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

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very good

77 Ratings

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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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Photo of jakecattleco
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jakecattleco, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of jbuckley1972
4/5  rDev +0.5%

jbuckley1972, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of PHBoiler
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%

I must say that this beer shocked me. Drake's have been hit or miss for me. I don't think they're always in balance. This beer poured a thick black with a pillowy brown head in the glass. Very little roast on the nose as the juicy citrus hops took over. Very intrigued already. The taste was so well balanced it was confounding. Still little roast as the darkness converted into a more chocolately taste that was then left to the side as the juicy hops kicked through. The mix of hops sounded delicious and they delivered. Floral, citrus, and a bit grassy. I got the Mosaic in all of its glory and the backbone was so interesting. My only complaint is the booziness. I really enjoyed this beer and only made it through half the bottle due to the ABV. Cheers to this monster of a Black IPA. Well done.

PHBoiler, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

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 wiltznucs
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

wiltznucs, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of jermy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

jermy, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of kaseydad
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

kaseydad, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of justinbrown
4/5  rDev +0.5%

justinbrown, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

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
Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

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
Photo of knchngchn
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

knchngchn, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of lordofstarside
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%

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

lordofstarside, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

jeffjeff1, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

SixPack6, Jan 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%

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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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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

MattCollins, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jorgerod99, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Ken_P, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jason, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

allstar255, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

hollywood_15063, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MickeyHops, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

FutureJack, Dec 21, 2013
Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.