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

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very good

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 44
Gots: 46 | 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 rallison
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temp from a 500ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Nice, dark black (although not thick looking like some Imperial Stouts) with a 2 finger tan head that lasts nicely throughout the full 500ml.

S: Smells of milk chocolate and a bit of coffee.

T: Very nice. I kept enjoying this more and more. Milk chocolate definitely, some coffee (more of the sweeter type), and a sort of red wine like characteristic. Sort of like a lighter imperial stout that had been aged in red wine barrels. Very nicely balanced. It's unique, and quite enjoyable.

M: Lighter mouthfeel than most imperials, but it works nicely with this. The flavors are pronounced and distinct enough, and there is a nice level of carbonation, so this mouthfeel helps it from being too thick.

D: As I drank more, I kept wanting to drink even more. This is one of the most drinkable imperial stouts I have had.

Highly recommended. A nice, unique take on an imperial stout. I just picked this up today, and am bummed to find it retired. Guess I'll have to pick up a few more while I can!

Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL swingtop courtesy of thequeue poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark chocolate that settles in black in the glass underneath a huge fluffy tan head that shows very good staying power. Sheets of lacing form after each sip. This is quite a nice looking RIS.

The aroma has tons of dark roasted chocolate malts and lots of dark fruit sweetness with figs and raisins. I'm also picking up lots of licorice and a bit of espresso as well.

The flavor starts with the slight bitterness of the bakers chocolate with some dark fruit sweetness. The dark roasted malts form a solid backbone and the finish brings in a touch of hop bitterness and hints of coffee.

This mouthfeel is very smooth with lots of carbonation and just coats the mouth completely.

Well, this one really impressed me and maybe my expectation were a little too low. It's a great representation of the style and I think this bottle has just the right amount of age on it. Very nice.

Photo of bbothen
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Thanks Kasim.

Pours out a deep & dark brown/almost black color with a big bubbly & creamy tan colored head.

Big coffee & chocolate aromas, roasted malts, some fruitiness, and faint hoppiness. All balanced quite nicely. Yum.

Like the nose the taste is of roasted/toasted malts, and nice coffee & chocolate flavors, and some bitter hoppiness. I likey.

Medium to full, smooth, creamy, slick, velvety. Yeah.

This is a great beer & awesome on cask. Could drink this all night. And day. Work is stupid. I quit and am going to have one of these.

Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of CRJMellor
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 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 effervescent 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 ThirdLap
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jupiter in Berkeley. I've had this before from the bottle, but this is my first time sampling it on-tap.

Deep black as it sits in my glass, with a short-lasting dark tan head. Not much lacing as the glass empties.

The nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cola. Hints of dark fruit.

Taste is surprisingly complex. While not barrel-aged, there is a woodsy oakiness to it, which combined with the dark chocolate undertones and perceptible alcohol makes it remnisicient of stouts that have spent time in a bourbon barrel. I don't remember the bottle of Drake's Imperial Stout I had several months ago having this characteristic.

Body is medium-high, with the carbonation right in the middle. Mouthfeel is creamy and luscious, with a slight bitter finish. Drinkability is excellent, as it took some effort for me to sit and savor this one.

I will have to try this again from the bottle for comparison, but from what I can remember, this is a different beast from the tap. Very nice.

Photo of t420o
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drake drakonic imperial stout

A-  roasted chocoalte malt, brown sugar, an earthy coffee flavor, a peaty smell. A malty goodness coming from this. 4

S- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger dark mocha head resting atop a jet black body. Decent retention. Nice lacing 4  

T- from the second it hit my lips I knew it was good. Dark chocolate and espresso upfront but not  overdone and actually refreshing. There are hints of milk chocoalte, mollasses, slight bitter hop taste, and and earthy tone. Very well done 4.5
 

M- very good mouthfeel. Good viscotity, creamy, and good carbonation. 4

O- honestly I came into this beer with slightly low expectations as nothing ive ever had from drakes (albeit only a few of them) has ever impressed me. This definitely wowed me and I will be buying it again. A excellent imperial stout. This barrel aged would probably be orgasmic 4.5

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Photo of charlzm
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 7/7/7 - was my lucky day!

Beer pours from bottle very dark with a surprisingly abundant tan foam head.

Aroma has expected scents of chocolate, coffee and hints of leather and soy sauce.

The initial feeling in the mouth is silky smoothness with alcohol warmth present. There is a subtle sweetness that is almost overwhelmed by the bitter coffee/chocolate and soy flavors.

The alcohol warmth lingers on the palate almost as long as the moderately bitter aftertaste.

All in all, a large beer that does not disappoint: a good example of imperial Russian stout. Compares favorably with Stone and Alesmith iterations of the style.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still not sure why this is listed as retired. Maybe I didn't pay attention, but I've seen a few thread topics on the subject and it never seems to have gotten resolved. If the BA guides know something we don't, it would be nice to at least put something in the BA notes explaining that this is, perhaps, just still widely available despite not being brewed any longer.

The bottle's "Pint a Day Keeps..." slogan implied to me that Drake's brewers thought this RIS was better served in a pint glass than a snifter/oversized wine glass/etc. Therefore, this got poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Swing cork pops off nicely and produces some emanating chill haze. Pours with a nicely sized finger and half head, which is on the lighter side of the tan spectrum for a stout. Settles eventually into a half-finger. Lacing is intermittent, but produces some nice draping arm like patterns when it catches. The body is a solid, solid shade of black, pretty much completely opaque. A nice looking stout, and I'm not one to laud stouts for their appearance.

Smell: A nice, perhaps slightly toned down RIS. Nutmeg and cream, cork-y characteristics on the front end with a faint hop character. Some yeast funk. Dark and milk chocolates, caramel, butterscotch-ish hints, and dark fruits lie beneath. There are all, again, slightly toned down on the RIS "spectrum," but still very balanced and pleasing.

Taste: A nice cream front end again, which I really enjoy - usually I detect some coconut/cream aromas and flavors in stouts, but they usually lie beneath. Chocolate, that cork-y woodiness again, very slight bitterness on the tongue. Some hints of coffee and nutmeg, but I detect less coffee in this one than is perhaps "normal." Still, on the back end, it is there, in a sort of flavor impart of how fresh coffee beans smell. Very nice. Still a bit toned down for an RIS, but it's decidedly more assertive here than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: JUST the right amount of carbonation. At first I thought it might be edging on too much, but it dissipates nicely in the mouth in a small fizz. Perhaps thin for an RIS, but I think that you really have to search hard to make a firm basis for that complaint.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an RIS, and overall a very good RIS offering. The notes are tuned down a bit here, yes, but not as much as, say, a Big Bear Black Stout, in my opinion. Still, that might not be a fair comparison, as this, unlike the Big Bear, does not have a hoppy character per se.

Photo of mossadacity
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black. Persistent strong head, but little lacing. Strong licorice flavor, subtle bitter chocolate and coffee undertones. Bitter aftertaste which quickly faded away after a few sips. Very heavy beer; it's been a while since I really felt like I was drinking food :-) I absolutely loved this beer. I'm pretty new to the style, but this is the first RIS I liked let alone loved.

On cask at the Rose and Crown in Palo Alto, CA - 2-17-2009.
First pint ($6) off a fresh tap :-) Given that it runs for $7/16.9 oz bottle at the local BevMo, I was absolutely thrilled to try it draft.

Photo of tonistruth
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep brown, near black, no head though in the right glass, still an impressive looking brew

S- dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee

T- roasted and burnt malts, bittering dark chocolate, cocoa, with a brownie like aftertaste

M- smooth and creamy

D- delicious imperial stout, great mouthfeel, complex, one of my new faves, recommended

Photo of dbalsock
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: This is a great looking beer. The small head increases once I finish pouring, cascading down the sides. It's dark tan, like a light chocolate sufflee(sp). THe body is black as night, and the head never seems to leave it's top.

Smell: Drik fruity malts, like dried chocolate covered strawberries. HInt of biscuit and a little coffee too.

Taste: Follows the smell with the dark fruity malts, but more caramel and more of a hop presence. There's more butteriness too, that mixes well with the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, silky and a little lighter bodied than I'm used to in a ris, that makes the alcohol feel a little more present.

Drinkability: If I could get this in the area regularly, I would be buying it all the time.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this and some other Drakes Barrel aged beers while going through the bottle cooler at the Freaking Frog in Las Vegas. Note-They were not on the list of available bottled beers. The beer had a nice roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate a fruity aroma. Very smooth and well aged. Some roasted malt flavor but very drinkable. Alcohol was present but not overpowering. Pretty nice overall. Only drawback is that its body is a little on the thin side.

Photo of slayer3604
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very murky, tan head, and faint hints of a red hue on the outer-most parts of the glass

S- Muted nose, that such of chocolate pop tarts

T- Marshmellow, chocolate, cocoa, raisen, over ripe cherry and a nice little chunk of bitter bight

M- Creamy and gorgeous. this beer is awesome.

D- Going to pick some more up tomorrow! the bottle is bad ass too!

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 vacax
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. 500 mL swing-top bottle.

Pours a black liquid with a vast dark mocha head. Retention is high, though it eventually settles down into around one half of a centimeter of respectable foam. Smells of plum, cookie dough, toasted coconut, and chocolate. All the good stuff I like in a good RIS.

Tastes of sweet malts with copious dark fruit: plum and prune especially. This intensifies on the midpalate and reminds me of leather, flora. Finish is intense, I want to say I get some heat, but in an aged bottle of a beer under nine percent that is not an accurate statement. This beer just smacks my tongue with an intense complexity of malts. Body is full, yet fuller would work better with the medium level of carbonation present. Overall this is a very good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, there should be a lot more buzz about this beer. A choice brew that is underrated.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark colour, not really penetrable by light, with gorgeous ochre head, nice, thick and dense with lovely retention. Looks just about perfect.

Smell is coffee and cocoa. Lots of rich, roasty sweetness, touch of bitterness to it but pleasant, dark and chocolatey. Well-rounded, enjoyable dark beer smell.

Taste is lovely and dark; all the right notes from the start with dark chocolate, cocoa, black pepper with some nice spicy stout notes that are full of flavour. Nutmeg and a touch of coriander come through, balanced by nice smooth unsweetened chocolate notes towards the back. All very nice, toned, smooth and enjoyable.

A bit too much texture, with a bit of sharpness from the booze, just a bit hot towards the back. Otherwise it just glides through the mouth.

Lovely, smooth and drinkable. A big beer that can be appreciated by all.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Love this beer, it reminds me of Clown shoes Party Crasher.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.