Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Drake's Brewing Company Jolly Rodger Imperial Coffee Stout

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Drake's Brewing Company Jolly Rodger Imperial Coffee Stout - 2014 - Brewed With Blue Bottle Coffee. I picked up this and three other bottles of this wonderful beverage at the brewery recently. If you find yourself anywhere near San Leandro you really should stop in.

Commercial description: “After years of amassing booty on the high seas, Drake’s Jolly Rodger naturally acquired a taste for the finer coffees brought to life by artisan, specialty roasters. That’s why this year, Jolly teamed up with Blue Bottle Coffee’s meticulous roasters in Oakland for his latest incarnation, Jolly Rodger 2014 Coffee Imperial Stout. Rich and complex, this beer features luscious chocolaty and subtle roasted malt flavors that blend expertly with a specially made roast of Kenyan Kangunu coffee to create aromas of caramelized stone fruit and flavors of black currant, tobacco, and caramel.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with a great tan head and loads of lacing.
Aroma: Huge coffee in the nose balanced nicely with chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts.
Taste: Coffee is way up front with chocolate and roasted malts, caramel and vanilla and a slight dark fruit note.
Overall: Creamy and delicious, Drake's Brewing Company Jolly Rodger Imperial Coffee Stout is excellent.  This 9% ABV offering is worth grabbing several of.  Nicely sweet and full-bodied this is something I plan to drink a lot of.


Mark Harvey

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