Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout - Drake's Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdklks:
3.25/5 rDev -17.5%
A- Thick and black with amber edges and a tan head.
S- Sweet blueberry and roasty malts.
T- Wow. Really, really, too sweet. sweet bite at the end and sweet malts up front. tart sweet, not really dark fruity sweet like i like in a good stout. overwhelming sweetness, underwhelming overall taste.
M- good thickness, but over-carbonated.
D- would only have one of these.
05-04-2009 03:26:48 | More by jdklks
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
CELLARED This is a 2005 vintage that I popped in Nov 2007, so its 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.
Theres 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.
11-28-2007 04:09:30 | More by RoyalT
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-14-2012 04:16:15 | More by ExtraStout
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
11-29-2006 13:32:31 | More by merlin48
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
11-19-2011 05:58:19 | More by JupiterJesus
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-09-2007 23:12:53 | More by SkinnyElvis
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
12-08-2008 22:20:26 | More by magictrokini
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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...
10-20-2008 00:27:10 | More by mj001jk
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-10-2011 17:52:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-27-2009 01:47:13 | More by glid02
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-17-2006 06:02:29 | More by watermelonman
4.6/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
I love the bottle and the distinctively welcoming 'pop' when you flip the lever for the top.
09-04-2006 03:17:24 | More by IntriqKen
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-18-2011 01:53:14 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
02-17-2012 01:30:28 | More by mdaschaf
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Had on tap at Final Gravity Taproom in Roseville, CA
Appearance - Served opaque black with a half finger, cocoa powder colored head. Fair retention. Nice, sticky lacing.
Smell - Aroma is faint, but becomes a tad more prominent as it warms. Mostly subtle notes of chocolate and a touch of heat.
Taste - Flavor hits on loads of sweet chocolate, and lesser notes of dark chocolate. Hits on earth and briefly on faint black liquorice mid-taste, then finishes with a lingering roasted coffee bitterness and a lesser bittersweet chocolate character.
Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with soft carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.
Overall - Big fan of the flavor; love the array of chocolate character this imperial stout presents, then finishes with that nice touch of roastiness on the back end. It was a bit cold to start, so much of the flavor was subdued at first, but all flavor came out in full force once the brew reached closer to room temp. I'd love to see this beer offered in sixers, otherwise the bomber may be a once or twice a year purchase.
12-16-2012 22:38:11 | More by TheSixthRing
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours black with enormous spicy mocha head. Baker's chocolate, slightly roast aroma. Artistic spider web of lace. Smooth mouthfeel, bitter and dry more than sweet, chocolate, mild coffee, quite nice though bitter edge not for everybody. Some vanilla, ginger, anise, drop of cayenne and black pepper. To be consumed slowly and appreciated, with most a great dessert.
03-08-2012 01:51:13 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
Drake's Imperial Stout delivers the typical appearance that you'd expect, although the head retention could be a little bit better.
The nose is quite nice with clear wafts of caramel and toasty malts that aren't always distinguishable in other examples amidst the heavier roasted and chocolatey notes; and it has a really pleasurable coffee-bean aroma that's somewhat soothing. Piney hops skirt to and fro; they're a non-traditional choice, but they seem to work here. Some alcohol is present, but it's kept in check; and a breath of berry-like yeasty fruitiness rounds it out nicely.
In the mouth, an initial, delicate zest gives way to creamy and smooth maltiness - awakening the tastebuds and then luxuriating the tongue.
Caramel again returns in the flavor; heavily flanked by a hulking roastiness, rich dark-toffee and chocolate, a brash bitterness, and piney hop flavor. It starts soft, sweetish, and intriguing; and then seems to veer off-course, finishing quite dry with a lingering bitterness, pine-resin-like hop flavors, an odd-acidic note (there doesn't seem to be a pH issue in the initial flavor?), and a wash of alcohol that's a tad intrusive.
It's good but there are better choices available.
02-05-2005 05:37:08 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
500ml flip-top bottle obtained from one of my west coast compadres, either lou91 or irishsnake (may his BA tenure RIP)
A pint a day keeps the scurvy away
appearance: pours into a chalice...dark, opaque mahogany body with a huge foamy/creamy mocha head. wonderful retention and lacing left behind. a delicious looking stout
smell: creamy chocolate body, strong roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light underlying hopping - pretty good
taste: certainly on the lighter end of the imperial stout spectrum, which doesnt have to be a bad thing, and not everything needs to be compared to something like an expedition stout. Body and taste very reminiscent of chocolate milk - light roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light sweet underlying hopping...mmm
mouthfeel: light, but very silky and creamy; see chocolate milk comment above. light alcohol warming noticeable in the followthrough
02-19-2007 00:38:09 | More by dirtylou
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
06-08-2013 00:02:24 | More by Fatehunter
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.