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Black Raven IPA - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Black Raven IPABlack Raven IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 07-23-2010)
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dfpratt09

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-30-2012 20:30:16 | More by dfpratt09
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dprophet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-22-2012 09:24:28 | More by dprophet
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a medium-small, beige head.

Smell: A sharp snap of heady roast of lackluster, burnt coffee, dogged by notes of prune skins, resins, chimney soot.

Taste: An expected opening of roasty tasting roasted malts, but with some accompanying ashy char character. Dovetails into the resiny, soapy, very faintly citrusy floral hops adding its bitterness to the grainy astringency. Dark fruits buried under the roast and hops. A little alcohol showing. Roasty, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A bit crude and rough around the edges. Though I've liked the bulk of Olde Hickory brews I've tried this was not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 16:44:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-16-2012 06:29:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:30:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-05-2012 05:51:10 | More by mikereaser
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into tumbler, best by date March 2012.

Appearance is a brown/black coloration with a beautiful brown head, tenacious lacing throughout the drink. First smell to hit is that of citrusy hops with some roasted malt, a very nice smell. In the taste the roasted malt is far more prominent than the hops, although they can be detected. Mouthfeel has some creaminess to it.

This is a bit too stout/porter like for my tastes as I was really wishing the hops would come out a bit more. Despite this, I found it to be a most interesting beer and preferential to a regular stout/porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:23:47 | More by VaterRoss
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-27-2011 13:46:49 | More by Lantern
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from paper notes... Izecold88 aka Manny made this one possible.

Pours clear deeeep brown... not black ... but brown... off white head sticks around for a bit but leaves no real lacing.

Aromas are pretty roasty and slammed with a huge pine hoppiness....

Flavor begins big and bitter but thankfully the bitter bite drops off leaving a nice mildly sweet cocoa maltiness and thick resinous pine hoppiness... teeth coating piney hops.. lingering hoppiness on the finish combines with some coffee notes... very well done.

Body is a good medium and has all the bubbles you would hope for.

3/4/4/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 07:10:07 | More by JohnGalt1
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -46.9%

12-27-2011 01:09:43 | More by whitekiboko
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you very much to McNuts for sending this! Definitely one I've been wanting to try since you told me about it so long ago, Keith!

Poured into a pint glass. The head is about a finger high, tan colored, and creamy. Fades relatively quickly. Lacing is minimal, but a few spots around. The beer is a deep opaque black.

The aroma is filled with rich roasted malts and some hoppy goodness. Roast, dark chocolate, nice piney and citrus hops, and maybe some coffee in the background.

The taste is much like the aroma...plenty of roasted malt character and dark chocolate, hints of coffee, piney and citrus notes combine to make a nice hop presence. Solid.

Consistency is smooth, carbonation is medium, maybe on the low side, body is light-medium, and the finish is moderate, maybe a bit lingering (in a good way).

Overall this is a solid American Black Ale. Is it my favorite? No, unfortunately Stone Sublimely and 15th Anniversary are pretty damn hard to beat. But still a very good ABA.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 06:27:34 | More by matttttYCE
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CummingsK21

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-22-2011 05:26:12 | More by CummingsK21
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a small tan head.

Some light roasted malts with some citrus and pine hop presence. Pretty well balanced and no one aroma dominates.

Starts out with just a slight orange hint. Quickly recedes into some roasted malts. A little coffee dominant, but notes of dark chocolate peak in a bit. Finishes with a piney hop flavor that combines with the roasted malts to create a bitter pretty dry finish.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Fairly substantial body, but not too thick.

Usually not a style I enjoy much, but this one is pretty well balanced. The intense bitterness in the aftertaste may limit drinkability a bit, but for just one of them, I enjoyed it. Nothing extreme or awesome, but a good solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 23:26:51 | More by jmarsh123
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wagenvolks

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-18-2011 21:23:03 | More by wagenvolks
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-15-2011 22:06:01 | More by jak
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bolgiano

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-15-2011 02:40:14 | More by bolgiano
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-11-2011 03:19:44 | More by burnheartsMKE
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:26:30 | More by mikesgroove
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-04-2011 00:02:39 | More by tclapper
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misterhops

Ohio

5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-01-2011 01:51:51 | More by misterhops
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-30-2011 02:44:31 | More by UNCCTDawg
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-29-2011 04:45:06 | More by jenray
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-25-2011 03:13:39 | More by Exiled
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dirtylou

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 05:29:57 | More by dirtylou
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:24:54 | More by SpdKilz
Black Raven IPA from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.