Wisdom Seeker | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by boogyman on 11-25-2009

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46
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181
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
18.4%
 
 
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 181
Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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 +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 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 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 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 rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Pauken
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry west coast guys but I've yet to run into any "west coast" IPA's that really compete with what's happening out east these days... Tree House, all the VT stuff, Pipeworks, Half Acre, Hoof Hearted and the rest of the Ohio stuff... Pliny is in the ballpark...

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Photo of kemoarps
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep russet clear crisp amber body with a mountain of off white head. Gorgeous.

Nose brings light fruity and floral notes. As it settles in the spicy more blunted (dull not dope) side of the hops comes out. Malt compliment is rich caramel initially but then cedar and neutral notes take over.

Flavour brings classic west coast style with rich juicy hops supported by a thick caramel base. Bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Hops are spicy pepper and juicy citrus. Definitely pithy, and I don't mean it gives good dialogue. Finish is like a slowly tightening grip that lulls you in with the balance and accessibility of the body of the beer, but slowly peels away layers until you're left with an herbacious bitter finish that lingers. Burps bring some of the juiciness back.

Good body, appropriate carbonation. Yum yum!

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Photo of hreb
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. This year's bottle claims 8.9% ABV. Immediate, massive pine-hop aroma emanates as soon as the bottle is opened. I think there might be some dry hopping here. Peer pours pale golden in color, not quite clear, with a healthy white head. In addition to the resinous pine there's also a tropical fruit thing going on. Flavor is BIG West coast IPA, aggressively bitter. My mouth is filled with sticky, resiny flavors of pine and citrus, with hops seeking out every corner of my palate. This is not an IPA for anyone with reservations about West coast IPA. Nor a session DIPA (ha!).

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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 lochef81
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a wild card in a recent west coast buy. It pours a golden amber color with a decent white head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is a nice west coast hop aroma. Notes of pineapple, red grapefruit, and pine are prevalent. There's also a very generous amount of malt present in the nose. The mouthfeel is medium to full and sticky. I feel like it could actually use just a touch more carbonation. Flavor is a nicely balanced blend of bitter hops and sweet malt. Its good, just a little sweeter than I like my dipas. Glad I tried it but not one I'd go out of my way to get.

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Photo of jlindros
3.22/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to rudzud for giving me this bottle to try.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice soapy lacing, long rings of lacing, semi hazy but mostly clear honey golden color.

Nose is a mix, some nice hops and some not so nice, starts with a little citrus and tropical notes, little juicy tangerine and papaya like, but that quickly gives way to the bad, some rancid hop oils, lots of hop oils and resin, some piney earthy and a little musty cat piss, lots of forest floor pine and herbal tea like hops. Under that is a little candy malt note, little sweetness.

Taste is also sweet, candy malts come right out, little syrupy and some candy sugar, even a touch of a maple syrupy like note but not really a mapley flavor. With that is a touch of booze warmth, and some phenolic notes. But the real player is the hops again, big earthy herbal hops, again that cooked vegetable like note and rancid hop oils, quite an unpleasant hop chracter I think, with some chewy spicy like hops, forest floor pine and earthiness, like chewing on the moss and pine needles, mushrooms, etc, on the floor. Quite bitter overall, that even brings a little briny taste, and booze with some esters. Finish is sticky sweet, more booze warming through with a little ester, lots more hops with chewy herbal forest floor flavors and cooked hop oils.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent but lighter carb, mild warming booze, little sticky sweetness.

Overall not good, malts are OK, booze is OK, but the hops are just bad I think, it's like you take the worst profiles of most hops and throw them together in this beer. The initial quick attempt at citrus was so quickly smashed I almost forgot I even got it in the first place.

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Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden straw hue with a two finger rocky white head that faded to leave light side lacing and a thin blanket. Possibly the clearest DIPA I've seen.

S - Aromas of softer malts and hops, faint herbal tea notes, light caramel, candi, pine.

T - Taste is quite bitter / astringent. Pine is there, same with grapefruit pith. The bitterness is almost clashingly so, and I think it makes the alcohol stand out more. Definitely feel the ABV,
light caramel malt, faintly sweet, herbal hops. Really bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit lower carbonated, really does not help to hide the alcohol.

O - Overall, this one threw me for a loop. Was expecting something really stellar but yeah, the alcohol was a bit much.

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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 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 flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with decent retention. Quite good!

Smell: citrusy hop character with a grainy malt underneath. Enticing and well-balanced, but not mind-blowing.

Taste: sweet malt with a dank, citrusy hop character. A little bit of graininess and astringency comes in at the end. The finish is a little more syrupy than bitingly bitter. It's a tasty brew, but doesn't have the crazy-good character of a great DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a very good creaminess for the style. Kudos.

Overall: a very tasty and drinkable DIPA. Sweet with a nice fruity hoppiness, and not overwhelmingly bitter. I'd definitely have this again.

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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 jmarsh123
2.69/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours clear orange-ish color with a good cap of creamy white head. Good retention and a touch of lacing.

Very pine and resin forward. A bit of candied grapefruit as well with some floral notes. Good sticky and dank aroma.

And now the let down. Definitely leans west coast style although there is a bit more malt than in most in that classification. Starts out with a touch of citrus before it's enveloped by bready malts and pine. A weird sweet bread flavor clashes with the hops. Very astringent finish and every bit of the 9.0% ABV shines through then some. Booziness is overwhelming by the end.

Sticky medium body with medium to low carbonation. As mentioned, does nothing at all to hide alcohol.

Not sure why this beer is getting glowing reviews. In my opinion, it's a decidedly below average DIPA. The aroma is very intriguing, but the taste is an absolute mess. 9.0% feels like 12.0%. I've never had a DIPA that seems to add ABV before. There's also a weird sweetness that clashes with the alcohol. Decent hop profile, but is lost behind the booze. Ended up pouring some down the drain as it got to be too much. Very let down by this one.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split

Served in oversized Karmeleit glass - fairly light bodied with a huge sticky white head. The alcohol is omnipresent as is a permeating sweet citrus flavor. Moderately bitter, big grapefruit hop bite, pine, sugared ruby red. Quite good, but a bit rough around the edges.

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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 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 bifrost17
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FW Teku glass. Bottled only two days ago!!

A: Pours exactly like you'd expect for the style. Super clear dark golden/orange color, nice finger and a half fluffy white head. Nice webby lacing. Super clean, inviting looking beer.

S: Hoppy, citrus fuit, piney goodness. Slight hints of that 9.1% abv coming through in the nose.

T: Follows up the nose. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M: Nice and smooth, moderate carbonation. Super sticky. My only slight gripe is I wish it was just a little bit more on the dry side in the finish, but that's a very minor gripe.

O: Black Raven makes some pretty damn amazing beer, but unfortunately the bottles are very limited, but I'm hoping with their upcoming expansion it will make it possible for me people to be able to experience it. I'll just be happy for now that I'm fortunate enough to be able to drink their beer on tap on a consistent basis. Wisdom seeker isn't the best DIPA I've ever had, but it's certainly in my top 10 and could easily contend with any of the more well known and "hyped" DIPAs. Seek the wisdom seeker!! You won't be disappointed.

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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 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 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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