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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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88
very good

401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 42
Gots: 35 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

phooky, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Beermasterjarrett, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

justinbrown, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

BG24, May 16, 2014
Photo of BeerRun13
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

BeerRun13, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of orcasteve
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bit sweet to start, robust in the middle almost like coffee, then a rush of hop and ruff alcohol at the end. a good siping beer that got better the warmer it got. this has a taste that stickes with you for awhile. i think that this one would make great french onion soup and would make a great complement to a big meal. try this one, it is worth it.

orcasteve, Jul 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Btip1969, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

tizride, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

MadeInOregon, Jul 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.4%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

NRo, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Piason, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

gelasin, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of cheers2beers
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

cheers2beers, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of bigbelcher
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

bigbelcher, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pretty much pitch-black with a sticky tan head with good lacing.
S: Smells of dark chocolate and coffee.
T: Coffee not as strong in the taste, though it does finish with a small twinge of coffee bitterness, along with a dry, woody flavor. The backbone of the flavor however, is a non-bitter dark chocolate mixed with some light caramel.
M: Thick, heavy, creamy, good level of carbonation. Great when served cool or after having warmed up.
D: Definitely my favorite imperial stout that I have had so far. Little alcohol present in the flavor or feel--quite drinkable, especially for a style that I usually find is not the best in terms of drinkability.

lhaqq, Feb 01, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

musicman7070, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

BeerSingh, Jan 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

ViragS, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of areich6
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours with about an inch and a half of head. The beer itself is quite dark but the head retains a light tan color. Appears less heavy than many other Imperial Stouts out there.

S: Honestly, it smells like a quad to me, or other comparable Belgian beers. I can detect dark fruits such as black cherries, and a slight bit of roastiness.

T: There is definitely some good hoppy bitterness along with some nice roastiness. I cannnot detect any of the dark fruits I could detect in the smell.

M: Fairly light, but also a little pleasantly creamy. Personally I prefer my stouts to be thicker than this but it definitely isn't watery by any means. There is no bight from the alcohol at all.

O: For a Russian Imperial Stout, I would call this above average. My idea of a great Imerial Stout is a little bit stronger than this, but overall it is satisfying brew.

areich6, Mar 27, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mlswing top..unsure of the vintage..poured into tulip slightly chilled..

a-deep deep brown almost black..nice ruby highlights when held up to light..huge fluffy khaki head that lasted throughout..no bubbles present..lots of lacing..

s-sweet malt..subtle hops..a tad coffee and caramel to round things out..

t-sweet roasty malt up front..bitter coffee notes...toffee...hops to balance things out but overpower...finishes dry like black coffee..delightful

m-oily and slick..goes down easy...slightly prickly from the carb..medium creamy mouthfeel..

d-could have a couple of these easy..the alcohol is well hidden and and flavors just keep you coming back for more..no complaints here

overall a solid very under the radar ris...big thanks to james for hooking me up with this brew in our last trade..extremely glad i got to try it..

stoutfiend27, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of lighthabit
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bomber poured into a sniffer. dark, dark, dark . . . barely lets any light through near the bottom. thick head dies down a bit quicker than i'd like. nose shows a nice hint of molasses. taste is classic stout, with a bit of licorice and molasses. mouth feel is a tad thin for my taste on this style, carbonation is low, but work just right for this style, imo. not boozy, which is nice considering its abv.

lighthabit, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of noproduction
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

noproduction, Sunday at 06:04 AM
Photo of MPLS
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember where I picked this one up, but believe it was an online purchase.

A: A nice dark ebony, but no lace, 0.5mm head that vanished like a one hit wonder. Looked very effervescent iniatially but took on a dead flat appearance soon after.

S: Sweet chocolate, alcohol, touch of licorice.

T: The dominant flavor is a sweet slightly bitter (coffeelike?) chocolate that fades to some roasted goodness. A tad underwhelming, but a pleasantly sweet stout.

M: This stout lacks the viscosity I crave, a somewhat dull beer, don't know how it lost the carbonation.

D: It's not a bad sipper, alcohol is masked well and I can handle anything in the chocolate realm.

MPLS, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of scot959
4/5  rDev +1.3%

scot959, Jun 23, 2013
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.