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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
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 41
Gots: 35 | 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 ibbjamin
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid $4.99 for a bomber from City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a pint glass with 2 pours.

Has a plastic with rubber seal and metal mechanism to open the cork. Upon opening, a browinish substance was clearly evident on the bottom of the cork and on the inner rim of the bottle indicating the ingredients have started to separate. This beer is thick as molasses. A very, very dark brown, almost black beer with an almost non-existent tan head after an aggressive pour. The head consisted of some larger bubbles and dissipated quickly. Does not appear to be very carbonated. Small circles of lacing that do not last very long.

Strong aroma of oatmeal and caramel with hints of malt.

This beer definitely does not lack in the flavor department. Strong creamy malty oatmeal flavor. A hint of bitterness lasts after swallowing. A slightly complex flavor that is moderately balanced.

Full body. Thick and slightly grainy which in turn is lasting flavor. Light carbonation.

This beer is a meal in itself, packed full of flavor and a bounty of decent ingredients.

Overall, not entirely impressed. I'd would definitely try this again if a pub had this fresh on tap.

ibbjamin, May 08, 2008
Photo of orangesol
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for bringing this one to our Stout Day party.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, coffee, smoke, dark fruits, and a weird metallic aroma. The flavors are all there but they are a little muddled together.

T - Starts off with a quick dose of chocolatey sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of light smoke, coffee grounds, dark fruits, and a very faint hop bitterness. The weird metallic flavor continues from the nose, further helping to muddle the flavors. The finish is a mix of dark roast and smoke, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. A bit too thin for my liking, I think the low carbonation really hurt this one.

O - I wasn't really a fan of this one. When compared to all the other stouts we were drinking this was one of the worst.

orangesol, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Buebie
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce brown swingtop into a pint glass.

Black in color with no light penetration. A 1'' light brown cola like head forms. Receeding slowly and leaving a thin cap of foam. Thin streaks of lace.

Aroma of gingerbread, molasses and chocolate malts. No alcahol at the knose. A good amount of sweetness here.

Mouthfeel is light bodies with just a bit of creamyness and some carbonation.
The taste is pretty good. Dark roasty chocolate grains, some sweetness and plenty of chocolate.
I'd consider this more of an american double then an ris. As an RIS it does not fit the style but as an American double it is pretty damn tasty.
Some warming into the swallow with grassy hops lingering. A cocacola like syrupy flavor, the sweetness is a little overbearing. Not a terrible beer but for an ris its got room for improvement.

Buebie, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Lothore
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours black with very little head. I tried to aggrevate to get some more head but it seemed to only produce a thin layer of chocolate milk colored head.

S- Smells of coffee, malts, alcohol.

T- Taste is sweet with floral and berry hints along with coffee and burnt hops with a bitter tinge.

M- Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonated.

D- I don't think anyone would say this is an incredibly drinkable beer but for the style it goes down pretty smooth.

Lothore, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours nearly black. Small off white head. Just a few surface wisps.

Smell - Caramel malt, some roast, not much though. Hops and grain are pretty prevalent.

Taste - Really caramely. The grain and bitterness come through more than the dark malts. Background gives more of that roast. Not a ton though.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation. Might be a little too thin.

Overall - Poor beer suffers having been consumed after Bourbon County Coffee. Nothing by comparison.

Alieniloquium, May 14, 2013
Photo of Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce swing top bottle, last one from BevMo in Redlands, guy said they sold out in a couple days

Pour a dark brown color with a huge tan foamy head into a large glass mug

Smell was chocolate and toffee

Too cold to make any distinctions at first, so let warm and found that it was very sweet with coffee hints

Could drink a few of these, but not too many

Floydster, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black color with little to no head to speak of. The little bit of head after sloshing around a bit is a caramel color. Very thin.

S: Getting a boozy, chocolate, coffee aroma. Not over powering, but solid and standard for the style.

T: Hides the alcohol very well. Getting chocolate, along with some vanilla. Slight creamy-ness as well.

M: Surprised by this, find it to be very thin for an Imperial Stout. Has the mouthfeel on a normal stout or porter.

O: Overall pretty solid offering without standing out. Doesn't do anything great, but hits about what you'd expect. Solid, but for the price point I think better RIS are out there. Worth a shot to give a try though. Would love to find it on tap.

CommanderOfAwesome, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of kiya
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first thing i noticed about this beer was the flip top that has been used to seal the beer at the bottling plant, as opposed to a having a traditional beer bottle cap, and then a flip top that can be used to reseal the beer. Once opened you're greeted with a louder than usual champagne bottle pop that releases an interesting aroma of a brew that isn't going to let you pass it by.

It pours a short but dense tan head which does shorten quickly but never fully dissipates through-out the tasting, holding it's composure well.

The aroma was the most impressive element of this beer for me. Stirring thoughts of freshly roasted espresso beans, warm molasses, and gingerbread. It was quickly apparent that the ABV was going to really give quite a kick due to the sharp initial aroma, before forming into a more subdued roasted scent.

After the enticing scents i was sort of expecting a smokier taste than what it offered. A mouthfeel that was large and round, and an alcohol bite in the back of the throat definitely could have been calmed down with some bolder dark fruit undertones which were, in my opinion, missing for the most part. it's a big beer, and definitely holds up well against other imperial stouts, but could use some bolder flavors besides the cocoa and licorice to even out some of the tingle from the alcohol. All in all, a good stout, and as the bottle says "A pint a day keeps the scurvy away". With a beer this strong in so many senses, i'd sure hope it keeps the scurvy away.

kiya, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this one; this was a Want of mine. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and sour dark fruits. I was surprised by the sourness, but I've been it in a few reviews, so I guess that's how it was intended.

t - Tastes heavily of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, and light sour fruit again.

m - Medium bodied stout and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent and interesting RIS. I was surprised by the sour dark fruit in the nose and taste. While I liked it, it wasn't quite what I picture in a RIS. Would be willing to give it another shot, but unsure if I'd spend money on a bottle.

mdfb79, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a deep black with a two finger brown head. Head has great hang time and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, roasty malt, and some piney hoppiness.

Taste is slightly sweet before roasted malt flavors take over. Bitter chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good but it doesn't have that velvety texture I look forward to in Imperial Stouts. Its an easy drinking Impy and I enjoyed it on this cold winter night, but I think I'll stick to the bigger Imperial Stouts out there.

snpub540, Dec 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.