The Void
Drake's Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #871
ABV:
17.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #49,315
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 5%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
10
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Drake's Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
The VoidThe Void
Notes: The Void takes you to infinity and beyond after spending 16 months in rye whiskey barrels. Multiple additions of Belgian candi sugar shoot this beer on a trip through space, where you’ll be going too if you drink enough of it.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of beergoot
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark black body with a very thin yet lasting light tan head. Big nose filled with dark roasted and charred grain, cocoa; charred oak. Rich, sweet, and fiery flavors; huge milk chocolate and cocoa tastes; big bourbon and rye notes; some elements of dark, dried pitted fruits. Huge sludgy and viscous body; velvety and sticky on the palate.

What a fine, monstrous brute of a stout! The appearance is great for a 17%+ ABV (most high ABV beers have little if any head, at least we have a thin and lasting one here). The flavors are deep, rich, and alluring with a complementary heftiness with the mouthfeel. This stout is a wild one!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage; drank 8/6/19 @ City Beer Store.

Midnight black appearance.

Almost no dark khaki head; almost no lace.

Dark chocolate, marshmallow, fudge, oak & whiskey heat notes in the nose.

Smooth, thick mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate & marshmallow flavors up front; fudge, oak & mild whiskey heat notes on the finish.

A robust, excellent barrel aged stout. I hope I have the chance to have another!!

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Photo of Lembeh
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick drips of hot dark chocolate mixed with caramel finished with your favorite single malt (even though this was finished in Rye barrels). This is so smooth for 17.5pct. It's deceptively drinkable with a nice blend of dark chocolate and cacao blend with some next level whiskey notes. Wish I had a cigar around.

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Photo of Thirst_trappist
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A real surprise. Pours pitch black. Great nose and followed up with great taste that has some sweetness to it. Wish it was a bigger format...since at 17% it's aggressive to solo this.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: black as the night. Has legs. No head at all. Like a black hole.

S: booze galore. Amazing. Whiskey. Spicy notes. Sweet caramel. Dates. More booze.

T: soooo sweet. Boozy. Chocolate. Figs. Dark cocktail cherries. Whiskey. Oak. It's almost too sweet, but not. So close. So much depth.

F: insane. So smooth and soft. Slick but creamy and light. No harsh alcohol at all. I'm blown away by the MF for this style.

O: amazing. I need more of this stat. An absolute home run

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Photo of Original_Gravity
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Void - Intergalactic Stout - Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels (as noted on the bottle). And what a cool bottle! Flat black all around. It isn't noted that this was aged in port barrels - as well as the whiskey - but knowing Drake's MO for barrel aging in both whiskey and port (a la Headzo, Santa's Brass) my guess is that this has also spent time in port barrels. The nose, viscosity and taste all suggest port. Mouthfeel is smooth and heavenly - slight amount of heat - but not as much as one would expect from the 17.5%. Another exquisite barrel aged offering from Drake's.

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The Void from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 10 ratings