Black Raven IPA | Olde Hickory Brewery

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86
very good
210 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Black Raven IPABlack Raven IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 07-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
210
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
32
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly fantastic black ipa. 12 oz brown bottle with a quality label. Pours a dark black ruby color that resembles Pepsi. Head has nice size and settles to a fluffy blanket of a head. Poured into an American pint glass.

Sweet black malt aroma with hints of toasted bread. Ripe dark fruit balances the hop profile. Flavor wise is where this shines. Solid roasted malt backbone with sticky sweet candied dark fruit notes balancing dank hop and spices.

Good body and balance makes for an easy drinker. Texture is sticky and allows it's flavors to shine.

Overall Black Raven is a very good ale. It's more of a balanced black ale rather than the ipa the name suggests. This is one of the easier black ales I've ever had. Maybe not the hop profile I look for, but it packs balance and a big shot of quality. Olde Hickory have a solid black ale with this offering.

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Photo of sisterofba
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBradSC
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Apellonious
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 11/3/2016, poured into a tulip glass. Pours pitch black, with a half finger tan head. The aroma is chocolate, cocoa, and orange/citrus. Hints of vanilla and nuts. The taste is somewhat muted, hints of smoke, dry cocoa, not much semblance of hops other than in the grapefruit/bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation is medium low, and is somewhat dry. This almost drinks like a porter, due to some hop fade? Will have to try one younger to see how it compares. Worth a go if you like the style.

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3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.62/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottling Date: 11/25/2015.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Great malt/hop one-two punch with the hops being decidedly more earthy and herbal.

T- The hop bitterness and roast bitterness commingle very well and leaves the palate with a nice drying sensation. The bitterness lingers as the hop flavor mixes with the coffee and slight char notes from the malt.

M- Somewhat sharp with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A great take on a black IPA. Has lots of balanced flavor that sticks with you to the last drop.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kenoshagirl
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that started me on my journey to exploring IPAs. I know it's a blended beer, but it is my favorite from OHB. It's almost like having a black and tan in a bottle. I recommend this brew for anyone who is starting to venture towards hoppier brews.

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3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Black Raven IPA from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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