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:
49
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with enormous spicy mocha head. Baker's chocolate, slightly roast aroma. Artistic spider web of lace. Smooth mouthfeel, bitter and dry more than sweet, chocolate, mild coffee, quite nice though bitter edge not for everybody. Some vanilla, ginger, anise, drop of cayenne and black pepper. To be consumed slowly and appreciated, with most a great dessert.
Thanks Augustgarage.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Undetermined vintage, silkscreened fliptop bottle. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with a thick tan ring of foam around the edges. Glassy obsidian surface with a spray of wispy skim across the surface, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Light oxidation apparent in the aroma, along with rich dark chocolate, nearly burnt toast, and chocolate syrup. Flavors are similarly rich and fudgy, chewy chocolate, light tobacco and barely noticeable oxidation. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Dry finish, creamy and smooth texture that puts it into ambrosial territory. Overall its pretty nice considering it's likely a few years old. Thanks again Ben!

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over time. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger head of light tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, light hops, licorice, and coffee. A light to mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, some light licorice, toffee, coffee, and fudge. The chocolate note here is the most reminiscent note of real chocolate I've ever experienced in a beer; usually chocolate notes are merely cocoa. It's quite nicely balanced and built. I like it. Some layering is present. Complex enough. More hoppy than expected. The climax is a marvelous blend of licorice and chocolate. A caramel tone underlies the entire profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some dryness on the open and finish. Not too thick nor too thin, but never quite right. Not too sharp or overcarbonated. Could use far more cream and a bit more coarseness. Decently done as it is, but in need of fine tuning.

Dr/Ov: Very drinkable for the high ABV and the style. I like it a lot, but with some work it could be stellar. A nice imperial stout that is worthy of any beer fanatic's time and money. Bravo. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

B

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

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one during a nice little tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor and aroma on this one actually kind of reminded me of FB MBCP without the sweetness. All of the aspects of this one were very pronounced and obvious. I really wish it would have had a little more sweetness going on here to help balance out the roastiness. Definitely worth trying without a doubt if you get a chance.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was black with a brown purpleish haze. About a finger of head. Brown purpleish lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled fairly malty, in order coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. Light citrus hops in there as well. Good balance.

Tasted coffee malts up front, followed by a rich dark chocolate. Surprisingly a bitter finish. Can definitely taste the alcohol.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average-lively (above average) carbonation. Not as bitter a finish as the taste, more of a smooth long finish.

Pretty good beer overall. Lately been digging the Russian Imperial Stouts.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

blind beer labeled #5 from flexabull

A:4.5 poured this dark as night brew into my snifter glass. produced a great tan frothy head that was quite large and lasted long. excellent lacing followed. great looking beer in general, can't wait to try this one.

S:4 lots of roasted malts. smoke, coffee and chocolate. great mix of scents teasing me prior to drinking it.

T:3.5 same taste as flavors above in the nose, some bitterness as well. decent tasting beer, but nothing that totally wows me.

M:4.5 great feel, a little thin on the body, but great mild carbonation and overall a very well balanced beer.

D:4.5 while the taste itself is decent, it is one of those beers I could drink a bunch of.

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4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark and heavy brown, but flows fast not thick. I couldn’t see the sun through a glass of it. Its pour leaves lingering tan foam along with good lacing. Smell is underwhelming but hints at its flavor, which is malty primarily, with dark chocolate and caramel under tones. Some people taste licorice but I don’t. Its 8.75% alcohol content is detectable yet modest. A mouthful is surprisingly light and clean, with a satisfying, well balanced aftertaste. I enjoyed Drakonic and regard it as a pleasant surprise.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good khaki head rests on top of a very stark black beer. Smells like chocolate malt, toasted grain, with a hint of espresso. Flavor is a lot like Jamocha Almond Fudge™ ice cream. Nice hop balance to keep the malts in check. Finishes cleanly on the dry side I guess but very pleasant. Really drinkable, slight hit of chocolate milk in the aftertaste. This would be a great beer to drink right before egging someone's house.

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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/2 inch dark brown head and good retention with some spotty lacing and a thick collar

Smell: Roasted malt that blends beautifully with some chocolate, licorice and molasses notes

Taste: The beer is very malt forward and very heavy on the malt. There is a slight bit of alcohol that backs up the malt profile. The beer then finishes with just a touch of coffee and chocolate with some bitter hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: I think this is a good but not great RIS. I do however highly recommend it

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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz omber into my trusty snifter. No date to be found.

A: Pours an intensely thick, opaque black color. A one finger creamy mocha head fades quickly. Alcohol legs are present.

S: Massive roasted malts. Bittersweet baker's chocolate. Some faint vanilla and burnt rown sugar. A touch of coffee, but not too much.

T/M: A lesser version of the nose. Very sweet and chocolately. The roastiness gets lost somewhere in the back. And there's no coffee tast to speak of. A decent bitter hop presence. Very rich and creamy...definitely full-bodied. Leaves a coating on the palate after the swallow. Just a touc of alcohol presence - more in warmth than taste.

O: Kind of a mellow overall version of a RIS. Very palatable and easy drinking considering the ABV. The mouthfeeel is wonderful, but I'd like to get just a bit more roastiness or even some coffee in the taste.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of snpub540
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a deep black with a two finger brown head. Head has great hang time and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, roasty malt, and some piney hoppiness.

Taste is slightly sweet before roasted malt flavors take over. Bitter chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good but it doesn't have that velvety texture I look forward to in Imperial Stouts. Its an easy drinking Impy and I enjoyed it on this cold winter night, but I think I'll stick to the bigger Imperial Stouts out there.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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