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Raven's Eye Imperial Stout - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Raven's Eye Imperial StoutRaven's Eye Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 187
Hads: 312
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 08-12-2003

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Reviews: 187 | Hads: 312
Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a raven black color with a huge tan head that has a degree of permanence to it; sheets of lacing line the chalice

Smell: Cocoa and hazelnut with a touch of citrus sneaking through

Taste: Starts out with a roasty cocoa and hazelnut flavor that builds in bitterness, particularly after the swallow; long finish with a bit of fusel alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; considerable astringency felt on the back of the tongue; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Not quite there as an RIS, this beer is more like an Imperial Porter; love the cocoa flavors and the well-balanced bitterness, but this doesn't have the complex dark fruit flavors I expect in an RIS

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22-ounce cellar-cool bomber bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a light-absorbing dark mahogany body capped with a thick layer of oily mocha foam. The glossy, grainy-bubbled head recedes slowly and leaves a thick webbing of lacing on the glass.

Rich, dark-chocolatey malts and sweetly herbal hops greet the nose. I'm a fan of hoppy stouts, and this one is getting my hopes up right off the bat! Notes of dark caramelized sugar emerge as the drink warms.

The taste is rich and darkly malty with a spritz of citrusy hops. Notes of licorice and powder-dry cocoa work in concert to keep a hefty alcohol presence subdued and fruity, but a significant warming in the belly flashes a warning light at the drinker... "Look out, this one's packing heat!" The finish is dry and dark-chocolatey, and a boozy fruitiness increases toward the end of the drink.

The brew is on the full side of medium-bodied with fine, unobtrusive carbonation. Silky without being syrupy, and despite the significant ABV, Raven's Eye is a very drinkable Imperial stout. Remember, though, that just because this thing is 'Certified Organic' doesn't mean that it hippily embraces peace and love, and won't kick your ass!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the bottles I ordered through Shoppers Vineyard online.

Pours a light black liquid with brownie syrup highlights and a two finger, light brown head. The foam quickly recedes to nothing. The aroma is a heavy nesquick and brownie with a smooth coffee mixed in. The taste starts with smooth roasted malts, brownie milk chocolate, and some coffee. The middle is silky smoth and warm, while the finish bitters up a ittle bit and has a smokey note to it.

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Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A - Black color with a light brown head that dissappeared quickly as the brew was drunk

S - Wasn't impressed with the scent, burnt scents were the most apparent

T - Tasted like roasted coffee with a slight chocolate aftertaste

M - Medium bodied brew with more carbonation than I prefer

D - Other than the higher than normal carbonation, very good brew

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Photo of jampics2
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Looks nice, black body with tan head. Minimum head but it sticks.

Smell is chocolate malt, roast, molasses, and a slight metallic tinge either from the yeast or the minimally present aroma hops.

Taste is really quite nice. Kinda in the same vein as all the other big American RIS with sweet residual sugars, but this has a wonderful balance between the roasty dark flavors and the sweetness. Some chocolate and coffee, roasted burnt malt, and molasses. Really nice but alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good but could be better. Not thick and viscous enough but not horrible, I've had much worse. Carb is spot-on, there to break things up but not distracting at all.

Drinkability is good. Didn't know what to expect from this one, but it's a great RIS. Good balance of flavors without going for the extreme, overshadowing approach. Good beer, glad to try it!

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Photo of Jayman931
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a snifter

Dark dark brown with a head that dissappeared quickly

Smells of vanilla and caramel...mild though

Taste is great...chocolate with a very mild malt caramel ending

Nice lingering..not super thick for an imperial...overall very nice

Definitely will buy it again..6 bucks for a bomber is a great deal


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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black. Small brown head with poor retention.

S: Roasted malts with chocolate and a lot of sweetness.

T: Very mellow (for the style) Roasted malts with an almost fruity sweetness ending with a nice chocolate. Good hop balance overall.

Overall: Good smooth and well carbonated mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for the style, but the sweetness would get old after a bit. First from the brewer and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Rob23
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have passed this one up so many times I thought what the hell and bought it.Pours black as my kids moms soul.I dont smell much...maybe some plum and cocoa.First sip is a bit boozy but gives way to the cocoa and othe signiture stout flavors.It seems to have that pop rocks dissolve on the tongue effect that I tend to like.For 7 bucks it aint bad and I would definatly revisit this one if I could not find a Ten Fidy or a Stone in stock...not bad at all.

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Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting from a 22 oz bottle on 11/30/12

A ---- deep mahogany black, little to no head, and thick

S --- black licorice, malt, vanilla, sweetness

T --- chocolate, brown sugar, cherry, vanilla, and woodiness

M --- full bodied, nice carbonation, creamy

O --- I like it a lot!

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jasonmech77 for sharing this...
Appears black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A small tan head slowly fades with streaky lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of coca, fruity, figs, cream, and roastiness.
Taste is the mentioned aromas highlighted by caramel in a delicious, mildly fruity stout.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, fizzy up front, creamy at some points with roasty notes with mild thinness that doesn't outweigh the decent parts of this beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from WeisGuy.

Lightproof black colored beer with a smallish brown head.

Lightly sweet with the usual chocolate and coffee aroma you would expect. Pretty good aroma and a trace of char and smoke in it. Detectable ethanol carries a bit of berry scent.

The taste starts out sweet with a definite mouth full of patent malt all roasted and charred, chocolate comes in as the aftertaste. Every sip begins with a bittersweet burned sugar flavor. This gets a bit sweeter as you sip it. Nothing extra here just a RIS that is a bit sweet and a little more bitter than most.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK drinkability I just wish it had more subtleties to it. This is OK just not a Stone or Three Floyd's level RIS though.

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Photo of abedenbaugh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark black color with an off white head. The head has medium sized bubbles and stayed for awhile.
S: It has a very sweet aroma. Some alcohol in the nose. Also a little bit of a candy smell.
T: A soft roasty flavor up front. The mouth feel helps make everying more rounded in the beer. Some coffee. Hints of red wine. A little bit of bitterness in the end.
MF: Medium-heavy mouth feel and medium-high carbonation.
D: I enjoyed this beer a lot. The mouth feel really makes the beer more rounded and helped all of the flavors go well together.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole double duecer 9.5% ABV. Label states "nitrogen conditioned." Huh?

Pours with an intense buh-lack as ink hue topped with a spumescent khaki dense cap leaving plenty of residual lace in the glass.

Earthy nose of mineral and espresso. Bold nose of wet creek rocks and a handful of dirt. Molasses and burnt toast.

First swigs: Dense layers of bakers chocolate, roasted barley, espresso bean, and vanilla hints. This one is nice. There is a chocolate aspect that really holds firm through the taste. No signs of 9.5 ABV in sight.

Feel is full bodied and rich with a dry finish.

Last swigs: A R.I.S. worthy of trying. Bakers chocolate and burnt malt goodness. Yum!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of acevenom
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thick tan head that retreats slowly. There are lots of visible bubbles along the side of the glass. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some alcohol sweetness. Overall, it's a standard aroma profile for an imperial stout. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors are forward with a touch of alcohol. There's just a touch of coffee in the taste, but there's not much of a big roastiness there. The body is full with moderate to strong carbonation. This helps the beer finish a little dryer and makes it easier to drink, which is dangerous for a drink where some of the alcohol can be tasted. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Eel River... let's see how this goes.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass... beautiful chocolate body with a creamy beige head... even overflowed a little. Hopefully the beer gods will forgive me!

The smell is a little muted, the malt and chocolate is there like you'd expect just not as strong as I'd like to smell. A little bit of raisin in there as well.

Not so on the palate. Chocolaty malt is what you get, followed by a tinge of bitter hops on the back of the tongue. I like it.

Feels great going down, the 9.5% abv is very well balanced with the flavors.

In my opinion, a very well done imperial stout.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Beer Hunter snifter.

Full, dark tan head that dissapates quickly. Opaque black. No light gets through.

Aromas of roasted malt, alcohol, figs, and plums/prunes.

Taste is much like the aroma. First impression is fruit (figs and plums), malt, alcohol, and carbonic acid. After taste is sweet malt and fruit, and....licorice on the finish.

On second sniff, licorice is present as well.

Biggest drawback on this beer is mouthfeel. It is a little thin. Not very coating. A little spritzy from the carbonation, more than I would like in an imperial stout.

Drinkability is good. I can imagine the fruit coming forwward with a year or more of cellaring, and the carbonation thinning a bit.

Good beer overall. Not sure that the Organic label means anything to me, personally. but would buy/drink again.

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Photo of vurt
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A welcome surprise at Lucky Baldwin's this evening. Enjoyed on-tap in a pint glass.

Very dark brown, opaque at the top of the pint glass, but ruby highlights are visible at the bottom. This beer is not on a nitro-tap, but the creamy beige head on top of the beer is still nitro-dense and rich.

Not much going on here, even after it warms up. Some dark-roasted malt, with notes of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and coffee with lots of cream. A slight buttery note which has me concerned about diacetyl.

Oh this is tasty! Bittersweet from the start, and full of dark chocolate. The middle is filled with lush notes of caramel and raisins, with an ever-so-slightly salty edge. Coffee and roasted malts fill the finish, which lasts and lasts. As the beer warms I get hints of smoke, maple, walnuts, and dates.

Rich, full-bodied, and sticky, with some viscosity. Chewy and satisfying. Good level of carbonation keeps the beer from getting syrupy.

The tap handle just says "Ravens Eye Organic Stout." Halfway through my first pint, I'm thinking it might be a foreign export or a double stout. So much flavor, with such a rich mouthfeel. It's only after I get close to the bottom of my second pint that I start to realize how strong this beer really is. Good thing I'm using public transit tonight. This stout is wonderfully, effortlessly drinkable. More, please.

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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque, dark body capped with a thick, creamy tan head. A variety of smells: sweet chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, slightly burnt grains, twinge of alcohol. Burnt toast and bittersweet taste, a bitter undercurrent mixed with some alcohol flavor. Smooth, creamy feel; buttery; medium-heavy body; soft carbonation; some alcohol heat.

A very good imperial stout. Depth and complexity, nicely balanced. Hits all the marks and comes across as a top-notch big beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with dark tan head that is little more than a dense film.

Smell: I can notice a bit of sugar and cream, some coffee and chocolate, but only a bit of malts.

Taste: A slightly difficult taste to describe, as there's a lot of little things going on, but nothing is easy to pinpoint. There's a nice roasted malt base to the flavor, but it isn't very strong. On top we've got some milk and sugar, a bit of coffee, a hint of chocolate, and even some cranberries. A hint of hops and maybe alcohol in the aftertaste. It is more sweet than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and somewhat viscous; light carbonation that seems to go pretty well here. Pretty smooth too.

Drinkability: Despite the 9.5% ABV, it doesn't seem (or taste) like it.

While I think it is a bit sweet for this style, I did really enjoy it and thought it was quite tasty.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black. Not deep, dark, heart of Satan black, but pretty damn black. Two finger bubbly brown head. Good retention with a head that slowly fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Rings of lace left behind on my tulip glass.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted dark malts and just a hint of pine. This beer is over a year old so the trace of hops that still comes through makes me wonder just how hoppy it was fresh.

T - Bittersweet chocolate initially. Strong tastes of roasted malts come through quickly as well. Hints of pine as well. Just a touch of roasted coffee beans becomes present as the beer warms.

M/D - Medium bodied, maybe even a bit on the thin side. Almost becomes watery as the beer warms. A bit of a let down in the feel given the excellent aroma and taste.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to sample this at Homestead homebrewing in Winston OR so I bought a bottle. It tasted quite good. Served in my snifter.

Pours a dark brown, very dark, but still brown. HUGE billowing mocha head, 2 inches worth, that hangs around forever. This part of the beer they got down well. 4.5

Smell is chocolate and molasses, hint of coffee, and some bitter hop aromas.

Taste is above average with chocolate, coffee, molasses, raisin, and a very nice taste from the yeast they used. Well done solid 4.

Feel is lightly slick and oily, with a nice fine bubbly texture, medium to high carbonation.
Aftertastes of bitter cocoa and hops lasts for a while.

Overall a nice offering that has a nice molasses taste to it, which is unique.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took awhile for this beer to come together but once it warmed up and settled down it turned into a pretty nice Impy. Lots of chocolate notes and a decent mouthfeel make this a satisfying stout. Not mindblowing but enough to make you want to pick up another bottle. I have never been a huge fan of Eel River but this is among the best offering I have tried

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Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a pretty decent sized dark tan head on it that lingers a bit. Pretty decent nose. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, maybe some dark fruits. The taste is pretty similar. The tastes are pretty balanced. Chocolate, molasses, some fruits, just a hint of coffee. A touch of alcohol comes through also. Some bitterness in the finish. Pretty decent.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, cola-coffee color with a soft, creamy mocha colored head that was moderately lasting leaving a rim lacing behind.

S: fresh, espresso coffee beans, roasted grains with a light-medium aroma.

T: fresh black coffee beans with a light dairy cream sweetness. There were traces of dried fruit (dark cherries, prunes) as well. Rich, strong coffee dominates the palate with a creamy nature.

M: silky, with a light-medium viscosity and a good dark roasted coffee bitterness.

D: Overall, a very hearty, rich coffee stout with a good drinkability. Though the flavor was pretty basic, it was a solidly brewed beer by style and worthy of a recommend.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a pretty large imperial stout. pours nearly black with a frothy off white head. smells like espresso and burnt sugary malt. flavor is big coffee up front with a slow wave of roasty bready grain and booze washing over the palate. mouthfeel is fair, plenty of bubbles and a medium body, it could stand to be a little fuller, might balance out the intense flavors a little better. overal a good imperial stout, one bomber is enough for a hefty buzz!

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Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.