Raven's Eye Imperial Stout | Eel River Brewing Co.

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3.75/5
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334 Ratings
Raven's Eye Imperial StoutRaven's Eye Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States
eelriverbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 08-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,099
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
334
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
35
Trade:
2
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Photo of Malacant
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dctarga
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This rather nice RIS pours a pitch black with a
nice head of brown foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin fine foam layer, and shows
some excellent lacing. Nose of coffee, dark bakers chocolate, subtle dark fruit notes,
light smoke and char, and subtle anise. Flavors hit a fine note of slick and delicious stout lovers
dream with dark lightly sweet bakers chocolate mingling with rich dark coffee touched lightly with
cream and char. Subtle marshmallow and dark fruit notes of plum and currants mingling nicely
with molasses and brulee notes. Excellent mouth feel; full body, slick, coating, and lightly sweet
on the finish without being cloying.

A BIG roasted beast that is worthy with a nicely hidden kick of booze.

Overall, a SOLID brew.

Cheers

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Pint glass and snifter. The appearance had a dark brown to black color with a one finger-ed off white foamy head in both glasses, same amount of clingy foamy lacing sticking nicely to the sides of both glasses. The smell had chocolate with espresso and molasses leading to some dark fruits, inviting to say the least. The taste was mainly sweet due to the fact that the malts are taking the lead on this. Super sweet sticky chocolatey aftertaste with a sweet dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a somewhat soft carbonation to satisfy indulgent taste buds to want to partake in more, just very smooth and velvety - wow - I’m somewhat impressed. Overall, Russian Imperial Stout, yup, pretty good and worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours the standard: black for an imperial stout, brown head, 3/5". Solid retention. Aroma of roast and dark fruit notes.

Taste, bitter, dark fruit, roasted chocolate/black malts. This is very straight forward. In 2017, this no adjunct stout stuff is on the endangered species list. Its a decently hopped, plenty bitter, plenty roasted malt stout. No frills. No off flavors. Shitty format though. Hides the alcohol pretty well for something so strong. Its a well made beer that hits the style guidelines right down the middle.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is the new one (bought 2/14/2017 (Happy Valentine's day) with a red abstract raven on a black bottle, and red writing.

Pours black but seemingly a little thin into a goblet. Minimal brown head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, not overpowering. Taste is very much more chcolate, malt and tobacco. Roast, grainy, bottom of the coffee cup, but no bitterness to speak of. This isn't very hoppy.

Dark fruit isn't very sweet; I'm not getting the molasses they call out on the label. Like mushy plums in there. It's smooth and servicable; a bit smokey and heavy. Not boozy even at 9% (the 2017 iteration). Kinda middle of the road.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-01-07
22oz bottle served in a tulip. 2016 vintage.

Pours black with a pretty good sized light brown head, medium carbonation. Smell is a little smokey, a little coffee. Definitely some wood.

Taste is solid -- not a lot of anise, but it's there, some chocolate and coffee, some roast grains. Slow chocolate/nutty finish. Nice, solid stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, a little gritty. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of PopGun
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage bottle

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Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a little clarity under the cap; tan almost brown foam; decent cap retention and thick lacing. Chocolate and roast malt nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate, roast malt and some stone fruit on the finish. Dry cocoa powder tongue coating; moderate carbonation and medium plus mouthfeel. Excellent roast malt and chocolate linger.

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Photo of WholeLottaTricks
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LuauLarry
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKCNittany
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of beerbart
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep dark brown under a 1” tan foam collar that lasts 2.5 minutes.

S: Coffee, fruit, dark malts, prune, a little wine, malt aromas medium to medium high, hop aromas medium low, yeast aromas medium.

T: Starts with a coffee chocolate palate with a light tartness, dark fruit, dark malts with a little wine character and alcohol. The balance is between the malt, alcohol and fruit. The malt is medium high, the yeast character medium and the hop character is medium low. No harsh burnt or roast flavors.

F: Very creamy and silky with a medium full body, medium to medium low fine soft carbonation. Moderately warming. Nothing astringent.

O: Almost like drinking a cold, lightly carbonated creamy chocolate coffee with a moderate dark chocolate bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 334 ratings