Raven's Eye Imperial Stout
Eel River Brewing Co.

Raven's Eye Imperial StoutRaven's Eye Imperial Stout
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Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #474
Ranked #22,134
3.76 | pDev: 12.23%
Monday at 05:25 AM
Aug 12, 2003
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Ratings by mikechance:
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Reviewed by mikechance from California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasting from a 22 oz bottle on 11/30/12

A ---- deep mahogany black, little to no head, and thick

S --- black licorice, malt, vanilla, sweetness

T --- chocolate, brown sugar, cherry, vanilla, and woodiness

M --- full bodied, nice carbonation, creamy

O --- I like it a lot!
Dec 01, 2012
More User Ratings:
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bomber from Hops and Bottles. Black body, small head disappears. Aroma is roasted malts and light chocolate. More roast in the taste, ashy bitterness. Hint of sweetness.
Monday at 05:25 AM
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
IBU: 28.5
Very little, off-white head. Very dark and opaque brown, with a hint of dark caramel at the bottom of the glass, for highlights. Slightly sweet, toffee, some caramel, with mellow, dark roasted grains, underlying, for the aroma. A little sharp, caramel tinged, dark roasted grain, with some dark toasted wood and malt in support, for the taste.
May 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sep. 2016: 650 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.5%. Black colour, large tan head. Lovely aroma of roast malts, oak, oaked red wine, liquorice, chocolate, prunes, mild coffee. Slightly sweet flavour with the same elements as in the aroma, the roast malts, coffee and chocolate notes come forward stronger now, also hints of vanilla. Moderate hops (28.5 IBU). Warming mouthfeel. Excellent beer
Oct 18, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by Braz from Washington

May 27, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Oct 28, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by BalancingBrooms from California

Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by InfernoBoss from California

Sep 23, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by Malacant from Louisiana

Sep 16, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by dctarga from California

Apr 12, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Dec 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.
Jul 07, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by 2beerdogs from California

May 30, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Apr 21, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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.
Feb 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Rogerlb from California

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
Feb 21, 2017
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 342 ratings