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

Drake's Drakonic Imperial StoutDrake's Drakonic Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
82.8%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 501 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,867
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
501
Liked:
415
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
9.85%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
64
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 501 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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 biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The mind can grow gritty looking into such a black abyss - seriously, all you need now is some fire and brimstone. Not a single strand of light successfully permeates this oily onyx body. Drakonic is indeed 'draconian' (meaning 'great severity') with regards to its opacity, which is quite drastic. As for head retention, it's far more lenient - there is none.

The aroma is replete with bittersweet mocha notes the likes of which I've never smelled from any Indonesian, Colombian or Kenyan coffee beans. I have, however, on many occasions, smelled far more impressive and elegant such scents in other imperial stouts. While it unquestionably has more character than most beers, it is relatively dull for a RIS.

Like so many comedians, the imperial stout style has made a career out of impersonations: coffee and chocolate are its best impressions, but it does a mean black licorice, dark fruit and tobacco leaf too. This particular example has a lot of those flavours but it is as delicate as it is intense, which is both a positive and a negative, depending on your appetite.

An oily but heavily charred coffee bean astringency quickly shows up in the aftertaste like it had been sprinting to get there. Although it's only 40 IBU, what would a Californian beer be without just a little hoppiness; leafy pungency is noted on the finish as well. The charred sensation left on the palate replaces chocolate flavours with ones of wood and cigar smoke.

As a Blue Jays fan, I'm constantly frustrated by the fact that no matter how good the team is, ultimately it's too much to compete in a division with the Yankees and Red Sox - that's how Drake's must feel. This is a well-brewed, perfectly serviceable imperial stout that has a lot of good pieces but can't really compete in a division with Great Divide, Brooklyn, North Coast, Stone, Bell's, Great Lakes, Oskar Blues, Hoppin' Frog and so many others.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fairly light colored for an Imperial Stout, meaning it is black with a touch more brown than one might usually find. The head is a frothy, light brown color that starts out almost two-fingers in height. Aromatic notes of chocolate are quite apparent as I pour this beer, again reinforcing that this beer did not go the heavy handed route when it came time to add the dark malts to the recipe. The aroma is actually quite nice, it is very smooth, especially since it is lacking in that acrid, overly burnt character that many an American Stout (much less the Imperial Stouts) have. Instead the focus remains on a concentrated, dark, yet not overly burnt, malty note that accentuates aromas of chocolate, toasty malt and a nice nuttiness. I really can't quite help but think of some sort of candy of my dreams, made from chocolate freshly ground malt with a hint of espresso for that extra boost. While this isn't the most complex beast out there, there is just something about the aroma of this brew that I am really digging right now; the aroma is much bigger than the 8.75% alcohol would suggest.

Soft and creamy up front, this beer grows in heft and palate coating character as it passes through my mouth. The finish has a solid bitter note to it that is a combination of hop bitterness as well as a drying, roast grain derived bittering. The flavor has a solid chocolate component to it as well, but in the taste a lightly roasted coffee character becomes much more apparent. Dusty cocoa, some roasted nutty notes, a perception of vanilla, something like subtle hazelnut. I really like the weight of this beer, it is not too heavy, yet is certainly thick enough to demand a sipping experience.

While this has lots of big flavors (as is expected of an Imperial Stout), it doesn't bang you over the head with the roast malt like many of the American beasts do. Sometimes the extreme is appreciated, but at other times (right now is one of these for me), something with a bit more restraint and a bit more balance (if such a thing can really be said for an Imperial Stout) is just what one wants. A very well crafted beer, that I am certainly enjoying quite a bit. I also have to praise the 500ml bottle size, not nearly as intimidating as a 22oz bottle would be.

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Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML flip-top bottle.

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a medium sized brown colored head.

The moment I popped this open I was hit in the nose with a blast of molasses and chocolate. Chocolate syrup and black strap molasses and some candy in the ethanol fumes. Bitter cocoa powder and Kahlúa liqueur scent no strong coffee aromas though. Little bit of vanilla and caramel smell and that is about all.

The taste starts out sweet and strong chocolate and coffee with a black coffee finish. Sweet and bitter chocolate is the main flavor here with coffee and roast being mainly an after taste. Not real complex in flavor though.

Mouthfeel is very thick.

Drinkability isn't the best here, it is quite thick and the three-note flavor doesn't last much beyond a glass and then you are ready for something else.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen, in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan head, which leaves excellent lacing in a Weihenstaphen mug.

S: Roasted caramel malts and coffee mostly, typical RIS, but quite fragrant.

T: Good, lots of coffee, with a hint of strong espresso, some roasted malts and chocolate as well.

M: Rich and velvety, but quite dry, good amount of carbonation.

D: A good RIS, my first beer from these guys, after tasting these beers, I certainly don't hate the Drake.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of fredmugs
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: brilliant ebony under a 2-3” tan foam collar that hugs the glass producing lines of lace with each drink.
S: Big chocolate espresso nose.
T: Malt driven chocolate espresso palate, hop accent but not aggressive or dominating. Some alcohol in the finish – faintly winey, hard to define the fruit.
M: medium low carbonation, medium high body, very smooth and tasty. The very fine bubbles are almost like a nitro beer.
O: A big bold imperial stout.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 16.9 oz swing top bottle a very dark brown with about an inch of tannish foam. It has some nice lacing and the foam shrinks to a fine layer after a few minutes but that little bit does last for the entire session.

The smell has notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and maybe some wood. The nose is pretty light.

The taste has roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa up front which gives it a nice semi sweet flavour. Further in, there's some hop bitterness to go along with the cocoa and is most noticeable in the finish.

It's medium bodied and the carbonation is pretty light(could use a tad more?), oh...the alcohol is starting to show itself along with a woody taste. Interesting flavours here.

Bottom line: This is a pretty interesting and tasty Imperial Stout and I'm glad I got the chance to try it but... now that I've tried it, I doubt I'll look for it again. Maybe if it was available locally, I'd give that a rethink.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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 weeare138
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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 barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown with a nice brown head. Lots of carbonation. Nose was imediately bombarded with chocolate, dark chocolate, some espresso and roasted malts. Taste was very smooth with a very abrupt chcolate flavor and ABV up front. It mellows out halfway through and finishes quite nice. Very good. Not a Speedway Stout or Abyss but it ranks up there with the best of them!

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this a couple of nights back. What a great beer! This is last years release, I grabbed it at Healthy Spirits in May and sat on it for a while.

A: In my Sam Smith pint glass, this beer gurgled a very impressive jet black with a thin dark brown head with decent retention

S: Wonderfully balanced on the nose, there's chocolate, coffee, cream and a little bit of oxidation that works very well with the chocolate

T/M: On the palate, the flavors from the nose are replicated with the semi-dark unsweetened chocolate leading the way. Oxidation is present and very enjoyable. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation, this beer finishes thick and enjoyable

D: This is one beer that surprised me, I think I should grab another at some point

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dfernandez77 for this bottle, the last survivor of a brown box that arrived via our friends at FedEx. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife to celebrate her giving her two-week notice to a grumpyfuckwadofaboss. Yippee!

Pour is black as the banner of Mordor. Smell is lovely rich malts, big chocolate, smaller shot of coffee.

Drakonic is a solid, middle-o-the-road imperial stout. All the requisite ingredients are accounted for in the roll call: big, dark, sweet malts, some coffee. The heavy chocolate is a nice touch & along with the nice hop doping gives it a goose right at the end. I take it back. More like edge of the ditch. Good one. No water. Maybe blueberries. Roast really amps up once the beer warms.

Sehr gut bier. Enough nice perks to retain my interest & goes down easy.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82.8% out of 100 with 501 ratings
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