Drago | Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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4.23 w/ 280 ratings

Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout aged on bourbon barrels.

Added by TMoney2591 on 04-16-2012

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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of MarkGutz
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Bottle to snifter, out by fire pit @ JPK's.

LOOK: Dark black, no head.
AROMA: really nice smells, lots of bourbon,chocolate.
TASTE: lots of bourbon and chocolate. Tasty.
FEEL: heavy bodied, weak carbonation.

Really nice beer, pleasant surprise.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSiegs
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking black pour, very dark brown when held to light. Two fingers of medium brown foam with great retention for a BB stout. Really nice, balanced aroma. Blend of dark chocolate, bourbon, light roast and earth. Taste is more bourbon forward, it hits you with a punch and lingers on the swallow. Still doesn't overpower the good base stout thought, with notes of chocolate, roast. Subtle earthiness, spice, and barrel character. Medium-full body, low moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry, boozy finish. Overall, a good to very good bourbon barrel stout and will certainly purchase again.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from my local beer shop. Drank out of a Transient Artisan Ales teku.

Look: Poured with two fingers of strong khaki head, body is dark chocolate brown, good spider web lacing, large amount of small and fast down-up carbonation.

Smell: Booze soaked fudge, cold brew coffee extract, brown sugar, vanilla extract, light dark fruit, nutmeg.

Taste: Brown sugar, milk chocolate, cappuccino, bourbon cream liqueur.

Feel: Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel, a bit thin and overcarbed.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Black pour, very little tan head.

S- Heavy bourbon and vanilla. I get a little cherry as it warms up.

T- Pretty aggressive booze. Sweet base with a blend of dark chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits.

F- It's okay. Decent thickness, not particularly rich or creamy though.

O- I like it. I would love it with slightly less booziness and a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours completely black, shiny and opaque. Fizzy cola like head dissipates leaving no residual foam, no lacing.

Smell has notes of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

Taste follows the nose with a well done Russian imperial stout base with some roasted malts and bittering hops giving way to an alcohol burn with a strong bourbon presence on the back end. Notes of cola, vanilla, and some black cherry.

Feel is on the fuller/thicker side. Fizzy soda like carbonation and mouthfeel. Not my preferred feel for a beer of this style. Definite heat with a slight alcohol burn on the back end.

Overall a really nicely done BA stout. At the price its a very solid option.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into stout glass. It pours an inky, oily black color with a finger of foamy, mocha-colored head and lacing that lasted through the pour. What a great aroma of cocoa, coffee, caramel, dark fruit, and a whiff of bourbon. The taste is outstanding: the coffee and chocolate blend beautifully with vanilla, black cherry, oak, and a nice bourbon finish. It has a nice, chewy mouth feel with low to moderate carbonation. The 9.5% ABV is just right: this stout has substance but it isn't a booze bomb and the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the other tastes. Overall, Drago is a revelation. I'm not saying it's the best RIS I've encountered but it challenges the leaders of the style and the price point is reasonable. I'm going to look for more, for sure!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Suddenly in the same day, I've gone from zero to two Hads from Wild Onion. Read their website. Impressed by their commitment to the environment by repurposing an abandoned stone quarry. They put a Communist Hammer & Sickle on the label of their RIS. (Drago, as I curiously looked up, is the Russian giant that gets beat in the 15th round by Rocky Bilboa in Moscow as the Kremlin leaders look on woefully a few years before the Cold War folds and, in a great twist of fate, Roland Reagan looks like a genius.) And back to reality, Wild Onion's restaurant hosts weddings in one of the wealthiest communities in Chicagoland. Clearly, Onion has a sense of humor and a complicated personality... and they have produced a complicated and impressive RIS.

It looks normal for a RIS, a brown head of foam that disappears and becomes a syrupy substance.
The smell does not belie the alcohol, an achievement not made by many a RIS.
Taste gives me all that sweet malt and the vanilla and the what-not that comes from oak barrels that aged bourbon.
The mouthfeel is full and smooth and almost creamy.
And it all goes great with sweet cookies for dessert... which is what I've just done.
And... I just might again.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, no visible date. Says 9.5%. Guinness pint.

A: pours dark black/brown, opaque with 3 fingers dark tan head that recedes to a thick foamy cap. Decent lacing, killer retention.

S: reeks of bourbon and vanilla! 8 months in a barrel will do that, I suppose. It was a good barrel; barrel selection is key. Some dark fruits lingering in the background with a touch of bourbon alcohol - not fusel, really smells like you poured a shot of bourbon in a stout.

T: taste is immediately sweet; caramel, bourbon, prune, golden raisin, milk chocolate, more! This absolutely blows dragon's milk out of the water.

M: thick, syrupy, some light carb.

O: holy smokes, this is a barrel aged beast. Great BARIS. Alcohol is not overpowering; bourbon character steals the show. Texture makes it dangerously drinkable. Careful with this one!

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to @LongTaco15 . :)

Pours black with thin-side-of-moderate tan head.
Smells of dark chocolate,coffee, vanilla, and bourbon barrel.

Tastes of dark chocolate, slightly charred, vanilla coffee, oak tannin, and bourbon, with a little tongue-tingling bitterness on the finish.

Feel is thick, oily (not creamy), very smooth, very fine carbonation, and a pleasant back-of-the-throat burn on the finish. Though the alcohol is noticeably present, it is quite smooth, and doesn't come across as "hot".

Overall, very good. Dangerously drinkable. :) It would be a favorite, if I could get it here.

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Photo of Jpb123
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eifster82
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason1221
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hobojungle
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerguy04
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black color with tan bubbles more than a true head. Smells like a vanilla and cocoa bean mix. The taste is similar, definitely taste both chocolate and vanilla. Has a little coffee aftertaste at the end. Mouthfeel, is nice and medium. Overall, a delicious beer.

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Photo of A_Rad
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Drago from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 280 ratings
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