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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
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
181
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
18.4%
 
 
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Photo of NWer
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black Raven's limited release Double IPA doesn't disappoint.
Darker in tone than other great DIPA's - Pliny E&Y for example.
Good well behaved foamy head results from my pour into my 21st Amendment chalice.
Very pleasant but not overpowering citrus taste lingers well.
A wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Tending to business and seeking a little wisdom.
Delish.

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Photo of visualweasel
4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just got to try this for the first time. On tap at the brewery in Redmond.

A: Beautiful, clear bright gold color, about a finger of white head, leaving behind lovely and abundant lacing.

S: Mouth-watering hop resin, pine, and citrus (in that order). Makes you want to stick your nose right into it!

T: Follows the nose and delivers more. Wonderful west coast hop essence. Not profoundly bitter, but the hops contribute to the nose and the flavor in big, big ways. Very balanced. Reminds me of a cellared Dogfish Head 120 in flavor, but more like a Dogfish 90 in other ways, and easily its match. This is a DIPA to spoil you for others.

M: Medium-bodied, appropriate carbonation for the style. Very satisfying on a beautiful day.

O: Up there with the best imperial IPAs I've had. Hard to find for anyone outside of Western Washington. If you see it, don't miss it.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a growler ('10 summer and '11 winter releases):

Big thick head on each pour from the growler. A whole lot of lacing as well. Citrus all over the place in the nose - like I had fresh hops on the side or something.

Super smooth taste and the abv is masked almost completely. A dangerous beer to drink but oh so good.

For someone like me that isn't really into hops, this beer will make a believer out of anyone!

Next review!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at By the the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Served in a 12 oz. glass.

appearance - amber in color, excellent transparency with some mild cloudiness, great lacing that lingers on the glass

smell - big citrus and pine hop nose

taste - strong hop profile. citrus and pine. alcohol well hidden. just the right touch of a malt base as to not distract from the hop forward profile.

mouthfeel - full bodied beer, some slight dryness from the hops but overall very smooth and drinkable

overall - really impressed with this beer. amidst fresh hop season, the brew easily held it's on. very dank and piney. strong hop profile.

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Photo of CascadeConan
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz imperial pint glass at their taproom Wisdom Seeker appears harmless, a deep yellow falling toward amber with great head retention and clarity I've never seen from a double IPA before (I was later told they had some trouble with the fining agents and this batch was filtered).

The smell is a hop barrage from seven varieties, Nugget, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Summit, Citra, blended to perfection.

The taste, as you would expect, tails towards the bitter side but it's done with a well guided hand, each hop variety plays it's part beautifully and it's fun to tick off each in your head as you sip. The malt is present and delivers the hops smoothly with a nice ESB presence and little evidence of it's 9% ABV. About half way through my uberpint I got a little droopy eyed, engaged in an argument about food with the other buzzing bar flies and was one with the universe by the end.

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Photo of boogyman
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in for the release of Wisdom Seeker and I am pretty excited given Double IPAs are by far my favorite style. Pretty busy for a Tuesday night at the Black Raven Brewery.

A- Pours a fairly clear golden color. There is a good 2 fingers of head. The lacing is nice and sticky. Solid ring of bubbles around the edge of the beer.

S- Strong hop aroma right off the bat which is perfect. Strong citrus grapefruit as well. This brew has exactly the smell that i would expect from any good DIPA. The first whiff just begs you to taste the wonderful hoppy bitterness that is sure to come.

T- Awesome!!! Man oh man the explosion of strong hops is right in your face followed by the tart grapefruit and lemon and finishes bitter and just a bit warming. Almost no boozyness at all which is just fantastic.

M- The carbonation is just right. It has a nice bubbly feel to it but at the same time it goes down smooth.

D- Other then the fact that this is a DIPA and will probably floor me faster then some, i would enjoy the ride there as this brew is fantastic and i definitely recommend anyone within the greater Seattle area or anyone that is visiting the area to stop by and try this.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to coreylag for the opportunity to taste this one. Cheers!

Light orange color, slightly hazy with a one finger head that leaves very delicate lacing. Carbonation shows as remarkably fine bubbles.

Nicely aromatic with apricot and orange marmalade on toast. The citrus aroma carries over into the flavor, which is balanced by pine and spicy hop notes. Great hop flavors sit on a firm malt backbone, with a bit of sweetness that does not detract from the hops at center stage. A light, sparkly bitterness finishes things up.

Heavy bodied and a bit syrupy. Yes, I know it is 9% abv, but it seems like a bit more carbonation might help lighten things up a touch.

Overall, an outstanding DIPA that deserves a place among the best in the style (many of which receive a lot more hype than I have heard about this one). If you are smart, you will seek this one out!

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Photo of boMD
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler that was filled at Black Raven and brought down to PDX. Thanks to BeerAroundTown for sharing this with a bunch of BA folks.

Poured clear golden almost amberish/orange with a thick, frothy, white head. Nose was completely hop acids and resins and earthy spice. Like smelling a hop farm.

Great body, the palate really coated the tongue nicely without an over bearing carbonation. This allowed the play between hop bitterness and malt balance to shine. Lots of grapefruit, jello-like fruit esters and a little bit of alcohol burn. Wonderfully balanced finish.

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Photo of FalconOne
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am very grateful to my lovely wife for bringing back four bottles of this excellent DIPA from Black Raven Brewing Company, from her was on a business trip to Seattle last week. The aroma is truly outstanding and the taste is what one would expect from a remarkable West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 4/16/2013.

A: This one is a beauty. Completely translucent light golden body with a silky, thick, bright white head that leaves nearly a full layer of lacing on the glass.

S: Tons of pine and citrus. Smells like strong fruit and hops.

T: Dank. The bitterness lingers. Tons of hops and sprucey pinecone overpower what normally sticks as a citrus strength. The taste and bitterness of lemon and grapefruit peel finishes the mouth wonderfully. The balance is really nice.

M: Full body, but surprisingly drinkable for a DIPA. Oily. Sticky. Medium Carbonation.

O: Wow, was I pleased with this one. Great west coast DIPA. The balance is incredible for being so hop forward but also pretty sweet and resinous. So happy I got to try this one.

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Photo of John_M
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled (repeatedly) the other day at the Washington cask festival. Described in the program as "extra wise and firkenized."

The beer pours a somewhat hazy peachy amber color with suprising good head retention and consdirable sticky, creamy lacing all around. The nose is quite lovely in this beer, with a considerable amount of tropical fruit (smells like there's a lot of mosaic hops in this bad boy), but with noticeable citrus and pine as well. This smells like a serious DIPA, something that I was able to quickly verify on the palate. The flavor profile deliverys a lof of apricot and peach in this beer, but with a considerable back bone of orange citrus and pine as well. The finish is quite long and bitter in this excellent DIPA, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

Excellent beer, and one I'm very glad I finally had the opportunity to sample.

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Photo of bstave
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into my New Belgium tulip snifter

A- Translucent copper with a finger of white head. Lacing is nice. Very nice looking.

S- Smell is gorgeous with BIG fruity and pine hops. Smell is spot on! WOW!!! I think I will sit and smell this for a while.

T- Taste follows the nose. This is VERY fresh! One of the best tasting IIPAs I have had. I had this last year on tap and this is significantly better even though it is out of the bottle. Big oily hops up front and solid caramel malt backbone. Cannot taste the alcohol. Well done!

M- Carbonation is perfect contributing to a spot-on creamy medium mouth feel. Rolls down very nicely.

O- My favorite beer of the year. Too bad they don't bottle this more often. Well done!

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Photo of draheim
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz (bottled 4/16/2013) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear copper color with a big frothy white head. Lazy carbonation rises from the bottom.

Aroma is a big burst of clean citrus and pine. Smells like Pliny.

Taste is dank, sticky, and resinous. Tons of hop oils, held together by a solid backbone of clean pale malt. More pine and citrus. Alcohol is well-hidden. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is oily and sticky, about right for a big DIPA. Nice bitterness on the finish, but this one is also pretty sweet.

Overall this is about exactly what I hoped for and expected. Wisdom Seeker is world-class, about as good as any other DIPA out there. The real deal.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second and final bottle of my recent allotment; to tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful translucent golden orange, with a finger's worth of fluffy soap-bubble head, which dissipates rather rapidly. Moderate lacing reveals itself, like it's left behind as the tide goes out.

S: Ruby red grapefruit—citrus hoppiness with a really enjoyable hint of a mixed fruit cocktail's syrupy sweetness. A bouquet of flowers I can't quite place. Lilacs?

T: Tastes how it smells, sans sweetness (at first). Hops initially dominate, but don't intimidate...they're artfully restrained. Balances with warmth.

M: Gives the impression that it tips the scales on the heavier side of middle-weight, but goes down easily with a carbonation that percolates throughout the mouth and clings to the palate well afterward.

This is an excellent DIPA.

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Photo of gandres
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ brewery tap room@ 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 standardcherry
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle produced on March 21st 2013. Drank on April 8th.

A: Almost transparent gold color. A nice white head with very nice lacing. Good looking beer!
S: Blast of hop resin and pine! Also has a big candy-like aroma. Strange but good. Followed by a slight citrusy character and some toasted malts.
T: Just like the nose. Big piney/grassy bitterness with a bit of orange zest. I usually prefer my IIPAs to be more fruit-forward but this one is great. Lots of caramel malty backbone in there supporting the super piney hops. A bit of spiciness in there. Strange candy flavor just like the smell. Very interesting and tasty, just not something I would expect in a IIPA.
M: Medium bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. A bit of an alcohol bite.
O: This is a great beer, glad I got to try it!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle sent to me from Hopburster.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, medium-oragne with a one finger light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Super strong pine hits you hard, then some orange, and then a unique candy smell, almost like cotton candy.

T - Pine, grass, very earthy - then sweet citrus and candy follow.

D - Perfect balance here. Good carbonation and body.

O - I really love this one. Try it if you can.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great carbonation and chunky lacing. Aroma dominated by piney and citrus hops with grapefruit and light caramel malt. Flavor is a great balance between caramel malt and herbal, piney hops and mild mixed citrus. Medium body with some creaminess and nice active carbonation. It was a long wait to try this, but it was worth the wait. A very well balanced IPA that starts out nicely malty with light citrus fruit and then slowly develops a great herbal hop presence that lingers. Lives up to its hype and I look forward to greater availability. This is one of the great PNW breweries.

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Photo of cavedave
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 drumrboy22
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a GIF from jconrick1. Poured from a growler into a Bell's tulip glass. Beer was a clear, dark orange color with a one-finger, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and little lacing around the glass.

Aroma was citrus hops, grapefruit, malt and pine. Smells fresh and fantastic.

Taste was bitter hops, caramel, malt, melon and some pine. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Not as complex as the aroma, but still very tasty.

Vibrant, bitter finish. Very nice beer. I had never heard of this, but am pleasantly surprised. I think if this got a wider distribution and some more reviews, it could rank pretty high in the DIPA category. Big thanks to jconrick1 for the growler!

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Photo of mabermud
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber/gold body. The look is reminiscent of an IPA. Light in color, crystal clear. Uninspiring smell. Wet socks. Faded orange and old 7-up. If the smell was uninspiring, the taste is inspiring. Balanced tropical flavors that are mushy...soft. Maybe I should say, the flavors are intricately woven together. Nothing explodes, no 500lb bomb...this is a cluster bomb with juice. Mellow flavors. Laid back Imperial IPA. The feel is right there, on target. Nice carbonation throughout, easy body.

Overall - Excellent. Nice look, decent smell, great taste, awesome feel.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Hopfest! Seemed to be very popular that day. A dark yellow pour, approaching light orange, the slightest amount of foam. Killer dry hopped citrus aroma.

Taste, more grapefruit and tangerine hop feel, the key component of this beer. Not super bitter, just hops. Would love to see this at next year's dipa festival, it would do well. Doesn't at all give off that its a dipa, you would think single given the lack of detectable alcohol and bitterness, the lightness of its body.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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 barleywinefiend
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a transparent deep yellow color with good carbonation leaving a moderate white cap and bubbles but th lacing is light islight and head retention is minimal

S: Melons, grass, orange peel and grapefruit

T: Immediate sordove astringent and bitterness with a lemongrass note followed up with a light toasted grain, orange peel, grapefruit and a tough of melon. The finish has a light booze sting, a little slick but has a dry sordove feeling and taste to it

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, a nice amount of lingering bitterness remains on the palate

O: Very good. Easy to drink, tastes wonderful. The appearance could use some legs and the nose could use a boost.

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Wisdom Seeker from Black Raven Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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