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Black Raven Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout

Black Raven Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.

Malts 2-Row Barley, Crystal, Chocolate, Carafa, Roast
Hops Magnum, Mt Hood, CZ Saaz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (781) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bomber. Pitch black pour topped with a dense layer of creamy cappuccino foam. Sharp notes of bittersweet chocolate, charred malt, espresso and molasses in the aroma. Taste starts with an aggressive dose of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with a bit of toffee, vanilla and licorice in the mix. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and chewy with medium carbonation and more roast malt and chocolate in the finish. Also some resiny hops bitterness in the background. As expected, it meets all the requirements of a high quality Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (241) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle (22oz $8): Black with light brown head. Roasted malts is the big aroma and taste. Unsweetened Chocolate. some bitterness. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
On tap at Seattle Winter Beer Festival 2014, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out loads of roasted malt, dry cocoa powder, and more roast. Flavour is super roasty, with lots of roasted malt upfront, along with dry cocoa powder. Robust and roasty, with a very dry palate. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4968) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft - Dark roast and bittersweet chocolate. Jet black with a rich brown head. Bittersweet chocolate and lots of bitterness. Lots of roast in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (647) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Draft pour at the brewery. Pours a near black with a quick tan head. Roasted coffee bean aroma. This is exactly what I look for in an imperial stout. Big bold chocolate flavor without the richness to it. Immediate coffee presence without overpowering the entire beer. Bold, roasted flavor, and easy to drink. Smooth unsweetened chocolate finish. Wow. Loved this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is pitch black with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big cocoa, coffee, leather, prunes, graham crackers, wood, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is licorice, slightly tangy, cocoa, coffee, prunes, brown sugar, caramel, and leather with a big roasted finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Nice impy stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2419) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Draft in Seattle. Black-brown, big brown foam. Soft coffee, good brown chocolate. Soft, very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3637) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft ’12 version: Poured pitch black with light brown head. Sweet chocolate malt aroma. Taste is rich chocolate and sweet gritty malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1129) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Jeremy. Sampled alongside a few barrel-aged imperial stouts last night, and for this reason (I think) my notes read "stouty appearance." Fair enough, it looked like the others, and poured with minimal head. Aroma: bittersweet chocolate and roast. Some caramel and ash hanging around in there. Taste: a lot less sweet than the other beers of the night -- nice big roasty start; followed by layers of chocolate and caramel; finishes dry, bitter, and big. Maybe some plum/raisin lurking behind all the rest, but didn’t really notice that until it was pointed out by OldMrCrow. Medium/full body, livelier than average carbonation. Overall: Solid imperial stout. Will probably pick up a bottle or two next time it’s released.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle at Prufrock’s place -- thanks J.!

Near-black pour with a coarse tan head. Huge plum-raisin thing going on in the aroma, quite a departure from other, ashier imperial stouts we had open that night. Hints of citrus late; port; cigar. Rawer than the other imperial stouts of the night, hops forward and more resinous, a Stone Ruinition type hop oil coating the tongue after the rest of the flavor profile fades. Relatively aggressive carbonation for the style. This is a decent imperial stout and enjoyable enough but it failed to approach standout of the night.

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