1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Raven's Eye Imperial StoutRaven's Eye Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 274
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 274 | Reviews: 181 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gatordaddy
Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-05-2013 18:16:30 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of ChalupaBatman
ChalupaBatman

California

4/5  rDev +7%

06-12-2013 02:56:46 | More by ChalupaBatman
Photo of jgasparine
jgasparine

Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

06-09-2013 00:41:48 | More by jgasparine
Photo of megamass
megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-07-2013 04:46:34 | More by megamass
Photo of bluckbeyes
bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-06-2013 23:16:57 | More by bluckbeyes
Photo of jkane101
jkane101

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-05-2013 23:07:15 | More by jkane101
Photo of JordonHoltzman
JordonHoltzman

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

05-29-2013 20:26:54 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of williamjbauer
williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-22-2013 12:11:49 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of ackeeper
ackeeper

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-22-2013 02:56:38 | More by ackeeper
Photo of crewfan1952
crewfan1952

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

05-17-2013 01:03:36 | More by crewfan1952
Photo of acevenom
acevenom

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +7%

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.

05-16-2013 00:09:22 | More by acevenom
Photo of Kelp
Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-13-2013 23:49:21 | More by Kelp
Photo of johnnyboy76
johnnyboy76

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7%

05-11-2013 04:31:08 | More by johnnyboy76
Photo of KiMiRaiK
KiMiRaiK

Washington

4/5  rDev +7%

04-21-2013 21:42:23 | More by KiMiRaiK
Photo of LJWalker
LJWalker

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

03-29-2013 05:08:42 | More by LJWalker
Photo of facundoCNB
facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

03-22-2013 00:32:09 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of chugamugofsud
chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-25-2013 16:25:41 | More by chugamugofsud
Photo of adkieffer
adkieffer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-16-2013 18:48:51 | More by adkieffer
Photo of vcoggins
vcoggins

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-14-2013 16:18:18 | More by vcoggins
Photo of Jemonster
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
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-27-2013 21:56:07 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Strelnikov
Strelnikov

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

12-14-2012 06:05:35 | More by Strelnikov
Photo of mikechance
mikechance

California

4/5  rDev +7%

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!

12-01-2012 03:28:09 | More by mikechance
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-19-2012 01:30:51 | More by t0rin0
Photo of zonker17
zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

11-17-2012 05:13:41 | More by zonker17
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.