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Wisdom Seeker - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 152
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 48
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: boogyman on 11-25-2009

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 152
Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split

Served in oversized Karmeleit glass - fairly light bodied with a huge sticky white head. The alcohol is omnipresent as is a permeating sweet citrus flavor. Moderately bitter, big grapefruit hop bite, pine, sugared ruby red. Quite good, but a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of draheim
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz (bottled 4/16/2013) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear copper color with a big frothy white head. Lazy carbonation rises from the bottom.

Aroma is a big burst of clean citrus and pine. Smells like Pliny.

Taste is dank, sticky, and resinous. Tons of hop oils, held together by a solid backbone of clean pale malt. More pine and citrus. Alcohol is well-hidden. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is oily and sticky, about right for a big DIPA. Nice bitterness on the finish, but this one is also pretty sweet.

Overall this is about exactly what I hoped for and expected. Wisdom Seeker is world-class, about as good as any other DIPA out there. The real deal.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great carbonation and chunky lacing. Aroma dominated by piney and citrus hops with grapefruit and light caramel malt. Flavor is a great balance between caramel malt and herbal, piney hops and mild mixed citrus. Medium body with some creaminess and nice active carbonation. It was a long wait to try this, but it was worth the wait. A very well balanced IPA that starts out nicely malty with light citrus fruit and then slowly develops a great herbal hop presence that lingers. Lives up to its hype and I look forward to greater availability. This is one of the great PNW breweries.

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Photo of bifrost17
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FW Teku glass. Bottled only two days ago!!

A: Pours exactly like you'd expect for the style. Super clear dark golden/orange color, nice finger and a half fluffy white head. Nice webby lacing. Super clean, inviting looking beer.

S: Hoppy, citrus fuit, piney goodness. Slight hints of that 9.1% abv coming through in the nose.

T: Follows up the nose. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M: Nice and smooth, moderate carbonation. Super sticky. My only slight gripe is I wish it was just a little bit more on the dry side in the finish, but that's a very minor gripe.

O: Black Raven makes some pretty damn amazing beer, but unfortunately the bottles are very limited, but I'm hoping with their upcoming expansion it will make it possible for me people to be able to experience it. I'll just be happy for now that I'm fortunate enough to be able to drink their beer on tap on a consistent basis. Wisdom seeker isn't the best DIPA I've ever had, but it's certainly in my top 10 and could easily contend with any of the more well known and "hyped" DIPAs. Seek the wisdom seeker!! You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle produced on March 21st 2013. Drank on April 8th.

A: Almost transparent gold color. A nice white head with very nice lacing. Good looking beer!
S: Blast of hop resin and pine! Also has a big candy-like aroma. Strange but good. Followed by a slight citrusy character and some toasted malts.
T: Just like the nose. Big piney/grassy bitterness with a bit of orange zest. I usually prefer my IIPAs to be more fruit-forward but this one is great. Lots of caramel malty backbone in there supporting the super piney hops. A bit of spiciness in there. Strange candy flavor just like the smell. Very interesting and tasty, just not something I would expect in a IIPA.
M: Medium bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. A bit of an alcohol bite.
O: This is a great beer, glad I got to try it!

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Photo of visualweasel
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just got to try this for the first time. On tap at the brewery in Redmond.

A: Beautiful, clear bright gold color, about a finger of white head, leaving behind lovely and abundant lacing.

S: Mouth-watering hop resin, pine, and citrus (in that order). Makes you want to stick your nose right into it!

T: Follows the nose and delivers more. Wonderful west coast hop essence. Not profoundly bitter, but the hops contribute to the nose and the flavor in big, big ways. Very balanced. Reminds me of a cellared Dogfish Head 120 in flavor, but more like a Dogfish 90 in other ways, and easily its match. This is a DIPA to spoil you for others.

M: Medium-bodied, appropriate carbonation for the style. Very satisfying on a beautiful day.

O: Up there with the best imperial IPAs I've had. Hard to find for anyone outside of Western Washington. If you see it, don't miss it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a transparent deep yellow color with good carbonation leaving a moderate white cap and bubbles but th lacing is light islight and head retention is minimal

S: Melons, grass, orange peel and grapefruit

T: Immediate sordove astringent and bitterness with a lemongrass note followed up with a light toasted grain, orange peel, grapefruit and a tough of melon. The finish has a light booze sting, a little slick but has a dry sordove feeling and taste to it

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, a nice amount of lingering bitterness remains on the palate

O: Very good. Easy to drink, tastes wonderful. The appearance could use some legs and the nose could use a boost.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to coreylag for the opportunity to taste this one. Cheers!

Light orange color, slightly hazy with a one finger head that leaves very delicate lacing. Carbonation shows as remarkably fine bubbles.

Nicely aromatic with apricot and orange marmalade on toast. The citrus aroma carries over into the flavor, which is balanced by pine and spicy hop notes. Great hop flavors sit on a firm malt backbone, with a bit of sweetness that does not detract from the hops at center stage. A light, sparkly bitterness finishes things up.

Heavy bodied and a bit syrupy. Yes, I know it is 9% abv, but it seems like a bit more carbonation might help lighten things up a touch.

Overall, an outstanding DIPA that deserves a place among the best in the style (many of which receive a lot more hype than I have heard about this one). If you are smart, you will seek this one out!

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Photo of bstave
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my New Belgium tulip snifter

A- Translucent copper with a finger of white head. Lacing is nice. Very nice looking.

S- Smell is gorgeous with BIG fruity and pine hops. Smell is spot on! WOW!!! I think I will sit and smell this for a while.

T- Taste follows the nose. This is VERY fresh! One of the best tasting IIPAs I have had. I had this last year on tap and this is significantly better even though it is out of the bottle. Big oily hops up front and solid caramel malt backbone. Cannot taste the alcohol. Well done!

M- Carbonation is perfect contributing to a spot-on creamy medium mouth feel. Rolls down very nicely.

O- My favorite beer of the year. Too bad they don't bottle this more often. Well done!

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ramnuts for this. 22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass. No bottle date.

Appearance- Light orange color with a small amount of haziness to it. Strong white head, and good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Very good. Fruity and piney all at once. I didn't think that was possible since I would figure one would cancel out the other. Not sure here. I took the time to keep smelling before a sip. 4.5/5

Taste- The taste is a lot more balanced than the smell. The malt comes out a bit more here. There is some heavy orange and tropical flavors. 4/5

Mouthfeel- It's a bit heavy here. I expected that due to the style, but thought differently when I saw the color. 4/5

Overall- I am very happy to have had a taste of this. Good beer that I would seek out again if given the chance. 4/5

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second and final bottle of my recent allotment; to tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful translucent golden orange, with a finger's worth of fluffy soap-bubble head, which dissipates rather rapidly. Moderate lacing reveals itself, like it's left behind as the tide goes out.

S: Ruby red grapefruit—citrus hoppiness with a really enjoyable hint of a mixed fruit cocktail's syrupy sweetness. A bouquet of flowers I can't quite place. Lilacs?

T: Tastes how it smells, sans sweetness (at first). Hops initially dominate, but don't intimidate...they're artfully restrained. Balances with warmth.

M: Gives the impression that it tips the scales on the heavier side of middle-weight, but goes down easily with a carbonation that percolates throughout the mouth and clings to the palate well afterward.

This is an excellent DIPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of psiweaver in the Good People/No Rules BIF. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazed peach color with a good white head and loads and loads of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings a bit of alcohol and malt plus some citrus hops and a light bit of pine. Flavor takes a further turn toward the malt, though there's quite a bit of hop bitterness in the background. Medium body with a bit too much alcohol. Slight chewiness. Decent DIPA.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by Mike. Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange body with a pinky finger of well-retaining off-white head. It collapses into a moderate collar of large bubbles. Some trails of sticky lace are deposited down the sides. I like more clarity and lacing in my IPAs, but this is not terrible.

S: Wow, this is a good nose. I didn't expect much, as I hadn't heard of these guys, but the bouquet here is an aromatic blend of grapefruit, melon, lemon zest, and pine resin. Small caramel malt foundation. It could stand to be more aromatic; it takes a lot of swirling to bring out the particulars. But the profile here is well-chosen and quite nice.

T: Hop-forward, as the nose implied. Citrus flavors -- grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, melon -- dominate the front end, while caramel fleshes out the mid-taste. Candied pine and grapefruit coalesce in the finish, leaving a mild, lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation for the style. Some bitterness in the aftertaste; I prefer my DIPAs on the cleaner side of the spectrum, and I would agree that this falls in that range. The booze is fairly undetectable; I assumed this was a single IPA and was a bit surprised to see it is 9.5%. Only the mildest burn in the finish reveals its potency. This may be because the finish falls off a bit fast (giving the impression of hop juice); I think with a tightened up finish, this could be a real juggernaut.

O: This is quite a good beer. I'd put this on the level of Heady Topper; my first taste of Wisdom Seeker brought HT to mind. I prefer the slightly fuller body of this one (comparing against the Heady Topper bottles), though HT wins slightly on nose and flavor.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at By the the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Served in a 12 oz. glass.

appearance - amber in color, excellent transparency with some mild cloudiness, great lacing that lingers on the glass

smell - big citrus and pine hop nose

taste - strong hop profile. citrus and pine. alcohol well hidden. just the right touch of a malt base as to not distract from the hop forward profile.

mouthfeel - full bodied beer, some slight dryness from the hops but overall very smooth and drinkable

overall - really impressed with this beer. amidst fresh hop season, the brew easily held it's on. very dank and piney. strong hop profile.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle sent to me from Hopburster.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, medium-oragne with a one finger light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Super strong pine hits you hard, then some orange, and then a unique candy smell, almost like cotton candy.

T - Pine, grass, very earthy - then sweet citrus and candy follow.

D - Perfect balance here. Good carbonation and body.

O - I really love this one. Try it if you can.

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Photo of youradhere
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

South Sound Tasting Notes

Appearance is light gold, crystal clear with no lacing. Smell is initially pine and toffee, followed by a slight presence of mellon. Flavor is a malty toffee with pine hops, some mango sweetness followed by citrus notes; a mellow flavor for an IPA, mostly dominated by pine notes. Mouthfeel is medium with good healthy carbonation. Overall decent but lacking any distinguishing features to set it apart from the pack IMHO.

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber. Forms about a half inch of thickish white head that slowly reduces down to a thick and stable surface coating. Leaves a nice bit of lacing on the way down.

S: A moderate amount of caramel malt forms a the backbone to the more pronounced grapefruit citrus and pine aroma.

T: More caramel malt. Light sweetness. Moderate pithy bitterness. Some citrus and some pine and a little resin, but nothing is overpowering and everything is in balance. Alcohol presents itself on the nice long bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, moderate bitterness, softer carbonation.

O: A very nice, very well balanced beer. A bit on the lighter side for a Double - if this was listed as a straight up IPA I wouldn't second guess it - but still a quite enjoyable beer with loads of flavor and hoppy goodness.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vivid, slightly dark orange with a finger of bright white head. Big aroma of juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Grapefruit and pine up front with an almost-overpowering caramel sweetness and a hint of boozy warmth. Not too astringent on the finish.

A really nice double IPA with a hoppy bite that holds up to the sweetness. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a GIF from jconrick1. Poured from a growler into a Bell's tulip glass. Beer was a clear, dark orange color with a one-finger, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and little lacing around the glass.

Aroma was citrus hops, grapefruit, malt and pine. Smells fresh and fantastic.

Taste was bitter hops, caramel, malt, melon and some pine. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Not as complex as the aroma, but still very tasty.

Vibrant, bitter finish. Very nice beer. I had never heard of this, but am pleasantly surprised. I think if this got a wider distribution and some more reviews, it could rank pretty high in the DIPA category. Big thanks to jconrick1 for the growler!

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Photo of NWer
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black Raven's limited release Double IPA doesn't disappoint.
Darker in tone than other great DIPA's - Pliny E&Y for example.
Good well behaved foamy head results from my pour into my 21st Amendment chalice.
Very pleasant but not overpowering citrus taste lingers well.
A wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Tending to business and seeking a little wisdom.
Delish.

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Photo of hawks10
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler sent to me unexpectedly from ScreamForMe...poured into a pint glass...

Pours a clear dark golden amber, two fingers of soft, marshmallow "fluff" style head which sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing behind...

Piny hops stick out above a strong, sweet caramel malt aroma...hops become a bit more pronounced, and citrusy around the third glass...not terribly aromatic with just a touch of booze in the end...

Well balanced, piny and bitter on the first few sips, but a very heavy dose of caramel malt adds lots of sweetness. Much like ruby red grapefruit, slightly citrusy but bitter, like the skin. Finish is clean and citrusy...

Medium bodied and very creamy. Smooth and quite pleasant. Well balanced with just a touch of lingering bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

Overall a pretty enjoyable DIPA. There are so many variables with a growler, especially one shipped cross country, that you never truly know if you are getting the beer the way it was intended to be enjoyed. However, I did like this one, I am working on finishing it all in one night after a 12hr day of work...

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Photo of HopHead84
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2/20/2011

Huge thanks to pranaferox for grabbing me a growler. This was a long time want. Poured into a snifter. This was released about a week ago and traveled in the cold so it's very fresh. Growler opens with a soft hiss.

A: Perfectly transparent dark orange with a creamy off white head. Nice color. Retention is pretty good and lacing is scattered.

S: Pine resin, grapefruit, and a slightly sugary caramel malt foundation. There's a little orange flesh and subtle perfumey floral notes. It's not super aromatic, and it requires a lot of swirling and coaxing to bring out the hop notes. Muted and inexpressive.

T: Well balanced, almost tilting in favor of the malt. It's a decidedly Northwestern style Double IPA. Pleasant moderate bitterness, with pine and somewhat muted citrus that could be described as orange and grapefruit flesh. There's a lot of caramel malt and it's approaching bready at times, and it gives off a little sweetness. Alcohol is unabashed, and every basis point of the 9.00% can be tasted. The finish is quite boozy, with a lower moderate bitterness and lingering orange notes and alcohol notes. The alcohol wares on the palate and becomes detracting.

M: Medium in body with a lower moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, though somewhat heavy and onerous.

Overall: This is just an okay beer. It's not that it's overly malty, but that the hops are muted and fail to hold up their end of the bargain, not really providing much in the aroma or flavor categories. Also, the booze flavor isn't at all masked. I appreciate the chance to try it, but not a beer I'd recommend seeking out. In the verdant landscape of IPAs and Double IPAs that is the west coast, this one falls short. I'm quite puzzled by the glowing reviews.

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Photo of boMD
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler that was filled at Black Raven and brought down to PDX. Thanks to BeerAroundTown for sharing this with a bunch of BA folks.

Poured clear golden almost amberish/orange with a thick, frothy, white head. Nose was completely hop acids and resins and earthy spice. Like smelling a hop farm.

Great body, the palate really coated the tongue nicely without an over bearing carbonation. This allowed the play between hop bitterness and malt balance to shine. Lots of grapefruit, jello-like fruit esters and a little bit of alcohol burn. Wonderfully balanced finish.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a growler ('10 summer and '11 winter releases):

Big thick head on each pour from the growler. A whole lot of lacing as well. Citrus all over the place in the nose - like I had fresh hops on the side or something.

Super smooth taste and the abv is masked almost completely. A dangerous beer to drink but oh so good.

For someone like me that isn't really into hops, this beer will make a believer out of anyone!

Next review!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Hopfest! Seemed to be very popular that day. A dark yellow pour, approaching light orange, the slightest amount of foam. Killer dry hopped citrus aroma.

Taste, more grapefruit and tangerine hop feel, the key component of this beer. Not super bitter, just hops. Would love to see this at next year's dipa festival, it would do well. Doesn't at all give off that its a dipa, you would think single given the lack of detectable alcohol and bitterness, the lightness of its body.

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Wisdom Seeker from Black Raven Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.