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 dnichols
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served this beer at the Portland, Oregon Spring Beer Festival on March 21, 2008.

A: It poured a dark black body with a robust and sticky caramel head. The head retained well and supported a dense curtain of lacing.

S: It gave off a strong aroma of charred coffee laced with baker's chocolate.

T: It began with the flavor of baker's chocolate (sweet and biting) followed by strong campfire coffee flavored by dark ripe fruits. There were hints of alcohol and a touch of sour-bitter aftertaste.

M: It was a medium to full bodied beer with a sharp biting body and reasonably clean finish. There was a swarm and bitter aftertaste.

D: One bottle would be enough for an evening. Best consumed in the winter and when other better stouts are available.

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Photo of Caskaway
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of shadow1961
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eel River's Raven's Eye Imperial Stout pours a thin head over an opaque black brew. The steady stream of bubbles making a ring around the edge of the glass speaks to an active and steady carbonation. The nose is dark fruit, plums perhaps, and mocha. The flavor is slightly sweet roasty dark malts, with notes of dark fruit, bitter chocolate, and rum, balanced with a bit of herbal hops and a bright flash of alcohol. Mouthfeel is round and full- though the alcohol by volume comes in at 9.5%, at no time is it out of control- so take care- this one is a sipper! Pretty remarkable too, is that this brew, like everything out of Eel River, is certified 100% Organic- sourcing all the materials and maintaining quality must be a constant challenge. In the end it's worth it because this is a very nice stout!

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Photo of acrawf6
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with just a little light coming out in the edges of the glass with a tan head and nice lacing.

Smell. IT is a subtle aroma that is not potent. Coffee is a dominant characteristic with some dark and bitter chocolate. Under that is just a touch of licorice.

Taste. There is a heavy roasted malt flavor to this, and a touch of burnt to it as well. Quick tastes of black coffee come, but diminish quickly, as well as the dark chocolate flavor. I think the beer sweetens as it warms in my mouth. Aftertaste is when i get a small kick of the alcohol, and a touch of the licorice kicks up, but not too much.

Mouthfeel. Body is full, but i cant decide if it is on the creamy side or slick side. I guess it is creamy b/c it is an imp stout, but slick for being one. Carbonation is at a proper level. Balance seems nice with the malts and hops coming through nicely.

Overall, I like this stout. Not my favorite, but is not one of two that i can get on a somewhat normal basis (old rasputin is the other). I like the subtleness of this beer- flavor is potent, but still mild and very drinkable. I will happily get this again, though i dont think it competes with the top ones in the style.

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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 KiMiRaiK
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 acevenom
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thick tan head that retreats slowly. There are lots of visible bubbles along the side of the glass. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some alcohol sweetness. Overall, it's a standard aroma profile for an imperial stout. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors are forward with a touch of alcohol. There's just a touch of coffee in the taste, but there's not much of a big roastiness there. The body is full with moderate to strong carbonation. This helps the beer finish a little dryer and makes it easier to drink, which is dangerous for a drink where some of the alcohol can be tasted. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of mjl21
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 9.5%.

A-Pours black with a 1/2 finger tan head that dissolves to a frothy, bubbly ring. The second pour yields nothing but a small ring.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, raisins/prunes, and dried grass/hay.

T-Roasted malt upfront with some nice bittering at the end. Notes of chocolate and dried stone fruit.

M-Thinner for an Imperial. Has nice carbonation.

D-Very good. The 9.5% is nicely blended.

If someone gave this to me I would never guess it is an Imperial. The alcohol is not detectable and it does not have the chewy mouthfeel. Still it is a good organic beer, though not perfect for the style.

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Photo of biggmike
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extreme dark brown color that appears almost black with decent tan head that stayed for a while. The aroma is fruit, roasted malt, and chocolate. The flavor is basically the same. I found the body to be a bit thin for the style. Carbonation seemed about right. This is a nice Imperial Stout that could be improved a bit of tweaking.

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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 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 mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Color was a dark brown that was mostly opaque. Head was 1 finger, light brown. It clung to the sides just a bit, but clung together well.
Aroma was strongly of slightly bitter dark chocolate. Was noticeable from feet away.
Flavor was slightly milky, but overwhelmed by a sour flavor.
Felt a little watery in the mouth at times, but finished up filling the mouth.
The sour flavor was not at all what I would expect from a RIS. Outside of that, it was pleasantly drinkable, but the flavor knocked it down a bit.

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Photo of fisherbray
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a stemless red wine glass.

A-Lighter-brown head, thick and big with a nice retention. Even at the last sip, a consistent bubble layer remained. The beer was black and relatively opaque.

S-Roasty malts, prunes and other dried fruits. A slight alcohol makes an appearance.

T-Initially chocolate with roasted malts, perhaps with a almond-like nut character. Minimal nuances of dark dried fruits. There's a detectable hop presence, both in flavor and bitterness. The alcohol stands out as a bit too rough. Finshes witha dry, dirty coffee.

M-Low carbonation with a lighter-side-of-full body. A very definite warmth emerges alongside the smooth, satiny feel.

D-This is a good one. Not great, in terms of its competition, but it's also a little bit cheaper than some more-hyped RISes. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A - Black color with a light brown head that dissappeared quickly as the brew was drunk

S - Wasn't impressed with the scent, burnt scents were the most apparent

T - Tasted like roasted coffee with a slight chocolate aftertaste

M - Medium bodied brew with more carbonation than I prefer

D - Other than the higher than normal carbonation, very good brew

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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 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 adkieffer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of gafferjohn
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Theortiz01
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of WJVII
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 1/2 pint bottle this brew has a dark molasses color with a overly thick head that settled from the bottom up. There is no lacing to speak of despite the high ABV. The nose is light and has some hints of chocolate and coffee. A mild nuttiness is present as well. The taste is a little thin for the style. There is noticeable alcohol in the taste. Coffee and roasted malt are in the finish of this brew. Not too impressed with this. I enjoy the style however this brew is not as complex as similar imperials I have tried. Not sure if the "organic" nature takes anything away. For the cost not worth it (at $6.99 a bottle).

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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 spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Alex5
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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