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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle from TJ’s shared by Ethan. Nose of light roast, cocoa, resinous hops. Not much flavor, very blah. Mouthfeel is creamy at first, but finishes chalky and bitter. Light astringency.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Pours blackish brown with beige head. The aroma is molasses, maple syrup, strong fruity hoppiness, a little bit of grapefruit and keffir lime. The flavor is citric American hops, some charred wood, and a nice tannic bitterness. Straightforward but tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4691) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a medium-small, beige head.

Smell: A sharp snap of heady roast of lackluster, burnt coffee, dogged by notes of prune skins, resins, chimney soot.

Taste: An expected opening of roasty tasting roasted malts, but with some accompanying ashy char character. Dovetails into the resiny, soapy, very faintly citrusy floral hops adding its bitterness to the grainy astringency. Dark fruits buried under the roast and hops. A little alcohol showing. Roasty, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A bit crude and rough around the edges. Though I’ve liked the bulk of Olde Hickory brews I’ve tried this was not one of them.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6134) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma is pine with some black malt. Flavor is roasted malt and pine. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2956) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle thanks to Santa. Little older than I like my hoppy beers but it held up decent t. Pours out black with a small tan head. Aroma is of roast, chocolate, sweet syrup, bitter citrus and grassy hops, light soy sauce. Taste is solid, muted citrus and grassy hops, chocolate, toasted malt, roast, a decent bite of bitterness still.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Poured into a newly acquired Old Hickory pint glass. Enjoy before September 2011, so this is a fresh one. 4.5 A: Pours black. Two fingers of creamy tan head with very good retention and tons of lacing. 4.0 S: Smells more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA. Anyway, this starts out with a light roasty burntness then the hops kick in and add citrusy and earthy components. Subtle chocolate notes worth well with the citrus giving the impression of orange flavored chocolate. Not bad. 3.5 T: Like every other black IPA I’ve had, the flavors compete instead of complement. Good bit of roastiness to start again with a light burntness. Subtle chocolate and caramel notes. Hops are strengthy and contribute citrus with emphasis on orange. Slightly more than moderate bitterness. Roasty aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit lighter in body than I’d like. Could also be creamier. 3.5 D: Not bad for the style (which is one I can’t get into). I’m not sure if I’ll ever love drinking a black IPA, but I’m not going to give up just yet. There has to be some combination out there that will please me. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-18-2011 22:35:42

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12774) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2011
22oz bottle, thanks wilkie. Small beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast, light pine/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, bittersweet/milk chocolate, light pine, roast. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bomber from the brewery opened 4/13/11. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized cream tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and bitter hops. The taste is bitter citrus and earthy notes with chocolate. Medium bodied. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (19489) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle. Black, tan head, solid lacing. Aroma is chocolatey and pine. Taste is bitter chocolate, body is light to medium. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: August 29, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Olde HickoryTap House
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: dry roasted aroma, touch of hops
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, bitter black chocolate, caramel sweetness ties it together and balances it out, touch of coffee, hine of sweet pine, long bitter finish

Date: November 11, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: bruisin ales
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, heavy icy lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, light citrus
Flavor: big roasted flavor, lots of citrus hops, bitter dark chocolate

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4


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