Raven Cream Ale - R & B Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev +9%
341 mL bottle, courtesy of a BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler. Served well-chilled.
This unusual cream ale pours a murky, brownish-amber colour, topped with one finger of light-tan coloured head. Decent retention; it takes more than a few minutes for the froth to wilt, leaving behind a thin cap and collar, but no lacing. The aroma is quite enticing, with notes of milk chocolate, toffee, molasses, toasted nuts, black cherry and lightly earthy hops. Well, I'm a happy camper so far.
An enjoyable session ale, with a bolder flavour than I tend to expect from this (often mundane) style. Bready malts, toasted nuts and molasses come through at first, with accents of black cherry and date. Some light cocoa/chocolate flavour can be found mid-sip, with a mild roasty, earthy bitterness rounding things out at the finish. Slightly floral, with a weird tartness in the aftertaste that vanishes instantaneously. This is a light-bodied ale, with fairly strong carbonation that gives this brew a crisp, biting mouthfeel. Not as smooth as it could be, but easy to knock back and certainly not tiresome to do so.
Final Grade: 3.75, just barely eking out a B+. R&B Brewing's Raven Cream Ale is a somewhat unique example of this style that should come off as quite approachable to both craft newbies and more experienced BAs. Nothing fancy here, although the addition of chocolate malts is quite welcome - this is a well-brewed session ale with no serious flaws for me to bitch about. Were it available in this province, I'd probably get it again - it's good for the style, but fairly forgettable in the grand scheme of things.
08-15-2014 23:59:42 | More by thehyperduck
British Columbia (Canada)
3.59/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a dark chestnut color. Thick, creamy mouthfeel that ends surprisingly dry afterwards. I was pleasantly surprised at how this wasn't overly sweet, as is the case with so many dark cream ales. Tastes malty with some caramel tones, has a nutty taste similar to a mild winter ale. Refreshing overall and I quite enjoyed it.
03-24-2014 02:30:57 | More by hansonywu
3.08/5 rDev -10.5%
Nice full beer with a malty and chestnutty flavour. Has a nice white head that lasts throughout the entire 650ml and beautifully laces all down the glass. I would prefer this beer with less carbonation. I did enjoy it, but I would choose most R&B beers over this one.
01-16-2013 10:14:13 | More by Morrow
3.75/5 rDev +9%
On-tap at The Whip in Vancouver.
Pours a deep ruby red: brilliantly so, like blackberry juice. Head is a full, creamy off-white that sits solidly above the body. Some decent mild, patchy lace. Love the colour though. It's so vibrant and rich.
Nose is mild and smooth, and rather English in style. There's a touch of toasty malt along with a slight fizz of carbonic acid. Yeah, mild, but smooth sums it up. It's tasty as it is, without being revolutionary.
Taste is similar. Thin light body, with stacks of light creaminess in the feel. Surprising for the colour, there's not much in the way of roast or real malt character until the very end, where some grainy notes, some milt toasty characters and a touch of nuttiness come through. Feel is very, very smooth indeed.
Overall, this is a nice ale. Solid, firm and creamy, while maintaining a very English-like restraint. Good stuff.
08-05-2012 08:38:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.03/5 rDev -11.9%
Serving: 650ml Bottle in standard pint glass.
Pours a straight up brown with a couple of millimetres of latte-coloured head.
Subtle hints of vanilla, molasses, and a faint but notable hop presence.
Not necessarily my favourite, though that’s more a comment on the style than this particular manifestation thereof. Reasonable hop presence in the front, though this fades considerably towards the end. Nice roasted malt underpinnings, although I do wish this particular characteristic played a more predominant role; but that, again, may be more of a criticism of Cream Ales than of the Raven specifically.
There aren’t too many brews (in my opinion) where mouthfeel figures as a particularly prominent characteristic (at least, not in a positive way), but I’d venture to suggest that this is a very solid aspect of the Raven. Effervescent without being “bubbly”, this ale has a very nice balance in this regard.
05-16-2011 04:57:28 | More by LaSalle
3.68/5 rDev +7%
I am transcribing this from notes that I took last summer. Poured on-tap at the Steamworks Brewing Pub in Vancouver, BC, it was served in a pint glass. The beer was a dark caramel brown when you look directly into it, but almost a golden color on the fringes with the light coming through it. It had a thin, white, foamy layer of head. Aromas are mild caramel and a nutty sweet characteristic. The flavors ride a smooth and round body, and include the nut and almost some toffee. The dark, sweet flavors travel through into an aftertaste, and the finish is a little long on the linger, but not unpleasant. Decent brew.
04-15-2011 22:45:29 | More by GarthDanielson
3.58/5 rDev +4.1%
Far darker than I expected, it is a deep brown, dark enough that it is tough to see through the middle. A finger of creamy head generated from a careful pour and seems to last for a while.
Nutty aroma, with a touch of herbal notes mixed in. Cola-like caramel. Smells fairly English. Nothing too exciting.
Nuts and cola to the tongue, with a bit of earthiness on the odd swallow. Hops provide a fairly even mix of herbal and citric finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, with medium carbonation. Works quite well for this beer and adds to the drinkability.
Certainly sessionable, not an amazingly deep or complex beer, but it is pleasant.
12-04-2010 04:49:22 | More by elricorico
3.68/5 rDev +7%
650ml bomber, a new BC brewery available in my city...always a welcome thing.
This beer pours a clear, medium red-brick amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which falls away at a leisurely pace, leaving a bit of sparse splattered lace scattered about the glass.
It smells of bready, biscuity malt, a bit of toffee/caramel sweetness, cocoa powder, and kind of musty citrus and leafy hops. The taste is toasted biscuit and toffee malt, a soft creamy and oily nuttiness, more understated, and yet bitter chocolate, a hint of wet ash, and generally indistinct earthy, musty hops.
The carbonation is on the softly prickly and frothy side, the body medium-light in weight, and duly smooth, with some minor creamy moments. It finishes fairly dry, with a toasted bread and weakly floral character.
An enjoyable enough, quite laid-back cream ale, simple, and balanced nicely amongst the roast, nuts, and subservient hops. With the sub-5 point ABV, this could easily be pegged as a pub sessioner - oops, I think I just did that.
11-10-2010 02:01:25 | More by biboergosum
3.38/5 rDev -1.7%
650ml bottle poured into pint glass nov4 2010
A clear deep amber with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a beige head that retains fairly well and leaves lots of patches of lace
S some hard toffee and very mild chocolate
T what I smell but a little stronger with some darker bread and it's a little nutty
M at first it has a creamy feel from the bubbles but then it almost turns to foam in your mouth
D decent beer but I doubt I'll be drinking it again soon with all the new stuff coming to Alberta
try it if you see it but don't go looking for it
11-05-2010 02:34:20 | More by wordemupg
3.7/5 rDev +7.6%
A - Pours a nice dark brown with a rudy red hue, two thumbs of head which sat forever and left a nice amount of lacing.
S - Sweet malts consisting of toffee and caramel. A little bit metallic on the finish, but not a huge turnoff.
T - A very light nutty flavour with a bit of a cocoa on the finish.
M - Goes down very smooth, light carbonation and nicely balanced.
D - This is a very delicious brown ale. Wish I had access to this on a regular basis as this would be a perfect go-to beer, especially in the brown ale department.
07-03-2010 01:20:54 | More by andrenaline
3.1/5 rDev -9.9%
Bottle sample with many thanks to Gravelle. Deep chestnut with a frothy beige cap. Nose of toast, dark bread, earthy malts and a fair bit of fresh hops. Tastes semi sweet, of toasty malts, bread crust, quite earthy, with floral hops. FInish is slightly sweet with a hint of tin towards the end. Astringent and enjoyable. I liked it. Thanks Jon!
02-09-2010 19:57:40 | More by mrmanning
British Columbia (Canada)
1.63/5 rDev -52.6%
Appearance: Murky brown with amber hues. Thick, frothy beige head that lasts, leaving heavy lace.
Aroma: Slightly fruity and malty, but overwhelmed by a basic macro beery nose.
Taste: Some fruit, perhaps cherry. Soft dark malts, subtle hop bitterness. Dry finish, slightly sour. Would be average if it didn't taste so watered down and weak.
Mouthfeel: Thin and light bodied, building to medium bodied on the finish. But the damage had already been done.
Drinkability: This is a beer that promises a lot, but does not deliver. I actually enjoyed the glass of water at my table more afterwards. If it had more body and depth to the flavours, this could be good. As it is, don't part with your earnings.
02-01-2010 06:31:12 | More by lumikuuro
Raven Cream Ale from R & B Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.