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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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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

JMBSH, Feb 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

bernat1971, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours chocolate brown. Mostly opaque. Head is cappuccino colored.

S: smells a little like licorice.

T: fantastic taste. Hint of black licorice. Extremely smooth. Reminds me of little chocolate licorice bars. Can't remember what they were called...

M: great feel that you want to let sit in your mouth.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot. Eel river is a brewery I've only recently learned about and everything they do seems to be really good. I love black licorice, so that is part of it. I want to go get another!

Mightykingmalard, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

sia478, Feb 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Reappropriated, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Sir_Goatman, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of BastardKing24
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

BastardKing24, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of HardTarget
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

USDA Organic on the cap

Appearance: Black glass shows some light brown edging when back lit. Holds a full finger of tan head.

Smell: Light earthy, leafy hop note, mild milk/lactic acid smell as well. Not a lot here, most of it seems hop driven.

Taste: Slightly sour twang of a stout is on target, lots of roasted barley supported by a sugary malt base that ends up somewhere near balanced. A light rain water taste that I associate with Organic beers, but it melds nicely with what is going on.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, slightly astringent, dry finish encourages the next sip. Almost chalky.

Overall: A nice beer. No major flaws, a bit dry but nice flavor and obviously made with sufficient malt and hops to be Imperial. A good slow sipper, glad to try it.

HardTarget, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zeledonia, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

WDJersey, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
1.98/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a dark rich brown that looks close to black in the glass. Head is dark tan and creamy. Drops to a small bubbly cap and collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Some hints of deep red at the edges when held to direct light.

Smell: Cocoa and a ton of dark fruit. Cherry, fig, plum, and dark berry. Some dark chocolate with a solid punch of roasted malt. Vague hint of herbal and citrus hopping, but it's big and malty. Sharp snap of licorice. Slightly oxidized with some backing alcohol. Relatively standard if a bit big on the dark fruit.

Taste: Mildly roasted with a hint of cocoa. Some dark chocolate buried in there as well. A hint of citrus and herbal hop notes. Pushes dark cherry and various dark berries along with fig and plum. Deeply fruity. A touch of licorice. Oxidation pushes sherry and some phenols. A touch of alcohol heat on the back. Some burnt my edges with a caramelized sweetness. A ton of raisin, a ton.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: At this rate, news of winter will never arrive.

A rather unexciting stout. It's a raisin bomb. Missing some darker roasted malts and depth.

Goblinmunkey7, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DillanWeems, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Pens1967, Oct 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

EB1, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

twelveinches, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Dmart1223, Sep 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

elektronen, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

tbryan5, Sep 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

sd123, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Liondiscs, Sep 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Theortiz01, Aug 22, 2013
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.