Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JUN 4, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
scotty (1080) - SCOTLAND - MAY 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this up in Safeway( soon to be Morrisons) in Hawick...Raven Ale...doesnít that suggest a big brooding very dark stout or old ale...WRONG! This is a lovely bright gold/copper colour with a good firm white head. A mouthwatering fresh fruity hop nose with sweet malt lurking in the background. Good mouthfeel, smooth with LOTS of hoppy fruit, that sweet malt creeps in on the long lasting finish...loved it! Good strength for a few bottles, who cares about the name? Canít understand the poor overall rating, but there you go, we canít all have the same opinion, can we?
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Drink of Fulham, drunk 11th July 2010, while watching the World Cup final. Clear coppery amber with a small white head. Has a lovely aroma of biscuit malt and peppery hops. Taste has that biscuit malt perfectly married to citrus notes of tangerine and lemon. Lots of peppery dryness. Fantastic palate - light carbonation and delicate weight. One of the best <4% beers Iíve had. I picked this up because it had been voted Champion Beer of Scotland and you can see why. Iíll be stocking up on this.
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy golden with big white frothy head that is long and leaves lacing. Nice nutty malty aroma has also bit wood and caramel, earthy hoppiness. Fizzy crisp feel, lively carbonation, medium body, long malty finish has also bit berries, bitterness balanced by caramel sweetness. Tasty and easy to drink, pure flavors, well-done english malting.
KnutAlbert (6363) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought in Glasgow.
A most lovely copper ale with a large head. Lots of hoppiness, grass and flowers. A great session ale, I have to try this on cask at some stage. Get this if you can. Nice label, too!
sound67 (223) - Offenbach, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl dark brown bottle, label slightly different than pictured (on the new label, the raven doesnít spread his wings).
Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden with a small, off-white head. Solid retention, decent lacing.
Light- to medium-bodied bitter with active carbonation and tickling, but not grainy mouth feel. A bit watery, as is typical of this style.
Aroma of citrus fruit, malt and hops. Some herbal spices there, too.
The taste is refreshing and characterful, due to a superb balance of malt and hops - the hoppy note is stronger than usual in a bitter, almost closer to an IPA. But itís as bitter as most English "best bitters", so fans of that style will find much to admire here. Finish is dry, after tasty very mildly bitter - inviting you to drink another one.
The mix of citrusy and malty notes keep the beer interesting, so itís also highly sessionable. Another very good brew from the Orkney Brewery. At Ä3.50 a bottle, it doesnít come cheap - but then, it comes from distant shores. Both literally and figuratively. ;-)
Cantabrian (919) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First, this is one of the most formidable presentations of all beers. I love the label, although Iíd expecte the name to be used for a stout. Never mind, as this bitter is a beauty. Cloudy coopery-golden with a creamy, long-lasting head, it has a rather ordinary burpy nose of hops with a background of malt. The flavour is just pefect for a bitter, malty, with biscuits, dulce de leche, and a hops bitter finish. And to crown it all, thereís a lovely tinge of raspberry released by the light carbonation. With a pleasant creamy palate, the Raven Ale would be my choice for a bitter every week when watching Game of Thrones. I wish it was available in New Zealand.
Dorqui (2127) - Brescia, ITALY - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at "Osteria della Birra" - Bergamo (BG).
Golden yellow color, much elegant and crisp. Very good head of medium resistance, bubbly and lively aspect. Little sour nose, rumors of fresh mellow, aged white flowers, very malty and balsamic final. Crisp and little warm body, little woody and bitterish final.
kerenmk (3111) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at La 100 de Beri, Bucharest, Romania. Fizzy, clear golden with white head. Hoppy-flowers and a little tropical fruit in the nose, hoppily bitter, a little dry, some skunk - but in a good way. Light-to-medium body, fizzy, long, bitter finish. Surprisingly hoppy, considering the relatively low abv.
Benzai (9792) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Kings Day Tasting 2014 shared with Dutchdrebus. Clear orange color, medium sized off-white head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is very fruity, mango, peach and nicely hoppy. Taste nicely hoppy, light to moderately malty, again quite fruity with tones of mango and peach and a nice subtle bitterness. Suitable body and carbonation.