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Grandfather Raven - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Grandfather Raven
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 39
Gots: 6 | 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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lokieman

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-25-2013 02:25:25 | More by lokieman
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -12.9%

Courtesy of Kevin - thanks for splitting this one with us. It pours an extremely deep brown color, might as well call it black. The light tan cap is somewhat slow to build up and only sits at a quarter inch for about thirty seconds before mellowing out into a trace of the beer's circumference against the glass. No lacing and minimal legging when the glass is tilted or swirled.

Pretty hearty is the aroma on this one, chock-full of mild cocoa and a decent amount of roasted malt. It doesn't smell like any external coffee was added, but the malts are roasted and dark enough to give off a slight "coffee bean"-esque aroma at times. Roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee are pretty standard aromas in imperial stouts, so I'm not surprised to see them here. But there's nothing about this aroma that's jumping out at me or discerning itself amongst other RIS's, so I'm a bit disappointed to say the least.

After the first sip, it becomes evident that the roasted malts will pretty much lead the way through the flavor profile. Soft bouts of roast, light char, and some dark chocolate rummage through and hit all corners of the palate. There's a very faint, yet still very apparent dark fruit sweetness in the background, hinting at figs or dates that have been soaked in a reasonable amount of booze. This beer isn't what I'd call extremely boozy, but it's warming, and simply calling it a "slow-sipper" might even be a slight understatement.

Unfortunately there seems to be a slight oxidation that has taken over some of the beer. I'm not exactly sure how old this bottle is/was, but a small, wet cardboard flavor haunts the final moments of the sip and sits on my tongue a bit after the beer is gone. Aside from that, the finish includes a bit of cocoa dust and some dying char and roast. Bitterness is medium for the style, and ever bit of it seems to come from the roast rather than any hops. Medium-thick bodied and mildly creamy with pretty low carbonation.

Pretty good RIS, but based on the reviews/scores that were currently listed for this brew, I was expecting utter greatness. Goes to show you that you can't always trust everyone else's palate to speak for yours. Still a nice beer to sit back and sip, but I think it's just a bit overrated, mainly because it doesn't really stand out over other RIS's for me.

05-21-2013 11:34:10 | More by tectactoe
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NWer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-19-2013 22:04:49 | More by NWer
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-13-2014 23:06:29 | More by Seattle_Suds
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-28-2014 19:44:37 | More by HoppySeb
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-26-2012 04:48:30 | More by jpbebeau
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-08-2013 20:55:00 | More by kevwcamp
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Review from notes. Had on tap at Black Raven.

A: Pours a dark black with a one finger tan head on top. Great head retention, slowly reducing to a cap on top. Some sticky laving down the sides.

T: Lots of deep roasted malt mixed with chocolate, both milk and some dark. There is a bit of a mocha aroma/coffee, but subtle. Really inviting.

T: Very similar to the aroma, lots of chocolate and roast with some faint coffee/espresso. Really nice, one of the better imperial stouts I have had, without any barrel aging.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O: Really nice RIS, easy drinking for a big beer that has a great flavor profile.

04-02-2013 00:26:26 | More by mdaschaf
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punkhim

Washington

5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-21-2012 21:46:45 | More by punkhim
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dirtylou

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

12oz bottle

Served in oversized snifter - really decadent looking beer - a beautiful contrast of a rich ebony body and a huge creamy mocha head with sticky webbed lacing. Dry roasty nice - lots of rich chocolate, dry cocoa in the finish, licorice, espresso. One of the better non-barrel aged stouts i've had in a while. Gorgeous with a wonderful creamy feel.

03-17-2013 21:49:41 | More by dirtylou
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jmccraney

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

03-04-2013 02:19:46 | More by jmccraney
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-25-2013 20:44:36 | More by FalconA
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DOCRW

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-29-2014 17:47:08 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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TysonA

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-12-2013 15:49:23 | More by TysonA
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Eighty

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-24-2014 21:43:29 | More by Eighty
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bizweasel

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

01-31-2014 14:31:03 | More by ShanePB
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +6.8%

On tap at the expanded tasting room:

The beer arrived with a thick head on it - less than an inch. Mixture of dark brown/blackness.

Smells of chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts.

Tastes nice and smooth but big. I didn't notice the alcohol much at all.

Mouthfeel is chewy and perfect for the style.

Abv: 9.5%

This is another great example of why Black Raven is the best new(er) brewery in WA!

Next review!

02-01-2011 03:35:42 | More by ScreamForMe
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dionito

Washington

5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-20-2014 05:07:25 | More by dionito
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

09-05-2013 00:13:43 | More by CaptainQ
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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510a

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.04/5  rDev -8.6%

12oz bottle opened on 2.26.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a one inch active dark tan head that fades pretty fast leaving rings of lacing.

S - Coffee, mild chocolate, a little nutty.

T - Malty, bitter chocolate, dry nuttiness, slight coffee in the finish.

D - Decent carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Pretty solid stout, but nothing really stands out to me.

03-01-2013 04:54:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
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tomholland

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-26-2013 23:57:17 | More by tomholland
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Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.