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

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 456
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 44
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 laituegonflable
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (854 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage.

C- Black with a thick tan head.

A- Chocolate malt, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, with a nice vinous quality to it.

M- Luscious and full-bodied.

T- Roasted barley, chocolate malt and caramel upfront. The vinous middle has notes of dark fruit throughout. Finish borders on being dry, yet it has a more layered dark chocolate flavor to it. Hop bitterness adds a nice balance to the dark chocolate tones.

D- This was rather enjoyable and an amazingly easy drinking beer for an Imperial Stout. The 8.75% abv is nearly undetectable.

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen. Thanks for the hook-up! (619 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (901 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (654 characters)

Photo of Jredner
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of my wife. Aroma is strong with a mix of dark roasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, coffee and espresso, dark fruits and fudge brownies. Very intense. Body is a deep black and supports a creamy mocha head that is slightly bubbly and mostly creamy and lasting. smooth fore is chocolate, cocoa and burnt raisin...this is followed by bitter burnt malt and black coffee notes. some lingering dark chocolate and fruit sweetness in the finish balance the bitter middle ranges and reinforce the bitter/sweet flavor juxtaposition. Solid Impy. (545 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Only a half inch of leather brown head comes to be fading quickly to just a skim. Body is a thick deep blackness letting no light pass through. Nose is realatively soft but does have tones of smokey malt and molases and bacon fat. Enters the mouth incredibly smooth with notes of smoked malts, and a nice zesty sweet profile flavors are rich thick and robust really a meal in itself. A slight bitter dryness much like dark chocolate rounds out the mouthfeel. Well balanced and has decent complexity. Alchol is super well hidden. Roasty chocolate tones become more noticeable as it warms. Very nicely drinkable and a solid representitive of the style. (650 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Mauerhan in Powerball. Thanks, Topher!

A-A very attractive opaque dark brown to black with a thin tan head and little lacing.

S-Deep dark chocolate and vanilla hit you right off the bat. Background notes of caramel and a hint of alcohol.

T-Nice. An unexpected roasted malt in the front, then a subdued sweetness, much less than promised by the nose. A nice roasty bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied and a little rich.

D-Yeah, I like this one a lot. Delicious with moderate ABV.

HV (507 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Undetermined vintage, silkscreened fliptop bottle. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with a thick tan ring of foam around the edges. Glassy obsidian surface with a spray of wispy skim across the surface, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Light oxidation apparent in the aroma, along with rich dark chocolate, nearly burnt toast, and chocolate syrup. Flavors are similarly rich and fudgy, chewy chocolate, light tobacco and barely noticeable oxidation. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Dry finish, creamy and smooth texture that puts it into ambrosial territory. Overall its pretty nice considering it's likely a few years old. Thanks again Ben! (791 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Inky black color that looks pretty slick. Average sized, thick, cakey, airy, mocha brown head. Decent retention leaving a ring of lace.

S - Loads of chocolate, both sweet and bittersweet. Roasted coffee and mocha along with charred malt.

T - A lot of chocolate flavor as well. Some sweet dark chocolate and some bittersweet baker's chocolate along with a mocha flavor. Some roasted black coffee coming out mid sip. Charred malt provides a subtle bitterness as well. Subtle hints of dark fruit (mostly cherry) and anise. A touch of sweetness on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with average carbonation. Smooth and creamy feel.

D - Pretty well balanced. Fairly easy to drink however the chocolate and coffee are a little too dominant and make it fairly one noted.

Notes: Decent RIS, not outstanding but solid. A little too strong with the chocolate and coffee but not bad. Worth a try, it won't offend anyone, and an RIS I could see having once in a while but nothing I'd particularly crave. (1,002 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - Jet black, mocha head leaves fast. Thin clinging lace.

S - Dark roasted barley, coffee.

T - Yum. Coffee, sweet dark malt, and, as another one wrote, chocolate milk. I get it too. Cool. Hops are hard to discern.

M - Medium. Kinda light for the style.

D - I like it. Just not all night. (308 characters)

Photo of macktbone
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Jupiter in Berkeley along with Rasputin on Nitro and some great pizza.

Looks like a very dark beer. The head is some what limited but a beautiful milk chocolate color. Looks a bit thin.

Just after serving the coldness of the beer limits the nose, but as it warms the dark fruits and bitter chocolat starts to sneak out.

The taste of this is really suprising. Imagine a small chocolate, shaped like a treasure chest, and inside is Glen Levitt liquor scotch. This beer has a unique tast to it that suprises with each and every sip. I can't get over the whiskey flavor behind this local brew. The after taste turns to a bitter chocolate that kind of slides down your throat.

Unfortunately the mouthfeel of this beer is lacking. Very thin and could benefit from some oatmeal texture. With some more thickness this beer could be a supreme contender with others on the top ten Imperial Stout list.

It is worth a try for anyone that likes bourbon type stouts. My first time trying it and I would have it again ...I hear it's much bettr on tap that in the bottle...maybe I'll try it out.
Not something that you can down, a sipper for sure. (1,151 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen, in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan head, which leaves excellent lacing in a Weihenstaphen mug.

S: Roasted caramel malts and coffee mostly, typical RIS, but quite fragrant.

T: Good, lots of coffee, with a hint of strong espresso, some roasted malts and chocolate as well.

M: Rich and velvety, but quite dry, good amount of carbonation.

D: A good RIS, my first beer from these guys, after tasting these beers, I certainly don't hate the Drake. (519 characters)

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mlswing top..unsure of the vintage..poured into tulip slightly chilled..

a-deep deep brown almost black..nice ruby highlights when held up to light..huge fluffy khaki head that lasted throughout..no bubbles present..lots of lacing..

s-sweet malt..subtle hops..a tad coffee and caramel to round things out..

t-sweet roasty malt up front..bitter coffee notes...toffee...hops to balance things out but overpower...finishes dry like black coffee..delightful

m-oily and slick..goes down easy...slightly prickly from the carb..medium creamy mouthfeel..

d-could have a couple of these easy..the alcohol is well hidden and and flavors just keep you coming back for more..no complaints here

overall a solid very under the radar ris...big thanks to james for hooking me up with this brew in our last trade..extremely glad i got to try it.. (838 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review of an old 3-4 yr old beer in the cellar. This is a dark ass beer with a big time persistent dark tan head. Aroma is big time dark chocolate. Taste is also very chocolate forward that reminds me a bit of chocolate syrup and some plum notes that have come out with age. Mouthfeel is big with lots of body and high carbonation that works well. This is a simple yet delicious and smooth easy drinking big stout. (414 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks are fairly unimpressive. As black as one could imagine with a collar of tan cream. Nose is big and winey, like a dry cabernet, Vanilla cream and coffee soda lightly sweet background.

Taste is pretty wild. Big balsamic vinegar taste reminiscent of the Duchesse, salty and addicting. Sour lemon and fruity red wine. Perfect touch of hops placed in the after, which fades crisply.

On the light side, as far as body goes, which fits well with the sharp sourness and astringency of the brew. Drinkable, certainly, especially as the high ABV goes, and with the vinegar even more. (585 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Company out of California.
Score: 92

Unknown bottle date. Served in a wine chalice and enjoyed on 08/18/12. Thank you Jeff for sharing this bottle at our tasting.

Appearance: Jet black with one finger of khaki head at pour that settles to a ring around the glass. Absolutely amazing lacing and retention. Gorgeous looking imperial stout. 5/5

Smell: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and a light amount of vanilla with an underlying aroma of brown sugar. A little dark fruit too. The aroma elements are extremely well incorporated. 4.5/5

Taste: Less balanced and incorporated than the aroma. Cocoa and coffee primarily. Less burnt roast flavor than the nose led on. Smooth malt backbone. No booziness whatsoever. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy, malty mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Really solid imperial stout here. I had never heard of this beer or the brewery before my friend Jeff brought a bottle of this over to a tasting, but I will be seeking it out again sometime in the future for sure.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out. I feel like it would make a great starter imperial stout for casual drinkers.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $12 for a 22 oz bottle. (1,240 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, inky dark and black with a very nice brown head that left great lacing.

Smelled and tasted of roasty burnt malts, chocolate and coffee, and a great portion of hops bitterness that balanced the whole beer perfectly. There's even a campfire smoky aspect that really added a nice touch.

Drinkability was amazing, great creamy full body and thick feel, great roasty bitter aftertaste.

Very well done, an exceptional beer. (440 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to skinnyelvis for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a jolly roger jet black color with a one and a half mocha toffee cappuccino colored head. Excellent retention all around with a lot of sticky lacing.
S: Coffee and nestle chocolate syrup aromas. Robust roasted malt. Hints of dark fruit. Coffee and chocolate become more bold as it warms.
T/M: Bitter coffee flavors. Unsweetened chocolate with a hint of tangy fruit--almost like chocolate covered raspberries. Dark fruit notes are quite apparent. Leafy hop bitterness on the tongue in the finish with a roasted malt aftertaste. Smooth with the perfect level of carbonation.
D: Silky smooth and surprisingly easy drinking. Higher abv is completely hidden. Quite enjoyable to sip on. (757 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1-24-2012:

Been a while since I tried this one. This has become quite good, or maybe it always was and I didn't just realize it back in 2007. I'm more inclined to think that the brewery has refined the beer, since most Drake's beers have improved drastically in the past year The nose has an equal presence of cocoa and toasted malt, and there's a slight undercurrent of cherry and charred malt. The palate offers more of the same, perhaps a touch less nutty, but pleasantly roasted and chocolatey, just slightly ashy (in a nice, cigar-like way), with a near ideal amount of bitterness coming from both the dark malts and the hops. The body is spot-on for the style and ABV.

01-31-2007:

4/3.5/3.5/4/4

Dark and opaque with a faint but lingering head. This has a fairly standard character for an imperial stout; roasted malt, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee come through strongly in the taste and smell, with some moderately present hops in the background. The alcohol is somewhat noticable, though not harsh in any way. Good body for the style - full, but not overly so, moderate carbonation and quite drinkable. While this isn't the most impressive or complex RIS I've had, it's still very enjoyable and I'd definitely try it again. (1,239 characters)

Photo of germaniac
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting stout in a cool 16.9 oz. bottle.

Leaves the bottle in a syrupy rush. Roastiness is immediately apparent, along with a candybar chocolate and caramel sweetness. Hints of coffee in there, too. Tastes of chocolate, with a quick bitterness mellowing into a rich malted sweetness. Very drinkable, if you can find it. From the Sacramento BevMo. (357 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep black color, with a nice retaining tan head. Good looking beer.

Aromas are a bit of an odd mix. Slightly vegetal, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of hops on the nose... interesting.

Taste is hot of alcohol up front. Some coffee in the middle, and finishes with a chocolate malt character. Very nice, flavors are balanced well and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very full flavored, and the tastes really linger and hit your mouth.

This beer is drinkable, I'd certainly drink another some other time, but I wouldn't want to have 2 in one night. A very good example of the Imperial Stout style. (615 characters)

Photo of DirtyGoat
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring this fine brew I could smell the coffee. Juan Valdez eat your heart out. I surely hope this keeps to it's promise and keeps the scurvy away. As I poured the brew into my glass it's head was rather large. The color was almost black. It was a very thick brew. Exactly what I was looking for in a RIS. The bottle was also very nice. (342 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new City Beer bottle shop in S.F., also at the Toronado poured in a goblet.

MMM! Really yummie, lots of sweet milk chocolate, with a very velvet-like mouthfeel. Roasted malts galore, very sweet with no acidity. Lightly hopped. Smooth as silk. Very similar to the bottled version. Smooth like a Guinness but add a few shots of Hersheys Syrup. Mmmmm

The Toronado poured it just a bit cold, making it a little too easy to gulp down. It would be stellar cask-conditioned.

I love this beer. It's a unique take on the style, so if all you've had are hop monsters this one will be a change of pace. Sweet and refreshing, Cheers! (644 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this a couple of nights back. What a great beer! This is last years release, I grabbed it at Healthy Spirits in May and sat on it for a while.

A: In my Sam Smith pint glass, this beer gurgled a very impressive jet black with a thin dark brown head with decent retention

S: Wonderfully balanced on the nose, there's chocolate, coffee, cream and a little bit of oxidation that works very well with the chocolate

T/M: On the palate, the flavors from the nose are replicated with the semi-dark unsweetened chocolate leading the way. Oxidation is present and very enjoyable. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation, this beer finishes thick and enjoyable

D: This is one beer that surprised me, I think I should grab another at some point (740 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Not sure why this is retired...it's all over SoCal***

Bottle has a plastic band over the swig top metal. Pops open with a thwip! Pours a buh-lack midnight ink hue with zero light escaping even from the sides and botom of the glass topped with a packed dense headcap of tan soupy coating, with a thick lace in the glass.

Nose of coffee bean and English porter vanilla. A sweet almond extract finds a way into the nose here, with a brownie dough mixture. Sweet, cocoa and cofee bean. Mmmm...

First swigs: Let's see if the nose meets the flavor. Dark chocolate roasted malts and a firm bitterness front the flavor. Creamy ice cream melted cappucino. Burnt toasted malts and a dash of charcoal which maybe a result of some molasses.

Delicate restrained carbonation. Invisible 8.75% ABV. McDonald's milkshakes have nothing on this. Guinness could learn a lesson here. (878 characters)

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.