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

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 456
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 44
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 DogFood11
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flip top 500ml dark bottle. Poured with some power it forms a modest blow bubble type head. Head is solid khacki and leaves some ring lace.

Coffee hits me up front. This has a bourbon type barrel age feel and taste to it. Whiskey dry and snappy finish. Smoked Wood and pine dry kendling. Heavy.

Notes: To me this is borderline imperial. Kick ass offering that is light on the hops and leans heavily towards a BIG stout. Loved it. Drakes continues to impress and when I see it on the shelves its a must buy. (509 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. The liquid is as black as pitch with a 2 finger head over top that falls to a full coating. Few small bubbles work to the surface. The aroma on this one is fantastic. It smells like a milk chocolate espresso. It is incredibly robust. Taking a sip, I find a massive chocolate flavor that moves to a coffee ice cream flavor and finishing again with the chocolate. This beer is rich and as tasty as they come. As it warms a nice mild piney hop is apparent and adds a nice dimension. Mouthfeel is moderate but still silky smooth and with a very fine carbonation. This is an incredible beer. The harmony in aroma and flavor is sublime. I must have more. (663 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (1,609 characters)

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. (186 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1" mocha head on a black body.
S- Really big chocolate up front, light burnt malts, coco, light grass hops, and a hint of alcohol.
T- Nice strong chocolate and roasted flavor up front. A mocha flavor comes in for the aftertaste with the chocolate still lingering around. Some grass hops leave just a light bitterness on the tongue and the alcohol warms up back of the throat a bit. A light cream flavor also comes through. A nice malt combination on this one.
M- Full body with some silky cream feel to it. Low carbonation.
D- I think this is a really nice stout. Just nice and heavy on the chocolate and light on the burnt and roasted flavors for the aftertaste. The mouthfeel on this one really helps bring it together even more so too. (742 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (856 characters)

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. (456 characters)

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

Dark brown hue with a tint of red – thick coco colored head , small bubbles – nose of dark fruit coco , espresso , and milk chocolate – taste of coffee dark fruit coco , espresso , malty , and milk chocolate– thick creamy body with some acidity – aftertaste is black cherries a roasted malt taste, bright long , espresso , coffee and slight hops (350 characters)

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. (439 characters)

Photo of lhaqq
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pretty much pitch-black with a sticky tan head with good lacing.
S: Smells of dark chocolate and coffee.
T: Coffee not as strong in the taste, though it does finish with a small twinge of coffee bitterness, along with a dry, woody flavor. The backbone of the flavor however, is a non-bitter dark chocolate mixed with some light caramel.
M: Thick, heavy, creamy, good level of carbonation. Great when served cool or after having warmed up.
D: Definitely my favorite imperial stout that I have had so far. Little alcohol present in the flavor or feel--quite drinkable, especially for a style that I usually find is not the best in terms of drinkability. (660 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of Troyone
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured thick and black with a caramel color three inch head that dissipated to a thin layer within minutes. Must have had some bottle conditioning since yeast can be found at the bottom of the bottle.
Roasted light caramel and mild coffee aroma with the smell of pine hops.
Sweet acidic cookie roasted nutty molasses, caramel, and coffee taste with hints of pine grapefruit hops and doughy yeast; also a background mix of banana, brown sugar, vanilla, and cola.
A full body mouthfeel with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. This has an average finish and feel.
Drinkability is great for this style, definitely not any type of session beer. (647 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark as sin with a nice, creamy brown head. lacing is thorough and complete.. lots of cascading sludge left behind as i drink this little ditty thanks to irishsnake. probably the most cocoa-y smelling imperial stout i've ever had, accented by a slight toffee creaminess and glazed carrot hint. mouthfeel is great- creamy with airy carbonation, mixing in with a hoppy sting and palatable overall. flavor resembles a creamed coffee bomb.. very bitter with ground beans and burnt malt husks.. hops are all around this beer though, and add little more than a nice botanical freshness to an already-aged beer.

very easy to drink and the perfect abv for a RIS. perfect age too.. this is a beer to savour yet goes down like silk milkshakes. thanks for this brew, john, its friggin awesome. (786 characters)

Photo of dwilson01
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass. It pours well, super thick and motor oil black topped with a creamy mocha brown head.

The smell is intensely chocolatey, like sweet milk chocolate with no bitterness to it at all. The roasted malts also add a tad of coffee scent which only heightens the allure of this brew for me.

The taste follows quite will from the nose. It's got a strong dominant chocolate input as well as a tad of coffee. The effect is almost like a mocha with a ton of extra chocolate in there.

The mouthfeel is very telling of an imperial stout, the heaps of malt thrown in this guy give a creamy, rich, thick brew that slides down your throat with ease, seriously goes down way smooth.
Give this beer to anyone who loves chocolate, and even if they say they don't like beer they have gotta like this one. (846 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a midnight black with a thin, tight layer of foam. The aroma is that of roasty coffee with some toffee and dark chocolate notes rounding it out. The Drakonic has a big roasty flavor, with some dark chocolate and espresso. There’s an evident bittering to it and a sharp flavor which brings everything in focus. I enjoyed the dark mushroom nuances which emerged gradually as it warmed. Delicious. I just wish it had a fuller body to develop and hold up to the strong flavors. (486 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Pitch black, dark colored head is large and quickly subsides though a bit it is retained well.
S: Roasted. There is an undetectable aroma standing right in the middle that I can't identify - like a dim star. Coriander! I had to look away or just next to it to identify it. A little alcohol aroma as well.
T: Well balanced coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.
M: The carbonation waned after 10 minutes. It was still there but not active.
D: More like a regular stout. More please! (506 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LeChupacabra for the bottle!

A- Rather dark even compared to other stouts. Almost 2 fingers of dark tan head let you know Drake ain't here to mess around.

S- Sweet malts and surprisingly citrusy hops in the nose. Some roast notes balance everything nicely in this realm

T- Very sweet with some beautiful hops but mostly malt that steal the show. Chocolate peaks through in the roast flavors and perfects this taste.

M- Not thick as a stout should be but it works better for this beer's flavor.

O- "Glass full I perfer the better things" Drake said it best himself. Enjoy this as often as possible which for me is extra rarely (643 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Nice distinct thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of freshly roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and some dark malts. Taste is of dark chocolate covered espresso beans and dark roasted malts. Very rich and delicious tasting. This beer has a low carbonation level with a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good RIS with some great coffee and dark chocolate smells and flavors. A very tasty beer for a very good price ($5.99 for a 22 oz. bottle). (572 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler bought from HH on 1/28/06 for $12.99. Review primarily from growler, but my fiancee had it on tap that day; this review includes notes from that tasting as well.

A very pretty dark brown; a good sized frothy tan head from the tap, fairly non-carbonated from the growler. Loses its carbonation easily.

Aroma is rich, sweet, heavy vanilla and chocolate, with roasted malts galore. Flavor follows through with roasty, almost burnt notes and a light espresso quality. More sweet and creamy than dry. Very rich mouthfeel, very drinkable. Alcohol is nicely hidden. I'm not a huge stout fan, but this is a very good one! (627 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown/brick with hints of mahagony. A nice inch mocha head fluffy and retentive appears and fades into a solid film around the glass.

There are a plethora of smells in this RIS. Lead by a roasty maltiness, with a big dose of black licorice, black currant, bitter hop aroma, smoked peet, mollasses, and hints of earthy aromas, with a rustic leathery aspect.

Damn good solid stout. Again the mid palate and long finish are dominated with a roasted malt with dark chocolate abound. Anise, black currant, hints of toffee, smoke, earth, leather, nicely bittering hops on the finish, great balance, depth and complexity. A big full mouthfeel but definitely a sipper. This is a manly masculine brew. (711 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black with a creamy looking 2 fingers of mocha head. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Really nice nose with a mix of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, and a faint hint of hops.

T: Really smooth and complex. The transition from each taste to the next is seemless. Roast right up front then right into a really nice and rich chocolate blast. Finished smooth with some roasted barley.

M: Velvety mouthfeel. Really nice. I think the time on this bottle really helped it out but cannot be sure as I never had this fresh.

D: Really good. We split a bottle and I wanted more. Thanks to dmeadows for sharing this and for giving us a home gym to work off the beer! (676 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fancy swingtop 500ml bottle to a tumbler.

A: Very dark with a pencil-thin trace of auburn around the edges. 1-1/2 fingers of creamy tan head that stuck around for quite a while.

S: Smells nice, not necessarily bold. Sugary roasted malt, some fruit, a trace of coffee and molasses.

T: Very likable smoky maltinesss, caramel, toasted nuts, dark sweetness. The epitome of "Imperial Stout": rich, husky, slightly sweet and heavy. Slightly oaky and tannic. Chocolate and coffee flavors are substantial but not overbearing at all. A very tasty RIS.

M: Thick and creamy, bordering or syrupy. Mellows as it warms to a velvety, full mouthfeel.

D: Not my favorite, but this is near the top of the list. Terrific flavor, smoothness & texture. Smells very rich and taste backs it up - I'd gladly have more of this. Thanks to flexabull for this one. (866 characters)

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. (373 characters)

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