Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial StoutDrake's Drakonic Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
drinkdrakes.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout - 8.75% ABV, 40 IBUS
A big, malty beast of a beer that exemplifies the way we roll here at Drake's. Two-row malt is blended with Chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark Crystal malts to make up the grist. Only one hop addition, Columbus, is added for bittering, allowing the abundance of malt in this beer to shine through. Enjoy the dense brownish head, the silky maltiness, and flavors of licorice, coffee and chocolate, rounded out with a slightly dry finish. here's to those who don't fear the mighty!

Added by xlperro on 08-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
498
Reviews:
230
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mnine
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richdeneault
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A smooth tasting stout - look and smell are typical of stout. The taste is particularly coffee/caramel flavor.

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Photo of orprince
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of marebear
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robbase9
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sludgegnome
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of devilfluff
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rogerlb
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a 22oz bomber at Grocery Outlet -- usually you find things that aren't so good but cheap there -- sometimes a good find. This is from San Leandro, my home town and how bad can a 8.75 ABV stout be?

Answer is it's surprisingly good. Pours black with an attractive brown head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is very chocolate and dark cherries, good RIS feel to this. This won't be a watered down stout.

Taste follows the nose pretty much, first with the dark fruit sweetness, then cocoa and malt comes in. They're barely roasted so there's no burnt char flavor, which makes this much more mellow than other RISs. A little thin, it's not particularly hoppy or very bitter. Yet has lots of body. Licorice in the middle, keeping things "Russian." The malt profile is very good. Drinks very easy for something touching 9%. Who's complaining? The taste of coffee comes in very late, in the aftertaste. Check.

Alcohol is very well hidden in the taste. For a relative "bargain" RIS ($5.99 for a bomber) this is quite a find, very balanced, drinkable, great aroma, body and drinkability.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real dark beer, black, brown and red head on it. Aroma was really surprisingly neutral.

Taste delivered lots of charred chocolate malt and heavy roast. Great alcohol absorption. Good amount of two row here. Good dry finish, almost bitter ashy, but enjoyable.

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Photo of kik
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth, slightly more carbonated stout. Honestly, fairly unremarkable or unmemorable

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trubeernick
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark as night with a slight brownish froth
Smell: Bit of chocolate, roasty, and alcohol.
Taste: Very well balanced. The initial nose of booze is not in the taste.
Feel: Like i'm drinking a solid imperial stout with body behind it
Overall: One of my go-to imperial stouts. Great brewery and this beer is up there for my choice of Imperial stouts. Great for a winter night.

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4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SerpentX
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 498 ratings.
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