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Raven Cream Ale - R & B Brewing Co.

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Raven Cream AleRaven Cream Ale

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
R & B Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
R&B’s Raven Cream Ale is a dark, yet surprisingly light-bodied cream ale. Crystal, Whitbread Goldings, and Cascade hops are added to a carefully crafted blend of 2-Row, C-120, Roasted and Chocolate barley malts creating a truly drinkable beer with subtle nutty flavours and hints of chocolate. Raven Cream Ale is a two-time World Beer Cup medalist (silver and bronze), mellow enough for the casual beer drinker yet complex enough for the most discerning foodie.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 11-01-2005)
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Reviews by elricorico:
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 04:49:22 | More by elricorico
More User Reviews:
Photo of hansonywu

British Columbia (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:30:57 | More by hansonywu
Photo of ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-21-2013 16:17:07 | More by ZachT
Photo of KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-28-2013 14:07:34 | More by KStark
Photo of yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

02-27-2013 05:43:43 | More by yancot
Photo of Morrow

3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 10:14:13 | More by Morrow
Photo of liverpoolcanuck

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

10-07-2012 23:53:04 | More by liverpoolcanuck
Photo of 4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

09-30-2012 21:01:28 | More by 4ster
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 08:38:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of thefullpython

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-23-2012 22:50:07 | More by thefullpython
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-17-2012 22:51:18 | More by LampertLand
Photo of fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-21-2011 17:16:40 | More by fizzyted
Photo of EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

12-01-2011 06:28:22 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of LaSalle

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Taste :
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 04:57:28 | More by LaSalle
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 22:45:29 | More by GarthDanielson
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:01:25 | More by biboergosum
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:34:20 | More by wordemupg
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 01:20:54 | More by andrenaline
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 19:57:40 | More by mrmanning
Photo of lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

1.63/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 06:31:12 | More by lumikuuro
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3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap in Vancouver, where it was a guest beer at Steamworks.

Served up in a pint glass. Deep dark root beer. Slight white/tan head. Nose is slightly spicy malts. Taste is gentle malts with a thin bit of hops. Mouthfeel is good and frothy. Overall a little bit boring but well done.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 13:12:09 | More by shivtim
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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber of this with a friend of mine. Decanted into a pint glass. Pours a clear ruby with a thick, foamy white head. Great retention. Flavors and aromas are pretty simple - nice malty backbone, a touch of hop bitterness. Balanced, but not exceptionally strong. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy - appropriate to the name. Overall, very drinkable. Not a strong beer at 6.8%, but a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 04:37:46 | More by ndekke39
Photo of Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear, very dark brown with a massive tan head that hold up quite well. Good lacing and no rising carbonation bubbles.

S: Very nutty malts, and a touch of hoppy bitterness. I even get hints of coffee ice-cream!

T: nutty, earthy flavour with a very subtle hint of dates and ripe cherries nicely balanced with a pleasant roasted malt aftertaste

M: medium to heavy bodied and creamy - goes down silky smooth with a nice touch of carbonation.

D: Quite and enjoyable ale (even though it resembles a nut brown more than a cream). Nice complex flaours and very pleasant to drink. Its a tad heavy so I wouldn't have more than a couple at a time. Nevertheless, I consider this one a definite "buy again."

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 08:30:27 | More by Graham5161986
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a huge bubbly slightly off-white head with average retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is dominating. Taste is also quite sweet with a nice caramel presence and very subtle hops. Body is not full and this beer makes a nice session beer with more complexity then your average British ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 14:01:10 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to class this as, since the brewery calls it a cream ale but it resembles a brown ale more than anything.

Pours a good, solid brown that turns a slight ruby colour when held to the light. The smell, however, is not very strong. Malty, with a sort of breakfast cereal smell to it, similar to say, Rice Krispies. Hints of nuts, toffee and chocolate.

The taste, again, is more akin to a brown ale than a cream ale. Malts take precedence over hops, and there is a definite nutty flavour to it that I've experienced in other (especially Samuel Smith) brown ales.

Regardless, this has the mouthfeel of a cream ale. Very smooth drinking. The reasonably low ABV makes for good drinkability.

As a side note, this is by far the best beer from this brewery I've had. The past two (Red Devil and Auld Nick) have had a noticeable sourness that detracts from the beer as a whole. This sourness, thankfully, is not present in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 06:19:30 | More by BDTyre
Raven Cream Ale from R & B Brewing Co.
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