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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerguy101 on 08-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
326
Reviews:
191
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
32
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mighty_Miguelito
4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with small head. The aroma hints of hops, but the taste is dark and malty. Great feel in the mouth, complex changing aftertaste and lovely warming to more malt rather than hop. Solid stout, should be rated higher in my estimation.

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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 Wasted_Youth
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

It's strange at first, very malty taste. But it's very tasty and seems to taste better as it warms.

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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 Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Nice light molasses taste and good mouthfeel. Smoother as it warmed. Good not great

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trackedout
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nick29
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, rich and bold flavoring

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured to tulip

Pours opaque black with a finger of brown head, settles to a ring of lace,

Fairly faint aroma, a bit of molasses and malt

Flavor has a nice hit of molasses and anise, some roasty malt, dark fruit (prune?) and surprising amount of hoppiness lingering on the tongue (OK, bottle says 52 IBUs, so that shouldn't be a surprise). A bit boozy, and some grassy flavor as it warms..

Mouthfeel is significant, but seems lighter than some in the style

Pretty rare I give an overall rating better than the component ratings, but there ya go... this beer makes a better impression on me than the sum of its parts. A refreshingly different take on one of my fave styles, which reminds me more of some of my own forays brewing the style than any commercial examples. I'd love to try a barrel aged version of this!

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Photo of Birmz
2.67/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just an okay stout, nothing to go crazy about

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Photo of Brolo75
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aurorabeerealis
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Alpha309
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Two40addict
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of mcloud2
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bcm75
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Photo of kmoen
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atpca
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Raven's Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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