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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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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 41
Gots: 35 | 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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gelasin, Sep 08, 2014
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nanobrew, Apr 17, 2012
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pkalix, Dec 07, 2013
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marine1975, Dec 26, 2012
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C_Roetting, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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hayesjw, Sep 26, 2012
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Rau71, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a small brown head that disappears quickly. Scent is very chocolatey with a hint of vanilla. I also get a bit of espresso and roasted aromas. A pretty strong malty profile. Taste is initially sweet milk chocolate which slowly fades to bitter dark chocolate. Some pleasant coffee flavors with a hint of hoppiness. I definitely pick up the caramel malt used. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied without being overly syrupy like a lot of imperial stouts tend to be. Drinkability is fairly high as alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Overall, this is a good offering from Drake's. I see BIG thing for this up-n-comin brewery in the future. P.S. I am aware that Drake's has been around for a while, it just seems like they're doing more things and expanding lately.

DovaliHops, Jul 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

billab914, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. The beer pours black with a wispy light beige head that disspates to almost nothing rather quickly. Spotty lace. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose, along with a bit of black licorice. Full, smooth body that falls a bit short on carbonation. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee along with a bit of plum. The finish is roasty with mild hops and coffee lingering. Pretty solid all around, although overall it falls short of the best-in-class Imperial Stouts out there.

Dogbrick, Nov 24, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

RWNay, May 09, 2013
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roblund, Nov 08, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Aug 02, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

currysage1, May 04, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
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
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from Mikeys01, on one of his many CA journeys. I'm definitely gonna miss you and the generous amounts of beer you bring back on your business trips! But, I know Denver is the place for you. Cheers, man!
The 500ml swingtop opens with a satisfying little pop, the beer pouring very, very dark chocolate brown. Cool, because the swing cap actually appears to be ceramic, rather than molded plastic. Not too common these days, even amongst the german imports. A generous sandy colored head on the pour, settling into an even, creamy coating. Sticky lacing. Smells of heady, well roasted coffee beans and ripe red apple initially, the aroma developing into a more alcohol fueled, modestly hopped, fruit driven brew. Notes of soft, translucent plum flesh. The flavor starts out surprisingly mild, drinking like a slightly stronger than average stout, rather than anything imperial. Roasty malts on the sweeter end overall, lacking much, if any intense charry bitterness in the finish I expect with these bad-boys. Much more toffee-like, actually very much so. Some smoky phenols, with a strong fresh fruit presence. Big plum flavor, mixed with sweet red grape. Fullish body, with brash carbonation that moves the flavor along perhaps a bit too quickly. A bit empty overall, particularly in the finish. With an hour's worth of breathing, the last half is about 100x better. Bigger, sweeter toffee and much improved carbonation, down to softer, more drinkable levels. This is not a flavor bomb as is par for american big beers, but it's well crafted and tasty enough. Pop the swingtop and let it sit for an hour, and it's pretty golden.

UnionMade, Aug 23, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Nearly no light passes, even when held up to the sun. A narrow, but rich mocha colored head appears. The head fades almost as quickly as it forms. The nose is nice--chocolate liquer with spent coffee grounds that emerge from time to time. I like the thick, creaminess, but the scrubbiness on the back of the tongue disrupts the smoothness of the mouthfeel just a little too much. Large flavors of chocolate liquer and notes of a mildly sour wood. The beer finishes quite dry, almost with a coffee acidity. It's a big ole imperial, but not a stupendous effort. Drake's has better offerings.

DocJitsu, Jun 25, 2012
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.