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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

76 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
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 Beerswag
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.

Beerswag, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of lsummers
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

lsummers, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

AgentMunky, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Tom-Peters, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

sd123, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

FLBeerGuy, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

brotherloco, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

KevT, Dec 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Piddmeista, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of leprakhan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

nygannon, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mc4z, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev -0.5%

kdown, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

RangnaR, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

hayesjw, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Madskill, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

largadeer, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of dudeman
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%

:: 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.

dudeman, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

davegray, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Rick778, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

crhea89, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ambruns1979, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -2%

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
Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.