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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

451 Ratings
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 44
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 451 | Reviews: 229
Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml swingtop bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

It pours a really dark brown, almost black with a nice two inch head that forms. It looks like the perfect glass of beer.
The aroma isn't really strong or overpowering. I really had to get into this beer to pull some aromas out of it. I get a very subtle coffee, dark chocolate and some kind of minty smell.
Taste is sublime. Very well balanced and even more smooth. Exactly what I enjoy in my stouts. The coffee is well done. It doesn't dominate the taste, but compliments it. The flavors flow well, and the finish is smooth and doesn't coat your mouth like other stouts that I've had.
Which makes this a very sessionable beer.
A very delicious beer. Could drink this one all the time. Extra thanks to Boolshot for sending me this gem.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pleasewearpants
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good khaki head rests on top of a very stark black beer. Smells like chocolate malt, toasted grain, with a hint of espresso. Flavor is a lot like Jamocha Almond Fudge™ ice cream. Nice hop balance to keep the malts in check. Finishes cleanly on the dry side I guess but very pleasant. Really drinkable, slight hit of chocolate milk in the aftertaste. This would be a great beer to drink right before egging someone's house.

Photo of colforbin73
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drakonic is a chocolate bomb.

cross your fingers that this brew is coming to your town. buy it. if you are looking for a knock you out Imperial Stout, this one is too drinkable for you. this is the imperial session stout that leaves you drooling after one too many.

if you barrel aged this, you might have something un-real.

pours a rich curtain of black with a foamy 2 finger head. it sticks to the glass, but doesn;t leave a ton of lacing. the smell is just a blanket of scrumptious sugary luxurious malt a tiny bit leathery. the payoff is in the taste and mouthfeel which follow suit.... with the additional chocy sweetness and nice hoppy bite on the back of your tongue.

this chocolate croissant of a beer was a pleasant surprise. i will hopefully be picking this up again very soon.

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over time. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger head of light tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, light hops, licorice, and coffee. A light to mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, some light licorice, toffee, coffee, and fudge. The chocolate note here is the most reminiscent note of real chocolate I've ever experienced in a beer; usually chocolate notes are merely cocoa. It's quite nicely balanced and built. I like it. Some layering is present. Complex enough. More hoppy than expected. The climax is a marvelous blend of licorice and chocolate. A caramel tone underlies the entire profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some dryness on the open and finish. Not too thick nor too thin, but never quite right. Not too sharp or overcarbonated. Could use far more cream and a bit more coarseness. Decently done as it is, but in need of fine tuning.

Dr/Ov: Very drinkable for the high ABV and the style. I like it a lot, but with some work it could be stellar. A nice imperial stout that is worthy of any beer fanatic's time and money. Bravo. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

B

Photo of BastardKing24
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of whitefire
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Burgundy Glass.

A: Pours to a solid obsidian black with a foamy espresso colored, two-fingers that lasts for minutes.

Smell: An intoxicating smell of chocolate, coffee, licorice and candy. Not my favorite combination but still really nice.

Taste: A nicely balance IS that lingers and holds its muscle.

Overall: A very nice beer. I've been fortunate to have it in a bottle and at the brewery where it's poured fresh from the source. I must admit that I'm new to stouts so my opinion is not based on a wide history of skill with this style but I can say that this one made me really happy.

As the bottle says: Here's to those that don't fear the mighty!

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would like to thank Ultraman9000 for sending this amazing beer to me. I was rooting through my cellar and decided tonight was a good night to open this up.

It pours with a vigorous 2in foam which dissipates quickly to leave a small foam ring around the edge of the beer. It pours with a dark coffee color which cannot be seen through. Now, as for the nose it's packed with a nice roast coffee malt, and also some really nice dark fruit, licorice, and some light molasses. When it comes to taste it is packed with dark fruits, unsweetened chocolate, molasses, licorice, and some birch notes. As for the mouthfeel it has a some really nice carbonation going on which enhances the birch root and molasses notes. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer from Drake's; although I really enjoy almost all of Drake's offerings. I think this stout was very well done, but also mirrored Kern's Class V stout, which is amazing as well. I could definitely have one of the stouts everyday; this stout was very well done. Bravo, Drake's!

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dfernandez77 for this bottle, the last survivor of a brown box that arrived via our friends at FedEx. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife to celebrate her giving her two-week notice to a grumpyfuckwadofaboss. Yippee!

Pour is black as the banner of Mordor. Smell is lovely rich malts, big chocolate, smaller shot of coffee.

Drakonic is a solid, middle-o-the-road imperial stout. All the requisite ingredients are accounted for in the roll call: big, dark, sweet malts, some coffee. The heavy chocolate is a nice touch & along with the nice hop doping gives it a goose right at the end. I take it back. More like edge of the ditch. Good one. No water. Maybe blueberries. Roast really amps up once the beer warms.

Sehr gut bier. Enough nice perks to retain my interest & goes down easy.

Photo of jcat5150
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CELLARED – This is a 2005 vintage that I popped in Nov 2007, so it’s probably a bit over two years old.

Appearance – This stout is black as night with a small, ashy head that showed great retention.

Smell – The roasted malt smells are damn near perfect. They are dripping with liquid sugar. The sugars are very complex consisting of table, brown, and some heavy raw unsulphored cane.

There’s a deep chocolate liquor aroma as well. It is refined and perfectly suited for this brilliant bouquet.

Taste – The flavors really sweeten up at the taste. The malts are big and roasty but not harsh and bitter. The sugars tamed the while beast. The chocolate alcohol notes bring it all together giving this RIS a sense of royal regalness.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied and incredibly smooth. The alcohol has a strong presence but is not stingy.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap as a guest beer at 21st Admendment in San Fransico. Poured a semi-thick, syrupy black and brown hues with a big, lumpy tan head that left a simple ring of lace on the snifter.
Aroma of coffee beans, some bittersweet chocolate, a hint of raisins and smoky caramel note emanate up from the glass. Flavor had a rich, dominant chocolate note that was tempered with a some solid coffee bittering and just a tinge of smoky peat.
Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for style but overall is had excellent progressions of flavors and was really a joy to feel, especially as it warmed a bit.
Drinkability was really solid. Relatively high ABV was hidden by all the delicious flavors and really produced a well-rounded, very approachable RIS. Nothing to scare anyone away here just a solid example of style.

Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swingtop bottle as pictured, pours dark and opaque. Very creamy looking cocoa head has excellent retention and deposits some attractive sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dark chocolate, complimented by notes of walnuts, coffee, and some figs and raisins. Lots of dark roasty essences here as well as some hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel has a creamy full body with a bit more carbonation than expected.

Taste is all about the roasty chocolate. Some scorched coffee notes provide a solid bitterness and there is a distinct walnut nuttiness that adds complexity. A vague hop presence is also interesting. Smooth and creamy all the way through and the alcohol is well concealed.

"A pint a day keeps scurvy away" says the label. Okay, I'll be happy to fight scurvy with this fine stout. Very well put together, with no flaws. Many thanks to IntriqKen for the opportunity.

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, served in newcastle schooner glass.

Completely pitch black with no highlights. Thick creamy head that sticks around a while. Thick lacing.

Smell is alcohol/bourbon, coffee/roast and spice, like cinnamon (hops?).

Flavor is extremely roasty bitter, coffee, alcohol and spice. A tiny bit of baking chocolate, mostly in the finish, but relatively little chocolate going on. A bit of herbal, with a finish on the tongue that is sharp and numbing, almost like a breath mint.

Mouth feel is thick, even for an imperial stout. The numbing character is strange, and makes it difficult to continue judging the beer.

Smoother alcohol character than Old Rasputin (my favorite imp stout) but not as drinkable, mostly due to the minty numbness I got after only a few sips. A good sipper though, would go great with dessert.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fartingdog for this brew. Pours with not much head. Big smell of coffee. Big coffee & malty taste with a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth. Not much booze to the taste so it is drinkable. A solid brew from a very underrated brewery IMO. Recommended.

Cheers.

Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer. Pours 10w40 black with a small but thick tan head. Heavy aroma of coffee, baker's chocolate, and cappucino. So many flavors that are balanced perfectly. The crystal malt and chocolate are dominant, but don't overshodow the coffee, oatmeal, and the mild hops. This only got better as the beer warmed. A huge, thick mouthfeel. One of the best.

Photo of deebo
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of mj001jk
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and dark with a creamy hazelnut head. The aromas of chocolate, coffee and cream waft out of the glass. Lots of chocolate/caramel and thus very dessert-like on the nose.

Initially the foam is sweet and creamy but a dark beast of flavor is ready to be released as the sip rolls towards the back of my mouth. Full on roasted character with a sweet tinge, roasted marshmallows and hazelnut dip comes to mind.

The rich and coating flavors are nicely buffered by the freshness and lack of cloying character. Hops are subtle and do their magic as such. This is very easy to drink despite the knowledge that just a couple will put me out...

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a lush dark beer, no floaties, plenty of rusty cherry cola looking head. Aroma was lacking, didn't pick up roast flavor, chocolate etc. . .

Great taste, char, roast, chocolate all came out once sipped. Was amazed to see that this was almost 9%, drank like it was 6%, love that. Also, it wasn't over the top in respect to any particular quality. Wasn't the thickest, strongest, most roasted, chocolaty, smokiest etc. . . it just did everything very good, nothing particularly extreme about it, was nice and dry. Didn't pick up coffee or licorice like the description indicates, maybe because I didn't perceive much, if any bitterness from this. Nice and slick, creamy.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at BoHo in Hollywood, CA.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of smooth dark chocolate. As it warms the dark chocolate becomes more prominent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors are joined shortly by unsweetened chocolate. As with the smell, the chocolate flavors gain steam as the beer warms. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few of these with no problem.

Overall this is a solid RIS but lacks the complexity to be great. Worth a shot.

Photo of watermelonman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a near solid black with a minor head. The head is lasting but it isn't leaving any lace.

The smell is strong and full of flavor. Chocolate comes through on top of a solid malt base. The taste has a strong amount of hops lingering all the way through. Alcohol is barely detected in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full while drinkability is good.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like used motor oil with a thick craggy dark tan head that melts to something really sticky. I love it.
Aroma is pure chocolate at first....keep sniffing and behind it you will find light scents of dark candied fruits....raisins, prunes, etc. Only a touch of alcohol meets the senses if you really look for it. As it warms, wonderful coffee starts to make itself known.
The mouth is filled with bittersweet chocolate...more on the bitter side than sweet...then some dark candied fruits. Finish is lightly citrus hops but mostly bitter chocolate. Again,let it warm and espresso flavors mix with the bittersweet chocolate and the hops become even more present.
I hate to sound one dimensional, but this beer is really all about the bittersweet chocolate to me. And it is wonderful in that sense, but still slightly one dimensional. Maybe simply because everything is so well blended...I don't know. This beer is definately more bitter than the usual RIS's...less cloying sweetness and more hop sharpness. A nice blend.
Aftertaste is surprisingly drying rather than cloying....still a sense of chocolate but a little of the citrus hops come on in the end making it very satisfying.
Normally, 8.5% won't affect me with the first brew...it will take two to notice it's there.
Somehow, I've had 3 sips of this beer and already feel the effects of the alcohol although I really don't notice it much in the taste at all.
Very nice desert beer. Which is exactly what I was looking for this evening.
Oh yeah....
I love the bottle and the distinctively welcoming 'pop' when you flip the lever for the top.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good stout. A bit too bitter though. Figuring age will mellow that out some. Being that I'm only the 4th to review this beer, I'm figuring it hasn't been in the bottle too long. Month or two maybe.

A - Good. Amazing the head that rises up from every slight swirl. Retention not so well though. Pitch black in the Delirium Tremens snifter I poured it in.

S - Very soft milk chocolate, smells creamy but not at all overpowering. The balance smells divine for a Imperial Stout under 10%.

T - Drink at room temp for best results. Pulled this out my closet and placed in the freezer for 10 min. First few sips were almost ashy. Not impressive. As it gets to room temp, much better - smooth milk-chocolate and mild hints of coffee but very mild hints of coffee. The bitterness eases up very much so at room temp but still a little too bitter. Again, this beer should be fantastic with 8-10+ months on it. I expected this to be more sugary than it is but its very well balanced. Not noted in nose, Black licorice noticeable if you look for it as well with hints of Vanilla.

M - I wouldn't go as far to say light. I'm used to 10-13% imperial stouts and this feels the 8.75% that it is. Smooth and easy drinking. Finishing the first 12 oz pour of the snifter pretty fast though.

O - Will buy another one of these to age. Reminds me of a Black Butte XXI minus the Bourbon component. Vanilla chocolate chip cookie. Very solid example of the style. As for the solid 4's across the board, everything about this beer is good. Very good but I wouldn't go as far as exceptional. Will buy again though without question.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for this one!

A: Pours a deep black color with an extremely thick mocha colored head. Great head retention, reducing to a decent sized cap of foam for the duration. Thick, foamy lacing coats the side of the glass.

S: Nice aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little bit of coffee.

T: The taste has more chocolate in it, a nice combination of dark and bitter. A little bit of roasted malt on the back end with a slight coffee note.

M: Slightly thicker than medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A solid RIS, very drinkable. Lacks a little bit of oomph that would make it great, but very good nonetheless.

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.