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Grandfather Raven - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 45
Gots: 16 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-11-2010

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 15
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque in the glass with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of chocolate, dark toasted malt, licorice, a little vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a bit of char, dark chocolate, coffee, slight dark dried fruit and vanilla, finishing with toasty charred malt, coffee and a light hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied with light creaminess. A very nicely balanced and full flavored RIS, covering all the flavors I hope for in this style. I had a bit of a flashback to my first taste of The Abyss, when I discovered how awesome an imperial stout could be. A Russian imperial stout to stand with the best. Finally available with light distribution in bottles. Only on the market for a nanosecond, but worth the wait.

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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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Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.