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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Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

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!

Added by xlperro on 08-20-2003

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of pschul4
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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).

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Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Troyone
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured thick and black with a caramel color three inch head that dissipated to a thin layer within minutes. Must have had some bottle conditioning since yeast can be found at the bottom of the bottle.
Roasted light caramel and mild coffee aroma with the smell of pine hops.
Sweet acidic cookie roasted nutty molasses, caramel, and coffee taste with hints of pine grapefruit hops and doughy yeast; also a background mix of banana, brown sugar, vanilla, and cola.
A full body mouthfeel with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. This has an average finish and feel.
Drinkability is great for this style, definitely not any type of session beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drakonic is a chocolate bomb.

cross your fingers that this brew is coming to your town. buy it. if you are looking for a knock you out Imperial Stout, this one is too drinkable for you. this is the imperial session stout that leaves you drooling after one too many.

if you barrel aged this, you might have something un-real.

pours a rich curtain of black with a foamy 2 finger head. it sticks to the glass, but doesn;t leave a ton of lacing. the smell is just a blanket of scrumptious sugary luxurious malt a tiny bit leathery. the payoff is in the taste and mouthfeel which follow suit.... with the additional chocy sweetness and nice hoppy bite on the back of your tongue.

this chocolate croissant of a beer was a pleasant surprise. i will hopefully be picking this up again very soon.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pretty much pitch-black with a sticky tan head with good lacing.
S: Smells of dark chocolate and coffee.
T: Coffee not as strong in the taste, though it does finish with a small twinge of coffee bitterness, along with a dry, woody flavor. The backbone of the flavor however, is a non-bitter dark chocolate mixed with some light caramel.
M: Thick, heavy, creamy, good level of carbonation. Great when served cool or after having warmed up.
D: Definitely my favorite imperial stout that I have had so far. Little alcohol present in the flavor or feel--quite drinkable, especially for a style that I usually find is not the best in terms of drinkability.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CELLARED – This is a 2005 vintage that I popped in Nov 2007, so it’s probably a bit over two years old.

Appearance – This stout is black as night with a small, ashy head that showed great retention.

Smell – The roasted malt smells are damn near perfect. They are dripping with liquid sugar. The sugars are very complex consisting of table, brown, and some heavy raw unsulphored cane.

There’s a deep chocolate liquor aroma as well. It is refined and perfectly suited for this brilliant bouquet.

Taste – The flavors really sweeten up at the taste. The malts are big and roasty but not harsh and bitter. The sugars tamed the while beast. The chocolate alcohol notes bring it all together giving this RIS a sense of royal regalness.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied and incredibly smooth. The alcohol has a strong presence but is not stingy.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: brilliant ebony under a 2-3” tan foam collar that hugs the glass producing lines of lace with each drink.
S: Big chocolate espresso nose.
T: Malt driven chocolate espresso palate, hop accent but not aggressive or dominating. Some alcohol in the finish – faintly winey, hard to define the fruit.
M: medium low carbonation, medium high body, very smooth and tasty. The very fine bubbles are almost like a nitro beer.
O: A big bold imperial stout.

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Photo of stephendr
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown hue with a tint of red – thick coco colored head , small bubbles – nose of dark fruit coco , espresso , and milk chocolate – taste of coffee dark fruit coco , espresso , malty , and milk chocolate– thick creamy body with some acidity – aftertaste is black cherries a roasted malt taste, bright long , espresso , coffee and slight hops

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 22oz bomber at Grocery Outlet -- usually you find things that aren't so good but cheap there -- sometimes a good find. This is from San Leandro, my home town and how bad can a 8.75 ABV stout be?

Answer is surprisingly good. Pours black with an attractive brown head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is very chocolate and dark cherries, good RIS feel to this. This won't be a watered down stout.

Taste follows the nose pretty much, first with the dark fruit sweetness, then cocoa and malt comes in. They're barely roasted so there's no burnt char flavor, which makes this much more mellow than other RISs. It's not particularly hoppy or very bitter. Yet has lots of body. Licorice in the middle, keeping things "Russian." The malt profile is very good. Drinks very easy for something touching 9%. Who's complaining? The taste of coffee comes in very late, in the aftertaste. Check.

Alcohol is very well hidden in the taste. For a relative "bargain" RIS ($5.99 for a bomber) this is quite a find, very balanced, drinkable, great aroma, body and drinkability.

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Photo of jj311
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a solid jet black color with an impressive frothy cappucino-like head that is dark tan and close to light brown in color. Very malty aroma with notes of coffee, alcohol and dark chocolate. A rich chocolately coffee flavor up front followed a pleasant bitterness. Not much hops here. This brew is dominated by the dark malts. Overall this came as a surprise. I found it to be enjoyable. Got a bite but rates up there in drink ability.

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