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

Raven's Eye Imperial StoutRaven's Eye Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
60.7%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 328 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerguy101 on 08-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,092
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
328
Liked:
199
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
12.53%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
33
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 192
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 caminiti
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If I didnt know it was an Imperial Stout, I wouldnt have known it was an Imperial Stout, if that makes sense. From the pour if appeared more like a porter, translucent. The taste had what I expected, just not as much of it (coffee, roasted malts, but light) and mouthfeel was too carbonated for my tastes. Not to make light of other reviews, since I try to not read them before I review a beer, but this seems to have a much higher grade than I would have thought. Perhaps the significance of organic brings down the bar a bit. I love nature, etc. but Ill gladly slap on the bug spray with DDT if it makes my life a bit better now, and likewise, Ive never found an organic brew that has knocked my socks off....

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Photo of kkipple
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

A. A thin, clear brown brew with a small, dense tiny head. A bit light for the style.

S. Rather boozy, fruity, some roast grains and chocolate... needs more chararacter to be memorable. Requisite coffee and cocoa are there, nice sweet smell, still bit messy.

T. Hmm... thin, tastes somewhat like wort. Unfermented grain sugars. Alcohol forward and still sweet. Unrefined, needs tightening up. Brown sugar, coffee, dark fruit, something here reminds me of a brown ale. Hmm.

M. Thin, wet, sweet finish. Adequate carbonation.

D. Eh... yeah, I mean, you can... but there are so many better brews out there. Hard to recommend.

Rather unimpressive. Too much alcohol and fruitiness make for a rather vague brew that runs against the style. Not bad, just not worth buying again. Pity.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally some more West Coast breweries are starting to make their way to the East Coast. Served this at cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Raven's Eye pours out a thin looking black color. When held up to the light the beer shows dark brown and ruby highlights. I was hoping for darker than that. A somewhat vigorous pour resulted in about two fingers of thin, light beige colored head. Head faded rather quickly into a thin frothy ring around the glass. Thin streaks of tan lace were left behind after each sip.

Smell: A bit of a dull nose on this one. Light chocolatey aromas were most detectable. A slight hoppiness and a bit of black coffee and some roasted malts. Almost a faint smokey smell with just a touch of alcohol finishes the nose.

Taste: Taste is a little on the weak side as well. Decent flavor, just needs more of it. Definite chocolate and coffee. Some sweet toffee notes. Plenty of sweet roasted/toasted malt and a bit of hops. The 9.5 percent ABV is barely noticeable. Taste seems a bit light for a beer listed as a Russian Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant, yet thin, mouthfeel that seems quite fluffy and silky smooth. I usually look for a thicker, bigger body in an RIS, but this isn't too bad.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable even with the high ABV. The lighter mouthfeel helps a bit too. Decent overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard plastic cup in me friends gaff in Palo Alto, California. Acquired at a local BevMo. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of tan colour, great thickness, great cream, and good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Nuts, chocolate, cream, milk, and caramel. A moderate strength aroma. A simple aroma for the style.

T: Chocolate, nuts, caramel, milk, roasted barley, and maybe toffee. Enjoyable and pretty complex. I quite like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. A bit off for a stout, but nice nonetheless.

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV. I'd like to try it on draught or nitro. A nice little imperial stout.

B-

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Photo of charlzm
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed at Lucky Baldwin's, 07/02/08.

Extremely dark clear brown, bordering on black. Ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger tan foam head reduced to a thin circle of foam with almost no lacing fairly quickly.

Aroma is reminiscent of red wine.

A little sticky as it glides into the mouth, this beer can best be described as a mild cherry cordial. Smooth and a little chocolaty with a subtle sweet cherry flavor in the aftertaste. Restrained flavor.

Drinkability suffers somewhat due to a one-note flavor and (in this case), overcarbonation. However, the relatively high alcohol content is utterly masked; I would have guessed this as a 5% ABV.

I might try it again, but it won't be a first choice.

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Photo of anon
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a small light brown head and light lacing.

Smell has a hefty amount of molasses, dark fruit and alcohol. There is a hint of hops coming through as well. Taste is black licorice and molasses up front, some hop bitterness and dark fruits in the back end; light notes of dark chocolate. Not much espresso as stated on the label. Not bad.

Mouth feel is a little bit lacking, very light bodied. I think this would do good with a bit of aging, the molasses and black licorice taste were a little overwhelming to me and could use little subduing.

Overall not terrible, but nothing special.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GinsuDave
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oakbluff
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber- pours a dark black with frothy chunky beige head and sticky lacing. Nose- not alot there, faint roast and chocolate. Taste- dark chocolate, anise, hint of hotness, but overall very silky smooth. Finishes moderately dry. Body is tad thin, but drinkable

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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 ShawnMN
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thryn
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown into the goblet but looks fairly black once it gets there. No head but a nice espresso-crema effect.

A lot of coffee in the nose. A bit of bitter chocolate. Some bourbony booze.

This is pretty damn tasty, but it's a bit hot. Starts out bitter and boozy. Prominent coffee flavor follows. A really nice chocolate aftertaste. If it was a little more balanced, it would get a 4. I wonder if it would smooth out bit with age. Still very tasty.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin. It's nicely sticky but needs a bit more heft.

Overall not bad at all, and I'll happily finish the bomber, but there are better RIS options out there.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark black with bits of Hazel and strawberry around the edges. The head is a half inch of creamy tan with a sandy texture.

Smells of dark fruits, peanuts, coffee and cough syrup.

The flavor seems centered around a creamy milk with nuts on one side and coffee on the other. This is balanced out with a lactose and prune sweetness. There's a touch of astringent coffee in the finish.

Feels creamy and slick by texture alone, but there's a slightly raspy carbonation that livens things up.

A rather well done average beer.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- More like an Imperial Porter
S- Dark fruits, raisins, maybe a little chocolate.
T-Raisins, dark fruits,
M- Full bodied and smooth, must have been oats.
O- A good quality beer and certainly drinkable, but I've had better RISs. I'd go with okay on this one.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty recognizable as an imperial stout. High clarity given the color. I can't see light through it, so that's a good sign. Black. The meniscus is cocoa brown. No head, save for a slightly tan ring.

S: Malts of course. Faintly sweet smelling with some alcohol present.

T: Molasses, chocolate malt, toasted grains, some bittering hops that are *just* there enough to balance some of the sweetness. Cocoa, prunes, and raisins. Fades quickly from my palate. ABV shows through a little too much for the lighter flavors.

M: Drier than expected. Thinner body than some others I've had, and with more carbonation. Still round and creamy however.

O: Probably shouldn't be drinking 22 ounces of this, but it's pretty good! Probably will pass this over in the future for better RIS's though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan fluffy head. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and hints of coffee.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, mild coffee flavors, prunes, some mild alcohol tones and a nice bitterness. A light burnt flavor is a bit of a turnoff but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry from start to finish. Medium-heavy in body. Aftertaste is filled with light burnt tones and alcohol warming.

Drinkability: this was a bit thinner than expected for the style. One bomber bottle was enough in a session. Worth a try.

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Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 60.7% out of 100 with 328 ratings
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