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Black Raven IPA | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Black Raven IPABlack Raven IPA
BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
210 Ratings
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:
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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 07-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,200
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
210
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent example of style, though over-representing roasted character. Thick black pour with lots beige head, significant lace left down the glass. Above average mouthfeel, some smoke in aroma and taste. As big roasty, not for everybody. I liked it now, maybe not as much in the hot summer.Thanks Doug.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Best before December 2011.

Pours an opaque black with dark brown highlights around the edges and a 2 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some pine and citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt and pine and citrus zest hops up front. The aftertaste brings about cocoa and coffee ground flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness in the middle before the cocoa and coffee flavors kick in that slowly fades after each sip. The mouthfeel on this one is a bit flat with a medium body. Overall, this is a solid example of the black IPA style that is easy to drink.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep dark brown with ruby highlights peaking thru,a thinner but well defined tan colored head atop.Aromas were a bit mild with herbal hops and roast sticking out the most.Flavors were surprising in a real good way,herbal and pretty spicy like a heavy dose of German hops mixed with roast and big earth.This beer really grows on ya,the hop profile is unexpected and goes well with the roast and earth,well done here.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a medium-small, beige head.

Smell: A sharp snap of heady roast of lackluster, burnt coffee, dogged by notes of prune skins, resins, chimney soot.

Taste: An expected opening of roasty tasting roasted malts, but with some accompanying ashy char character. Dovetails into the resiny, soapy, very faintly citrusy floral hops adding its bitterness to the grainy astringency. Dark fruits buried under the roast and hops. A little alcohol showing. Roasty, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A bit crude and rough around the edges. Though I've liked the bulk of Olde Hickory brews I've tried this was not one of them.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to derandscott for this one! Drink by May-2011.

A: Pours black with a 1.5 finger foamy, tan colored head. Nice head retention with sheets of lacing down the glass. Actually, one of the best looking ABA's I have ever seen.

S: Initially it was all hops, lots of juicy citrus and pine, but as it warms, most of the citrus actually disappears. Eventually, the aroma consisted of a bit of orange and some roasted malt.

T: Extremely roasty and burnt. A little bit of chocolate and rather chalky flavor. Not much hop presence at all.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely dry.

O: For a beer that started off strong, it ended up falling flat for me. It looked great and the initial aroma was extremely inviting, but the hops seemed to faded once the bottle was opened. The chalky flavor/mouthfeel was a big turnoff. The first miss for me from OH.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with very little head. The nose has notes of chocolate and roasted malts and piny hop aromas. The taste is roasted malt and chocolate malt up front with floral, citrusy, and piny hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth; decent carbonation.

This is a solid drinking Black IPA. I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black coloring with chestnut highlights around the edges and a low profile, dense, clingy, cream colored head. Aromas of smoke and roast forward, with a rich backbone of peat and earth, and subtle bitterness overlays. Flavors are very roast forward, with bitter coffee notes and hints of dark chocolate. Hops resin highlights throughout, with very subtle hints of citrus, but the palate is mostly taken over by roast and bitter notes. Smooth and slightly effervesced body due to the carbonation levels, which helps bring levity to the heavy bitter and roast characteristics. The aftertaste is a lot of coffee bitter and roast, as well as some earthy notes. Slick, clean, slightly dry finish. Tasty beer, heavy but drinkable. I like it.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Sampled side-by-side with Peak Hop Noire. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A half-finger of off-white foam settles to some wispy bubbles, thin collar, and leaves behind tiny spots of lace. Dark brown body that is lighter at the fringes.

S - Molasses, chocolate, roasted malts, and some oranges. Not sure of the age on this one, but it's definitely on the roasty and dark side of things. More like a porter with more hops.

T - Again, roasted malts, chocoalte, some char and burnt flavors, and a late-appearing moderate herbal bitterness. Not much in the way of hop flavors beyond the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, chewy, with medium-low carbonation. Minimal alcohol warmth, although I didn't expect any at 7%.

D - A decent but largely unexciting Black IPA. Needs more late-addition and dry hops to go with the bitterness. I also don't understand why every Black IPA has to have a least some char and black patent astringency.

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Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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