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Grandfather Raven | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 12-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,396
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
141
pDev:
7.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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21
Trade:
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by TheEarl:
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a snifter at Brouwer’s “Back in Black” Stout Festival on May 11, 2012. I believe it was poured from a keg of the 2011 vintage Brouwer’s had been saving for the event.

Appearance: Very dark brown or black with a dark tan head and lots of lacing.

Smell: The initial aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and grain but, as the beer opens up, I get a bit more complexity and earthiness. There is not as much booziness as I’d expected.

Taste: The taste is less saccharine than the style tends to be. There is certainly a ton of dark chocolate and coffee in the taste and the roasted malt flavors manage to be very rich without the burnt taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is as thick as you’d expect but it is so smooth that it doesn’t feel like you’re drinking mud and the stickiness adds a pleasant complexity.

Overall: Grandfather Raven is great. It is a nearly perfect example of the style at its best and, of the group I was with at Brouwer’s, many of whom were sampling Parabola, Abyss, Yeti, and other more famous stouts, it was easily the crowd favorite.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a lattice of lacing is left behind.

4.25 S: Bold, yet delicate. Supple roastiness which is balanced by layers of caramel, milk chocolate, molasses, and coffee notes. Licorice and a touch of smoke underneath.

4.0 T: Very tasty as well. Plenty of roast, which leaves a soft bitter aftertaste. Caramel, chocolate, molasses, and coffee all with some potency. Vanilla, licorice, and smokiness underneath.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy with a mild burnt finish.

4.0 D: Very good RIS. Lots of flavor and subtlety without anything offputting.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Kevin - thanks for splitting this one with us. It pours an extremely deep brown color, might as well call it black. The light tan cap is somewhat slow to build up and only sits at a quarter inch for about thirty seconds before mellowing out into a trace of the beer's circumference against the glass. No lacing and minimal legging when the glass is tilted or swirled.

Pretty hearty is the aroma on this one, chock-full of mild cocoa and a decent amount of roasted malt. It doesn't smell like any external coffee was added, but the malts are roasted and dark enough to give off a slight "coffee bean"-esque aroma at times. Roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee are pretty standard aromas in imperial stouts, so I'm not surprised to see them here. But there's nothing about this aroma that's jumping out at me or discerning itself amongst other RIS's, so I'm a bit disappointed to say the least.

After the first sip, it becomes evident that the roasted malts will pretty much lead the way through the flavor profile. Soft bouts of roast, light char, and some dark chocolate rummage through and hit all corners of the palate. There's a very faint, yet still very apparent dark fruit sweetness in the background, hinting at figs or dates that have been soaked in a reasonable amount of booze. This beer isn't what I'd call extremely boozy, but it's warming, and simply calling it a "slow-sipper" might even be a slight understatement.

Unfortunately there seems to be a slight oxidation that has taken over some of the beer. I'm not exactly sure how old this bottle is/was, but a small, wet cardboard flavor haunts the final moments of the sip and sits on my tongue a bit after the beer is gone. Aside from that, the finish includes a bit of cocoa dust and some dying char and roast. Bitterness is medium for the style, and ever bit of it seems to come from the roast rather than any hops. Medium-thick bodied and mildly creamy with pretty low carbonation.

Pretty good RIS, but based on the reviews/scores that were currently listed for this brew, I was expecting utter greatness. Goes to show you that you can't always trust everyone else's palate to speak for yours. Still a nice beer to sit back and sip, but I think it's just a bit overrated, mainly because it doesn't really stand out over other RIS's for me.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of sourdog
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of kevwcamp
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Had on tap at Black Raven.

A: Pours a dark black with a one finger tan head on top. Great head retention, slowly reducing to a cap on top. Some sticky laving down the sides.

T: Lots of deep roasted malt mixed with chocolate, both milk and some dark. There is a bit of a mocha aroma/coffee, but subtle. Really inviting.

T: Very similar to the aroma, lots of chocolate and roast with some faint coffee/espresso. Really nice, one of the better imperial stouts I have had, without any barrel aging.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O: Really nice RIS, easy drinking for a big beer that has a great flavor profile.

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Photo of punkhim
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

Photo of dirtylou
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Served in oversized snifter - really decadent looking beer - a beautiful contrast of a rich ebony body and a huge creamy mocha head with sticky webbed lacing. Dry roasty nice - lots of rich chocolate, dry cocoa in the finish, licorice, espresso. One of the better non-barrel aged stouts i've had in a while. Gorgeous with a wonderful creamy feel.

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Photo of jmccraney
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zonker17
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 release from 12oz. bottle poured to snifter. Consumed 4/18/16. Extremely dark brown in color with a thin beige film and ring around the edges. A small amount of lacing. Nose muted, not picking up much there. Taste of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Not getting the caramel others mention. Heavy-medium body and adequate carbonation.

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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 ford0626
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ajlvt
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Grandfather Raven from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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