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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 43
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout - 8.75% ABV, 40 IBUS
A big, malty beast of a beer that exemplifies the way we roll here at Drake's. Two-row malt is blended with Chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark Crystal malts to make up the grist. Only one hop addition, Columbus, is added for bittering, allowing the abundance of malt in this beer to shine through. Enjoy the dense brownish head, the silky maltiness, and flavors of licorice, coffee and chocolate, rounded out with a slightly dry finish. here's to those who don't fear the mighty!

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-20-2003)
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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

tonistruth, Mar 06, 2008
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.

charlzm, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Viggo
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!

Viggo, Feb 22, 2008
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.

DogFood11, Feb 17, 2008
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.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
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.

seaoflament, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of grub
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.

grub, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to fartingdog for this brew

A - as expected, this stout pours a dark black with a finger and a half of chocolate milk colored head, even when held up to light, nothing penetrates

S - sharp coffee aroma notes hit first, followed by a bittersweet chocolate that balances it, and..wait... a slight banana aroma as well

T - immediately ahuge cloying sourness never hits, but gets big, then fades into a bittersweet chocolate with some coffee beans and ends with a smoky sweet stouty goodness

M&D - all in all a high quality stout, very tasty and easy to drink, one of the better RIS i have ever had, not to over the top with a great amount of flavor

sinstaineddemon, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a motor oil black with some coffee highlights.

Smells on tap much better, I cant get much of a way of smell on this one. Some chocolate, some alcohol. Had it a couple weeks ago on tap and remember it smelling great.

Tastes good, not much carbonation, burnt coffee, cocoa, sweet dark sugars taste. Great beer.

Like drake discovering the entrance to the san francisco bay, discover this beer for yourself and all humanity.

Murchmac, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of dbalsock
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: This is a great looking beer. The small head increases once I finish pouring, cascading down the sides. It's dark tan, like a light chocolate sufflee(sp). THe body is black as night, and the head never seems to leave it's top.

Smell: Drik fruity malts, like dried chocolate covered strawberries. HInt of biscuit and a little coffee too.

Taste: Follows the smell with the dark fruity malts, but more caramel and more of a hop presence. There's more butteriness too, that mixes well with the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, silky and a little lighter bodied than I'm used to in a ris, that makes the alcohol feel a little more present.

Drinkability: If I could get this in the area regularly, I would be buying it all the time.

dbalsock, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of lpayette
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, thanks to my friend and fellow BA dbalsock for sending me this beer.

Poured into a snifter with almost no carbonation and a complete lack of head... not sure why looking at other reviews. Black, but I've seen darker. some ruby hues.

Not much in the way of smell, but the taste and mouthfeel is what I love. It's surprisingly complex and smooth. This is not your typical malt and hop bomb darker is better stout. Highly drinkable for the style, and very enjoyable.

lpayette, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of BlindPig
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- 1" mocha head on a black body.
S- Really big chocolate up front, light burnt malts, coco, light grass hops, and a hint of alcohol.
T- Nice strong chocolate and roasted flavor up front. A mocha flavor comes in for the aftertaste with the chocolate still lingering around. Some grass hops leave just a light bitterness on the tongue and the alcohol warms up back of the throat a bit. A light cream flavor also comes through. A nice malt combination on this one.
M- Full body with some silky cream feel to it. Low carbonation.
D- I think this is a really nice stout. Just nice and heavy on the chocolate and light on the burnt and roasted flavors for the aftertaste. The mouthfeel on this one really helps bring it together even more so too.

BlindPig, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of esch
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This is what I'm talking about. Super dark, turns an awesome ruby color when held to the light.

S: Roasty-toasty cereal grains, barely coffee. Hints of sweetness.

T: Dark chocolate, good bitterness from the roasted malts.

M: Disappointing. Suffers from lack of body. Doesn't linger in the mouth at all.

D: Over all, this is a solid beer. A bit steep in the ABV dept to have more than one in a sitting...

esch, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of rsyberg01
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S - 500 mL bottle courtesy of Rayjay, who is a total dude.

A - Pours black with a chocolate fluffy head, freakin' beautiful

S - chocolate, molasses, tobacco, toasted nut, caramel, slight fruityness.

T - nutty, roasty, fruity, almost tangy in some ways, caramel, a malt lovers dream.

M - smooth, viscous, yes.

D - 8.5% is a hole in the ship, you cant pick it up in the nose or taste, but dammit it will knock you down.

rsyberg01, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of mentor
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Plastic-sealed flip-top glass bottle. Pours a thin layer of brown head that quickly settles to a scant ring around the top of the liquid. Liquid was dark brown during the pout, but pitch when held to light in the glass. Smells creamy milky chocolate and some vegetal. Alcohol, cherry sour, and chocolated coffee.

Tastes thin chocolate, alcohol, vegetal, coffee, and some cherry sour. Some hop grasiness that doesn't mix well with the alcohol. Wet sweet wins out over contributing dry roasty grain and some hop grassy rough. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste, almost like cocoa powder. Md body and thin mouthfeel. Flat from lack of carbonation is unpleasant.

mentor, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Pitch black, dark colored head is large and quickly subsides though a bit it is retained well.
S: Roasted. There is an undetectable aroma standing right in the middle that I can't identify - like a dim star. Coriander! I had to look away or just next to it to identify it. A little alcohol aroma as well.
T: Well balanced coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.
M: The carbonation waned after 10 minutes. It was still there but not active.
D: More like a regular stout. More please!

dfillius, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at City Beer Store in San Fran. Pours big and creamy looking with a firm compact head. Odor of chocolate, haxlenut, fudge and vanilla. Taste of chocolate fudge milkshakes. Maybe even more chocolate flavor than i prefer in an imperial stout. Some yeastiness and a bit of weak coffee. Mouthfeel is extremely robust and creamy. Amazingly sort and delicate, almost velvety...in this aspect, the beer is perfect. Overall, not a complex imperial stout, but well crafted, just too much chocolate for my taste. A good example of one direction the style can trend towards.

aforbes10, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - Jet black, mocha head leaves fast. Thin clinging lace.

S - Dark roasted barley, coffee.

T - Yum. Coffee, sweet dark malt, and, as another one wrote, chocolate milk. I get it too. Cool. Hops are hard to discern.

M - Medium. Kinda light for the style.

D - I like it. Just not all night.

srandycarter, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with mahogonay highlights and a very thin tan head that disappeared immediately.

S - Coffee, creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt and some dark fruits buried underneath.

T - Roasted malt is the dominant flavor and gives off a coffee taste at times. Chocolate milk follows with a hint of a tannin like flavor that lingers on the tongue. The tannin flavor reminds of of stouts that have been aged in wine barrels although I know this one hasn't. Some piney hops come through in the finish.

M - Good carbonation but fairly thin an imperial stout. The piney hops create a dry finish.

D - The abv is well hidden. A bit on the light side but still solid.

brewcrew76, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fartingdog for this brew. Pours with not much head. Big smell of coffee. Big coffee & malty taste with a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth. Not much booze to the taste so it is drinkable. A solid brew from a very underrated brewery IMO. Recommended.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter. Jet black body with a luxurious 3 finger head that rises in perfect proportion to the rim of the glass. Moderate cocoa colored lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate, dark fruit.

T: Again, dark chocolate. The aromatic dark fruit manifests as a distinct black cherry note in the taste. Finish is roasty but not burnt and a tiny bit lactic. Not terribly complex but seamless and tasty.

M: Body is just a bit thin for a RIS but the carbonation is spot-on. Well-blended flavors contribute to a nice overall smoothness.

D: Tasty without regressing to booziness with warmth, smooth and sweet. A very drinkable RIS.

illidurit, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle (2007) poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours the darkest of brown hues, accompanied by an amazingly thick layer of brown creamy, dense head that is mostly sustained, tendrils of lacing on the glass
S- Nose is sweet chocolate, light coffee, and alcohol, some dark fruits and caramel in there too
T- Initial taste is light milk chocolate mixed with espresso, transitions to some roast malts and dark fruits before the slightly bitter finish
M- Full-bodied, creamy texture, subtle to moderate carbonation
D- A surprisingly creamy and smooth IRS, this lacks the boldness and punch typical of this genre, the alcohol is well-masked and it is fairly well-balanced, this would be good when you're in the mood for something in between a typical stout and more complex IRS's
Buy again? Probably
Personal score- 85/100

Stoneman78, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CELLARED – This is a 2005 vintage that I popped in Nov 2007, so it’s probably a bit over two years old.

Appearance – This stout is black as night with a small, ashy head that showed great retention.

Smell – The roasted malt smells are damn near perfect. They are dripping with liquid sugar. The sugars are very complex consisting of table, brown, and some heavy raw unsulphored cane.

There’s a deep chocolate liquor aroma as well. It is refined and perfectly suited for this brilliant bouquet.

Taste – The flavors really sweeten up at the taste. The malts are big and roasty but not harsh and bitter. The sugars tamed the while beast. The chocolate alcohol notes bring it all together giving this RIS a sense of royal regalness.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied and incredibly smooth. The alcohol has a strong presence but is not stingy.

RoyalT, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce swing top bottle, last one from BevMo in Redlands, guy said they sold out in a couple days

Pour a dark brown color with a huge tan foamy head into a large glass mug

Smell was chocolate and toffee

Too cold to make any distinctions at first, so let warm and found that it was very sweet with coffee hints

Could drink a few of these, but not too many

Floydster, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of pure dark chocolate with some light bitter hops is interesting. Taste is dominated by some strong dark chocolate notes with some subtle dry coffee notes and not as much hops as I was expecting from the aroma. Body is full with some low to medium carbonation and no alcohol could be detected.

Phyl21ca, Sep 14, 2007
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.