Drake’s Jolly Rodger 2015

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This year’s Jolly Rodger is a nod to last year’s Imperial Coffee Stout.  For 2015, we partnered with our friends at Oakland’s Highwire Coffee Roasters to brew an Imperial Coffee Porter. We worked closely with head roaster, Izzy Fraire, to select La Ilusion, a naturally sun-dried Colombian coffee with a creamy body and ripe berry flavors. To suit the brighter aromatics of the coffee better, we’ve built a Porter around it so we could enhance the fruit notes without burying it under excessive roast. To round out the final brew, we added a rare coffee blossom honey which imparted an aromatic honey sweetness.

Highwire Coffee Roasters is an ethically-minded company that brings together passionate people who share our belief in handcrafting a quality product. Visit highwirecoffee.com or grab a cup at one of their awesome East Bay cafes.




This limited edition version of Jolly Rodger was matured in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels which, over time, imparted a smooth vanilla undertone and oaky roundness. Our “Master of Oaken Harmony,” Travis Camacho, dutifully watched over the barrels for nearly a year and carefully selected only the best for the final blend. This bottle should aged nicely in your cellar for years.





Previous Jolly Rodgers:

  • 2014: Imperial Coffee Stout
  • 2013: Imperial Black IPA
  • 2012: American Barleywine
  • 2011: Imperial Black IPA
  • 2010: Imperial Red Ale
  • 2009: Imperial Brown Ale


  • Malt: American 2-Row Barley, Muntons Extra Dark Crystal, Muntons Mild Ale, Patagonia Crystal 15, Patagonia Perla Negra, Simpsons Brown/Coffee, Simpsons Chocolate, Patagonia Crystal 35
  • Hops: Bittering- Warrior
  • Additions: California Wildflower Honey, Coffee Blossom Honey
  • Coffee: Highwire Huila Coffee
  • Yeast: White Labs 001
  • Original Gravity: 18.9  degrees Plato
  • Alc/Vol: 8.1 %
  • IBUs: 24
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