Grandfather Raven | Black Raven Brewing Co.

Grandfather RavenGrandfather Raven
BA SCORE
4.28/5
138 Ratings
Grandfather RavenGrandfather Raven
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
blackravenbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 12-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,409
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
138
pDev:
7.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
20
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of GregSemenza
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Matte black with a thick tan fuzz fading to a thick collar.

Smell is salty, charred umami roast with chocolate and hints of banana.

Taste is heavy roast, a little hot, with cocoa, and woody, piney hops.

Very dry, but full bodied.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rogerlb
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For the record, I have the 11/08/16 brewed version and it's got a beautiful label, better than the one pictured. It has an engraving-style font and raven on the front, very "old school" and ornate. Great first impression.

Pours nearly black. Head is small and goes away quite nigh. Lacing is to be expected, with alcohol laces for a listed 9.5%.

Aroma is malt, chocolate, coffee. A hint of hops. Not very overpowering, aroma-wise. Taste is malts, chocolate, and caramel creamy toffee. Peanut brittle? Bitter comes in, like coffee-shop coffee and fake creamer.

Chewy and fudgey, a bit of burnt walnut shell and cherries dropped in the tobacco in there. Definitely Russian.

A sickly sweetness lingers in the aftertaste giving me the only false note. Otherwise a bit heavy, sturdy, fine balanced RIS.

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Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle - 22 ounce to snifter
black, dark brown foam that slowly dissipates
fragrant, nice aroma, roasted nuts
low bitterness, some sweetness
creamy
very good-excellent, one of the better stouts
drank: February 9, 2017 10:42 PM

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraftFan5
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nhirsch04
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zanico
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Briken
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11/20/15 bottle date. Pours a dark chocolate color with two fingers of mocha head that leaves solid lacing.

Rich, chocolatey aroma with almost bourbon-like caramel, some light coffee and a slight whiff of alcohol.

Way more coffee than I expected in the taste, especially since I opened this one almost a year after bottling. It's very heavy, with almost an espresso quality to it, with some ashy tobacco and slight cherry notes. There's some rich brownie chocolate in there, too, but much less caramel than the nose, and a pretty bitter aftertaste.

Full mouthfeel that's cut by heavy carbonation. Very solid beer. Can't imagine how strong it would be fresh.

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Photo of drone
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slack
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color with minimal brown tinted head and nice lacing as it drinks down.

Nose is chocolate, roasted coffee, and minor smoke and sweetness.

Taste is sweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, bitters, minor booze and roasted malt.

Mouthful medium to heavy and smooth. Carbonation is medium. Finish is semi dry.

This is a spot on RIS. A lot of roasted notes, chocolate, bitters, smooth, drinkable, and drinkable. If you like RIS' give this one a try.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dheldman
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 138 ratings
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