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

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 43
Gots: 52 | 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 womencantsail
2.09/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is dark brown with some red/amber notes to it and almost no head to speak of.

S: Starts off intensely roasty with a bit of ash. There's a definite metallic aroma and some acidity. I get some sour dark fruits like cherries and raisins.

T: The tartness is more pronounced on the flavor. The acidity from the roasted malts is strong, and there's a lot of sour cherry going on. The metallic character is quite strong, and although there are all these flaws, the beer is sort of watery overall--only a mild roast/stout character.

M: The body is medium with with a very low carbonation.

D: This was just awful. I like a lot of Drake's beers, but this was not one of them.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark bottle into a glass.

A: Deep, opaque black with a short-lived tan head. Some rings of lacing down the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and what smells like a tangy combination of plum, fig, and raisin, with a slight tartness. At first I thought this beer was infected or in the process of becoming so.

T: Dark chocolate on the initial taste, which leads into a roasted malt backbone adorned by coffee bitterness. The finish is dark fruits -- plums, figs, and raisins all detected -- with a noticeably tart aftertaste. It's an interesting flavor, but the combination of chocolate/coffee and full-on fruit is not one I enjoy. It was kind of like a fruit roll-up covered in Nutella. Again, I suspected infection at first given the poorly blended tartness.

M: Medium-to-high body, with medium carbonation. Still surprisingly velvety. Well masked ABV.

D: Definitely a sipper / sit-and-savor. But I didn't particularly enjoy the taste, and judging from others' comments, I seem to have gotten a proper bottle. I won't pick this up again -- not my sort of RIS.

Photo of travolta
2.72/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Solid black with a sudsy light brown head with very minimal retention and decent lacing.

Nose: Pleasant chocolate. Bit of cola at the end.

Taste: Well balanced mouthfeel, cola, chocolate, and a tiny bit of licorice.

Notes: Not what I would consider Russian Imperial, but a good stout nonetheless.

Photo of GRG1313
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Black brown in color with a very short lived dark brown head. Nose is light coffee and roasted grain. Not unpleasant but nothing special. Tastes like a strong black lager or a black light IPA - not a stout, so to that extent it is not to style. Very thin body with simple roasted grain/light coffee flavor profile. Light bitter coffee finish.

Photo of beagle75
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a short tumbler.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with over one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dull ashy malt, herbaceous hops, and carbon dioxide account for an understated and clean smell. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined brown malt and aggressive acidity that brings out persistent scorched flavors in the middle. Other qualities associated with the second act include scant medicinal anise and weak, isolated alcohol. The finish retains some pure alcohol influence and also reveals moderate pure bitterness. Some relatively appealing chocolate pudding lingers on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This stout is an unfortunate misfire from a normally-underrated brewery. If given a series of choices regarding desirable qualities it seems to make the wrong choice at every turn. Furthermore, the cleanliness seems too revealing, showing off the blemishes and pock marks.

Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour with big brown fluffy head in a snifter. Lots of staying head and lacing. Smells hoppy, roasted dark malt, and smells like it will be bitter. Alcohol comes out more as it sits, which I tend to hate in any beer. Taste is fairly muted for what I expected. Taste is dark roastiness, licorice, quite mild bitterness, alcohol, and a medium lengthed finish. Smooth, but strong. Ok beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2006 release, acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 500ml swing-top bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a no head no lace due to the age.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of chocolate and coffee. There's also a mild background of dark fruit and a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet. It definitely tastes like I might have held onto this one a bit too long.

M: Smooth but not crisp and kind of watery, medium body, very little carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Flavorful and I'm sure it would have been pretty tasty fresh, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I'm hoping to someday revisit this beer as I fear I may have ruined a good beer.

Photo of mentor
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Plastic-sealed flip-top glass bottle. Pours a thin layer of brown head that quickly settles to a scant ring around the top of the liquid. Liquid was dark brown during the pout, but pitch when held to light in the glass. Smells creamy milky chocolate and some vegetal. Alcohol, cherry sour, and chocolated coffee.

Tastes thin chocolate, alcohol, vegetal, coffee, and some cherry sour. Some hop grasiness that doesn't mix well with the alcohol. Wet sweet wins out over contributing dry roasty grain and some hop grassy rough. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste, almost like cocoa powder. Md body and thin mouthfeel. Flat from lack of carbonation is unpleasant.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Jet black in color, with a dark tan head -- though one which fades quickly into a slim halo. Aroma is somewhat weak -- hints of chocolate with an odd hop scent that gives it a almost "watery" nose. Robust in mouthfeel with a grainy, bitter flavor. The alcohol flavor comes through a bit too strong, lending an almost medicinal flavor to the finish. As in the aroma, I find the hops a bit off-putting. All in all, a fairly disappointing beer! But I expect a lot from my "imperial" stouts.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid $4.99 for a bomber from City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a pint glass with 2 pours.

Has a plastic with rubber seal and metal mechanism to open the cork. Upon opening, a browinish substance was clearly evident on the bottom of the cork and on the inner rim of the bottle indicating the ingredients have started to separate. This beer is thick as molasses. A very, very dark brown, almost black beer with an almost non-existent tan head after an aggressive pour. The head consisted of some larger bubbles and dissipated quickly. Does not appear to be very carbonated. Small circles of lacing that do not last very long.

Strong aroma of oatmeal and caramel with hints of malt.

This beer definitely does not lack in the flavor department. Strong creamy malty oatmeal flavor. A hint of bitterness lasts after swallowing. A slightly complex flavor that is moderately balanced.

Full body. Thick and slightly grainy which in turn is lasting flavor. Light carbonation.

This beer is a meal in itself, packed full of flavor and a bounty of decent ingredients.

Overall, not entirely impressed. I'd would definitely try this again if a pub had this fresh on tap.

Photo of Overlord
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown. I'll have to disagree with the other reviewers, as this beer appeared a very deep brown, not black, upon examination.

No carbonation or head to speak of. Mouthfeel was thin ... almost watery. Not similar whatsoever to some of the thicker dark beers out there.

The taste was mostly coffee. While the smell promised chocolate as well, the chocolate undertones were fairly bitter and offered no sweetness to offset the coffee. Also not a lot of fruit or hop flavoring, if any, although the scent promised licorice and currants. Seldom, if ever, has the scent of a beer so misled as to the eventual taste.

The coffee is so overwhelming it almost reminded me of drinking cold espresso. Not my favorite stout by a long shot, and at 5.50 for a wacky 16.9 oz bottle, not one I'd be revisiting, either, even though I did end up enjoying it more as the bottle progressed.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish brown that can just be seen at the sides. A small dark tan head falls to a ring and leaves some lace.
Roasty malt, toffee, and a touch of fruitiness in the nose.
Definately has a fruity roasty malt background, but a soy sauce like flavor is very evident... I've heard this description used in several reviews, but this is my first encounter with it.
Full bodied. Moderate to high carbonation. Kind of a sharp bite at the swallow... not like an alcoholic bite, but more of an acidic twang.
I have a strong feeling that this was a one time affair.

Photo of jdklks
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of orangesol
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for bringing this one to our Stout Day party.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, coffee, smoke, dark fruits, and a weird metallic aroma. The flavors are all there but they are a little muddled together.

T - Starts off with a quick dose of chocolatey sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of light smoke, coffee grounds, dark fruits, and a very faint hop bitterness. The weird metallic flavor continues from the nose, further helping to muddle the flavors. The finish is a mix of dark roast and smoke, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. A bit too thin for my liking, I think the low carbonation really hurt this one.

O - I wasn't really a fan of this one. When compared to all the other stouts we were drinking this was one of the worst.

Photo of Abelmacias20
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep black pour. Minimal head. Lacing remained through out.
Huge malt aroma with some toffee.
Mouth feel is very smooth and creamy. Little carbonation.
The alcohol is very well hidden. Not complex at all. Feel was very thin. I expect a full bodied feel from an Imperial Stout. Could drink several of these with no problem.
Overall...this stout was good for the price ($5). A bit on the thin side. Would not seek it out, but would purchase it again for the same price. overall average stout.

Photo of Lothore
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours black with very little head. I tried to aggrevate to get some more head but it seemed to only produce a thin layer of chocolate milk colored head.

S- Smells of coffee, malts, alcohol.

T- Taste is sweet with floral and berry hints along with coffee and burnt hops with a bitter tinge.

M- Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonated.

D- I don't think anyone would say this is an incredibly drinkable beer but for the style it goes down pretty smooth.

Photo of Buebie
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce brown swingtop into a pint glass.

Black in color with no light penetration. A 1'' light brown cola like head forms. Receeding slowly and leaving a thin cap of foam. Thin streaks of lace.

Aroma of gingerbread, molasses and chocolate malts. No alcahol at the knose. A good amount of sweetness here.

Mouthfeel is light bodies with just a bit of creamyness and some carbonation.
The taste is pretty good. Dark roasty chocolate grains, some sweetness and plenty of chocolate.
I'd consider this more of an american double then an ris. As an RIS it does not fit the style but as an American double it is pretty damn tasty.
Some warming into the swallow with grassy hops lingering. A cocacola like syrupy flavor, the sweetness is a little overbearing. Not a terrible beer but for an ris its got room for improvement.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours nearly black. Small off white head. Just a few surface wisps.

Smell - Caramel malt, some roast, not much though. Hops and grain are pretty prevalent.

Taste - Really caramely. The grain and bitterness come through more than the dark malts. Background gives more of that roast. Not a ton though.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation. Might be a little too thin.

Overall - Poor beer suffers having been consumed after Bourbon County Coffee. Nothing by comparison.

Photo of Floydster
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce swing top bottle, last one from BevMo in Redlands, guy said they sold out in a couple days

Pour a dark brown color with a huge tan foamy head into a large glass mug

Smell was chocolate and toffee

Too cold to make any distinctions at first, so let warm and found that it was very sweet with coffee hints

Could drink a few of these, but not too many

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black color with little to no head to speak of. The little bit of head after sloshing around a bit is a caramel color. Very thin.

S: Getting a boozy, chocolate, coffee aroma. Not over powering, but solid and standard for the style.

T: Hides the alcohol very well. Getting chocolate, along with some vanilla. Slight creamy-ness as well.

M: Surprised by this, find it to be very thin for an Imperial Stout. Has the mouthfeel on a normal stout or porter.

O: Overall pretty solid offering without standing out. Doesn't do anything great, but hits about what you'd expect. Solid, but for the price point I think better RIS are out there. Worth a shot to give a try though. Would love to find it on tap.

Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this one; this was a Want of mine. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and sour dark fruits. I was surprised by the sourness, but I've been it in a few reviews, so I guess that's how it was intended.

t - Tastes heavily of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, and light sour fruit again.

m - Medium bodied stout and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent and interesting RIS. I was surprised by the sour dark fruit in the nose and taste. While I liked it, it wasn't quite what I picture in a RIS. Would be willing to give it another shot, but unsure if I'd spend money on a bottle.

Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a deep black with a two finger brown head. Head has great hang time and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, roasty malt, and some piney hoppiness.

Taste is slightly sweet before roasted malt flavors take over. Bitter chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good but it doesn't have that velvety texture I look forward to in Imperial Stouts. Its an easy drinking Impy and I enjoyed it on this cold winter night, but I think I'll stick to the bigger Imperial Stouts out there.

Photo of kiya
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first thing i noticed about this beer was the flip top that has been used to seal the beer at the bottling plant, as opposed to a having a traditional beer bottle cap, and then a flip top that can be used to reseal the beer. Once opened you're greeted with a louder than usual champagne bottle pop that releases an interesting aroma of a brew that isn't going to let you pass it by.

It pours a short but dense tan head which does shorten quickly but never fully dissipates through-out the tasting, holding it's composure well.

The aroma was the most impressive element of this beer for me. Stirring thoughts of freshly roasted espresso beans, warm molasses, and gingerbread. It was quickly apparent that the ABV was going to really give quite a kick due to the sharp initial aroma, before forming into a more subdued roasted scent.

After the enticing scents i was sort of expecting a smokier taste than what it offered. A mouthfeel that was large and round, and an alcohol bite in the back of the throat definitely could have been calmed down with some bolder dark fruit undertones which were, in my opinion, missing for the most part. it's a big beer, and definitely holds up well against other imperial stouts, but could use some bolder flavors besides the cocoa and licorice to even out some of the tingle from the alcohol. All in all, a good stout, and as the bottle says "A pint a day keeps the scurvy away". With a beer this strong in so many senses, i'd sure hope it keeps the scurvy away.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Founders snifter. Served at cellar temp.

I think I got this from sideswipe a long time ago... Just getting around to it.
Gave myself a pour and after a quick smell/taste/look, the rest went into my chilli pot.

Looks thin.
Feels thin.
Smells surprisingly boozy for the relatively low ABV...

Lots of chocolate and roasty malt notes. No hops. Very little bitterness. The malt profile (and body!) remind me of Sierra Nevada Porter?!
The profile is missing something. I don't know exactly what-- I just know that I find this to be pretty mediocre.

Big chalky feel-- especially on the finish. Little boozy heat.

Overall-- meh. It isn't bad, but it it isn't very good either. Hopefully it works better in my chilli than in my glass.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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