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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dope
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.