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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: 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 UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Field Of Drafts held at The Hanger in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Texasfan549, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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

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

GClarkage, Jul 08, 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
Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +0.5%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

AgentMunky, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Davepoolesque, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Dope
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 batch (duh).

A: Dark dark brown pour but not black. Big, tall and effervescent medium brown head. Great head retention and even better lacing. Thick and fluffy chunks and streaks everywhere.

S: Big piney, resinous and garlicky hops up front. Mild roasted malt character with a little chocolate and char. Surprisingly mild beyond the hops, despite the 11.5% ABV.

T: Hoppy up front like the aroma. Again with the resinous pine and some garlic. There is a big, big, BIG sweet roasted malt character here now though and it takes over quickly. Very sweet and very chocolatey. Roasted malt dominates except at the very beginning and very end. Lingering in the aftertaste is a decent wave of bitterness (but obscured mostly by the sweet malts still) and some mild resinous pine. Again with bits of garlic, probably the Mosaic.

M: Heavy and smooth. No booze.

O: Hmph, it's an attempt at a big big black IPA but it falls a bit short. Hops are overshadowed by the huge sweet malts. It tastes more like a mildly hoppy imperial porter. It's not a big hoppy in-your-face IPA and it's also not very balanced either so it falls short everywhere. Pine, resin and garlic hops don't seem to work well with all that sweet chocolate either. It's tasty enough but it's sorta a mess as a result. Just doesn't work for me. Not a bad beer but it's not hitting me quite right. Maybe a lighter malt bill and lower ABV would have worked better.

Dope, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Kmlund, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

hollywood_15063, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, pine, hint of coffee and citrus

T-Dark roasted malt, light coffee, citrus, hint of molasses, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent black ale, old flavor

MDDMD, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

brotherloco, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

sd123, Dec 14, 2013
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

ThatsThatDude, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

FLBeerGuy, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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...

pkalix, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

2GOOFY, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
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
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mc4z, Dec 04, 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.