Great Grandfather Raven - Black Raven Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev -7%
2010 on tap on 12-21-12
Aged for a year in Heaven Hill 20 barrels then in stainless tanks for another year.
A - Served a dark deep brown, but not quite black with a dark tan head made up of very lard bubbles that linger around for a long time.
S - I let this one sit for awhile to warm up. Lots of nice bourbon tones are hard to miss, then some wood, vanilla, carmel, and dark fruit come through.
T - Tons of nice bourbon, more wood here and some subtle vanilla.
D - Lower carbonation and a heavier body. Very easy drinking for 10.5%
O - A really nice treat. I am it was still on. A great way to end the world, or start my Christmas vacation.
12-22-2012 06:03:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.43/5 rDev -3.1%
Silver medal winner at World Beer Cup 2012 in Category 22: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout (58 Entries). I don't remember the story behind this beer, aside from the fact that it's a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout.
A: Black as pitch with a finger of light brown froth.
S: Firm dark chocolate presence with expressive bourbon and lesser notes of oak. Light vanilla with a dash of licorice. There's a little oxidation but it's not detracting. Caramel is in the background.
T: Pleasant blend of bourbon, caramel, and chocolate with a touch of vanilla and evident brown sugar. Smooth flavor with a low bitterness and a hint of oxidation. Bourbon chocolate finish with a little booze.
M: Full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky with a nice level of alcohol warming on the palate.
Overall: Very nice. After a disappointing first experience with Black Raven I'm pleased to see that the hype over this brewery in the Pacific Northwest has some basis in reality.
05-07-2012 16:41:37 | More by HopHead84
Great Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.