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Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: spark3148857 on 11-09-2013)
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.99
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.

BucannonXC5, Jan 12, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerswag
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Beerswag, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jason, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

sourdog, May 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

dertyd, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Alieniloquium, Jan 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Travcofarms, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mc4z, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Kmlund, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Mightykingmalard, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Beermasterjarrett, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Booner818, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of spark3148857
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

spark3148857, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

jeffjeff1, Jan 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

largadeer, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

allstar255, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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FutureJack, Dec 21, 2013
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kdown, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Madskill, Nov 26, 2013
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Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.