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Kitty Kat Blues | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.84/5
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56 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HuskyinPDX on 12-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,389
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
56
pDev:
12.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of SveNss0N
2.26/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Moose90
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a pale light golden yellow color, this white head forms, minimal lacing.

S — Smells strongly of blueberries and vanilla, little bit of doughy malts, this literally smells like a blueberry mini muffin in a glass, bizarre.

T — Tastes more like the nose, huge sweet artificial blueberry tone here, lot of vanilla sweetness, and a little weird grassy note, catnip? Cloyingly sweet.

M — Almost thick, the vanilla makes this stick to your palate, tough taste to get out of your mouth.

O — Just strange, not sure who this appeals to, but if you want a big glass of blueberry, vanilla, catnip, soda, then this is for you! I enjoy most Black Raven stuff, but this one missed the mark for me.

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Photo of DamienI
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rick778
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber color with a modest head in the Affligem chalice. Distinct fruity aroma, though it's hard to tell what at the beginning. The vanilla shows up in the nose.

I"m not sure blueberries is what I would think of, tasting this stuff. The bitterish, herbal finish is different. Tangy and aromatic. Maybe they should have tossed the berries and kept the catnip. However, after some sipping the astringent bitterness seems to take over. And then there's that annoying vanilla note.

I don't get much sweetness or cloying sensation, but there's something icky about this. Well made, crisp, and clean, on the plus side. But not enough to make me want to finish the 22 oz bottle. Purchased at a market in Portland.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ryanjgamache
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rab53
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hreb
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a lovely amber color, crystal clear, and forms a surprisingly large white pillowy head. Immediate rushing aroma of blueberries. Flavor... well, it tastes like a blueberry beer. Not a blueberry wheat (Sea Dog, Wachusett), nor a lager (Sam Adams). Just a straight ahead American amber ale with the classic blueberry ale flavor. There is a dryness in the finish which is kind of herbal -- and not in a good way. Maybe that's the catnip? Unfortunately I don't detect the vanilla bean at all. I'm not loving this, and I don't think I'd try it again. Then again I'm not a huge fan of blueberries in any form so what did I expect? Lovers of blueberry beers would probably get a lot more out of it than I.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of 8444dodgers01
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear appearance. Dark amber red color. Frothy, off-white head. Eventually collapses into a thick collar. Lacing is good. Aroma is blueberries, vanilla, and some citrusy notes. Slick mouthfeel. There is a little sweetness from the blueberries. The finish is abrupt but a tad bitter. Do not get the vanilla which i was kind of hoping for. As for the catnip i have never experienced so do not know really what that is supposed to smell or taste like. The longer it warms up the more bitter it gets. I am liking this beer.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gouettn
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TysonA
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz (bottled 4/30/2015) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is floral and sweet, a touch grainy.

Taste is sweet, herbal, tea-like. Bready malt, berry sweetness. And there's an unusual bitterness here I can't put my finger on; catnip? Wouldn't know. Has almost a spicy bite to it, like cayenne. Not really getting much vanilla, maybe more the suggestion of vanilla in terms of a general softness.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium-bodied, about right for a pale ale.

Overall a unique beer, not sure I would go for it again.

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Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TwoTrees
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There is a fine line with fruit beers when the fruit ceases to be welcome accentuation to an already well crafted brew, and becomes a cloyingly sweet, sugary backbone. Kitty Kat Blues is very much the former.

Crisp, hoppy, blueberry notes on the fringe…this was a refreshing pale. Great for a Summer afternoon.

Well done again, Black Raven!

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Photo of brenn79
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Original rating May 20. 2017- 22 oz bottle- Pours clear dark orange to golden with a medium white head that retains nicely. Aroma is blueberries, vanilla, and a bit of grassy hops. The taste is blueberries, vanilla, dry bittering hops, heard catnip is similar to hops in taste, in fact they are a relative, but the flavor is very dry, medium bitterness, drying in the mouthfeel. Interesting, and i actually really enjoyed it!

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll try anything Black Raven. They do good work. Draft at Bindlestick in Snoqualmie.

This one is out there. Not really a fruit beer kind of guy unless it's sour with fruit but...

It's not quite amber, clear with a small white head that lasts and leaves some lacing.

Armoa is pretty malty with some fruit but not something I would pick out as blueberries if I didn't know already.

Taste is kind of strange too. It's fruity but still not, "This is Blueberry" with decen hop bitterness and herbs with a hint of vanilla. No one thing really stands out and it all blends pretty well. It just works in combo.

I like it. I would and will have another.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tao at the Brewery on 12-21-12

A - Served a beautiful nitro creamy orange with a silky smooth creamy colored head. Of course amazing retention due to the nitro tap.

S - Blueberries and some sweet bready toast.

T - Blueberry pancakes. Very tasty, but it seems to get a bit cloying after a while.

D - Great body and Nitro. Silky smooth.

O - If you want a sweet blueberry pancake dessert. This is it.

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Kitty Kat Blues from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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