If you’re reading this on Tuesday night, we wish to thank you for your willingness to avoid the evening crowds. But as long as you are not reading this on Thursday December 20th, you should be safe.
“What the hell are you talking about?” Black Raven is what we are talking about.
Yep, those creative, non-conformist, brewers, are at it again. This time they are releasing a limited… and we mean limited, edition Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Placed in a one year time out, while resting in a spent Bourbon barrel, Old Grandfather Imperial Stout is ready for it’s introduction.
In the creator role, and in the Raven's role as the totem and ancestor, the Raven is often addressed as Grandfather Raven. With this stately sense of pomp and tradition we would be bringing you our Imperial Stout, Grandfather Raven. However, this is an older, grander bird that had spent over a year honing itself in a 20 year bourbon barrel. Since then it has been maturing on stainless steel.
This robust black ale is full with rich dark caramel, unsweetened chocolate, with hints of coffee all mellowed with smooth oak and top shelf bourbon notes. Stately indeed, but at 10.5+% ABV, perhaps it is just a vain attempt to encourage the trickster spirit to act respectably.
There weren’t any misprints in that quote. It’s 10.5+% ABV and is SUPER limited. In fact the brewery reminds those that order a glass to let it warm up, because you are only getting one. If you don’t believe us then you only have to visit the brewery and attempt to consume three Wisdom Seekers.
Thursday December 20th, 2012 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Old Grandfather Raven Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout released
14679 Northeast 95th Street Redmond, WA 98052
Ravens have long been held in high esteem by brewers, particularly in the British Isles. A famous London brewery once had a tame “mascot” raven named “Joey” that was thought to bring the brewery good luck. Many years ago while home brewing, our brewer/owner came across an old photo in an online stock photo database entitled “Brewer with tame raven”. That photo was the inspiration for continuing the mystical brewery–raven connection, hence the Black Raven Brewing Company. This photo is now used on the home page of the Black Raven Brewing Company website.
Ravens are common birds in the North Cascade mountain range of western Washington. Black Raven Brewing Company is located in the foothills of the North Cascade mountain range. It is important for us to be a local brewery that puts focus on sourcing Washington grown and produced ingredients. As such, we felt that our brewery name and image should be tied to our state. [more] –source, Black Raven Brewing Co.