Drake's Crude | Erie Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
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80
Ratings:
145
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
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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 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 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 brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a dark tan head; leaves some decent lacing behind, too

Smell: Chocolate and charcoal dominate, but there is also some dark fruit underneath

Taste: Chocolate, up front, followed by some dark fruit and roasted grain flavors; by mid-palate, a burnt coffee aspect provides some bitterness, too; after the swallow, the chocolate and dark fruit flavors provide a flavorful and long-lasting finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easily the best beer I have had from this brewery; with the exception of the burnt coffee flavor that arrives but doesn't persist, this is pretty decent; oddly fruity, for the style, but still enjoyable

Thanks, kbuzz, for the chance to re-visit

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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 Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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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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 WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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 woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Right from the outset, this beer began to create a huge, frothy deep-brown head that seemed ready to geyser over the top of the glass at any moment. I had to pour, allow it settle, then pour some more and so on until I ended up with easily 2 1/2 fingers of foam with some of it actually above the top of the glass. The nose was really sweet, with sugary notes of chocolate as well as a slight smokiness. The color was a deep, dark brown that allowed very little light to pass through. The mouthfeel was rather thin, especially for a stout that was named for oil. I did not experience much of the sweetness on the tongue, but rather a pretty intense smokiness. The finish gave me a slight sweetness accompanied by a brief alcohol burn. Up to that point, it had hid its alcohol quite nicely. It created some interesting intermittent lacing throughout. A decent stout and certainly speaks of promising things coming out of the retooled Erie BC.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of milk chocolate, toffee, a slight dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Taste starts you off with a bit of dried fruits, segue to some alcohol, chocolate, an acridic bitterness, and a long lingering roasted bitterness. It finishes like a dry stout. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonation is low, body is a bit thinner than I would have liked. Overall not a bad brew, I would have loved a bit more body. There are better beers out there to spend my money on.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a huge black malt scent that's quite earthy and dry. I'm detecting some oatmeal aroma, but it's well hidden within the patent malt scent. The taste is decent as well. It's quite dry with a black malt bitterness. It has little in the way of chocolate or crystal malt sweetness. The oatmeal lends itself nicely to the mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good stout, but I was expecting better.

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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 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 beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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 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 DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow. A gentle pour yielded a gigantic head that nearly ran over the edge of my glass - I only poured about 2 ounces too. The beer itself is very dark with chestnut edges with light brown foam. A little clumpy lacing stuck to the glass as the head receded. Lots of coffee in the aroma, nutty and roasted with a little bit of smokiness. The flavour is balanced to the sweet side with plenty of roastiness, a little chocolate and faint smoke. Slight warming in the finish. The body is a little light for the style, aggressive carbonation after the pour, some slickness. This is a fairly accessible beer, big on the roast. Not a bad offering from Erie Brewing.

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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 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 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 DmanGTR
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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 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 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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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 PorterLambic
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impenetrable black. Big dark cocoa-colored head develops and retreats with unexpected speed. Nothing, not a bubble, remains 30 seconds after the pour. It could be a cola for all I can tell.
Smell is rich with coffee, malt, wet cardboard, peat. Balance is very good with nothing standing out above the crowd.
Taste is nearly the same (a good thing to me) with malt, coffee, peat/smoke, a touch of soy and hops. Balance is not a solid on the palate as it was in the nose as coffee stands above the rest. Not as sweet as expected of an oatmeal, either.
A medium-bodied brew with a watery finish. Effervescence is nearly non-existent, nor is there any warming to it. The aftertaste, what there is of it, is mostly coffee with some burnt malt and ashiness. Agood beer but not nearly what I was expectng or hoping for.

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