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Drakes Jolly Rodger (2013)

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
While Jolly Rodger’s been around a long time, it’s also new pretty much every year. It originated as an English-style barleywine, then was later a brown ale, an Imperial Red, and last year made it (almost) full-circle as an American Barleywine. Many years (and many people with some form of the name "Roger") later, we’re going real dark with what will be an 11.5% Imperial American Black Ale (slash Black IPA slash Cascadian Dark Ale).

Also of note, even a pirate’s bound to make a friend or two in 23 years, so this year, Jolly Rodger will be accompanied by some one-off partners J. Rodgerator Doppelbock and Abominably Jolly Imperial White IPA.

GT's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Short: A somewhat stale Black IPA that I waited too long to try

Origin: 651mL from Mr. K’s Liquor Sample: 5oz Glass: Reidel Razor Stemless Tulip Price: $7-8 Date: 1/18/14
Long: Pours clear, deep cola brown with big rocky foam. Nose is diaper/plastic/phenols, mild tar and pine sap comes through. Taste is dusty, not juicy or dank, sharper paper finish. Moves to spicy chocolate and calcium chocolate chew. Spicy, calcium chew bitter finish with paper and lemon.
Flaws: Phenolic, papery
Remedy: Don’t buy old Black IPAs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5742) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle share on the 42nd as Drakes Jolly Rodger 2013, 11.5%. Black with a big foamy dense brown head, light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, pine, rose petal. Body is smooth, soft carbonation, lightly foamy. Taste is toffee-sweet with chocolate, earth, pine, booze and coriander leaves. Pretty decent BIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (5393) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2016
Sample from bomber bottle during Kalmar Ölfestival. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is malty, roasted malt, toast, alcohol, dried fruit and slight chocolate. Taste is similar, big beer with some alcohol, roasted malt, toast, dried fruit, slight cofffee, liquorice with some piney hops in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (9980) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2016
Bottle shared at THT. Very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of fruity hops, roast, dark chocolate, caramel, malt and toffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8427) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2016
75cl bottle shared at April THT. Thick creamy tan head. Clear almost black pour. Nice bitterness, still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (17292) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
Bottle at Haket Ölfestival 2016, Göteborg. Black beer with a nice beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, caramel, licorice, fruity, some cocoa powder. Roasted chocolate and cocoa flavor, vinous, figs, some caramel, warming alcohol. Skoskydd turning inte a barley wine or American Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (8494) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2016
Bottle shared at level 42 Canary wharf tasting. 5/4/2016. Huge thanks to Daniel for this one. Pitch black viscous pour with a lasting dirty tan head. Aroma is dirty hop, dirty roast, some alcohol warming, pine hop. Flavour is composed of sticky piney hop, dirty coffee, mellow roasted grains, candied orange. Palate is medium full bodied, rounded, frothy carbonation. Like it a lot. Sticky resinous hop. Lasted well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (21534) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2016
5th April 2016
42nd Floor Tasting. Thanks to Danny. Almost clear dark brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is airy and fairly dry, good fine carbonation. Fluffy dark malts, thin cream. Mellow dark chocolate and even a little dark chocolate liqueur. Trace of coffee. Mild piney hops, even milder marmalade. Light semi dry finish. For a 3 year old CDA - pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (6038) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
65cl bottle shared at the early April CW tasting, London. Many thanks to Danny. It pours a dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma is lemon wood tangy fruits. Taste is medium sweet upfront with more caramel and tangy lemon in the finish. Some apricots and caramel. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11951) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
Bottle thanks to Dirty D at level 42. It pours black with a thick tan head. The aroma is bitter - sweet, dark chocolate, rocky road, chocolate cake, vanilla, stewed orange and peach & cream. The taste is bitter, rich roast, dark chocolate, charred wood, alcohol hit, tar and burnt pine with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty punchy stuff. Aged well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18006) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
Bottle shared in London - huge thanks to Daniel for this scoop. Pours deep brown-black with a thick, frothy beige head. The nose holds roasted malts, cocoa, burnt pine. Medium sweet flavor with light alcohol, burnt bread, baking cocoa, oily pine, orange peel. Medium to full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish, a little resinous, with rich baking cocoa, more pine, hints of ripe citrus, earth. This one has aged gracefully. Great stuff.

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