Jacob Marley Barley Wine | Sequoia Brewing Company

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Jacob Marley Barley WineJacob Marley Barley Wine

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Sequoia Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BradBLR on 12-07-2006

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BradBLR
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber color with a slight red tint. The head was a slightly yellow white and lasted about half the beer with average amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a carmel malt aroma with a hint od hops and fruit, possibly cherries.

The taste was a sweet carmelish flavor with hints of fruit ( cherries and a hint of citrus) and maybe some small amount of spice (possibly a little cloves). The hops hit you at the end with a nice amount of bitterness. The mounthfeel of this beer was a little thin for a barley wine, but was extremely smoothe. The CO2 was a just a little too much, but nothing to really complain about.

All in all another great beer from the folks at Sequioa, if you are in the Fresno area, stop by it will be worth it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Sequoia (Tower Location). I've wanted to try this for a long time, mostly because of the name.

Pours amber in color with a finger of frothy head. Smells decently hoppy, a nice citrus note to it with some pineapple and maybe a bit of pine. There is some sweet caramel and toffee, too. A sweet toffee flavor up front followed by assertive booze. A touch of dark fruit and maybe some citrus hop flavor. The booze becomes more pronounced and maybe even a bit vodka-like as it warms.

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Photo of ReDave
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my gosh this beer is HUGE. I'm never sure how to record these, Kevin faithfully, and thankfully creates a Jacob Marley Barley Wine every year. They even bottle an extremely limited edition every year. Usually around 150 bottles or so. Nice special labels marked with the numbered series. Even though it's sort of the same style every year, i think the alcohol is a little different each year, The bar usually serves the previous years Jacob, as well as the "fresh" this years, and if you get the bottle and age it [and they actually bottle last years!!!] it will certainly change over the years.
Had a session [with a meal in between thank you] of the 2005 edition, then the 2006. The 05 was nicely matured, full bodied barley wine that will go neck and neck with the best. Then i had this years. WHEW WOW! Hugeness! Big hoppy aroma, big hoppy bitter wonderness! I will agree that it's a little green as well. Especially after the mellowed matured one. Big, Huge Can't wait for next year!

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Photo of stoad
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 edition, served in a straight pint glass. Current version is a stated 12% abv.
Dark amber, clear, no head, very thin "foam" ring @ the edge of the glass. Served much too cold for me, waited a while to let it warm up.

Good med body mouth feel, stays on the tongue nicely. A little caramel & hops on the nose but not really too much there... Taste comes out as it warms. Toffee, honey, more caramel, pine tar/ resin. Finishes with a fading bit of honeysuckle and citrusy/pineapple esthers.
Worth a visit around the holidays for a glass or three if you're in the area.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to sample Marley twice this winter, and I've got a couple of bottles laid away for future tastings. Last year, I missed out on this beer entirely. As far as I know, Jacob Marley is still being poured at both Sequoia BC locations.

2009 Edition served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Body is a deep reddish copper with caramel edges. Not a whole lot of clarity; this one is hazy. A short, creamy, tan head sits on top and drags web-like lacing all the way down. Head sits as a wispy crown for most of the session. I'd like to see some more frothiness and lacing, but all in all this looks pretty good.

Smell: Pretty faint, even after the beer has warmed. Loose sugars, pine, caramel, and alcohol are the only components I get.

Taste: Honey and piney hops make up the bulk of the flavor profile. Molasses is also quite prominent, and juniper and spearmint come through in the finish. Solid bitterness throughout, and the 12% ABV is hidden well (though it becomes stronger as the beer warms). There are some odd, medicinal-like flavors that peek through in the finish and aftertaste, but this is a very good barley wine on the whole.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is light, but creates a rolling effervescent sensation across the palate - very nice. The alcohol and hops add dryness, bitterness, prickliness, and warmth to the equation. Thick and oily. Surprisingly smooth.

Drinkability: While I wouldn't lump this beer in with other upper echelon barley wines, I do believe that it's right on the cusp. The taste and feel are well-defined and unique, and the beer is surprisingly smooth given the high ABV. I think the smell needs to be improved upon, but all in all this was a treat. I'll be ordering Jacob Marley continuously until they run out.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle 168/200
Thanks to WiseMan Nick for getting this in Fresno.
Poured a golden and copper mix with good carbination and a small white head. Nose is BIG, wowzers, like a bog ol pine and cedar tree. A liquid Christmas tree. Big hops up front, piney hops, booze, caramel on the taste and it is different, big and good. Mouthfeel is big hops, pine and a treat, pretty hot. Very good. Worth the $35 nope. But if you can try it draft, DO IT!

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Jacob Marley Barley Wine from Sequoia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 8 ratings