Black Raven IPA - Olde Hickory Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
22 oz. bottle from Bruisin' Ales
Seemingly black until held up to the light, then you see it is truly a very dark black cherry color. A bit of a tan head, but it doesn't last. I don't care though because as soon as I smell it I can't wait to taste it. The aroma is fantastic- pine aromas just jump from the glass.
I was surprised by the tons of roast in the flavor, though there are equally large amounts of pine hop flavors. Roast and pine fight but roast really takes hold in the long French roast coffee finish. I prefer the aftertaste to be more hop dominated, but this is still very good.
What makes the overabundance of roast acceptable is that the body is still that of a crisp IPA, with a dry, quenching finish. I am now convinced that this is the true difference between a black IPA and just an overly hopped porter or stout- the overall body and finish. The level of roast, black patent malt, etc. shouldn't enter the discussion.
This is very good and I would drink it often is it was local to me.
02-24-2011 07:14:36 | More by OregonHopmonster
4.41/5 rDev +17%
22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a three finger head and very nice lacing.
S: Roasted malts and a hint of piney hops.
T: Plenty of roasted malts, espresso, and some nice bitter hops. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.
O: This is a very enjoyable Black IPA. Well done Olde Hickory!!
03-24-2013 21:52:37 | More by nUgZ
4.4/5 rDev +16.7%
Shaker pint at The Wineshop at Rivergate. From notes.
Black/ruby pour with a cream head. Good head retention and a nice amount of lacing.
Aroma, resin hoppy and nearly burnt malt. Pretty straight forward.
Taste, some pine then blasted with the roast. Dark chocolate, cocoa and a nice blend with the herbal and citrus hop profile. A dry roast coffee finish.
Near medium body and goes down super smooth. Almost creamy. Alcohol hidden, could drink a bunch of this.
This was a home run for me, but I can see this not being to the hopheads liking.
02-25-2011 01:26:57 | More by Bung
4.4/5 rDev +16.7%
Dark brown to black with a nice large khaki colored sticky head. Good retention. Wonderful aroma of bitter dark chocolate and hop goodness. Pine and citrus fruits. Delicious beer one of the best of this new style. Chocolate cake, roasted malts and an enormous amount of hoppy bitterness. Despite the color of the beer this one leans more toward IPA and less toward your typical dark styled beers. Carbonation is good that the mouthfeel is full and sticky. Easy drinker but it does feel like it's a bit more than 7% abv. I highly recommmend this one. OHB is doing some good things in Western NC.
03-04-2011 04:51:09 | More by wcudwight
4.4/5 rDev +16.7%
Consumed 2/5 with March drink by date.
Black and opaque. Huge head, probably too much. Great retention and nice sticky lace. Aroma: Dark chocolate, resin, slight smokiness. Bittersweet chocolate up front. Dried fruit, earthy. Medium bitter finish. Medium-light carbonation. Some mild acidity. Is this a black IPA or a hoppy porter?
02-05-2013 22:55:55 | More by LittleDon
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
05-07-2011 21:30:02 | More by PatLarsen
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
Thanks to Glenn for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.
A: Very dark, essentially black, and not quite opaque. Forms a big (4 finger) tan head, with almost no visible carbonation.
S: Grassy, pine, and dank hops, with some roasty malts.
T: Follows the nose. Nice hoppiness, tasting the grass, pine and dank with some citrus character as well. This actually manages to become hop-forward over the dark roasted and a bit coffee malts.
M: Almost chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden, and plenty of carbonation sensation.
O: This is an excellent beer. First beer I've had from Olde Hickory - need to seek out more. Recommended.
02-11-2013 03:51:40 | More by macrosmatic
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
Thanks to jpwv for this bottle.
It appears almost black. Though it is very dark brown. There is a dark tan head.
It smells of roasted nutty malts. I get a bit of a chocolate malt smell and a bit of a grassy and citrusy hop flavor. There is a bold strong nice flavor to this ale.
It tastes initially rather smoky. There are strong dark chocolate overtones to the flavor. I get a bit of citrus/ fruity hops. The beer then goes into a nice grassy hop flavor that lead to a powerful and strong bitter flavor. This beer has a very nice balance in the beginning there is a strong smooth roasted malty flavor but in the end there is a potent bitter flavor.
There is a smooth moderate low carbonation.
Overall, a very good smooth black IPA. This is one of the best dark IPAs I have had. This is my first beer from Olde Hickory and I am impressed.
03-24-2011 03:35:22 | More by chumba526
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
Big thanks to bullywee for another Olde Hickory gem. From notes, enjoyed 2/22/11.
Deep black pour, black raven indeed, topped briefly by a thin beige head. Presently leaves a cap and ring, with some nice lace.
Smell is medium strength, orangey citrus hop in front, nice, burnt sugar sweet, not a lot to it, but man this is alluring.
Woahh, love it when a less vibrant bouquet makes a full flavor into a wonderful surprise. Surprise! A brightly flavored beer, starts burnt caramel, bitter orange, charry roast, and that sets the stage for an encore of all the above giving charge of the sip to piney and charry dry. Much of the taste carries into the finish, stays clean, shines. Alcohol well hidden. Me like.
Light in mouth, low carb., good cling, exc. finish, as easy on palate as a beer this full of deliciously sharp flavors can be.
Drinkability. Very good. Have another? Yes, please.
Impression: Olde Hickory continues to provide me beer happiness with yet another delicious beer. I want more. Soon.
02-26-2011 23:01:25 | More by cavedave
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
Strong aroma is hoppy with a firm yeasty undertone, a hint of fruit, and a smoky whisper. It pours an opaque chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Flavor is downright lip-smacking - hoppy and smoky, having notes of grass, citrus, burnt wood and coffee with just a hint of caramel and - could that be molasses? Smooth texture has above-average body and a good amount of fizz.
01-08-2012 23:30:47 | More by Cyberkedi
4.24/5 rDev +12.5%
Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a firm tan head; nice retention and some streaky lace is left behind
Smell: The roasty malt and burnt caramel sugars are dominant, but the pithy citrus and coffee tones are not far behind
Taste: The pithy citrus and burnt toast flavors complement each other right from the outset, with a coffee character adding complexity by mid-palate; the battle between the malt and hop elements continues after the swallow, with the bittering elements of the coffee and citrus finally emerging in control of the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Olde Hickory is producing some very tasty beers and this one is no exception; really like the balance here
04-29-2011 22:21:25 | More by brentk56
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
Solid black in color with a big frothy tan head and plenty of lacing to go with it. The nose picks up chocolatey-charcoal malt and odd herbal seaweed hops. I like it. The tongue finds more charcoal and malt over a nice bitter herbal/citrus. Solidly medium bodied with pleasant carbonation this is fairly drinkable though it has some stick-to-your-ribs feel, smooth and silky. This seems like a bit of a cross between a good stout and a good IPA. Either way, it’s good stuff. Nice job!
06-03-2011 03:56:20 | More by Durge
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
01-23-2011 00:34:37 | More by oberon
Black Raven IPA from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.