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

Drake's Drakonic Imperial StoutDrake's Drakonic Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%


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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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at BoHo in Hollywood, CA.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of smooth dark chocolate. As it warms the dark chocolate becomes more prominent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors are joined shortly by unsweetened chocolate. As with the smell, the chocolate flavors gain steam as the beer warms. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few of these with no problem.

Overall this is a solid RIS but lacks the complexity to be great. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 01:47:13 | More by glid02
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hamilton's, San Diego, CA on 7/8/09. Served in a goblet.

A - Dense dark brown body with deep reddish highlights and a wonderful finger's width of creamy burnt tan head that retained exceptionally well and deposited a thin sheet of lacing around the goblet.

S - Muted nose with chocolate notes, sweet malts and a mild coffee presence. Some alcohol notes emerged as the liquid warmed up. Sweet caramel and toffee notes round out the aroma.

T - Flavor is heavy on the chocolate with quite a bit of roasted malt, the latter of which really opened up as it reached room temperature. An apparent coffee presence also emerged, followed by a slight nutty character. Finish is quite bitter overall with earthy hop notes and dark chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent with some residual stickiness on the palate.

D - Fine RIS that was quite smooth and drinkable. While this was heavy on the chocolate, it also possessed a nice roasty character to complement the sweetness of the malt.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 17:30:44 | More by ffejherb
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ThirdLap

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jupiter in Berkeley. I've had this before from the bottle, but this is my first time sampling it on-tap.

Deep black as it sits in my glass, with a short-lasting dark tan head. Not much lacing as the glass empties.

The nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cola. Hints of dark fruit.

Taste is surprisingly complex. While not barrel-aged, there is a woodsy oakiness to it, which combined with the dark chocolate undertones and perceptible alcohol makes it remnisicient of stouts that have spent time in a bourbon barrel. I don't remember the bottle of Drake's Imperial Stout I had several months ago having this characteristic.

Body is medium-high, with the carbonation right in the middle. Mouthfeel is creamy and luscious, with a slight bitter finish. Drinkability is excellent, as it took some effort for me to sit and savor this one.

I will have to try this again from the bottle for comparison, but from what I can remember, this is a different beast from the tap. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 13:22:35 | More by ThirdLap
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macktbone

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 06:46:08 | More by macktbone
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bbothen

California

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Thanks Kasim.

Pours out a deep & dark brown/almost black color with a big bubbly & creamy tan colored head.

Big coffee & chocolate aromas, roasted malts, some fruitiness, and faint hoppiness. All balanced quite nicely. Yum.

Like the nose the taste is of roasted/toasted malts, and nice coffee & chocolate flavors, and some bitter hoppiness. I likey.

Medium to full, smooth, creamy, slick, velvety. Yeah.

This is a great beer & awesome on cask. Could drink this all night. And day. Work is stupid. I quit and am going to have one of these.

Serving type: cask

02-19-2009 22:47:46 | More by bbothen
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mossadacity

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 12:04:30 | More by mossadacity
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lhaqq

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 04:47:13 | More by lhaqq
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado today.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light sweet roasted malt and a hint of hoppiness. On the palate however, this beer is just delicious. The beer is loaded with wonderful coffee, chocolate and licorise, with some noticeable hoppy bitterness in the finish. This is yummy stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer has a moderately long finish. Abv. is pretty well disguised, though certainly you wouldn't want to have more then one or two of these. The alcohol tended to become more and more noticeable as I went along, though at no point did it become tiring or heavy on the palate. All that being said, this is still a pretty substantial stout and is not the sort of thing I can imagine drinking a lot of. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this stout from Drake's. Not bad a all. :-)

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 03:49:10 | More by johnmichaelsen
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bcm119

California

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep woody roasted malt aroma, hints of chocolate and black fruit. Starts out smooth and roasty, with pervasive chocolate flavors on a medium body mid-palate. Hops are unobtrusive but provide proper balance. Nice nuances of sherry and vinous raisins before the lengthy finish. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Pretty nice overall-- easy drinking and the flavors are spot-on; a little thinner than some and maybe not as complex as others. Quite tasty on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 02:32:56 | More by bcm119
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lpayette

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, thanks to my friend and fellow BA dbalsock for sending me this beer.

Poured into a snifter with almost no carbonation and a complete lack of head... not sure why looking at other reviews. Black, but I've seen darker. some ruby hues.

Not much in the way of smell, but the taste and mouthfeel is what I love. It's surprisingly complex and smooth. This is not your typical malt and hop bomb darker is better stout. Highly drinkable for the style, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 03:23:52 | More by lpayette
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2007 00:35:41 | More by Halcyondays
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watermelonman

California

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a near solid black with a minor head. The head is lasting but it isn't leaving any lace.

The smell is strong and full of flavor. Chocolate comes through on top of a solid malt base. The taste has a strong amount of hops lingering all the way through. Alcohol is barely detected in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full while drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2006 06:02:29 | More by watermelonman
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2006 03:25:59 | More by rayjay
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Dukeofearl

California

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Serving type: growler

01-29-2006 22:31:40 | More by Dukeofearl
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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.