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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with enormous spicy mocha head. Baker's chocolate, slightly roast aroma. Artistic spider web of lace. Smooth mouthfeel, bitter and dry more than sweet, chocolate, mild coffee, quite nice though bitter edge not for everybody. Some vanilla, ginger, anise, drop of cayenne and black pepper. To be consumed slowly and appreciated, with most a great dessert.
Thanks Augustgarage.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:51:13 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Nice distinct thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of freshly roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and some dark malts. Taste is of dark chocolate covered espresso beans and dark roasted malts. Very rich and delicious tasting. This beer has a low carbonation level with a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good RIS with some great coffee and dark chocolate smells and flavors. A very tasty beer for a very good price ($5.99 for a 22 oz. bottle).

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 07:16:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee bean black with highlights that are just barely visible along the bottom edge of the glass... and then only with bright backlighting. A thick slab of brown sugar colored foam deposits finely pocked sheets of lace when it finally begins to fade.

The nose is impressively roasted and isn't especially hoppy. That's okay, Drake's doesn't need to hop the hell out of all their beer (although I wouldn't mind a bit). A slight power deficit might be remedied as the beer continues to warm.

Oddly enough, Imperial Stout lacks aggressiveness on the palate as well. It's still a good RIS, but the next highest score is not being seriously considered. Maybe a few more hop cones would have been the way to go. Either that or more roasted malt. Or, better yet, both.

The flavor is more reminiscent of roasted barley in general than cocoa or coffee per se. While there's nothing wrong with that, it gives the beer a pretty straightforward flavor profile. Let's go with melted Hershey bars, coffee with cream, vanilla and molasses. Okay, so maybe it isn't so simple after all.

The mouthfeel is fine... for a 7.0% stout. The lower than usual ABV (for the style) keeps things on the light side of average, keeps unmasked alcohol from spoiling the party, and keeps drinkability high.

Every one of the Drake's Brewing Company beers that I've reviewed so far has been impressive in one way or another. DIS may not be a gobsmacker of an RIS, but it's a worthwhile version that I'd love to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 15:27:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color but, uh-oh, there is no head

Smell: Rich dark mocha aroma with some cereal undertones

Taste: Starts out with a black bread flavor that adds some coffee bitterness and chocolate elements, mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are primarily bittersweet chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but flat

Drinkability: Despite the plastic wrapper around the swing top being intact, somehow this beer lost all of its carbonation; the flavors were nice but it lacked some complexity that I would expect from an Imperial Stout

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 00:59:21 | More by brentk56
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of pure dark chocolate with some light bitter hops is interesting. Taste is dominated by some strong dark chocolate notes with some subtle dry coffee notes and not as much hops as I was expecting from the aroma. Body is full with some low to medium carbonation and no alcohol could be detected.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 14:27:13 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

2.08/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 08:10:41 | More by womencantsail
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a very, very thin tan-colored head.

Smell: Lush, malty aroma of sweet-smelling chocolate with subtle notes of coffee and dark fruits.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and coffee dominate the taste. There's an easily discernible sourness to it. The roasted character combines with the hop bitterness and a chalky ashen quality to make for an odd finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Right, then. Well, it looked and smelled just fine, but, for me, it was all downhill after that.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 18:30:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-17-2014 01:10:02 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-14-2013 04:24:50 | More by jaydoc
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emerge077

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Undetermined vintage, silkscreened fliptop bottle. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with a thick tan ring of foam around the edges. Glassy obsidian surface with a spray of wispy skim across the surface, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Light oxidation apparent in the aroma, along with rich dark chocolate, nearly burnt toast, and chocolate syrup. Flavors are similarly rich and fudgy, chewy chocolate, light tobacco and barely noticeable oxidation. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Dry finish, creamy and smooth texture that puts it into ambrosial territory. Overall its pretty nice considering it's likely a few years old. Thanks again Ben!

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:09:54 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

01-11-2013 00:55:27 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1-24-2012:

Been a while since I tried this one. This has become quite good, or maybe it always was and I didn't just realize it back in 2007. I'm more inclined to think that the brewery has refined the beer, since most Drake's beers have improved drastically in the past year The nose has an equal presence of cocoa and toasted malt, and there's a slight undercurrent of cherry and charred malt. The palate offers more of the same, perhaps a touch less nutty, but pleasantly roasted and chocolatey, just slightly ashy (in a nice, cigar-like way), with a near ideal amount of bitterness coming from both the dark malts and the hops. The body is spot-on for the style and ABV.

01-31-2007:

4/3.5/3.5/4/4

Dark and opaque with a faint but lingering head. This has a fairly standard character for an imperial stout; roasted malt, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee come through strongly in the taste and smell, with some moderately present hops in the background. The alcohol is somewhat noticable, though not harsh in any way. Good body for the style - full, but not overly so, moderate carbonation and quite drinkable. While this isn't the most impressive or complex RIS I've had, it's still very enjoyable and I'd definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 03:25:26 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drake's Imperial Stout delivers the typical appearance that you'd expect, although the head retention could be a little bit better.

The nose is quite nice with clear wafts of caramel and toasty malts that aren't always distinguishable in other examples amidst the heavier roasted and chocolatey notes; and it has a really pleasurable coffee-bean aroma that's somewhat soothing. Piney hops skirt to and fro; they're a non-traditional choice, but they seem to work here. Some alcohol is present, but it's kept in check; and a breath of berry-like yeasty fruitiness rounds it out nicely.

In the mouth, an initial, delicate zest gives way to creamy and smooth maltiness - awakening the tastebuds and then luxuriating the tongue.

Caramel again returns in the flavor; heavily flanked by a hulking roastiness, rich dark-toffee and chocolate, a brash bitterness, and piney hop flavor. It starts soft, sweetish, and intriguing; and then seems to veer off-course, finishing quite dry with a lingering bitterness, pine-resin-like hop flavors, an odd-acidic note (there doesn't seem to be a pH issue in the initial flavor?), and a wash of alcohol that's a tad intrusive.

It's good but there are better choices available.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 05:37:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a real thin tan head. Nose is coffee and sickly sweet malts. Too sweet really. Flavor is nice and robust, yes. There is coffee, yes. But the sweetness of the whole thing is just too much of a kick in the mouth. There's also that odd almost citrus back tone. Feel is slick on liquid and the carbonation is lower but smooth. IMO this is lacking the right balance to be able to pull it off. Perhaps it needs some time to even out, but I guess I'll never know since this is the only bottle I have. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 12:34:24 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:35:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking little 500 ml flip top bottle into a Duvel snifter, filling it almost right to the top. Thanks to Bubba83 for this in a trade.

Pours a dense black with +1 fingers of dark tan head. A good looking retention leaves back some spotty and sticky lace. The aroma is a big ole' heavy waft of chocolate, molassas, roasted malts, and some heat.

The taste is thick chocolate sweetness up front that is balanced out by roasted malt bitterness and coffee character. It's not really too complex with the sweetness being dominant and the bitter notes being there to keep things in check. The mouthfeel of this is the one real disappointment for me. It just seems a bit thin, especially in comparison to the thickness of the flavor that it carries. Maybe being under 10% helps contribute to that, even though there is still a fair bit of (sometimes stinging) alcohol presence, especially as it warms.

This was a sturdy RIS from Drake's that despite a bit less of body than I would have liked and not being over complex, still managed to be a pleasant and quite drinkable experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 16:41:36 | More by Kegatron
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-08-2013 14:55:59 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-29-2013 06:19:32 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 17:44:59 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp and less heavy strong black ale.

Very dark brown with a hint of red. I keep thinking of cherries. Quite fruity, but not as raisiny as Belgian styles. Hops are ample and balance the load of flavors well. Bitter in the aftertaste but more like bitter chocolate than hops. Feels very carbonated and rich in the mouth, but not at all syrupy.

Does seem to be a different take on the mega stout style. Has more tartness and less sweetness than some really big Imperial Stouts. Really an interesting beer and well worth a try if you like big black ones.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 06:10:23 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fairly light colored for an Imperial Stout, meaning it is black with a touch more brown than one might usually find. The head is a frothy, light brown color that starts out almost two-fingers in height. Aromatic notes of chocolate are quite apparent as I pour this beer, again reinforcing that this beer did not go the heavy handed route when it came time to add the dark malts to the recipe. The aroma is actually quite nice, it is very smooth, especially since it is lacking in that acrid, overly burnt character that many an American Stout (much less the Imperial Stouts) have. Instead the focus remains on a concentrated, dark, yet not overly burnt, malty note that accentuates aromas of chocolate, toasty malt and a nice nuttiness. I really can't quite help but think of some sort of candy of my dreams, made from chocolate freshly ground malt with a hint of espresso for that extra boost. While this isn't the most complex beast out there, there is just something about the aroma of this brew that I am really digging right now; the aroma is much bigger than the 8.75% alcohol would suggest.

Soft and creamy up front, this beer grows in heft and palate coating character as it passes through my mouth. The finish has a solid bitter note to it that is a combination of hop bitterness as well as a drying, roast grain derived bittering. The flavor has a solid chocolate component to it as well, but in the taste a lightly roasted coffee character becomes much more apparent. Dusty cocoa, some roasted nutty notes, a perception of vanilla, something like subtle hazelnut. I really like the weight of this beer, it is not too heavy, yet is certainly thick enough to demand a sipping experience.

While this has lots of big flavors (as is expected of an Imperial Stout), it doesn't bang you over the head with the roast malt like many of the American beasts do. Sometimes the extreme is appreciated, but at other times (right now is one of these for me), something with a bit more restraint and a bit more balance (if such a thing can really be said for an Imperial Stout) is just what one wants. A very well crafted beer, that I am certainly enjoying quite a bit. I also have to praise the 500ml bottle size, not nearly as intimidating as a 22oz bottle would be.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 07:21:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen, in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan head, which leaves excellent lacing in a Weihenstaphen mug.

S: Roasted caramel malts and coffee mostly, typical RIS, but quite fragrant.

T: Good, lots of coffee, with a hint of strong espresso, some roasted malts and chocolate as well.

M: Rich and velvety, but quite dry, good amount of carbonation.

D: A good RIS, my first beer from these guys, after tasting these beers, I certainly don't hate the Drake.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2007 00:35:41 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-12-2013 18:33:55 | More by mendvicdog
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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.