Yakima Raven | Liberty Brewing

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Brewed by:
Liberty Brewing
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by spicelab on 08-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows roasted malt, piny and resinous hops, bready malt, honey and grainy notes. Nice!
Lots of roasted malt as a flavour, with nutty, toasty and bready characters too. Some earthy resinous hops but they're not bold.
Nice moderate-high carbonation works well.
Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of spicelab
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle from Regional Wines & Spirits, Wellington.

Treacle hues on the pour, near black in the glass. Respectable mocha coloured head that falls over 5 min or so to a half centimetre raised ring and slight film. Good lace trails on swirling.

Juicy pine-lime, peach and passionfruit hop aromas lead out over a mild and very tidy roast background, displaying subtle liquorice, light charcoal and tobacco notes. Lighter malts contribute some candied high notes. Just how I like my hoppy black ales.

Flavours are a tad roastier and introduce an earthy bitterness into the mix, but thankfully neither eclipses the fruity hop character, or the sweeter caramel malt character.

Lightly oily body with pretty covert carbonation that dusts away the residual slickness and leads into a refreshing, lightly bitter finish.

Another impressive brewing display from Liberty. Judicious use of roasted malts ensures they don't steal the thunder from the hops, which in my view is where many fall over.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labelled "2 of 3", so following on from my exploration of "1 of 3" Yeastie Boys' Motueka Raven is Liberty's entry in the series, this time brewed with US Yakima hops. 330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a deep dark brown, even when held to the light it holds more brown than ruby. Much less carbonated than the Yeasties Raven, with a fine film of beige that froths on pour and settles down to a thin, silky topcoat. Lacing is specked and spotted. Carbonation is present, however, and forms in a fine spread when the glass is tilted. Looks pretty good.

Nose is fresh and bright, layered with deep, sweet darkness. I get fresh, underripe oranges mingled with some coconut, chocolate and powdered sugar. Hints of faint, fragrant, fruity coffee beans, and a little crushed herb. Very pleasant stuff.

Taste is good, but a little muted. Some sweet fragrant fruity hops on the front that settle down into a restrained but somewhat noticeable bitterness; this dances away like orange aspirin dissolving slowly. Slight malt tones, but surprisingly little: indeed there's not a whole heap suggesting the colour in the flavour. And perhaps all you get is what remains from the aroma. I think it could use a little bit more roast and body.

Feel is smooth and light—in fact, the texture and carbonation might be the most striking difference between the two Ravens.

Overall, I think this one has a slight edge over the Motueka one. The body and texture, the more supple hop characters on the palate, and the lovely mingling of flavours on the nose really make this seem a little more sophisticated. It's good stuff.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much the same as its NZ hop counterpart from Yeastie Boys which is a dark kola hue with cherry highlights and leaves a two finger creamy head and similar lacing,the smell is fruity piney hops,blackcurrants,honey and peaches, the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of black cherries,blackcurrants,piney hops,dark honey,kola and finished with a pine hop bitterness that reminds you of the hops used in this brew and overall i think this brew from Liberty is better than the Yeastie Boys NZ version even though that was nice this is better would buy again cheers.

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Photo of danieelol
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, some brown around the edges. Good head/lacing.

Smell is nice US hops intertwined with roast, licorice bullets and coffee. Definitely some candied caramel malt. Slightly herbal quality.

Taste is similar with more coffee. Quite a strong amount of roast for a BIPA, verging on the aniseed/herbal.

Mouthfeel ends up being quite sweet at first but finishes with faintly oppressive coffee bitterness.

I definitely prefer this one to Motueka, dunno if it's because of hops, freshness, or better brewing. This one just seems more lively and well made.

Can be a bit harsh at times and I think Temple's Midnight IPA was a better offering.

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Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour which appears black. Small tan head. Fair head retention.

Sweet malty aroma with some nice AMerican hop notes. Lightly citrusy with bits of grapefruit. Even a little cherry.

The malt flavours work well upfront with a lightly roasty, slightly chalky note. Good chocolate notes. The hops come in as a back up note that bring the whole thing together with moderate bitterness and, more importantly, a nice fruitiness that works well with the malt.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really good Black Ale. Nice hop character and solid malt. Works well.

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Yakima Raven from Liberty Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 6 ratings