Drake's Crude - Erie Brewing Co.

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143 Ratings

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
In 1859, Colonel Edwin L. Drake successfully drilled the first oil well in Northwest PA. His first well became known as “Drake’s Folly” by skeptics who soon ate their words as Pennsylvania became responsible for almost half the world’s oil production. Drake’s Crude Oatmeal Stout is a silky smooth, crude oil black malt beverage, which reflects on our region’s rich oil production history.

(Beer added by: santoslhalper on 02-20-2006)
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Lordhelmit
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer of all time. Pours a dark black. Like crude oil. Hence the name. Thin head which dissipates quickly with equally as quickly receding lacing. Smells....like sweet. Like chocolate.

Taste is insane. Just wow. Pure butterscotch/caramel/chocolate/vanilla. But all those flavors hit you in waves. IBU is probably close to 0. This is pretty much how I expected Harry Potter's "butterbeer" to taste like. God it tastes so good. MF is fine it is certainly full bodied and syrup-like. Overall 5/5.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of alucardswordlol
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The colour was there for an oatmeal stout. My major concerns with the beer revolved around the lacing and the body. Perhaps spoiled by Sam Smith's classic interpretation of the style.

Smell - What a great smell. Like the taste, I am hit by coffee, vanilla, and chocolate in waves. Great sniff

Taste - The taste was hard to beat. Expected soft vanilla tones but the added chocolate and coffee flavours really tied this beer together compared to other oatmeal stouts. Very tasty and I'd never have expected the 6.9% abv

Mouthfeel - A bit lacking for an oatmeal stout. I want the thick body and with a name like Drake's crude it should be thicker.

Overall - Great interpretation of the beer. The addition of chocolate and coffee flavors tie the beer together without straying too far from the style. Although the light body works against it, the beer is one of the most quaffable (and crushable) oatmeal stouts out there due to this.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of darknova306
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours a thick black, with a small white head on it.

There is a light malty sweetness in the aroma, but it is dominated by the roasted grains (as would be expected). No detectable hop aroma.

This is a black beer. I see no light getting through it at all.

There is a nice roasted flavor that forms the base for this beer, but it is nicely balanced by a light crystal malt sweetness. It is dark and roasty, surely, but only has a very mild bitterness, probably more from the roasted malt than hops. This oatmeal stout is a very easy drinking beer, which says a lot for a stout.

This is a full bodied stout, with a very nice silky smooth feel to it from the oats.

This is a fantastic oatmeal stout, and I encourage anyone that enjoys this style to try it. There are just enough hops to keep it from being a malt bomb, and the texture from the oats makes it deliciously smooth.

Photo of watermelonman
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as nearly black with just a ring of head. It left a small amount of lace.

The smell is deep and strong, with plenty of dark malt, chocolate, and a bit of oatmeal coming through. The taste is also strong, starting with malt and oatmeal, and finishing with chocolate. Hops are minor. The mouthfeel is full but smooth.

This comes together very well.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of avaccani
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with tan head. The head dissapated completely almost as soon as I poured. I wish it would of stuck around for a bit.

S - I am getting some smoke, burnt malt, coffee.

T - I am not an Oatmeal Stout lover but this stuff is good. I has a nice crisp roast bite that is never too much. Balanced by a silky smoothness that just coats your whole mouth. I really enjoyed this.

M - Rich, creamy, silky, smooth. Very nice.

O - I highly recommend this one. This beer is a great example of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Pitch black with half decent lacing, head retention is not as prevalent as we expected. Burnt chocolaty nose with hints of dark berries, a slight whiff of alcohol and a little sweet and pleasing oat aroma. Creamy medium body with a good amount of smoothness to go around. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors from the roasted grain meet with a sweetness and silkiness from the oats. Hop bitterness is held to a minimum, which is great so the maltiness can really shine. There is a balance from the bitterness of the burnt character which never reaches a level of being too much on the palate or acrid. Ghost licorice root flavor near the end. Mildly fruity with suggestions of blackberries and burnt currants. Mild sweet finish.

Stout lovers rejoice! Spot-on style and a sure pick for newbies wondering what an Oatmeal Stout is.

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Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
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