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

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496 Ratings
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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:
496
Reviews:
230
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 496 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of doom_deluise
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields over two fingers of loose foam, mostly large bigger bubbles, very uneven surface, very dark brown in hue, the lacing is wide and sticky. The liquid is pure black with minimal hint of any color around the rims, close to impossible to discern any bubbles. The nose stuffed with black licorice, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, caramel, candied nuts and lactose, not much roast at all, the cherry to plum fruit also has a little green apple in it. Full-bodied and thick, here it does have a roasty quality which helps to alleviate some weight. Flowers, licorice, nuts, baking dough, cocoa, and café au lait flavors make an agreeable entry, however, there is a drying bitterness by the finish. The plum, cherry, apricot, fig fruit loses sweetness as it progresses. The carbonation has its moments but needs more consistency to keep it buoyant sip to sip. All of the basic elements are covered, you simply wish there was more resonance in the sweetness so you could sink into it and enjoy. More credible than spectacular.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for this one!

A: Pours a deep black color with an extremely thick mocha colored head. Great head retention, reducing to a decent sized cap of foam for the duration. Thick, foamy lacing coats the side of the glass.

S: Nice aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little bit of coffee.

T: The taste has more chocolate in it, a nice combination of dark and bitter. A little bit of roasted malt on the back end with a slight coffee note.

M: Slightly thicker than medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A solid RIS, very drinkable. Lacks a little bit of oomph that would make it great, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml flip-top bottle obtained from one of my west coast compadres, either lou91 or irishsnake (may his BA tenure RIP)

A pint a day keeps the scurvy away

appearance: pours into a chalice...dark, opaque mahogany body with a huge foamy/creamy mocha head. wonderful retention and lacing left behind. a delicious looking stout

smell: creamy chocolate body, strong roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light underlying hopping - pretty good

taste: certainly on the lighter end of the imperial stout spectrum, which doesnt have to be a bad thing, and not everything needs to be compared to something like an expedition stout. Body and taste very reminiscent of chocolate milk - light roasted malt, bakers chocolate, light sweet underlying hopping...mmm

mouthfeel: light, but very silky and creamy; see chocolate milk comment above. light alcohol warming noticeable in the followthrough

drinkability: high

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Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drake's Drakonic is a tasty, more traditional RIS. It's a little lighter than some of the competition, with a higher level of carbonation and big chocolate flavors that balance out the roastiness. It's not the most interesting beer in the world, but Drake's seems to favor drinkability in their recipes and this has it in spades.

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Photo of hopdog
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one a couple times and both from bottle.

Poured a dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, molasses, vanilla and roasted malts. Very light bitter finish with light alcohol.

The second time around I also noted some smokiness and dark fruits.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a pitch black, like really absolutely black. Has a thick, viscous appearance and produces a very thin finger of mocha brown head.

S- Bitter dark chocolate, powdered chocolate, coffee, dark fruit.

T- Loads of roasted malts and char, the finish has loads of coffee and char in it. Lots of chocolate, also a decent dose of fruit (thinking cherries). It has a considerable hop bite to it as well. After a while some astringency starts to show up in the finish but it's not overpowering.

M- Medium to full bodied, creamy and thick, surprising amount of carbonation on this one, maybe it's a bit overdone but it keeps the beer very drinkable.

O- A pretty good Imperial Stout, I love beers overloaded with coffee and char. Super drinkable with loads of flavor, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of whitefire
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Burgundy Glass.

A: Pours to a solid obsidian black with a foamy espresso colored, two-fingers that lasts for minutes.

Smell: An intoxicating smell of chocolate, coffee, licorice and candy. Not my favorite combination but still really nice.

Taste: A nicely balance IS that lingers and holds its muscle.

Overall: A very nice beer. I've been fortunate to have it in a bottle and at the brewery where it's poured fresh from the source. I must admit that I'm new to stouts so my opinion is not based on a wide history of skill with this style but I can say that this one made me really happy.

As the bottle says: Here's to those that don't fear the mighty!

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Photo of Irie
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a heavy light brown head. Great retention and lacing on the head with fairly small fluffy bubbles.
Rich smell with heavy malts and molasses with a nut finish.
Great light feel on the pallet with a coffee/toffee flavor with a strong grain finish.
Great drink, nice and light taste with a heavy finish. Nice balance though a bit strong on the malt side, but delicious none-the-less.
Good times.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml swing-top bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. The stout appears nearly black in color with about two fingers of lingering ecru foam. A nice pour! Nose and flavor are of rich roasted grains, alcohol, vanilla, bitter-sweet chocolate, sugary caramel malts. Almost full bodied and certainly amply carbonated. Good stuff, wish I had a few more of these.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, let me first say I like the beer very well. It's not the greatest Russian Imperial Stout, but it would probably have a higher score if they upped the abv a bit and went for a somewhat bigger flavor. This beer pours a big black with a nice foamy head. The nose is sweet and malty with chocolate and mild smoke notes. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some good balancing bitterness. The feel is just a notch below excellently smooth, but it's not quite there. It's a RIS with a low abv, which might make it physically easy to drink but it is missing some of the complexity of a bigger beer. Whether or not, this precisely fits the undefinable "drinkability" isn't going to keep up nights. At any rate, the presentation is great. The pirate theme fits well with the big hearty stout and the bottling choice.

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

Photo of ricke49
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stout. Fills a nice niche between 'stout' and 'imperial' at less than 9 ABV. Well made, delicious, well balanced, no off-notes. Worth a try.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my secret bunny goodies! I am sampling the beer at room temperature in a pint glass.
The beer pours motor oil dark and no light passes through the glass when held to the light. A tan frothy head foams up about 2cm and fades quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is failry mild with some chalky chocolate scents mixing with a bit of roasted malt and a small hint of raisiny dark fruit.
First sip reveals a fairly robust body with fine tingly carbonation.
The flavor is very malty with strong roasted profile and some chocolate and even a hint of coffee flavor as well. The label mentions chinook hops to balance the malt but I find no evidence of hops on the nose or flavor.
The beer is very smooth and I only get a hint of the ABV by the warming in my belly, no bitey hot alcohol here in a beer that is 8.75% I think that is pretty well crafted.
Overall a solid Imp Stout.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a foamy tan head. Poor head retention for a cask ale.

Sweet, roasty aromas with chocolate and earthy notes. Good.

Smooth, sweet chocolate and roast. Earthy hops.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Really good.

A well balanced and nicely drinkable stout. Great flavour.

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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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Photo of brotherloco
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Served in a goblet at cellar temperature.

Pours pitch black with a small mocha colored head. Some lacing, but only leaves small islands.

Supremely chocolate aroma. Like hot chocolate mix. Big, sweet, and malty. A hint of alcohol.

Flavor isn't nearly as sweet as the nose. Dry roasty-ness hits you first, then semi-sweet chocolate malt in the middle blends with significant bitterness, notes of cherry juice. Some alcohol burn in the finish. Roasted coffee bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-full body and carbonation, texture is a touch gritty and alcohol heat builds quickly.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Final Gravity Taproom in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served opaque black with a half finger, cocoa powder colored head. Fair retention. Nice, sticky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is faint, but becomes a tad more prominent as it warms. Mostly subtle notes of chocolate and a touch of heat.

Taste - Flavor hits on loads of sweet chocolate, and lesser notes of dark chocolate. Fudgy. Hits on earth and briefly on faint black liquorice mid-taste, then finishes with a lingering roasted coffee bitterness and a lesser bittersweet chocolate character.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with soft carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Big fan of the flavor; love the array of chocolate character this imperial stout presents, then finishes with that nice touch of roastiness on the back end. It was a bit cold to start, so much of the flavor was subdued at first, but all flavor came out in full force once the brew reached closer to room temp. I'd love to see this beer offered in sixers, otherwise the bomber may be a once or twice a year purchase.

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado today.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light sweet roasted malt and a hint of hoppiness. On the palate however, this beer is just delicious. The beer is loaded with wonderful coffee, chocolate and licorise, with some noticeable hoppy bitterness in the finish. This is yummy stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer has a moderately long finish. Abv. is pretty well disguised, though certainly you wouldn't want to have more then one or two of these. The alcohol tended to become more and more noticeable as I went along, though at no point did it become tiring or heavy on the palate. All that being said, this is still a pretty substantial stout and is not the sort of thing I can imagine drinking a lot of. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this stout from Drake's. Not bad a all. :-)

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Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1549th Review on BA
Tap to Taster

@Drakes Brewing, San Leandro, CA

App- A highly thick and dense stout with a good head behind it. The edges retain a bit of browns and lightness. The beer is very dense as mentioned and doesn't show any light through. A good amount of cling and lace down the sides.

Smell- This was a straightforward stout and didnt pull any punches. Big and creamy on the nose with a lot of chocolate and malts. The columbus hops did add a nice layer on the nose and didnt overpower.

Taste- This was a nice stout. Like the nose it was creamy and rich and then it added in the malts and kept the chocolate levels very high. Just needs another layer to it to make it really pop.

Mouth- A big medium dense body with good rich malts and chocolate on the finish. The carbonation is spot on as well. Residual chocolate makes this like a chocolate dessert. Very decedant and smooth.

Drink- Very nice beer. I will have to pick up some bottles.

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 496 ratings.
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