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

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very good

430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | 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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2/5  rDev -49.4%

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2/5  rDev -49.4%

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 cletusdog
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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 aanth
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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 Marco_Gtz
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.