Black Raven IPA - Olde Hickory Brewery
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a newly acquired Old Hickory pint glass. Enjoy before September 2011, so this is a fresh one.
4.5 A: Pours black. Two fingers of creamy tan head with very good retention and tons of lacing.
4.0 S: Smells more like a hoppy porter than a black IPA. Anyway, this starts out with a light roasty burntness then the hops kick in and add citrusy and earthy components. Subtle chocolate notes worth well with the citrus giving the impression of orange flavored chocolate. Not bad.
3.5 T: Like every other black IPA I've had, the flavors compete instead of complement. Good bit of roastiness to start again with a light burntness. Subtle chocolate and caramel notes. Hops are strengthy and contribute citrus with emphasis on orange. Slightly more than moderate bitterness. Roasty aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit lighter in body than I'd like. Could also be creamier.
3.5 D: Not bad for the style (which is one I can't get into). I'm not sure if I'll ever love drinking a black IPA, but I'm not going to give up just yet. There has to be some combination out there that will please me.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2011 22:35:42 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.71/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black coloring with chestnut highlights around the edges and a low profile, dense, clingy, cream colored head. Aromas of smoke and roast forward, with a rich backbone of peat and earth, and subtle bitterness overlays. Flavors are very roast forward, with bitter coffee notes and hints of dark chocolate. Hops resin highlights throughout, with very subtle hints of citrus, but the palate is mostly taken over by roast and bitter notes. Smooth and slightly effervesced body due to the carbonation levels, which helps bring levity to the heavy bitter and roast characteristics. The aftertaste is a lot of coffee bitter and roast, as well as some earthy notes. Slick, clean, slightly dry finish. Tasty beer, heavy but drinkable. I like it.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 20:38:20 | More by GarthDanielson
Black Raven IPA from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.