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

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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 41
Gots: 36 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

MIrvine, Tuesday at 11:53 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Very nice. Bold but smooth.

NIX777, Oct 19, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

noproduction, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Lucnifter, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

spointon, Oct 06, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields over two fingers of loose foam, mostly large bigger bubbles, very uneven surface, very dark brown in hue, the lacing is wide and sticky. The liquid is pure black with minimal hint of any color around the rims, close to impossible to discern any bubbles. The nose stuffed with black licorice, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, caramel, candied nuts and lactose, not much roast at all, the cherry to plum fruit also has a little green apple in it. Full-bodied and thick, here it does have a roasty quality which helps to alleviate some weight. Flowers, licorice, nuts, baking dough, cocoa, and café au lait flavors make an agreeable entry, however, there is a drying bitterness by the finish. The plum, cherry, apricot, fig fruit loses sweetness as it progresses. The carbonation has its moments but needs more consistency to keep it buoyant sip to sip. All of the basic elements are covered, you simply wish there was more resonance in the sweetness so you could sink into it and enjoy. More credible than spectacular.

farrago, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

greenspointexas, Oct 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

freshflesh, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

kmoen, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

gelasin, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

whatsajessica, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

atpca, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ImperialStout, Aug 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

bostonryan, Aug 29, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

This was a random pickup while out in California a couple months back. Split with Cammy boy while watching skate videos. The nose was great with lots of deep chocolate brownie, roast, vanilla and nutty malts. Taste was good as well but didn't quite live up, more intensely roasty with a good resiny pine hop punch as well. Some licorice and dark fruit. Seemed a little boozy considering the ABV. Solid imperial stout.

Chico1985, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

muskiesman, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jzeilinger, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Knapp85, Aug 13, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No idea on the date. This could be a two weeks or two years old.

A: Pours night quite to the level of motor oil. Aggressive pour leads to two finger beige head. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate lacing. Carbonation is impossible to detect. Beer is an incredibly dark brown, but not quite black.

S: Big roasty notes. Lots of dark fruit, bit of dark chocolate. Slightly sweetened undertone, like a dark chocolate malted milk ball.

T: Initial rush of malted and even lactose(?) sweetness. This is quickly run down by a surge of raisined dark fruit (fig, prunes, dates). Mid palate takes on the malt characteristics. Somewhat roasted notes the meld into an alcohol sweetness. Roasted coffee on the finish. Fairly bitter on the edge, with some of the hoppiness sinking its teeth in. A bit hot on the way down, which is somewhat surprising at only 8.75%.

M: Light/medium for the style. Definitely weight in this beer, but it's stylistically low abv keeps the mouthfeel from reaching that velvety/syrup like texture.

O: Pretty decent RIS. It hits all the right notes, just not hard enough. Flavors are there, but not nearly "in your face" enough. That being said, the pricing on this one is damn solid (6.49 a bomber), so it's getting a bump in the score for that.

McStagger, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Btip1969, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

thatoneguymike, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

beerbart, Jul 04, 2014
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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.