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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A big, malty beast of a beer that exemplifies the way we roll here at Drake’s. Two-row malt is blended with Chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark Crystal malts to make up the grist. Only one hop addition, Columbus, is added for bittering, allowing the abundance of malt in this beer to shine through. Enjoy the dense brownish head, the silky maltiness, and flavors of licorice, coffee and chocolate, rounded out with a slightly dry finish. here’s to those who don’t fear the mighty!

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4.4
Martymcflymode (2) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2015 does not count
Delicious. Imperial Stouts are my favorite style of beer. This one doesn't disappoint. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
mR_fr0g (11894) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Tap at the brewery tap Drakes dealership. Opaque black / dark brown coloured pour with a lasting thin mid tan head. Aroma is nice figgy pudding, cake, rum soaked fruit, raisin, sweet fudge. Flavour is composed of a nice full malts, cakey, figs, nutty, dried fruit with a slightly woody finish. Subdued Belgian yeast character. Palate is medium full bodied, creamy , frothy on the tongue. Nice mellow roast character. Lingering woody, and dried fruit notes. Hides the abv pretty well and drinks pretty well.

4.1
SeniorZozo (1852) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle at Only Good Beer Pub Budapest. dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head, chocolate and coffee aroma, taste has burnt roast malts, chocolate, expresso coffee, a hint of liquorice.

3.9
Savage_Night (434) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Pours black with a light brown head. Head retention is good. AROMA: rich roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, slight coffee, roasty, smoke, vanilla, raisin, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce, earthy, alcohol, faint herbal hops, dark dried stone fruit, herbs, floral and spices. TASTE: rich roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, slight coffee, roasty, smoke, vanilla, hop spice, raisin, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce, earthy, alcohol, dark dried stone fruit, herbs and spices. AFTER TASTE: rich malt, bitter dark chocolate, soy sauce and spices with a medium thick finish.

4.1
Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2015
Black oily colour, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cacao, soy sauce. Light sweet, light bitter flavour, quite a bit of umami, chocolate. Quite thick. Malty finish, caramel, loads of roasted malts. Nice malty stout. Really nice actually.
(from 66cL bottle @ home)

3.5
batneil (707) - - OCT 29, 2015
Very smooth and sumptuous. Almost black, with a dark grey head. Rich flavour, very tasty indeed.

3.9
rouhlas (3584) - GREECE - SEP 28, 2015
650ml bottle. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, chocolate, caramel, licorice. Sweet and biter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation

3.7
RobertDale (6373) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Low bitterness. Hides the alcohol well. Very good.

4.3
Alengrin (5235) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
Californian RIS, bought online. Thick, dense and perfectly regular, brownish beige head over a jet black beer. Strong, typical imperial stout aroma of cappuccino, black chocolate bars, vanilla, cinnamon, vague hint of roasted marinated meat, candied dates and cherries, coffee beans, black pepper, mocha ice cream, Cuban cigars, roasted pine nuts, hazelnut paste, some liquorice candy, cola and bourbon. Full, rich flavour of dried plums, raisins, dried banana and hazelnuts, with a deep sourish balance and medium carbo; smooth, bit fatty mouthfeel, fairly creamy and lining the mouth cavity with an oily texture, though I did have ’thicker’ imperial stouts before. Umami flavours appear in the middle, meaty, overlying a deep, layered, abysmal malt character, very nutty and toasted with a deep dark chocolate quality and growing roasted bitterness, which eventually becomes very coffeeish; finish is a well-accomplished synthesis of all these flavours, continuing coffee bitterness and lovely bittersweet black chocolate along with peppery hops and a glow of warming, bourbon-like alcohol, with a delicious retronasal impression of coffee & cinnamon cake. Nothing overly exuberant or unusual here, just a very decent, flawless, rich and fulfilling impy, delivering all the flavours you’d expect from the style. One to handle with care and doubtlessly with great ageing potential.

3.5
badhack (554) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Dark, sedimenty, bitter imperial stout. Thin like a porter, chocolate and dark roasted malt, and hop finish.


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