Black Raven Brewing Company

Commercial Brewery | Redmond, WA, United States of America

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Black Raven Brewing Company (Redmond, WA, United States of America)
Black Raven Brewing Company (Woodinville, WA, United States of America)

Beers

Overall average: 75 (logged 754 times)
Black Raven / Old Schoolhouse Ravenschule: 75 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Wheat Ale
Black Raven 1989 Dark Rare Sour: 58 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale
Black Raven Alaska "Session" Ale: 70 (logged 3 times)
Stout (Aged in Barrels)
Black Raven Azacca Fresh Hop IPA: 63 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Barrel Head Brown Porter: 82 (logged 5 times)
Porter (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon, Whiskey)
Black Raven Beak & Claw Black IPA Pro-Am Collaboration
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / American Black Ale
Black Raven BeakTweaker Citrus IPA: 68 (logged 7 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Birdserker Triple IPA: 69 (logged 8 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA (Imperial / Double)
Black Raven Bourbon Nut Pie Beer: 58 (logged 1 time)
Brown Ale
Black Raven Chocolate Wild Experimental Ale: 68 (logged 10 times)
Wild Ale
Black Raven Coco Jones Coconut Porter: 80 (logged 29 times)
Porter
Black Raven Coffee Jones: 83 (logged 1 time)
Porter
Black Raven Core of Four Element No. 1: Doppelbock: 67 (logged 1 time)
American Amber Lager
Black Raven Core of Four Element No. 2: West Coast IPA: 75 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Feather Weather Coffee Stout: 67 (logged 3 times)
Stout
Black Raven Feral Saison: 71 (logged 9 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Black Raven Festivus Holiday Ale: 67 (logged 15 times)
Winter Warmer
Black Raven Flight Test #3 Hazy Pale Wheat: 75 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Wheat Ale
Black Raven Flight Test V2.5 Hazy Pale Wheat: 83 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Wheat Ale
Black Raven Flock Party Anniversary Ale: 75 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Ale
Black Raven Flocktoberfest Lager: 70 (logged 19 times)
Märzenbier / Oktoberfestbier
Also known as: Black Raven Hochtoberfest Lager
Black Raven Fresh Hop IPA: 67 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Fresh Hop Saison: 50 (logged 2 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Black Raven Frost Beak Winter Lager: 67 (logged 3 times)
Doppelbock
Black Raven Golden Nest IPA: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Goldfeather Blonde
American Blonde Ale
Black Raven Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout: 81 (logged 26 times)
Stout (Imperial / Double)
Black Raven Great Grandfather Raven Bourbon Imperial Stout: 89 (logged 12 times)
Stout (Imperial / Double, Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Black Raven Gunpowder Plot Porter: 77 (logged 22 times)
Porter (Aged in Barrels, Oak, Bourbon)
Black Raven Harbinger Strong Pumpkin Squash Stout: 75 (logged 4 times)
Pumpkin Ale (Imperial / Double)
Black Raven Hazy Updraft Pale Ale: 58 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Ale
Black Raven Hochzeit Pilsner: 74 (logged 16 times)
European-style Pale Lager
Black Raven Jackdaw Pumpkin Dark Saison: 70 (logged 3 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Black Raven Kentucky Coco Jones Bourbon Barrel Aged Coconut Porter: 87 (logged 11 times)
Porter (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Black Raven Kitty Kat Blues Infused Pale Ale: 74 (logged 24 times)
Fruit Beer
Black Raven Kraven's Kirweisse: 71 (logged 2 times)
Berliner Weisse (Aged in Barrels, Wine)
Black Raven La Mort Bourbon: 95 (logged 15 times)
Belgian Strong Dark Ale (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Also known as: Black Raven Bourbon Barrel La Petite Mort
Black Raven La Mort Rouge: 80 (logged 13 times)
Belgian Strong Dark Ale (Aged in Barrels, Wine)
Black Raven La Petite Mort: 69 (logged 19 times)
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Black Raven Leonard's Ale
Amber / Red Ale
Black Raven Light Pilsner with Lime: 42 (logged 1 time)
Light Lager
Black Raven Mandarine De Sang: 88 (logged 2 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Black Raven Morrighan Stout: 70 (logged 18 times)
Stout
Black Raven Ninja Cat IPA: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Nothin' But Haze IPA
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Nothing But Flowers Session IPA: 78 (logged 5 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Old Birdbrain Barleywine Ale: 79 (logged 17 times)
Barleywine (Aged in Barrels, Whiskey)
Black Raven Pekko Fresh Hop IPA: 54 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Pilsner
Czech Pilsner
Black Raven Pour Les Oiseaux Barrel-Aged Saison Ale: 79 (logged 29 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak, Wine)
Black Raven Proto-IPA: 63 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Raven de Brett: 69 (logged 8 times)
Bière de Garde
Also known as: Black Raven Raven de Garde
Black Raven Ravenous Belgian Imperial Stout: 69 (logged 8 times)
Stout (Imperial / Double)
Black Raven Recipe Zero IPA: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Redfeather Session Red IPA: 65 (logged 4 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Also known as: Black Raven Proto Red ISA
Black Raven Rook: 67 (logged 1 time)
Belgian Pale Ale
Black Raven S'mores Possum Claus: 75 (logged 1 time)
Porter
Black Raven Schwarzeit Black Lager: 65 (logged 9 times)
European-style Dark Lager
Black Raven Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale: 77 (logged 55 times)
Scotch Ale
Black Raven Session Oaked Chicago Hot Toddy: 92 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Ale
Black Raven Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Stout
Stout (Imperial / Double, Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Black Raven Son of Birdserker Session IPA: 74 (logged 6 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Sourpuss: 75 (logged 2 times)
Wild Ale
Black Raven Splinters Bourbon Strong Scotch Ale: 91 (logged 45 times)
Scotch Ale (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Black Raven Squad of Ravens Belgian Quad: 67 (logged 1 time)
Belgian Quadrupel Ale
Black Raven Squashy McBourbonface: 78 (logged 3 times)
American Strong Ale
Black Raven Squawker IPA
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Summer of Sultana Hazy IPA: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Sunthief Kristallweizen: 54 (logged 7 times)
Kristallweizen
Black Raven Tamerlane Brown Porter: 65 (logged 12 times)
Porter
Black Raven Tangerine Dream: 8 (logged 1 time)
Belgian Tripel Ale
Black Raven Tavern Hall Ale: 74 (logged 7 times)
Kölsch
Black Raven Three Sundays Oaked Tripel: 72 (logged 3 times)
Belgian Tripel Ale (Aged on Wood Chips, Oak)
Black Raven Totem Northwest Pale: 57 (logged 7 times)
American Pale Ale
Black Raven Trickster IPA: 72 (logged 17 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Tricky Kitty Infused IPA: 75 (logged 2 times)
Fruit Beer
Black Raven Tropical Squawker IPA: 61 (logged 4 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Updraft Pale Ale: 67 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Ale
Black Raven Wheat Wine: 80 (logged 9 times)
Wheatwine (Aged in Barrels, Cognac)
Black Raven White Raven Wit: 72 (logged 6 times)
Witbier
Black Raven Wisdom Seeker Double IPA: 76 (logged 10 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA (Imperial / Double)
Eastside Story Collaboration Ale: 67 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Ale

Limited Edition Single Releases

Black Raven Flight Test #2 Hazy Pale Wheat: 67 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Wheat Ale
Black Raven Lowman on the Totem Pole #2: 71 (logged 2 times)
American Pale Ale
Black Raven Malt & Vine V Imperial IPA
American India Pale Ale / IPA (Imperial / Double)
Black Raven Malt & Vine VI Helles Lager: 74 (logged 7 times)
European-style Pale Lager
Black Raven Malt & Vine VII Anniversary Ale: 67 (logged 4 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Black Raven Malt & Vine VIII Session IPA: 75 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Possum Claus Bourbon Pecan Porter: 85 (logged 11 times)
Porter (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Black Raven Rye-Barrel Aged Ravenous: 88 (logged 4 times)
Stout (Aged in Barrels, Whiskey)
Black Raven SiR-71 Bourbon-Barrel Stout: 82 (logged 11 times)
Stout (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Black Raven Trickster's Gone Wild: 75 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Zero Day IPA: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA

Collaborations

Black Raven / Snipes Mountain 2014 Fresh Hop Saison (collaboration): 77 (logged 7 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale (Wet Hop)
Black Raven / Snipes Mountain Rhize & Shine Fresh Hop Session IPA (collaboration): 67 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA (Wet Hop)
Black Raven / Stone Unabridged (collaboration): 75 (logged 2 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Crucible / Bellevue New Beginnings Low Calorie Hazy IPA (collaboration): 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Midnight Sun Sun of a Beak Ale (collaboration): 72 (logged 10 times)
Porter (Imperial / Double, Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Old Schoolhouse / Black Raven Biggie Smalls Session IPA (collaboration): 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Six Degrees of Collaboration Seattle Beer Week IPA (collaboration): 68 (logged 6 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA

Unique Casks or Infusions

Black Raven 5 Star Coconut Curry Tweaker: 70 (logged 3 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven A Southern Genteel's Humidor Scotch Ale: 96 (logged 2 times)
Scotch Ale (Aged on Wood Chips, Cedar, Bourbon)
Black Raven BeakSeeker Double IPA: 71 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Beaktweaker with Szechuan Peppercorns and Green Cardamom: 75 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Citrus Hop IPA with Reposado: 67 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA (Aged on Wood Chips, Cedar, Tequila)
Black Raven English Style Ye Olde Ale: 78 (logged 3 times)
English Strong Ale
Black Raven Gin & Botanical BeakTweaker: 75 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Golden Ale Dry Hopped with Wet Hops: 58 (logged 1 time)
American Blonde Ale
Black Raven Hopzeit Pilsner: 25 (logged 1 time)
European-style Pale Lager
Black Raven Peppercorn Brown Porter: 63 (logged 2 times)
Porter
Black Raven Peppercorn Pale Ale: 67 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Ale
Black Raven Trickster IPA Dry Hopped with Super Galena and Mosaic Hops: 83 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Trickster IPA with Cocoa Nibs and Northern Brewer Hops: 50 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Black Raven Trickster with Spices of India: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA

Logs for beers from this brewery

Coming to and going back to the hospital seemed as good a reason as any.
In no way does this blueberry taste real, but it tastes enjoyable. Continues to be compelling in an unexplainable way.
Slightly smoky, deep roast, medium thick mouthfeel that has a creamier and more caramel smoothness than you’d expect from the opening. Clearly very strong.
Wet - Grassy - Cereal - Sweet - Candied lime rind - dry - perfume
Dry roasted biscuit, yeasty bitterness, leaves throat fairly dry. Caramel.
Good but not sure if it's an actual decline in quality or the Rum Coco Jones was just that good, but it suffers in direct comparison. Seemed thinner than I remember, a little more fruity and less balanced. Definitely got that Bourbon though.
Not a ton of rum in the flavor (although you can smell it), but this is pretty much as enjoyable as the base beer. Hard to say exactly, though, since I haven't had Coco Jones in a while. Lightly sweet, smooth, coconut. Nothing poking out around the edges.
Has continued to age in new and appealing ways. Quite mellow, with bourbon on top, burnt-caramel sweetness following through to raisin/date and what remains of the hops, dissipating in to a clean finish. Tastes like a warm home on a winter's day.
Bottle at Home
Pretty good, actually. A notable but appealing bitterness counters, lager-like, a piney hazy hop opening that is definitely not sweet and, in fact, almost on the savory side.
Can at Home
Doesn't taste much like an IPA, much less a hazy one; this is lightly fruity but mostly bready, starts light and sweet but has a little bit of a yeasty, bitter backbone. Finishes clean but there's a little bit of funk to it. It doesn't smell great though, a bit pungent in a way the flavor doesn't back up.
Can at Home
Really can’t taste peaches*. Hazy, slightly acrid up front but ends up lightly sweet, understated and mellow. *Maybe a bit "fuzzy" at the end, maybe those are the peaches poking through?
Dry, mildly tart, orange saison. More understated than I usually remember getting from Black Raven, but it’s been a while. Pretty good for a sunny day.
Fruity with all the bitterness.
Bottle at Home
Always good. Not top tier, but quite tasty. On the roasty side, with a slight build up of ash, maybe. Noticeable but not overbearing whiskey flavors. One to nurse for a while but worth the whole glass.
Yup.
Bottle at Home
Biscoff cookies, OJ and prunes. The JUICE for my Festivus Feats of Strength.
Bottle at Home
I don't feel like this has always been this bad. Reminds me of the old palate-killing Vienna lager from Hi-Fi. Funky-nutty and not much else.
Don’t know what they did to it this year. Smells terrible.
Ripe papaya, pith, slightly oily, resin. Not as cleanly enjoyable as the Azacca. Ironically this feels like Optimism's Azacca from yesterday.
Light papaya, citrus. A little oily and pungent at the start but overall it is light and sunny and fits the description.
Quite tart, fizzy, like a S. Pellegrino Arianciata Rossa with a funky finish, dry Brett bitterness, some horse blanket, but rather clean.
Decent hazy Pale. Little bit on the drier side - the fruit is "dark."
A round, fruity flavor that calls to mind orange peel. Malty and fruity rather than the hops I remember from earlier iterations of this beer.
Great hops smell and even better broad hops flavor, a green slightly resinous type. Complementary cereal body.
Bottle
Mellow sweet wheat, grapefruit-apricot finish that rings clear and dry as a bell. Not bitter at all. A huge improvement from the 2.0 release.
Starts with a guava-passion fruit opening, some wheat funk, and then a kind of acrid bitter finish that was off-putting at first. After a few sips I think that part of my tongue got burned out and then the rest of the glass was actually quite pleasant. Wish that first part hadn't happened, though.
Hilariously, when I ordered a Festivus they brought out another Splinters, and honestly I was too far gone to realize it, other than thinking they'd really improved the Festivus. When they corrected their mistake, yeah. Pretty perfumey.
Medium roast, coffee-centric. Smooth from the nitro but characterful enough. Again, the barrel character was almost nonexistent. This wasn't going to win any contest against the Splinters, but it was a nice, lighter followup.
Smooth, buttery caramel and strong bourbon. Goes down disturbingly easily. This seems like two years in a row where the Splinters take has been very good.
Much less wine than I remember; this tasted more like a straight up dubbel or quad. Lots of caramel, some boozy notes. I did like it better the old way.
Hoppy and juicy; I'd call this more of a wheat IPA than the name implies.
Draft at Blazing Onion, Mill Creek
Better than I remember from past releases. Still not much of the barrel spirit present, if at all, but a fine roast stout with coffee notes, enough to counteract the nitro blandness and produce some solid flavor.
A strong release, I think. Very much bourbon, with a solid, malty, caramel Scotch ale base. Did not think this was thin at all. Back to an awesome rating, and drunk fresh at that!
Pretty good stuff. Maybe now I know why Tolstoy drools all over those catnip bananas I buy him.
Bottle at Home
Seemed a lot more fruity-sour than I remembered, and I don't know if that's real or if I've gotten more sophisticated. Either way I hate everything.
Smells nice and fruity. Sweetish alpha bitterness on the edges but a solid, unsweet flavor, a hint of tropical fruit and lightly pungent resin.
Bready, banana like Belgian but with strong overtone of spicy hops. Drinkable, and pretty good flavor components, but honestly it was one of those more quality than enjoyment type beers for me.
Not a "pumpkin beer", this is a good thing.
Sweet light malt body. Somewhat acidic finish. Pretty alcoholic after burn.
Given how much I dislike Black Raven's regular pale ale, I was very pleasantly surprised. The mandarin orange flavor is nice and round, slightly tart. Light finish.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Subtle sweetness, balanced malt body.
Bottle
Far less opaque than my memory? Still very good, though.
Thinner than I remembered, with a light, caramel, slightly nutty flavor. Bourbon is clear on the tongue but not overwhelming. I think I actually prefer the Possum Claus this year, and I don't know if it's me or the beer that's changed.
Initially thin porter taste gives way to a warm, slightly viscous caramel flavor. Hints of toasted pecans and bourbon that's initially hidden behind the caramel but is definitely there if you look. Stronger than it tastes, too. I was afraid this wouldn't match my memory but it might actually be better.
Fantastic. Green hop and citrus smell. Great taste balance of hop pine, citrus tang, and malt sweetness.
Bottle
Vinegary smell. Effervescent, tart ale with definite raspberry notes and a sweet wheaty malt finish.
Pretty much an IPA with nice citrusy resinous hops flavors with a mild bitterness.
Very sour, with some nice raspberry flavors. Has a little of a pickled flavor though.
Fruity, somewhat bitter, good yeast funkyness. Some of that tripel honey like sweetness.
Very smooth with strong and dry roasted coffee flavors.
Extremely fruity, round fruit and hops, on the front, although it's more of an essential-oil fruitiness than anything that seems super-integrated. The finish is a bit acrid and bitter, which builds up unpleasantly over time.
Black Raven La Petite Mort (unknown release)
Very strong yeasty herbal flavors. Strong yeast bitterness. Good booziness.
Might be the best batch yet? Cherry, subtle clove, bit of chocolate on the finish.
Nicely toasty-sweet, gem-clear with a rich, yeasty fragrance. I think this year's batch is less hop-prickly than before and more straight Oktoberfest lager in character. Since I really like that, I think it may the best batch yet.
Bottle. Sweet roasted caramel, chocolate and dried raisins flavors. Light body flavor.
Bottle at Home
Mildly tart, soda-like weisse with a dry, blackcurrant tang leading into a sweet wheat finish. Maybe I've just had too many British pastilles, but I couldn't help thinking of anise and medicinal herbs when drinking this. Other than that, it was pretty tasty (and different!).
Chocolate and light bourbon. Plum. A nice sipper.
I wanted to like this but didn't quite connect. The tripel character borders a bit on the syrupy side, and the transition to wood is more disconnected than I'd like. It took me quite a while to finish this one.
Hoppy, syrupy, cloying. Verged a bit on medicinal in flavor. Really had a hard time with this.
Cleaner profile similar resinous hopiness pretty good
Well rounded resinous hopiness. Nice pepper flavor without any spiciness. Obvious cardamoms flavors. Leaves a pretty strong herbal flavor in the mouth.
Pretty good for a sour... I'm starting to get this whole sour thing, darn you all, especially you, Matt.
Kind of middle of road as far as scotch ales go...
Smoothed out a bit. I've always thought this beer had some prickly edges, and they're better after a couple years. But I still wouldn't go out of my way for it.
Heavy hitting, this is a grand stout. Loads of chocolate and light coffee. Will age very well.
Bottle
Heavy on the stomach, this delightful beer hits all the right notes, yet finishes with slight notes of a saison. Great beer.
Today this beer felt a lot stronger on the bourbon, but I may have been burned out on strong beer. It was still really tasty but a little less remarkable.
It didn't taste much like a wit, nor a radler (their cute name for this cask). Much more profound, like a Belgian IPA, with equal parts dank hops and clove and white pepper in the flavor. Some citrus, although of the candied variety, and maybe some anise or medicinal herb in there? Weird. Not bad, but really weird.
Reeeeealllly good! Good roastiness, not too boozy for the abv. Really, really good. Thankfully not as woody as the random barrell I was lucky to taste a few months ago. Had two of them :3 Can't believe the bottles were all gone in a few hours.
Dry, dark chocolate with subdued wood and a good amount of bourbon. This was more balanced than I remember - just absolutely delicious. I may have had more than I should have, but I was on the rebound from having missed the bottles (which sold out in an hour!).
Malt on the nose. Has a ever so slight Smokey hint on the front. Finishes with the right amount of bitter for a pale. Well done.
Pretty good, strong resinous flavors but with a pleasant added touch of citrus flavors in the finnish.
With a one two punch of brown sugar and light wine notes, this is a hard hitting delightful beer. Worth seeking out.
Still very good, it's starting to feel a little flat though.
Bottle
Very good mix of malty, roasty, smoked flavors. Fairly dry and bitter.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
A little too prickly to be refreshing for me.
Stronger bitter finish, bottle was sweetly bland by comparison.
I'm convinced that this batch is better on draft than in the bottle. The herbal bitterness I remembered was fully in presence, and offset the sweet berry very well.
Meh really not a fan of this one. The sour/vinegary/tangy flavors brought by the brett fermentation really doesnt mix well with the extra resinous hop flavors
This shouldn't work but it does. Delicate hints of blueberry and vanilla with a delightful smooth finish. Almost like a blueberry muffin.
Bottle
Still good, but not as crisp and fresh as in draft.
Bottle tasting
A little sweeter, and less herbal bitterness than I remember on draft. Just a tiny step down.
A bit on the dry side for an Imperial Stout, which matches earlier impressions, but with a nice milky smoothness to the opening that makes this hard to dislike. On the thinner side for a beer of this strength, which, hoo-girl, it does have.
Quite enjoyable imperial stout with very dry and roasty flavors. It has somewhat of a thin texture. Quite boozy and strong.
Still very enjoyable with its blueberry muffin flavors and herbal bitterness.
Clean and crisp flavor profile with somewhat of a wet hops taste.
A lot lighter and less red tinge (and correspondingly less presence in the flavor) than on draft, unless my imagination is fooling me. It was still good but also a lot less distinctive this way.
Bottle at Home
This seems very different every year. This one was a lot like a sweet, dessert coffee drink, with just a bit of sourness. Still no real obvious barrel character in evidence.

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