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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

395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

NYR_Rob, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

cmgage, Jul 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

atpca, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of AleWatcher
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Founders snifter. Served at cellar temp.

I think I got this from sideswipe a long time ago... Just getting around to it.
Gave myself a pour and after a quick smell/taste/look, the rest went into my chilli pot.

Looks thin.
Feels thin.
Smells surprisingly boozy for the relatively low ABV...

Lots of chocolate and roasty malt notes. No hops. Very little bitterness. The malt profile (and body!) remind me of Sierra Nevada Porter?!
The profile is missing something. I don't know exactly what-- I just know that I find this to be pretty mediocre.

Big chalky feel-- especially on the finish. Little boozy heat.

Overall-- meh. It isn't bad, but it it isn't very good either. Hopefully it works better in my chilli than in my glass.

AleWatcher, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a very, very thin tan-colored head.

Smell: Lush, malty aroma of sweet-smelling chocolate with subtle notes of coffee and dark fruits.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and coffee dominate the taste. There's an easily discernible sourness to it. The roasted character combines with the hop bitterness and a chalky ashen quality to make for an odd finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Right, then. Well, it looked and smelled just fine, but, for me, it was all downhill after that.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a pitch black colored body.
The aroma is boozy and burnt wood. Smells like darkness.
The taste is roasted and burnt malt with a good dry"ness" to it. The finish has a tingling of alcohol.
The texture is soft, but thick with low to moderate carbonation.
It's a fine enough imperial stout with a good profile.

Fatehunter, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was molasses in a bottle...but damn good.

Barely any head with lacing through the finish. No light is getting through this bad boy. I got a dried cherry/cranberry nose.

As far as the flavor goes, I figured it was as if a few cherries were steeped in a nice French Roast pot o' coffee. The light carbonation worked well, and on the whole the 8.75% ABV was hidden nicely. Was planning on a jog later....but that idea was quickly scrapped.

While a lot of Imperial Stours for me leave a terrible aftertaste, this one was mellow while leaving that dark roasted coffee flavor.

Definitely recommended.

IRONRakkasan, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of JupiterJesus
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, served in newcastle schooner glass.

Completely pitch black with no highlights. Thick creamy head that sticks around a while. Thick lacing.

Smell is alcohol/bourbon, coffee/roast and spice, like cinnamon (hops?).

Flavor is extremely roasty bitter, coffee, alcohol and spice. A tiny bit of baking chocolate, mostly in the finish, but relatively little chocolate going on. A bit of herbal, with a finish on the tongue that is sharp and numbing, almost like a breath mint.

Mouth feel is thick, even for an imperial stout. The numbing character is strange, and makes it difficult to continue judging the beer.

Smoother alcohol character than Old Rasputin (my favorite imp stout) but not as drinkable, mostly due to the minty numbness I got after only a few sips. A good sipper though, would go great with dessert.

JupiterJesus, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of EliottJW
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to start off by saying I was a bit let down by this beer. Drakes has been extremely hit or miss for me. their IPA is absolutely one of my favorites, but the 1500 was a complete let down.

The pour on this beer absolutely leaves something to be desired... it's not nearly as dark as I would expect from an imperial stout and a rather vigorous pour produces practically no head. while there was a touch of lacing left by the big, soapy bubbles that formed a crown, even swirling my glass did practically nothing in the way of producing any head.

smelled fine enough. some sweet, roasty malts. a hint of chocolate and some apparent coffee. The nose was definitely the highlight of this beer.

taste was a different story. I don't want to say that it was necessarily complex, I think that would be a touch misleading... but I will say that it was kind of all over the place. It started out quite estery... dark fruits... prunes and the such. after about 4-5 seconds gave way to a hint of chocolate and then almost immediately moved into HEAVILY roasted malts. I'm wanting to type out that it was burnt coffee, but that wasn't quite the quality that I got... it was burnt something... just all together too roasty for me. eventually, the roasty quality became someone enjoyable as an aftertaste... but I don't drink a beer solely for its aftertaste.

mouth fell a bit short as well. while it was nice and creamy, it was entirely too thin. I can't say too much beyond that. I want a heavier body on anything categorized as "imperial".

while this beer wasn't "bad", it also wasn't "good". I guess I'll leave it at that.

EliottJW, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of orcasteve
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bit sweet to start, robust in the middle almost like coffee, then a rush of hop and ruff alcohol at the end. a good siping beer that got better the warmer it got. this has a taste that stickes with you for awhile. i think that this one would make great french onion soup and would make a great complement to a big meal. try this one, it is worth it.

orcasteve, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of jlb502
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Price: $5.99 for a 22oz

Smell: Chocolate and nutty, kind of like chocolate covered peanuts. A faint perfumy fruit/floral smell that comes out more as it warms. It's actually kind of pleasant and delicate, two words I don't usually use to describe imperial stouts.

Taste: Bitter chocolate. Unsweetened milk chocolate, if that exists, but it does sweeten up somewhat as it warms. Peanuts again. It's more peanut pieces and skins that whole peanuts. Come on, you know there's a difference. A little bit of hop/plantiness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess but maybe a touch more carbonation than it needs. Not over-carbed by any means but I wouldn't mind it scaled back just a little bit. Could also use a little more body.

Overall: This beer seems like a lighter take on the imperial stout, which is a nice change of pace. I got some interesting floral and fruit notes, which if explored more, I think could really heighten the beer. If you're reading this Drakes, feel free to add some roses and/or cherries. Sounds weird but I think it could work.

jlb502, May 23, 2011
Photo of BradBLR
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark chocolate color with almost no light being seen through it. The head was a very dark brown that was very think and lasted the entire beer with great lacing. The aroma of this beer was a little weak for an imperial stout, but there were hints of toasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a slight hint of hops.

The taste of this beer was pretty good. A nice malty flavor with hint of toasted malt and a slight hint of coffee. The was a fair amount of hops at the end, but nothing that would blow you away. The mouthfeel was pretty good with a good amount thickness, but the CO2 was a little too strong. Not the smoothest RIS I've had, but not bad.

All in all not a bad beer and it cam in a 16.9 oz. bottle, so it was easy to drink this at one sitting and not get too hammered. If your are in to RIS's give this one a try.

BradBLR, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice rich dark brown/black. Small tan head is creamy with decent retention. Small splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Loaded with licorice and cocoa. Nice roasted barley coupled with some sweet caramelized malts. A hint of dark fruit with a huge chocolate malt backbone. Breadybwith a touch of alcohol on the back. Some blackberry and old coffee beans. A touch of burnt malt as well. Minimal hopping with a faint herbal/citrus component. Very sweet, but not sugary or overbearing.

Taste: Slightly burnt with cocoa and a ton of bitter baker's chocolate. Deeply roasted with some caramel and chocolate malt. Some milky chocolate and chocolate cake. Hops are light and offer some herbal touches. Slight touches of char and dark fruit. Dark cherry with some blackberry Warming tamps down on some of the sweetness and pushes a bunch more cocoa. Burnt with some char. Oh, and a ton of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pseudomilitant.

A nice imperial stout. A good balance of malt flavors with a good depth. Warming allows it to really show it's depth. I'm going to need a few bottles for aging.

Goblinmunkey7, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Funky and rather attractive Half Litre (500 ml, 16.9 fl.oz.) brown glass bottle that has a short, wide & squat body with a tall neck complete with a familiar but nevertheless distinctive white ceramic swing top arrangement. Main label is as per the BA Avatar; a large Sailing Ship with sails fully released has the words “A Pint a Day Keeps Scurvy Away”. Some information on the left hand side of the includes ‘Original Gravity of 21.5°P by a Malt Bill of 91% Malted Barley, 4% Crystal Malt, 3% Roasted Barley and 2% Chocolate Malt. Chinook Hops were added to balance the Beer…weighs in at a robust 8.75% Alc. by Vol.”
No freshness Date but the Bottle really does look very cool I have to say.

Appearance: Thick black oily resinous pour that positively oozes into the Stone Imperial Russian Stout Glass I had ready. Tan colored head rose quickly but soon dissipated to a thin covering, that eventually broke to reveal only a thick bubbles halo ring. Minimal carbonation.

Nose: The nose takes some work, though it does improve with some heat input. Chocolate malts dominate with some toasted coffee and a very light hop character. As it warms the roast coffee improves the nose and allows the hops and alcohol to come through to the front more.

Taste: Very bitter start, the Chinook hops immediately make their presence known though they tussle with a strong roast coffee and dark chocolate middle. The back is tart and somewhat alcohol laden with a sour twist in the swallow. Sharp tastes that need to be rounded off, for they are a little prickly and harsh at present.

Mouthfeel: Big. Lots of Malt and Alcohol ensures that this Imperial Stout gives you something to chew on, even after the swallow. Bitter malty finish and lingering harsh hop infused alcohol on the tongue long after the beer is gone.

Drinkability: Nice roasted start, but this is a little bit harsh at the moment in the middle and a tad raw in the back end. Nice enough last of the night beer and it finished me good, so much so I forgot to post this Review at the time I did it!! Needs a little more time to improve the Drinkability I feel.

Overall: I suspect I drank this one a bit fresh and that the harsh hop character and alcohol will start to smooth out and round off into a more palatable brew given as little as another 6 months. Worth buying and keeping one to experiment with in the Cellar I think. Age will certainly mature and improve this for sure.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of kbuzz
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz omber into my trusty snifter. No date to be found.

A: Pours an intensely thick, opaque black color. A one finger creamy mocha head fades quickly. Alcohol legs are present.

S: Massive roasted malts. Bittersweet baker's chocolate. Some faint vanilla and burnt rown sugar. A touch of coffee, but not too much.

T/M: A lesser version of the nose. Very sweet and chocolately. The roastiness gets lost somewhere in the back. And there's no coffee tast to speak of. A decent bitter hop presence. Very rich and creamy...definitely full-bodied. Leaves a coating on the palate after the swallow. Just a touc of alcohol presence - more in warmth than taste.

O: Kind of a mellow overall version of a RIS. Very palatable and easy drinking considering the ABV. The mouthfeeel is wonderful, but I'd like to get just a bit more roastiness or even some coffee in the taste.

kbuzz, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black with dark stained wood highlights and over an inch of rocky cola brown head. Leaves spidery lacing.

S-Milk chocolate, cocoa powder, light roastiness. A deep whiff exposes very light traces of phenolic booziness.

T/M-Fairly thin, and surprisingly light, given the style. There's a delicate roasted maltiness that runs through this, adding a nice contrast to the mild milk chocolate sweetness. Simple and very easy to drink. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-I usually prefer beers in this style to be more complex, but this was a nice surprise. A great alternative to your average heavy, rich RIS.

DaveHS, Apr 10, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color but, uh-oh, there is no head

Smell: Rich dark mocha aroma with some cereal undertones

Taste: Starts out with a black bread flavor that adds some coffee bitterness and chocolate elements, mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are primarily bittersweet chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but flat

Drinkability: Despite the plastic wrapper around the swing top being intact, somehow this beer lost all of its carbonation; the flavors were nice but it lacked some complexity that I would expect from an Imperial Stout

brentk56, May 06, 2007
Photo of goschool
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This RIS looks amazing. A perfect layer of creamy light brown head sit on top of the opaque body.

Smell: The nose has milk chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a hint of hops.

Taste: The flavor profile begins with a shot of piney hops whose bitterness and acidity looms though the finish. The chocolate and coffee flavors that follow have a tart taste.

Mouthfeel: The body is chewy with a thin finish.

Drinkability: The bitterness and tart flavors keep the delectable roasted malt flavors from making this stout as tasty as the should.

goschool, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark flat black hue with a nice mocha head. Nice spotty lace as well.

S: Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, wood, earth, dried dark fruit, and citrus hops.

T: The flavor is nice and roasty, with hints of chocolate. Loads of dark fruits in the middle, with a touch of licorice.

M: Full bodied, very rich with nice balanced carbonation.

D: Not too bad. Tasty but there are better Imperial stouts to be had.

tpd975, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of poluti
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle.
I tried this beer at the brewery but didn't rate it because of the bbq and fun in the air (not a good time for one of my sessions). So I picked up a flip-top at BevMo and gave it a shot.

It's a dark brown almost black in appearance. Carbonation bubbles ran up the side into the tan frothy head. Fantastic head retension. This beer looked gorgeous but not perfect (too much head).
Alcohol was evident in the waft, however, that is typical for many beers of this style. There was not much of a hoppy aroma to balance out the dark roasted and chocolate malts that are very prevalent. As I stuck my nose into the glass, I noted that not much had changed from the waft. I would have to say after looking at the beer, the scent was a little bit dissapointing.
Roasted and Chocolate malts REALLY come out in this beer. I enjoyed them but I really wished they had more hops than the bittering Chinook to counteract them. It is fairly well balanced, but considering many beers I have had for this style, I would consider it a little above average.
This beers coats the tongue very well. Carbonation is very prevalent throughout the tasting process. I love the thickness and how the entire flavor stays in the mouth several minutes after the last sip.
This beer is very drinkable. As previously stated, I wish it had more and different kinds of hops to give it more of an Imperial Stout feel. However, I know several people that would enjoy this beer as opposed to the Imperial Stouts I would typically brew and purchase.

poluti, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Two fingers of delicate, light brown head top a black, dark, opaque beer. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malts, slightly thin, with a hint of coffee but not much else.

T: Above average, nothing more. A rather disappointing imperial stout. The most superlative quality is the drying, citrus-bitter Columbus hops that offer superlative balance. Otherwise, it's sweetish chocolate malt; light, roasted bitterness; and nutty coffee on the very endtaste. The aftertaste is creamy.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, and, at times, hoppy dry. Nice.

O: Very well balanced and mild. A very well put-together beer. A gentler, if not subtler, imperial stout that comes moderately recommended.

AgentMunky, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over time. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger head of light tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, light hops, licorice, and coffee. A light to mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, some light licorice, toffee, coffee, and fudge. The chocolate note here is the most reminiscent note of real chocolate I've ever experienced in a beer; usually chocolate notes are merely cocoa. It's quite nicely balanced and built. I like it. Some layering is present. Complex enough. More hoppy than expected. The climax is a marvelous blend of licorice and chocolate. A caramel tone underlies the entire profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some dryness on the open and finish. Not too thick nor too thin, but never quite right. Not too sharp or overcarbonated. Could use far more cream and a bit more coarseness. Decently done as it is, but in need of fine tuning.

Dr/Ov: Very drinkable for the high ABV and the style. I like it a lot, but with some work it could be stellar. A nice imperial stout that is worthy of any beer fanatic's time and money. Bravo. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

B

kojevergas, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL flip top bottle tried 8 Apr 2010.

Bottle had a little leaking around the flip top that had dried, this happened prior to purchase.

Poured in a 512 One snifter. Thick large dark brown head. Lightly carbonated. Beer is almost black. Smells of ethanol, roasty chocolate, kahlua and vanilla. Lots of coffee and espresso to start. Rum, dark fruits and figs through the middle. Roasty-sour finish with some cocoa in the aftertaste. Medium body, foamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming.

Overall a good but not great RIS.

htomsirveaux, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of lighter brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A webby lace of tan sticks to the glass.

The smell is roasty with a hint of nutty grain. A light grassy to herbal hop element is also present breaking things up a bit. By no means is this a bold smelling brew, sort of middle of the road and without fault.

The taste is roasty with a hint of nuttiness and bitterness of earthy roast instead of hops. There is a mild character of stale coffee and herbal hop aftertaste that lingers. Not the best tasting imperial stout but not bad either.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is pretty fair across the board and without fault. I appreciate the chance to try this brew but it holds nothing memorable about it to warrent me ever wanting to purchase or try it again.

stakem, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

NWer, Nov 15, 2013
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.