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Drake's Crude - Erie Brewing Co.

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135 Ratings

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | 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.

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Photo of gunnerman


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a jet black with a fluffy head, no lace detected. Smell is roasted malt and sweet chocolate with a hint of bread. Taste is bitter chocolate with a hint of hop bitterness toward the finish, nice smooth slick oat taste to this. Overall a nice and tasty stout smooth and rich.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 23:21:51 | More by gunnerman
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured an inky black with a thin head. The smell was a not as pronounced as I expected, with just a bit of toasted malt coming through. The taste was a little underwhelming for an oatmeal stout as well, with some roasted malt and bitterness in the finish, but not much in the middle. The mouthfeel was thick and pleasant, but the bitterness without any coffee or other character to back it up hurt the drinkability a little.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 19:52:06 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of ToddT


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark almost black color with a very small tan head. Head fades to a ring and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

S- Roast malt, caramel , chocolate, and coffee notes are present.

T- Strong roasted malt taste at first rounded out by a caramel undertone. Coffee and chocolate come in at the end and the aftertaste is a quick hit of brown sugar, and bitter dark chocolate.

M- Medium in body but with minimal carbonation. Smooth and silky as it goes down.

D- Pretty easy drinking stout. Hides the 6.9% ABV well. Borderline session stout.

If I'm in the mood for an oatmeal stout and want a bunch of them, this would be my choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 02:49:32 | More by ToddT
Photo of iceball585

New York

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

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, dark brown color head that faded quickly, a bit of sediment floating throughout

S- Dark chocolate, smokey, roasted malts, creamy, slightly sweet

T- Smokey, baker's chocolate, dark fruits, earthy, grainy, black coffee

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, silky, flavorful

D- Worth trying

This beer tastes more like a Sweet Stout than an Oatmeal Stout to me but still worth trying

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 21:41:26 | More by iceball585
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drake's crude is one of those beers where the taste really makes you want to bump up the scores all around. Absolutely freaking delicious.

The beer pours a midnight black with some light ruby highlighting around the edges. The tan foam starts out nice and rocky, but disappears to nothing soon enough.

The smell is all chocolate and roasted grain. There is a bit of alcohol lurking around in there too.

The taste starts with chocolate, then runs into some grain astringency, mixing nicely into a fruity yeasty finish. Everything shares the spotlight politely and ends impressively.

The mouth is creamy and medium bodied, the carbonation is spot on.

The drinkability is nice, everything adds up pretty well, and the taste is great. Very impressed, try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 23:51:28 | More by grayburn
Photo of Drew966


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drake's Crude Oatmeal Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is roasty with a touch of sweetness and even a hint floral. The flavor is roasty, but I don't get a whole lot more, on the other hand, that's pretty much what I look for in a beer like this. The mouthfeel is kind of mediumish, I think I would like it to be a touch thicker though. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 00:38:27 | More by Drew966
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. The stout appears a nearly opaque black color with two fingers of dense pillowy dark ecru foam. Aromas and flavors of rich dark roasted grains, chocolate malt, bitter cocoa, brown sugar. Smooth and creamy with ample carbonation. A rather tasty oatmeal stout from an under appreciated PA brewery. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 03:44:49 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz. at cellar temp into pint glass. pours opaque black with a nice dark mocha colored head. about 2 fingers head that faded pretty quickly to lacing.

off the pour it smelled a lot like olive juice. now that its settled a pick up a lot of notes from a classic oatmeal stout. lots of sweetness from the oats as well as chocolate.

nice chocolate- coffee flavor in front with a bitter sweet finish of oats with a lingering bitter chocolateness hanging over. a little light.

nice creamy mouthfeel, medium body(wish it was a tad heavier) and maybe a tad too much carbonation for the style. all in all not too bad though. very good drinkability for a stout, doesnt seem to fill me up and has a very drinkable ABV. i would recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 22:29:59 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a huge black malt scent that's quite earthy and dry. I'm detecting some oatmeal aroma, but it's well hidden within the patent malt scent. The taste is decent as well. It's quite dry with a black malt bitterness. It has little in the way of chocolate or crystal malt sweetness. The oatmeal lends itself nicely to the mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good stout, but I was expecting better.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:23:00 | More by WesWes
Photo of Yetiman420


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's in Philly (amazing place).

Poured into a standard Sierra Nevada pint glass. I can't remember the last good beer I had out of a standard pint glass. Maybe I drink too much at home.

Black with a nice roasted coffee aroma.

Smoooth oatmeal creaminess. Comes up short on taste and mouthfeel. For an oatmeal stout, I was expecting a fuller feel although there's no complaints on the silky smoothness of the beer.

Last tasting note indicates this one could use a bit more of a punch which would help taste and drinkability. I lost interest towards the end.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 16:12:06 | More by Yetiman420
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New York

2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured thick, deep opaque brownish black and sludgy. Crude is a good term for it. Not much in the way of a head at all.

Sweet sticky oatmeal stout aroma with some tartness to it that would indicate this could be a sour beer.

Massive oatmeal and roasted grains, with some kind of an earthy funk to it, like soggy peat.

Very thick but surprisingly silky.

Too thick to call this one very drinkable, but it was certainly enjoyable going down.

Not overly impressed but not unimpressed. Seems like they really wanted to go with a massive oatmeal stout, and they succeeded. This definitely earns the name "crude" oatmeal stout. Like unrefined oil.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 16:26:41 | More by techcommdood
Photo of jlb307


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the tap.

A: Black as anything I've had. Head was frothy and creamy brown. It's only a 3.5 because it didn't retain at all and only left spots of lacing. Might be giving it a bum rap because of how it was poured.

S: Coffee and hints of dark chocolate. Loaded with oatmeal and malt scents. Light smoke on the nose.

T: Malty, malty goodness. The chocolate and oats really come through.

M: Smooth and creamy and coats like cough medicine. Very good.

D: I would surely have this again. It was really enjoyable to drink, and if I do, hopefully the pour will be a bit better and give it a deserved bump up.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-11-2009 23:17:23 | More by jlb307
Photo of darknova306

New York

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 04:44:03 | More by darknova306
Photo of Magpie14


3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: brown sugar head with a handful of soapy bubbles on the top of creamy cap. Body is safely black, both in the pour and in the glass. Looked rather viscous during the pour, I hope that it maintains this type of profile

S: black malty base, heavy roasted grains, cocoa powder and molasses

T: first off the flavor come and go rather quickly, surprisingly this has to be one of the cleanest finishes I have had in a stout. The initial blast of flavors are dark, slightly burnt, and roasty malts. Then a soft sugary lactose flavor mixed with a handful of oats, a dash of cocoa, and maybe stale coffee at the back...leaves room to be desired. A slight bitter roasted dryness lingers with a yeasty character at the back. Not to much as far as oatmeal is concerned

M: this has a solid standing and husky feeling. Body is hefty medium and slides dow the hatch very easily. Creamy and smooth...

D: lacks in overall complexity, it does have a few nice dimensions. However, I don't think I will ever get this again. Nothing stands out in this brew and it seems to wander aimlessly on the palate at times

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:04:02 | More by Magpie14
Photo of tempest


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Party Source. And while this beer was pretty drinkable for its strength, the flavor was too bland for its strength. It poured the proper pitch black with a tan head and had an extra bready toasted oats and crust aroma. The flavor followed up with a shot of roasted cocoa, but then there was this plain sweet candy flavor that was flat out boring. Not bad, but also not really worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 00:33:09 | More by tempest
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Bad choice for a label, i dont know, this one just doesnt sit right with me, although with the exception of Fallenbock none of Eries labels have been great. Pours an expected black color with a small tan head. Nose of semi-sweet roasted grain. Good malt flavor, decent late palate bitterness and a wonderfully drinkable light/medium body. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 23:08:16 | More by ATPete
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a mug. Color is pitch black with a short tan head which disapated quickly. Decent lacing was left behind.

Smells of roasted malt and chocolate.

Tastes of roated malt with smokey flavor. Also some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is light and silky smooth. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 04:47:45 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head.Little bit of retention, and a nice laceing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. Body is on the light side of medium with some carbonation. Taste is dark chocolate up front with coffee and oats throughout.Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 01:39:06 | More by riversider76
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Zeno's Dark Side Day...Poured into a pint glass...

A: Very dark chocolate with a nice fluffy white khaki head that lasts a while.

S: Very creamy smell with oats, chocolate, and coffee. A decent robust smell that has some hops in there as well.

T: A nice creamy chocolate taste that blends well with the oats and caramel. Creamy and flavorful without being overbearing.

Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout that is worth grabbing if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 03:22:02 | More by treyrab
Photo of templar316


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with just a hint of ruby around the edge when held to the light. Mocha colored head dissapates quickly, with no laceing. Smell is roasty oat malt, but subtle barely hint at the sweetness of the flavor. The taste is sweet to start but a nice bitterness at the back of the toungue with roasted malts throughout, particularly in the finish. The roasted malt character is certainly dominant, fufilling the crude of the name. All in all it goes down easy and you could drink several at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 02:18:20 | More by templar316
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3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems a little too ambitious for an oatmeal stout. Its characteristics are far too pronounced. Pours a deep black with a quickly diminishing tan head. Compared to much sweeter oatmeal stouts I've had, this stout is heavy, alcoholic and smoky. The first time I had it I cooked a simple steak au poivre(steak with fresh cracked black peppercorns) and it complimented it nicely. It's smoked meat aroma pairs nicely with a nice steak dinner, yet it seems to only work well with food. As a stand alone drink, it is average.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 20:21:07 | More by kiddynamite920
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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is an opaque black with a fine tan head, leaving little lacing.
The smell is a smoked maltiness with a very slight hint of floral aroma.
The taste is a bit of smoky, charred, malt with a light sweetness at the end.
Mouthfeel is kind of light but smooth.
Drinkability is fine since it's not an overly high ABV

While not a great stout, it's likeable and a little different due to the continued smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:41:41 | More by meatyard
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3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York, Pa. Poured cool into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A - Deathly black w/ a superfine beaded 2 finger khaki head w/ rocky topography. The head leaves strands of lace that drop rapidly.

S - Very roasty, coffee-like aromas w/ rich dark malt and slightly tropical fruit aromas and subtle cocoa notes.

M - Dry, roasted and nutty feel w/ subtle cocoa and lightly sweet malt and full carbonation w/ a hint of bitterness. The finish is dry and slightly salty.

T - All the roasted and nutty toasted malt hits the tongue up front and seems usurped by the carbonation and dry slightly spiced notes. This is the most dry oatmeal stout I have ever tasted w/ the pine hops becoming blunt and the peanut shell like dry salt flavor linger on into the finish, very roasted barley dominant.

D - Pretty fair and less than average drinkability overall. Basically a one-dimensional stout w/ out the fullness you might expect from an oatmeal stout. Crude in the name seems ironic somehow, I know it refers to the oily appearance, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 16:07:56 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark crude oil opaque color with a brisk creamy tan head.

S: Huge roasted malt palate dominates both the nose and flavor. There is some dark roasted malt, oats, biscuit, and black patent producing a very rich robust palate with a great dry bitterness. There is some fresh black roasted coffee notes complimenting the malting nicely along with a nice spiciness for the hops per style. A great roasted palate, with some charred woodiness leaves a nice roasted malt residue on the tongue with a fresh coffee finish and fade. A beer that lives up to its name.

M: The texture is silky on the tongue, lightly carbonated

D: very good drinkability, hearty and rich.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 00:45:38 | More by beerthulhu
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2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Reed415 for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into my "special" Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a complete opaque black with a huge dark tan fluffy two finger head that takes a while to die down. Stickiness is ok, not a whole lot there. Smell is a peppery smoke odor with hints of spices, very strange odor. Some minimal chocolate malt odors with a faint oat smell. Taste is of roasted nut flavors with semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Aftertaste is a bit metallic, odd to say the least. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with way too much carbonation for this style. I couldn't drink another one of these and probably won't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 00:27:13 | More by BeerTruth
Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.