Drake's Brewing 'Drakonic' Imperial Stout

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Drake's Brewing 'Drakonic' Imperial Stout. 8.75% abv. 40 IBU. Black in color. Two+ fingers of thick creamy mocha head. Superb retention, outstanding lace. Nose of dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla notes.

Front taste of bittersweet chocolate, sweet bread, dark fruit, raisins. Aftertaste is black coffee, plum, black licorice, bitter fruity hops, resin sustain. Full body. Mouthfeel is warm-hot, thick, creamy, boozy, astringent on the back end.

This is an outstanding beer, perfect within its category, and taller than most. The roasty malty backbone is awash with chocolate and coffee flavors, with bites of dank dark fruits and licorice. A wonderful beer, one that I've been meaning to taste for a long time. Another great beer from a reliably solid brewery. Highly recommended.

From the brewery:

"Our malty beast. Two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark Crystal malts to make up the grist. One hop addition, added for bittering, allows the abundance of malt in this beer to shine through. Drakonic is smooth and dense with flavors of licorice, coffee, and chocolates. Sip, savor, and give in to its seductive malt embrace. Available Year Round... Despite the West Coast’s undeniable hop addiction and our general lack of truly cold weather, we here in Northern California still cannot resist the allure of an immense Imperial Stout with the strength and viscosity to tackle a Siberian mid-winter drinking session. With the hardcore beer aficionados of Northern California in mind, we crafted our first Imperial Stout in 2003. After many years of consideration while sipping and savoring this luscious, dense imperial stout, its name came to us in 2009. Drakonic Imperial Stout: seriously intense, seriously delicious."
[source: drinkdrakes.com]

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