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

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497 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:
497
Reviews:
230
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of gelasin
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RWNay
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Lothore
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours black with very little head. I tried to aggrevate to get some more head but it seemed to only produce a thin layer of chocolate milk colored head.

S- Smells of coffee, malts, alcohol.

T- Taste is sweet with floral and berry hints along with coffee and burnt hops with a bitter tinge.

M- Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonated.

D- I don't think anyone would say this is an incredibly drinkable beer but for the style it goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of pschul4
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LeChupacabra for the bottle!

A- Rather dark even compared to other stouts. Almost 2 fingers of dark tan head let you know Drake ain't here to mess around.

S- Sweet malts and surprisingly citrusy hops in the nose. Some roast notes balance everything nicely in this realm

T- Very sweet with some beautiful hops but mostly malt that steal the show. Chocolate peaks through in the roast flavors and perfects this taste.

M- Not thick as a stout should be but it works better for this beer's flavor.

O- "Glass full I perfer the better things" Drake said it best himself. Enjoy this as often as possible which for me is extra rarely

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Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of DruRho
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of lpayette
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, thanks to my friend and fellow BA dbalsock for sending me this beer.

Poured into a snifter with almost no carbonation and a complete lack of head... not sure why looking at other reviews. Black, but I've seen darker. some ruby hues.

Not much in the way of smell, but the taste and mouthfeel is what I love. It's surprisingly complex and smooth. This is not your typical malt and hop bomb darker is better stout. Highly drinkable for the style, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnathanColeman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of stript
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of McStagger
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No idea on the date. This could be a two weeks or two years old.

A: Pours night quite to the level of motor oil. Aggressive pour leads to two finger beige head. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate lacing. Carbonation is impossible to detect. Beer is an incredibly dark brown, but not quite black.

S: Big roasty notes. Lots of dark fruit, bit of dark chocolate. Slightly sweetened undertone, like a dark chocolate malted milk ball.

T: Initial rush of malted and even lactose(?) sweetness. This is quickly run down by a surge of raisined dark fruit (fig, prunes, dates). Mid palate takes on the malt characteristics. Somewhat roasted notes the meld into an alcohol sweetness. Roasted coffee on the finish. Fairly bitter on the edge, with some of the hoppiness sinking its teeth in. A bit hot on the way down, which is somewhat surprising at only 8.75%.

M: Light/medium for the style. Definitely weight in this beer, but it's stylistically low abv keeps the mouthfeel from reaching that velvety/syrup like texture.

O: Pretty decent RIS. It hits all the right notes, just not hard enough. Flavors are there, but not nearly "in your face" enough. That being said, the pricing on this one is damn solid (6.49 a bomber), so it's getting a bump in the score for that.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep brown, near black, no head though in the right glass, still an impressive looking brew

S- dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee

T- roasted and burnt malts, bittering dark chocolate, cocoa, with a brownie like aftertaste

M- smooth and creamy

D- delicious imperial stout, great mouthfeel, complex, one of my new faves, recommended

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Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dragonWhale
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as an extra from a trade with SwillinBrew and my first thought was, oh no, not a drake's imperial stout. My only other experience with them was at a bar in Santa Cruz having the Drake's Imperial. It was one of the worst stouts I've ever had. I figured I must try it quickly to keep it from keeping space in what must remain a small cellar here.
Dark dark brown with mocha lace and a fine brown head that lingers on. My lady did the dirty work, and trusting her palate, I already knew that this beer would be a different animal..Some roast, some chocolate, booze quite present but nice, caramel, coconut. Rich and creamy, chocolate dominates, ethanol comes next with a little roast tang and hop bitterness.
I'm quite impressed by this beer, probably even moreso by the grand improvement over my last, very sad experience with a Drake's brew. I think they changed brewmasters early last year, so this is most assuredly a product of a prodigal mind. Cheers to the Bay..

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Photo of RHVC59
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rowbow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of stephendr
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown hue with a tint of red – thick coco colored head , small bubbles – nose of dark fruit coco , espresso , and milk chocolate – taste of coffee dark fruit coco , espresso , malty , and milk chocolate– thick creamy body with some acidity – aftertaste is black cherries a roasted malt taste, bright long , espresso , coffee and slight hops

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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 NRo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of drewbage
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a different than usual business fliptop bottle.

Beer pours oil black with only a slight tan head.

Aroma is dense and rich with coffee, chocolate, leathery with a strong growing roast that lasts through to the sip.

Flavor matches with the aroma in flavors reflected, but the onset of the roast is more rapid and more overwhelming. The strong bitter roast eventually gives way to a strong hop bite and a strong alcohol warmth that does little to disguise the sweetness in the finish. (But the hops do remain behind long after the brew is out of your mouth.

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Photo of Topher78
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Appearance: This RIS looks amazing. A perfect layer of creamy light brown head sit on top of the opaque body.

Smell: The nose has milk chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a hint of hops.

Taste: The flavor profile begins with a shot of piney hops whose bitterness and acidity looms though the finish. The chocolate and coffee flavors that follow have a tart taste.

Mouthfeel: The body is chewy with a thin finish.

Drinkability: The bitterness and tart flavors keep the delectable roasted malt flavors from making this stout as tasty as the should.

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Photo of rayjay
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new City Beer bottle shop in S.F., also at the Toronado poured in a goblet.

MMM! Really yummie, lots of sweet milk chocolate, with a very velvet-like mouthfeel. Roasted malts galore, very sweet with no acidity. Lightly hopped. Smooth as silk. Very similar to the bottled version. Smooth like a Guinness but add a few shots of Hersheys Syrup. Mmmmm

The Toronado poured it just a bit cold, making it a little too easy to gulp down. It would be stellar cask-conditioned.

I love this beer. It's a unique take on the style, so if all you've had are hop monsters this one will be a change of pace. Sweet and refreshing, Cheers!

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 497 ratings.
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