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

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Drake's Drakonic Imperial StoutDrake's Drakonic Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Thanks to flexabull for including this interesting RIS in the UGLY Duckling BIF, I really like the bottle too!

Pours a dark brown/black color with no light being able to penetrate, a great sized head that fades slowly to leave some patchy lacing, good retention.

Smell has a good roasted malt aroma, slight coffee presence, some dark fruit but very subtle.

Taste is mostly roasted malt, bit of a coffee bitterness in the aftertaste, decent creaminess but surprisingly a bit thin for the style.

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Photo of currysage1
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got from a trade with Maudite, thanks bro, you know I love the RIS.

Appearance is that of a lovely stout, Dark blackness, 1/2 inch of light, three finger khaki head, would have been bigger if I had poured more. Head is a little on the fizzy side for a stout, otherwise would have been a 5.

Dark fruits abound in the nose mixed with smaller amounts of creamy chocolate, caramel and pecans.

Taste is baking chocolate right off the bat with pipe tobacco. Leather and currants toward the end, with bitter coffee directly at the end.

Mouthfeel has a nice coating to it, good carbonation, more than most RIS.

Drinkability is high due it first off have good balance in the flavors but mostly because it hides the alcohol, low, very well.

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

500 ml swingtop bottle, shared by grub!

Pours an opaque black, huge brown head forms, good retention, drops some pretty chunky lace. Smell is lactic, a bit sour, chocolate, roast, caramel and bread, coffee, a bit acidic, oaky, pretty interesting, smells almost like a baltic porter. Taste is sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, nice roast, caramelized fruits, vanilla, sour lactic oak finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty silky mouthfeel. Interesting RIS, pretty solid. Thanks Russ!

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

A gift from Mikeys01, on one of his many CA journeys. I'm definitely gonna miss you and the generous amounts of beer you bring back on your business trips! But, I know Denver is the place for you. Cheers, man!
The 500ml swingtop opens with a satisfying little pop, the beer pouring very, very dark chocolate brown. Cool, because the swing cap actually appears to be ceramic, rather than molded plastic. Not too common these days, even amongst the german imports. A generous sandy colored head on the pour, settling into an even, creamy coating. Sticky lacing. Smells of heady, well roasted coffee beans and ripe red apple initially, the aroma developing into a more alcohol fueled, modestly hopped, fruit driven brew. Notes of soft, translucent plum flesh. The flavor starts out surprisingly mild, drinking like a slightly stronger than average stout, rather than anything imperial. Roasty malts on the sweeter end overall, lacking much, if any intense charry bitterness in the finish I expect with these bad-boys. Much more toffee-like, actually very much so. Some smoky phenols, with a strong fresh fruit presence. Big plum flavor, mixed with sweet red grape. Fullish body, with brash carbonation that moves the flavor along perhaps a bit too quickly. A bit empty overall, particularly in the finish. With an hour's worth of breathing, the last half is about 100x better. Bigger, sweeter toffee and much improved carbonation, down to softer, more drinkable levels. This is not a flavor bomb as is par for american big beers, but it's well crafted and tasty enough. Pop the swingtop and let it sit for an hour, and it's pretty golden.

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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 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hophead101
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a lush dark beer, no floaties, plenty of rusty cherry cola looking head. Aroma was lacking, didn't pick up roast flavor, chocolate etc. . .

Great taste, char, roast, chocolate all came out once sipped. Was amazed to see that this was almost 9%, drank like it was 6%, love that. Also, it wasn't over the top in respect to any particular quality. Wasn't the thickest, strongest, most roasted, chocolaty, smokiest etc. . . it just did everything very good, nothing particularly extreme about it, was nice and dry. Didn't pick up coffee or licorice like the description indicates, maybe because I didn't perceive much, if any bitterness from this. Nice and slick, creamy.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good stout. A bit too bitter though. Figuring age will mellow that out some. Being that I'm only the 4th to review this beer, I'm figuring it hasn't been in the bottle too long. Month or two maybe.

A - Good. Amazing the head that rises up from every slight swirl. Retention not so well though. Pitch black in the Delirium Tremens snifter I poured it in.

S - Very soft milk chocolate, smells creamy but not at all overpowering. The balance smells divine for a Imperial Stout under 10%.

T - Drink at room temp for best results. Pulled this out my closet and placed in the freezer for 10 min. First few sips were almost ashy. Not impressive. As it gets to room temp, much better - smooth milk-chocolate and mild hints of coffee but very mild hints of coffee. The bitterness eases up very much so at room temp but still a little too bitter. Again, this beer should be fantastic with 8-10+ months on it. I expected this to be more sugary than it is but its very well balanced. Not noted in nose, Black licorice noticeable if you look for it as well with hints of Vanilla.

M - I wouldn't go as far to say light. I'm used to 10-13% imperial stouts and this feels the 8.75% that it is. Smooth and easy drinking. Finishing the first 12 oz pour of the snifter pretty fast though.

O - Will buy another one of these to age. Reminds me of a Black Butte XXI minus the Bourbon component. Vanilla chocolate chip cookie. Very solid example of the style. As for the solid 4's across the board, everything about this beer is good. Very good but I wouldn't go as far as exceptional. Will buy again though without question.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of thagr81us
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 mc4z
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of buzzy
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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