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

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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 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)

Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of FunkyMacGrovin. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout pours a solid black, with maybe three fingers of mocha foam. Head retention is decent, and the lacing falls a bit on the spotty side. The nose has a fair amount of anise, with dark chocolate providing support. As usual for me, I wish the relative intensities of the two aromas were switched. There's a good bit more balance between black licorice and chocolate. A nice roasty coffee note comes in on the back end to provide a nice finish. The body has a little bit of creaminess to it, and is firm. It's not as luscious as some of its bigger, more "imperial" brethren, but it works for this beer. The carbonation is appropriately subdued, not pulling the spotlight away from the malt. Drakonic Imperial Stout isn't one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts, but it's a very solid offering. And, according the the $6.99 sticker price on mine, it's a great value buy for California BAs. (1,034 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drake drakonic imperial stout

A-  roasted chocoalte malt, brown sugar, an earthy coffee flavor, a peaty smell. A malty goodness coming from this. 4

S- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger dark mocha head resting atop a jet black body. Decent retention. Nice lacing 4  

T- from the second it hit my lips I knew it was good. Dark chocolate and espresso upfront but not  overdone and actually refreshing. There are hints of milk chocoalte, mollasses, slight bitter hop taste, and and earthy tone. Very well done 4.5
 

M- very good mouthfeel. Good viscotity, creamy, and good carbonation. 4

O- honestly I came into this beer with slightly low expectations as nothing ive ever had from drakes (albeit only a few of them) has ever impressed me. This definitely wowed me and I will be buying it again. A excellent imperial stout. This barrel aged would probably be orgasmic 4.5

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a midnight black with a thin, tight layer of foam. The aroma is that of roasty coffee with some toffee and dark chocolate notes rounding it out. The Drakonic has a big roasty flavor, with some dark chocolate and espresso. There’s an evident bittering to it and a sharp flavor which brings everything in focus. I enjoyed the dark mushroom nuances which emerged gradually as it warmed. Delicious. I just wish it had a fuller body to develop and hold up to the strong flavors. (486 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks, dark. Then it's kind of dark. Held up to a light it's dark with a big foamy tan head that settles into a solid layer. There's nothing about the look to complain about.

Smells a lot like molasses. Swetish but with a sour note from roast malt. But I don't get a whole bunch of roast, just hints.

Starts off sweet lots of base malt and some dark roast malt. Decent bittering hop level but it stays on the sweet side which is fine for RIS. There's also a hint of sourness not from hops but from darker roast malts, black patent or chocolate maybe. Lots of fruity flavor from the yeast. Overall a pretty complex beer.

Thick and creamy in the mouth but not harsh or alcoholic at all. It's not the hugest RIS I've had which might make it seem a little more approachable that some of them.

Definitely worth having again. (824 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a nice one finger mocha colored head w/tight bubbles. The aroma is primarily dark chocolate with a little bit of some roasted malts and coffee. The taste opens up with the chocolate and hits with the coffee on the back end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, but comes through a little thinner and more watery than an imperial stout should. It is still nice and smooth, and the alcohol is decently hidden.

Overall a solid stout from Drake's, wouldn't mind seeking it out again. (563 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (732 characters)

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

Picked up a single at JV Wine & Sprits in Napa today for $5.99. I was in the mood for an impy stout after a day of wine tasting.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is hanging pretty well.

Nose is hints of coffee and mocha.

Taste is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, mocha, with a nice hop oil finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth, not as chewy as hoped.

Overall this is a real tasty brew, love the flavors going on, not as viscous as hoped but good nonetheless. (491 characters)

Photo of areich6
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LeChupacabra for the bottle!

A- Rather dark even compared to other stouts. Almost 2 fingers of dark tan head let you know Drake ain't here to mess around.

S- Sweet malts and surprisingly citrusy hops in the nose. Some roast notes balance everything nicely in this realm

T- Very sweet with some beautiful hops but mostly malt that steal the show. Chocolate peaks through in the roast flavors and perfects this taste.

M- Not thick as a stout should be but it works better for this beer's flavor.

O- "Glass full I perfer the better things" Drake said it best himself. Enjoy this as often as possible which for me is extra rarely (643 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with enormous spicy mocha head. Baker's chocolate, slightly roast aroma. Artistic spider web of lace. Smooth mouthfeel, bitter and dry more than sweet, chocolate, mild coffee, quite nice though bitter edge not for everybody. Some vanilla, ginger, anise, drop of cayenne and black pepper. To be consumed slowly and appreciated, with most a great dessert.
Thanks Augustgarage. (386 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Undetermined vintage, silkscreened fliptop bottle. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with a thick tan ring of foam around the edges. Glassy obsidian surface with a spray of wispy skim across the surface, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Light oxidation apparent in the aroma, along with rich dark chocolate, nearly burnt toast, and chocolate syrup. Flavors are similarly rich and fudgy, chewy chocolate, light tobacco and barely noticeable oxidation. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Dry finish, creamy and smooth texture that puts it into ambrosial territory. Overall its pretty nice considering it's likely a few years old. Thanks again Ben! (791 characters)

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

Thanks to Scott for this one!

A: Pours a deep black color with an extremely thick mocha colored head. Great head retention, reducing to a decent sized cap of foam for the duration. Thick, foamy lacing coats the side of the glass.

S: Nice aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little bit of coffee.

T: The taste has more chocolate in it, a nice combination of dark and bitter. A little bit of roasted malt on the back end with a slight coffee note.

M: Slightly thicker than medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A solid RIS, very drinkable. Lacks a little bit of oomph that would make it great, but very good nonetheless. (671 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over time. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger head of light tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, light hops, licorice, and coffee. A light to mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, some light licorice, toffee, coffee, and fudge. The chocolate note here is the most reminiscent note of real chocolate I've ever experienced in a beer; usually chocolate notes are merely cocoa. It's quite nicely balanced and built. I like it. Some layering is present. Complex enough. More hoppy than expected. The climax is a marvelous blend of licorice and chocolate. A caramel tone underlies the entire profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some dryness on the open and finish. Not too thick nor too thin, but never quite right. Not too sharp or overcarbonated. Could use far more cream and a bit more coarseness. Decently done as it is, but in need of fine tuning.

Dr/Ov: Very drinkable for the high ABV and the style. I like it a lot, but with some work it could be stellar. A nice imperial stout that is worthy of any beer fanatic's time and money. Bravo. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was black with a brown purpleish haze. About a finger of head. Brown purpleish lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled fairly malty, in order coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. Light citrus hops in there as well. Good balance.

Tasted coffee malts up front, followed by a rich dark chocolate. Surprisingly a bitter finish. Can definitely taste the alcohol.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average-lively (above average) carbonation. Not as bitter a finish as the taste, more of a smooth long finish.

Pretty good beer overall. Lately been digging the Russian Imperial Stouts. (641 characters)

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