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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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very good

428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 42
Gots: 38 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-20-2003

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!
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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark as sin with a nice, creamy brown head. lacing is thorough and complete.. lots of cascading sludge left behind as i drink this little ditty thanks to irishsnake. probably the most cocoa-y smelling imperial stout i've ever had, accented by a slight toffee creaminess and glazed carrot hint. mouthfeel is great- creamy with airy carbonation, mixing in with a hoppy sting and palatable overall. flavor resembles a creamed coffee bomb.. very bitter with ground beans and burnt malt husks.. hops are all around this beer though, and add little more than a nice botanical freshness to an already-aged beer.

very easy to drink and the perfect abv for a RIS. perfect age too.. this is a beer to savour yet goes down like silk milkshakes. thanks for this brew, john, its friggin awesome.

Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer. Pours 10w40 black with a small but thick tan head. Heavy aroma of coffee, baker's chocolate, and cappucino. So many flavors that are balanced perfectly. The crystal malt and chocolate are dominant, but don't overshodow the coffee, oatmeal, and the mild hops. This only got better as the beer warmed. A huge, thick mouthfeel. One of the best.

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!

Photo of dwilson01
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass. It pours well, super thick and motor oil black topped with a creamy mocha brown head.

The smell is intensely chocolatey, like sweet milk chocolate with no bitterness to it at all. The roasted malts also add a tad of coffee scent which only heightens the allure of this brew for me.

The taste follows quite will from the nose. It's got a strong dominant chocolate input as well as a tad of coffee. The effect is almost like a mocha with a ton of extra chocolate in there.

The mouthfeel is very telling of an imperial stout, the heaps of malt thrown in this guy give a creamy, rich, thick brew that slides down your throat with ease, seriously goes down way smooth.
Give this beer to anyone who loves chocolate, and even if they say they don't like beer they have gotta like this one.

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a midnight black with a thin, tight layer of foam. The aroma is that of roasty coffee with some toffee and dark chocolate notes rounding it out. The Drakonic has a big roasty flavor, with some dark chocolate and espresso. There’s an evident bittering to it and a sharp flavor which brings everything in focus. I enjoyed the dark mushroom nuances which emerged gradually as it warmed. Delicious. I just wish it had a fuller body to develop and hold up to the strong flavors.

Photo of pschul4
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LeChupacabra for the bottle!

A- Rather dark even compared to other stouts. Almost 2 fingers of dark tan head let you know Drake ain't here to mess around.

S- Sweet malts and surprisingly citrusy hops in the nose. Some roast notes balance everything nicely in this realm

T- Very sweet with some beautiful hops but mostly malt that steal the show. Chocolate peaks through in the roast flavors and perfects this taste.

M- Not thick as a stout should be but it works better for this beer's flavor.

O- "Glass full I perfer the better things" Drake said it best himself. Enjoy this as often as possible which for me is extra rarely

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Nice distinct thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of freshly roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and some dark malts. Taste is of dark chocolate covered espresso beans and dark roasted malts. Very rich and delicious tasting. This beer has a low carbonation level with a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good RIS with some great coffee and dark chocolate smells and flavors. A very tasty beer for a very good price ($5.99 for a 22 oz. bottle).

Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black with a creamy looking 2 fingers of mocha head. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Really nice nose with a mix of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, and a faint hint of hops.

T: Really smooth and complex. The transition from each taste to the next is seemless. Roast right up front then right into a really nice and rich chocolate blast. Finished smooth with some roasted barley.

M: Velvety mouthfeel. Really nice. I think the time on this bottle really helped it out but cannot be sure as I never had this fresh.

D: Really good. We split a bottle and I wanted more. Thanks to dmeadows for sharing this and for giving us a home gym to work off the beer!

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

Growler bought from HH on 1/28/06 for $12.99. Review primarily from growler, but my fiancee had it on tap that day; this review includes notes from that tasting as well.

A very pretty dark brown; a good sized frothy tan head from the tap, fairly non-carbonated from the growler. Loses its carbonation easily.

Aroma is rich, sweet, heavy vanilla and chocolate, with roasted malts galore. Flavor follows through with roasty, almost burnt notes and a light espresso quality. More sweet and creamy than dry. Very rich mouthfeel, very drinkable. Alcohol is nicely hidden. I'm not a huge stout fan, but this is a very good one!

Photo of wcudwight
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.

Photo of mcallister
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
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.

Photo of merlin48
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.

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BastardKing24
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1 finger tan head that sits there for a while. medium lacing.

Smell is dark fruits and cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, beets, coffee, and caramel.

Taste is the same with a sweetness that is welcoming. Figs and raisins come to mind. Then theres coffee and chocolate.

Feel is perfect.

Overall I could drink this all day, I think its better than old raspy.

Photo of Wasatch
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.

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

500ml flip top that I've cellared for a year. Poured into my Delirium snifter, Drake's Imperial Stout is Black with a tight, dark tan head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is a bit hoppy actually, some sweet alcohol. Some toffee develops as it opens up, as does the roasted malt.

Taste is big and malty, lots of chocolate, with a hoppy finish that is pretty impressive for being at least a year old. Just the right amount of roast to give it character without overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is great, a luscious creaminess without being to heavy, with a dry, somewhat spicy finish, indicative of the strength as well as the hops.

Drinkability is quite good, I'm really enjoying this RIS. Rich and satisfying, but very smooth and well balanced. Everything I've had from Drakes has been exceptionally well executed.

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

Drakonic pours a deep brown, borderline black color that has nice subtle hints of amber and burgundy. A nice fluffy caramel head sits atop the glass and lets out a nice dark chocolate aroma balanced with some strong coffee notes. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate, but balanced with some nice complimentary coffee notes and some interesting biscuity flavors which are really nice because it has a milky texture. This is a borderline breakfast stout but it does have a nice alcoholic heat to it that asserts it’s imperial status.

Verdict: The great body and nice dark chocolate flavors make this a really fine all around beer. I’ve had my share of great stouts and Drake’s is really keeping up with the Joneses here. Really tasty stout.

Photo of jm1229
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My First review on the site. Held off due to intimidation/ didn't think I could uphold the BA name, but let's give it a try.

No bottling date. Opened on 8/3/11. Served at 55 degrees in my Port Brewing pint glass.

Appearance: Dark dark dark. Black as you'd think "Drakonic" would imply. Poured a thick, two inch head; fluffy, creamy look to it. As the head dissipates, nice lacing is left on the glass. Can't wait to taste.

Smell: Chocolate. A blend of milk and dark. Really rich. Nice. Coffee. Really intoxicating. It says there's licorice on the label but I don't smell it (good thing seeing I don't really care for licorice). Edit: as it warms, some licorice comes out, but it's in no way overpowering.

Taste: Follows the nose. Lots of chocolate, lots of coffee. It's almost like a mocha blend but at it's best. Slightly bitter coffee aftertaste that sits really well on the palate. Alcohol hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Creamy. Really enjoyable.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Was a little worried about jumping into a RIS on a hot, southern California day, but it was really quite a treat. For $6, really great option. I'll be looking for this one again.

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

Photo of rallison
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!

Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL swingtop courtesy of thequeue poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark chocolate that settles in black in the glass underneath a huge fluffy tan head that shows very good staying power. Sheets of lacing form after each sip. This is quite a nice looking RIS.

The aroma has tons of dark roasted chocolate malts and lots of dark fruit sweetness with figs and raisins. I'm also picking up lots of licorice and a bit of espresso as well.

The flavor starts with the slight bitterness of the bakers chocolate with some dark fruit sweetness. The dark roasted malts form a solid backbone and the finish brings in a touch of hop bitterness and hints of coffee.

This mouthfeel is very smooth with lots of carbonation and just coats the mouth completely.

Well, this one really impressed me and maybe my expectation were a little too low. It's a great representation of the style and I think this bottle has just the right amount of age on it. Very nice.

Photo of deruiz10
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pitch black pour with zero head, she looks like a glass full of black coffee.

S - Chocolate and coffee, some dark fruit (prunes?) and some slight caramel sweetness.

T - Very similar to the nose: chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit fading to a finish of bitter dark chocolate and alcohol.

M - No carbonation and a little on the light side. Though the body is medium weight, it could definitely be excellent if it had a little more creaminess.

D - A sipper to be sure, though it is lacking a little character to be truly superb.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fairly light colored for an Imperial Stout, meaning it is black with a touch more brown than one might usually find. The head is a frothy, light brown color that starts out almost two-fingers in height. Aromatic notes of chocolate are quite apparent as I pour this beer, again reinforcing that this beer did not go the heavy handed route when it came time to add the dark malts to the recipe. The aroma is actually quite nice, it is very smooth, especially since it is lacking in that acrid, overly burnt character that many an American Stout (much less the Imperial Stouts) have. Instead the focus remains on a concentrated, dark, yet not overly burnt, malty note that accentuates aromas of chocolate, toasty malt and a nice nuttiness. I really can't quite help but think of some sort of candy of my dreams, made from chocolate freshly ground malt with a hint of espresso for that extra boost. While this isn't the most complex beast out there, there is just something about the aroma of this brew that I am really digging right now; the aroma is much bigger than the 8.75% alcohol would suggest.

Soft and creamy up front, this beer grows in heft and palate coating character as it passes through my mouth. The finish has a solid bitter note to it that is a combination of hop bitterness as well as a drying, roast grain derived bittering. The flavor has a solid chocolate component to it as well, but in the taste a lightly roasted coffee character becomes much more apparent. Dusty cocoa, some roasted nutty notes, a perception of vanilla, something like subtle hazelnut. I really like the weight of this beer, it is not too heavy, yet is certainly thick enough to demand a sipping experience.

While this has lots of big flavors (as is expected of an Imperial Stout), it doesn't bang you over the head with the roast malt like many of the American beasts do. Sometimes the extreme is appreciated, but at other times (right now is one of these for me), something with a bit more restraint and a bit more balance (if such a thing can really be said for an Imperial Stout) is just what one wants. A very well crafted beer, that I am certainly enjoying quite a bit. I also have to praise the 500ml bottle size, not nearly as intimidating as a 22oz bottle would be.

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

On cask at The Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Thanks Kasim.

Pours out a deep & dark brown/almost black color with a big bubbly & creamy tan colored head.

Big coffee & chocolate aromas, roasted malts, some fruitiness, and faint hoppiness. All balanced quite nicely. Yum.

Like the nose the taste is of roasted/toasted malts, and nice coffee & chocolate flavors, and some bitter hoppiness. I likey.

Medium to full, smooth, creamy, slick, velvety. Yeah.

This is a great beer & awesome on cask. Could drink this all night. And day. Work is stupid. I quit and am going to have one of these.

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.