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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

189 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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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2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of matttttYCE
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of CummingsK21
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dirtylou
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

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Jenkster4
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly jet black with a nice frothy head. I picked up bit citrus notes on the nose with a roasted malt character lingering in the background. The first thing that hit me in the taste is the citrus hops up front then you get some of the chocolate malts in the back of the tongue. More of a hop forward black IPA, however it's pretty damn tasty. Maybe sitting this one down for a year (even though it's not recommended because it's an IPA) would do the darker qualities more justice. Overall a damn good beer for the price.

Photo of brobeerbot
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Best before December 2011.

Pours an opaque black with dark brown highlights around the edges and a 2 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some pine and citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt and pine and citrus zest hops up front. The aftertaste brings about cocoa and coffee ground flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness in the middle before the cocoa and coffee flavors kick in that slowly fades after each sip. The mouthfeel on this one is a bit flat with a medium body. Overall, this is a solid example of the black IPA style that is easy to drink.

Photo of wedge
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy Before: F/12

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin, but very creamy off-white head that last awhile. Aromas of piney and orange-y hops and a dark underlying maltiness to even things out. Much more malt in the flavor...delicious semi-sweet chocolate roast and hoppy pine notes. Some citrus. Very balanced and tasty overall. Bitter, medium body and slick. I liked this one quite a bit...

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shout out goes to McNuts for sending this one as part of a trade- thanks!

A: pours deep black with dark and creamy brown head, appears like a nice thick imperial stout, almost entirely opaque, great lacing, decent head retention

S: nose features lots of hops up front in the form of earthy pine, a considerable amount of roasted malt is mixed in there as well, notes of chocolate and coffee, hops take the center stage though

T: taste starts out brutally bitter with piney, resinous hops all over, some malty sweetness in the middle, a touch of chocolate and caramel, and then a big time bitter finish

MF: smooth and somewhat thick body, high carbonation

Black Raven IPA from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.