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

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very good

444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 44
Gots: 49 | 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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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 227
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Thanks Kasim.

Pours out a deep & dark brown/almost black color with a big bubbly & creamy tan colored head.

Big coffee & chocolate aromas, roasted malts, some fruitiness, and faint hoppiness. All balanced quite nicely. Yum.

Like the nose the taste is of roasted/toasted malts, and nice coffee & chocolate flavors, and some bitter hoppiness. I likey.

Medium to full, smooth, creamy, slick, velvety. Yeah.

This is a great beer & awesome on cask. Could drink this all night. And day. Work is stupid. I quit and am going to have one of these.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Nearly no light passes, even when held up to the sun. A narrow, but rich mocha colored head appears. The head fades almost as quickly as it forms. The nose is nice--chocolate liquer with spent coffee grounds that emerge from time to time. I like the thick, creaminess, but the scrubbiness on the back of the tongue disrupts the smoothness of the mouthfeel just a little too much. Large flavors of chocolate liquer and notes of a mildly sour wood. The beer finishes quite dry, almost with a coffee acidity. It's a big ole imperial, but not a stupendous effort. Drake's has better offerings.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: thick deep deep black; tan foamy head froths up but fads quickly back to just leave a light tan mist on top of the glass

s: light coffee; dark chocolate; light piney hops; alcohol

t: roasted coffee; light alcohol; some toasted grain; light dry nuts; some light pine hops

m: smooth and not too syrupy/cloying which can be a problem of the style

d: i think this is a great simple understated i stout with nice coffee flavors and a good hint of hops

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Sephiroth
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mitchfor3 for the trade. Pours with good head, good lacing. The body is black. Roasted, coffee smell, some vanilla as well.

Tastes like it has a ton of coffee in it, which is a good thing. Notes of bourbon and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is not as thick as other RISs, but it is nearly perfect, due to the lively carbonation. Drinkability is great.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Cellared for nine months

Appearance: Deep brown with a surprisingly high carbonation level. Creamy, frothy light brown head with good retention. Sorta looks like a stout version of Duvel.

Smell: Raisins and chocolate out the wazoo.

Taste: Smoke, coffee, chocolate, raisins, brown bread and surprisingly assertive hops. Bitter roasted coffee bite and hop at the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and the carbonation is ON, very crisp for a RIS.

Drinkability: Nice, but not the decadent, syrupy treat I like. A bit light, but I must admit it tastes really good. Guess it's no more, but worth picking up if you find some.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger light brown head on a fairly passive pour. Head retention is decent and there is a good amount of lacing to be had...

S - Chocolate, coffee, and some roasty notes...

T - Lots of chocolate up front. Some coffee creeps in with dark roasted malts. Ends with bitter chocolate, and some bittering hops. A good amount of bitterness to be had here. Abv shows up a little in the finish, but just enough to let you know that is present...

M - A little light for the style. While I usually perfer a more viscous feel; I really enjoyed how easy to drink this one was. Could easily put a few of these back in a sitting. Wouldn't go as far to call this a session beer, but it is probably as close as your going to get with an Impy. Moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Probably the fifth or sixth one of these I have put back, and I keep coming back for more. For the price it doesn't get much better than this. While it is not world class, or anything above and beyond; I would definitely recommend this to someone who is looking for a solid impy stout for a decent price.

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