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Grandfather Raven - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 40
Gots: 12 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-11-2010

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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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Review #700

12 oz. bottle served in a Black Raven curved pint. Thanks to OakedCanuck for the brew.

A: Pours an opaque jet black color with a dark khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes very slowly to a thick film that leaves some splotchy, soapy lace down the glass.

S: This smells amazing. Dark cocoa, tootsie roll and milk chocolate come across in wafts. Sweet malts with a little roast. Espresso sweetness with a hint of vanilla and some ground coffee beans. Smells absolutely delicious.

T: Smooth milk chocolate. Mild roasted malts, slightly drying in nature, with a rolled oat sweetness as well. Slightly bitter coffee grounds with some light dark fruit flavors in the background.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation. Silky smooth across the palate, a little oily as well. Sweet and roasted finish.

O: One of the best Russian Imperial stouts I've ever had. Perfectly balanced across the board with well hidden booze. I wish this wasn't so limited and rare because I could drink this stuff every single day.

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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.

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Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
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