Revival Double Black IPA
Revival Brewing Co.

Revival Double Black IPARevival Double Black IPA
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #189
Ranked #17,576
3.9 | pDev: 10.26%
Revival Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Very Good
Revival Double Black IPARevival Double Black IPA
Notes: This Cascadian Dark Ale, otherwise know as our Double Black IPA, emerged stylistically from the Pacific North West. It has an IPA backbone with a "special blend" of choice roasted malts combined with a hard hitting matchup of hops, knocking this beer into a new weight class. Dry hopped and unfiltered for maximum flavor and punch. Enjoy it with a trainer!

85 IBU
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treated as an imperial black IPA, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black color with a cap of a little eggshell white foamy head. Some messy lace. The aroma had some coffee, light bitter pine/somewhat sprucy, citrus rind, subtle earthiness, sly wood, dark chocolate and a little bit of grassiness. The flavor was moderately bitter with a touch of the sweet and roast nipping at the back end. Aftertaste was semi-roasty, bitter, hint of sweet. Finish nipped at some roast and pine. The palate was medium bodied with a good grip of the sipping aspect coming about. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty nice imperial black IPA. I’d have this again.

Jun 05, 2017
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MikeyBadnews from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks good

Smells like wet hopping, old banana and smoked chocolate

Tastes is quite bitter, burnt alcohol, chocolate is there but takes a backseat to the more pronounced bitter and smoky notes, the more I look the worse it tastes.

Looks good, an intriguing smell, but the taste is way rough with a lingering robutussin talcum powder slickness stuck to my tongue,


Mar 14, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Chinook/Sorachi imperial black IPA is a pretty solid idea, but I haven't had the best luck with Revival Brewing (they've sorta felt inconsistent to me thus far), so I'm hoping this falls on the high-quality side of the spectrum for them.

Pours an expected deep blackened-brown color with a thin but pretty retentive head of khaki-colored foam that leaves nice cobweb-esque lace. Bubble formation on the surface is really solid, too, actually. This definitely looks the part it tried out for, and I like the slightly reddish undertones and cola-like appearance. Solid as hell.

Nose is also very much in the vein of what I expected given the hops involved and the dark malts necessitated by the style profile. Spice, pine, roasty char, slight clove with a nuttiness underneath the roast profile. A bit of anise as well. Slightly medicinal and definitely seems like it's going to be bitter as hell.

Flavor has all of those elements in spades; so far, so good with this one! Huge punch of pushy, piney hops and slight grapefruit, lemon and spice followed by huge roastiness, baker's chocolate, more pine... this also has a surprisingly yeasty and complex finish. I get some of the licorice-like notes from the nose here, too, but they're mostly subsumed by the big malt profile and darker, charred elements. This strikes a nice balance between bitterness and roast/maltiness that a lot of black IPAs kind of fail at to some extent, so I congratulate Revival for nailing that part.

Feel is on the lighter side of medium for an 8% beer, and with that said I also don't get much ethanol. Pretty drinkable though it does coat the palate well, too. I enjoy this well enough to keep coming back for another sip each time the previous one fades, and unlike many other black IPAs I've had, this doesn't really fall too evenly on either the "hoppy porter" or "IPA with roast" side of the spectrum... it has slight elements of both and works well on most levels. It's plenty bitter, has some interesting hop character and looks nice in my glass. Not much else to say other than that I'm happy this met my expectations and I will continue to buy interesting sounding beers by Revival! Always a good outcome to a random single bottle purchase.

Oct 08, 2016
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JacksonCR1 from Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour--huge foamy head that lasts with gorgeous lacing. Aroma of coffee and some citrus. A sate of carbon, chocolate and some caramel perhaps as well, but very subtle.

Aug 10, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Freshness dating was not notched on the bottle. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, half inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch cap with copious swaths and spots of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses cocoa, piney hops and a suggestion of metallic notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a distinct chalky character and chocolate is more akin to baker's chocolate. Hop character is present but less pronounced and there's also a hint of brewer's licorice. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with an assertive carbonation. Overall, a decent example of the style but I think the bottle might be a little old. I'll definitely need to re-experience fresh.

Jan 23, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Colonial Spirits
Dark brown with a tan head. Earthy pine and citrus atop a lightly roasty chocolate sweet maltiness. That's a pretty good black ipa right there.

Jan 10, 2016
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with a nice two and a half fingers of off-white head

S - Spicy hops with a lot of roasted notes and some fruits.

T - A candy-like fruit taste (think Spree or Skittles) is quite prominent, but the dark malts and roastiness contributes equally.

F - Thicker than anticipated and that's a good thing. Full like a stout, but drinkable thanks to the fruity hops. No alcohol taste ans no syrupy feeling.

O - A stellar Black IPA combining the best of both fruity hops and roasted, stout-like qualities. Damn that's good.

Jan 03, 2016
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sandsonik from Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - OMG, certainly one of the most gorgeous beers I've ever seen, LOL. Pours like a Guinness and you'd swear it was nitro. Beautiful, big, tan head with staying power. Head dissipates as you drink, but never goes away, and there's lots of lacing. Black as night.

Smell- not a whole lot. Coffee at first. After it warmed, it released lemon and pine scents.

Taste - VERY smoky. Char. Bitter chocolate. Overall, it doesn't seem hoppy at all, though you get a bit of hoppy, kicky bitterness on the finish. I wonder what the IBU is? Honestly, I'm not a big fan of smoky beers and this is a very roasty, smoky beer so take my review with a grain of salt. Still, I've had worse and this is pretty drinkable. It grew on me - as it warms, you taste more sweetness as well as more hop character. It's got a very dry finish that leaves you wanting more. Hides its alcohol very well

Feel - Thin. It's odd - while waiting for the head to settle, it totally looked like a Guinness, but mouthfeel isn't creamy and isn't anything like a nitro.

Overall - I would try it again, but currently it's not really to my taste. I'm not qualified to say whether it's true to style or anything like that. A little too smoky for me. Still, an interesting beer that balances hops and malt well. And one that changes a LOT as it warms. If you can't taste the hops, can't detect the citrus others have mentioned - wait.

Dec 12, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black brew, topped with a nice dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Juicy and herbal aroma. Individual hop notes are a challenge to pick out, melding together amid a subdued roasty and caramel background.

Hops don't translate to the palate cleanly, although they carry plenty of juice and herb. Pineapple mango and grass stand out, but there's an earthy staleness that detracts. The roasty malt is so subdued one wonders why exactly they went with a black IPA at all.

Smooth and extremely drinkable. Lively with some sting. Excellent for the ABV.

Aug 23, 2015
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a slight ruby color around the edge of the glass in the light. Head retention is really good and the nutty, coffee brown head showed a wall of lace.
Smell was of an interesting combination of roastiness and lemony pledge. Chocolate, nuttiness, and pine are also present in the nose.
The dark, bitter chocolate leads the malt character while the chinook and sorachi hops meld an interesting, sweet hop flavor.
Feel is a bit on the lighter side for the style and the carbonation is moderate. Wish there was a bit more bitter on the back end of the sip.
Overall, I liked the interesting hop profile. That's what drew me to this beer. Although the lack of overall bitterness held this beer back some, I still enjoyed it.

Aug 12, 2015
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Onemoresolo from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh sample bottle from salesman. Notched best-by date was October, contract-brewed at Cottrell:

Didn't take notes while tasting it, but my boss and I thought it was a pretty solid beer. Not sure why they market it as Chinook vs Sorachi Ace, because there was very little dry hop presence, but the beer was enjoyable. Creamy body, nice roasty flavors with vague citrusy hop notes.

Jul 09, 2015
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PatGreer from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Didn't enjoy this one much. Tasted like very, very dark rye bread. Hints of baker's chocolate. Heavy beer up front but finishes fairly dry. I didn't taste any hops in this, though, and naturally that's my main complaint. Tasted more like a RIS, and not a very good one at that.

Jan 03, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown like slightly weak coffee; creamy, tan head- almost like it was a nitro pour; slowly dissipated, leaving a ring around the edges; some lacing;

S: My first sense was stale coffee or coffee grounds. As it warmed, I got more dark chocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate up front; then coffee, leading to a moderately bitter finish; the roasted malts really come through

M: a little thin for a double, IMHO. Hides the ABV very well. Moderate carbonation.

O: An enjoyable beer, but not special.

May 25, 2014
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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with a date area but nothing notched out.

Black with some light coming through on the edges. A very big beige head (maybe too big). Initially nice hoppy aromas that fade fast leaving some malts to shine through. Nice hop flavors with a mild bitterness and a hint of malt roastiness. Smooth and silky with a moderate carbonation.

A very nice RI beer!

Mar 13, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz., bottle. Sampled on February 7, 2014.

The pour is a very dark brown and just about black with a lingering off-white head. Looks like a craft beer,

The aroma is pretty straight forward. Lots on sweetness.

Moderate body


The pour is quite nice with its dark brown to near black color. Lingering off-white head. Really fresh aroma with an good fruit hop character as well as a clean malt note. Licorice. The body is medium. The taste has a kind of malted licorice thing going on but generally smooth.,

Feb 09, 2014
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Beerswede from Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this up on broadway served with an oven roasted pork dish and it was outstanding. I'm typically a straight-up IPA consumer, but this sat really well with me. I especially enjoy the smooth finish on the back. Must try on tap!

I know it's a black, but since I'm a hop-nut I would have liked a tad more bitterness in the after taste. But, overall a very pleasant dinner brew.

Jan 10, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color; the tan head pancakes down, leaving some splashy lacing behind

Smell: Burnt toast, lemon and pine

Taste: The hops jut forward here, with the lemon from the Soriachi Ace and the pine from the Chinook each staking a claim; roasted and slightly burnt toast flavors build underneath through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together though the lemon emerges just a bit triumphant in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the best ABAs I have encountered, showing tremendous balance and a creative hop profile

Sep 05, 2013
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'll admit, this was only a 4 oz. sampling at Mews Tavern in RI but I'll give it review anyway.

It was dark as advertised and I really couldn't get a sense of the head. It hid the 8% ABV pretty well and was well balanced between the 85 IBUs and the malts. The only thing that holds this brew back for me is the mouth fell. I thought it was a bit on the thin side for my taste but I'm sure some others will be fine with it.

Definitely worth a try.

Jul 05, 2013
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark. Small sample size relegates my other depictions of the appearance to mere assumptions.

S-I enjoyed the nose but thought it could use a bit more muscle. Its very well balanced. I actually thought it may lean toward the malty side. Lots of roast and chocolate with a subtle mixture of ripe citrus and piney hops.

T-The flavor I like even better. The malt is loaded with sweet chocolate tones. The hops are floral and quite citrusy. It makes me think of a chocolate orange, the one you whack in a table to break open. Perfect balance and I enjoy how the malt may provide more than the hops here.

M-A bit creamy. Growing bitterness. No booze. Tickling bubbles.

O/D-An enjoyable brew. One of the best Rhode Island brews I have had. A memorable take on a style that can be volatile.

Jun 11, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark brown coloring with slight ruby highlights around the edges and a frothy, small bubbled, thin head coating the surface. Aromas of roast and chocolate, with resiny and bitter hops presence to balance out the nose. Very rich smells. Flavors are bitter and resiny on the forward tongue, with a darkly roasted backbone of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The palate is a bit off balance, with bitterness at the beginning and end overpowering. The body is light, and the carbonation makes it effervescent, and almost sharp. Bitter roast and hoppy aftertaste, with a dry, almost astringent finish. Roasty linger left behind. This one was promising, but it came off the rails a bit at the end.

Jun 07, 2013
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RichD from Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark black color. Didn't pours like a stout, though. There was about 2-3 fingers of a light tan, almost white head. Some lacing is left on the glass as I get through this.

S: When I first poured this all I smelled was piney hops. I let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and smelled again and chocolate malts was the main scent I picked up. Upon further sniffing, combination of heavy chocolate and faint hops is what this brew gives off. Definitely unique.

T: Wow, this is unique. Chocolate malts with some piney, resin-like hops. I can taste the Chinook hops but the Sorachi ace isn't really picked up. I picked up a little caramel hops as well. Bitter tasting on the end. Nonetheless there isn't much beyond the chocolate, caramel and the hops.

M: This is a medium to full bodied brew. More on the medium side, though. Kinda dried my mouth out, which is customary with IPAs.

Overall: This brew has gotten better as I've continued to drink it. There are some good qualities that lie within this. The chocolate malts combined with the Chinook and Sorachi Ace hops is definitely a unique and delicious combination. I like this brew and I'll definitely continue to buy this in the future. Great job Sean!

Apr 12, 2013
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smcnulty1981 from Rhode Island

4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours fairly viscous and black in color about 2 fingers of a khaki head which stuck around for awhile with a good ammount of lacing when held to the light shows that there are dark brown notes on the color of the beer

S: lots of resin on the nose but mostly a kind of dank and earthy smell coming from the hops ending with some chocolate malt character

T: very well balanced taste the the earthy bitterness of the hops blends well with the chocolate undertones of the malt again the taste is reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate

M: full bodied very creamy mouthfeel very easy to drink very light carbonation like most darker beers should be

O: drinks well may be the best of example of a black ipa that I have had even more than the west coast black ipa's including Firestone walker I always felt that the fruity west coast style ipa's didn't fit well with the dark malts but this beer strikes that perfect balance which proves tha east coast style ipa's fit with these malts better so overall the earthy hops and the chocolate malts great a great blend go and get some of this

Jan 13, 2013
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mostpoetsdo from Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Ounce bottle poured into a US Pint glass.
Was great on tap, let's see how the batch of bottles turns out.

A: Deep brown, and a two finger, tan head which stays around for a while. Nice off-white lacing all over the glass. Very nice and sticky looking.

S: Citrus hops, tiny touch of pine, a lot of roasted malts, cacao powder.

T: Has a nice grapefruit quality in the hops up front, but is quickly balanced by a great malt backbone. Nice coffee flavours sneak through. Not overly hoppy, not too malty, it walks the line perfectly. This is a prime example of what a "Black IPA" should taste like.

M: Medium to full body, smooth carbonation.

O/D: With a bunch of Black IPA's seeming like a fad, this flagship beer proves that the style can stick around for a long, long time.

Jan 05, 2013
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Opaque black with a bubbly, thicker tanned head. Dissolves into patchy lacing with a wisp of filmy retention.

Piny hops with hints of citrus peel. Softly bitter, roasted dark malts, coffee beans, chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Sticky pine needle hoppiness and a touch of citrus with grapefruit. Resinous, lightly sweet and roasty. Warming dark malts, toasted nuts, dark chocolate, coffee beans and a touch of smoke. Finishes bitter with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Decent black DIPA with a nice pine-hop profile.

Dec 29, 2012
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chimaylvr from Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Doherty's Irish Pub, Pawtucket, RI

I usually breakdown each category and give impressions but suffice it for me say this about this beer....fantastic. I'm not one for hype so I can only say that I enjoyed this beer tremendously. It was served rather cold so the aroma was subdued but estery nontheless...cocoa and hop but not floral. I've had several black IPAs before and this beats them by a long shot. Was very smooth but still had that dark roasted malt character, dark chocolate like, penetrated throughout by piney but not bitter hops...great mouthfeel and refreshing...they nailed it.

Aug 07, 2012
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