Black Raven Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In the creator role, and in the Ravens 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

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11477) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2017
Near black pour with khaki head. Big chewy body, surprisingly so at less than 10%. Bitter chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and caramel on the nose. Caramel is more prominent in the flavor, more like a porter that way. Chocoalte, char, light licorice. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donandres (515) - Bayombong, PHILIPPINES - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle - 22 ounce to snifter black, dark brown foam that slowly dissipates fragrant, nice aroma, roasted nuts low bitterness, some sweetness creamy very good-excellent, one of the better stouts drank: February 9, 2017 10:42 PM

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebastokrator (106) - - JAN 23, 2017
Pours deep black with a fair bit of creamy brown foam. Nose is roasted dark malt, coffee, and a hint caramel. Taste is a lot of malt, some chocolate, and roasted coffee. Less caramel is the taste than in the nose. Somewhat bitter. Maybe some ash too. Full bodied, heavily carbonated. Fine but nothing special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4363) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Dark beer with a foamy beige head. Big rich chocolaty nose. Lots of chocolate, burnt sugar, molasses, dark fruit, some sweetened coffee and a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Nice big impy stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14196) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with very good lacing. Aroma was a medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex toasted sweet malt flavor and a Medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9936) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2016
22 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, mild caramel, smooth, very dry, tasty, the bitterness is more of a dark chocolate bitterness, good body and mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1811) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Pours deep brown with a light tan head. Head fades to a lasting ring. Some caramel sweetness in the aroma and toasted malt notes. Flavor is burnt wood dipped in cocoa. Nice mild finish though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (3136) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (20221) - 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).

3.6
   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.


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