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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Beer: Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout from Eel River

Ever rub an orange rind on the rim of your espresso?

While not nearly as bitter, the flavor experience here is close. There’s an almost citrus aspect to the dark roast coffee flavors in Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout. Like candied oranges and dried fruit. The layer of lacey foam that swirls on top adds to the freshly brewed similarities. The mouthfeel is more like a chilled mocha; creamy and surprisingly full. Coating your tongue with bright highlights of cocoa, molasses, and coffee. I could easily wake up to this. Then again, at 9.5% ABV I couldn’t easily go to sleep with it, too.

This was my first from CA’s Eel River Brewing, America’s first Certified Organic brewery. Now looking forward to trying more of their brews.

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