douglas88 (9178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle thanks to Spencer. Pours a dark brown color with a medium grey head. the aroma is sweet citrus and pine. the flavor leans more toward a porter; sweet roast and coffee, rich bitter fruity hops, pine and lingering zingy bitterness on the palate. Nice. Very drinkable. 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. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
On tap at Mac’s Speed Shop. Pours very dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of pine, some citrus, some roast, and caramel. Flavors of piney hops, bit of citrus, some earthy notes along with some caramel. Nicely balanced black IPA. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2011
Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of citrus, light roasted malt, cocoa, and resinous hops. Taste is roasted dark malt-cocoa, then the resinous/pine hops with some bite come through and predominately stays, this is more IPA than anything, but the Malt does a nice job balancing out. Not at the top of my list for Black IPA’s, but still pretty good. NachlamSie (3481) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bomber from Brawley’s. It seems that Olde Hickory has been getting their act together on the new brews I’ve tried from them. This Black Raven smells absolutely great. Good solid grapefruity nose with conifer and a fairly roasty, soy sauce malt thing going on here. I had my hopes high after giving it a whiff, but the flavor is not quite as solid. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty, but the malt character falls a little short of some other black IPA’s I prefer. There is good PNW hop character, but doesn’t completely explode. There is a fair amount of roastiness, but it comes across like instant coffee and the body isn’t quite as full as I’d like for the style. The finish is quick. Having griped and nit-picked enough, I must state my pleasure in drinking this one. It’s very good, just a little rough around the edges .
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
Aroma:Mostly malty, although a little grapefruit and roasted malts.
Appearance:Beer is black with very little head and low apparent carbonation.
Taste:Piney hops provide a decent amount of bitterness. The mid to aftertaste has more roasted notes. The aftertaste is a little roasty and a little bitter.
Palate:Light to medium body. A little creamy.
Overall:This beer is enjoyable enough, but there’s nothing to really make it stand out from other black IPAs.
smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle opened on the bus ride to the Hunahpu release. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Citrusy hop aroma with some roasted malts. Roasty flavor with some pine and citrus hops. Medium body with average carbonation. A nice black ipa. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bomber from TJ’s, Carrboro. This is one of those black IPAs that help you understand why the style is divisive. Me, I like it. Pours nicely frothy, with a thick tan head atop an inky dark brown body (nice mouthfeel, prickly and smooth). Nose of almost exclusively floral hops promises dank deliciousness. But the sharp roasted malts emerge strongly in the taste. For some reason I enjoyed the relative disjointedness of the beer, nose and taste going in such opposite directions, but I can see how others would appraise differently. Oops, almost forgot: Cascadian Dark Ale. Brootal! PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Dark brown-black. Really nice resiny citrus hop aromatics, light roastiness in the malts but otherwise they don’t do much. phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Wow, 10th rating for this beer? I figured it was more common than this. 22 oz. bottle. Got it in a trade with emacgee- thanks, Ethan! Pours a cloudy brown color in the middle with clear copper edges and a finger-thick, frothy beige head. Aroma of earthy, citrusy hops, toast, roasted malts, smoked wood, and dank leaves. Flavor of earthy, floral hops, toast, roasted malts, pine, and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, bitter mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Very nice black IPA.