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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Black Raven is a black IPA, aka Cascadian Dark Ale. Roasted malts give this beer its dark color & rich flavor. But make no mistake, this is still an IPA, with a massive amount of hops selected to balance the roasted malt character & add bitterness & flavor. Available on draft and for a limited time only.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
On tap at Macís Speed Shop. Pours very dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of pine, some citrus, some roast, and caramel. Flavors of piney hops, bit of citrus, some earthy notes along with some caramel. Nicely balanced black IPA.

3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2011
Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of citrus, light roasted malt, cocoa, and resinous hops. Taste is roasted dark malt-cocoa, then the resinous/pine hops with some bite come through and predominately stays, this is more IPA than anything, but the Malt does a nice job balancing out. Not at the top of my list for Black IPAís, but still pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (2907) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bomber from Brawleyís. It seems that Olde Hickory has been getting their act together on the new brews Iíve tried from them. This Black Raven smells absolutely great. Good solid grapefruity nose with conifer and a fairly roasty, soy sauce malt thing going on here. I had my hopes high after giving it a whiff, but the flavor is not quite as solid. Donít get me wrong, itís tasty, but the malt character falls a little short of some other black IPAís I prefer. There is good PNW hop character, but doesnít completely explode. There is a fair amount of roastiness, but it comes across like instant coffee and the body isnít quite as full as Iíd like for the style. The finish is quick. Having griped and nit-picked enough, I must state my pleasure in drinking this one. Itís very good, just a little rough around the edges .

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
Aroma:Mostly malty, although a little grapefruit and roasted malts. Appearance:Beer is black with very little head and low apparent carbonation. Taste:Piney hops provide a decent amount of bitterness. The mid to aftertaste has more roasted notes. The aftertaste is a little roasty and a little bitter. Palate:Light to medium body. A little creamy. Overall:This beer is enjoyable enough, but thereís nothing to really make it stand out from other black IPAs.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3215) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle opened on the bus ride to the Hunahpu release. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Citrusy hop aroma with some roasted malts. Roasty flavor with some pine and citrus hops. Medium body with average carbonation. A nice black ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bomber from TJís, Carrboro. This is one of those black IPAs that help you understand why the style is divisive. Me, I like it. Pours nicely frothy, with a thick tan head atop an inky dark brown body (nice mouthfeel, prickly and smooth). Nose of almost exclusively floral hops promises dank deliciousness. But the sharp roasted malts emerge strongly in the taste. For some reason I enjoyed the relative disjointedness of the beer, nose and taste going in such opposite directions, but I can see how others would appraise differently. Oops, almost forgot: Cascadian Dark Ale. Brootal!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Dark brown-black. Really nice resiny citrus hop aromatics, light roastiness in the malts but otherwise they donít do much.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Wow, 10th rating for this beer? I figured it was more common than this. 22 oz. bottle. Got it in a trade with emacgee- thanks, Ethan! Pours a cloudy brown color in the middle with clear copper edges and a finger-thick, frothy beige head. Aroma of earthy, citrusy hops, toast, roasted malts, smoked wood, and dank leaves. Flavor of earthy, floral hops, toast, roasted malts, pine, and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, bitter mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Very nice black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Draft at ODB & bottle from from peabodies. Dark Pour with a thick cascading chestnut colored head and spotty lace. Aroma is mostly bakers chocolate with big piney/citric undertones. Very Nice. Unfortunately this like most other black ipas falls into the astringent category rather than bitter. I wonder if they used husked carafa in some capacity of the malt bill. With that being said I enjoyed this a little better on draft then in the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3470) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Nose is caramel, coffee, orange marmalade and mint. Wonderfully crisp medium light with some resin. Taste is grapefruit peel and mocha; sweeter notes of Mandarin orange. Ends earthy with coffee bean.


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