Jolly Rodger 2011 | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Jolly Rodger 2011Jolly Rodger 2011

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ngeunit1 on 11-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a halo around the edges. The nose is slightly alcoholic with big notes of chocolate and earthy hops. The taste follows with a medium malty body, upfront sweetness and a slightly bitter finish. The hops are relatively earthy and compliment more than overpower the chocolaty malts. This beer is pretty tasty, but I would have liked a lot more hops in the nose.

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4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Sam Adams Turbolator

A: Pours a very dark brown (very nearly black) with a healthy, tan 3-finger head... thick, and not going anywhere - settling into a creamy biscuit in the center of my glass... sticky lacing

S: Big time hops - resiny pine and grapefruit rind... dank and pungent for sure... some light roasted malt notes, but pretty much all hops - beautiful!

T: Like the nose - very hop forward. pine resin, citrus rind, and a tad of tropical fruit... some rye maltiness and toasted caramel notes mixed in, but the taste is really dominated by the hop character.

F: Medium mouth-feel with nice smoothness... remains fairly creamy throughout. Dry / bitter finish, but hop flavor continues on through the end.

Overall: Really - one of my recent faves. I love how hop forward this beer is, paired with the roasted malt character it has for a backbone. Just a really enjoyable beer that combines a creamy feel with incredible hop aroma and flavor.

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4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright! Another year, another Jolly Rodger!

Pours mostly black with dark brown around the edges. Starts with a good inch and a half of head that leaves layer upon layer of lace behind. Excellent look.

The smell starts with a bit of chocolate malt and finishes with some earthy and citrus hops.

The taste pops it back up to interesting. Both bittersweet and dark chocolate mingle with some very nice pine,'earthy and grapefruit tasting hops. Very smooth on the way down. Very nice dark chocolate aftertaste.

It would be a tie between this and Old Dubee from Utah for top ABA so far. Give it a go, mmm mmm good!

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I admit it. I'm a sucker for black IPAs. Something about the over the top IPA hop profile and the over the top roastiness is wonderful together. And load it with alcohol, and I'm an even bigger sucker.

Aroma is west coast hops, grapefruit citrus, pine, herbal, and grassy. big caramel and roast malt flavor too. Some alcohol as it warms comes through.

Pours opaque black with a stable long-lasting beige head that sits there like pond scum. Very nice.

Flavor is the same hop profile as the aroma plus a spicy assertive bitterness that is wonderfully even throughout each swig and afterward. Roasted malt flavor is balanced by sweetness that persists to the end to provide a bit of stickiness on the lips, which seems to be par for the course for these beers.

Full bodied with medium carbonation.

I can't help myself. I love it.

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3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Trader Joe's earlier today and reviewed live. Expectations are average. A 'dark IPA'? Interesting, but I'm cautious. I don't think I've had anything from Drake's before; maybe a collaboration beer.

Presentation: Served into a Brouwerij De Molen beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California, at me gaff downtown.

A: Pours a two finger head of very very light tan colour, good cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Quite hoppy, with some cream and caramel. Generally appealing. I could be mistaken, but I detect some nuts. It's hard to separate them from the hop aroma.

T: Hoppy, with some caramel and light nuts in the third act. Sufficiently creamy, mostly on the open. It's rather balanced all around. I enjoy it. The bitterness of the hops never comes through, saving it from one of the pitfalls of most (bad) IPAs. It's a bit timid, and it's not particularly inspired, but I find it pleasant. It isn't refreshing, but I imagine most dark IPAs aren't.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick considering the flavours it's backing.

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV, and all around pleasant for what it is. I like it, but it isn't good enough for me to consider getting again. It just isn't my preferred type of beer.


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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery chalice, body is black with a 1 inch head of pillowy tan foam, looking like a stout. Has good head retention, dissipates to a ring of pancake bubbles and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

This also smells a little like a stout, with deep sweet malt notes, chocolate, coffee, overlaid by west coast style IPA orange and earthy hops.

The taste however is quite brash in a good way, richly flavored with sweet dark roasted malt, toast, chocolate, orange in the forward to mid-plate palate followed by a strong liquorice note and orange rind and earthy hops on the back palate. The licorice note is especially noticeable in the long finish. This is a black IPA.

Body is medium, quite a bit lighter in body than a stout, but a little heavier than a typical IPA. With lightly fizzy carbonation, it has a slightly creamy mouthfeel. It's brash and produces some burning and numbness on the tongue, from the hops--there's 90 IBUs on this at least.

I haven't yet caught on to the black IPA thing, but I am really enjoying this imperial black IPA. It has tons of flavor and with some lightness of body, it is a really drinkable beer. I'd say this is the best tasting Black IPA/American Black Ale I've had. It is Imperial and the flavors are strong and stick through my whole taste experience; there is never a dull moment with this beer. It is big on west coast hops, but I am liking the roasted sweet malt backbone which balances the hop acidity. Blame it on the holiday season, but this is one nice fruitcake of an IPA. I think I might develop a taste for the Imperial Black IPA/American Black Ale over the Imperial IPA. Although it is moderate in body and very drinkable, the 8.8% ABV will probably nail you if you don't pace.

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3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. 2011 Edition. Served in a tulip.

Pours solid black with a big two finger head of beige foam. Tiny dense bubbles make things pillowy and leave a lot of lacing.

Aroma of bright west-coast piney, citrusy, and herbal hops. Right behind that you get sweet and roasted malt with a prominent licorice note and some soy sauce.

Flavor is sharply bitter right from the start. Roasted malt emerges in the middle with a coffee-like bitterness, a twinge metallic. Malt carries a touch of sweetness and a distinct spiciness, perhaps from the rye in this beer. Soy sauce note is there as well. Things finish up with a lingering bitterness that is more felt than tasted, and the fairly big ABV emerges with fusel alcohol notes. There's a lot going on in this flavor, but it's not as well integrated as I'd like.

Body is medium but feels a touch thin, carbonation is decent and medium-smooth.

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Jolly Rodger 2011 from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 50 ratings