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Black Raven Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout

Black Raven Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle at James’ 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 (294) - - 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: It’s 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 (2213) - 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 (900) - 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. I’ve probably said this too often, but this beer is just begging to be aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10268) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of black licorice, roast chocolate and coffee. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4414) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, coffee, marshmallow flavors. Roasted and sweet aromas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (1191) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle shared. Dark brown. Aroma is medicinal, molasses, chocolate, prune, coffee. Taste is sweet and very bitter. Sticky and chewy. Gritty. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (4081) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate brown head on there. Nose is very roasty with some slight chocolate elements coming through. Taste is slightly bitter, smooth as hell, and almost chewy from the chocolate. Really a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (799) - 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 15/20
jsnicholas (325) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Bottle (22oz $8): Black with light brown head. Roasted malts is the big aroma and taste. Unsweetened Chocolate. some bitterness. Nice. Update: (4/10/2015) A little too more coffee taste. (was 3.8 now 3.7)

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