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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3803) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bomber pours a dark brown/black with a strong tan head. Scent is roasted malt and floral with a hint of chocolate. Taste is hops and roasty with a bit of rye?. Very tasty

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle from Sam - thanks! Black pour with a chunky tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is light, dry roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, minimal pine, and hop bitterness. Taste is a roasted malt backbone with oats and light chocolate and a complimentary medium hop bitterness through the finish. This hop component seems to take a back seat to the dry, roast character and works well for me. Even mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours dark brown with a 3 finger creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is roast malt, tingling hop and chocolate in that order. About med body. Flavor is bitter burnt malt, chocolate and floral/citrus/earthy hop in that order. It’s doing a bit of ring lacing, and the hop stands out firmly in the finish. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1520) - Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on May 8th, 2012.

Appearance:Pours black with red head.
Aroma: Aroma is mostly roasted malt.
Taste: Medium high bitterness, roasty, some malt, more bitter leaning.
Palate:Medium body, smooth.

Summary: An interesting black IPA that is more aggressive hop-wise in balance than others.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Very enjoyable. Pours dark, opaque brown with brown head, lots of lacing. Palate is roast, pine, resin, slight chocolate. Finish is hoppy and moderate in length. medium weight to the body. Complex flavor that I found quite satisfying and fairly refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1255) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pours dark brown into my tulip with large dark beige head. Roasted grain and pine abound from the nose with some raisins and grapefruit mixed in. Nice crisp hops up front with a surprise chocolate flavor. Lingering roasted flavor. Thr hop-to-chocolate profile here borders on porter. But too much bite for that. Pretty rich but maintains a crsipness through medium-strong carbonation and finishes dry. I think this is very well done, and I am pretty mixed on black IPAs. I would drink this again for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (293) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2013
It is a blend of chocolate, citrus, raisins, and grapefruit in the aroma. It is black with a medium brown head. It has a strong coffee flavor with medium bitterness. There is also grapefruit with other citrus flavors. There is also a hint of raisins.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (338) - - MAY 21, 2014
From a bomber. Pours black and opaque with a decent sized khaki head. Nice roasted malt aroma- smoky, chocolate, earth, coffee. Taste is the same and it drinks like it means it. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and full- almost drinks more like a stout but tons of hops pretty much negate that feeling quickly. Nice bitterness to it. Like a happy marriage of stouts and IPA’s. Easy to sip on- could be a summer or winter beer. Clever.


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