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:
327
Reviews:
191
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
32
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice black pour with two fingers of tan head, patchy lacing. smells of licorice, toasted grains, chocolate. the flavor is very roasty and bitter.. lots of licorice, toasted grains, dark cacao. medium body on the heavy side with modest amount of carbonation for the style. there is a smell of alcohol, but you don't taste or feel it for the most part. a nice imperial stout, nothing out of the ordinary, but very nice to sit down and relax with a bomber.

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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 berkeleymaw
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, cola-coffee color with a soft, creamy mocha colored head that was moderately lasting leaving a rim lacing behind.

S: fresh, espresso coffee beans, roasted grains with a light-medium aroma.

T: fresh black coffee beans with a light dairy cream sweetness. There were traces of dried fruit (dark cherries, prunes) as well. Rich, strong coffee dominates the palate with a creamy nature.

M: silky, with a light-medium viscosity and a good dark roasted coffee bitterness.

D: Overall, a very hearty, rich coffee stout with a good drinkability. Though the flavor was pretty basic, it was a solidly brewed beer by style and worthy of a recommend.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a pretty large imperial stout. pours nearly black with a frothy off white head. smells like espresso and burnt sugary malt. flavor is big coffee up front with a slow wave of roasty bready grain and booze washing over the palate. mouthfeel is fair, plenty of bubbles and a medium body, it could stand to be a little fuller, might balance out the intense flavors a little better. overal a good imperial stout, one bomber is enough for a hefty buzz!

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to sample this at Homestead homebrewing in Winston OR so I bought a bottle. It tasted quite good. Served in my snifter.

Pours a dark brown, very dark, but still brown. HUGE billowing mocha head, 2 inches worth, that hangs around forever. This part of the beer they got down well. 4.5

Smell is chocolate and molasses, hint of coffee, and some bitter hop aromas.

Taste is above average with chocolate, coffee, molasses, raisin, and a very nice taste from the yeast they used. Well done solid 4.

Feel is lightly slick and oily, with a nice fine bubbly texture, medium to high carbonation.
Aftertastes of bitter cocoa and hops lasts for a while.

Overall a nice offering that has a nice molasses taste to it, which is unique.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took awhile for this beer to come together but once it warmed up and settled down it turned into a pretty nice Impy. Lots of chocolate notes and a decent mouthfeel make this a satisfying stout. Not mindblowing but enough to make you want to pick up another bottle. I have never been a huge fan of Eel River but this is among the best offering I have tried

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Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a pretty decent sized dark tan head on it that lingers a bit. Pretty decent nose. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, maybe some dark fruits. The taste is pretty similar. The tastes are pretty balanced. Chocolate, molasses, some fruits, just a hint of coffee. A touch of alcohol comes through also. Some bitterness in the finish. Pretty decent.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Beer Hunter snifter.

Full, dark tan head that dissapates quickly. Opaque black. No light gets through.

Aromas of roasted malt, alcohol, figs, and plums/prunes.

Taste is much like the aroma. First impression is fruit (figs and plums), malt, alcohol, and carbonic acid. After taste is sweet malt and fruit, and....licorice on the finish.

On second sniff, licorice is present as well.

Biggest drawback on this beer is mouthfeel. It is a little thin. Not very coating. A little spritzy from the carbonation, more than I would like in an imperial stout.

Drinkability is good. I can imagine the fruit coming forwward with a year or more of cellaring, and the carbonation thinning a bit.

Good beer overall. Not sure that the Organic label means anything to me, personally. but would buy/drink again.

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Photo of vurt
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A welcome surprise at Lucky Baldwin's this evening. Enjoyed on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance:
Very dark brown, opaque at the top of the pint glass, but ruby highlights are visible at the bottom. This beer is not on a nitro-tap, but the creamy beige head on top of the beer is still nitro-dense and rich.

Smell:
Not much going on here, even after it warms up. Some dark-roasted malt, with notes of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and coffee with lots of cream. A slight buttery note which has me concerned about diacetyl.

Taste:
Oh this is tasty! Bittersweet from the start, and full of dark chocolate. The middle is filled with lush notes of caramel and raisins, with an ever-so-slightly salty edge. Coffee and roasted malts fill the finish, which lasts and lasts. As the beer warms I get hints of smoke, maple, walnuts, and dates.

Mouthfeel:
Rich, full-bodied, and sticky, with some viscosity. Chewy and satisfying. Good level of carbonation keeps the beer from getting syrupy.

Drinkability:
The tap handle just says "Ravens Eye Organic Stout." Halfway through my first pint, I'm thinking it might be a foreign export or a double stout. So much flavor, with such a rich mouthfeel. It's only after I get close to the bottom of my second pint that I start to realize how strong this beer really is. Good thing I'm using public transit tonight. This stout is wonderfully, effortlessly drinkable. More, please.

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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque, dark body capped with a thick, creamy tan head. A variety of smells: sweet chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, slightly burnt grains, twinge of alcohol. Burnt toast and bittersweet taste, a bitter undercurrent mixed with some alcohol flavor. Smooth, creamy feel; buttery; medium-heavy body; soft carbonation; some alcohol heat.

A very good imperial stout. Depth and complexity, nicely balanced. Hits all the marks and comes across as a top-notch big beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with dark tan head that is little more than a dense film.

Smell: I can notice a bit of sugar and cream, some coffee and chocolate, but only a bit of malts.

Taste: A slightly difficult taste to describe, as there's a lot of little things going on, but nothing is easy to pinpoint. There's a nice roasted malt base to the flavor, but it isn't very strong. On top we've got some milk and sugar, a bit of coffee, a hint of chocolate, and even some cranberries. A hint of hops and maybe alcohol in the aftertaste. It is more sweet than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and somewhat viscous; light carbonation that seems to go pretty well here. Pretty smooth too.

Drinkability: Despite the 9.5% ABV, it doesn't seem (or taste) like it.

While I think it is a bit sweet for this style, I did really enjoy it and thought it was quite tasty.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black. Not deep, dark, heart of Satan black, but pretty damn black. Two finger bubbly brown head. Good retention with a head that slowly fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Rings of lace left behind on my tulip glass.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted dark malts and just a hint of pine. This beer is over a year old so the trace of hops that still comes through makes me wonder just how hoppy it was fresh.

T - Bittersweet chocolate initially. Strong tastes of roasted malts come through quickly as well. Hints of pine as well. Just a touch of roasted coffee beans becomes present as the beer warms.

M/D - Medium bodied, maybe even a bit on the thin side. Almost becomes watery as the beer warms. A bit of a let down in the feel given the excellent aroma and taste.

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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 theboozecruise
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Eel River... let's see how this goes.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass... beautiful chocolate body with a creamy beige head... even overflowed a little. Hopefully the beer gods will forgive me!

The smell is a little muted, the malt and chocolate is there like you'd expect just not as strong as I'd like to smell. A little bit of raisin in there as well.

Not so on the palate. Chocolaty malt is what you get, followed by a tinge of bitter hops on the back of the tongue. I like it.

Feels great going down, the 9.5% abv is very well balanced with the flavors.

In my opinion, a very well done imperial stout.

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Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of YenomG
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of MrJolly
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jasonmech77 for sharing this...
Appears black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A small tan head slowly fades with streaky lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of coca, fruity, figs, cream, and roastiness.
Taste is the mentioned aromas highlighted by caramel in a delicious, mildly fruity stout.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, fizzy up front, creamy at some points with roasty notes with mild thinness that doesn't outweigh the decent parts of this beer.

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Photo of Global_Hawk_Bob
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Obtained in trade from WeisGuy.

Lightproof black colored beer with a smallish brown head.

Lightly sweet with the usual chocolate and coffee aroma you would expect. Pretty good aroma and a trace of char and smoke in it. Detectable ethanol carries a bit of berry scent.

The taste starts out sweet with a definite mouth full of patent malt all roasted and charred, chocolate comes in as the aftertaste. Every sip begins with a bittersweet burned sugar flavor. This gets a bit sweeter as you sip it. Nothing extra here just a RIS that is a bit sweet and a little more bitter than most.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK drinkability I just wish it had more subtleties to it. This is OK just not a Stone or Three Floyd's level RIS though.

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Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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