Black Raven IPA - Olde Hickory Brewery
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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 22 oz glass.
Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown, with some reddish hues. Three fingers of off-white head that sits there and lingers for quite some time. Tons of lacing.
Smell: Citrusy and grassy hops right away, but those quickly fade. The dominant smell is quickly replaced by sweet, chocolatey malt, with a hint of citrus in the background.
Taste: A strong, almost generic bitterness, with the malt coming through as well. The malt comes and goes quickly, and the finish is long and bitter, with just a hint of sweetness. Very, very mild citrus note, not nearly as prominent as they were on the initial nose. As the beer warms, the bitterness and sweetness become much more balanced.
Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, nicely carbonated.
Drinkability: An enjoyable beer from a local brewery. I had this once before, awhile back, and remembered the hop flavors being more prevalent. Still, a beer I'd have again.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2011 01:41:40 | More by StarlightSeraph
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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.