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

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88
very good

423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 43
Gots: 36 | 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 hanlonrn
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of cletusdog
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of caverog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Nearly no light passes, even when held up to the sun. A narrow, but rich mocha colored head appears. The head fades almost as quickly as it forms. The nose is nice--chocolate liquer with spent coffee grounds that emerge from time to time. I like the thick, creaminess, but the scrubbiness on the back of the tongue disrupts the smoothness of the mouthfeel just a little too much. Large flavors of chocolate liquer and notes of a mildly sour wood. The beer finishes quite dry, almost with a coffee acidity. It's a big ole imperial, but not a stupendous effort. Drake's has better offerings.

Photo of sendsilk
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of yamar68
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schwartzoid for this one. Never sampled anything from Drake's so I'm excited to see what they're all about. Poured from 22oz bomber to snifter:

Pours big and black with an edge of clarity, not much. A medium brown finger of head sinks to a collar after a minute or two... fantastic lacing.

Nose is pretty basic - fudge and lots of it, chocolate chip cookies, creamy sweetness, no real bite to it which makes for a nice change-up.

The taste isn't what I was anticipating. I was thinking cavity inducer, but this isn't that at all. There are a few of those dessert notes but there are also bitter bits and smoky undertones. More balance than the nose would suggest.

Pretty damn good.

Photo of ttttrrrrtttt
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of chocosushi
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of FunkyMacGrovin. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout pours a solid black, with maybe three fingers of mocha foam. Head retention is decent, and the lacing falls a bit on the spotty side. The nose has a fair amount of anise, with dark chocolate providing support. As usual for me, I wish the relative intensities of the two aromas were switched. There's a good bit more balance between black licorice and chocolate. A nice roasty coffee note comes in on the back end to provide a nice finish. The body has a little bit of creaminess to it, and is firm. It's not as luscious as some of its bigger, more "imperial" brethren, but it works for this beer. The carbonation is appropriately subdued, not pulling the spotlight away from the malt. Drakonic Imperial Stout isn't one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts, but it's a very solid offering. And, according the the $6.99 sticker price on mine, it's a great value buy for California BAs.

Photo of cralyanne
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of t420o
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drake drakonic imperial stout

A-  roasted chocoalte malt, brown sugar, an earthy coffee flavor, a peaty smell. A malty goodness coming from this. 4

S- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger dark mocha head resting atop a jet black body. Decent retention. Nice lacing 4  

T- from the second it hit my lips I knew it was good. Dark chocolate and espresso upfront but not  overdone and actually refreshing. There are hints of milk chocoalte, mollasses, slight bitter hop taste, and and earthy tone. Very well done 4.5
 

M- very good mouthfeel. Good viscotity, creamy, and good carbonation. 4

O- honestly I came into this beer with slightly low expectations as nothing ive ever had from drakes (albeit only a few of them) has ever impressed me. This definitely wowed me and I will be buying it again. A excellent imperial stout. This barrel aged would probably be orgasmic 4.5

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Photo of tizride
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of OPBrewCrew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of czechsaaz
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks, dark. Then it's kind of dark. Held up to a light it's dark with a big foamy tan head that settles into a solid layer. There's nothing about the look to complain about.

Smells a lot like molasses. Swetish but with a sour note from roast malt. But I don't get a whole bunch of roast, just hints.

Starts off sweet lots of base malt and some dark roast malt. Decent bittering hop level but it stays on the sweet side which is fine for RIS. There's also a hint of sourness not from hops but from darker roast malts, black patent or chocolate maybe. Lots of fruity flavor from the yeast. Overall a pretty complex beer.

Thick and creamy in the mouth but not harsh or alcoholic at all. It's not the hugest RIS I've had which might make it seem a little more approachable that some of them.

Definitely worth having again.

Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a nice one finger mocha colored head w/tight bubbles. The aroma is primarily dark chocolate with a little bit of some roasted malts and coffee. The taste opens up with the chocolate and hits with the coffee on the back end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, but comes through a little thinner and more watery than an imperial stout should. It is still nice and smooth, and the alcohol is decently hidden.

Overall a solid stout from Drake's, wouldn't mind seeking it out again.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at JV Wine & Sprits in Napa today for $5.99. I was in the mood for an impy stout after a day of wine tasting.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is hanging pretty well.

Nose is hints of coffee and mocha.

Taste is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, mocha, with a nice hop oil finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth, not as chewy as hoped.

Overall this is a real tasty brew, love the flavors going on, not as viscous as hoped but good nonetheless.

Photo of areich6
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours with about an inch and a half of head. The beer itself is quite dark but the head retains a light tan color. Appears less heavy than many other Imperial Stouts out there.

S: Honestly, it smells like a quad to me, or other comparable Belgian beers. I can detect dark fruits such as black cherries, and a slight bit of roastiness.

T: There is definitely some good hoppy bitterness along with some nice roastiness. I cannnot detect any of the dark fruits I could detect in the smell.

M: Fairly light, but also a little pleasantly creamy. Personally I prefer my stouts to be thicker than this but it definitely isn't watery by any means. There is no bight from the alcohol at all.

O: For a Russian Imperial Stout, I would call this above average. My idea of a great Imerial Stout is a little bit stronger than this, but overall it is satisfying brew.

Photo of pschul4
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.