Raven's Eye Imperial Stout
Eel River Brewing Co.

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From:
Eel River Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #530
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,722
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 12.23%
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
146
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 26, 2020
Added:
Aug 12, 2003
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  35
SCORE
85
Very Good
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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:
 
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 Illinois

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.

Cheers
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
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.
Jan 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by PopGun from Louisiana

Oct 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.44 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

Sep 04, 2016
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2014 vintage bottle
Jul 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 07, 2016
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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.
Mar 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by WholeLottaTricks from Louisiana

Jan 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by jrob21 from Georgia

Dec 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by KarmicSkrambl8 from California

Dec 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.05 by LuauLarry from California

Dec 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma

Nov 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.07 by beerbart from California

Nov 25, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.
Nov 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by crapuccino from Mississippi

Sep 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by ThaddeusLamar from Louisiana

Aug 27, 2015
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Reviewed by BWood from California

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Picked this up at Costco today. Decent drinking stout. Nothing toospectacular though. If you are looking for a easily available every day stout this one won't be too bad .But I would take a speedway over it any day.
Aug 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.85 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Jul 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona

Jul 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.43 by MammothTarantula from Colorado

Jul 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by nathanmiller from New York

May 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.73 by travolta from California

May 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.95 by berkeleymaw from California

May 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.74 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Apr 18, 2015
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 339 ratings