Wisdom Seeker | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
blackravenbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by boogyman on 11-25-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,907
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
187
pDev:
8.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
20
Trade:
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Leiermann
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erickc
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eire
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of datchethilbery
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ineluctablemodality
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RJLarse
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chef74
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shockey
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LouZ
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Erik-P
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Wisdom Seeker from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 187 ratings
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