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Drake's Crude - Erie Brewing Co.

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very good

125 Ratings

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%

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.

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Photo of metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only traces of reddish brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the sun. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the flavors are a little stronger. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is aptly named because it looks like oil and almost feels like oil when it is going down your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 13:52:32 | More by metter98
Photo of DrDemento456


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found at the Gateway Grill for 3 bucks.
A - Pours a deep black brown, some ruby highlights with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that doesn't fizz out just settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Smell is sweet with bakers chocolate and a touch of coffee roasts
T - Taste is pretty good it mostly has sweet chocolate and little roast but feels kind of watered down. Could use more hops but it is over 5 months old so I expected as much.
M - Only bad part about it the body is a bit bubbly making it watery and not as creamy as traditional oatmeal stouts.

Overall I guess I should be glad it doesn't have a skunky or metallic tone like some stouts but the watery body of this beer makes for a very forgettable brew. Hides the ABV pretty well though...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:45:15 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Erie Brewing
Drakes Crude Stout
6.9% ABV

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with a just off white bubbly foam. There're some big bubbles that linger, but retention is below average. Good clarity.

SMELL: Roasted malts, black coffee and charcoal make up most of the nose. There is a hint of alcohol poking through. The aroma is also suggesting fresh baked dark breads.

TASTE: Upfront the flavors are bitter and heavily roasted. Light powdered cocoa pairs well with a mild but present hop flavor. Leaf, grass and lemon citrus qualities to the hop. The malt does have a black licorice note. Finishes with roast, citrus, and bittersweet.

FEEL: Not quite a full bodied stout, this is a well carbonated brew with more of a thin medium bodied feel. The malt flavor really sticks with you.

OVERALL: A decent example of the style here, you get plenty of roast, some hop flavor, and a sneaky 6.8% abv. I'd have this again some time.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 18:35:14 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of tommyguz pours a rich black color with a small tan head. Not much for retention or lace.

Nose is chocolate, black licorice and a little bit of herbal hops. Mildly sweet and has a decent malty aroma.

Taste has a little more oatmeal cookie flavor than the aroma would indicate. More chocolate, less anise and cleans up pretty nice on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery though and not as silky/creamy as most of the style. Pretty easy to drink though. Has a bit of a root beer quality Im not overly fond of...Id probably drink again if someone gave it to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 00:03:59 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of wac9


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow just wonderful for 6.9 it doesnt taste that strong just a great oatmeal stout very dark as night and a smooth taste you will love it taste some chocolTE NOT OVER POWERING a great beer puts a major smile on my face pour it in to a glass lookslikea black hole doesnt tasteasstrong some oatmeal stouts this this a must have

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 01:03:12 | More by wac9
Photo of Knapp85


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this not too long ago and wanted to see if it could top the Ol' Red Scotch Ale that Erie puts out. I can't say that it's better but it's pretty good in general I think. The pour of the beer is nearly jet black with a brown colored head. The smell of the beer has some oats to it and a chocolatey burnt aroma as well. The flavor of the beer is loaded with some semi-sweet roasted chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel had a good thickness to it also. Overall this beer is pretty good and I'd say that it's worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:12:28 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Jenkster4


3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pretty much pitch black with a slight head that is gone very quickly after pouring.

Nose: Got some roasted characters, molasses, chocolate , and quite a bit of coffee actually.

Taste: Most of what you get on the nose. After it warms up you get "oatmeal". Slight bitter in the back of the mouth just for a second, kinda like a iced coffee .

Mouth: This is where this beer lacks. Just too thin for the style. So you could really drink this anytime of the year/day. It just needs some more weight to it.

Overall: Not bad, but it could be a lot better. Its extremely smooth. It's worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 05:35:34 | More by Jenkster4
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a DFH goblet.

Appears pretty damn dark. A very black brown. Head is pretty much nonexistent.

Smells chocolatey with a toasty flavor. A touch of coffee too.

Tastes of chocolate with some burnt flavors coming through. Some oatmeal comes through now.

Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I expected. Creamy up front but hollows out.

Overall this was acceptable but it's certainly no Samuel Smith's... A much better representation within the genre.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 23:09:54 | More by Yagman3000
Photo of Dodo2step


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A- a dark black color like dark chocolate. A tan head and minla lacing. quite opaque

S- burnt chocolate and roasted nuts

F- a dark coffee type of flavor with chocolate. A roasted malt back end.

M- thick bodied but not creamy. Like eating a coffee bean coated with chocolate.

O- not bad for a stout. More of a fall type of beer but still tasty year round.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:38:52 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of Holland


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, almost black when poured into a tulip glass. Thin head dissipates quickly, leaving a sticky, thin, dark tan lacing.

S: smells of roasted malt and nuts, with some chocolate.

T: tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malt. It's a little bitter on the back end.

M: thinner than I would expect. Filled with carbonation, but it feels smooth.

O: not impressed, but it's not bad. It's an oatmeal stout, dark and delicious. Pretty easy to drink, and I'm going to have another since I got a six pack. However, for the $12 price tag for the six pack, you can get better oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 00:00:36 | More by Holland
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the label. Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Color is a deep dark black, nearly opaque color, head is golden yellow brown nearly one finger strong. Smell is wonderfully complex, there is a base of strong bitter coffee notes, with a leading nose of sweetness. Taste is very coffee bitter and yet the sweetness still pokes through. Feel could be a bit more carbonated, some oilyness is present as well. Overall I enjoyed the beer, though I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:38:19 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle!

Dammit, every time I see the word "crude" my mind goes right to the Beverly Hillbillies... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toasted oats, roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a rather light layer of char. The taste brings in stronger roast and cocoa components, but keeps everything else relatively static. The body is a medium (tilting slightly toward the lighter end), with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a rather nice little oatmeal stout, something I don't think I can easily sour on.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 22:59:39 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of avaccani


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:29:23 | More by avaccani
Photo of Morey


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a beige colored head that has settled to a thin lace after only a few minutes. Some dark brown hues can be seen if you hold it up to the light. Moderate head retention.

Very smokey aroma. I'd be surprised to learn that they don't use at least a small amount of smoked malts in the brewing process. It's hard to detect anything else in the smell.

The smokiness carries over into the taste providing a nice addition to a smooth Oatmeal stout. Finishes rather smooth, as the smoked flavor doesn't really linger much.

Medium bodied with a nice low carbonation.

A good beer that EBC has wisely chose for a late winter seasonal.

Morey's Bottom Line: If ever there was a fireplace beer, this it it. I picture myself sitting in a rocking chair next to a fireplace in a log cabin.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:54:18 | More by Morey
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3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my generic curved-rim pint glass. I've had this beer on draft at a bar once before. I liked it. I didn't love it. We'll see how the bottle fairs here.

A: Poured a deep dark dark brown (*almost* black) with virtually no head or carbonation visible. I don't want my oatmeal stout to be heavily carbonated, but the complete lack of *pop* when the bottle released and absence of all bubbles on the pour concerns me.

S: The smell is robust, with roasted malts and a stronger-than-average scent of chocolate readily apparent. I pick up on maybe a touch of coffee as well.

T: Roasted flavors are pronounced. Any "oatmeal" flavor is understated and doesn't arrive until later in the taste. This beer is thinner and "more watery" than I would have expected it to be. That makes it fairly quaffable, but not terribly interesting/memorable. I also can't get past the fact that I think this bottle is a little flat. The "thinness" coupled with the lack of carbonation is detracting for me.

M: Surprisingly light in the mouth, this beer doesn't finish with a strong coating, either.

D: Light and smooth, quite drinkable, but overall this beer lacks any *punch* to it. I'm underwhelmed by it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 02:14:57 | More by psuKinger
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle - no date or code - poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Black with a scant light brown head - in fact, a rather aggressive pour yields very little head, little retention, but what is there laces stickily

S - Big coffee aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malts

T&M - Coffee and lighter chocolate flavors. Has an earthy and somewhat herbal bitterness. Chocolate malt becomes more predominant as the drink progresses. Higher hop bitterness in the finish. Rather crisp for a stout, but smooth. Medium bodied

D - A very interesting stout; a bit different then most oatmeal stouts that I've had. Lot's of character, and I find the hop level very interesting; it adds a different dynamic.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:44:50 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with an initial big head that dissipitates to a minimal head. Great aromas of chocolate and roasted barley. Bitterness is quite huge, with a sour lactate assist. The taste does not match the aroma, but it is interesting and drinkable providing you are OK with sourness.Above average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 20:25:29 | More by Sammy
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 3/21/2010. Bottle thanks to cheapdark. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, oatmeal malt, light coffee notes. Flavor is mostly sweet roasted malt. Decent sweet stout, pretty drinkable, but nothing special to write about.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 19:55:26 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, jet black pour. While I forced a 1/2 finger dark chocolate head, it disappeared in record time leaving behind nary a bubble. Not lace at all, either.

Dark chocolate malt with notes of fresh berries. Blackberries with a hint of cream. Some light notes of coffee. No hint of alcohol. The aroma is very nice.

Fairly thin hit. A bit of astringent chocolate, then hops and bitter chocolate/coffee. Some reminders of berries from the nose. Not much anise. Finish has a nice roast malt quality. For an oatmeal stout, actually quite light.

Light bodied, lighter than the style and flavor warrants.

Drinkable and good for when the night calls for more than one glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 02:44:10 | More by beer2day
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impenetrable black. Big dark cocoa-colored head develops and retreats with unexpected speed. Nothing, not a bubble, remains 30 seconds after the pour. It could be a cola for all I can tell.
Smell is rich with coffee, malt, wet cardboard, peat. Balance is very good with nothing standing out above the crowd.
Taste is nearly the same (a good thing to me) with malt, coffee, peat/smoke, a touch of soy and hops. Balance is not a solid on the palate as it was in the nose as coffee stands above the rest. Not as sweet as expected of an oatmeal, either.
A medium-bodied brew with a watery finish. Effervescence is nearly non-existent, nor is there any warming to it. The aftertaste, what there is of it, is mostly coffee with some burnt malt and ashiness. Agood beer but not nearly what I was expectng or hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:48:49 | More by PorterLambic
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 14:36:22 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of zoso1967


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours just as dark as the oil it is named after with a nice smooth tan head. The aroma is very chocolaty, roasty and malty with a slight earthiness as well. The flavor is quite malty as stouts go with the primary flavors being chocolate and dark sweet malt with some roasty coffee and a bit of astringency. Some earthy hops are also detectable and there is a decent amount of bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing in that it is not as smooth or chewy as I had hoped for. The body is on the bigger side of medium and the finish leaves my mouth fairly dry. ABV is undetectable making it pretty drinkable. All in all a pretty tasty stout, but not one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 18:42:54 | More by zoso1967
Photo of biglite351


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - very dark with only a slight red at the edges. Tall tight dark head that fell a bit too fast and left no lacing.

S - solid malty oatmeal stout scent with a ?ups pinch at the end.

T - taste of oats and malt with an unexpected acidic flavor of unknown origin. Rather different mix. Minutes after your last drink and you still have a pleasant taste in your mouth.

M - medium coating with just a tiny bit of tingle at the front of the tongue.

D - easily an all night drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 20:47:24 | More by biglite351
Photo of thain709


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a borderline black body...a very deep brown color...the head was small and light brown in color...not much head retention which lead to very little lacing

S - Nothing stood out and everything was very typical...your rolled oats and roasted malts were the stars

T - The flavors come out more on the palate...a deep, roasted malt flavor shines providing a slight caramel sweetness...the malts also show some chocolate flavors...the oats round out in the middle...there is no real hop presence but there is a slight bitterness from what seems like roasted coffee beans...the finish is very nice

M - Medium bodied...creamy and soft...just the way it should be

D - This was a very surprising oatmeal stout from Erie Brewing Co...this is by far the best offering I've had from them and it is now one of my favorite oatmeal stouts...I'd like to try this one on tap

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 17:58:50 | More by thain709
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan head

S - Dark roasted malts with a good whiff of what I would think is the oatmeal based on the smell being in a lot of oatmeal stouts. A hint of chocolate is in there somewhere.

T - Smooth oatmeal flavors with a little bit of dark chocolate flavor. A little bit of a bitter burnt coffee finish with some sugary sweetness mixed in. Really lacking the backbone that I enjoy in darker beers.

M - medium body with a little bit too much carbonation

D - A decent beer but this really doesn't match up to other stouts. Like mentioned earlier there is no backbone to this beer. It has a bit of a watery flavor. I don't think I will seek this one out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:09:53 | More by jpmclaug
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Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.