Eel River Brewing Co.
from United States (California)
397th highest rated brewery (of 635)
Highest RatedRaven's Eye Imperial Stout (68 / 100) Average score65 / 100 (Solid)
Lowest RatedCertified Organic Porter (62 / 100) Number Tried2
Raven's Eye Imperial Stout
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 18.11.14 in bottle
Overall:
68 / 100
(Solid)
650mL bomber purchased from Leura cellars. Saved for the end of the night and probably not appreciated fully.

Pours dark brown; beige head looks good. Nice lace. Sticks gorgeously. Looks awesome.

Lots of chocolate caramel, touch of malt, nuts, toffee. Booze too. Yeah the right amount going on here for the style.

Taste is caramel upfront, with chocolate and roasty notes dominating throughout, then boozey on the back. Notes of coffee on the back as well with spice, lots of peppery notes as well. Yeah a bit tangy midway, otherwise lots of earthy roast and spice. Pretty nice, quite sweet, doesn't mesh totally with the spice on the back.

Pretty smooth, but for the hot and boozey sensation on the back.

Pretty sweet and chocolatey, bit boozey but nice stout characters. Not sure if I'm getting much out of this being 'organic', but it certainly hasn't lost anything.
appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.75
Certified Organic Porter
Reviewed by Jez on 11.10.11 in bottle
Overall:
62 / 100
(Decent)
Pours a reddish brown colour, with a very pleasantly thick head of jaundiced beige. Body is very light, and there's not a lot of visible carbonation. In some sense, it looks a little insipid, but the colour and the head are wonderful.

Mild roasted characters on the nose, with a hint of thin seltzer character. Minimal sweetness, although the toasty character evokes characters of bittersweet chocolate and mild roasted coffee. A hint of salt, or sea to it as well, which is a little unfortunate. It's mild overall, but not unpleasant.

Taste is very similar. Thin roasty characters, which give the impression of watered down iced coffee. Minimal sweetness, minimal body, and everything piles on at the start, leaving the back very flat and empty. Feel is particularly weak.

Pleasant enough in its way, albeit a rather bland and insipid way. It's drinkable, and relatively light. There are far better out there though.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 3.5