Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Jan. 4, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 11, 2014
Misc.: 2013 batch
Poured a pitch black color with 5-to-6 fingers of frothy tan head. I should have known when I poured it that every Drake’s bottled beer I’ve had the head has been huge. A very good amount of semi-layered foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top of the glass all the way down.
First smell was spicy dark malts, backed by hops. Got spicy cocoa nibs, toffee, caramel, chocolate fudge brownies, brown sugar, sharp citrus hops and some other unknown hops. Very good.
Tasted even darker than the smell. Spicy cocoa nibs really dominate here. Also chocolate, caramel, toffee, wood fire, citrus hops and dirty hops. Very tasty. Alcohol is well hidden, definitely not 11.5 percent.
Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy finish.
Just a fantastic black ale. Would love to try it again. Each sip had me wanting more.
01-12-2014 05:44:00 | More by BucannonXC5
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev -5.7%
On tap pangea cafe ..sacramento, CA
Dark black full bodied looking, tannish-brown head, 1/2" reduced to no head immediately..smells of pine, pear, molasses, honey, grapefruit. Taste is much like an imperial IPA, with some roasted malts and slight coffee undertones. Pine and resin of sour-deiesel is present, with a little warmth on the finish. Smooth for an 11,4%er. Overall good not great.
12-19-2013 06:06:45 | More by Beerswag
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black, some transparency. Big khaki head. Sticky lacing and a thin collar.
Smell - It's pretty boozy. Citrus hops. Orange more than grapefruit. Chocolate malts.
Taste - Citrus hops right up front. Sweet. Dark chocolate. A bit of nuttiness. Boozy and bitter in the finish. Lingering hop flavor.
Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy body. The aftertaste of booze, chocolate, and hop bitterness makes it a little rough.
Overall - All things considered, this is a very good beer. Too big, in my opinion, but well made for what it is.
01-29-2014 22:56:18 | More by Alieniloquium
4.26/5 rDev +6%
Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, citrusy hops, dankness, earthy. Taste is all of the roasty characteristics up front, chocolate and coffee followed by hop bitterness in the middle of the palate. Sweet, sticky, and resinous hop bitterness. Citrus and pine with some dank and earthyness. Bitterness is long and lingering. Coats the mouth with a velvety mouthfeel. Alcohol is imperceptible. Could be mentioned in the same sentence as Wookey Jack or SSR. A great ABA or Black IPA.
11-09-2013 04:47:32 | More by spark3148857
4.36/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance- black color, nice size tan head, nice lacing
Smell- piney hops, roasted malt
Taste- piney hops, roasted malt, chocolate
Mouthfeel- smooth, full bodied
Drinkability- Very good, definitely like it a lot, I would love to have this one again.
01-09-2014 03:20:58 | More by jeffjeff1
Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.