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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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BA SCORE
84
good

273 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 08-12-2003)
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

Bomber- pours a dark black with frothy chunky beige head and sticky lacing. Nose- not alot there, faint roast and chocolate. Taste- dark chocolate, anise, hint of hotness, but overall very silky smooth. Finishes moderately dry. Body is tad thin, but drinkable

10-26-2008 23:56:53 | More by oakbluff
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7%

This beer pours a dark black with bits of Hazel and strawberry around the edges. The head is a half inch of creamy tan with a sandy texture.

Smells of dark fruits, peanuts, coffee and cough syrup.

The flavor seems centered around a creamy milk with nuts on one side and coffee on the other. This is balanced out with a lactose and prune sweetness. There's a touch of astringent coffee in the finish.

Feels creamy and slick by texture alone, but there's a slightly raspy carbonation that livens things up.

A rather well done average beer.

03-13-2008 05:15:46 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

3.48/5  rDev -7%

A- More like an Imperial Porter
S- Dark fruits, raisins, maybe a little chocolate.
T-Raisins, dark fruits,
M- Full bodied and smooth, must have been oats.
O- A good quality beer and certainly drinkable, but I've had better RISs. I'd go with okay on this one.

11-30-2013 16:55:09 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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farrago

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7%

Good aggression in the head, pours up above two fingers and slows drops off from that, nice brownish hue with thick lacing. Very deep brown but not quite black in color, touch of burnt orange around the rims. Solidly built nose of coffee bean, dry dark chocolate, hard caramel candy with no lack of plum, cherry, fig fruit and dried oats in reserve, flutter of black licorice. Full-bodied, heavy enough that the weight fends off the carbonation and forces things down into the tongue. Here, the licorice is clearer although not appreciably larger than the base of coffee, mocha and cocoa. Nothing truly comes across as "sweet," more so concentrated. As it moves forward traces of orange peel, cherry and plum fruit, corn husk, almonds and mesquite grill smoke drift through. That said, as it nears the finish line seems to draw back into itself rather than expand. If someone handed me a bottle I wouldn't hit them over the head with it.

02-05-2009 03:38:26 | More by farrago
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katan

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -7%

22 oz bomber into a goblet - no date located

A - Pours a dark brown to almost black. Very light/little head retention or even creation for that matter. Light bubbling, appears to be on the lightly carbonated side.

S - Chocolate and toffee notes lead the way, a bit sweet. In the background is a very bready yeast scent - seems to be an overall malty nose.

T - Starts off with the light malt sweetness and the bready complement. Certainly like it smells. Builds some chocolate notes mid-stream along with bitterness. No hopping detected. Finishes with a bit of a harsh note, coffee like, biting and acidic. Aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden considering what it weighs in at.

M - Light in beer body - especially for the style. Carbonation makes up for it, but that isn't necessarily desirable. Leaves behind a sugar cling on the palette. Something harsh hits the back of my tongue on this one.

D - ABV will knock you around if aren't paying attention. Certainly a one and done beer. A bit filling from the carbonation notes.

11-26-2009 04:33:07 | More by katan
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Jemonster

California

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Pretty recognizable as an imperial stout. High clarity given the color. I can't see light through it, so that's a good sign. Black. The meniscus is cocoa brown. No head, save for a slightly tan ring.

S: Malts of course. Faintly sweet smelling with some alcohol present.

T: Molasses, chocolate malt, toasted grains, some bittering hops that are *just* there enough to balance some of the sweetness. Cocoa, prunes, and raisins. Fades quickly from my palate. ABV shows through a little too much for the lighter flavors.

M: Drier than expected. Thinner body than some others I've had, and with more carbonation. Still round and creamy however.

O: Probably shouldn't be drinking 22 ounces of this, but it's pretty good! Probably will pass this over in the future for better RIS's though.

01-29-2013 04:33:25 | More by Jemonster
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-07-2013 04:46:34 | More by megamass
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Reappropriated

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-17-2014 21:14:09 | More by Reappropriated
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Heffastera

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-26-2014 05:45:19 | More by Heffastera
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-02-2014 16:22:27 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-17-2011 19:00:49 | More by tclapper
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-07-2014 15:41:24 | More by Big_Dave
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-16-2012 15:22:39 | More by Tyrawlings
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kevgod

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-07-2012 17:13:46 | More by kevgod
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-06-2013 23:16:57 | More by bluckbeyes
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan fluffy head. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and hints of coffee.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, mild coffee flavors, prunes, some mild alcohol tones and a nice bitterness. A light burnt flavor is a bit of a turnoff but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry from start to finish. Medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is filled with light burnt tones and alcohol warming.

Drinkability: this was a bit thinner than expected for the style. One bomber bottle was enough in a session. Worth a try.

03-06-2008 19:42:12 | More by Gavage
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-07-2013 01:17:47 | More by sd123
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animal69

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-19-2011 23:27:12 | More by animal69
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NorCalYeti

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

taste- chocolate malt, roasted coffee

color- deep, red-brown

clarity- opaque but pours clear

smell- chocolate malt

body- firm and lean

appearance- dark, clean, thin off-white head

overall impression- good, lean

notes- this is the first eel river beer i like. killer label, would have liked a creamier mouthfeel. would like more roast and heavier chocolate. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

10-17-2009 23:07:30 | More by NorCalYeti
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-16-2013 02:44:16 | More by zeledonia
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vcoggins

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-14-2013 16:18:18 | More by vcoggins
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-04-2014 03:23:11 | More by leftoverburrito
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stemcell001

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured black from a bomber with a small tan head. The head dissipated at a reasonable rate and left very nice lacings down the glass. Smells of sweet caramel and dried fruits hit the nose before the first sip. I really thought the body on this one would have been bigger from the looks and smell. There still was plenty of roasted malt goodness up front with some licorice and dried fruits in the taste. It was strange how quickly those tastes vanished leaving a trace of alcohol bite in the back. I really like this imperial stout. It isn't my favorite, but I would have another just to change things up a bit.

03-21-2009 01:33:48 | More by stemcell001
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-08-2014 04:32:44 | More by zestar
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efb123

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-31-2012 05:06:42 | More by efb123
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.