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Black Raven IPA - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Black Raven IPABlack Raven IPA

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very good

191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 07-23-2010

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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 69
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2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jrallen34 for sharing this one.

A - Black beer with a slightly tan head that left a lit of spots. Looks brownish in the light.

S - A lot of roasted malt with unsweetened chocolate and some hops.

T - I don't like this. Tastes like unsweetened chocolate malts, ash, and bitterness. Really not a good combination, and doesn't have a particularly full flavor. Finish is pretty dry too, which isn't good after the bitterness and ash taste.

M - Medium carbonation, dry finish, active carbonation.

O - Wouldn't drink this again, it's not a beer that I really enjoyed. Black IPAs are kind of a bastard style. Definitely would pass on this one.

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2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into my New Belgium globe

Black body with a nice sized off white head. A light citrusy hop aroma, maybe a hint of roast in there but not much, maybe some smoke as well? dark roasty malts and a floral hop aroma mix to make a kind of disjointed flavor. Pretty bitter overall, I dunno not the best ABA I've had. Mouthfeel is medum body, slightly sticky. Overall I'm not too impressed with this one, a bit more bitter than I'd like and the flavors don't mix the way I think they should. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma:Mostly malty, although a little grapefruit and roasted malts.

Appearance:Beer is black with very little head and low apparent carbonation.

Taste:Piney hops provide a decent amount of bitterness. The mid to aftertaste has more roasted notes. The aftertaste is a little roasty and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body. A little creamy.

Drinkability:This beer is enjoyable enough, but there's nothing to really make it stand out from other black IPAs.

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2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into pint glass

This beer pours a lighter black with brown edging, clear. Minor light tan head with weak lacing left behind. Nose is mainly pine with some roast coffee. The flavours just seemed off balance to me. It is mainly grassy piney hops with a wallop of dark roast coffee at the back. But the point between the hops and the roast there is a metallic transition and astringency. Mouthfeel was effervescent and medium, a touch thin. Not too hard to drink, just not my favourite example of the style.

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3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to cmrillo and Hodgin for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Best before July 2011.

Pours a thin black with some light tan head. Nose is like a molasses cookie, maybe a little ginger and some coffee-like roastiness.

Palate is bitter right off the bat, with some black patent malt right off the bat, some burnt sugar notes and some hoppy pine notes too.

Notes: A decent Black IPA, but not my favorite. It lacks some of the tradition IPA notes and has a little too much malt character, I think. Label is the best part.

Photo of Chaney
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bomber of this in my hotel room in NC after my wife's indoor drumline judging gig.

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: Poured a pitch black color (or lack of), with a massive 2 finger head that was fairly light in color.

S: Sort of a grapefruit juice - porter, black and tan.... with the visual cue from the tan. This was fairly potent and very fresh.

T: I got tons of bitter ash on the finish that was bitter in an unpleasant way. There was a sillhouette of citrus, but overall this was just a very hoppy porter. I wish there was more apricot or mango to add more fruity sweetness. This was unbalanced and one-dimensional.

M: Well carbonated, yet dry and bitter. Seriously, this was almost into cigarette butt territory. Ridiculous lacing.

O: I'm not a big black IPA fan to begin with, but when that style is on, it is REALLY on. This one was the former.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Black Raven IPA from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.