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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, toasted oats, and dark bread; with light nuttiness, vanilla, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, toasted oats, and dark bread; with light nuttiness, vanilla, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, toasted oats, dark bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.9%. Overall this is a nice oatmeal stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating.

Looks really good, black body with hints of brown and red, small tan head which disappeared about 2/3rds down. Lacing was minimal. Good streams of carbonation up the side of the glass.

Getting an aroma of roasted malt and some chocolate.

Flavor is more of the roasted malt than the chocolate, though that is present.

Mouth was very thin, practically watery, pleasant soft feeling from the oatmeal. Was getting a slight alcohol burn further down the throat.

Overall, an okay stout. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown, nearly black, color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of chocolate and coffee with some other lighter notes of oat. A little bit of a vanilla smell as well as some notes of a slightly burnt and caramel aroma are there as well, producing a rather pleasant smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth and sweet chocolate flavor mixed with a nice oatmeal base. As the taste advances it initially loses a bit of the sweetness with it gaining more coffee and a bit more roast to the middle of the flavor profile. This however changes later on as more oats and some vanilla comes to the tongue, with the coffee fading from the picture. With these transitions that occur toward the end, a very smooth and moderately roasted and sweeter flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on slightly thinner side for an oatmeal stout with a carbonation level that is rather light overall. The light carbonation was spot on for the style, but the thinner body could have used a bit of a boost as it would have nicely accentuated the sweeter chocolate and oatmeal flavors of the brew quite a bit better.

Overall – A very tasty and smooth oatmeal stout. A little on the more sweet chocolate side, but a very fine drinker overall.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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 metter98
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only traces of reddish brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the sun. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the flavors are a little stronger. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is aptly named because it looks like oil and almost feels like oil when it is going down your mouth.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found at the Gateway Grill for 3 bucks.
A - Pours a deep black brown, some ruby highlights with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that doesn't fizz out just settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Smell is sweet with bakers chocolate and a touch of coffee roasts
T - Taste is pretty good it mostly has sweet chocolate and little roast but feels kind of watered down. Could use more hops but it is over 5 months old so I expected as much.
M - Only bad part about it the body is a bit bubbly making it watery and not as creamy as traditional oatmeal stouts.

Overall I guess I should be glad it doesn't have a skunky or metallic tone like some stouts but the watery body of this beer makes for a very forgettable brew. Hides the ABV pretty well though...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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 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 Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this not too long ago and wanted to see if it could top the Ol' Red Scotch Ale that Erie puts out. I can't say that it's better but it's pretty good in general I think. The pour of the beer is nearly jet black with a brown colored head. The smell of the beer has some oats to it and a chocolatey burnt aroma as well. The flavor of the beer is loaded with some semi-sweet roasted chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel had a good thickness to it also. Overall this beer is pretty good and I'd say that it's worth checking out.

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Photo of Jenkster4
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of Yagman3000
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a DFH goblet.

Appears pretty damn dark. A very black brown. Head is pretty much nonexistent.

Smells chocolatey with a toasty flavor. A touch of coffee too.

Tastes of chocolate with some burnt flavors coming through. Some oatmeal comes through now.

Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I expected. Creamy up front but hollows out.

Overall this was acceptable but it's certainly no Samuel Smith's... A much better representation within the genre.

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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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Photo of Holland
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, almost black when poured into a tulip glass. Thin head dissipates quickly, leaving a sticky, thin, dark tan lacing.

S: smells of roasted malt and nuts, with some chocolate.

T: tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malt. It's a little bitter on the back end.

M: thinner than I would expect. Filled with carbonation, but it feels smooth.

O: not impressed, but it's not bad. It's an oatmeal stout, dark and delicious. Pretty easy to drink, and I'm going to have another since I got a six pack. However, for the $12 price tag for the six pack, you can get better oatmeal stouts.

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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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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 ktrillionaire
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
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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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 Morey
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a beige colored head that has settled to a thin lace after only a few minutes. Some dark brown hues can be seen if you hold it up to the light. Moderate head retention.

Very smokey aroma. I'd be surprised to learn that they don't use at least a small amount of smoked malts in the brewing process. It's hard to detect anything else in the smell.

The smokiness carries over into the taste providing a nice addition to a smooth Oatmeal stout. Finishes rather smooth, as the smoked flavor doesn't really linger much.

Medium bodied with a nice low carbonation.

A good beer that EBC has wisely chose for a late winter seasonal.

Morey's Bottom Line: If ever there was a fireplace beer, this it it. I picture myself sitting in a rocking chair next to a fireplace in a log cabin.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
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 ZeroSignal
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle - no date or code - poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Black with a scant light brown head - in fact, a rather aggressive pour yields very little head, little retention, but what is there laces stickily

S - Big coffee aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted malts

T&M - Coffee and lighter chocolate flavors. Has an earthy and somewhat herbal bitterness. Chocolate malt becomes more predominant as the drink progresses. Higher hop bitterness in the finish. Rather crisp for a stout, but smooth. Medium bodied

D - A very interesting stout; a bit different then most oatmeal stouts that I've had. Lot's of character, and I find the hop level very interesting; it adds a different dynamic.

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.
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