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Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Drakonic is an Imperial Stout brewed by Drake's Brewing Company of San Leandro, California. Drake's has been around since 1989, but has really started to break out of it's east bay home in recent years. This is the first brew of theirs I've tried.

I bought this at the Davis Beer Shoppe. It has an ABV of 8.75%

The beer pours black with a small, coco-colored head that leaving nice lacings. The aroma has sweet chocolate malts and whiffs of roasted malts, coffee and alcohol. The taste follows the aroma with the sweet chocolate malts and lighter, but prominent malts upfront followed by a slightly bitter roasted and coffee malts and finished by a strong alcohol taste. The body is thick, and creamy with a medium light carbonation. The finish is smooth and a bit dry.

Overall, this is a good beer and a standard Imperial Stout. It's well made with good, strong malt flavors. Although I think the body and mouthfeel are the strong points. The alcohol flavor is a bit much at first, but your palate gets use to it. Beyond the alcohol the flavors are all spot on.

I enjoyed this, because of its simple take on a big beer. Sometimes you just want to enjoy those roasted and chocolate malts without a bunch of other flavors thrown in. The flavors only get smoother and better as you go. This is a big malty beer, so if you don't like big malt flavor stay away. However, if you're a fan you will be very happy.

The craftsmanship here is impressive and if their other beers have the same quality, I'm excited. I strongly suggest you Try It.

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