Black Raven IPA | Olde Hickory Brewery

Black Raven IPABlack Raven IPA
210 Ratings
Black Raven IPABlack Raven IPA

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 07-23-2010

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Photo of brobeerbot
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Spyderpunk828
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Great IPA great taste great bite all around great beer

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Photo of kenoshagirl
5/5  rDev +32.6%
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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Photo of misterhops
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Brandon_Carver
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of BrendanMHowell
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of OregonHopmonster
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Bruisin' Ales

Seemingly black until held up to the light, then you see it is truly a very dark black cherry color. A bit of a tan head, but it doesn't last. I don't care though because as soon as I smell it I can't wait to taste it. The aroma is fantastic- pine aromas just jump from the glass.

I was surprised by the tons of roast in the flavor, though there are equally large amounts of pine hop flavors. Roast and pine fight but roast really takes hold in the long French roast coffee finish. I prefer the aftertaste to be more hop dominated, but this is still very good.

What makes the overabundance of roast acceptable is that the body is still that of a crisp IPA, with a dry, quenching finish. I am now convinced that this is the true difference between a black IPA and just an overly hopped porter or stout- the overall body and finish. The level of roast, black patent malt, etc. shouldn't enter the discussion.

This is very good and I would drink it often is it was local to me.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 2/5 with March drink by date.

Black and opaque. Huge head, probably too much. Great retention and nice sticky lace. Aroma: Dark chocolate, resin, slight smokiness. Bittersweet chocolate up front. Dried fruit, earthy. Medium bitter finish. Medium-light carbonation. Some mild acidity. Is this a black IPA or a hoppy porter?

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Photo of wcudwight
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black with a nice large khaki colored sticky head. Good retention. Wonderful aroma of bitter dark chocolate and hop goodness. Pine and citrus fruits. Delicious beer one of the best of this new style. Chocolate cake, roasted malts and an enormous amount of hoppy bitterness. Despite the color of the beer this one leans more toward IPA and less toward your typical dark styled beers. Carbonation is good that the mouthfeel is full and sticky. Easy drinker but it does feel like it's a bit more than 7% abv. I highly recommmend this one. OHB is doing some good things in Western NC.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a three finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts and a hint of piney hops.

T: Plenty of roasted malts, espresso, and some nice bitter hops. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O: This is a very enjoyable Black IPA. Well done Olde Hickory!!

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Photo of Bung
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shaker pint at The Wineshop at Rivergate. From notes.
Black/ruby pour with a cream head. Good head retention and a nice amount of lacing.

Aroma, resin hoppy and nearly burnt malt. Pretty straight forward.

Taste, some pine then blasted with the roast. Dark chocolate, cocoa and a nice blend with the herbal and citrus hop profile. A dry roast coffee finish.

Near medium body and goes down super smooth. Almost creamy. Alcohol hidden, could drink a bunch of this.

This was a home run for me, but I can see this not being to the hopheads liking.

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Photo of PatLarsen
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay this is the real deal right here. Had at Duckworths in a pint glass. It's a dark brown color with a good tan head. Roasted malt and caramel with citrus. Love this thing. Drinking it all in. One of the few Black IPAs that I can really get behind. Taste follows smell in the best way. Great body with good carbonation. I really like what they have done with this beer. One of the better black IPAs out on the market.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Glenn for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Very dark, essentially black, and not quite opaque. Forms a big (4 finger) tan head, with almost no visible carbonation.

S: Grassy, pine, and dank hops, with some roasty malts.

T: Follows the nose. Nice hoppiness, tasting the grass, pine and dank with some citrus character as well. This actually manages to become hop-forward over the dark roasted and a bit coffee malts.

M: Almost chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden, and plenty of carbonation sensation.

O: This is an excellent beer. First beer I've had from Olde Hickory - need to seek out more. Recommended.

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Photo of cantfindme
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a firm tan head; nice retention and some streaky lace is left behind

Smell: The roasty malt and burnt caramel sugars are dominant, but the pithy citrus and coffee tones are not far behind

Taste: The pithy citrus and burnt toast flavors complement each other right from the outset, with a coffee character adding complexity by mid-palate; the battle between the malt and hop elements continues after the swallow, with the bittering elements of the coffee and citrus finally emerging in control of the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Olde Hickory is producing some very tasty beers and this one is no exception; really like the balance here

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Photo of chumba526
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jpwv for this bottle.

It appears almost black. Though it is very dark brown. There is a dark tan head.

It smells of roasted nutty malts. I get a bit of a chocolate malt smell and a bit of a grassy and citrusy hop flavor. There is a bold strong nice flavor to this ale.

It tastes initially rather smoky. There are strong dark chocolate overtones to the flavor. I get a bit of citrus/ fruity hops. The beer then goes into a nice grassy hop flavor that lead to a powerful and strong bitter flavor. This beer has a very nice balance in the beginning there is a strong smooth roasted malty flavor but in the end there is a potent bitter flavor.

There is a smooth moderate low carbonation.

Overall, a very good smooth black IPA. This is one of the best dark IPAs I have had. This is my first beer from Olde Hickory and I am impressed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is hoppy with a firm yeasty undertone, a hint of fruit, and a smoky whisper. It pours an opaque chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Flavor is downright lip-smacking - hoppy and smoky, having notes of grass, citrus, burnt wood and coffee with just a hint of caramel and - could that be molasses? Smooth texture has above-average body and a good amount of fizz.

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Photo of cavedave
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bullywee for another Olde Hickory gem. From notes, enjoyed 2/22/11.

Deep black pour, black raven indeed, topped briefly by a thin beige head. Presently leaves a cap and ring, with some nice lace.

Smell is medium strength, orangey citrus hop in front, nice, burnt sugar sweet, not a lot to it, but man this is alluring.

Woahh, love it when a less vibrant bouquet makes a full flavor into a wonderful surprise. Surprise! A brightly flavored beer, starts burnt caramel, bitter orange, charry roast, and that sets the stage for an encore of all the above giving charge of the sip to piney and charry dry. Much of the taste carries into the finish, stays clean, shines. Alcohol well hidden. Me like.

Light in mouth, low carb., good cling, exc. finish, as easy on palate as a beer this full of deliciously sharp flavors can be.

Drinkability. Very good. Have another? Yes, please.

Impression: Olde Hickory continues to provide me beer happiness with yet another delicious beer. I want more. Soon.

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Black Raven IPA from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 210 ratings
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