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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   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 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle, from Triangle Wine Company. has a serve by 4/2012 date. Good aroma, sweet and roasty. Pine, little earthy mossy, chocolate. Dark orangy brown color, good head minor lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Meduim body, creamy mouthfeel, dry bitter finish. Pretty tasty, nicely mixed. aroma was kind of mellow, flavor got nicer as it warmed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle. Black colored pour with a tan head on it. Smell is hoppy, malty, and has a fair amount of roasted chocolate in the nose. Taste sweet and hoppy, smooth and easy to drink. Refreshing to a certain degree...followed it up with a Stone Sublimely - no comparison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5018) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2011
bottle thanks to exiled. dark brown pour with a cream head. nose is roasted malts, hops, florals, and lightly bitter. smooth on the palate, roasted malts upfront followed by citrus, florals, and a roasty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, and grass. Flavor of roasted malt, grass, chocolate, pine, and citrus with a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehoplocal (10) - Sykesville, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Not much on the nose, but what is there smells very good. It doesn't look so great either. Dark brown and cloudy. But who cares? I didn't by this to look at and sniff. It tastes very good. Hoppy with a bunch of chocolate. Really good interpretation of cascadian dark. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2014
On tap. Pours a near clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of earthy grass and dark grains as well as a pine bitterness. Flavor has more pine and resin with a creamy dark grain backing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
A dark brown ipa with a thin mocha head. In aroma, bitter chocolate malt with herbaceous character, floral hops, resinous, strange. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with good floral hops, resinous, grapefruit pulp, nice and smooth. On tap at Olde Hickory Station.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Toasted malts and resinous hops combine in this balanced Black IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the mahogany-hued brown.
-Earthy angles appear from the malt-hop combination.
-Drinkability is rather high.
-The flavor profile is not intense for the style, which I appreciate.

On tap at the Olde Hickory Station.


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