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Drakes Jolly Rodger (2013)

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.

GT2's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6698) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
22 oz. bottle from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, some chocolate, grapefruit citrus, resiny hops, a splash of coffee with a hint of caramel, citrus peel, the abv remains well hidden, but warms quite a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2014
very good black ipa...equal parts dark roast and hoppy goodness...and aggressive on both fronts. smooth yet big, and easy drinking for a strong beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badpuppy69 (285) - orange, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
Poor Cindy dark brown burgundy almost black. Aroma is chocolate and malt. Taste follows the Aroma with some dark fruit notes Aswel. Very smooth and tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Dark mahogany pour with hints of ebony and a light latte crown. Grapefruit pith, orange peel, and lemon zest accompanied by roasted grains, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Invisible alcohol...dangerous, in fact. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle (thanks Chris!!). Overall, I call this a subtly hopped, wickedly frothy, flavorful porter. It has perfect visuals, clearly thick and full-bodied. It has a tangy hop araom, but that flavor aspect is well blended into what seems a rich, chocolatey, almost sweet dark ale. Wonderful. (#5446, 2/26/2014)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2868) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with a kaki head. Caramel malts, and mild chocolate notes. Might be aged a bit as most of the hop presence had dissipated. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours with a black hued body with a large and retentive brown head that leaves great lace. Aromas are of alcohol, boozy sweetness, tamarind, candied citrus, dank hops and tangerines. Flavors are of tropical fruit, mango, slightly NZ hop like, tangerines and some alcohol. Ethanol or yeast based strawberry ester/notes. Sweetness seems alcohol derived and not from any sort of dextrinous malt. Low bitterness but quite hoppy. Better than expected from the aroma. Warming, low bodied, medium carbonation. Wish it was half the alcohol, but tasty none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2238) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Dark black in color with light tan head.... Light citrus hop, roasted malt aroma... Flavor is fresh roasted coffee, notes of chocolate, toasted malts, light citrus Hop notes throughout... Amazingly good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Appearance: Pours black with a thin cap of froth.

Aroma: Big bright citrus/grapefruit burst. Grape/dark fruit tobacco, black licorice.

Taste: Grapefruit like hops. Starts out fruity. Mild dark chocolate with a beautiful melange of bitter, resinous and citrusy hops. Surprisingly not so bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth , full bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable big black ale. The level and complexity of the hops made this beer. While it didn’t seem like an 11.5% beer, it hit me like one, so be careful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2014
bomber into glass..pitch black pour with hoppy and chocolate aroma, taste is crazy smooth for the al by vol... absolutely love it!

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