Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout - Drake's Brewing Co.

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very good

453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 44
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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 BastardKing24
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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 wcudwight
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Gueuzedude
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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 ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Sephiroth
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mitchfor3 for the trade. Pours with good head, good lacing. The body is black. Roasted, coffee smell, some vanilla as well.

Tastes like it has a ton of coffee in it, which is a good thing. Notes of bourbon and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is not as thick as other RISs, but it is nearly perfect, due to the lively carbonation. Drinkability is great.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Boolshot for this great stout.

Appearance: Pouring this beer into my snifter I notice solid black liquid with no daylight whatsoever coming through. The brownish head stacked up to an astonishing three finger height with lots of laceing to go around.

Smell: The aromas are mind blowing! Dark semi-sweet chocolates with a mellow coffee seem to be the main players in this stout,but not without mentioning the slight woody notes and an alcohol that can't be beat. A subtle vanilla and soy can be detected as well. Not bad by any means!

Taste: The flavors are, of course, much like the nose. Bitter cocoa, a touch of vanilla, subtle coffee grounds, and just hint of woodiness. All of these flavors I mentioned,hit you for a split second in the front but then seems to die out fast, and becomes replaced with an almost stinging alcohol. Mmm..a very delicious brew indeed.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily, thick body with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a fine offering. Too bad it is retired, hopefully I will be lucky enough to trade for another one some day. I would suggest you search this one out.


Cheers2Beers

Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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 bbothen
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured thick, syrupy black and brown hues with a big, lumpy tan head that left a simple ring of lace on the snifter.
Aroma of coffee beans, some bittersweet chocolate, a hint of raisins and smoky caramel note emanate up from the glass.
Flavor had a rich, dominant chocolate note that was tempered with a some solid coffee bittering and just a tinge of smoky peat.
Mouthfeel was a bit too effervescent for style but overall is had excellent progressions of flavors and was really a joy to feel, especially as it warmed a bit.
Drinkability was really solid. Relatively high ABV was hidden by all the delicious flavors and really produced a well-rounded, very approachable RIS. Nothing to scare anyone away here just a solid example of style.

Photo of ThirdLap
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jupiter in Berkeley. I've had this before from the bottle, but this is my first time sampling it on-tap.

Deep black as it sits in my glass, with a short-lasting dark tan head. Not much lacing as the glass empties.

The nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cola. Hints of dark fruit.

Taste is surprisingly complex. While not barrel-aged, there is a woodsy oakiness to it, which combined with the dark chocolate undertones and perceptible alcohol makes it remnisicient of stouts that have spent time in a bourbon barrel. I don't remember the bottle of Drake's Imperial Stout I had several months ago having this characteristic.

Body is medium-high, with the carbonation right in the middle. Mouthfeel is creamy and luscious, with a slight bitter finish. Drinkability is excellent, as it took some effort for me to sit and savor this one.

I will have to try this again from the bottle for comparison, but from what I can remember, this is a different beast from the tap. Very nice.

Photo of t420o
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drake drakonic imperial stout

A-  roasted chocoalte malt, brown sugar, an earthy coffee flavor, a peaty smell. A malty goodness coming from this. 4

S- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger dark mocha head resting atop a jet black body. Decent retention. Nice lacing 4  

T- from the second it hit my lips I knew it was good. Dark chocolate and espresso upfront but not  overdone and actually refreshing. There are hints of milk chocoalte, mollasses, slight bitter hop taste, and and earthy tone. Very well done 4.5
 

M- very good mouthfeel. Good viscotity, creamy, and good carbonation. 4

O- honestly I came into this beer with slightly low expectations as nothing ive ever had from drakes (albeit only a few of them) has ever impressed me. This definitely wowed me and I will be buying it again. A excellent imperial stout. This barrel aged would probably be orgasmic 4.5

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Photo of charlzm
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still not sure why this is listed as retired. Maybe I didn't pay attention, but I've seen a few thread topics on the subject and it never seems to have gotten resolved. If the BA guides know something we don't, it would be nice to at least put something in the BA notes explaining that this is, perhaps, just still widely available despite not being brewed any longer.

The bottle's "Pint a Day Keeps..." slogan implied to me that Drake's brewers thought this RIS was better served in a pint glass than a snifter/oversized wine glass/etc. Therefore, this got poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Swing cork pops off nicely and produces some emanating chill haze. Pours with a nicely sized finger and half head, which is on the lighter side of the tan spectrum for a stout. Settles eventually into a half-finger. Lacing is intermittent, but produces some nice draping arm like patterns when it catches. The body is a solid, solid shade of black, pretty much completely opaque. A nice looking stout, and I'm not one to laud stouts for their appearance.

Smell: A nice, perhaps slightly toned down RIS. Nutmeg and cream, cork-y characteristics on the front end with a faint hop character. Some yeast funk. Dark and milk chocolates, caramel, butterscotch-ish hints, and dark fruits lie beneath. There are all, again, slightly toned down on the RIS "spectrum," but still very balanced and pleasing.

Taste: A nice cream front end again, which I really enjoy - usually I detect some coconut/cream aromas and flavors in stouts, but they usually lie beneath. Chocolate, that cork-y woodiness again, very slight bitterness on the tongue. Some hints of coffee and nutmeg, but I detect less coffee in this one than is perhaps "normal." Still, on the back end, it is there, in a sort of flavor impart of how fresh coffee beans smell. Very nice. Still a bit toned down for an RIS, but it's decidedly more assertive here than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: JUST the right amount of carbonation. At first I thought it might be edging on too much, but it dissipates nicely in the mouth in a small fizz. Perhaps thin for an RIS, but I think that you really have to search hard to make a firm basis for that complaint.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for an RIS, and overall a very good RIS offering. The notes are tuned down a bit here, yes, but not as much as, say, a Big Bear Black Stout, in my opinion. Still, that might not be a fair comparison, as this, unlike the Big Bear, does not have a hoppy character per se.

Photo of mossadacity
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black. Persistent strong head, but little lacing. Strong licorice flavor, subtle bitter chocolate and coffee undertones. Bitter aftertaste which quickly faded away after a few sips. Very heavy beer; it's been a while since I really felt like I was drinking food :-) I absolutely loved this beer. I'm pretty new to the style, but this is the first RIS I liked let alone loved.

On cask at the Rose and Crown in Palo Alto, CA - 2-17-2009.
First pint ($6) off a fresh tap :-) Given that it runs for $7/16.9 oz bottle at the local BevMo, I was absolutely thrilled to try it draft.

Photo of tonistruth
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of dbalsock
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this and some other Drakes Barrel aged beers while going through the bottle cooler at the Freaking Frog in Las Vegas. Note-They were not on the list of available bottled beers. The beer had a nice roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate a fruity aroma. Very smooth and well aged. Some roasted malt flavor but very drinkable. Alcohol was present but not overpowering. Pretty nice overall. Only drawback is that its body is a little on the thin side.

Photo of slayer3604
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very murky, tan head, and faint hints of a red hue on the outer-most parts of the glass

S- Muted nose, that such of chocolate pop tarts

T- Marshmellow, chocolate, cocoa, raisen, over ripe cherry and a nice little chunk of bitter bight

M- Creamy and gorgeous. this beer is awesome.

D- Going to pick some more up tomorrow! the bottle is bad ass too!

Photo of mj001jk
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and dark with a creamy hazelnut head. The aromas of chocolate, coffee and cream waft out of the glass. Lots of chocolate/caramel and thus very dessert-like on the nose.

Initially the foam is sweet and creamy but a dark beast of flavor is ready to be released as the sip rolls towards the back of my mouth. Full on roasted character with a sweet tinge, roasted marshmallows and hazelnut dip comes to mind.

The rich and coating flavors are nicely buffered by the freshness and lack of cloying character. Hops are subtle and do their magic as such. This is very easy to drink despite the knowledge that just a couple will put me out...

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.