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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jcro32 (19) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2012
22 Ounce bottle poured into Stone 15th anniversary glass. A: Black with dark brown edges when held to light. 1 and a half finger tan head of very fine bubbles, good retention. N: Roasted chocolate malt mixing with earthy/piney hops. Very inviting. T: Similar to the nose but with a surprising entrance of peanut butter. Semi sweet chocolate, pine hops, and coffee grounds in the middle with medium hop bitterness in the finish. M: Just a hair high on the carbonation but with a silky almost oily coating of the palete leaving me wanting more. O: Great version of the Black IPA coming second only to Dubhe from Uinta in my book.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1029) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
This is a nice example of the style. The hopping is aggressive, the beer is dark and attractive and the expectation of a rich, lightly roasty backbone is there. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2012
From a tap into a tullip glass. Pours a jet black color with a nice thick light tan head which leaves great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, pine. Taste has a nice blend of bitter hops, roasted malt. Full body mouthfeel. Overall a great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
queenholly (2923) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Roasty coffee and chocolate malt, orange hops aroma, really fresh smelling. Black brown with a thick creamy tan head, thick heavy lacing. Coffee malt, ash, spicy pine hops flavor. Full creamy body. Malt character is porter like.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7606) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Coffee malt, orange, and grapefruit peel/pine hops aroma - tough to put a finger on - seems to change with each sniff. Opaque brown with large tan head. Sweet dark chocolate/coffee malt and pine hops flavor. Light ash and black pepper finish. Excellent blending. Great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3665) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Oh yeah. I really like this one. It is simultaneously light and extremely hoppy. Pours dark and with a relatively large head. Some hints of roasting under the hops, which makes for a really interesting brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4058) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
Pours pPitch black with a medium, lightly lacing, beige head. is roasted malt, light pine resin, and a hints of smoke and coffee. Pitch black with a medium, lightly lacing, beige head. Flavor is nicely bitter with some roasted coffee and a hint of smoke. Finishes with light bitterness and pepperiness.Flavor is refreshing, thought the dark portofolio requests.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by jeremy. Pours a clear dark brown with a small/medium sized beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, a mild nutty character, chocolate and ash, but surprisingly very little hops. The flavor has all of the characteristics of a porter; roasted malts, ash, dark chocolate with some dry bitterness at the finish. There are some mild resiny and earthy hop notes, but not much. If this were presented as a porter I would be more into it. It lacks enough hop character to be considered an ipa. Overall, this does have good flavor though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bomber from Ross. Nose is roasted malt, light pine resin, and a hints of smoke and coffee. Pitch black with a medium, lightly lacing, beige head. Flavor is nicely bitter with some roasted coffee and a hint of smoke. Finishes with light bitterness and pepperiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10666) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle shared by jmborggren. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.


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