vernon a couple of years ago and found it much like this. A couple of weeks later, I had it at The Elk in Spokane and it was awesome. I suppose this is a beer that varies according to the batch or when it is fresh on-tap. If I have another experience with this beer that is different, I will post another beer.

EDIT: Another bottle purchased the same time as the last, but consumed about a month later, was awesome. It seems like every other serving I have of this beer is great. Very weird.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up to give it a try. Poured into a pint glass. Dark orange color. Lots of carbonation noted, with some lacing. Smell had a lots of hops to it. Taste was also hoppy, with a bit of citrus also. Mouthfeel was somewhat bitter. Did not realize the abv was that high. Too hoppy for a winter warmer for my liking. Would be a good choice, though, for IPA lovers.

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Photo of tempest
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt K. for bringing this one back from Seattle. It's a hazy orange in my glass with little head or lacing. Basically it's a red ale with decent hops to it. I also get some very slight cocoa along with the smooth and roasted caramel flavors. Not a bad beer, but nothing new or inspiring.

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Photo of Shippy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with an orange hue. Smell starts with dark fruits, maybe some fig or dates, followed by a bit of vanilla and some smokiness. Flavors start with sweet malts, some honey, then drift in a smokier direction with nuttiness and some spice on the end. Feel is medium with a little carbonation. Overall a nice winter warmer, would be nice to have sitting next to a fire.

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