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

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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
Ratings:
328
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
13
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33
For Trade:
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of EricCioe
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours almost-black brown with a nice, tightly frothy espresso crema two finger head with good retention but no lace. On the nose there are fresh-ground coffee beans mixing with baker's chocolate and a big roasted malt backbone. In the mouth the chocolate makes itself present both as taste and especially in texture, ultra-creamy and good. The coffee burbles out from under the chocolate and the roasted flavors. A long finish heavy on the slightly bitter roasted notes.

Overall, this is a fine beer, much better than I was expecting given the brewery.

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Photo of HiAIPA
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ratnig this based on the beer, not the style, as some say this is not an IS. I would tend to agree this tastes more like a big stout, but not an imperial stout. Pours very black with a thin head that lingers. Nice aromas of melted licorice, tar, burnt grains, chocolate and nuts. Good flavor profile of roasty toasty and broasted (broiled/roasted) grains. Almost like this was stored in bourbon or other toasted barrels. Somewhat thick tasting, without the insane alcohol level to smack your ass. Very good flavors. I would get this again.

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Photo of rallison
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived today from Liquid Solutions - always like to see an under $5 bomber of RIS. Pours the standard dark black, with a decent 1 finger tan head that does actually leaves a nice coating and lacing. Looking closer, I can actually see a touch of red - tis not a jet black RIS. Smell is of roasted coffee and molasses...looks like this one won't be quite as sweet.

Taste is of roasted coffee, molasses and a touch of prunes. Relatively sharp bite from some hops at the end as well. A bit of chocolate is in here as well, but the focus is on the roasted coffee and hops. Alcohol seems to be slightly present but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is rich enough, but doesn't satisfy me like a Bell's Expedition either. Drinkability is good enough.

Overall, recommended. A perfectly fine RIS at $4.50/bottle, but also somewhat forgettable. I'd say this falls in the second tier category - good, but without anything that truly stands out.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a moderate head that fades fairly quickly. Not too bad for such a high abv beer. Smells of Swedish licorice- dry, not very sweet, chalky, and earthy as well as molasses and a late hit of chocolate. The taste is richer and dryer than the smell suggests, with the molasses and licorice notes downplayed, but more of a chocolate presence, with a fudge-like finish. There are also some berry notes that add a nice acidity and offer complementary flavors to the chocolate notes. Pretty nice. My only real complaint is that its a tad overcarbonated, but really that's a fairly minor failing.

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Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured an opaque black with a thin head that diminished and left very spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was of weak cocoa and roasted malt. The taste was a good blend of roasted barley, dark chocolate and mild espresso, very well balanced and makes quite a tasty stout. The mouthfeel is very smooth for a beer of this taste. There is some heaviness, but it's easy for the palate to handle. This is a very drinkable Imperial Stout, it almost begs to be chugged.

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Photo of macktbone
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my second time drinking this beer. Found it the first time by chance while looking for anything respectable in a small hick town in No Cal. This time it was completely intentional.

A- obsidion in color, like if you get too close it may suck you in and transport you to another demention. Not so much of a head but carbonation pills up on the surface similar to a beer of much lighter persuation.

S- lots of earthen tones, slightly dirty, anise, chocolate, reminds me of Black Albert.

T- Pure LICORICE...Anise in my opinion is a greener, crisper flavor. This slides down like a licorice rope. Back end follows up with a hoppy alcoholic edge but fades too quickly. The sweetness could be a little less but awsome for a relatively unknown brewery. Good for a 9.5% ABV.

M- 100%, this is my standart for Imperial stouts. This beer will appeal to those who want a good beer without chewing it.

D- The sweetness keeps it from being a 4.5 but for the licorice lover its a 5.1 for sure.

I'm glad I sat down to review. I just wish it had a slightly thicker lace and head. The dissapearance of the head lends itself well to the full bodied nature but would help complicate the aroma a bit. Try This Beer!! Good 9.5 Imperial Stout.

Bravo to Eel River for putting Scotia California on the map.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout has a medium, tan head and a very dark brown, with ruby highlights, appearance. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is of sour, dark-roasted barley malt and dark coffee and chicory. Taste is of dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark cherries, licorice, fudge, sourness, and chicory. The mouthfeel is heavy, slick, and smooth, and Eel River Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout finishes heavy, dense, wet, and very drinkable.

RJT

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Photo of beerphan
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber -> american pint
no date ( 2008 )

Pours pitch black with a small cocoa colored head. Thick lace sticks to the glass in sheets.

Nose: Dark malts, deep dark fruit flavors, currants, licorice and a little booze.

Slick thick juicy mouthfeel. Dark malts, chocolate bit of coffee. Finishes with a chalky cocoa like bitterness. A huge flavor profile here pholks, kudos.

An imperial in every sense of the word. Booze warms a bit but never dominates. Organic ta bute. Thanks to Alushia for the bombers!

Enjoyed, thanksgiving 2008.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours close to an opaque black except for just ahint of ruby at the bottem of the impy pint glass,a thinner mocha colored head atop.Deep raisin and espresso roast coffee in the nose with some molasses in there as well.Full on dark fruit and alcohol sweetness hits the taste buds up front the sweet alcohol is tasty but dangerous,dark roast coffee has a hefty presence as well with a light drying earthiness in the finish.A very nice impy stout and I think Eal River is organic right?

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of deepsouth poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with hints of ruby around the edges. The head is thin and bubbly and recedes quickly to a minimal swirl on top with a little lacing.

S: Smell is very sweet for an RIS - big on sweet roasted malts with dark chocolate and dark fruits very evident as well. Maybe a hint of smoked wood in the nose as well.

T: Taste is also very sweet and dominated by the sweetness of dark fruits, vanilla, and roasted malts up front. There is a bit of dark chocolate and coffee as well and a faint hint of hops in the finish, but not much.

M: Mouthfeel is sticky sweet and very creamy with decent carbonation.

D: This isn't the most complex of RIS's but it's very drinkable if you're OK with sweeter stouts. Enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and light tan head that retains quite well.
Smells like cinnamon rolls, pumpernickel, strong malt, almost wort.... a bit of dark grains. Very sweet overall in the nose with a bunch of very bready yeast.
Flavor is much the same as the nose... tastes under-attenuated because of the worty notes. Very sweet with a bit of roasted grain and fusel alcohol in the finish.
Velvety smooth with very high alcohol warmth and a hint of dryness from evaporation in the middle.
Quite drinkable. certainly worth a try and slightly underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very roasty aroma with some chocolate and a touch of citrus hops. Really a ton of coffee and roastiness which suits my taste buds just fine.

Quite roasty with little sweetness and a good dose of roasty bitterness. Chocolate and loads of coffee make this one a tasty brew.

Medium bodied with a slightly oily finish with some bitterness and some fruitiness as well.

I really liked this one. I have really been in a stout mood lately and this one certainly fit the bill.

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Photo of Two40addict
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from brentk56, thanks again!

Pours a flat black color with a nice large tan head. Very nice looking beer!

Aromas are subtle, smells like cereal grains, malts, and a bit of cocoa.

Tastes of espresso beans and roasted dark malts. Finish is of bitter cocoa and a bit of a kick from the alcohol. Overall it's a pretty smooth, well balanced, and kind of mellow tasting.

Nice full supple and smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice RIS. A bit on the subtle side, but it still tasty and it's a easy beer to sip.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal-black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Big aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, and fruit.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and some variety of fruit. The alcohol wasn't as present as I thought it might be. A solid flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well-made beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer from Eel River, and its quite nice. Black-ruby with a very thick, foamy tan coloured head. Wine, slight hints of coffee, spice, whisky notes Suggestions of chocolate, fruit cake and even rum.

Black coffee, whisky and raisins and spice. A little bit sour, almost winey. This could stand to be a bit sweeter, but overall not a bad RIS.

Oily, slick mouthfeel just what I'd expect from an RIS. Drinkable, nice dessert beer - at 9.5% this rates somewhat average as an RIS.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sipped in a tulip glass.

A: Raven black with a finger of tan foam on top. Thick lacing.

S: Latte, dark chocolate, anise, leather.

T: Comes on strong with the above-mentioned ingredients. Sweet, robust, smooth and heavenly. Molasses and malts make a regal pair.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: I really liked this one. I think it should get higher praise. A really solid RIS. Fly high with this tempting Raven.

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

Photo of Reidrover
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz Bomber, red eyed raven on the label "product of Northern California" Fantastic looking beer as it sits in my Imperial pint glass. Mostly black with hints of mahogany..great huge light brown frothy head. Aroma is somewhat subdued for style but its all there and fresh too Great complex whirl of flavours here: coffee,blackberries,esspresso, dark cocoa laden chocolate, dark brown sugar, some hop in the after taste, good stuff. Very nice on the palate , great mouthfee, A very very good Strong stout from Eel River. I really did not think they had it in em to produce this beauty

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Photo of jgasparine
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cola brown with virtually no head; no visible carbonation.

The aroma is a sweet, melanoidin-rich malt bomb. With the eyes closed, I wouldn't guess this was a stout on the aroma alone, due to a lack of roastiness.

The flavor follows the nose appropriately; rich and malty. I have held onto this bottle for about a year, and it has picked up the PERFECT amount of oxidation... which really just adds a soft complexity to the flavor. Any older, and I think we'd be looking at 'wet cardboard'.

The mouthfeel is full and somewhat oily, with just the smallest tickle from some soft carbonation. Some heat comes into play from the ethanol. No astringency whatsoever.

This beer certainly benefits from some limited ageing. I would certainly seek it out again.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black rich body with a bubbly tan head that did not last long. Lacing is nice.
Rich dark malts roasted coffee and chocolate aromas.
Roasty taste of coffee and malt.
Mouthfeel is good, with nice carbonation.
Overall a good RIS that isn't over the top.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a raven black color with a huge tan head that has a degree of permanence to it; sheets of lacing line the chalice

Smell: Cocoa and hazelnut with a touch of citrus sneaking through

Taste: Starts out with a roasty cocoa and hazelnut flavor that builds in bitterness, particularly after the swallow; long finish with a bit of fusel alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; considerable astringency felt on the back of the tongue; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Not quite there as an RIS, this beer is more like an Imperial Porter; love the cocoa flavors and the well-balanced bitterness, but this doesn't have the complex dark fruit flavors I expect in an RIS

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22-ounce cellar-cool bomber bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a light-absorbing dark mahogany body capped with a thick layer of oily mocha foam. The glossy, grainy-bubbled head recedes slowly and leaves a thick webbing of lacing on the glass.

Rich, dark-chocolatey malts and sweetly herbal hops greet the nose. I'm a fan of hoppy stouts, and this one is getting my hopes up right off the bat! Notes of dark caramelized sugar emerge as the drink warms.

The taste is rich and darkly malty with a spritz of citrusy hops. Notes of licorice and powder-dry cocoa work in concert to keep a hefty alcohol presence subdued and fruity, but a significant warming in the belly flashes a warning light at the drinker... "Look out, this one's packing heat!" The finish is dry and dark-chocolatey, and a boozy fruitiness increases toward the end of the drink.

The brew is on the full side of medium-bodied with fine, unobtrusive carbonation. Silky without being syrupy, and despite the significant ABV, Raven's Eye is a very drinkable Imperial stout. Remember, though, that just because this thing is 'Certified Organic' doesn't mean that it hippily embraces peace and love, and won't kick your ass!

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

Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the bottles I ordered through Shoppers Vineyard online.

Pours a light black liquid with brownie syrup highlights and a two finger, light brown head. The foam quickly recedes to nothing. The aroma is a heavy nesquick and brownie with a smooth coffee mixed in. The taste starts with smooth roasted malts, brownie milk chocolate, and some coffee. The middle is silky smoth and warm, while the finish bitters up a ittle bit and has a smokey note to it.

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Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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