Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout - Drake's Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.
Appearance: Pours a nice rich dark brown/black. Small tan head is creamy with decent retention. Small splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.
Smell: Loaded with licorice and cocoa. Nice roasted barley coupled with some sweet caramelized malts. A hint of dark fruit with a huge chocolate malt backbone. Breadybwith a touch of alcohol on the back. Some blackberry and old coffee beans. A touch of burnt malt as well. Minimal hopping with a faint herbal/citrus component. Very sweet, but not sugary or overbearing.
Taste: Slightly burnt with cocoa and a ton of bitter baker's chocolate. Deeply roasted with some caramel and chocolate malt. Some milky chocolate and chocolate cake. Hops are light and offer some herbal touches. Slight touches of char and dark fruit. Dark cherry with some blackberry Warming tamps down on some of the sweetness and pushes a bunch more cocoa. Burnt with some char. Oh, and a ton of licorice.
Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
A nice imperial stout. A good balance of malt flavors with a good depth. Warming allows it to really show it's depth. I'm going to need a few bottles for aging.
09-14-2013 22:20:34 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Shout-out to magictacosinus for sending me this beer back in April. Split with Goblinmunkey7.
Appearance: Dark, dark brown, borderline black - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, leaves a few streaks of lacing
Smell: Chocolate, chocolate everywhere - nicely roasty and lightly burnt - an abundance of chocolate malts, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate - roasty notes impart some nice coffee - not the most complex or intense RIS, but it's really good for what it is
Taste: In a word, mocha - tons of chocolate, in every sense of the word - dark, lightly burnt, dry chocolate malts - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and some milk chocolate - roasty malts and coffee - some caramel and some molasses - some hoppy notes, with some citrus and herbal notes (I'm guessing this would be hoppier if I were drinking it fresh) - alcohol is decidedly not apparent
Mouthfeel: Medium, which is definitely late for the style, with some nice carbonation, very nice, dry finish
Overall: Worthy of the adjective "Drakonic"
This is not the most burly, intense, or complex imperial stout. But it's quite good for what it is. There a ton of chocolate and roasty character. I would be happy to drink this again.
09-14-2013 22:19:27 | More by angrybabboon
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.