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

Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black AleDrake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale
BA SCORE
4.01/5
84 Ratings
Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black AleDrake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
drinkdrakes.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by spark3148857 on 11-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
84
pDev:
8.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 14
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of dudeman
4.69/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of davegray
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Drake's Jolly Rodger 2013 Imperial American Black Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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