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

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89
very good

227 Reviews
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Reviews: 227
Hads: 459
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 44
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

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. (417 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,267 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque black with cola edges. The 1/2 inch tan head settles to a thin ring on top and leaves spots of lace.

The smell is of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee grounds and a hint of vanilla.

The taste is of black coffee, dark chocolate, faint dark fruit and vanilla.

The texture is heavy with medium carbonation.

Drake's isn't trying to reinvent the wheel with this one. What they have done is offer up a fairly standard but, solid imperial stout. (462 characters)

Photo of Sumdeus
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap.

A: very dark with about 3 fingers of brown head, looks like the head is from some whipped up chocolate milk.

S: rich chocolate, faint caramel, sweet.

T: moderately sweet, this beer has strong chocolate with burnt caramel to it. The nearly 9% alcohol is non-existent.

M: thick and rich. It is not syrupy, but lightly coats the mouth. Despite good sized head, low carbonation in the mouth.

O: I would love to try this barrel aged. I think it has the right flavors and feel to really become a barrel aged dessert beer. Until then, this may become my go to non aged stout. (588 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1 finger tan head that sits there for a while. medium lacing.

Smell is dark fruits and cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, beets, coffee, and caramel.

Taste is the same with a sweetness that is welcoming. Figs and raisins come to mind. Then theres coffee and chocolate.

Feel is perfect.

Overall I could drink this all day, I think its better than old raspy. (373 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly De Bierkoning in Amsterdam got a box of these a while back.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 40
Columbus hops

APPEARANCE: Clear, dark brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with excellent retention. Clear back body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A ring remains leaving some nice dots of lacing down the glass. A touch clear, but great head and lacing.

SMELL: Big nose of roasted grain, milk chocolate, sweet cream and caramel notes. Light vanilla with roasted aromas, milk chocolate, coffee and licorice. Mostly roasted with chocolate and cream. Really nice and plenty forthcoming.

TASTE: Roasted flavors with lots of caramel and milk chocolate sweetness up front. Licorice notes as well, with sweet cream at the swallow. Big and lingering finish of roasted flavors, tobacco, sweet cream, milk chocolate and some bitter black coffee. Flavorful and enjoyable. Solid.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Plenty creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch drier. Good feel for sure.

OVERALL: Really good stuff, as is their Jolly Rodger barleywine as well. High quality, flavorful and complex without being overly high in alcohol. Something I'd gladly drink on a regular basis if the price were right. If you find this one, give it a shot. Recommended. (1,417 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. split 2 ways. A pretty thick appearing black pour, finger of dark tan head. Retains well enough.

Aroma, Roast malt, earthy chocolate. Some lighter anise.

Taste, Solid roast malt and licorice again. Pretty well balanced though and not too bitter. Plenty of dark chocolate. Small coffee and malted milk balls.

Solid medium body, not quite creamy carbonation. Minimal warming presence.
A solid representation. (415 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice rich dark brown/black. Small tan head is creamy with decent retention. Small splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Loaded with licorice and cocoa. Nice roasted barley coupled with some sweet caramelized malts. A hint of dark fruit with a huge chocolate malt backbone. Breadybwith a touch of alcohol on the back. Some blackberry and old coffee beans. A touch of burnt malt as well. Minimal hopping with a faint herbal/citrus component. Very sweet, but not sugary or overbearing.

Taste: Slightly burnt with cocoa and a ton of bitter baker's chocolate. Deeply roasted with some caramel and chocolate malt. Some milky chocolate and chocolate cake. Hops are light and offer some herbal touches. Slight touches of char and dark fruit. Dark cherry with some blackberry Warming tamps down on some of the sweetness and pushes a bunch more cocoa. Burnt with some char. Oh, and a ton of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pseudomilitant.

A nice imperial stout. A good balance of malt flavors with a good depth. Warming allows it to really show it's depth. I'm going to need a few bottles for aging. (1,239 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/14/13

Shout-out to magictacosinus for sending me this beer back in April. Split with Goblinmunkey7.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, borderline black - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate everywhere - nicely roasty and lightly burnt - an abundance of chocolate malts, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate - roasty notes impart some nice coffee - not the most complex or intense RIS, but it's really good for what it is

Taste: In a word, mocha - tons of chocolate, in every sense of the word - dark, lightly burnt, dry chocolate malts - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and some milk chocolate - roasty malts and coffee - some caramel and some molasses - some hoppy notes, with some citrus and herbal notes (I'm guessing this would be hoppier if I were drinking it fresh) - alcohol is decidedly not apparent

Mouthfeel: Medium, which is definitely late for the style, with some nice carbonation, very nice, dry finish

Overall: Worthy of the adjective "Drakonic"

This is not the most burly, intense, or complex imperial stout. But it's quite good for what it is. There a ton of chocolate and roasty character. I would be happy to drink this again. (1,228 characters)

Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drake's Drakonic is a tasty, more traditional RIS. It's a little lighter than some of the competition, with a higher level of carbonation and big chocolate flavors that balance out the roastiness. It's not the most interesting beer in the world, but Drake's seems to favor drinkability in their recipes and this has it in spades. (329 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a pitch black colored body.
The aroma is boozy and burnt wood. Smells like darkness.
The taste is roasted and burnt malt with a good dry"ness" to it. The finish has a tingling of alcohol.
The texture is soft, but thick with low to moderate carbonation.
It's a fine enough imperial stout with a good profile. (322 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours nearly black. Small off white head. Just a few surface wisps.

Smell - Caramel malt, some roast, not much though. Hops and grain are pretty prevalent.

Taste - Really caramely. The grain and bitterness come through more than the dark malts. Background gives more of that roast. Not a ton though.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation. Might be a little too thin.

Overall - Poor beer suffers having been consumed after Bourbon County Coffee. Nothing by comparison. (527 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4.25/3.75/4.25/4/4.25
22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours black with three fingers of dense mocha colored, fluffy, long lasting head that slowly faded into a thin film leaving rings of lace down the glass.
S: Roasted malt dominates, light coffee, bitter black chocolate, touch of vanilla. Smells good but pretty standard.
T: Follows the nose. Creamy rich chocolate, deep roasted malts, char, bitter black coffee, roasted coconut finish, toasted marshmallow and a bitter aftertaste. Anise is in there with the roast, too.
M: Light booze, fuzzy carbonation, smooth mouth, heavy, viscous full body but not motor oil.
O: A very solid stout. Straight forward, clean, but complex enough to be interesting. Drinks well, nothing too overpowering. (738 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of lighter brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A webby lace of tan sticks to the glass.

The smell is roasty with a hint of nutty grain. A light grassy to herbal hop element is also present breaking things up a bit. By no means is this a bold smelling brew, sort of middle of the road and without fault.

The taste is roasty with a hint of nuttiness and bitterness of earthy roast instead of hops. There is a mild character of stale coffee and herbal hop aftertaste that lingers. Not the best tasting imperial stout but not bad either.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is pretty fair across the board and without fault. I appreciate the chance to try this brew but it holds nothing memorable about it to warrent me ever wanting to purchase or try it again. (891 characters)

Photo of beagle75
2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a short tumbler.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with over one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dull ashy malt, herbaceous hops, and carbon dioxide account for an understated and clean smell. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined brown malt and aggressive acidity that brings out persistent scorched flavors in the middle. Other qualities associated with the second act include scant medicinal anise and weak, isolated alcohol. The finish retains some pure alcohol influence and also reveals moderate pure bitterness. Some relatively appealing chocolate pudding lingers on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This stout is an unfortunate misfire from a normally-underrated brewery. If given a series of choices regarding desirable qualities it seems to make the wrong choice at every turn. Furthermore, the cleanliness seems too revealing, showing off the blemishes and pock marks. (1,024 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Final Gravity Taproom in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served opaque black with a half finger, cocoa powder colored head. Fair retention. Nice, sticky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is faint, but becomes a tad more prominent as it warms. Mostly subtle notes of chocolate and a touch of heat.

Taste - Flavor hits on loads of sweet chocolate, and lesser notes of dark chocolate. Hits on earth and briefly on faint black liquorice mid-taste, then finishes with a lingering roasted coffee bitterness and a lesser bittersweet chocolate character.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with soft carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Big fan of the flavor; love the array of chocolate character this imperial stout presents, then finishes with that nice touch of roastiness on the back end. It was a bit cold to start, so much of the flavor was subdued at first, but all flavor came out in full force once the brew reached closer to room temp. I'd love to see this beer offered in sixers, otherwise the bomber may be a once or twice a year purchase. (1,047 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap as a guest beer at 21st Admendment in San Fransico. Poured a semi-thick, syrupy black and brown hues with a big, lumpy tan head that left a simple ring of lace on the snifter.
Aroma of coffee beans, some bittersweet chocolate, a hint of raisins and smoky caramel note emanate up from the glass. Flavor had a rich, dominant chocolate note that was tempered with a some solid coffee bittering and just a tinge of smoky peat.
Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for style but overall is had excellent progressions of flavors and was really a joy to feel, especially as it warmed a bit.
Drinkability was really solid. Relatively high ABV was hidden by all the delicious flavors and really produced a well-rounded, very approachable RIS. Nothing to scare anyone away here just a solid example of style. (809 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Founders snifter. Served at cellar temp.

I think I got this from sideswipe a long time ago... Just getting around to it.
Gave myself a pour and after a quick smell/taste/look, the rest went into my chilli pot.

Looks thin.
Feels thin.
Smells surprisingly boozy for the relatively low ABV...

Lots of chocolate and roasty malt notes. No hops. Very little bitterness. The malt profile (and body!) remind me of Sierra Nevada Porter?!
The profile is missing something. I don't know exactly what-- I just know that I find this to be pretty mediocre.

Big chalky feel-- especially on the finish. Little boozy heat.

Overall-- meh. It isn't bad, but it it isn't very good either. Hopefully it works better in my chilli than in my glass. (749 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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. (959 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Company out of California.
Score: 92

Unknown bottle date. Served in a wine chalice and enjoyed on 08/18/12. Thank you Jeff for sharing this bottle at our tasting.

Appearance: Jet black with one finger of khaki head at pour that settles to a ring around the glass. Absolutely amazing lacing and retention. Gorgeous looking imperial stout. 5/5

Smell: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and a light amount of vanilla with an underlying aroma of brown sugar. A little dark fruit too. The aroma elements are extremely well incorporated. 4.5/5

Taste: Less balanced and incorporated than the aroma. Cocoa and coffee primarily. Less burnt roast flavor than the nose led on. Smooth malt backbone. No booziness whatsoever. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy, malty mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Really solid imperial stout here. I had never heard of this beer or the brewery before my friend Jeff brought a bottle of this over to a tasting, but I will be seeking it out again sometime in the future for sure.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out. I feel like it would make a great starter imperial stout for casual drinkers.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $12 for a 22 oz bottle. (1,240 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schwartzoid for this one. Never sampled anything from Drake's so I'm excited to see what they're all about. Poured from 22oz bomber to snifter:

Pours big and black with an edge of clarity, not much. A medium brown finger of head sinks to a collar after a minute or two... fantastic lacing.

Nose is pretty basic - fudge and lots of it, chocolate chip cookies, creamy sweetness, no real bite to it which makes for a nice change-up.

The taste isn't what I was anticipating. I was thinking cavity inducer, but this isn't that at all. There are a few of those dessert notes but there are also bitter bits and smoky undertones. More balance than the nose would suggest.

Pretty damn good. (695 characters)

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.