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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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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 33 | 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 hopdog


4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 14:17:35 | More by hopdog
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice and underrated Imperial Stout. Pours black with a nice thick tan head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some nice lacing. Has a good dose of hoppy bitterness in the aroma as well as a deep roastiness, some licorice, and some vinous notes at the end. Its a touch hot, but other than that very nice. Nice deep roasty notes and some nice deep bitter chocolate flavors as well as some late creaminess. Very nice flavors indeed, and although its a big beer, the heat is warming rather than harsh in the mouth. Nicely integrated while still intense. Smooth finish and relatively easy to drink, with a very nice lingering bitter chocolate finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 01:45:02 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of joe1510


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

I received this RIS from errantnight in yet another great trade, thanks Derek! Drake's RIS pours pitch black without a glint of light coming through the snifter. The soft pour produced two fingers of dense beige head that stuck around throughout the session. The carbonation crept up the sides of the glass to keep the hearty head rejuvenated and replace what was left behind as sticky lace after each drink.

Big roasty malts jump from the glass as soon as this beer is poured. Dark berries make a strong showing with dark chocolate and coffee grounds bringing up the rear. As this beer warms there's a strange hot rubber and rubbing alcohol combo that becomes noticeable. The roastiness still rules the roost but these strange aromas keep on popping up where they shouldn't. There's a little coffee and cream way back there.

The flavor of this beer is nothing like the aroma. The burnt rubber and fusel alcohol are non existent in the flavor while the coffee grounds pop. Thick, rich and dense dark chocolate coat the tongue while the roastiness and coffee grounds add some life and a touch of bitterness. The dark berries come through on the finish and make for a damn good RIS. I'm glad the flavor profile is so much different then the nose suggested.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. The body leans toward the heavier side while the carbonation is soft and mellow allowing this beer to work through slowly and coat the tongue. The alcohol leaves a touch of heat on the back of the throat.

This stout goes down pretty easy and the 500ml bottle isn't enough. Give me a few more ounces and I'll be a happy man.

Drake's RIS was on my "wants" list for a long time and I'm glad I finally got the chance to try it. I'd give this one another go around any day of the week. Thanks for hooking it up Derek!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:11:25 | More by joe1510
Photo of mj001jk


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and dark with a creamy hazelnut head. The aromas of chocolate, coffee and cream waft out of the glass. Lots of chocolate/caramel and thus very dessert-like on the nose.

Initially the foam is sweet and creamy but a dark beast of flavor is ready to be released as the sip rolls towards the back of my mouth. Full on roasted character with a sweet tinge, roasted marshmallows and hazelnut dip comes to mind.

The rich and coating flavors are nicely buffered by the freshness and lack of cloying character. Hops are subtle and do their magic as such. This is very easy to drink despite the knowledge that just a couple will put me out...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:27:10 | More by mj001jk
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee bean black with highlights that are just barely visible along the bottom edge of the glass... and then only with bright backlighting. A thick slab of brown sugar colored foam deposits finely pocked sheets of lace when it finally begins to fade.

The nose is impressively roasted and isn't especially hoppy. That's okay, Drake's doesn't need to hop the hell out of all their beer (although I wouldn't mind a bit). A slight power deficit might be remedied as the beer continues to warm.

Oddly enough, Imperial Stout lacks aggressiveness on the palate as well. It's still a good RIS, but the next highest score is not being seriously considered. Maybe a few more hop cones would have been the way to go. Either that or more roasted malt. Or, better yet, both.

The flavor is more reminiscent of roasted barley in general than cocoa or coffee per se. While there's nothing wrong with that, it gives the beer a pretty straightforward flavor profile. Let's go with melted Hershey bars, coffee with cream, vanilla and molasses. Okay, so maybe it isn't so simple after all.

The mouthfeel is fine... for a 7.0% stout. The lower than usual ABV (for the style) keeps things on the light side of average, keeps unmasked alcohol from spoiling the party, and keeps drinkability high.

Every one of the Drake's Brewing Company beers that I've reviewed so far has been impressive in one way or another. DIS may not be a gobsmacker of an RIS, but it's a worthwhile version that I'd love to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 15:27:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very murky, tan head, and faint hints of a red hue on the outer-most parts of the glass

S- Muted nose, that such of chocolate pop tarts

T- Marshmellow, chocolate, cocoa, raisen, over ripe cherry and a nice little chunk of bitter bight

M- Creamy and gorgeous. this beer is awesome.

D- Going to pick some more up tomorrow! the bottle is bad ass too!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 08:40:30 | More by slayer3604
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Thanks to flexabull for including this interesting RIS in the UGLY Duckling BIF, I really like the bottle too!

Pours a dark brown/black color with no light being able to penetrate, a great sized head that fades slowly to leave some patchy lacing, good retention.

Smell has a good roasted malt aroma, slight coffee presence, some dark fruit but very subtle.

Taste is mostly roasted malt, bit of a coffee bitterness in the aftertaste, decent creaminess but surprisingly a bit thin for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 23:07:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a real thin tan head. Nose is coffee and sickly sweet malts. Too sweet really. Flavor is nice and robust, yes. There is coffee, yes. But the sweetness of the whole thing is just too much of a kick in the mouth. There's also that odd almost citrus back tone. Feel is slick on liquid and the carbonation is lower but smooth. IMO this is lacking the right balance to be able to pull it off. Perhaps it needs some time to even out, but I guess I'll never know since this is the only bottle I have. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 12:34:24 | More by RblWthACoz
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bit sweet to start, robust in the middle almost like coffee, then a rush of hop and ruff alcohol at the end. a good siping beer that got better the warmer it got. this has a taste that stickes with you for awhile. i think that this one would make great french onion soup and would make a great complement to a big meal. try this one, it is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 15:16:27 | More by orcasteve
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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 07:22:17 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of Kegatron


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking little 500 ml flip top bottle into a Duvel snifter, filling it almost right to the top. Thanks to Bubba83 for this in a trade.

Pours a dense black with +1 fingers of dark tan head. A good looking retention leaves back some spotty and sticky lace. The aroma is a big ole' heavy waft of chocolate, molassas, roasted malts, and some heat.

The taste is thick chocolate sweetness up front that is balanced out by roasted malt bitterness and coffee character. It's not really too complex with the sweetness being dominant and the bitter notes being there to keep things in check. The mouthfeel of this is the one real disappointment for me. It just seems a bit thin, especially in comparison to the thickness of the flavor that it carries. Maybe being under 10% helps contribute to that, even though there is still a fair bit of (sometimes stinging) alcohol presence, especially as it warms.

This was a sturdy RIS from Drake's that despite a bit less of body than I would have liked and not being over complex, still managed to be a pleasant and quite drinkable experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 16:41:36 | More by Kegatron


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Only a half inch of leather brown head comes to be fading quickly to just a skim. Body is a thick deep blackness letting no light pass through. Nose is realatively soft but does have tones of smokey malt and molases and bacon fat. Enters the mouth incredibly smooth with notes of smoked malts, and a nice zesty sweet profile flavors are rich thick and robust really a meal in itself. A slight bitter dryness much like dark chocolate rounds out the mouthfeel. Well balanced and has decent complexity. Alchol is super well hidden. Roasty chocolate tones become more noticeable as it warms. Very nicely drinkable and a solid representitive of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 00:11:10 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of ibbjamin


3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid $4.99 for a bomber from City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a pint glass with 2 pours.

Has a plastic with rubber seal and metal mechanism to open the cork. Upon opening, a browinish substance was clearly evident on the bottom of the cork and on the inner rim of the bottle indicating the ingredients have started to separate. This beer is thick as molasses. A very, very dark brown, almost black beer with an almost non-existent tan head after an aggressive pour. The head consisted of some larger bubbles and dissipated quickly. Does not appear to be very carbonated. Small circles of lacing that do not last very long.

Strong aroma of oatmeal and caramel with hints of malt.

This beer definitely does not lack in the flavor department. Strong creamy malty oatmeal flavor. A hint of bitterness lasts after swallowing. A slightly complex flavor that is moderately balanced.

Full body. Thick and slightly grainy which in turn is lasting flavor. Light carbonation.

This beer is a meal in itself, packed full of flavor and a bounty of decent ingredients.

Overall, not entirely impressed. I'd would definitely try this again if a pub had this fresh on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:30:12 | More by ibbjamin
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown with a nice brown head. Lots of carbonation. Nose was imediately bombarded with chocolate, dark chocolate, some espresso and roasted malts. Taste was very smooth with a very abrupt chcolate flavor and ABV up front. It mellows out halfway through and finishes quite nice. Very good. Not a Speedway Stout or Abyss but it ranks up there with the best of them!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 19:09:34 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got from a trade with Maudite, thanks bro, you know I love the RIS.

Appearance is that of a lovely stout, Dark blackness, 1/2 inch of light, three finger khaki head, would have been bigger if I had poured more. Head is a little on the fizzy side for a stout, otherwise would have been a 5.

Dark fruits abound in the nose mixed with smaller amounts of creamy chocolate, caramel and pecans.

Taste is baking chocolate right off the bat with pipe tobacco. Leather and currants toward the end, with bitter coffee directly at the end.

Mouthfeel has a nice coating to it, good carbonation, more than most RIS.

Drinkability is high due it first off have good balance in the flavors but mostly because it hides the alcohol, low, very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 04:19:25 | More by currysage1
Photo of Zorro


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML flip-top bottle.

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a medium sized brown colored head.

The moment I popped this open I was hit in the nose with a blast of molasses and chocolate. Chocolate syrup and black strap molasses and some candy in the ethanol fumes. Bitter cocoa powder and KahlĂșa liqueur scent no strong coffee aromas though. Little bit of vanilla and caramel smell and that is about all.

The taste starts out sweet and strong chocolate and coffee with a black coffee finish. Sweet and bitter chocolate is the main flavor here with coffee and roast being mainly an after taste. Not real complex in flavor though.

Mouthfeel is very thick.

Drinkability isn't the best here, it is quite thick and the three-note flavor doesn't last much beyond a glass and then you are ready for something else.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 03:22:53 | More by Zorro
Photo of Bitterbill


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 22:32:08 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of bcm119


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep woody roasted malt aroma, hints of chocolate and black fruit. Starts out smooth and roasty, with pervasive chocolate flavors on a medium body mid-palate. Hops are unobtrusive but provide proper balance. Nice nuances of sherry and vinous raisins before the lengthy finish. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Pretty nice overall-- easy drinking and the flavors are spot-on; a little thinner than some and maybe not as complex as others. Quite tasty on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 02:32:56 | More by bcm119
Photo of tonistruth


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep brown, near black, no head though in the right glass, still an impressive looking brew

S- dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee

T- roasted and burnt malts, bittering dark chocolate, cocoa, with a brownie like aftertaste

M- smooth and creamy

D- delicious imperial stout, great mouthfeel, complex, one of my new faves, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 06:51:19 | More by tonistruth
Photo of charlzm


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

Consumed on 7/7/7 - was my lucky day!

Beer pours from bottle very dark with a surprisingly abundant tan foam head.

Aroma has expected scents of chocolate, coffee and hints of leather and soy sauce.

The initial feeling in the mouth is silky smoothness with alcohol warmth present. There is a subtle sweetness that is almost overwhelmed by the bitter coffee/chocolate and soy flavors.

The alcohol warmth lingers on the palate almost as long as the moderately bitter aftertaste.

All in all, a large beer that does not disappoint: a good example of imperial Russian stout. Compares favorably with Stone and Alesmith iterations of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 07:19:20 | More by charlzm
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Ontario (Canada)

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

500 ml swingtop bottle, shared by grub!

Pours an opaque black, huge brown head forms, good retention, drops some pretty chunky lace. Smell is lactic, a bit sour, chocolate, roast, caramel and bread, coffee, a bit acidic, oaky, pretty interesting, smells almost like a baltic porter. Taste is sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, nice roast, caramelized fruits, vanilla, sour lactic oak finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty silky mouthfeel. Interesting RIS, pretty solid. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 20:40:18 | More by Viggo
Photo of DogFood11


4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flip top 500ml dark bottle. Poured with some power it forms a modest blow bubble type head. Head is solid khacki and leaves some ring lace.

Coffee hits me up front. This has a bourbon type barrel age feel and taste to it. Whiskey dry and snappy finish. Smoked Wood and pine dry kendling. Heavy.

Notes: To me this is borderline imperial. Kick ass offering that is light on the hops and leans heavily towards a BIG stout. Loved it. Drakes continues to impress and when I see it on the shelves its a must buy.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 06:43:57 | More by DogFood11
Photo of JDV


3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour with big brown fluffy head in a snifter. Lots of staying head and lacing. Smells hoppy, roasted dark malt, and smells like it will be bitter. Alcohol comes out more as it sits, which I tend to hate in any beer. Taste is fairly muted for what I expected. Taste is dark roastiness, licorice, quite mild bitterness, alcohol, and a medium lengthed finish. Smooth, but strong. Ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:35:47 | More by JDV
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer glugs out of the bottle a nice dark caramel color with 2 fingers of mocha colored foam.

Smells of chocolate malts, toffee, butterscotch, a bit of coffee, roasted barley, caramel, cocoa and a tangy citrus hop profile. I'm also getting a faint aroma of dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste has lots of roasted barley upfront, toasted/burnt bread, bitter chocolate, chocolate malts, and a bit of a cocoa finish. Good but not complex.

The mouthfeel is mostly smooth except for a little bitterness and dryness at the end, maybe from the roasted barley. A bit of alcohol and grains in the finish as well. Wish the finish was a little more robust.

Overall, I'd say it's a good example of an imperial stout, not my favorite but a solid brew nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 23:31:07 | More by seaoflament
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Ontario (Canada)

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

fartingdog hooked me up with this one. thanks dave!

500ml swingtop. sampled feb 1/08.

pours opaque dark brown, not quite black, with a big dense brown head. the head drops very slowly and leaves tons of clumpy lace behind.

aroma is good. light roast. bakers chocolate. light coffee. bit of lactic sourness. caramel. bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. milk chocolate. light fruity esters.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. nice caramel sweetness. bit of nice citrus sweetness too - orange and tangerine. big bready malt. earthy hops. bit of baltic-like sourness. light roast. coffee. bittersweet and dark chocolate. touch of toffee. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. pretty smooth medium carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. not overly roasty or astringent. nice balance. i like the interesting citrus sweetness and touch of sourness. i could gladly drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 03:11:48 | More by grub
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