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

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88
very good

423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 43
Gots: 36 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-20-2003)
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Photo of DogFood11
4.7/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.7/5  rDev +19%
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.

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 avwrite
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

Photo of BlindPig
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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 Troyone
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Photo of lhaqq
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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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 goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.