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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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88
very good

379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color but, uh-oh, there is no head

Smell: Rich dark mocha aroma with some cereal undertones

Taste: Starts out with a black bread flavor that adds some coffee bitterness and chocolate elements, mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are primarily bittersweet chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but flat

Drinkability: Despite the plastic wrapper around the swing top being intact, somehow this beer lost all of its carbonation; the flavors were nice but it lacked some complexity that I would expect from an Imperial Stout

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 00:59:21 | More by brentk56
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Winter

Wisconsin

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

2006 vintage.

C- Black with a thick tan head.

A- Chocolate malt, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, with a nice vinous quality to it.

M- Luscious and full-bodied.

T- Roasted barley, chocolate malt and caramel upfront. The vinous middle has notes of dark fruit throughout. Finish borders on being dry, yet it has a more layered dark chocolate flavor to it. Hop bitterness adds a nice balance to the dark chocolate tones.

D- This was rather enjoyable and an amazingly easy drinking beer for an Imperial Stout. The 8.75% abv is nearly undetectable.

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen. Thanks for the hook-up!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 19:18:15 | More by Winter
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 22:27:05 | More by msubulldog25
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Luchman

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Came out the bottle cola colored, but looks black in the glass. A big fluffy, cocoa colored head sits on top and actually stays for some time.

S: Chocolate and hops hit the nose first. Some roasted coffee,light molasses, and toffee is also found. Those grassy, earthy hops smell pretty strong in this one, and I strangely like it. Smells good.

T: Chocolate hits tongue first, with roasted malts and hops following. Also has some burntness to it in the end. Another pretty hoppy stout that leaves a subtle bite on the tongue and ends semi dry. I can dig it.

M: Pretty good. A nice medium/full body with a creamy carbonation to it. Nice.

D: Not too bad at all. Flavors mix together wonderfully. Easy drinking and alcohol is completely hidden. Nothing overpowering and nothing off the wall. Check it out if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 05:12:53 | More by Luchman
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GClarkage

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/18/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz swingtop bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip. Note: This beer is not retired.

Appearance- Pitch black as a good stout should be. Larger than life dirty brown head of which a full 1/4 inch remains for the duration. Takes a full 10 minutes to get the entire beer into the glass with the exception of a few sips beforehand. Decent lace sheets prevail.

Smell- Very dark and roasted malt. Burnt chocolate and burnt coffee grounds...smells somewhat bitter as well.

Taste- Not as dark as the nose, but not far from it. Deep roasted and smoked malt. Deep coaco flavor and roasted coffee beans as well. Also I get some kind of mild sour fruity note. Seems like raspberry or something. Not sure if this is an off taste, or it was meant to be like this. The flavor isn't bad and it works in this case. A small amount of hoppy bitterness makes itself know at the end.

Mouthfeel- Fairly smooth with a tight carbonation which is about moderate for an RIS. Light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Perfectly acceptable RIS. Good amount of flavor and pretty drinkable as well. Drake's usually doesn't fail.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 23:23:02 | More by GClarkage
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to skinnyelvis for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a jolly roger jet black color with a one and a half mocha toffee cappuccino colored head. Excellent retention all around with a lot of sticky lacing.
S: Coffee and nestle chocolate syrup aromas. Robust roasted malt. Hints of dark fruit. Coffee and chocolate become more bold as it warms.
T/M: Bitter coffee flavors. Unsweetened chocolate with a hint of tangy fruit--almost like chocolate covered raspberries. Dark fruit notes are quite apparent. Leafy hop bitterness on the tongue in the finish with a roasted malt aftertaste. Smooth with the perfect level of carbonation.
D: Silky smooth and surprisingly easy drinking. Higher abv is completely hidden. Quite enjoyable to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 01:08:56 | More by bjohnson
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

500 ml bottle. The liquid is as black as pitch with a 2 finger head over top that falls to a full coating. Few small bubbles work to the surface. The aroma on this one is fantastic. It smells like a milk chocolate espresso. It is incredibly robust. Taking a sip, I find a massive chocolate flavor that moves to a coffee ice cream flavor and finishing again with the chocolate. This beer is rich and as tasty as they come. As it warms a nice mild piney hop is apparent and adds a nice dimension. Mouthfeel is moderate but still silky smooth and with a very fine carbonation. This is an incredible beer. The harmony in aroma and flavor is sublime. I must have more.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 05:44:31 | More by kmpitz2
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RidiculedDisplay

California

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

Still not sure why this is listed as retired. Maybe I didn't pay attention, but I've seen a few thread topics on the subject and it never seems to have gotten resolved. If the BA guides know something we don't, it would be nice to at least put something in the BA notes explaining that this is, perhaps, just still widely available despite not being brewed any longer.

The bottle's "Pint a Day Keeps..." slogan implied to me that Drake's brewers thought this RIS was better served in a pint glass than a snifter/oversized wine glass/etc. Therefore, this got poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Swing cork pops off nicely and produces some emanating chill haze. Pours with a nicely sized finger and half head, which is on the lighter side of the tan spectrum for a stout. Settles eventually into a half-finger. Lacing is intermittent, but produces some nice draping arm like patterns when it catches. The body is a solid, solid shade of black, pretty much completely opaque. A nice looking stout, and I'm not one to laud stouts for their appearance.

Smell: A nice, perhaps slightly toned down RIS. Nutmeg and cream, cork-y characteristics on the front end with a faint hop character. Some yeast funk. Dark and milk chocolates, caramel, butterscotch-ish hints, and dark fruits lie beneath. There are all, again, slightly toned down on the RIS "spectrum," but still very balanced and pleasing.

Taste: A nice cream front end again, which I really enjoy - usually I detect some coconut/cream aromas and flavors in stouts, but they usually lie beneath. Chocolate, that cork-y woodiness again, very slight bitterness on the tongue. Some hints of coffee and nutmeg, but I detect less coffee in this one than is perhaps "normal." Still, on the back end, it is there, in a sort of flavor impart of how fresh coffee beans smell. Very nice. Still a bit toned down for an RIS, but it's decidedly more assertive here than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: JUST the right amount of carbonation. At first I thought it might be edging on too much, but it dissipates nicely in the mouth in a small fizz. Perhaps thin for an RIS, but I think that you really have to search hard to make a firm basis for that complaint.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an RIS, and overall a very good RIS offering. The notes are tuned down a bit here, yes, but not as much as, say, a Big Bear Black Stout, in my opinion. Still, that might not be a fair comparison, as this, unlike the Big Bear, does not have a hoppy character per se.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 04:45:13 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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rallison

California

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temp from a 500ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Nice, dark black (although not thick looking like some Imperial Stouts) with a 2 finger tan head that lasts nicely throughout the full 500ml.

S: Smells of milk chocolate and a bit of coffee.

T: Very nice. I kept enjoying this more and more. Milk chocolate definitely, some coffee (more of the sweeter type), and a sort of red wine like characteristic. Sort of like a lighter imperial stout that had been aged in red wine barrels. Very nicely balanced. It's unique, and quite enjoyable.

M: Lighter mouthfeel than most imperials, but it works nicely with this. The flavors are pronounced and distinct enough, and there is a nice level of carbonation, so this mouthfeel helps it from being too thick.

D: As I drank more, I kept wanting to drink even more. This is one of the most drinkable imperial stouts I have had.

Highly recommended. A nice, unique take on an imperial stout. I just picked this up today, and am bummed to find it retired. Guess I'll have to pick up a few more while I can!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 05:29:51 | More by rallison
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dirtylou

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml flip-top bottle obtained from one of my west coast compadres, either lou91 or irishsnake (may his BA tenure RIP)

A pint a day keeps the scurvy away

appearance: pours into a chalice...dark, opaque mahogany body with a huge foamy/creamy mocha head. wonderful retention and lacing left behind. a delicious looking stout

smell: creamy chocolate body, strong roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light underlying hopping - pretty good

taste: certainly on the lighter end of the imperial stout spectrum, which doesnt have to be a bad thing, and not everything needs to be compared to something like an expedition stout. Body and taste very reminiscent of chocolate milk - light roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light sweet underlying hopping...mmm

mouthfeel: light, but very silky and creamy; see chocolate milk comment above. light alcohol warming noticeable in the followthrough

drinkability: high

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 00:38:09 | More by dirtylou
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blackie

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 03:27:01 | More by blackie
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1-24-2012:

Been a while since I tried this one. This has become quite good, or maybe it always was and I didn't just realize it back in 2007. I'm more inclined to think that the brewery has refined the beer, since most Drake's beers have improved drastically in the past year The nose has an equal presence of cocoa and toasted malt, and there's a slight undercurrent of cherry and charred malt. The palate offers more of the same, perhaps a touch less nutty, but pleasantly roasted and chocolatey, just slightly ashy (in a nice, cigar-like way), with a near ideal amount of bitterness coming from both the dark malts and the hops. The body is spot-on for the style and ABV.

01-31-2007:

4/3.5/3.5/4/4

Dark and opaque with a faint but lingering head. This has a fairly standard character for an imperial stout; roasted malt, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee come through strongly in the taste and smell, with some moderately present hops in the background. The alcohol is somewhat noticable, though not harsh in any way. Good body for the style - full, but not overly so, moderate carbonation and quite drinkable. While this isn't the most impressive or complex RIS I've had, it's still very enjoyable and I'd definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 03:25:26 | More by largadeer
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WetCoaster

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*Cellared for nine months

Appearance: Deep brown with a surprisingly high carbonation level. Creamy, frothy light brown head with good retention. Sorta looks like a stout version of Duvel.

Smell: Raisins and chocolate out the wazoo.

Taste: Smoke, coffee, chocolate, raisins, brown bread and surprisingly assertive hops. Bitter roasted coffee bite and hop at the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and the carbonation is ON, very crisp for a RIS.

Drinkability: Nice, but not the decadent, syrupy treat I like. A bit light, but I must admit it tastes really good. Guess it's no more, but worth picking up if you find some.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 06:29:51 | More by WetCoaster
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BradBLR

California

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark chocolate color with almost no light being seen through it. The head was a very dark brown that was very think and lasted the entire beer with great lacing. The aroma of this beer was a little weak for an imperial stout, but there were hints of toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a slight hint of hops.

The taste of this beer was pretty good. A nice malty flavor with hint of toasted malt and a slight hint of coffee. The was a fair amount of hops at the end, but nothing that would blow you away. The mouthfeel was pretty good with a good amount thickness, but the CO2 was a little too strong. Not the smoothest RIS I've had, but not bad.

All in all not a bad beer and it cam in a 16.9 oz. bottle, so it was easy to drink this at one sitting and not get too hammered. If your are in to RIS's give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 20:14:52 | More by BradBLR
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my Secret Santa 06 Fartingdog for sending this beer. The beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very solid black. No ruby opaqueness noted to light. The head is a dark tan about 2 fingers high. The head retention could have been better; however, the beer left thick rings of lacing on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a pleasantly funky espresso and bitter sweet cocoa smell. This combines well with a boozey anise and vanilla support.

Taste: The beer leads with hop bitterness. This gives way to an execellent espresso and cocoa combination. The beer delivers loads of roasted and toasted flavors. The beer has a bit of a funky floral pine acidic finish. This is a dam tasty beer! I suspect I may have drank this a bit green.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is on the plus side of medium bodied. The beer has a pleasingly clingy oily character. This oilyness prolongs the flavor very nicely. This should have been a fine sipper of a beer. Sadly this beer left my glass far to rapidly. I would definately welcome more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 10:38:59 | More by nlmartin
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained from boolshot and Marvz curtousy the greatest BIF ever....Double Trouble BIF.
Pours BLACK, with a nice 4" chocolate colored head. Head recedes and holds at 1/2". Lot's of sticky lacing that covers the glass and hangs around until I finish the beer.
Had to let the beer warm a bit before I got much of an aroma. Even then it took several good swirls to distinguish the smells. Smell's faint, but pleasant. Chocolate and coffee with the empasis on the chocolate. Also a nice roasted aroma.
The taste starts our with a sharp roasted flavor that is quickly followed with some milk chocolate. Coffee in the middle and the beer is somewhat acidic, but this does not detract from the flavor in the least. Nice piney hoppy finish. Wow those west coast brewers will put a piney hoppiness in anything. In this particular case in certainly adds to the beer.
The mouthfeel is creamy and filling. Can also feel a bit of burn from the alcohol as it goes down, but just a bit.
This is a sipping beer that I finished way too fast. What does that say about the drinkability.
Over all this is a very good beer that I previously was unaware of. Thanks Marvz and boolshot for selecting such excelent brews for our BIF.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 03:44:43 | More by wcudwight
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WestSideThreat for this one.

Nice cool looking bottle.

Nice pop when opened, pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, huge tan foamy head which lasts a long time, tons of islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of roasted malts, slight hops, chocolate, and coffee. A very nice tasty brew, mostly of roasted malts and coffee. The finish is slightly dry with a nice hop bite. Medium body, well rounded. Very drinkable, a nice offering from Drake's, would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 01:16:30 | More by Wasatch
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 13:32:31 | More by merlin48
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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

Poured 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 effervescent 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 18:23:20 | More by CRJMellor
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Westsidethreat

California

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

Love the bottle, with a little sound like a cork gun...there goes the top.

A: Into the snifter it goes. Appears somewhat thing but very dark in nature. The head is K-I-L-L-E-R! Looks like a dark beige sponge cake resting peacefully on top of the ebony body...this head isn't going anywhere.

S: Chocolate milk, minor astringent sourness, raw brownie dough and minor coffee.

T: Begins with a health blend of dark roasted grains and creamy milk chocolate. Aggresive hops hit the tip of the tongues but most of the flavor has been silenced by strong roasted barley. Underlying simple sour chocolate impression rules this beer, hard to put my finger on it exactly. Finishes with strong chocolate covered espresso bean tastes.

M: Bit too carbonated across the tongue, froth seems to spring forth once the beer crosses the palate. Full bodied and soothing mouthfeel once I swirled some of the carbonation out.

D: Great beer, very tasty. Beautiful appearance. Touch more depth would have pushed this one over the edge.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 04:47:42 | More by Westsidethreat
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flexabull

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep black color, with a nice retaining tan head. Good looking beer.

Aromas are a bit of an odd mix. Slightly vegetal, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of hops on the nose... interesting.

Taste is hot of alcohol up front. Some coffee in the middle, and finishes with a chocolate malt character. Very nice, flavors are balanced well and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very full flavored, and the tastes really linger and hit your mouth.

This beer is drinkable, I'd certainly drink another some other time, but I wouldn't want to have 2 in one night. A very good example of the Imperial Stout style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 05:52:53 | More by flexabull
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mcallister

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown/brick with hints of mahagony. A nice inch mocha head fluffy and retentive appears and fades into a solid film around the glass.

There are a plethora of smells in this RIS. Lead by a roasty maltiness, with a big dose of black licorice, black currant, bitter hop aroma, smoked peet, mollasses, and hints of earthy aromas, with a rustic leathery aspect.

Damn good solid stout. Again the mid palate and long finish are dominated with a roasted malt with dark chocolate abound. Anise, black currant, hints of toffee, smoke, earth, leather, nicely bittering hops on the finish, great balance, depth and complexity. A big full mouthfeel but definitely a sipper. This is a manly masculine brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:56:24 | More by mcallister
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml swingtop bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

It pours a really dark brown, almost black with a nice two inch head that forms. It looks like the perfect glass of beer.
The aroma isn't really strong or overpowering. I really had to get into this beer to pull some aromas out of it. I get a very subtle coffee, dark chocolate and some kind of minty smell.
Taste is sublime. Very well balanced and even more smooth. Exactly what I enjoy in my stouts. The coffee is well done. It doesn't dominate the taste, but compliments it. The flavors flow well, and the finish is smooth and doesn't coat your mouth like other stouts that I've had.
Which makes this a very sessionable beer.
A very delicious beer. Could drink this one all the time. Extra thanks to Boolshot for sending me this gem.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 00:48:39 | More by FtownThrowDown
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BeerRun13

California

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish brown that can just be seen at the sides. A small dark tan head falls to a ring and leaves some lace.
Roasty malt, toffee, and a touch of fruitiness in the nose.
Definately has a fruity roasty malt background, but a soy sauce like flavor is very evident... I've heard this description used in several reviews, but this is my first encounter with it.
Full bodied. Moderate to high carbonation. Kind of a sharp bite at the swallow... not like an alcoholic bite, but more of an acidic twang.
I have a strong feeling that this was a one time affair.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 23:34:02 | More by BeerRun13
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Jredner

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of my wife. Aroma is strong with a mix of dark roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, coffee and espresso, dark fruits and fudge brownies. Very intense. Body is a deep black and supports a creamy mocha head that is slightly bubbly and mostly creamy and lasting. smooth fore is chocolate, cocoa and burnt raisin...this is followed by bitter burnt malt and black coffee notes. some lingering dark chocolate and fruit sweetness in the finish balance the bitter middle ranges and reinforce the bitter/sweet flavor juxtaposition. Solid Impy.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 01:27:54 | More by Jredner
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
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