Drake's Crude | Erie Brewing Co.

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Drake's CrudeDrake's Crude

Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: 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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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 146
Photo of Lordhelmit
4.89/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer of all time. Pours a dark black. Like crude oil. Hence the name. Thin head which dissipates quickly with equally as quickly receding lacing. Smells....like sweet. Like chocolate.

Taste is insane. Just wow. Pure butterscotch/caramel/chocolate/vanilla. But all those flavors hit you in waves. IBU is probably close to 0. This is pretty much how I expected Harry Potter's "butterbeer" to taste like. God it tastes so good. MF is fine it is certainly full bodied and syrup-like. Overall 5/5.

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Photo of alucardswordlol
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The colour was there for an oatmeal stout. My major concerns with the beer revolved around the lacing and the body. Perhaps spoiled by Sam Smith's classic interpretation of the style.

Smell - What a great smell. Like the taste, I am hit by coffee, vanilla, and chocolate in waves. Great sniff

Taste - The taste was hard to beat. Expected soft vanilla tones but the added chocolate and coffee flavours really tied this beer together compared to other oatmeal stouts. Very tasty and I'd never have expected the 6.9% abv

Mouthfeel - A bit lacking for an oatmeal stout. I want the thick body and with a name like Drake's crude it should be thicker.

Overall - Great interpretation of the beer. The addition of chocolate and coffee flavors tie the beer together without straying too far from the style. Although the light body works against it, the beer is one of the most quaffable (and crushable) oatmeal stouts out there due to this.

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Photo of darknova306
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours a thick black, with a small white head on it.

There is a light malty sweetness in the aroma, but it is dominated by the roasted grains (as would be expected). No detectable hop aroma.

This is a black beer. I see no light getting through it at all.

There is a nice roasted flavor that forms the base for this beer, but it is nicely balanced by a light crystal malt sweetness. It is dark and roasty, surely, but only has a very mild bitterness, probably more from the roasted malt than hops. This oatmeal stout is a very easy drinking beer, which says a lot for a stout.

This is a full bodied stout, with a very nice silky smooth feel to it from the oats.

This is a fantastic oatmeal stout, and I encourage anyone that enjoys this style to try it. There are just enough hops to keep it from being a malt bomb, and the texture from the oats makes it deliciously smooth.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 avaccani
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with tan head. The head dissapated completely almost as soon as I poured. I wish it would of stuck around for a bit.

S - I am getting some smoke, burnt malt, coffee.

T - I am not an Oatmeal Stout lover but this stuff is good. I has a nice crisp roast bite that is never too much. Balanced by a silky smoothness that just coats your whole mouth. I really enjoyed this.

M - Rich, creamy, silky, smooth. Very nice.

O - I highly recommend this one. This beer is a great example of the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Chickenhawk9932
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pitch black with a caramel head.

In the nose is sweetness of blackbery and chocolate with some coffee bitterness in the background.

It feels very sweet - mainly because it is so smoothe - but is nicely balanced. Tastes chocolate and roasted coffee backed by blackberry and roasted oats - very nice. I had to have another even though I was at the Ale House where there are 36 beers on tap.

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Photo of grayburn
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drake's crude is one of those beers where the taste really makes you want to bump up the scores all around. Absolutely freaking delicious.

The beer pours a midnight black with some light ruby highlighting around the edges. The tan foam starts out nice and rocky, but disappears to nothing soon enough.

The smell is all chocolate and roasted grain. There is a bit of alcohol lurking around in there too.

The taste starts with chocolate, then runs into some grain astringency, mixing nicely into a fruity yeasty finish. Everything shares the spotlight politely and ends impressively.

The mouth is creamy and medium bodied, the carbonation is spot on.

The drinkability is nice, everything adds up pretty well, and the taste is great. Very impressed, try it.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at House of 1000 Beers (formerly 6 & Save) in New Kensington, PA. The guest bartender said it was his favorite on tap.

Poured into a shaker: thick black, finger of tan head drops to a collar & dusting, no highlights.

Smells of roasted malts & caramel, dark chocolate, brewed coffee, nutty (is that peanut butter I smells?).

Taste is a mild milk chocolate, a coffee bitterness, some dark fruit peels. Roasty & slightly tannic. Sweetens in the warming, approaching a burnt marshmellow flavor.

Very smooth, verging on slick but not achieving the "slimy" feel I hear of so much with oatmeal stouts. Creamy is more like it.

Solid down the line, nothing really outstanding but not a flaw to be found. Could down 2 or 3, no problem.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a thick, murky black. No light shall pass. Super dark brown, so it looks black. Mocha brown head, shrinks fast.

The smell is grainy roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Oily and grainy oatmeal. No sweetness from fruit/berry aromas. Very dry. Nutty with mild breakfast blend coffee. Very good.

The taste is mild plum and berry, followed by dry coffee. Sweet plum, raisin at first. Dry coffee, mocha, chocolate finish. Dark and dry. Love the dry, earthy malt at the end. No hops, doesn't need them.

Has a smooth, oily body. Thick and dry finish; a bit ashy. It's a damn good sipper. Dry and ashy. A little sweet, nutty and mildly bitter.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Thin, beige head lingers for just a moment before recessing in an opaque body. Some thin, oily, sticky lacing. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and maybe vanilla. Taste follows suit and upon warming this beer reveals some wonderful balance of flavors in a delicious blend. Very nice and easy to drink for a 6.9 ABV.

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Photo of wac9
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow just wonderful for 6.9 it doesnt taste that strong just a great oatmeal stout very dark as night and a smooth taste you will love it taste some chocolTE NOT OVER POWERING a great beer puts a major smile on my face pour it in to a glass lookslikea black hole doesnt tasteasstrong some oatmeal stouts this this a must have

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Photo of ToddT
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark almost black color with a very small tan head. Head fades to a ring and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

S- Roast malt, caramel , chocolate, and coffee notes are present.

T- Strong roasted malt taste at first rounded out by a caramel undertone. Coffee and chocolate come in at the end and the aftertaste is a quick hit of brown sugar, and bitter dark chocolate.

M- Medium in body but with minimal carbonation. Smooth and silky as it goes down.

D- Pretty easy drinking stout. Hides the 6.9% ABV well. Borderline session stout.

If I'm in the mood for an oatmeal stout and want a bunch of them, this would be my choice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 beer2day
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, jet black pour. While I forced a 1/2 finger dark chocolate head, it disappeared in record time leaving behind nary a bubble. Not lace at all, either.

Dark chocolate malt with notes of fresh berries. Blackberries with a hint of cream. Some light notes of coffee. No hint of alcohol. The aroma is very nice.

Fairly thin hit. A bit of astringent chocolate, then hops and bitter chocolate/coffee. Some reminders of berries from the nose. Not much anise. Finish has a nice roast malt quality. For an oatmeal stout, actually quite light.

Light bodied, lighter than the style and flavor warrants.

Drinkable and good for when the night calls for more than one glass.

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Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a jet black with a fluffy head, no lace detected. Smell is roasted malt and sweet chocolate with a hint of bread. Taste is bitter chocolate with a hint of hop bitterness toward the finish, nice smooth slick oat taste to this. Overall a nice and tasty stout smooth and rich.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle!

Dammit, every time I see the word "crude" my mind goes right to the Beverly Hillbillies... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toasted oats, roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a rather light layer of char. The taste brings in stronger roast and cocoa components, but keeps everything else relatively static. The body is a medium (tilting slightly toward the lighter end), with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a rather nice little oatmeal stout, something I don't think I can easily sour on.

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Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Zeno's Dark Side Day...Poured into a pint glass...

A: Very dark chocolate with a nice fluffy white khaki head that lasts a while.

S: Very creamy smell with oats, chocolate, and coffee. A decent robust smell that has some hops in there as well.

T: A nice creamy chocolate taste that blends well with the oats and caramel. Creamy and flavorful without being overbearing.

Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout that is worth grabbing if you see it around.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does pour a jet black but it took me about ten minutes to find out. Almost like someone played a trick on me and put this baby into aa paint shaker. I poured about an inch deep an the rest filled up with a brown colored heading.

After the heading settled I finally took a whiff of this. Smell was mostly of chocolate and roasted malts. Heavy coffee aroma's detected as well.

Taste well was just awesome mainly roasted malt and again a heavy aftertaste of coffee.Then a warm alchol settles on the tongue and in the belly.

Mouth is very creamy,thick and oily. A sting of hops is left on the tongue ( kind of odd ) Full bodied and ridiculously carbonated to the point of waiting ten minutes to drink.

Drinkis a bit too heavy and boozy for a session beer but ok to have a few. And with that warm alcohol feeling this would be great for the winter time.

I would seriously like to taste one that has been ungodly shaken almost to the point of explosion.

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Photo of iceball585
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, dark brown color head that faded quickly, a bit of sediment floating throughout

S- Dark chocolate, smokey, roasted malts, creamy, slightly sweet

T- Smokey, baker's chocolate, dark fruits, earthy, grainy, black coffee

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, silky, flavorful

D- Worth trying

This beer tastes more like a Sweet Stout than an Oatmeal Stout to me but still worth trying

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wexford Ale House.

A: Pours a dark black color with a quickly dissipating off white foam head. No lacing at all.

S: Lots of oatmeal, dark fruits (raisins), roasted coffee and molasses.

T: A very sweet malty beer. The dark roasted coffee and dark fruit are most prevalent up front but the oatmeal flavor is apparent throughout.

M: Slick, rich and creamy on the palate.

D: Very sweet tasting beer. For me, it is a good dessert beer in the winter, but because of the sweetness, I can only have one maybe two in a sitting.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 association330
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours black with a thin, tan head. Quickly recedes to a thin ring of bubbles. Lacing is modest at best.

S - Coffee and roasted malt are predominate, with a nutty earthiness from the oats also present. Light hop aroma.

T - Burnt malts and subtle oats up front, with a swallow of coffee & cream. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness, gentle coffee-like acidity, and lingering coffee/cream.

M - Somewhat chewy and very smooth. Carbonation is moderate.

D - A solid attempt, and something I could have a couple of.

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Photo of jlb307
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the tap.

A: Black as anything I've had. Head was frothy and creamy brown. It's only a 3.5 because it didn't retain at all and only left spots of lacing. Might be giving it a bum rap because of how it was poured.

S: Coffee and hints of dark chocolate. Loaded with oatmeal and malt scents. Light smoke on the nose.

T: Malty, malty goodness. The chocolate and oats really come through.

M: Smooth and creamy and coats like cough medicine. Very good.

D: I would surely have this again. It was really enjoyable to drink, and if I do, hopefully the pour will be a bit better and give it a deserved bump up.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
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