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Jolly Roger Christmas Ale | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Jolly Roger Christmas AleJolly Roger Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of harrymel
1.43/5  rDev -62.4%
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 -44.7%
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 -43.4%
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 -36.3%
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 -33.7%
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 JohnParadee
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of craytonic
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
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 -29.7%
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 cherche
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of doughanson78
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of Aaryah
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
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 Mole_Playing_Rough
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of IPAnoah
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of NoHipTee
3.04/5  rDev -20%
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 -19.5%
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 -17.1%
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 -16.3%
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 -15.5%
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 grizzbar
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Thishops4u
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of dc87
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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 -13.9%
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 -11.1%
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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Jolly Roger Christmas Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 170 ratings
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