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 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 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 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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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 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 zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours just as dark as the oil it is named after with a nice smooth tan head. The aroma is very chocolaty, roasty and malty with a slight earthiness as well. The flavor is quite malty as stouts go with the primary flavors being chocolate and dark sweet malt with some roasty coffee and a bit of astringency. Some earthy hops are also detectable and there is a decent amount of bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing in that it is not as smooth or chewy as I had hoped for. The body is on the bigger side of medium and the finish leaves my mouth fairly dry. ABV is undetectable making it pretty drinkable. All in all a pretty tasty stout, but not one to seek out.

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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 biglite351
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - very dark with only a slight red at the edges. Tall tight dark head that fell a bit too fast and left no lacing.

S - solid malty oatmeal stout scent with a ?ups pinch at the end.

T - taste of oats and malt with an unexpected acidic flavor of unknown origin. Rather different mix. Minutes after your last drink and you still have a pleasant taste in your mouth.

M - medium coating with just a tiny bit of tingle at the front of the tongue.

D - easily an all night drink.

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Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a borderline black body...a very deep brown color...the head was small and light brown in color...not much head retention which lead to very little lacing

S - Nothing stood out and everything was very typical...your rolled oats and roasted malts were the stars

T - The flavors come out more on the palate...a deep, roasted malt flavor shines providing a slight caramel sweetness...the malts also show some chocolate flavors...the oats round out in the middle...there is no real hop presence but there is a slight bitterness from what seems like roasted coffee beans...the finish is very nice

M - Medium bodied...creamy and soft...just the way it should be

D - This was a very surprising oatmeal stout from Erie Brewing Co...this is by far the best offering I've had from them and it is now one of my favorite oatmeal stouts...I'd like to try this one on tap

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Photo of bcorrieri
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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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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 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 mgbickel
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a tiny single finger tan head that quickly receded into a small collection of bubbles in the center of the glass. The body is solid and black...classic glass o' motor oil look.

The nose has roasted malts and burnt coffee up front with some sweet cream and caramel aromas in the background.

Lots of roasted flavors hit the tongue first...malts, coffee and chocolate. Gets a little bitter toward the end and fades as a black coffee aftertaste finishes the drink.

Medium mouth feel, slightly oily with a mild amount of carbonation. A little watery for a stout...

Drinkable for sure...you will have no problem putting a few of these down in one setting. I would prefer a more creamy mouth feel and a more powerful flavor.

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Photo of Nezzy
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this stuff during a tasting at the Craft Beer Outlet in Philly.

Appearance: pitch black with a toffee colored head. It has little to no lacing and I can tell its a heavier based stout.

Smell: right off the bat I smell malts but its also semi sweet like chocolate and fruit. It's a bit hard to identify other scents.

Taste: not what I expected making it pretty good and unique. At first its a lot of malt, then some coffee more like an espresso and finishes with chocolate. The combination of these flavors makes it really good and a full bodied stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and not carbonated. Not much to say on it.

Drinkability: A part of me found it bordering on heavy making me wonder how many I could drink in a night. But, in terms of drinking it again I definitely would. It's an overall good and enjoyable beer.

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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 matty
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is faint and smells like weak cocoa.Taste is chocolate,some coffee and smoked malts.Smooth and creamy it goes down nicely.This is something I would recommend to any stout fan.This is something I can see myself buying again in the near future.

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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 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 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 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 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 TheTrevor
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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 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 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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Drake's Crude from Erie Brewing Co.
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