Raven Cream Ale | R & B Brewing Co.

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Raven Cream AleRaven Cream Ale

Brewed by:
R & B Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
R&B’s Raven Cream Ale is a dark, yet surprisingly light-bodied cream ale. Crystal, Whitbread Goldings, and Cascade hops are added to a carefully crafted blend of 2-Row, C-120, Roasted and Chocolate barley malts creating a truly drinkable beer with subtle nutty flavours and hints of chocolate. Raven Cream Ale is a two-time World Beer Cup medalist (silver and bronze), mellow enough for the casual beer drinker yet complex enough for the most discerning foodie.

18 IBU

Added by BDTyre on 11-01-2005

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by elricorico:
Photo of elricorico
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Far darker than I expected, it is a deep brown, dark enough that it is tough to see through the middle. A finger of creamy head generated from a careful pour and seems to last for a while.

Nutty aroma, with a touch of herbal notes mixed in. Cola-like caramel. Smells fairly English. Nothing too exciting.

Nuts and cola to the tongue, with a bit of earthiness on the odd swallow. Hops provide a fairly even mix of herbal and citric finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, with medium carbonation. Works quite well for this beer and adds to the drinkability.

Certainly sessionable, not an amazingly deep or complex beer, but it is pleasant.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber, a new BC brewery available in my city...always a welcome thing.

This beer pours a clear, medium red-brick amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which falls away at a leisurely pace, leaving a bit of sparse splattered lace scattered about the glass.

It smells of bready, biscuity malt, a bit of toffee/caramel sweetness, cocoa powder, and kind of musty citrus and leafy hops. The taste is toasted biscuit and toffee malt, a soft creamy and oily nuttiness, more understated, and yet bitter chocolate, a hint of wet ash, and generally indistinct earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is on the softly prickly and frothy side, the body medium-light in weight, and duly smooth, with some minor creamy moments. It finishes fairly dry, with a toasted bread and weakly floral character.

An enjoyable enough, quite laid-back cream ale, simple, and balanced nicely amongst the roast, nuts, and subservient hops. With the sub-5 point ABV, this could easily be pegged as a pub sessioner - oops, I think I just did that.

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Photo of hansonywu
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chestnut color. Thick, creamy mouthfeel that ends surprisingly dry afterwards. I was pleasantly surprised at how this wasn't overly sweet, as is the case with so many dark cream ales. Tastes malty with some caramel tones, has a nutty taste similar to a mild winter ale. Refreshing overall and I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a huge bubbly slightly off-white head with average retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is dominating. Taste is also quite sweet with a nice caramel presence and very subtle hops. Body is not full and this beer makes a nice session beer with more complexity then your average British ale.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of mrmanning
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sample with many thanks to Gravelle. Deep chestnut with a frothy beige cap. Nose of toast, dark bread, earthy malts and a fair bit of fresh hops. Tastes semi sweet, of toasty malts, bread crust, quite earthy, with floral hops. FInish is slightly sweet with a hint of tin towards the end. Astringent and enjoyable. I liked it. Thanks Jon!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341 mL bottle, courtesy of a BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler. Served well-chilled.

This unusual cream ale pours a murky, brownish-amber colour, topped with one finger of light-tan coloured head. Decent retention; it takes more than a few minutes for the froth to wilt, leaving behind a thin cap and collar, but no lacing. The aroma is quite enticing, with notes of milk chocolate, toffee, molasses, toasted nuts, black cherry and lightly earthy hops. Well, I'm a happy camper so far.

An enjoyable session ale, with a bolder flavour than I tend to expect from this (often mundane) style. Bready malts, toasted nuts and molasses come through at first, with accents of black cherry and date. Some light cocoa/chocolate flavour can be found mid-sip, with a mild roasty, earthy bitterness rounding things out at the finish. Slightly floral, with a weird tartness in the aftertaste that vanishes instantaneously. This is a light-bodied ale, with fairly strong carbonation that gives this brew a crisp, biting mouthfeel. Not as smooth as it could be, but easy to knock back and certainly not tiresome to do so.

Final Grade: 3.77, just barely eking out a B+. R&B Brewing's Raven Cream Ale is a somewhat unique example of this style that should come off as quite approachable to both craft newbies and more experienced BAs. Nothing fancy here, although the addition of chocolate malts is quite welcome - this is a well-brewed session ale with no serious flaws for me to bitch about. Were it available in this province, I'd probably get it again - it's good for the style, but fairly forgettable in the grand scheme of things.

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcCraft710
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kriscarr
1.25/5  rDev -63.3%

Photo of DarrenBrule
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am transcribing this from notes that I took last summer. Poured on-tap at the Steamworks Brewing Pub in Vancouver, BC, it was served in a pint glass. The beer was a dark caramel brown when you look directly into it, but almost a golden color on the fringes with the light coming through it. It had a thin, white, foamy layer of head. Aromas are mild caramel and a nutty sweet characteristic. The flavors ride a smooth and round body, and include the nut and almost some toffee. The dark, sweet flavors travel through into an aftertaste, and the finish is a little long on the linger, but not unpleasant. Decent brew.

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Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

341 ml bottle served cool into glassware. purchased for about $2.25 CDN.

Appearance - Semi Transparent cola brown color. Capped by a finger of tan head which didn't last too long. Red hues throughout. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - Roasty mild hops aroma. Some grassy aromas in there as well as some larger grain notes.

taste - Roasty grains with more of a tartness almost vinegar like. Thin tasting. There's some creamy flavor, but the thinness and the mild tartness is too much.

Mouthfeel - Thin feeling due to the watery flavor. Light bodied, despite the appearance. Mild carbonation.

Overall - A decent effort, but too thin to be a cream ale, and the tartness is strange. Quaffable, but better options abound.

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Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of ndekke39
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber of this with a friend of mine. Decanted into a pint glass. Pours a clear ruby with a thick, foamy white head. Great retention. Flavors and aromas are pretty simple - nice malty backbone, a touch of hop bitterness. Balanced, but not exceptionally strong. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy - appropriate to the name. Overall, very drinkable. Not a strong beer at 6.8%, but a good example of the style.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a rudy red hue, two thumbs of head which sat forever and left a nice amount of lacing.

S - Sweet malts consisting of toffee and caramel. A little bit metallic on the finish, but not a huge turnoff.

T - A very light nutty flavour with a bit of a cocoa on the finish.

M - Goes down very smooth, light carbonation and nicely balanced.

D - This is a very delicious brown ale. Wish I had access to this on a regular basis as this would be a perfect go-to beer, especially in the brown ale department.

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Photo of LaSalle
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: 650ml Bottle in standard pint glass.

Pours a straight up brown with a couple of millimetres of latte-coloured head.

Subtle hints of vanilla, molasses, and a faint but notable hop presence.

Taste :
Not necessarily my favourite, though that’s more a comment on the style than this particular manifestation thereof. Reasonable hop presence in the front, though this fades considerably towards the end. Nice roasted malt underpinnings, although I do wish this particular characteristic played a more predominant role; but that, again, may be more of a criticism of Cream Ales than of the Raven specifically.

There aren’t too many brews (in my opinion) where mouthfeel figures as a particularly prominent characteristic (at least, not in a positive way), but I’d venture to suggest that this is a very solid aspect of the Raven. Effervescent without being “bubbly”, this ale has a very nice balance in this regard.

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Photo of thefullpython
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Raven Cream Ale from R & B Brewing Co.
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