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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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PugUglyBrewer (658) - - DEC 9, 2016
Drakes is one of the best when it comes to the dark beer categories. Dense black color with a light brown fluffy head. Black licorice, burnt sugar, semi-sweet cocoa, mild roast coffee, and rich caramel aromatic and flavor notes clash in absolute harmonic bliss.

4.7
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Looks magnificent. Smell is roasty, a tad sweet and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is really quite good. Thick and chewy but not at oil levels. Really quite good stuff.
Earlier Rating: 11/15/2006 Total Score: 4.4
Smells and looks great. This is pretty tasty. Not too thick or heavy, and with a nice amount of hops in the finish. A good beer from a great style.

4.6
wish (14) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2006
very nice smell, looks great and except for a metallic aftertaste, it tastes great too.

4.6
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Delicious, dark, thick imperial. The mouth feel is luscious and the flavors are decadent. It has no head, which one of my only complaints. Otherwise its one of my favorite stouts. And certainly the best I’ve had on the west coast.

4.6
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2011
(Bottle 23/09-2011) Low brown head, pitch black color, roasted chocolate aroma, roasted coffee and chocolate taste combined with good bitterness.

4.5
TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
HUGE thanks to Flipbrewer for sending this to me! Ernie, you’re the man! I would have to assume it is 2004 vintage. Thick dark black body with a minimal brown head. Ever so slight shade of dark goldenrod around the edges. Extravagant aroma of roasted malts, lightly smoked wood, oily coffee, alcohol, raisins, plums, and dark chocolate. WOW! The taste is much sweeter than imagined. Nice semi-sweet chocolate with dark fruit, coffee, brown sugar, and rich caramels.The alcohol is there but fits in perfectly and is not over the top. There is a nice warming feeling from it as well. Palate is a bit oily and bittersweet. Silky smooth and lacking carbonation but it fits this perfectly. Finish is moderately bittersweet. More of the alcohol coming through again. NICE beer! Anyone know where I can get a case of this stuff???

4.5
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Dark brown hue with a tint of red – thick coco colored head , small bubbles – nose of dark fruit coco , espresso , and milk chocolate – taste of coffee dark fruit coco , espresso , malty , and milk chocolate– thick creamy body with some acidity – aftertaste is black cherries a roasted malt taste, bright long , espresso , coffee and slight hops

4.5
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 500 ml (16.9 oz) flip-cap bottle via degarth (thanks!). Hahh, this is my 298th rating and my first flip-cap...are these things that rare? This is a very black pour with an average size dense tan head. Aroma is mild and i mostly detect vanilla and toffee. Flavor starts with some chocolate, then some coffee and licorice and ends in a bittersweet roasted cocoa. Some hops are apparent in the finish and aftertaste underneath the roasty/burnt malts. Medium body, average to high carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

4.5
Defreni (3227) - Husum, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2011
Flaske: Kulsort let tyktflydende øl med et meget lille mokkafarvet skumhoved. Duften sidder næsten i skabet. Masser af chokolademalt, og en tand vanilie selvom den ikke er fadlagret minder den en del om oak aged yeti.. Smagen er af den anden verden og ruller præcis som jeg kan lide en imperial stout. Fantastisk øl.

4.5
Benzai (15611) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 Re-rate only on figures since the description is not inaccurate imo but u just live it even more now. Bottle @ home June 26th 2015. -- Bottle thanks to Dutchdrebus at ‘Zieke Zuiden Tasting II’. Pitch black, opaque colored beer with a creamy, light brown long lasting head. Smell liquorice, slightly coffee, dark chocolate and roastyness. Taste roastyness, dark chocolate, dark malts. Very nice beer. Great mouthfeel, good carbonation, medium to full body. [Original score: 8-4-8-5-16=4.1]


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