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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial StoutDrake's Drakonic Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 470
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 46
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-20-2003

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout - 8.75% ABV, 40 IBUS
A big, malty beast of a beer that exemplifies the way we roll here at Drake's. Two-row malt is blended with Chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark Crystal malts to make up the grist. Only one hop addition, Columbus, is added for bittering, allowing the abundance of malt in this beer to shine through. Enjoy the dense brownish head, the silky maltiness, and flavors of licorice, coffee and chocolate, rounded out with a slightly dry finish. here's to those who don't fear the mighty!
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin, light brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, a little alcohol. Flavor follows, blended dark toasted malt with a hint of char, dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, hints of coffee, licorice and alcohol; finishes toasty with light char and a touch of grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very well integrated imperial stout, smooth and mellow. Although the flavor is not intense, it is so balanced and complex enough to make the entire taste quite enjoyable. Nice toasty finish. A nicely made, pleasant RIS that I hope to see again.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Black brown in color with a very short lived dark brown head. Nose is light coffee and roasted grain. Not unpleasant but nothing special. Tastes like a strong black lager or a black light IPA - not a stout, so to that extent it is not to style. Very thin body with simple roasted grain/light coffee flavor profile. Light bitter coffee finish.

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Photo of deebo
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review of an old 3-4 yr old beer in the cellar. This is a dark ass beer with a big time persistent dark tan head. Aroma is big time dark chocolate. Taste is also very chocolate forward that reminds me a bit of chocolate syrup and some plum notes that have come out with age. Mouthfeel is big with lots of body and high carbonation that works well. This is a simple yet delicious and smooth easy drinking big stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: brilliant ebony under a 2-3” tan foam collar that hugs the glass producing lines of lace with each drink.
S: Big chocolate espresso nose.
T: Malt driven chocolate espresso palate, hop accent but not aggressive or dominating. Some alcohol in the finish – faintly winey, hard to define the fruit.
M: medium low carbonation, medium high body, very smooth and tasty. The very fine bubbles are almost like a nitro beer.
O: A big bold imperial stout.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 6.99/22 oz bomber at Craft Shack
Bottled 01/05/15 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), medium brown, creamy, diminishing to3 mm ring and irregular layer
Lacing poor – a few small islands which rapidly rejoins the ring
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, overall slightly bitter; no hop flavors, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of travolta
2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Solid black with a sudsy light brown head with very minimal retention and decent lacing.

Nose: Pleasant chocolate. Bit of cola at the end.

Taste: Well balanced mouthfeel, cola, chocolate, and a tiny bit of licorice.

Notes: Not what I would consider Russian Imperial, but a good stout nonetheless.

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Photo of jcat5150
4/5  rDev +0.8%

I am about 11 ounces deep in my first 22 ounces of this nice brew as I write this. I typically only drink stouts and porters in the winter (it is 33 degrees out as I sip this one). This is a nice winter concoction. It has a fairly creamy tan head on it. I smell nice coffee/chocolate aromas. I taste chocolate with just a touch of coffee and maybe a touch of licorice. I feel all warm and fuzzy, courtesy of the nearly 9% alcohol. The difference between a 4 and a 5 rating for me is that I like a "milkshake" thick stout. I mean, if you're going to do it, do it like you mean it, right? When I drink a stout, I actually want it to be a belly full. This one is thick but I've had a bit thicker. Still, my first bottle won't be my last. Good example of the style!

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Photo of avwrite
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Drake's always makes quality stuff, and the drakonic is no exception. Dark coffee and chocolate flavors make it great. Smooth going down, but also a bit heavy. Great for cold weather.

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Photo of jj311
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a solid jet black color with an impressive frothy cappucino-like head that is dark tan and close to light brown in color. Very malty aroma with notes of coffee, alcohol and dark chocolate. A rich chocolately coffee flavor up front followed a pleasant bitterness. Not much hops here. This brew is dominated by the dark malts. Overall this came as a surprise. I found it to be enjoyable. Got a bite but rates up there in drink ability.

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields over two fingers of loose foam, mostly large bigger bubbles, very uneven surface, very dark brown in hue, the lacing is wide and sticky. The liquid is pure black with minimal hint of any color around the rims, close to impossible to discern any bubbles. The nose stuffed with black licorice, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, caramel, candied nuts and lactose, not much roast at all, the cherry to plum fruit also has a little green apple in it. Full-bodied and thick, here it does have a roasty quality which helps to alleviate some weight. Flowers, licorice, nuts, baking dough, cocoa, and café au lait flavors make an agreeable entry, however, there is a drying bitterness by the finish. The plum, cherry, apricot, fig fruit loses sweetness as it progresses. The carbonation has its moments but needs more consistency to keep it buoyant sip to sip. All of the basic elements are covered, you simply wish there was more resonance in the sweetness so you could sink into it and enjoy. More credible than spectacular.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

This was a random pickup while out in California a couple months back. Split with Cammy boy while watching skate videos. The nose was great with lots of deep chocolate brownie, roast, vanilla and nutty malts. Taste was good as well but didn't quite live up, more intensely roasty with a good resiny pine hop punch as well. Some licorice and dark fruit. Seemed a little boozy considering the ABV. Solid imperial stout.

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Photo of McStagger
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No idea on the date. This could be a two weeks or two years old.

A: Pours night quite to the level of motor oil. Aggressive pour leads to two finger beige head. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate lacing. Carbonation is impossible to detect. Beer is an incredibly dark brown, but not quite black.

S: Big roasty notes. Lots of dark fruit, bit of dark chocolate. Slightly sweetened undertone, like a dark chocolate malted milk ball.

T: Initial rush of malted and even lactose(?) sweetness. This is quickly run down by a surge of raisined dark fruit (fig, prunes, dates). Mid palate takes on the malt characteristics. Somewhat roasted notes the meld into an alcohol sweetness. Roasted coffee on the finish. Fairly bitter on the edge, with some of the hoppiness sinking its teeth in. A bit hot on the way down, which is somewhat surprising at only 8.75%.

M: Light/medium for the style. Definitely weight in this beer, but it's stylistically low abv keeps the mouthfeel from reaching that velvety/syrup like texture.

O: Pretty decent RIS. It hits all the right notes, just not hard enough. Flavors are there, but not nearly "in your face" enough. That being said, the pricing on this one is damn solid (6.49 a bomber), so it's getting a bump in the score for that.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque black with cola edges. The 1/2 inch tan head settles to a thin ring on top and leaves spots of lace.

The smell is of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee grounds and a hint of vanilla.

The taste is of black coffee, dark chocolate, faint dark fruit and vanilla.

The texture is heavy with medium carbonation.

Drake's isn't trying to reinvent the wheel with this one. What they have done is offer up a fairly standard but, solid imperial stout.

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Photo of Sumdeus
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap.

A: very dark with about 3 fingers of brown head, looks like the head is from some whipped up chocolate milk.

S: rich chocolate, faint caramel, sweet.

T: moderately sweet, this beer has strong chocolate with burnt caramel to it. The nearly 9% alcohol is non-existent.

M: thick and rich. It is not syrupy, but lightly coats the mouth. Despite good sized head, low carbonation in the mouth.

O: I would love to try this barrel aged. I think it has the right flavors and feel to really become a barrel aged dessert beer. Until then, this may become my go to non aged stout.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1 finger tan head that sits there for a while. medium lacing.

Smell is dark fruits and cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, beets, coffee, and caramel.

Taste is the same with a sweetness that is welcoming. Figs and raisins come to mind. Then theres coffee and chocolate.

Feel is perfect.

Overall I could drink this all day, I think its better than old raspy.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly De Bierkoning in Amsterdam got a box of these a while back.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 40
Columbus hops

APPEARANCE: Clear, dark brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with excellent retention. Clear back body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A ring remains leaving some nice dots of lacing down the glass. A touch clear, but great head and lacing.

SMELL: Big nose of roasted grain, milk chocolate, sweet cream and caramel notes. Light vanilla with roasted aromas, milk chocolate, coffee and licorice. Mostly roasted with chocolate and cream. Really nice and plenty forthcoming.

TASTE: Roasted flavors with lots of caramel and milk chocolate sweetness up front. Licorice notes as well, with sweet cream at the swallow. Big and lingering finish of roasted flavors, tobacco, sweet cream, milk chocolate and some bitter black coffee. Flavorful and enjoyable. Solid.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Plenty creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch drier. Good feel for sure.

OVERALL: Really good stuff, as is their Jolly Rodger barleywine as well. High quality, flavorful and complex without being overly high in alcohol. Something I'd gladly drink on a regular basis if the price were right. If you find this one, give it a shot. Recommended.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. split 2 ways. A pretty thick appearing black pour, finger of dark tan head. Retains well enough.

Aroma, Roast malt, earthy chocolate. Some lighter anise.

Taste, Solid roast malt and licorice again. Pretty well balanced though and not too bitter. Plenty of dark chocolate. Small coffee and malted milk balls.

Solid medium body, not quite creamy carbonation. Minimal warming presence.
A solid representation.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice rich dark brown/black. Small tan head is creamy with decent retention. Small splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Loaded with licorice and cocoa. Nice roasted barley coupled with some sweet caramelized malts. A hint of dark fruit with a huge chocolate malt backbone. Breadybwith a touch of alcohol on the back. Some blackberry and old coffee beans. A touch of burnt malt as well. Minimal hopping with a faint herbal/citrus component. Very sweet, but not sugary or overbearing.

Taste: Slightly burnt with cocoa and a ton of bitter baker's chocolate. Deeply roasted with some caramel and chocolate malt. Some milky chocolate and chocolate cake. Hops are light and offer some herbal touches. Slight touches of char and dark fruit. Dark cherry with some blackberry Warming tamps down on some of the sweetness and pushes a bunch more cocoa. Burnt with some char. Oh, and a ton of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pseudomilitant.

A nice imperial stout. A good balance of malt flavors with a good depth. Warming allows it to really show it's depth. I'm going to need a few bottles for aging.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/14/13

Shout-out to magictacosinus for sending me this beer back in April. Split with Goblinmunkey7.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, borderline black - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate everywhere - nicely roasty and lightly burnt - an abundance of chocolate malts, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate - roasty notes impart some nice coffee - not the most complex or intense RIS, but it's really good for what it is

Taste: In a word, mocha - tons of chocolate, in every sense of the word - dark, lightly burnt, dry chocolate malts - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and some milk chocolate - roasty malts and coffee - some caramel and some molasses - some hoppy notes, with some citrus and herbal notes (I'm guessing this would be hoppier if I were drinking it fresh) - alcohol is decidedly not apparent

Mouthfeel: Medium, which is definitely late for the style, with some nice carbonation, very nice, dry finish

Overall: Worthy of the adjective "Drakonic"

This is not the most burly, intense, or complex imperial stout. But it's quite good for what it is. There a ton of chocolate and roasty character. I would be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drake's Drakonic is a tasty, more traditional RIS. It's a little lighter than some of the competition, with a higher level of carbonation and big chocolate flavors that balance out the roastiness. It's not the most interesting beer in the world, but Drake's seems to favor drinkability in their recipes and this has it in spades.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a pitch black colored body.
The aroma is boozy and burnt wood. Smells like darkness.
The taste is roasted and burnt malt with a good dry"ness" to it. The finish has a tingling of alcohol.
The texture is soft, but thick with low to moderate carbonation.
It's a fine enough imperial stout with a good profile.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours nearly black. Small off white head. Just a few surface wisps.

Smell - Caramel malt, some roast, not much though. Hops and grain are pretty prevalent.

Taste - Really caramely. The grain and bitterness come through more than the dark malts. Background gives more of that roast. Not a ton though.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation. Might be a little too thin.

Overall - Poor beer suffers having been consumed after Bourbon County Coffee. Nothing by comparison.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bomber poured into a sniffer. dark, dark, dark . . . barely lets any light through near the bottom. thick head dies down a bit quicker than i'd like. nose shows a nice hint of molasses. taste is classic stout, with a bit of licorice and molasses. mouth feel is a tad thin for my taste on this style, carbonation is low, but work just right for this style, imo. not boozy, which is nice considering its abv.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours black with three fingers of dense mocha colored, fluffy, long lasting head that slowly faded into a thin film leaving rings of lace down the glass.
S: Roasted malt dominates, light coffee, bitter black chocolate, touch of vanilla. Smells good but pretty standard.
T: Follows the nose. Creamy rich chocolate, deep roasted malts, char, bitter black coffee, roasted coconut finish, toasted marshmallow and a bitter aftertaste. Anise is in there with the roast, too.
M: Light booze, fuzzy carbonation, smooth mouth, heavy, viscous full body but not motor oil.
O: A very solid stout. Straight forward, clean, but complex enough to be interesting. Drinks well, nothing too overpowering.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of lighter brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A webby lace of tan sticks to the glass.

The smell is roasty with a hint of nutty grain. A light grassy to herbal hop element is also present breaking things up a bit. By no means is this a bold smelling brew, sort of middle of the road and without fault.

The taste is roasty with a hint of nuttiness and bitterness of earthy roast instead of hops. There is a mild character of stale coffee and herbal hop aftertaste that lingers. Not the best tasting imperial stout but not bad either.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is pretty fair across the board and without fault. I appreciate the chance to try this brew but it holds nothing memorable about it to warrent me ever wanting to purchase or try it again.

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.