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Drake's Crude - Erie Brewing Co.

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140 Ratings

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 14
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.

(Beer added by: santoslhalper on 02-20-2006)
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Photo of matty
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is faint and smells like weak cocoa.Taste is chocolate,some coffee and smoked malts.Smooth and creamy it goes down nicely.This is something I would recommend to any stout fan.This is something I can see myself buying again in the near future.

matty, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of milk chocolate, toffee, a slight dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Taste starts you off with a bit of dried fruits, segue to some alcohol, chocolate, an acridic bitterness, and a long lingering roasted bitterness. It finishes like a dry stout. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonation is low, body is a bit thinner than I would have liked. Overall not a bad brew, I would have loved a bit more body. There are better beers out there to spend my money on.

johnnnniee, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a dark tan head; leaves some decent lacing behind, too

Smell: Chocolate and charcoal dominate, but there is also some dark fruit underneath

Taste: Chocolate, up front, followed by some dark fruit and roasted grain flavors; by mid-palate, a burnt coffee aspect provides some bitterness, too; after the swallow, the chocolate and dark fruit flavors provide a flavorful and long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easily the best beer I have had from this brewery; with the exception of the burnt coffee flavor that arrives but doesn't persist, this is pretty decent; oddly fruity, for the style, but still enjoyable

Thanks, kbuzz, for the chance to re-visit

brentk56, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does pour a jet black but it took me about ten minutes to find out. Almost like someone played a trick on me and put this baby into aa paint shaker. I poured about an inch deep an the rest filled up with a brown colored heading.

After the heading settled I finally took a whiff of this. Smell was mostly of chocolate and roasted malts. Heavy coffee aroma's detected as well.

Taste well was just awesome mainly roasted malt and again a heavy aftertaste of coffee.Then a warm alchol settles on the tongue and in the belly.

Mouth is very creamy,thick and oily. A sting of hops is left on the tongue ( kind of odd ) Full bodied and ridiculously carbonated to the point of waiting ten minutes to drink.

Drinkis a bit too heavy and boozy for a session beer but ok to have a few. And with that warm alcohol feeling this would be great for the winter time.

I would seriously like to taste one that has been ungodly shaken almost to the point of explosion.

TheFightfan1, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a thick, murky black. No light shall pass. Super dark brown, so it looks black. Mocha brown head, shrinks fast.

The smell is grainy roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Oily and grainy oatmeal. No sweetness from fruit/berry aromas. Very dry. Nutty with mild breakfast blend coffee. Very good.

The taste is mild plum and berry, followed by dry coffee. Sweet plum, raisin at first. Dry coffee, mocha, chocolate finish. Dark and dry. Love the dry, earthy malt at the end. No hops, doesn't need them.

Has a smooth, oily body. Thick and dry finish; a bit ashy. It's a damn good sipper. Dry and ashy. A little sweet, nutty and mildly bitter.

williamherbert, Jul 19, 2009
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.

gunnerman, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
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.

TheTrevor, Jul 01, 2009
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.

ToddT, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of iceball585
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

iceball585, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of grayburn
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.

grayburn, Jun 05, 2009
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.

Drew966, Jun 01, 2009
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.

ClockworkOrange, May 21, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
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.

dogfishandi, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Apr 08, 2009
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.

Yetiman420, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of techcommdood
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.

techcommdood, Mar 12, 2009
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.

jlb307, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of darknova306
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.

darknova306, Mar 06, 2009
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

Magpie14, Mar 01, 2009
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.

tempest, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of ATPete
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.

ATPete, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
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.

KOPBeerDrinker, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of riversider76
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.

riversider76, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of treyrab
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.

treyrab, Oct 05, 2008
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.

templar316, Aug 02, 2008
Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.