Drake's Crude | Erie Brewing Co.

145 Ratings
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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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Ale & Witch

A - Pours a deep brown-black, opaque, and is capped with some bubbly froth. Stouts can be quite impressive-looking, this one isn't.

S - The nose is pretty nice. I immediately get a roasty sensibilty that suggests cocoa, chicory, peat and burnt toast.

T - The flavor drops the ball; it is far from the promise of the nose. There is a watery peat flavor, and some sense of general roast, but this is pretty spare. Perhaps the oats contribute the blandness, whatever it is, this stuff has the flavor sucked out of it.

M - Flaccid.

O - Have you ever eaten a Snackwell's brownie or cookie (diet food)? They look just like the real thing, smell like the deal, but then they have no taste whatsoever. Well, this beer could carry the Snackwell's branding; it is apt in this case.

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2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured thick, deep opaque brownish black and sludgy. Crude is a good term for it. Not much in the way of a head at all.

Sweet sticky oatmeal stout aroma with some tartness to it that would indicate this could be a sour beer.

Massive oatmeal and roasted grains, with some kind of an earthy funk to it, like soggy peat.

Very thick but surprisingly silky.

Too thick to call this one very drinkable, but it was certainly enjoyable going down.

Not overly impressed but not unimpressed. Seems like they really wanted to go with a massive oatmeal stout, and they succeeded. This definitely earns the name "crude" oatmeal stout. Like unrefined oil.

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Photo of TheTrevor
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured an inky black with a thin head. The smell was a not as pronounced as I expected, with just a bit of toasted malt coming through. The taste was a little underwhelming for an oatmeal stout as well, with some roasted malt and bitterness in the finish, but not much in the middle. The mouthfeel was thick and pleasant, but the bitterness without any coffee or other character to back it up hurt the drinkability a little.

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Photo of BeerTruth
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Reed415 for this brew.

12 oz. bottle poured into my "special" Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a complete opaque black with a huge dark tan fluffy two finger head that takes a while to die down. Stickiness is ok, not a whole lot there. Smell is a peppery smoke odor with hints of spices, very strange odor. Some minimal chocolate malt odors with a faint oat smell. Taste is of roasted nut flavors with semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Aftertaste is a bit metallic, odd to say the least. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with way too much carbonation for this style. I couldn't drink another one of these and probably won't seek this out again.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York, Pa. Poured cool into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A - Deathly black w/ a superfine beaded 2 finger khaki head w/ rocky topography. The head leaves strands of lace that drop rapidly.

S - Very roasty, coffee-like aromas w/ rich dark malt and slightly tropical fruit aromas and subtle cocoa notes.

M - Dry, roasted and nutty feel w/ subtle cocoa and lightly sweet malt and full carbonation w/ a hint of bitterness. The finish is dry and slightly salty.

T - All the roasted and nutty toasted malt hits the tongue up front and seems usurped by the carbonation and dry slightly spiced notes. This is the most dry oatmeal stout I have ever tasted w/ the pine hops becoming blunt and the peanut shell like dry salt flavor linger on into the finish, very roasted barley dominant.

D - Pretty fair and less than average drinkability overall. Basically a one-dimensional stout w/ out the fullness you might expect from an oatmeal stout. Crude in the name seems ironic somehow, I know it refers to the oily appearance, though.

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3.12/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 6/4/10.

Poured dark brown, see through with burnt chestnut hues. A thin cream cap for a head, no lacing at all. Looks rather sad for a stout but hopefully it can be improved... Robustness, coffee, chocolate, and roastiness is all there. Not coming out after you, not trying to pull you into it, just there for you to inhale and wonder "could there be more"? All in good balance, no doubt. But there's nothing that wows me about it. A fairly thin mouthfeel akin to that of a 60 shilling Scottish ale. It makes for a good drinker for sure. Something I'd drink after a morning of hard work.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems a little too ambitious for an oatmeal stout. Its characteristics are far too pronounced. Pours a deep black with a quickly diminishing tan head. Compared to much sweeter oatmeal stouts I've had, this stout is heavy, alcoholic and smoky. The first time I had it I cooked a simple steak au poivre(steak with fresh cracked black peppercorns) and it complimented it nicely. It's smoked meat aroma pairs nicely with a nice steak dinner, yet it seems to only work well with food. As a stand alone drink, it is average.

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3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my generic curved-rim pint glass. I've had this beer on draft at a bar once before. I liked it. I didn't love it. We'll see how the bottle fairs here.

A: Poured a deep dark dark brown (*almost* black) with virtually no head or carbonation visible. I don't want my oatmeal stout to be heavily carbonated, but the complete lack of *pop* when the bottle released and absence of all bubbles on the pour concerns me.

S: The smell is robust, with roasted malts and a stronger-than-average scent of chocolate readily apparent. I pick up on maybe a touch of coffee as well.

T: Roasted flavors are pronounced. Any "oatmeal" flavor is understated and doesn't arrive until later in the taste. This beer is thinner and "more watery" than I would have expected it to be. That makes it fairly quaffable, but not terribly interesting/memorable. I also can't get past the fact that I think this bottle is a little flat. The "thinness" coupled with the lack of carbonation is detracting for me.

M: Surprisingly light in the mouth, this beer doesn't finish with a strong coating, either.

D: Light and smooth, quite drinkable, but overall this beer lacks any *punch* to it. I'm underwhelmed by it.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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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3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours pitch black with a small tan head

S - Dark roasted malts with a good whiff of what I would think is the oatmeal based on the smell being in a lot of oatmeal stouts. A hint of chocolate is in there somewhere.

T - Smooth oatmeal flavors with a little bit of dark chocolate flavor. A little bit of a bitter burnt coffee finish with some sugary sweetness mixed in. Really lacking the backbone that I enjoy in darker beers.

M - medium body with a little bit too much carbonation

D - A decent beer but this really doesn't match up to other stouts. Like mentioned earlier there is no backbone to this beer. It has a bit of a watery flavor. I don't think I will seek this one out in the future.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of bcorrieri
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost no head. No lace. Very dark brown in color, very slight opacity in center and rim variation is to a slight lightening of the dark brown to a burnt carmel color. Nice smell. Definitely true to the Oatmeal Stout category. Almost smoky, definitely espresso like taste. Carbonation is slight to mid. Served at 50 degrees. Bought from Vinea in Nashville, TN.

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3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of tommyguz pours a rich black color with a small tan head. Not much for retention or lace.

Nose is chocolate, black licorice and a little bit of herbal hops. Mildly sweet and has a decent malty aroma.

Taste has a little more oatmeal cookie flavor than the aroma would indicate. More chocolate, less anise and cleans up pretty nice on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery though and not as silky/creamy as most of the style. Pretty easy to drink though. Has a bit of a root beer quality Im not overly fond of...Id probably drink again if someone gave it to me.

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Photo of Jenkster4
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pretty much pitch black with a slight head that is gone very quickly after pouring.

Nose: Got some roasted characters, molasses, chocolate , and quite a bit of coffee actually.

Taste: Most of what you get on the nose. After it warms up you get "oatmeal". Slight bitter in the back of the mouth just for a second, kinda like a iced coffee .

Mouth: This is where this beer lacks. Just too thin for the style. So you could really drink this anytime of the year/day. It just needs some more weight to it.

Overall: Not bad, but it could be a lot better. Its extremely smooth. It's worth checking out.

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3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Erie Brewing
Drakes Crude Stout
6.9% ABV

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with a just off white bubbly foam. There're some big bubbles that linger, but retention is below average. Good clarity.

SMELL: Roasted malts, black coffee and charcoal make up most of the nose. There is a hint of alcohol poking through. The aroma is also suggesting fresh baked dark breads.

TASTE: Upfront the flavors are bitter and heavily roasted. Light powdered cocoa pairs well with a mild but present hop flavor. Leaf, grass and lemon citrus qualities to the hop. The malt does have a black licorice note. Finishes with roast, citrus, and bittersweet.

FEEL: Not quite a full bodied stout, this is a well carbonated brew with more of a thin medium bodied feel. The malt flavor really sticks with you.

OVERALL: A decent example of the style here, you get plenty of roast, some hop flavor, and a sneaky 6.8% abv. I'd have this again some time.

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3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from a fresh case purchased right in Erie - could not be fresher - reviewed on 4/1/07

If you like your stouts close to room temperature as I do, be careful with the pour. If you are too vigorous, you'll be standing around for some time, waiting for the head to dissipate. Good size head has decent retention, but is mostly gone by the end of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass during the sampling.
Color is very dark, almost opaque.

The nose is minimal, with some malty notes, some chocolate, and roasted malt. It is light, and pretty average as stouts go.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a fine carbonation. Very smooth, and pleasant on the palate.

The taste follows the nose, in that it is a combination of light roasted maltiness, a touch of chocolate, with perhaps a touch of woodiness. Not much hop bite noticeable, so the experience is on the sweet side, but no where near cloying. Finish is malty and clean, with no objectionable aftertaste. The 6.9% abv never makes itself known, so this would be a good session beer. I like to have a bit of dark chocolate on hand to enhance any stout experience, and it definitely enhances Drake's Crude.

A good light stout, highly drinkable, but without the body of some better Oatmeals. Definitely worth a try - and don't forget the dark chocolate!


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3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 3/21/2010. Bottle thanks to cheapdark. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, oatmeal malt, light coffee notes. Flavor is mostly sweet roasted malt. Decent sweet stout, pretty drinkable, but nothing special to write about.

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Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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