Drake's Port Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Blueberries And Brett | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Georgiabeer on 09-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of wethorseblanket
2.07/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of womencantsail
1/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On-tap at Beachwood

A: The pour looks innocent enough...nearly black with a finger of off-white/khaki colored head.

S: I knew this was going to be awful before I even lifted the glass all the way to my nose. A big dose of nail polish remover that seems to have been "cut" with jugs of white vinegar. There might be some roast, blueberries, or port, but I can't be sure because I'm pretty sure my nose started bleeding.

T: I thought the nose was atrocious, but it could not prepare me for the flavor. The nail polish remover is still the primary characteristic, but there's also an unnecessary level of vinegar that seriously burns my tongue. Again, some possibility of imperial stout, barrel, or blueberry flavor, but I was too busy being tortured by the beer to notice.

M: The body is medium, with a tongue searing acidity and a moderate carbonation.

D: This beer should not be served. Period. Luckily my glass was free because the keg ran out, but if it hadn't been, I would have sent it back. I seriously have trouble believing that Drakes can even send this beer out.

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Photo of vacax
1.23/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Seven years in a port barrel is an amazing place to put an imperial stout. Unfortunately, it was with a horrible infection of acetobacter. Whether this was intentional or not is unknown, but the very idea that Drake's is sending kegs of this out to knowing what it tastes like makes me question their judgement. This beer looks like a normal imperial stout, not much head, purest black. It smells like nail polish remover mixed with vinegar. It tastes like malt vinegar with puckering astringent harsh sourness. Dark malts and fruit are somewhere in there, but mixed up with the excessive esters and the overload of acetic acid. Surprisingly thick for something so sour, but astringent and the acid literally burnt my lips, and battery acid is not a quality I look for in beers. I felt like a true masochist after choking down a glass of this. If there are more kegs of this or more in the barrel it should be dumped immediately, if not sooner.

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Photo of Halcyondays
1.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours dark brown with a soft white head, some lace.

S: Organic solvents, acetone, some blueberries, weird.

T: This beer clearly has a phenol problem which takes over the malt, lots of organic chemical tastes. The blueberries are nice, but doesn't make for a tasty beer. It's not horrible, just not very enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied, harsh with the organic chemical flavour, rough feel.

D: 6 years can have strange effects on a beer. In the cherry one it worked, but here it's made a fermentation gone haywire mess.

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Photo of urwatuh8
2.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the "'sour'-style Barrel-Aged Beer Tasting" at Triple Rock during SF beer week. According to the info sheet, this is a "6 year old Imperial stout aged in a port barrel with Maine Blueberries."

Black, but not quite opaque, minimal head. The tasty starts of toasty and sweet like a stout but is immediately overwhelmed by the funkiness. The taste is kind of a mess of a huge amount of funk with some vinegariness and some vanilla. I couldn't really find the blueberries.

I don't know what they were going for with this. But they definitely didn't get it. This wasn't completely undrinkable, but it wasn't at all good either.

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Photo of largadeer
1.22/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at City Beer during their barrel-aged beer week. I'll keep this short and succinct: this is vile stuff, a perfect example of how NOT to barrel-age beer. The brett has completely taken over here, to the point where the funk is downright horrific, reminiscent of leftovers that have been molding away in the fridge for 6 months. The funkiest of gueuze has nothing on this stuff. As for stout or blueberries, who knows? This might've had fruit in it at some point, but the excessive time in barrels has drained it of any character it might've had, replaced it all with excessive funk and astringency. This isn't even particularly sour; hell, that might've saved it to some degree. No, this is just a funky mess. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.8/5  rDev +125.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is really a hybrid style, and I really thought about listing it as an American Wild Ale instead. It was aged an amazing 4 1/2 years in the barrel, and both that and the introduced Brett have lent it a real sourness and made it an American Wild Ale. That being said, there are still quite a few Imperial Stout characteristics as well. It seems that there are many more stouts going at least partway in this direction, and perhaps one day there will be a recognized sour stout/Belgian stout category that will encompass beers more perfectly like this. For now its listed as an American Imperial Stout because of the fact that it was served as part as a riff on barrel aged Drake's Imperial Stouts that were served as part of a special vent at City Beer Store. This amazing beer was the most sour of them.

Poured pure black with a thin ring for a head. Thick and viscous and beautiful. You smell sour Brett up front followed by tart blueberries that have just a hint of sweetness, followed by some minimal oak. The taste is unbelievable! Amazing combo of blueberry and Brett flavors combined with the deep, rich flavors of ruby port, bitter tannins that nicely cut through the sourness and a hint of roastiness. Amazingly complex and very long. The mouthfeel is tannic and rich and tart and smooth in turns. Extremely interesting beer, and one I was lucky to have on two successive nights at city beer. Outstanding job!

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Drake's Port Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Blueberries And Brett from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.13 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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