Grandfather Raven - Black Raven Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.29/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
07-02-2014 00:24:06 | More by BillRoth
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-20-2014 04:46:13 | More by JohnParadee
3.38/5 rDev -23.7%
Bottle from FalconA. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.
A: Thick, oily black with a foaming mocha head. Suprising lack of legs.
N: Roasted coffee, licorice, cocoa, and hints of molasses. Fudge, some moss, caramel, vanilla, and some cinnamon.
T: Very roasty with a heart of bitterness and a roundness of malt sweetness. Very similar to a mocha with licorice flavors. However, the bitterness has bite, and this can get somewhat harsh.
M: Thick and robust. Alcohol is very pronounced.
O: Nice beer, but the overwhelming bitterness is a big detractor for me. A little bit of aeration seems to help, but I'd place this in the middle tier of RISes.
07-04-2013 03:29:09 | More by writerLJBerg
Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.