Wisdom Seeker
Black Raven Brewing Co.

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From:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
 
Washington, United States
Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #889
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,774
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 9.09%
Ratings:
200
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 26, 2021
Added:
Nov 25, 2009
Wants:
  52
Gots:
  19
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Wisdom SeekerWisdom Seeker
Notes: Folklore and mythology present the raven as an omniscient creature with special powers and abilities. The Wisdom Seeker Double IPA gets its special powers from an enormous amount of hops and malted barley. Brewed in the West coast Double IPA style, this bold brew features massive citrus and herbal hop additions and a full hop aroma. Seek your wisdom cautiously; this hop feast packs a punch. Released annually in the Spring.
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4 by BEER88 from Washington on Sep 26, 2021
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3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by deleted_user_1314598

Very sticky, sweet and malty...Not to include its candy/copper/dark gold color it presents..A lil too much for my taste..Its one of those beers that I can choke down one and have a halfway appreciation, but like I said, some of these Imperials are like malty, candy in a bottle..

I get a strong carmelized scent, with a sugar off backbone..Its just sweet and malty..I'm finding different things about myself all the time with beer, and I find myself loving IPA'S, and cautious about these SWEET, CARAMEL, MALTY, IPA's...

I guess I'm more of a NEIPA guy, or west coast IPA guy, but if you like Imperials you'll love this one..

May 16, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Now that I have begun really diving into the Bottle backlog here at Chez Woody, I am unstoppable! Yes, it means suspending The CANQuest (tm) for the moment, but the thought of being rid of these pesky bottles for once & for all is so heartening that I almost do not have words. These next bunch were all purchases through Tavour & as I have said repeatedly, I have no real beef with them. It was their inflexible local shipper + the continual adding to the backlog that led me to part ways.

From the Bottle: "Double India Pale Ale (IPA)"; "Limited Release"; "Drink Fresh/Do Not Cellar"; "Our Limited Release series brings you special beers from our local taproom."; "Bitter * Herbal * Hoppy * Bold"; "Ales of great distinction and character"; "Brewed with Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra, Nugget and Chinook Hops."; "Wisdom Seeker Double IPA gets its special powers from enormous of hops and malted barley. This bold brew features massive hop additions and a full hop aroma. Seek your wisdom cautiously."

I Pop!ped the cap & started up with a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I watched in rapt fascination as it foamed up, forcing me to back down & off. I was left with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a tea-like solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was like hop tea - a mellow mélange of pine, citrus, light caramel and somewhere, probably in a corner, naughty Simcoe the kitten was doing her catty business! 8=O Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy & light for the style as a result. The taste was a riotous throwback to the PNW days of ~ 20 years ago, when AIPAs like these were the norm & I came to realize that I was a dyed-in-the-wool hophead. In this one, it was the pine that was particularly pungent. Man, it was truly minty, cool, resinous and with a woody quality that I noted in a previous beer. Here, it was less oaky than simply wooden, like pine bark with some sap. 8=O This was clearly no playin' around! The other flavors - grapefruit, cattiness, orange/tangerine were present, but relegated not just to the back, but into the rumble seat! The intensity of the pine was causing my eyes to water in response. Phew, but this was gaspingly dry! I was at my asthma inhaler like it was a life saver with me in the ocean. Wow. YMMV.

Apr 09, 2020
 
4.34 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio on Aug 05, 2019
 
4.17 by ppavlick from New Jersey on Jun 22, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Deep copper hued body; immensely dense and thick head; sticky rings of foam climb down the glass. Big grain and pine aroma mixture; caramel. The taste encompasses malt sweetness and earthy, bitter hops. Heavy body; crisp and prickly on the palate; bold residual sugar presence; mainly dry mouthfeel throughout.

A fine double IPA, balanced and heavy with malt presence. The hop element provides a nice counterpoint to the grain sweetness. Nicely done...

May 30, 2019
 
4 by rfreed from Washington on May 27, 2019
 
3.39 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 02, 2019
 
3.84 by MjBrewhouse from Idaho on Nov 19, 2018
 
4.03 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jul 08, 2018
 
4 by paulish from New York on Apr 24, 2018
 
4.04 by goalie35 from Canada (AB) on Mar 29, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a clear reddish orange with a billowy off white head.

Aroma is orange and bubblegum a little bit of a weird mix but works.

Taste is a piney orange with hint of bubblegum at the end. Delicious.

Mar 29, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

I poured this into a tulip. There is no date on it. The appearance is a clear amber to light red in color. There is a fluffy white one and a half finger head that dissipates within about a minute in spots but maintains a lumpy sort of look in other spots. Decent carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace. The smell has a fair amount of honey flavored citrus hops with a decent herbal to earthy dank aroma combining and backing it all up into a nice tight fulfilling quality. Very nice! The taste is combined well between the citrus hops and the honey to showcase a very nice bittersweetness. The aftertaste is honey sweet with a quick dry sweet finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium in body with a decent sharpness from a normal DIPA but still leads me on with a nice "West Coast" maltiness that is somewhat smooth and ends up coating my mouth and tongue with a touch of honey. Overall, I get it. This is a very nice West Coast DIPA that is very reminiscent of Hopslam but in the West Coast sort of way. By all means, I would have this again in a heartbeat.

Jun 25, 2017
 
4.1 by Leiermann from Pennsylvania on Jun 18, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Floral, citrus, malt. Split a bottle three ways with friends. Amber pour with nice clarity; solid tightly packed head with good lacing. Aroma of pine, resin and fresh cut citrus beneath the bottle cap. Taste is a heavy dose of hop-driven tropical and pungent fruit flavors with piney and pithy undertones. Prominent caramel and sweet cracker malt base comes to the fore. More balanced than what I expecting. The malt and alcohol-warmth adds a heftiness to the feel of the beer. Drinks clean and crisp with a slight lingering bitterness. Good beer.

May 07, 2017
 
3.94 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon on Apr 05, 2017
 
3.84 by DoctorEvil65 from Washington on Apr 01, 2017
 
3.99 by erickc from Washington on Mar 16, 2017
 
4.25 by eire from Alaska on Jun 26, 2016
 
4.19 by SweetwaterTuonker from Minnesota on Jun 12, 2016
 
4.5 by datchethilbery from Washington on May 22, 2016
 
4.25 by ineluctablemodality from Washington on May 22, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by woemad from Washington

22oz bottle purchased at Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, for $8.95. No freshness date, and the label is completely different, and incidentally states the abv is 8.9%, for whatever that's worth.

Poured into a Mad Bomber pseudo-IPA glass, this was a moderately clear, orangey amber color. There was a big, fluffy white head that took it’s time dropping. Lots of lace.

Big, citrusy, bitter, grapefruity nose to this.

The taste starts out as a grapefruity blast to the palate. Midway through, things get decidedly piney and bitter, and finish with a dry zap to the tastebuds. Good, but somewhat one-dimensional.

Medium bodied, with a resiny, oily mouthfeel.

Yet another Black Raven beer that does everything it’s supposed to, yet nothing remarkable. It did look great, but it’s one dimensional bitterness doesn’t make me feel like going out of my way for it in the future, and didn’t justify the price.

May 15, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Rogerlb from California

By the way I got a different bottle design, darker green bg on the label with more hand-drawn line drawings with than the one pictured here.

Pours a nice orange/amber with very little head. Lacing is spotty and alcohol legs throughout the drink. Aroma is a rich hop bomb, with citrus and some malt. Taste right along those lines, mostly hops at the onset, bitter is there but not overload. Dank, pine, lemongrass, and oily resin. Very nice. Booze in there too. Finish goes a little sweet, malt, mostly sequeing back to a dank hoppy pine and soap (not complaining).

Resiny and oily, booze is warming without too much heat. Feel is great. A solid and quite fine imperial IPA.

May 14, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cavedave from New York

Enjoyed 4/15 with DrunkinYogi,. Thanks again for the amazing beers, kemoarps. From notes.

Cloudy dark gold with a thin off white head. Has that classic west coast look.

It's a full on citrus blast and hop funk party for the nose with this baby. Hop. Funk. Yes. Please.

Well why not have a citrus and hop funk party on palate? Indeed, it is a great party, with some righteous herbal pine bitter to dry it out. I mean, of course, DRY it out.

Medium carb., med. viscosity, clean, dry as a bone finish, what more can man ask?

Spectacular beer. Highly recommended. Get you some.

May 02, 2016
 
3.77 by BlueSpader from Washington on May 02, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by RJLarse from Washington

I bougth a bottle of Wisdom Seeker in a Kirkland Grocery store. Poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a rich copper gold color with a thick white head.

Smell is faint, an acerbic wet grain aroma.

Taste is a balance malt and hop flavor, sweet bread up front woth a bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel is remarkably clean for the style, with a dry bitter finish not cloying at all.

Overall a nice dry IIPA. Well done by the folks at Black Raven.

Apr 25, 2016
 
4.21 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Apr 16, 2016
 
4.38 by Chef74 from Ohio on Apr 16, 2016
 
4.13 by Shockey from Ohio on Apr 15, 2016
 
4.13 by LouZ from Washington on Apr 12, 2016
 
4.38 by DOCRW from Washington on Apr 10, 2016
 
3.85 by Donkster46 from Washington on Apr 07, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by gandres from Philippines

Tap to glass @ brewery tap [email protected] Redmond, WA
Appearance: Golden light amber, long lasting white head, lacing
Aroma: strong scent of hops
Taste: Sweet, low bitterness
Feel Palate:
Overall: very good beer good to repeat and to look for
Drank April 5, 2015 9pm

Apr 07, 2016
 
3.89 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Apr 01, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Nice orange pour, 1/5" white head. All the dry hopping citrus aroma going on. Taste kept kicking down those tangerine, orange and grapefruit notes. Kept the bitterness from becoming a distraction.

Good light body, hides alcohol, not overly caramel or bitter. This is what upper echelon ipas/dipas do, and this one does it well.

Surprised you don't hear more talk about this one, then again, every region has an adequate substitute for this beer.

Mar 30, 2016
 
3.4 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Mar 28, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rkarimi from Colorado

3-26

Mar 27, 2016
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on March 26, 2016.

Mar 27, 2016
Wisdom Seeker from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 200 ratings