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

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of dirtylou
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of Zombiepaper
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of piclee
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of IPAnoah
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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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 evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Exiled
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nsabo
3.79/5  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.

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Photo of SirWilliam666
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Hawkfish
5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kcander
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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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 Bookseeb
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had this on tap, but grading from a bottle. Appearance is a dark ruby amber color with a thin head and nill lace. Smell has a rich malt dark fruit aroma with a little alchohol lingering. Taste has again very rich malts and fruits with a nice balance of hops with a little alchohol in the background. Mouthfeel is heavy with good carbonation. A nice heavy Christmas ale that is satisfying to sip on.

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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 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 ChrisPro
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. summer 2010 release, thanks to northwestmark, served in a snifter

A - Pours a burnt umber that took head forever to form, but once it showed up, it didn't go away. Great lacing and a little bubble eggshell head.

S - Aroma of caramel, honey and fig

T - little sweet molasses and caramel, and then a beautiful slightly dry roasted chestnut finish. My mind may be playing tricks on me, but this is a great sweet/dry nutty finish. Little weird estery flavor that lingers, though.

M - Drinks pretty full-bodied with very sharp carbonation, which was unexpected. A little oily, but doesn't really take away from it for the style.

D - A bit hot right now. At 8%, you really taste the booze as it leaves a little burning in the cheeks and back of the throat after the finish. Sitting in front of a fire, I'd love this, but I think this could really benefit from age. Great for the style and I regret not cellaring some of this when I lived in Seattle.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark toffee brown with traces of orange into a tulip with a finger of fluffy eggshell head. Sweet caramel malt aroma with just a hint of citrus hops.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet up front with lots of brown sugar, vanilla, and toffee. Finish balances the sweetness somewhat with some grapefruit and spicy hop notes.

On the sweet side, but still an easy sipper with a gently warming alcohol presence.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, every year I await you, you saucy devil, for your return from the high seas! Every year, you come back with a bounty worthy of a pillow made of spun alpaca pubic hair!
A bountiful reddish brown with big malty sexiness. Caramel and toffee, some chocolate and brown sugar, a bit of earthiness. It is erotic and filling. The malt slides down easily with a coaxing bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor is minimal, allowing the big malts to play their games with my tongue. Always sexy, never boring.
One of the finest winter ales Washington has to offer.

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Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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