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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
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
490
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
Wants:
48
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61
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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice rich dark brown/black. Small tan head is creamy with decent retention. Small splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Loaded with licorice and cocoa. Nice roasted barley coupled with some sweet caramelized malts. A hint of dark fruit with a huge chocolate malt backbone. Breadybwith a touch of alcohol on the back. Some blackberry and old coffee beans. A touch of burnt malt as well. Minimal hopping with a faint herbal/citrus component. Very sweet, but not sugary or overbearing.

Taste: Slightly burnt with cocoa and a ton of bitter baker's chocolate. Deeply roasted with some caramel and chocolate malt. Some milky chocolate and chocolate cake. Hops are light and offer some herbal touches. Slight touches of char and dark fruit. Dark cherry with some blackberry Warming tamps down on some of the sweetness and pushes a bunch more cocoa. Burnt with some char. Oh, and a ton of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pseudomilitant.

A nice imperial stout. A good balance of malt flavors with a good depth. Warming allows it to really show it's depth. I'm going to need a few bottles for aging.

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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 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 Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a pitch black colored body.
The aroma is boozy and burnt wood. Smells like darkness.
The taste is roasted and burnt malt with a good dry"ness" to it. The finish has a tingling of alcohol.
The texture is soft, but thick with low to moderate carbonation.
It's a fine enough imperial stout with a good profile.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours nearly black. Small off white head. Just a few surface wisps.

Smell - Caramel malt, some roast, not much though. Hops and grain are pretty prevalent.

Taste - Really caramely. The grain and bitterness come through more than the dark malts. Background gives more of that roast. Not a ton though.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation. Might be a little too thin.

Overall - Poor beer suffers having been consumed after Bourbon County Coffee. Nothing by comparison.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bomber poured into a sniffer. dark, dark, dark . . . barely lets any light through near the bottom. thick head dies down a bit quicker than i'd like. nose shows a nice hint of molasses. taste is classic stout, with a bit of licorice and molasses. mouth feel is a tad thin for my taste on this style, carbonation is low, but work just right for this style, imo. not boozy, which is nice considering its abv.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4.25/3.75/4.25/4/4.25
22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours black with three fingers of dense mocha colored, fluffy, long lasting head that slowly faded into a thin film leaving rings of lace down the glass.
S: Roasted malt dominates, light coffee, bitter black chocolate, touch of vanilla. Smells good but pretty standard.
T: Follows the nose. Creamy rich chocolate, deep roasted malts, char, bitter black coffee, roasted coconut finish, toasted marshmallow and a bitter aftertaste. Anise is in there with the roast, too.
M: Light booze, fuzzy carbonation, smooth mouth, heavy, viscous full body but not motor oil.
O: A very solid stout. Straight forward, clean, but complex enough to be interesting. Drinks well, nothing too overpowering.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of lighter brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A webby lace of tan sticks to the glass.

The smell is roasty with a hint of nutty grain. A light grassy to herbal hop element is also present breaking things up a bit. By no means is this a bold smelling brew, sort of middle of the road and without fault.

The taste is roasty with a hint of nuttiness and bitterness of earthy roast instead of hops. There is a mild character of stale coffee and herbal hop aftertaste that lingers. Not the best tasting imperial stout but not bad either.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is pretty fair across the board and without fault. I appreciate the chance to try this brew but it holds nothing memorable about it to warrent me ever wanting to purchase or try it again.

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Photo of beagle75
2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a short tumbler.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with over one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dull ashy malt, herbaceous hops, and carbon dioxide account for an understated and clean smell. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined brown malt and aggressive acidity that brings out persistent scorched flavors in the middle. Other qualities associated with the second act include scant medicinal anise and weak, isolated alcohol. The finish retains some pure alcohol influence and also reveals moderate pure bitterness. Some relatively appealing chocolate pudding lingers on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This stout is an unfortunate misfire from a normally-underrated brewery. If given a series of choices regarding desirable qualities it seems to make the wrong choice at every turn. Furthermore, the cleanliness seems too revealing, showing off the blemishes and pock marks.

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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 CommanderOfAwesome
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black color with little to no head to speak of. The little bit of head after sloshing around a bit is a caramel color. Very thin.

S: Getting a boozy, chocolate, coffee aroma. Not over powering, but solid and standard for the style.

T: Hides the alcohol very well. Getting chocolate, along with some vanilla. Slight creamy-ness as well.

M: Surprised by this, find it to be very thin for an Imperial Stout. Has the mouthfeel on a normal stout or porter.

O: Overall pretty solid offering without standing out. Doesn't do anything great, but hits about what you'd expect. Solid, but for the price point I think better RIS are out there. Worth a shot to give a try though. Would love to find it on tap.

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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 AleWatcher
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Founders snifter. Served at cellar temp.

I think I got this from sideswipe a long time ago... Just getting around to it.
Gave myself a pour and after a quick smell/taste/look, the rest went into my chilli pot.

Looks thin.
Feels thin.
Smells surprisingly boozy for the relatively low ABV...

Lots of chocolate and roasty malt notes. No hops. Very little bitterness. The malt profile (and body!) remind me of Sierra Nevada Porter?!
The profile is missing something. I don't know exactly what-- I just know that I find this to be pretty mediocre.

Big chalky feel-- especially on the finish. Little boozy heat.

Overall-- meh. It isn't bad, but it it isn't very good either. Hopefully it works better in my chilli than in my glass.

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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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Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Company out of California.
Score: 92

Unknown bottle date. Served in a wine chalice and enjoyed on 08/18/12. Thank you Jeff for sharing this bottle at our tasting.

Appearance: Jet black with one finger of khaki head at pour that settles to a ring around the glass. Absolutely amazing lacing and retention. Gorgeous looking imperial stout. 5/5

Smell: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and a light amount of vanilla with an underlying aroma of brown sugar. A little dark fruit too. The aroma elements are extremely well incorporated. 4.5/5

Taste: Less balanced and incorporated than the aroma. Cocoa and coffee primarily. Less burnt roast flavor than the nose led on. Smooth malt backbone. No booziness whatsoever. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy, malty mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Really solid imperial stout here. I had never heard of this beer or the brewery before my friend Jeff brought a bottle of this over to a tasting, but I will be seeking it out again sometime in the future for sure.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out. I feel like it would make a great starter imperial stout for casual drinkers.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $12 for a 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 DocJitsu
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Nearly no light passes, even when held up to the sun. A narrow, but rich mocha colored head appears. The head fades almost as quickly as it forms. The nose is nice--chocolate liquer with spent coffee grounds that emerge from time to time. I like the thick, creaminess, but the scrubbiness on the back of the tongue disrupts the smoothness of the mouthfeel just a little too much. Large flavors of chocolate liquer and notes of a mildly sour wood. The beer finishes quite dry, almost with a coffee acidity. It's a big ole imperial, but not a stupendous effort. Drake's has better offerings.

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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 axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of FunkyMacGrovin. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout pours a solid black, with maybe three fingers of mocha foam. Head retention is decent, and the lacing falls a bit on the spotty side. The nose has a fair amount of anise, with dark chocolate providing support. As usual for me, I wish the relative intensities of the two aromas were switched. There's a good bit more balance between black licorice and chocolate. A nice roasty coffee note comes in on the back end to provide a nice finish. The body has a little bit of creaminess to it, and is firm. It's not as luscious as some of its bigger, more "imperial" brethren, but it works for this beer. The carbonation is appropriately subdued, not pulling the spotlight away from the malt. Drakonic Imperial Stout isn't one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts, but it's a very solid offering. And, according the the $6.99 sticker price on mine, it's a great value buy for California BAs.

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Photo of t420o
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drake drakonic imperial stout

A-  roasted chocoalte malt, brown sugar, an earthy coffee flavor, a peaty smell. A malty goodness coming from this. 4

S- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger dark mocha head resting atop a jet black body. Decent retention. Nice lacing 4  

T- from the second it hit my lips I knew it was good. Dark chocolate and espresso upfront but not  overdone and actually refreshing. There are hints of milk chocoalte, mollasses, slight bitter hop taste, and and earthy tone. Very well done 4.5
 

M- very good mouthfeel. Good viscotity, creamy, and good carbonation. 4

O- honestly I came into this beer with slightly low expectations as nothing ive ever had from drakes (albeit only a few of them) has ever impressed me. This definitely wowed me and I will be buying it again. A excellent imperial stout. This barrel aged would probably be orgasmic 4.5

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a midnight black with a thin, tight layer of foam. The aroma is that of roasty coffee with some toffee and dark chocolate notes rounding it out. The Drakonic has a big roasty flavor, with some dark chocolate and espresso. There’s an evident bittering to it and a sharp flavor which brings everything in focus. I enjoyed the dark mushroom nuances which emerged gradually as it warmed. Delicious. I just wish it had a fuller body to develop and hold up to the strong flavors.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks, dark. Then it's kind of dark. Held up to a light it's dark with a big foamy tan head that settles into a solid layer. There's nothing about the look to complain about.

Smells a lot like molasses. Swetish but with a sour note from roast malt. But I don't get a whole bunch of roast, just hints.

Starts off sweet lots of base malt and some dark roast malt. Decent bittering hop level but it stays on the sweet side which is fine for RIS. There's also a hint of sourness not from hops but from darker roast malts, black patent or chocolate maybe. Lots of fruity flavor from the yeast. Overall a pretty complex beer.

Thick and creamy in the mouth but not harsh or alcoholic at all. It's not the hugest RIS I've had which might make it seem a little more approachable that some of them.

Definitely worth having again.

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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 AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Two fingers of delicate, light brown head top a black, dark, opaque beer. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malts, slightly thin, with a hint of coffee but not much else.

T: Above average, nothing more. A rather disappointing imperial stout. The most superlative quality is the drying, citrus-bitter Columbus hops that offer superlative balance. Otherwise, it's sweetish chocolate malt; light, roasted bitterness; and nutty coffee on the very endtaste. The aftertaste is creamy.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, and, at times, hoppy dry. Nice.

O: Very well balanced and mild. A very well put-together beer. A gentler, if not subtler, imperial stout that comes moderately recommended.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at JV Wine & Sprits in Napa today for $5.99. I was in the mood for an impy stout after a day of wine tasting.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is hanging pretty well.

Nose is hints of coffee and mocha.

Taste is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, mocha, with a nice hop oil finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth, not as chewy as hoped.

Overall this is a real tasty brew, love the flavors going on, not as viscous as hoped but good nonetheless.

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial Stout from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 490 ratings.
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