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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

277 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of thryn
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown into the goblet but looks fairly black once it gets there. No head but a nice espresso-crema effect.

A lot of coffee in the nose. A bit of bitter chocolate. Some bourbony booze.

This is pretty damn tasty, but it's a bit hot. Starts out bitter and boozy. Prominent coffee flavor follows. A really nice chocolate aftertaste. If it was a little more balanced, it would get a 4. I wonder if it would smooth out bit with age. Still very tasty.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin. It's nicely sticky but needs a bit more heft.

Overall not bad at all, and I'll happily finish the bomber, but there are better RIS options out there.

thryn, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of oakbluff
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

oakbluff, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

DarkerTheBetter, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

BeerAficionadoMCMXC, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of farrago
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

farrago, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

katan, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Jemonster
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jemonster, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Reappropriated, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Heffastera
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Heffastera, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Big_Dave, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

bluckbeyes, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gavage, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

sd123, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

animal69, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

NorCalYeti, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zeledonia, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

vcoggins, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of leftoverburrito
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

leftoverburrito, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of stemcell001
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stemcell001, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.