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Brewed by:
Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by spicelab on 01-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No spiel on the label of this one, just the familiar Raven motif and both Yeastie Boys and Liberty's logos emblazoned on the front. "3 of 3", and so it shall be for me. 330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Surprisingly, pours quite similarly to the other two in the series: quite light bodied, with a fine, but not particularly frothy head of beige. The lacing is a little bit less intense, and there may be a little extra heft to the body, but not enough to be noticeable. Colour is a deep dark brown: much akin to the Yakima Raven, whereas the Motueka had a hint of ruby red to it. Still, it looks pretty good, I'm just surprised how light and approachable it looks.

Nose is malty and sweet. Holy crap, where are you hops? Seriously, it almost smells like unfermented wort it's so sweet. Biscuits, caramel, perhaps a mild suggestion of roast, but not much, sugar tending towards tar. There's something nostalgic about it for me: I think it might remind me of some of the big Belgians I had early in my beer exploration, ones that seemed super sweet in comparison to Tooheys Extra Dry. But yeah, this is malty, and malty not matched by hops.

Taste is actually quite similar: big malt characters dominate, without the roast you'd get in a big 10% ABV stout, and without the hop bitterness I was expecting here. Instead, it is really still quite sweet, with the only balance being a suggestion of booze on the back: it mingles oddly with the malt to give a vague nutty, almond/marzipan kind of character. Some copper or metallic notes on the finish: this may be the lingering ghosts of the hops that were.

Feel is really quite shockingly light though, it makes it feel like a much lighter, much more approachable strength.

I'm really surprised at this. In many ways. It's much less hoppy than I was expecting, much to its detriment. It's huge, but doesn't feel huge. It's extremely sweet, but missing everything that a big sweet beer needs to balance it.

Whatever happens, this is easily my least favourite of the three. While the Motueka and Yakima Ravens had balance and structure, this seems somewhat overblown—worse yet, it really doesn't seem to fit in the sequence with the other two. Sure, beef it up to almost double the strength, but give us a commensurate bump in the hops as well.

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Photo of dgilks
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown to balck colour with garnet highlights. Medium sized tan head. Fair head retention.

Big caramel malt aroma with some nutty character. Nice fruity esters and some hop character. Interesting.

Malty, malty, malty. Very sweet with some moderately bitter notes. The hops aren't as clearly fruity as they could be. Good but it just isn't popping for me.

Moderately-full body and moderate carbonation. Okay.

An good beer but I don't get why they went big with it. The standard Raven series beers have been very good with a balance of flavour and crispness. This just seems to lose a bit of that greatness.

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Photo of danieelol
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with nice white head.

Smell is Barleywine-esque malt. Has a bit of a fruity salve behind that. Pina colada and licorice.

Taste, again, is that of a hoppy barleywine. Definitely hoppy though. Lots of fruit- lemon and orange sherbet.

Mouthfeel has more sweet, soft, dry, lemon, lime, pine. Bit of an alchol bite.

Probably should have gotten to this one sooner, not bad though.

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Photo of spicelab
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Treacle highlights on the pour, dark chocolate in the glass. Modest, one-finger tan head falls relatively quickly to a resilient collar and film.

Plenty malty, but not much of the dark roast variety. Truckloads of pungent liquorice, choc-orange, pine-lime and leafy herbs. Obvious shared character with the others in the series.

Milk chocolate edges out the liquorice, combining with spearmint, sweet pine and floral herbs. Plenty of rich caramel and toffee Pretty anaemic hop presence though - only just enough to prevent it from being a bit player.

Medium, smooth and relatively oily. Lowish carbonation and similarly low bitterness, rendering it kind of unsatisfying.

Pretty nice, but doesn't really justify its ABV. Others in the series delivered at least as much character at 6.5% Nothing grates, but I'm increasingly jaded with beers that are big without good reason.

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NevaRRaven from Yeastie Boys
3.42 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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