Grandfather Raven | Black Raven Brewing Co.

Grandfather RavenGrandfather Raven
BA SCORE
4.28/5
138 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 12-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,410
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of jvillefan
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: A very dark brown almost black body with a chocolate brown head with disappears very quickly.

S: Not good. It smells of stale malts and sweaty leather. There is some chocolate but that is about it.

T: There is a rich chocolate flavor with some bitterness.

M: Great body that is silky smooth. There is great carbonation present.

O: Good not great stout. If you see it laying around it might be worth picking up.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from FalconA. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

A: Thick, oily black with a foaming mocha head. Suprising lack of legs.

N: Roasted coffee, licorice, cocoa, and hints of molasses. Fudge, some moss, caramel, vanilla, and some cinnamon.

T: Very roasty with a heart of bitterness and a roundness of malt sweetness. Very similar to a mocha with licorice flavors. However, the bitterness has bite, and this can get somewhat harsh.

M: Thick and robust. Alcohol is very pronounced.

O: Nice beer, but the overwhelming bitterness is a big detractor for me. A little bit of aeration seems to help, but I'd place this in the middle tier of RISes.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of DamienI
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 brandonwnw
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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 snaotheus
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016-01-01
22oz bottle served in a tulip. Date on the neck says 11/20/15.

Pours black with a little flare up of brown head that fades moderately quickly into a ring. Little carbonation. Aroma is shockingly mild. If I work at it, I can detect a little roasty/smoke, and a little coffee.

Taste is strong coffee and black licorice bitterness. It has an interesting fruity characteristic that I can't pinpoint, but isn't typical to dark beers like this. Super hoppy.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky, and a little too still. Overall, nice beer.

2017-01-12
Date on the bottle is 10/20/16.

More head than I described last year. Strong aroma of roast and coffee and chocolate, and not much smoke. So, smells quite different than last year.

Taste is similar to last, less fruity than previously described.

Mouthfeel is better than last year -- just the right carbonation level. Basically, I think they fixed every significant weak point I perceived last year. I'm updating the review based on this (I don't usually update the actual numbers).

Old: 4 / 3.25 / 4 / 3.5 / 3.75

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Photo of cherche
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Cloaked_Phantom
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of bifrost17
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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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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