Black Raven IPA - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Black Raven IPABlack Raven IPA

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very good

69 Reviews

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 196
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 07-23-2010

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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 196
Reviews by SLeffler27:
Photo of SLeffler27
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark black walnut with a two-inch, long-lived, creamy, chestnut head that leaves distinct rings on the pint glass.

A strong aroma of fresh cut pine is accompanied by orange zest. Quite refreshing. Warmth brings out the roasted malt.

High bitterness with subdued malt flavors. As noted, it is hop forward with a light toasted malt. Warms well, bringing out some citrus – perhaps lime. Leaves a long, lingering, bitter finish.

A medium body with modest carbonation. A bit slick, dry with a light touch of alcohol.

This is a decent, sit-down beer, and was well worth the drive to North Carolina.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kenoshagirl
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that started me on my journey to exploring IPAs. I know it's a blended beer, but it is my favorite from OHB. It's almost like having a black and tan in a bottle. I recommend this brew for anyone who is starting to venture towards hoppier brews.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep dark brown with ruby highlights peaking thru,a thinner but well defined tan colored head atop.Aromas were a bit mild with herbal hops and roast sticking out the most.Flavors were surprising in a real good way,herbal and pretty spicy like a heavy dose of German hops mixed with roast and big earth.This beer really grows on ya,the hop profile is unexpected and goes well with the roast and earth,well done here.

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Photo of Spaten454
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Opaque, black

SMELL: Dank hops, charred toast, ripe dark fruit, alcohol, perfume, herbal

TASTE: Dry, roasty, coffee, charcoal, hop oil, warming esters, more char, burnt raisin, spice, mildly astringent, bitter

The roastiness certainly comes across, perhaps too much. Hops don't seem to mesh with the rest of the flavor profiles. A good sip, and this is what is so much fun with new styles … beers that may define or defy it. Too drawn to roasted and dry characteristics; a tad more malt backbone would do this one good.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of PatLarsen
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay this is the real deal right here. Had at Duckworths in a pint glass. It's a dark brown color with a good tan head. Roasted malt and caramel with citrus. Love this thing. Drinking it all in. One of the few Black IPAs that I can really get behind. Taste follows smell in the best way. Great body with good carbonation. I really like what they have done with this beer. One of the better black IPAs out on the market.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of lanamj
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into an old hickory pint glass.

A- Nice black beer with a light brown head that thins out to a minimal lace around the glass

S- Nice bitter hop aroma, balanced by sweet roasted malts. I get some dark fruit as well as citrus. Very nice balance.

T- Lots of bittering hops not much else. I do get some roasted malt and coffee at the end but rather one sided.

M- It has very nice residual hops bitterness that sticks to the palate. Kind of on the watery side.

O- A good black IPA kind of one sided but still good for the style. Also the drinkability is very approachable making it a good beer for anytime.

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Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to derandscott for this one! Drink by May-2011.

A: Pours black with a 1.5 finger foamy, tan colored head. Nice head retention with sheets of lacing down the glass. Actually, one of the best looking ABA's I have ever seen.

S: Initially it was all hops, lots of juicy citrus and pine, but as it warms, most of the citrus actually disappears. Eventually, the aroma consisted of a bit of orange and some roasted malt.

T: Extremely roasty and burnt. A little bit of chocolate and rather chalky flavor. Not much hop presence at all.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely dry.

O: For a beer that started off strong, it ended up falling flat for me. It looked great and the initial aroma was extremely inviting, but the hops seemed to faded once the bottle was opened. The chalky flavor/mouthfeel was a big turnoff. The first miss for me from OH.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funny how this style is so new that even brewers are mislabeling their product. I'm sure someone has picked this up without reading the fine print on the label, just seeing that big "IPA" out front, and being utterly shocked upon pouring. Speaking o' which, let's pour...

Definitely black in color, or insanely dark brown, with a tan ice cream float head that's firm and creamy. Simple and gorgeous.

So okay, despite my little rant, a blind sniff test would definitely bring IPA to mind. Citrusy hops, like Cascade or Amarillo, come to the nose rather strongly. But then there is that hint of deeply toasted grain that leans toward the burnt end of the spectrum. Very much true to style, if favoring the hops quite a bit.

Strong flavors from opposite ends of the ABA sphere: the north pole a lot like nothin'-special black coffee grounds, though not harsh, and the south pole being a green, tangy, citrus fruit sort of brightness. Very much "night and day." Do they meet at the equator? Just barely enough to provide a harmonious enough experience. My only complaint is that a mineral steeliness comes into play in the middle somewhere. Tart and almost puckery in the finish, which finds the hops winning out in the end.

Carbonation is fairly aggressive, although the body itself is of a soft, round, smoother sort, so you get a kind of struggle in the texture...which you also get in the taste.

Not a bad take on the style at all. Black ales like this are tough, you've got what are two rather opposing characteristics (heavily toasted/burnt grains vs. bright fruity hops) trying to not only coexist, but work together in harmony. This isn't the best version of the style (I still think Southern Tier's Iniquity is king) but enjoyable and pleasant enough.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent example of style, though over-representing roasted character. Thick black pour with lots beige head, significant lace left down the glass. Above average mouthfeel, some smoke in aroma and taste. As big roasty, not for everybody. I liked it now, maybe not as much in the hot summer.Thanks Doug.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with very little head. The nose has notes of chocolate and roasted malts and piny hop aromas. The taste is roasted malt and chocolate malt up front with floral, citrusy, and piny hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth; decent carbonation.

This is a solid drinking Black IPA. I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap duckworths ballantyne

appearance: really cool label it appears - alas, I had it on tap...shaker pint, ebony body, creamy chocolate head.

smell: rich bakers chocolate, lots of pine, hops and roasted malt on display

taste: I think I have a soft spot for this style that many other seem to dislike - the hops come fight through the mess and pierce with a great force of pine and bitterness but the chocolate and roast won't back off. I liked this one a lot - brought back memories of the fantastic stone 15th anniversary

mouthfeel: creamy and rich - very nice

overall: would order again

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of mikey711
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks Matt for you generosity in sending me this one

A: Deep brown, near blac with a fluffy off white head. nice lacing and decent head retention

S: Chocolate, caramel and toffee are very present up front with some floral hoppiness comething through in the background

T: Again the chocalte notes are most dominate but the hoppiness is much more present in the finish. the hoppiness is very piney. the bitterness offsets the sweetness of the malts nicely

M: Nice creaminess but there is a slight buttery feel that is a bit off putting

D: Very nice Black IPA that i am very happy to have been able to try.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First nitro-tap review! Served from nitro-tap at Appalachian Vintner while shopping around into an Olde Hickory shaker. Poured a deep dark dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, slight chocolate, subtle hop, and smoke. The flavor was of roasted malt, citrus hops, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice and smooth Black IPA. Definitely glad I got to try this. It had a very nicely balanced flavor along with a very nice aroma as well. This one is a must try for any Black IPA fan out there.

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Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mullenpc for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark black with a slight mocha colored head that dissipates slowly leaving some nice coating.

Smell – Lots of roasted malts, slight hops, a hint of citrus, and chocolate.

Taste – Orange peel, bitter and charred malts, slight chocolate, and some earthy herbs.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation, a hint creamy.

Overall – A decent Black Ale, though a bit too bitter honestly.

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Photo of TheSamKuehn
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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