Jolly Rodger 2011 | Drake's Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 21
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Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black colored ale with a tall light brown colored head.

Lots of C Hop with scents of grapefruit and pine intermingled with patent malt. Chocolate and smoke with toasted bread. Slight onion aroma.

Starts out bittersweet with lots of patent malt. Taste slightly salty and the bitterness really hits the front of the tongue. Savory taste of onions in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall too much onion taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black in color with a big khaki head. A nice citrus and pine hop nose, some strong herbal notes to it as well. It's somewhat roasty and chocolatey, maybe a bit of smoke. The flavor is more malty than expected: lots of roast and chocolate. Still a nice herbal and piney hop flavor. Medium in body with medium carbonation.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a nice off white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are of resin, pine, light chocolate, and citrus.

Taste is malty, with light chocolate, and some dark creamy fruit and grain flavors. Finish has an earthy and pine like hop note, and some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with good body.

Overall, this is a nice Black IPA. The balance between the malts and hops is pretty well done. This is another solid beer from Drakes.

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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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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hugely aromatic, highly hoppy. Drinkability is not bad, considering the cutlass held to your throat. Tarry dark malt flavors, burnt sugar, molasses, and something like orange-flavored chocolate. This really is more like a dark bitter chocolate bar than any beer I've had. Even cocoa doesn't do it like this. Medium body with a sharpish mouthfeel. Plenty of malt held hostage somewhere below decks. Amazing aromatics. Gets a little bitter and hot after a while, like any harsh mistress.

After trying the new Aroma Coma last August, I was impressed with Drake's way with hops. Here's another one, and I am not remotely a black IPA fan.

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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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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near pitch black, with a hint of brown on the edges. A big, tan colored head billows out. Slowly settling to a dense and sticky cover with great lacing.

A nice mélange of hops, with aromas of juicy citrus, spice and some pine. Rich, toasted, almond malts. Some burnt toast.

Citra hops present themselves, with juicy citrus sweetness. Light hop spicing, with some herbal leafiness. Roasted, slightly burnt tasting malts, bready and nutty. Finish has a good amount of bitterness, with flavors of coffee and pine.

Not the best CDA I've had, but another damn fine beer from Drake's.

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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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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost pure black, with a thick light mocha head, almost no lacing.

Smells of hops up front, with malty undertones.

Tastes citrusy hops right up front, but quickly balanced out by chocolaty malts, with sweet malt aftertaste.

Texture is warm and smooth, good amount of booze feel.

I like this beer, but I must say, I dislike the whole "Dark IPA" thing. The p in IPA stands for Pale, and I like my IPAs to be just that, a hops explosion. By adding the malts, it takes away from the hops experience, and this category of Dark IPA should have it's own classification, one that does not say IPA.

That being said, this is an excellent beer overall, good flavor and texture.


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