R&B Brewing – Raven Cream Ale: Is a local Vancouver brewed cream ale that comes in at a sessionable strength of 4.8% and 18 IBU’s that won gold at the 2011 BC Beer Awards.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a darker brown colour with lots of tiny bubbles (you know the song) and a generous 2 fingers of creamy foam. The aroma is creamy caramel and fresh sourdough bread.
Flavour: It starts off with a raw dough flavour and creamy texture, with notes of milk, vanilla, caramel and some nutty tones on the finish.
Overall Impression: This is a really good cream ale, which is a hard style to be interesting with, and if you pay attention to it there are some nice subtle vanilla and caramels in there to make it shine a bit more.
Rating: I give it a very good rating of 7/10, it is a nice smooth drinker and quite sessionable at 4.8%.
Food Pairing: Look for some triple cream brie to pair with this one, I bet it would also make a good ice cream float.
If you find yourself buying a more known brand and semi-commercial Cream ale from Ontario, do yourself a favour and upgrade to this stuff!