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

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 51
Photo of jzeilinger
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to 5EKF for this bottle!

A - Pitch black and oil-like color, dense toffee colored lacing, no carbonation, lots of legs on the sides of the glass.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa beans, some delicate chocolate spiciness.

T - Nice bourbon blend with the rest of the beer, charred chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted toffee, the alcohol does make itself know. Mild lingering smoked/roasted chocolate bitterness on the back end.

M - Thick, full bodied, semi-dry, very syrupy on the lips.

O - This beer is grossly underrated so far. Highly recommend.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Sparse lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and booze.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark chocolate, some roasted malt, grassy hops, lots of dark fruit (plums, in particular), a tinge of vanilla, the boozy quality, and a hint of caramel. A pretty complex and big flavor, but not as much as other Russian Imperial Stouts. The grassy hops are a debit, but in general, the flavor is solid.

F: An average amount of carbonation with an extremely smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: There are better examples of an RIS than this, but Drago is generally well made.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely dark beer - thick and black. The head is tall and light-brown (like light brown sugar). The aroma is malty and boozy. Sugary, sweet, and roasted. The taste is sweet and fruity....absolutely port-like. Sweet and bitter are the overwhelming qualities. Aftertaste of plum pits, brandy, and tar. Interesting and intense beer...extremely warming, but not particularly well put-together.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown bottle date.
Pours nearly opaque, black for sure. Darker tan color head and retains ample collar.

Nose is roast, chocolate, and vanilla. Faint bourbon.

First sip carries the vanilla and a decent dose or bourbon although more so than what would be expected given how faint it was in the aroma. Some chocolate. Continuing thru, the flavors become somewhat muted compared to the bourbon. Not in a bad way but it just doesn't carry a deep roastiness to compliment the barrel. As it warms, it carries some light bitterness from roasted malt.

Feel is just medium. Carbonation is a bit higher than expected. A bit sticky.

Pretty good BBA RIS. Its ABV on the bottle says 9.5% so it's a bit "small" compared to many other BBA stouts and the flavor and feel reflect that.

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Photo of jaredsmith83
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I poured this into a standard pint glass. When I poured this out, it was solid black and that was it. No real carbonation coming from this aside from a few stray bubbles. On scent, this hit me with strong bourbon. It was a tad offensive at first. First taste was heavy bourbon, but as I was sipping, I was picking up more of the chocolate and vanilla from it. It seems like mid-glass, and at warmer temperatures, is where this beer shined most for me. You could really get the oak and a bit of fruit as well, but it seemed to take a bit for me to pick that up. It was very smooth for an Imperial. Not something I am crazy about with it having that heavy bourbon scent, but not a bad beer either.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrn1ceguy (Reddit) for this one.

Pours thick, dark pitch black heavy looking beer, with a darker thick 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, thick lacing and long legs.

Nose is nice, dark chocolate, dark caramel, biscuity cocoa cookie, little black roasty malt that borders being acrid, fair roast and little booze note, faint vanilla oak, but late gets a touch of a plasticy phenolic booze note perhaps, hard to tell, although it actually could just be the esters from the wood.

Taste brings thick lush beer, creamy but heavy, not too sweet either, nice dark chocolate, cocoa, into a little roasted malt and hint mocha java, even a bit fudgey. Then a bit of an earthy hop note, with touches of dark fruits covered in dark chocolate, and dark caramel as well, a touch of fluffy nougat. Then a mild barrel note, not much but a little vanilla oak, and touch of a whisky like character, and a fruity bourbon. Faint booze washes over at the end, and it finishes a little sticky, dries a bit and more booze cuts in, more dark chocolate and creamy lush cocoa and roasted notes lingering.

Mouth is heavy creamy thick, decent carb, a little warming booze.

Overall pretty nice, barrel is light but enough, nice malts dark chocolate and roast without really getting acrid, hint of hops too, and that weird note at the end of the aroma was perhaps a brain confusion as it was barely there and not at all on the taste.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is dark malts, fruit and paper/wood/cardboard. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate, paper/wood, mild coffee, dark fruit and an acidic/warming finish.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick menacing black with zero visible signs of carbonation. Smell is terrific. Tons of brownie batter, barrel char, heavy vanilla and chocolate interplay, and some smooth cream. Wow. The nose of this promises something far better than any other wild onion brew I've tried to date. The flavor doesn't disappoint either. Assertive fudge and brownie paired with bourbon and oak. Great balance here, it is super rich but never borders into the world of boozy. Mouthfeel is heavy and viscous with almost no carbonation. Overall, this beer is no joke. I imagine this one will go under appreciated, but if you get the chance to try it, I highly recommend it!

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub, quick review from written notes.

Black with a thin layer of creamy tan foam, that parts after a couple minutes. Sparse lacing. Rich chocolate aroma, smooth and appealing.

Light feel and medium body, smooth feel with light carbonation. Undercurrent of dried fruit, plums. Dry dark chocolate, bitter aftertaste that lingers nicely. Appealing flavor, could use a little more heft in the body. Strong offering though. Heard this was put into bourbon barrels recently... should be interesting to try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at the brewpub.

When you're a fan of the Jack Stout (like I am), news of an impy stout here at the onion is more than welcome. This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises deep dark chocolate, light molasses, light maple syrup, roasted malts, fudge, and a vague stroke of dark breadiness pervading the interior ether. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast tempering a bit whatever sweetness the chocolate can muster. Nice. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine impy stout, one of the best beers I've yet had here. Good times, indeed.

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Drago from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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