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Grandfather Raven - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 41
Gots: 10 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-11-2010)
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I brought home a half growler of this.

A nice easy pour yielded an opaque, pitch black, very still liquid, with little to no head, and a thin, non-active film for lacing. The body is robust and the smell is amazing. There is a distinct sweet chocolate and coffee smell, with wafts of booze. The smell of alcohol and booze definitely stand out. For me, the taste is phenomenal. Phenomenal = A very balanced blend of sweet milk chocolate (almost lactose like), mild coffee, some molasses, and easy going roasted malts. These are all rolled into one magical alcoholic potion. Carbonation is low, it sparkles in my mouth, and the mouthfeel fits right in with the rest of what this has to offer, which is quite a bit.

Overall, for me, this is 2014's best beer of the year. Many may feel this is too sweet, but this is my cup of tea. If you can find it, drink it. I had been waiting around for this to show up on tap for a few years. I am impressed.

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Thanks to Paul 510a for getting me a bottle of this. I have become a huge fan of Black Raven, and really looked forward to this brew.
Poured a nice rich glass with a full rich tan/off white head with nice hold and whipped cream like appearance. Retention didn't last that long but at 9.5% I thought it was remarkably good. Top notch. Aroma was good with strong bold roasted coffee and hints of black licorice and dark molasses. Pleasant.Taste was very good, but a bit bitter from the same coffee, molasses and licorice. Awesome flavors but not much sweetness to balance of offset. Very good RIS, but a bit more roasted than I had expected.. Having said that it is characteristic of RIS which I love. Just seemed a bit over roasty. Feel is excellent. Silky smooth. Rolls over the tongue, and is a real palate pleaser. Overall, just an excellent beer. I loved it.

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Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep, dark, opaque black color. Nice (albeit thin) tan/beige head, which dissipated quickly. Very even and persistently sticky lacing throughout the experience. Nose reveals chocolate and dark coffee roast, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. On the palate, the flavor profile replicates the nose, although spicy roasted coffee is more pronounced and dominates over the chocolate and other flavors, which are more subdued, while a bourbon barrel aged character emerges. Interestingly, however, there is little evidence of heavy alcohol here, which helps the flavor profile sustain throughout the finish. I tend to like my stouts a little less roasty and a little more chocolate/bourbon like in flavor, but this is one roasted coffee bomb that I really enjoyed. Definitely worth your time and attention.

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Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.