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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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of mklisz
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ExtraStout
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap as a guest beer at 21st Admendment in San Fransico. Poured a semi-thick, syrupy black and brown hues with a big, lumpy tan head that left a simple ring of lace on the snifter.
Aroma of coffee beans, some bittersweet chocolate, a hint of raisins and smoky caramel note emanate up from the glass. Flavor had a rich, dominant chocolate note that was tempered with a some solid coffee bittering and just a tinge of smoky peat.
Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for style but overall is had excellent progressions of flavors and was really a joy to feel, especially as it warmed a bit.
Drinkability was really solid. Relatively high ABV was hidden by all the delicious flavors and really produced a well-rounded, very approachable RIS. Nothing to scare anyone away here just a solid example of style.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a near solid black with a minor head. The head is lasting but it isn't leaving any lace.

The smell is strong and full of flavor. Chocolate comes through on top of a solid malt base. The taste has a strong amount of hops lingering all the way through. Alcohol is barely detected in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full while drinkability is good.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking little 500 ml flip top bottle into a Duvel snifter, filling it almost right to the top. Thanks to Bubba83 for this in a trade.

Pours a dense black with +1 fingers of dark tan head. A good looking retention leaves back some spotty and sticky lace. The aroma is a big ole' heavy waft of chocolate, molassas, roasted malts, and some heat.

The taste is thick chocolate sweetness up front that is balanced out by roasted malt bitterness and coffee character. It's not really too complex with the sweetness being dominant and the bitter notes being there to keep things in check. The mouthfeel of this is the one real disappointment for me. It just seems a bit thin, especially in comparison to the thickness of the flavor that it carries. Maybe being under 10% helps contribute to that, even though there is still a fair bit of (sometimes stinging) alcohol presence, especially as it warms.

This was a sturdy RIS from Drake's that despite a bit less of body than I would have liked and not being over complex, still managed to be a pleasant and quite drinkable experience.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a nice one finger mocha colored head w/tight bubbles. The aroma is primarily dark chocolate with a little bit of some roasted malts and coffee. The taste opens up with the chocolate and hits with the coffee on the back end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, but comes through a little thinner and more watery than an imperial stout should. It is still nice and smooth, and the alcohol is decently hidden.

Overall a solid stout from Drake's, wouldn't mind seeking it out again.

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Photo of bcm119
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep woody roasted malt aroma, hints of chocolate and black fruit. Starts out smooth and roasty, with pervasive chocolate flavors on a medium body mid-palate. Hops are unobtrusive but provide proper balance. Nice nuances of sherry and vinous raisins before the lengthy finish. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Pretty nice overall-- easy drinking and the flavors are spot-on; a little thinner than some and maybe not as complex as others. Quite tasty on tap.

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Photo of Jules11788
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black, lets no light through; small head, good lacing

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, oak

T: Dark Chocolate, smoky wood, roasted coffee

M: Medium thickness, medium carbonation; slightly sharp and dry on the tongue, not as smooth or thick as I would have liked in an Imperial Stout

O: This is a good Imperial Stout, not fantastic, but definitely solid.

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Photo of Sumdeus
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap.

A: very dark with about 3 fingers of brown head, looks like the head is from some whipped up chocolate milk.

S: rich chocolate, faint caramel, sweet.

T: moderately sweet, this beer has strong chocolate with burnt caramel to it. The nearly 9% alcohol is non-existent.

M: thick and rich. It is not syrupy, but lightly coats the mouth. Despite good sized head, low carbonation in the mouth.

O: I would love to try this barrel aged. I think it has the right flavors and feel to really become a barrel aged dessert beer. Until then, this may become my go to non aged stout.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with mahogonay highlights and a very thin tan head that disappeared immediately.

S - Coffee, creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt and some dark fruits buried underneath.

T - Roasted malt is the dominant flavor and gives off a coffee taste at times. Chocolate milk follows with a hint of a tannin like flavor that lingers on the tongue. The tannin flavor reminds of of stouts that have been aged in wine barrels although I know this one hasn't. Some piney hops come through in the finish.

M - Good carbonation but fairly thin an imperial stout. The piney hops create a dry finish.

D - The abv is well hidden. A bit on the light side but still solid.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer glugs out of the bottle a nice dark caramel color with 2 fingers of mocha colored foam.

Smells of chocolate malts, toffee, butterscotch, a bit of coffee, roasted barley, caramel, cocoa and a tangy citrus hop profile. I'm also getting a faint aroma of dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste has lots of roasted barley upfront, toasted/burnt bread, bitter chocolate, chocolate malts, and a bit of a cocoa finish. Good but not complex.

The mouthfeel is mostly smooth except for a little bitterness and dryness at the end, maybe from the roasted barley. A bit of alcohol and grains in the finish as well. Wish the finish was a little more robust.

Overall, I'd say it's a good example of an imperial stout, not my favorite but a solid brew nevertheless.

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Photo of esch
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This is what I'm talking about. Super dark, turns an awesome ruby color when held to the light.

S: Roasty-toasty cereal grains, barely coffee. Hints of sweetness.

T: Dark chocolate, good bitterness from the roasted malts.

M: Disappointing. Suffers from lack of body. Doesn't linger in the mouth at all.

D: Over all, this is a solid beer. A bit steep in the ABV dept to have more than one in a sitting...

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 6.99/22 oz bomber at Craft Shack
Bottled 01/05/15 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), medium brown, creamy, diminishing to3 mm ring and irregular layer
Lacing poor – a few small islands which rapidly rejoins the ring
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, overall slightly bitter; no hop flavors, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of Borrego805
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HalfFull
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a globe glass from a 22 oz, bomber. Pours a deep black with a rich tan head. Offers pretty solid lacing and retention.

Offers a rich chocolate flavor with a touch of dark fruit and alcohol. Similar complexities segue to the flavor. Nice, rich and complex overall. Solid hop aroma with warming.

Feel is full and creamy. A bit spicy perhaps but well played for the style.

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

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

Photo of angrybabboon
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/14/13

Shout-out to magictacosinus for sending me this beer back in April. Split with Goblinmunkey7.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, borderline black - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate everywhere - nicely roasty and lightly burnt - an abundance of chocolate malts, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate - roasty notes impart some nice coffee - not the most complex or intense RIS, but it's really good for what it is

Taste: In a word, mocha - tons of chocolate, in every sense of the word - dark, lightly burnt, dry chocolate malts - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and some milk chocolate - roasty malts and coffee - some caramel and some molasses - some hoppy notes, with some citrus and herbal notes (I'm guessing this would be hoppier if I were drinking it fresh) - alcohol is decidedly not apparent

Mouthfeel: Medium, which is definitely late for the style, with some nice carbonation, very nice, dry finish

Overall: Worthy of the adjective "Drakonic"

This is not the most burly, intense, or complex imperial stout. But it's quite good for what it is. There a ton of chocolate and roasty character. I would be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of drseamus
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a new Grottenbier chalice that I just got as a thank you from my beer store guy. This beer pours jet black but has no head. The smell is very sweet and reminds me of BCS. There is a bunch of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee coming out of this glass. It smells slightly alcoholic. The flavor is really smooth. The flavor is very sweet and caramely initially and then quickly becomes very roasty. There is some chocolate in there as well. Initially it is quite full bodied but becomes thinner at the end. The alcohol is detectable but this is a good example of a RIS.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very black ale with a nice brown foamy head that completely disappears quickly. Even with moderate agitating...not much occurs. Shame. The aroma consists of black licorice, dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and light whiffs of black coffee. The taste is slightly sweet on the first wave and then some nice bittering hops on the swallow. Chocolate and a lot of malt going on here. Pretty hoppy too! Big kick of coffee bean in the aftertaste. Just wait....it'll come. The mouthfeel is lacking. Much too thin for all that's been presented so far. Overall for the cost I like this beer but many other RIS to partake of. Will definitely consume again and a nice venture into the RIS market for the Drake's crew.

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Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schwartzoid for this one. Never sampled anything from Drake's so I'm excited to see what they're all about. Poured from 22oz bomber to snifter:

Pours big and black with an edge of clarity, not much. A medium brown finger of head sinks to a collar after a minute or two... fantastic lacing.

Nose is pretty basic - fudge and lots of it, chocolate chip cookies, creamy sweetness, no real bite to it which makes for a nice change-up.

The taste isn't what I was anticipating. I was thinking cavity inducer, but this isn't that at all. There are a few of those dessert notes but there are also bitter bits and smoky undertones. More balance than the nose would suggest.

Pretty damn good.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a motor oil black with some coffee highlights.

Smells on tap much better, I cant get much of a way of smell on this one. Some chocolate, some alcohol. Had it a couple weeks ago on tap and remember it smelling great.

Tastes good, not much carbonation, burnt coffee, cocoa, sweet dark sugars taste. Great beer.

Like drake discovering the entrance to the san francisco bay, discover this beer for yourself and all humanity.

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Photo of weeare138
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears black with a small foamy tan head & lovely scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy black patent with some roasty malts jumping out.
Taste is of milky sugar with roasty raisinettes standing out in the mix.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, roasty, full bodied, semi-sweet, with some hints of bitter cocoa along the palate.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/18/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz swingtop bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into my Stone RIS tulip. Note: This beer is not retired.

Appearance- Pitch black as a good stout should be. Larger than life dirty brown head of which a full 1/4 inch remains for the duration. Takes a full 10 minutes to get the entire beer into the glass with the exception of a few sips beforehand. Decent lace sheets prevail.

Smell- Very dark and roasted malt. Burnt chocolate and burnt coffee grounds...smells somewhat bitter as well.

Taste- Not as dark as the nose, but not far from it. Deep roasted and smoked malt. Deep coaco flavor and roasted coffee beans as well. Also I get some kind of mild sour fruity note. Seems like raspberry or something. Not sure if this is an off taste, or it was meant to be like this. The flavor isn't bad and it works in this case. A small amount of hoppy bitterness makes itself know at the end.

Mouthfeel- Fairly smooth with a tight carbonation which is about moderate for an RIS. Light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Perfectly acceptable RIS. Good amount of flavor and pretty drinkable as well. Drake's usually doesn't fail.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hamilton's, San Diego, CA on 7/8/09. Served in a goblet.

A - Dense dark brown body with deep reddish highlights and a wonderful finger's width of creamy burnt tan head that retained exceptionally well and deposited a thin sheet of lacing around the goblet.

S - Muted nose with chocolate notes, sweet malts and a mild coffee presence. Some alcohol notes emerged as the liquid warmed up. Sweet caramel and toffee notes round out the aroma.

T - Flavor is heavy on the chocolate with quite a bit of roasted malt, the latter of which really opened up as it reached room temperature. An apparent coffee presence also emerged, followed by a slight nutty character. Finish is quite bitter overall with earthy hop notes and dark chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with a very smooth, silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finish is bitter and slightly astringent with some residual stickiness on the palate.

D - Fine RIS that was quite smooth and drinkable. While this was heavy on the chocolate, it also possessed a nice roasty character to complement the sweetness of the malt.

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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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