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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:
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(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 08-12-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

ohiobeer29, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

HowlingTurkey, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a finger or two of tan head. Big bubbles.

Rich chocolate and coffee flavors. Really powerful smell too. Rich.

Very strong coffee flavor. Creamy. Rich and flavorful. Bit of a bitter finish. Masks the alcohol.

Great beer. Great price and availability, was really glad I got to try it. Super under rated Imperial stout that hangs with the best of them.

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Liana, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Gatordaddy, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

ChalupaBatman, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of jgasparine
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cola brown with virtually no head; no visible carbonation.

The aroma is a sweet, melanoidin-rich malt bomb. With the eyes closed, I wouldn't guess this was a stout on the aroma alone, due to a lack of roastiness.

The flavor follows the nose appropriately; rich and malty. I have held onto this bottle for about a year, and it has picked up the PERFECT amount of oxidation... which really just adds a soft complexity to the flavor. Any older, and I think we'd be looking at 'wet cardboard'.

The mouthfeel is full and somewhat oily, with just the smallest tickle from some soft carbonation. Some heat comes into play from the ethanol. No astringency whatsoever.

This beer certainly benefits from some limited ageing. I would certainly seek it out again.

jgasparine, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

bluckbeyes, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of jkane101
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

jkane101, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black rich body with a bubbly tan head that did not last long. Lacing is nice.
Rich dark malts roasted coffee and chocolate aromas.
Roasty taste of coffee and malt.
Mouthfeel is good, with nice carbonation.
Overall a good RIS that isn't over the top.

JordonHoltzman, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

williamjbauer, May 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

ackeeper, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

crewfan1952, May 17, 2013
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.

acevenom, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Kelp, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

johnnyboy76, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

KiMiRaiK, Apr 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

LJWalker, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice black pour with two fingers of tan head, patchy lacing. smells of licorice, toasted grains, chocolate. the flavor is very roasty and bitter.. lots of licorice, toasted grains, dark cacao. medium body on the heavy side with modest amount of carbonation for the style. there is a smell of alcohol, but you don't taste or feel it for the most part. a nice imperial stout, nothing out of the ordinary, but very nice to sit down and relax with a bomber.

facundoCNB, Mar 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

chugamugofsud, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

vcoggins, Feb 14, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 27, 2013
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.