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

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial StoutDrake's Drakonic Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

380 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 33 | 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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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-23-2012 16:18:15 | More by sendsilk
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California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-07-2013 17:21:22 | More by MadeInOregon
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dbalsock

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-17-2011 23:47:15 | More by nmann08
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justinbrown

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-28-2013 01:38:20 | More by justinbrown
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-31-2012 16:26:09 | More by kjkinsey
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice and underrated Imperial Stout. Pours black with a nice thick tan head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some nice lacing. Has a good dose of hoppy bitterness in the aroma as well as a deep roastiness, some licorice, and some vinous notes at the end. Its a touch hot, but other than that very nice. Nice deep roasty notes and some nice deep bitter chocolate flavors as well as some late creaminess. Very nice flavors indeed, and although its a big beer, the heat is warming rather than harsh in the mouth. Nicely integrated while still intense. Smooth finish and relatively easy to drink, with a very nice lingering bitter chocolate finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 01:45:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-23-2013 06:31:12 | More by Liondiscs
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PStriedl

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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California

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California

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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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mcdonald422

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-17-2013 01:38:39 | More by mcdonald422
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Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-01-2012 18:57:04 | More by stript
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California

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California

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France

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ViragS

California

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LSx

California

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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California

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08-07-2012 07:23:52 | More by stantheposterman
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vacax

California

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 21:02:14 | More by vacax
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 23:59:41 | More by laituegonflable
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AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Jet black pour with a sizable mocha head of tight foam that lasts and laces nicely.

Aroma is deep, dark, and full of chocolate and roasty goodness. There are notes of dark, jammy fruit, anise, sweetened coffee, and plenty of orange and pinecone hops. As it warms, traces of leather, vanilla, and faint oak come out.

Flavor is equally impressive. massive, bittersweet dark chocolate, fresh coffee, subtle licorice, dark pit fruits, and creamy vanilla are countered by earthy wood notes and plenty of pine sap and crushed citrus peel hops. A lingering bitter finish of cocoa and pine taunts you into another sip. Very nice.

Body is right between medium and large. Mouthfeel is smooth as melted butter with a creamy texture and light carbonation. Very little alcohol kick, almost seems like this bottle was aged.

props to GClarkage for the wedding gift assortment, we really enjoyed them all!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 23:42:41 | More by AlexJ
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cheers2beers

Texas

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

Thanks to Boolshot for this great stout.

Appearance: Pouring this beer into my snifter I notice solid black liquid with no daylight whatsoever coming through. The brownish head stacked up to an astonishing three finger height with lots of laceing to go around.

Smell: The aromas are mind blowing! Dark semi-sweet chocolates with a mellow coffee seem to be the main players in this stout,but not without mentioning the slight woody notes and an alcohol that can't be beat. A subtle vanilla and soy can be detected as well. Not bad by any means!

Taste: The flavors are, of course, much like the nose. Bitter cocoa, a touch of vanilla, subtle coffee grounds, and just hint of woodiness. All of these flavors I mentioned,hit you for a split second in the front but then seems to die out fast, and becomes replaced with an almost stinging alcohol. Mmm..a very delicious brew indeed.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily, thick body with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a fine offering. Too bad it is retired, hopefully I will be lucky enough to trade for another one some day. I would suggest you search this one out.


Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 21:15:02 | More by cheers2beers
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.