3 Ravens Black 55 | 3 Ravens Brewing

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3 Ravens Brewing

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 10-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3 Ravens' beer for GABS 2013. I tried it on tap there in May, and am still catching up on entering reviews for the 100-and-something beers I managed to sample.

Pours a deep brown colour with good clarity to it. Body is fairly solid. Head forms a solid, creamy ridge of beige that leaves sheets of lacing. Looks good.

Mild grain characters on the nose provide a basis, before there's a shock of bright, orange-citrus hops to counteract it. Slight roast does come through which bounces off the hop character to give a suggestion of rubber. All up, it balances out to be fairly mild in weight, but the characters do provide some nice contrast for one another.

Light crisp entry on the palate leading to the hops coming in mid-way through. These give some weak orangeskin characters, relatively dry and clean for the most part. The roast comes in on the back, providing a pronounced toasty note and a faintly drawn hint of char. This disappears before the finish, leaving just a toasty grain note.

Feel is a little bit light: it could certainly survive a bit more heft.

It's pretty decent stuff: well made and nicely balanced. It's not crazy, and it certainly didn't stand out all that much at GABS. But standing out at GABS isn't necessarily a benchmark for a good beer. And this is certainly a good beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly brown colour rather than black, clear with medium cream-coloured head. Looks alright.

Smells roasty, with notes of chocolate, some very faint coffee, plus a sweet burnt sugar note as well. Whisper of some US hops at the back. Pretty nice.

Taste is very dry. Lots of roast that gets increasingly bitter with a decent coffee belt, some darker spice notes with star anise surfacing most noticeably. Not a big hop character on here which is a shame, but pretty decent palate overall.

Body is a little light on, and as a result carbonation a little more strongly felt than I'd like.

More black than APA, but decent enough beer.

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3 Ravens Black 55 from 3 Ravens Brewing
3.63 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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