Grandfather Raven
Black Raven Brewing Co.

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From:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #158
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,446
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 8.25%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
133
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 21, 2022
Added:
Dec 11, 2010
Wants:
  53
Gots:
  25
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: 2016 NABA - Silver Medal (Category: Imperial Stout)
2016 WABA - Bronze Medal (Category: Imperial Stout)
2013 WABA - Gold Medal (Category: Imperial Stout)

In the creator role, and in the Raven's role as the totem and ancestor, the Raven is often addressed as Grandfather Raven. With this stately sense of pomp and tradition we bring you our Imperial Stout. This robust black ale is full with rich dark caramel, unsweetened chocolate, and hints of coffee aromas and flavors. Stately indeed, but at 9.5% ABV, perhaps it is just a vain attempt to encourage the trickster spirit to act respectably. Released annually in the winter.

Alcohol
9.5% ABV

Bitterness
75 IBU

Malts
2-Row Barley, Crystal, Chocolate, Carafa, Roast

Hops
Magnum, Mt Hood, CZ Saaz
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Sent to me from @colts9016 via BIF 15

A perfect pouring beer, poured slow and shows just a hint of viscosity. Beautiful slowly forming but dense and thick head with some beautiful lacing. A looker if a beer.

Nose is licorice, wood, some smokiness, rich rich chocolate and some watered down coffee.

The taste is a rich combo of chocolate with licorice and some noticeable hops.

Big body, drinks very smooth due to a lower creamy carbonation; it has just the perfect touch of thickness to it. Bitter roasty hoppy finish. There is really not hint of 9.5%, you know it’s a big beer but there is no warning sign.
May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can received in Bif14 by @snaotheus

Saved this for the birth of my third grandson , Hardison Michael WunderLlama who joined the party this Tuesday . A black raven is a heraldic emblem of my Scottish surname . It’s only appropriate that I open a can of Grandfather Raven by Black Raven Brewing

Brewers Notes: 2016 NABA - Silver Medal (Category: Imperial Stout)
2016 WABA - Bronze Medal (Category: Imperial Stout)
2013 WABA - Gold Medal (Category: Imperial Stout)

In the creator role, and in the Raven's role as the totem and ancestor, the Raven is often addressed as Grandfather Raven. With this stately sense of pomp and tradition we bring you our Imperial Stout. This robust black ale is full with rich dark caramel, unsweetened chocolate, and hints of coffee aromas and flavors. Stately indeed, but at 9.5% ABV, perhaps it is just a vain attempt to encourage the trickster spirit to act respectably. Released annually in the winter.

Alcohol
9.5% ABV

Bitterness
75 IBU

Malts
2-Row Barley, Crystal, Chocolate, Carafa, Roast

Hops
Magnum, Mt Hood, CZ Saaz

Pitch black liquid crowned by a two finger brown foam cap . Recedes and leaves spotty lacings .

Aroma is roast malts , whiff of chocolate

Taste is roast malts, char, hint of chocolate

Sudsy , char taste lingers

Good stout beer

Hardi is a good stout fellow
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours pitch black, with a wonderful four finger head of nicely sculpted foam. Aroma is subdued, but coffee is noted, along with dark roast. Taste is not complex, but coffee, chocolate and roasted malts are present. The profiles all fade quickly, though smooth at all times. No bitterness or bite noted. A simple but well done brew.
Feb 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pitch black body capped with a light cocoa hued head, thick and semi-creamy in texture. Strong dark roasted grain infused with dark chocolate sweetness and a faint sense of dark roast coffee. The taste follows along the line of the aroma; soothing sweetness; a bit charred grain bitterness. Heavy body; soft and smooth on the palate; dull sweetness offset with minimal alcohol heat.

Rich and flavorful, complex and balanced.

Pouring temperature: 53 °F; canning data: pretty blurry, something 11/??/??
Jan 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by Scotchboy from Idaho

Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can from Hops & Bottles. Black pour, thick brown head settled out to a small creamy cap. Rich roasty malt aroma, notes of chocolate. Taste is bittersweet, roasty, dark chocolate, coffee. Nothing fancy here, a simple stout done very well.
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours black with a nice tan head.

Tastes of heavy dark roasted malt and bitter espresso with bakers chocolate. Has a lingering bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.
Apr 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
draught
Head looks like cappuccino froth and is light brown with a bit of rockiness. There is no light getting through the blackness of this brew. Heavily roasted barley & a note of French roast coffee in the aroma. Flavors of the dark roasted barley with a hint of French/Italian roast coffee with a firm but not sharp bite that trails off with the heavily roasted barley flavor with a bit of charred wood at the very end. Medium heavy sharp mouthfeel.
Apr 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Cashbail from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2019 Vintage. Poured a few ounces into a snifter. Inky black body. Boozy nose. First sip is very smooth chocolate with roast in the background. A slight bitterness/alcohol bite at the end. Delicious smooth sipper.
Mar 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thick black body, topped by a sizeable dark brown head. Excellent production, retention, and lacing.

Big, smooth, roasty nose. Not overly bitter or roasty for an RIS, more featuring tones of chocolate, molasses, licorice, and char.

More bitter roast on the palate, especially on the finish, but it's overall fairly balanced and smooth, with a mild, dark fruit sweetness. Plenty of toast and caramel; bitter chocolate; espresso tones.

Smooth and thick; nearly chewy; a nice boozy heat, but not challenging to the palate. It's a beer that embraces the high ABV.
Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 11/19/19

Pours an inky brownish black body capped with 1.5 fingers of nearly creamy dark hazelnut froth; good head retention fades slowly to a thin but creamy cap, hefty collar, and a comprehensive walling of moderate lacing.

Aromas of earthy caramel and milky dark chocolate open subtly and with quiet contrast as fluffy raw vanilla bean melds with charred barley further along the bouquet; wisps of underlying smoke, coffee grounds, and dark berries course delicately in the background and deepen into the close.

Taste shows a balance of milky chocolate and slight caramel transitioning tones of dark berries navigating through a bitter coffee char accented with a familiar, almost nondescript smoke.

Mouthfeel brings a silky medium body enhanced with a moderate, soft carbonation; a hyper-slick mid-palate guides easily into a building yet minor alcohol presence steadfastly integrated into a roasty malt bitterness which highlights a manageable edge on the swallow.

This is an incredibly steady Russian imperial stout, remaining balanced in its pronounced bitterness and soft sweetness throughout. A remarkable consistency in every facet across the palate, this one is, while hearty, an easy pleasure to drink.
Mar 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle

Pours opaque black, tan lacing for a head.

Aroma of toast, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and hazelnut.

Flavor is of smoke, toast, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee bean, and walnut.

Full body, stinging carbonation. Warms a bit going down.

Pretty great stout. The flavor is very roasty and ends with some nutty bitterness. Slow drinking, very enjoyable.
Dec 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by Blcookies from Nevada

Nov 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by mmilyko from Nevada

Nov 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by smithj4 from New York

Nov 17, 2019
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating that I could find. Tavour shipment.

Pours like motor oil, black as black, with a nice persistent tan head lasting throughout leaving layers rather than lacing. Excellent look.

Roasty aroma with some sweet molasses mixed in.

Upon tasting, the roasty element dominates, but it's just strong, not harsh or burnt. Coffee notes, but no chocolate. Molasses flavor mingles, cutting the roast just a little.

Mouth medium, a little thinner than I hoped, finish roasty.

Overall, a big bold imperial stout, nice drink to go with a pile of ham and eggs.
Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 2.63 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by MjBrewhouse from Idaho

Jan 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.11 by davidsonte2 from Washington

Dec 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.38 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Nov 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by kell50 from North Carolina

Sep 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by johnny_chimpo from Washington

Sep 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by vande from Illinois

Feb 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.82 by Ryften from Pennsylvania

Jan 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
$ 11.56 (Including shipping)/capped bomber ($ 0.526/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Bottled 10/6/17 marked on the label, stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense with surface rocks, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring fed by slight effervescence and a thick, complete layer with rocks. Head retraction leaves columns of lacing.
Lacing – Excellent! Overlapping wide complete bands of tiny to small bubbles – thick enough to have a true three-dimensional appearance.
Pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 3 - Chocolate and some coffee.
Flavor – 3.5 - Roasted, slightly burnt coffee predominates with some roasted malt in the background. Ends moderately bitter with an annoyingly long hang time. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.5 - The aroma and the palate are the minimum that would be expected from any non-BA Russian Imperial stout. The flavor is definitely at the bitter end, so much so that the bitter burnt coffee is what I’ll remember about this brew, long after the excellent appearance is long forgotten.
Jan 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.01 by Grackos from Florida

Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.66 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jan 06, 2018
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
6-1
Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by JamieCoxx from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
You can definitely taste the chocolate. It is the most dominant taste. A nice smooth taste. Be careful with this one. That 9.5 abv might bite you in the ass.
Dec 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by Gkruszewski from New York

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Nov 20, 2017
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Rated by JonSchwartz from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the brewery tap room. Exxxxcellllent!
Nov 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by Noles9585 from Washington

Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Oct 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.64 by Eziel from Ohio

Sep 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by nmann08 from Virginia

Aug 27, 2017
Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 175 ratings