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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8405) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
Decent example of style, though over-representing roasted character. Thick black pour with lots beige head, significant lace left down the glass. Above average mouthfeel, some smoke in aroma and taste. As big roasty, not for everybody. I liked it now, maybe not as much in the hot summer.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5793) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
22oz bottle, as shown .. . pours a deep brown black .. medium head, light lacing .. . roast and brown hops, light tar .. . slick mouth .. . quite the surprise, i liked this .. . . i am a raven! .. really...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Cask at Growlers Pourhouse. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Slight pine note on the nose. A lot more pine sol on the tongue. Has a drying effect on the tongue with the finish. Solid!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. From notes, July 26, 2012. A: Rich roasted malts and some hoppy goodness. Roast, dark chocolate, nice piney and citrus hops, and maybe some coffee in the background. A: Poured a pitch black with a massive two-finger head that was fairly light in color. T: Dark roasted malt and pine and citrus zest hops up front. The aftertaste brings about cocoa and coffee ground flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness in the middle before the cocoa and coffee flavors kick in that slowly fades after each sip. P: Medium carbonation, dry finish, active carbonation. O: A decent but largely unexciting Black IPA. Maybe a little astringent, but a really good mix of a bitter ipa and a slightly roasted stout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Haven’t had too many black IPAs so this is difficult to rate. I find the mixture of a stout and IPA to be very enticing. As an IPA, however, I believe the hop bitterness needs to be more prominent than they are in this brew. Outside of being somewhat malt-centric, this is a very nice and enjoyable beer if you forget about it as an IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle from Shag at the Suttree Appreciation Day. Pours brown, with no head to speak of. Odd aroma - grape, coffee, and some burnt toast. Flavor is pretty straight forward Black IPA (I guess...) - coffee and burnt notes, then a decent hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2011
The appearance on this one was black with a beige head. The aroma contained some chocolate, coffee, lemons, and grapefruit. The citrus dominates the flavor more than the stout qualities so. Some orange and grapefruit and coffee in the background. Overall pretty good but I’m almost over the whole Black IPA fad.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (860) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with thin tan head. Smells: roasty, cherry (fake cherry), brandy, cotton candy. Tastes: smoked, bitter, dry. Very light on the palate. Nice long dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Dark black/brown cola colored pour with a very rapidly fading khaki head. Nice pine/citrus hop aroma over subtle malty notes. Coffee chocolate mocha flavor with a blast of hop bitterness. Medium bodied with medium-high tingly carbonation and moderate astringency. Very nice. One of my favorite Olde Hickory beers.


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