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Black Raven Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Pours solid black with a tall dark head. Strong bitter coffee aroma, dry roasted malt, earthy, chocolate and molasses. Medium body. Flavor follows the aroma path with intensely bitter roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, some light burnt malt. Finish is dry as a bone and rather bitter. The booze is hidden well, just a slight warming in the finish. A nice Impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle from Elizabeth Station, Bellingham, WA
Black color, with medium sized head. Strong character from the roasted malts, it also has some salt dark chocolate flavor; the sweetness is very light, and it has traces of coffee, and a hint of liquorice in the final.
Solid brew (I prefer sweeter and less roasty though).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Pour black with a mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, sweetness (lactose?), coffee, slight vanilla, and roasted malt. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, toffee/caramel, char, high bitterness (verging on unpleasant the way it lingers). Full body, very smooth carb. Feels big and rich. Solid imp stout but a little too intense bitterness and not as complex as some of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1952) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2016
22 oz bottle obtained through Tavour. Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout is a Inky black brown opaque brew with a fine head of chocolate tiny bubbles. Nose is Dark chocolate, caramel and black coffee. Taste is initially quite dry but a good amount of dark chocolate and black coffee bitters. Body is a bit thinner than anticipated. A very decent imperial stout. Awesome label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Draught at GABBF. Pours opaque black with a medium, tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, prunes, earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is roast and chocolate malt, days, figs, prunes, vanilla, light smoke, light earthy and woody hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
furthur (903) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 23, 2016
GABBF, black beer, decent head. Aroma cookies, toast, coffee, vanilla, toasted barley.. Taste cookies, vanilla, coffee. Palate nice and smooth, carbonation moderate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (625) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Draft pour at brewery, black pour thin head, roasted aroma, chocolate and coffee taste, kindof bitter taste, but not in a bad way if that makes sense. Great beer, definitely like great grandfather more but that’s just me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (434) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Pours a deep chocolate base with a cocoa head of about one finger. Deep dark roasts. Dak chocolate and dark coffee flavor throughout. A bit of milk like attributes. Every delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 5, 2015
bomber. Great nose of chocolate cookies, graham crackers. Black with a pretty tan head. Sweet and creamy, roasty, very bitter. The finish is a bit harsh, body a bit light, but otherwise nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9139) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours near black with a small but attractive head and a strong chocolate aroma. There is a full-bodied chocolate flavor with more hoppy bitterness than one would expect from a stout. Also a bit of coffee. Very tasty.

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