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Black Raven Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
In the creator role, and in the Ravenís 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8010) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12969) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark brown with dark tan head. Aroma is very chocolate with some smooth dark malt. Near full bodied. Flavor is earthy chocolate and dark malt. Heat is not really there. Good stuff. Finishes decently hoppy and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6256) - Utah, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Growler thanks to beastiefan2k, RBSG hotel party
Black with a small tan head, no lacing. Aroma of dark malts and coffee. Taste of dark malts, chocolate and coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2015
So, I filled up a 750mL growler from Town Hall with this beer at Chuckís Central District on Wednesday to take to RBSG PDX 2015 on Thursday. The day of the grand tasting this did not get a chance to be opened b/c THERE WAS SOOO MUCH BETTER BEER. At the Grand Tasting after-party on the patio at Eastside Lodge, which was comprised of me, hayduke, strykezone, sledutah, ferris, mcberko, djd07, Prufrock, and a flying half eaten donut, this finally got cracked, oh some time near midnight. Of the 25oz, maybe 5 got poured out. I then placed this back int he growler and eventually went back to the airbnb room. Next morning, I wake up and check the cooler, well this beer dripped out a few ounces. Eventually, I went to a vegetarian breakfast with Pruf and berko. Eventually made it back to Seattle, despite the damn traffic around Olympia and Tacoma. Around 9pm I started cleaning out the cooler again. I realized I forgot to open a growler and the other growlers were mostly full. Well, despite the beer debauchery I thought beer shouldnít be wasted. So, I poured the rest of this beer and texted my RBSG buddy, Pruf. He asked what I think of the beer. I replied with the following: "Not bad. no aspects I usually dislike in an impy stout. Maybe Iíll make that my rating."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Growler thanks to Eugene. Pours black with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is cracker malt, roast, chocolate. Medium mouth, rich, roast, dark chocolate, wood, light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3608) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
12 oz bottle, 2012 release. Dark brown with tan foam. Nose is chocolate, caramel and molasses. Smooth medium to full body with a roasty tang. Taste is dark chocolate, a touch of espresso and prune. Simple but packed with rich, chocolatey goodness. This has aged beautifully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle at Jamesí for the 9k and sour tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Big roast and cocoa, chocolate. Medium bodied, roast, cocoa, chocolate. Long cocoa and roast into the finish. Lingering roast and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WABeerFiend (351) - - JAN 22, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a goblet on 01.04.15. A: Milk chocolate, cocoa, and slight tobacco. A: 3 finger fluffy brown head that is retained. Midnight black body with some red at the bottom of the glass. T: Milk chocolate and cocoa dominate. Slight woodiness, tobacco, and slight dark fruit are subtle. P: Creamy smooth. The mouthfeel is not quite medium chewy, but just right. O: Itís a cocoa bomb. It has a great fluffy, mousse-like mouthfeel. Other than cocoa, the flavors are pretty subtle, but detectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours black with moderate tan head. Aromas of roasted barley/malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavors of dark chocolate powder, licorice, burnt coffee, and lots of dark roasty malts. Hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1031) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2015
22 oz bomber, served in a tulip. Pours dark brownish black with a thick dark mocha head that lingers well. Aroma is deep roasty chocolate malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of oak on the back. Taste is unbelivabably smooth dark chocolate malt, thick creamy mouthfeel, lightly crisp chocolatey finish. Tons of malt, drinks rich. Iíve probably said this too often, but this beer is just begging to be aged in bourbon barrels.

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