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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
88
very good

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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cjw333

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-17-2013 06:39:46 | More by cjw333
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davegray

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-16-2013 08:10:39 | More by davegray
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NWer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-15-2013 20:46:49 | More by NWer
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-14-2013 04:24:50 | More by jaydoc
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JSchock7

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-12-2013 08:51:52 | More by JSchock7
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-10-2013 14:57:00 | More by NYR_Rob
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-09-2013 03:18:27 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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lehueve

Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-04-2013 19:11:07 | More by lehueve
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CesarLopes

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-27-2013 22:27:38 | More by CesarLopes
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-12-2013 18:33:55 | More by mendvicdog
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-10-2013 23:58:17 | More by leftoverburrito
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dav2080

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-03-2013 15:51:18 | More by dav2080
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EB1

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

09-28-2013 21:20:18 | More by EB1
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-28-2013 16:38:32 | More by Beerswag
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fredmugs

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-22-2013 21:37:16 | More by fredmugs
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C_Roetting

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-19-2013 20:09:28 | More by C_Roetting
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Overall: Pseudomilitant.

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:20:34 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/14/13

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:19:27 | More by angrybabboon
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kurt5316

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-12-2013 03:40:59 | More by kurt5316
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-08-2013 14:55:59 | More by SocalKicks
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Soto

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-06-2013 23:58:59 | More by Soto
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shand

Florida

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

Drake's Drakonic is a tasty, more traditional RIS. It's a little lighter than some of the competition, with a higher level of carbonation and big chocolate flavors that balance out the roastiness. It's not the most interesting beer in the world, but Drake's seems to favor drinkability in their recipes and this has it in spades.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 05:18:21 | More by shand
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-25-2013 14:10:27 | More by mdillon86
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-25-2013 01:17:42 | More by BGsWo22
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Bubbles

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-24-2013 17:01:10 | More by Bubbles
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.