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Black Raven Great Grandfather Raven

Black Raven Great Grandfather Raven
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 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.

AWARD WINNING 2012 World Beer Cup Silver Medal - Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21441) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Draft at AK BW fest 2016. Jet black color, thick tan head. Aroma of light licorice and coffee. Taste is burnt espreso. Light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Draft at Chuck’s CD. Jet black pour, smallish but dense tan head. Nose and flavor hold enormous bourbon heat and vanilla sweetness, cinnamon, plum, anise, mocha, and brandy. Boozy, hot, and somehow completely delicious. Maybe just my mood; it’s overdone on the barrel, but it tastes damn good. Likely would be incredible with 6 months on it. Technically unbalanced so hard to rate well numerically, but this stuff is nuts. Big boy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Draft at sb. Well now, this is just rad. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that lasts a bit. Huge bourbony nose, a little too much apricot and vanilla and sticky, but not way too much. Sticky thick goopy body with sluggish carb. Roasty swert chocolatey malt base under an avalanche of bourbon. Forceful and dimensional, but coherent...just barely. Sweet and heavy. Long roasty chocolatey apricotty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WABeerFiend (389) - - JUN 16, 2015
Poured from draught into a goblet today. A: Milk chocolate, bourbon, woodiness, cocoa, raisin, and dark fruit. A: Tan ring of foam with swirls. Midnight black body with a little red in the glass. T: Milk chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, bourbon, toasted coconut, and maybe a rye spicy finish dominate. Woodiness is subtle. P: On the syrupy side, but not too much like BCBS. Some light bubbles on the end. O: Everything is very well balanced in this one. There must be some rye in this because it does have a spicy zip at the end. It works nicely to balance the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2015
2015 version on tap @ Black Raven, listed as 11.7% here. Pours deep brownish black with very thin dark mocha head. Aroma is charred dark chocolate malt, heavy coffee, soy sauce, licorice, oak, and a bit of bourbon. Taste is similar - big chocolate notes throughout, lots of soy sauce and umami flavors. Super rich, obviously, but lighter mouthfeel than expected. Bourbon is there too, but not dominant like BCBS or Fremont KDS. More neutral oak comes out. Adds some real depth to regular Grandfather Raven, which is hard enough to find - never even seen this around. Definitely worth trying if you come across.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Tap@ gABBF 2015. Black body with tan head.  Dry wood, bourbon, dark chocolate aromas. Medium body.  Wet wood, bourbon, semi sweet chocolate flavors ----good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8402) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Probably the best beer at GABBF 2015. Pours a pure black color with a wispy brown head. A big bourbon and roast nose. Huge dry roast base, licorice, massive bourbon, vanilla, but the beer manages to be roasty and dry with cocoa. Dark fruit. Excellent. Damn awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7025) - Utah, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Tap at GABBF, 2012 version
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts, bourbon and vanilla. Taste of bourbon, woody, vanilla and dark fruit
Wow, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Draft at GABBF: Poured a super dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is nice bourbon with some wood, vanilla, and carmel. Taste was nice boozy vanilla, bourbon, light hints of chocolate and malts. Somehow I didn’t add my rating from last year, but another year on this has really made it something special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (2872) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Stumbled upon this gem by complete accident. Listed as 12+%. 2012 vintage. Pours a jet black color with a tan foam head. Cocoa aroma, with a small amount of raisin, plum and booziness. Smooth drink with no overpowering flavor at all. Dark fruit hinted flavor with a mild cocoa flavor. So we’ll balanced. Quick sweet finish. Fantastic beer.

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