Sunday, November 1, 2009

Review: Raven's Eye Imperial Stout

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My first beer from Eel River, an organic brewery out of Fortuna, California.  The beer goes for $5.99 a bottle at Marcello's on Perkins... let's see how this goes.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass... beautiful chocolate body with a creamy beige head... even overflowed a little as you can see. Hopefully the beer gods will forgive me for that!

The smell is a little muted, the malt and chocolate is there like you'd expect just not as strong as I'd like to smell. A little bit of raisin in there as well. 

Not so muted on the palate. Chocolaty malt is what you get, followed by a tinge of bitter hops on the back of the tongue. I like it.

Feels great going down, the 9.5% abv is very well balanced with the flavors. 

In my opinion, a very well done imperial stout.

Taste: A-
Value: B

Three random college football thoughts... Iowa has to eventually run out of luck, right?  I was thrilled to see USC go down, if LSU does manage to win out that's one less team that they need to worry about jumping over.  It sucks that LSU got Florida after their bye week and now Alabama after their bye week... bad timing there.

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