Eel River Organic Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout
To be quite frank, I’m really not a fan of organic beers. Unlike some foods, I’ve never found an Organic beer to better than a “Traditional” beer and quite often I have found them to be sub par. Then again I’ve never seen an USDA Certified Organic Imperial Stout.
Give this beer a good hard pour to unleash this beer. With a nice large head to open up the aroma was a nice start this beer
This stout was ink black with a creamy amber head. As the head dissipated it left a solid ring around the glass, not lacing, but a solid ring that was 3/4 inch thick… pretty cool.
Traditional coffee and chocolate notes dominated this Stout. Hits of hops and a touch of malty sweetness were present
Nice coffee bitterness with a thick chewy chocolate finish. Beer was very smooth, felt the hops were nicely balanced with the malt.
The 9.5% alcohol is barely noticeable; it goes down nice and easy. i wish i had chilled the second bottle of this stout. Not sure If I would consider this and Imperial Stout, I would expect more hops in an Imperial stout. I’ve had 100+IBU Imperial Stouts (Boaks Monster Mash) which are truly an Imperial Stout and I don’t think this was one of them, but with that said this was a very good beer.
Tasting Method: 22oz bottle
My Rating: 8.9