Drake's Crude | Erie Brewing Co.

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Drake's CrudeDrake's Crude

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 1859, Colonel Edwin L. Drake successfully drilled the first oil well in Northwest PA. His first well became known as “Drake’s Folly” by skeptics who soon ate their words as Pennsylvania became responsible for almost half the world’s oil production. Drake’s Crude Oatmeal Stout is a silky smooth, crude oil black malt beverage, which reflects on our region’s rich oil production history.

Added by santoslhalper on 02-20-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Pitch black with half decent lacing, head retention is not as prevalent as we expected. Burnt chocolaty nose with hints of dark berries, a slight whiff of alcohol and a little sweet and pleasing oat aroma. Creamy medium body with a good amount of smoothness to go around. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors from the roasted grain meet with a sweetness and silkiness from the oats. Hop bitterness is held to a minimum, which is great so the maltiness can really shine. There is a balance from the bitterness of the burnt character which never reaches a level of being too much on the palate or acrid. Ghost licorice root flavor near the end. Mildly fruity with suggestions of blackberries and burnt currants. Mild sweet finish.

Stout lovers rejoice! Spot-on style and a sure pick for newbies wondering what an Oatmeal Stout is.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Black,opaque color with a tall,thick,creamy mocha head with fair retention with minimal lacing

Clean aroma very roasty with a smokiness. Bisquitty,oatey with some chocolate notes with hints of licorace.

Very roasty,burnt carmell tastes with a smokeyness,chocolaty with some oatey flavors. Finishes very clean and sharp with a sweet chocolaty taste lingering on the palate.

Light to medium mouthfeel,grainy texture on the chewy side.
Goes down easy enough just not something I could drink a lot of.
Not a bad Oatmeal Stout i've had better though.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz. at cellar temp into pint glass. pours opaque black with a nice dark mocha colored head. about 2 fingers head that faded pretty quickly to lacing.

off the pour it smelled a lot like olive juice. now that its settled a pick up a lot of notes from a classic oatmeal stout. lots of sweetness from the oats as well as chocolate.

nice chocolate- coffee flavor in front with a bitter sweet finish of oats with a lingering bitter chocolateness hanging over. a little light.

nice creamy mouthfeel, medium body(wish it was a tad heavier) and maybe a tad too much carbonation for the style. all in all not too bad though. very good drinkability for a stout, doesnt seem to fill me up and has a very drinkable ABV. i would recommend this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark chocolate caramel hue with a nice sized long lasting tan head which leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet upfront toasty oatmeal grains dark chocolate and coffee notes touch of fruit and well hidden alcohol at nearly 6.9%. Taste has a nice flowing soft stout with a creamy edge dark chocolate and mild coffee tones sweet finish touch of fruitiness mild herbal hop flavor moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated creamy texture. Drinkability very tasty could definitely drink a few not the best oatmeal stout ever that's between Wildgoose in it's prime, McClausen, and Sammy Smith.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as nearly black with just a ring of head. It left a small amount of lace.

The smell is deep and strong, with plenty of dark malt, chocolate, and a bit of oatmeal coming through. The taste is also strong, starting with malt and oatmeal, and finishing with chocolate. Hops are minor. The mouthfeel is full but smooth.

This comes together very well.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: brown sugar head with a handful of soapy bubbles on the top of creamy cap. Body is safely black, both in the pour and in the glass. Looked rather viscous during the pour, I hope that it maintains this type of profile

S: black malty base, heavy roasted grains, cocoa powder and molasses

T: first off the flavor come and go rather quickly, surprisingly this has to be one of the cleanest finishes I have had in a stout. The initial blast of flavors are dark, slightly burnt, and roasty malts. Then a soft sugary lactose flavor mixed with a handful of oats, a dash of cocoa, and maybe stale coffee at the back...leaves room to be desired. A slight bitter roasted dryness lingers with a yeasty character at the back. Not to much as far as oatmeal is concerned

M: this has a solid standing and husky feeling. Body is hefty medium and slides dow the hatch very easily. Creamy and smooth...

D: lacks in overall complexity, it does have a few nice dimensions. However, I don't think I will ever get this again. Nothing stands out in this brew and it seems to wander aimlessly on the palate at times

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with an initial big head that dissipitates to a minimal head. Great aromas of chocolate and roasted barley. Bitterness is quite huge, with a sour lactate assist. The taste does not match the aroma, but it is interesting and drinkable providing you are OK with sourness.Above average mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive head of frothy dark tan rises up above the appropriately pitch-black body of Drake's Crude. The head retention is excellent, and even after it falls in upon itself it still maintains a foamy quarter-inch cap. Walls of thin, splashy, clingly lace are left behind.

The nose is a bit odd, and unexpected. It's very dark and roasty with a bit of charred wood to it, but an unusual earthy note gives it a bit of stench (seemingly yeast autolysis - may be a single bottle or batch issue), and on the other side some floral hops round it out with a disjointed "sweet" or perfumey edge. Fortunately, the roastiness overtakes the roughess as it warms and your nose adapts leaving it pleasant.

In the mouth it's medium, almost medium-full in body with a moderate carbonation once the head has settled and it sits for a moment releasing some gas. Quite nice and silky smooth.

The bitterness is kept to a minimum here, and the deep roastiness of the malt keeps itself from becoming sweet. The acidity is also kept in check, thus avoiding the two pitfalls of very deeply roasted stouts. A touch of floral hop character comes through, as well as some yeasty fruitiness, and it's a very nicely rounded stout with some candyish/floral sweetness at the center, with darker, more masculine roastiness surrounding. It finishes dry with a bit of floral hop character and yeasty fruit that fades to a soft, lingering, just lightly smokey roastiness. The alcohol never makes an appearance.

Overall, a pretty well done, enjoyable, and drinkable beer! Worth trying.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Party Source. And while this beer was pretty drinkable for its strength, the flavor was too bland for its strength. It poured the proper pitch black with a tan head and had an extra bready toasted oats and crust aroma. The flavor followed up with a shot of roasted cocoa, but then there was this plain sweet candy flavor that was flat out boring. Not bad, but also not really worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a mug. Color is pitch black with a short tan head which disapated quickly. Decent lacing was left behind.

Smells of roasted malt and chocolate.

Tastes of roated malt with smokey flavor. Also some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is light and silky smooth. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some oats. Taste is smooth, chocolate, malts, touch of oats, highly drinkable for this abv. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark crude oil opaque color with a brisk creamy tan head.

S: Huge roasted malt palate dominates both the nose and flavor. There is some dark roasted malt, oats, biscuit, and black patent producing a very rich robust palate with a great dry bitterness. There is some fresh black roasted coffee notes complimenting the malting nicely along with a nice spiciness for the hops per style. A great roasted palate, with some charred woodiness leaves a nice roasted malt residue on the tongue with a fresh coffee finish and fade. A beer that lives up to its name.

M: The texture is silky on the tongue, lightly carbonated

D: very good drinkability, hearty and rich.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the label. Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Color is a deep dark black, nearly opaque color, head is golden yellow brown nearly one finger strong. Smell is wonderfully complex, there is a base of strong bitter coffee notes, with a leading nose of sweetness. Taste is very coffee bitter and yet the sweetness still pokes through. Feel could be a bit more carbonated, some oilyness is present as well. Overall I enjoyed the beer, though I have had better.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A- a dark black color like dark chocolate. A tan head and minla lacing. quite opaque

S- burnt chocolate and roasted nuts

F- a dark coffee type of flavor with chocolate. A roasted malt back end.

M- thick bodied but not creamy. Like eating a coffee bean coated with chocolate.

O- not bad for a stout. More of a fall type of beer but still tasty year round.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of santoslhalper
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a heavy, dark almost-black brown with a giant, frothy beige head. The head lingers forever.

Smell: It's kinda hard to smell. There's a bittersweet creamy aroma somewhere in there, but it seems like it's just altogether kinda weak.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A nice flavor of oats immeadiately hits the toungue with an interesting amount of hop bitterness. Quite balanced, and the alcohol is not even noticable. It's still kinda weak, and could be a lot richer and fuller.

Drinkability and Overall: Definitly not a bad Oatmeal Stout by any means, but nothing too special. An easily drank, decent strenth, well balanced stout that is just missing a little bit on punch to make it great.

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Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 145 ratings