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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

393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 41
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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Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml flip top that I've cellared for a year. Poured into my Delirium snifter, Drake's Imperial Stout is Black with a tight, dark tan head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is a bit hoppy actually, some sweet alcohol. Some toffee develops as it opens up, as does the roasted malt.

Taste is big and malty, lots of chocolate, with a hoppy finish that is pretty impressive for being at least a year old. Just the right amount of roast to give it character without overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is great, a luscious creaminess without being to heavy, with a dry, somewhat spicy finish, indicative of the strength as well as the hops.

Drinkability is quite good, I'm really enjoying this RIS. Rich and satisfying, but very smooth and well balanced. Everything I've had from Drakes has been exceptionally well executed.

ccrida, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 16.9 oz swing top bottle a very dark brown with about an inch of tannish foam. It has some nice lacing and the foam shrinks to a fine layer after a few minutes but that little bit does last for the entire session.

The smell has notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and maybe some wood. The nose is pretty light.

The taste has roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa up front which gives it a nice semi sweet flavour. Further in, there's some hop bitterness to go along with the cocoa and is most noticeable in the finish.

It's medium bodied and the carbonation is pretty light(could use a tad more?), oh...the alcohol is starting to show itself along with a woody taste. Interesting flavours here.

Bottom line: This is a pretty interesting and tasty Imperial Stout and I'm glad I got the chance to try it but... now that I've tried it, I doubt I'll look for it again. Maybe if it was available locally, I'd give that a rethink.

Bitterbill, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one during a nice little tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor and aroma on this one actually kind of reminded me of FB MBCP without the sweetness. All of the aspects of this one were very pronounced and obvious. I really wish it would have had a little more sweetness going on here to help balance out the roastiness. Definitely worth trying without a doubt if you get a chance.

thagr81us, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. The beer pours black with a wispy light beige head that disspates to almost nothing rather quickly. Spotty lace. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose, along with a bit of black licorice. Full, smooth body that falls a bit short on carbonation. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee along with a bit of plum. The finish is roasty with mild hops and coffee lingering. Pretty solid all around, although overall it falls short of the best-in-class Imperial Stouts out there.

Dogbrick, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this a couple of nights back. What a great beer! This is last years release, I grabbed it at Healthy Spirits in May and sat on it for a while.

A: In my Sam Smith pint glass, this beer gurgled a very impressive jet black with a thin dark brown head with decent retention

S: Wonderfully balanced on the nose, there's chocolate, coffee, cream and a little bit of oxidation that works very well with the chocolate

T/M: On the palate, the flavors from the nose are replicated with the semi-dark unsweetened chocolate leading the way. Oxidation is present and very enjoyable. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation, this beer finishes thick and enjoyable

D: This is one beer that surprised me, I think I should grab another at some point

DefenCorps, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a foamy tan head. Poor head retention for a cask ale.

Sweet, roasty aromas with chocolate and earthy notes. Good.

Smooth, sweet chocolate and roast. Earthy hops.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Really good.

A well balanced and nicely drinkable stout. Great flavour.

dgilks, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CELLARED – This is a 2005 vintage that I popped in Nov 2007, so it’s probably a bit over two years old.

Appearance – This stout is black as night with a small, ashy head that showed great retention.

Smell – The roasted malt smells are damn near perfect. They are dripping with liquid sugar. The sugars are very complex consisting of table, brown, and some heavy raw unsulphored cane.

There’s a deep chocolate liquor aroma as well. It is refined and perfectly suited for this brilliant bouquet.

Taste – The flavors really sweeten up at the taste. The malts are big and roasty but not harsh and bitter. The sugars tamed the while beast. The chocolate alcohol notes bring it all together giving this RIS a sense of royal regalness.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied and incredibly smooth. The alcohol has a strong presence but is not stingy.

RoyalT, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL swingtop courtesy of thequeue poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark chocolate that settles in black in the glass underneath a huge fluffy tan head that shows very good staying power. Sheets of lacing form after each sip. This is quite a nice looking RIS.

The aroma has tons of dark roasted chocolate malts and lots of dark fruit sweetness with figs and raisins. I'm also picking up lots of licorice and a bit of espresso as well.

The flavor starts with the slight bitterness of the bakers chocolate with some dark fruit sweetness. The dark roasted malts form a solid backbone and the finish brings in a touch of hop bitterness and hints of coffee.

This mouthfeel is very smooth with lots of carbonation and just coats the mouth completely.

Well, this one really impressed me and maybe my expectation were a little too low. It's a great representation of the style and I think this bottle has just the right amount of age on it. Very nice.

gford217, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown in color with a thin brown head and left a very little amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: brown sugar, chocolate roasted malts, and mild coffee were noticeable on the first whiff alongside faint booze and dark fruits.

T: the booze was more potent on the palate with chocolate brown sugar notes but had roasty character and a touch of underlying dark fruits accents.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, roasty, and bppzy finish.

D: pretty decent IRS that had a good chocolatey flavor and had a good amount of booze that might have taken away from the overall taste.

Gobzilla, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

laituegonflable, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of illidurit
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter. Jet black body with a luxurious 3 finger head that rises in perfect proportion to the rim of the glass. Moderate cocoa colored lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, dark fruit.

T: Again, dark chocolate. The aromatic dark fruit manifests as a distinct black cherry note in the taste. Finish is roasty but not burnt and a tiny bit lactic. Not terribly complex but seamless and tasty.

M: Body is just a bit thin for a RIS but the carbonation is spot-on. Well-blended flavors contribute to a nice overall smoothness.

D: Tasty without regressing to booziness with warmth, smooth and sweet. A very drinkable RIS.

illidurit, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Funky and rather attractive Half Litre (500 ml, 16.9 fl.oz.) brown glass bottle that has a short, wide & squat body with a tall neck complete with a familiar but nevertheless distinctive white ceramic swing top arrangement. Main label is as per the BA Avatar; a large Sailing Ship with sails fully released has the words “A Pint a Day Keeps Scurvy Away”. Some information on the left hand side of the includes ‘Original Gravity of 21.5°P by a Malt Bill of 91% Malted Barley, 4% Crystal Malt, 3% Roasted Barley and 2% Chocolate Malt. Chinook Hops were added to balance the Beer…weighs in at a robust 8.75% Alc. by Vol.”
No freshness Date but the Bottle really does look very cool I have to say.

Appearance: Thick black oily resinous pour that positively oozes into the Stone Imperial Russian Stout Glass I had ready. Tan colored head rose quickly but soon dissipated to a thin covering, that eventually broke to reveal only a thick bubbles halo ring. Minimal carbonation.

Nose: The nose takes some work, though it does improve with some heat input. Chocolate malts dominate with some toasted coffee and a very light hop character. As it warms the roast coffee improves the nose and allows the hops and alcohol to come through to the front more.

Taste: Very bitter start, the Chinook hops immediately make their presence known though they tussle with a strong roast coffee and dark chocolate middle. The back is tart and somewhat alcohol laden with a sour twist in the swallow. Sharp tastes that need to be rounded off, for they are a little prickly and harsh at present.

Mouthfeel: Big. Lots of Malt and Alcohol ensures that this Imperial Stout gives you something to chew on, even after the swallow. Bitter malty finish and lingering harsh hop infused alcohol on the tongue long after the beer is gone.

Drinkability: Nice roasted start, but this is a little bit harsh at the moment in the middle and a tad raw in the back end. Nice enough last of the night beer and it finished me good, so much so I forgot to post this Review at the time I did it!! Needs a little more time to improve the Drinkability I feel.

Overall: I suspect I drank this one a bit fresh and that the harsh hop character and alcohol will start to smooth out and round off into a more palatable brew given as little as another 6 months. Worth buying and keeping one to experiment with in the Cellar I think. Age will certainly mature and improve this for sure.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, let me first say I like the beer very well. It's not the greatest Russian Imperial Stout, but it would probably have a higher score if they upped the abv a bit and went for a somewhat bigger flavor. This beer pours a big black with a nice foamy head. The nose is sweet and malty with chocolate and mild smoke notes. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some good balancing bitterness. The feel is just a notch below excellently smooth, but it's not quite there. It's a RIS with a low abv, which might make it physically easy to drink but it is missing some of the complexity of a bigger beer. Whether or not, this precisely fits the undefinable "drinkability" isn't going to keep up nights. At any rate, the presentation is great. The pirate theme fits well with the big hearty stout and the bottling choice.

popery, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, mocha colored head that soon becomes just a tiny ring around the snifter. The beer is, as expected, nearly black in color.

smell: Roasts dominate, backed by an earthy hop aroma. Various malt aromas lend a light sweetness to the nose. A slight dusting of cocoa powder. Just a touch of sour in the aroma. Needs more malt complexity.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is smooth, between low and medium. The body comes across as being too thin, especially for an RIS.

taste: At the front I find big flavors of roasted malts that bring to mind coffee and, to a lesser extent, cocoa powder. Low-moderate sweetness level. An unexpected acidic tartness comes in just after the swallow...not the typical hop bitterness, which comes in a second later. There is plenty of flavor here, but I would definately like to see a heavier complexity. The "twang" I mentioned earlier is pretty strange, also. Seems to be a bit more standard than imperial.

drinkability: easy enough for a "good"...the 8.75% is well disguised

blackie, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

BGsWo22, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1549th Review on BA
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@Drakes Brewing, San Leandro, CA

App- A highly thick and dense stout with a good head behind it. The edges retain a bit of browns and lightness. The beer is very dense as mentioned and doesn't show any light through. A good amount of cling and lace down the sides.

Smell- This was a straightforward stout and didnt pull any punches. Big and creamy on the nose with a lot of chocolate and malts. The columbus hops did add a nice layer on the nose and didnt overpower.

Taste- This was a nice stout. Like the nose it was creamy and rich and then it added in the malts and kept the chocolate levels very high. Just needs another layer to it to make it really pop.

Mouth- A big medium dense body with good rich malts and chocolate on the finish. The carbonation is spot on as well. Residual chocolate makes this like a chocolate dessert. Very decedant and smooth.

Drink- Very nice beer. I will have to pick up some bottles.

FosterJM, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dfernandez77 for this bottle, the last survivor of a brown box that arrived via our friends at FedEx. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife to celebrate her giving her two-week notice to a grumpyfuckwadofaboss. Yippee!

Pour is black as the banner of Mordor. Smell is lovely rich malts, big chocolate, smaller shot of coffee.

Drakonic is a solid, middle-o-the-road imperial stout. All the requisite ingredients are accounted for in the roll call: big, dark, sweet malts, some coffee. The heavy chocolate is a nice touch & along with the nice hop doping gives it a goose right at the end. I take it back. More like edge of the ditch. Good one. No water. Maybe blueberries. Roast really amps up once the beer warms.

Sehr gut bier. Enough nice perks to retain my interest & goes down easy.

maximum12, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark flat black hue with a nice mocha head. Nice spotty lace as well.

S: Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, wood, earth, dried dark fruit, and citrus hops.

T: The flavor is nice and roasty, with hints of chocolate. Loads of dark fruits in the middle, with a touch of licorice.

M: Full bodied, very rich with nice balanced carbonation.

D: Not too bad. Tasty but there are better Imperial stouts to be had.

tpd975, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-deep black color that pours two fingers of a relatively thick dark caramel colored head that has a decent retention and leaves a very light lacing

S-big roasted malt hits the nose first followed by a hint of dark chocolate and some coffee notes and a light citrus hop finish

T-big flavors with a presence of alcohol, it follows the nose pretty well, a big roasted malt up front with some dark chocolate and hints of java, the hop presence towards the finish is a little more pronounced than the nose and brings some citrus, dark fruits, raisins and prunes.

M-it is nice and smooth, almost creamy; but relatively light body for an RIS and has too much carbonation imo

D-lighter body for a stout would actually make it more drinkable, but i like a thick ris so i'm docking it.

cpetrone84, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle. Espresso-black body with a big, thick, creamy, muddy-brown head. Light barely penetrates the burley brown edges. Nose consists of rich, sugary milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. A sharp, roasted coffee bitterness pervades. Dry, bitter dark chocolate up front. Quickly moves to velvety smooth, rummy fruits (plums, raisins), but with a tart edge. Roasted barley is there too. Bitterness rises and swells into the finish. A very hoppy imperial stout, exemplified by the long, bitter, dry finish. Traces of roasted fruit and alcohol are there too. Maybe a bit hoppy, but still good.

alexgash, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of hopdog
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one a couple times and both from bottle.

Poured a dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, molasses, vanilla and roasted malts. Very light bitter finish with light alcohol.

The second time around I also noted some smokiness and dark fruits.

hopdog, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hamilton's, San Diego, CA on 7/8/09. Served in a goblet.

A - Dense dark brown body with deep reddish highlights and a wonderful finger's width of creamy burnt tan head that retained exceptionally well and deposited a thin sheet of lacing around the goblet.

S - Muted nose with chocolate notes, sweet malts and a mild coffee presence. Some alcohol notes emerged as the liquid warmed up. Sweet caramel and toffee notes round out the aroma.

T - Flavor is heavy on the chocolate with quite a bit of roasted malt, the latter of which really opened up as it reached room temperature. An apparent coffee presence also emerged, followed by a slight nutty character. Finish is quite bitter overall with earthy hop notes and dark chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent with some residual stickiness on the palate.

D - Fine RIS that was quite smooth and drinkable. While this was heavy on the chocolate, it also possessed a nice roasty character to complement the sweetness of the malt.

ffejherb, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Two fingers of delicate, light brown head top a black, dark, opaque beer. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malts, slightly thin, with a hint of coffee but not much else.

T: Above average, nothing more. A rather disappointing imperial stout. The most superlative quality is the drying, citrus-bitter Columbus hops that offer superlative balance. Otherwise, it's sweetish chocolate malt; light, roasted bitterness; and nutty coffee on the very endtaste. The aftertaste is creamy.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, and, at times, hoppy dry. Nice.

O: Very well balanced and mild. A very well put-together beer. A gentler, if not subtler, imperial stout that comes moderately recommended.

AgentMunky, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swingtop bottle as pictured, pours dark and opaque. Very creamy looking cocoa head has excellent retention and deposits some attractive sheets of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dark chocolate, complimented by notes of walnuts, coffee, and some figs and raisins. Lots of dark roasty essences here as well as some hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel has a creamy full body with a bit more carbonation than expected.

Taste is all about the roasty chocolate. Some scorched coffee notes provide a solid bitterness and there is a distinct walnut nuttiness that adds complexity. A vague hop presence is also interesting. Smooth and creamy all the way through and the alcohol is well concealed.

"A pint a day keeps scurvy away" says the label. Okay, I'll be happy to fight scurvy with this fine stout. Very well put together, with no flaws. Many thanks to IntriqKen for the opportunity.

merlin48, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fancy swingtop 500ml bottle to a tumbler.

A: Very dark with a pencil-thin trace of auburn around the edges. 1-1/2 fingers of creamy tan head that stuck around for quite a while.

S: Smells nice, not necessarily bold. Sugary roasted malt, some fruit, a trace of coffee and molasses.

T: Very likable smoky maltinesss, caramel, toasted nuts, dark sweetness. The epitome of "Imperial Stout": rich, husky, slightly sweet and heavy. Slightly oaky and tannic. Chocolate and coffee flavors are substantial but not overbearing at all. A very tasty RIS.

M: Thick and creamy, bordering or syrupy. Mellows as it warms to a velvety, full mouthfeel.

D: Not my favorite, but this is near the top of the list. Terrific flavor, smoothness & texture. Smells very rich and taste backs it up - I'd gladly have more of this. Thanks to flexabull for this one.

msubulldog25, Mar 28, 2007
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.