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 would be bringing you our Imperial Stout, Grandfather Raven. However, this is an older, grander bird that had spent over a year honing itself in a 20 year bourbon barrel. Since then it has been maturing on stainless steel.
This robust black ale is full with rich dark caramel, unsweetened chocolate, with hints of coffee all mellowed with smooth oak and top shelf bourbon notes. Stately indeed, but at 10.5+% ABV, perhaps it is just a vain attempt to encourage the trickster spirit to act respectably.
2012 World Beer Cup
Silver Medal - Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Stout
bvc (1103) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at BR. Deep rich black pour with small khaki head. Molasses, vanilla, cocoa nibs, wet bourbon, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins. Balanced barrel notes going on here. Toasted spice roasted nut, bourbon glazed vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, dried prunes, heavily roasted malt, hints of chocolate and tobacco in the finish.
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