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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

393 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 41
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

RidiculedDisplay, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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

tonistruth, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of slayer3604
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

slayer3604, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Sephiroth
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Sephiroth, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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

cheers2beers, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of bigbelcher
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

bigbelcher, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of mossadacity
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

mossadacity, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

2008 vintage. 500 mL swing-top bottle.

Pours a black liquid with a vast dark mocha head. Retention is high, though it eventually settles down into around one half of a centimeter of respectable foam. Smells of plum, cookie dough, toasted coconut, and chocolate. All the good stuff I like in a good RIS.

Tastes of sweet malts with copious dark fruit: plum and prune especially. This intensifies on the midpalate and reminds me of leather, flora. Finish is intense, I want to say I get some heat, but in an aged bottle of a beer under nine percent that is not an accurate statement. This beer just smacks my tongue with an intense complexity of malts. Body is full, yet fuller would work better with the medium level of carbonation present. Overall this is a very good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, there should be a lot more buzz about this beer. A choice brew that is underrated.

vacax, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a very dark colour, not really penetrable by light, with gorgeous ochre head, nice, thick and dense with lovely retention. Looks just about perfect.

Smell is coffee and cocoa. Lots of rich, roasty sweetness, touch of bitterness to it but pleasant, dark and chocolatey. Well-rounded, enjoyable dark beer smell.

Taste is lovely and dark; all the right notes from the start with dark chocolate, cocoa, black pepper with some nice spicy stout notes that are full of flavour. Nutmeg and a touch of coriander come through, balanced by nice smooth unsweetened chocolate notes towards the back. All very nice, toned, smooth and enjoyable.

A bit too much texture, with a bit of sharpness from the booze, just a bit hot towards the back. Otherwise it just glides through the mouth.

Lovely, smooth and drinkable. A big beer that can be appreciated by all.

laituegonflable, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of AlexJ
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Jet black pour with a sizable mocha head of tight foam that lasts and laces nicely.

Aroma is deep, dark, and full of chocolate and roasty goodness. There are notes of dark, jammy fruit, anise, sweetened coffee, and plenty of orange and pinecone hops. As it warms, traces of leather, vanilla, and faint oak come out.

Flavor is equally impressive. massive, bittersweet dark chocolate, fresh coffee, subtle licorice, dark pit fruits, and creamy vanilla are countered by earthy wood notes and plenty of pine sap and crushed citrus peel hops. A lingering bitter finish of cocoa and pine taunts you into another sip. Very nice.

Body is right between medium and large. Mouthfeel is smooth as melted butter with a creamy texture and light carbonation. Very little alcohol kick, almost seems like this bottle was aged.

props to GClarkage for the wedding gift assortment, we really enjoyed them all!

AlexJ, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of mj001jk
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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...

mj001jk, Oct 20, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jmccraney, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

kmoen, Sep 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Beermasterjarrett, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

kurt5316, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

bigalsd, Jun 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

sendsilk, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

MadeInOregon, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of dbalsock
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

dbalsock, Jan 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

nmann08, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

justinbrown, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

kjkinsey, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Very nice and underrated Imperial Stout. Pours black with a nice thick tan head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some nice lacing. Has a good dose of hoppy bitterness in the aroma as well as a deep roastiness, some licorice, and some vinous notes at the end. Its a touch hot, but other than that very nice. Nice deep roasty notes and some nice deep bitter chocolate flavors as well as some late creaminess. Very nice flavors indeed, and although its a big beer, the heat is warming rather than harsh in the mouth. Nicely integrated while still intense. Smooth finish and relatively easy to drink, with a very nice lingering bitter chocolate finish.

Georgiabeer, Oct 23, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Liondiscs, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

PStriedl, Mar 02, 2013
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.