1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Drake's Crude - Erie Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Drake's CrudeDrake's Crude

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

140 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 140
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 13
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Drake's Crude Alström Bros
Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Waveoff
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Waveoff, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Brushkanna, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of xbrettfavrex
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of cistercian12
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cistercian12, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

metter98, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of squirreljr
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

squirreljr, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of cdtoffers
4/5  rDev +5.5%

cdtoffers, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

IdrinkGas, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -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...

DrDemento456, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of sneakymagician
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

sneakymagician, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

harpus, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of candcholt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

candcholt, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of dsreeves
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

dsreeves, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of rsths13
4/5  rDev +5.5%

rsths13, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev -14%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of bob_d_j
4/5  rDev +5.5%

bob_d_j, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Kimbo1318
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Kimbo1318, May 27, 2013
Photo of VikeMan
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

VikeMan, May 04, 2013
Photo of schaffer9252
3/5  rDev -20.8%

schaffer9252, May 04, 2013
Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -20.8%

civicm87, May 02, 2013
Photo of Pillowburn
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Pillowburn, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of wac9
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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

wac9, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TheMultiYeast, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

artoolemomo, Apr 01, 2013
Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.