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: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: spark3148857 on 11-09-2013)
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Photo of Travcofarms
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of dudeman
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

:: Pours into Ommegang tulip::

This pours out like motor-oil with a two-finger tight light-brown foam - its beautiful and has darker brown lacing.

Smells of sweet molassas into over-ripe fruit, banana peel, carmel and cocoa. Label says Simcoe, Mosaic and Chinook added but the fruitiness of the nose is tempered by coffee malty happiness.
The 11.5% is dangerously well hidden - pleasant warming zing after only a few sips.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with subtle carbonation

I think this is Drake's at its best with a hop bomb black ale (read: black IPA) that has a smooth malty spine that makes it go down tasty everytime.

If you like Rasputin, Narwhal, Adam etc, you too will gush over this beer.

Thank you sir may I have another.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, bottle date is smudged but should be close with when the beer was added- ~2 months ago

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of mocha colored foam. Mild carbonation on the sides, good retention and lacing. Great looking beer

Smell is a hop bomb for sure, strong piney grapefruit and citrus hops, chocolate and coffee notes, and a sweet bready malt finishing with a nice splash of alcohol. Really pungent, reminds me a lot of Stone's SSR

Taste is with the nose for the most part- strong upfront pine, grapefruit, and a bunch of floral citrus undertones, cocoa and espresso nuances with a sweet malt and a nice splash of alcohol. Delish !

Feel is a stick and creamy thick body. Alcohol is definitely present, drinks a little warm. Very bitter and drinkable

Overall one of the better bipas I've ever had. On par and very similar to Sublimely Self Righteous

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow! this one smells awesome! like that multi-colored plant flower i'll never know the name of but is prevalent here in socal.... but pungent!!! this is a lot like that flower! this bottle must be fresh! on the side, some grapefruit zest, orange zest.... yes! this one is ZESTY!!!
almost black but with nice tan stickiness/oiliness coating the sides. even and level foaming across the top upon pour, with a medium thickness in the viscosity of the head. almost sour taste; but not in the 'brett' sense, sour in the 'bitterness' aspect. after the sip leaves the mouth there lingers a certain fruitiness, like a Fruity Pebbles kind of fruitiness... this is a very unique brew.
I suppose I must mention here, as I have just learned, that this is the 2013 version, an imperial black ale, as opposed to earlier versions which I have only just now also learned, is a winter seasonal which changes each year. so much for consistency.
•2012: American Barleywine
•2011: Imperial Black IPA
•2010: Imperial Red Ale
•2009: Imperial Brown Ale
I hate when sh*t doesn't stay uniform. it messes up the organization and structure in my simplified world. but anyway, subsequent aromas seem to conceal a slight red pepperiness although there is no spice or heat to speak of. similarly, there doesn't appear to be any alcohol to speak of either. for 11.5%, that is quite the feat....
this is a great brew. unique in the pungent aromas I got from it, and the seemingly complex flavors I was getting. it seemed a bit too thick and on the oily side for my preference but that is just nit-picking. this is a very nice brew that, especially for 11.5%, could be one of my 'staples' in the frig, like a Wookey Jack, or an Optimator, or an Eclipse... except aside for the Eclipse (which I stocked up on) the others are NOT seasonals and, hence, available ALL THE TIME...

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of kaseydad
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally bought this year's version.

Pours a very nice black ale with a foamy beige head with big lacing and ring around the glass with slight film.

The aroma has a big hoppy smell. The late addition hop addition really kick this up a notch. Alcohol is nicely present. Chocolate and roasted malt. Tires/rubber is very present as well. Really good whiffs here each and every time. Pine.

The taste starts out as dark and malty, smooth chocolate and a long bitterness on the swallow. The aftertaste stays for awhile. The booze is definitely present as well but that's to be expected on an 11.5% ale. Some black coffee and orange/grapefruit rind is also noticeable. Much going on here. Spicy.

Smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a big-time beer. Boozy and warm but the sips come pretty easy. Flavor does not get tiresome though this beer will catch up with you quickly. Another great Jolly Rodger brew from the San Leandro crew. Can be found pretty easy and not overly heavy on the wallet. Looking for a buzz? Just check the label. Well done.

Photo of spark3148857
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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.