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Thornbridge Wild Raven

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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Black IPA
Bakewell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask and bottles; semi-regular.
Originally released a for the Chesterfield CAMRA festival.
Renamed as Wild Raven in 2013 due to another beer going by the name "Raven" elsewhere
The recipe for the brew came from James Kemp, who joined the team a few months ago. Previously crowned the New Zealand Home Brewing Champion in 2008 and winner of a Liberty Award, Kemp used Maris Otter, Black Patent and Chocolate malt along with Nelson Sauvin, Centennial and Sorachi hops.
The beer, called Raven, has bitterness and hop character and plenty of malt flavours to give it complexity.
James moved on to Buxton brewery and is now a freelance brewer


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1559) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
50cl bottle shared at home. Clear dark brown with a medium off-white. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Well balanced bitter and sweet tones. Roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, hops and some herbs. A tasty BIPA.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waiake (406) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2015
delicious beer this poured dark with a great frothy lasting head theres a rich aroma of pine hops & malt the taste is citrus hoppy & bitter

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kanaclane (43) - - JUN 21, 2015
Nez: Malt rôti, pin, fruits tropicaux Bouche: Chocolat, pin, ananas, noix de coco Belle attaque équilibrée entre le toasté et le fruité avec une amertume qui prend le dessus sur le toasté sur la longueur avec une sécheresse en fin de bouche. Une très bonne BIPA

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (534) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a really dark brown with reddish hues sitting under an ample head of off white foam. Big notes of pine and roasted malt in the smell. Some chocolate of the dark variety. Tastes even better than it smells. I get some pineapple out of the hops that are used. Gloriously smooth on the palate and very easy drinking. A marvelous brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1355) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2015
Very deep brown body with a large, creamy, fully lasting beige head that laces the glass excellently. Very strong aroma of roasted malt, sweet caramel, and plenty of hoppy notes of the generically fruity kind. Strong flavour that follows the aroma, with a bit more contributions from the tropics in the fruit basket. Light sweet taste with a quite heavy bitter long-lasting finish. Mid-bodied and dry on the palate. Delicious!
[sample from tap, probably shared with some guys @ Haand ølfestival, Drammen]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mt_hall (154) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2015
Bottled. A very dark, red-brown, almost black beer with a small, light brown head. A great mixture of coffee, chocolate, pin,e and yellow fruits on the nose. A combination of sweet fruit flavours from the hops and a rich body of coffee and chocolate, followed by a very dry, slightly smoky, coffee finish. Perfect balance of flavours, warmth, and bitterness. Fantastic!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
16erBlech (235) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 3, 2015
0,5l bottle at Brickmakers/Wien 7. Very tasty and drinkable BIPA (haha)............... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (348) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
500ml bottle at home. Proper hop character. Dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, roasted malts. Some dark fruit sweetness yet bitter, very well balanced and tasty. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (635) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear deep brownish with medium beige head. The aroma is very creamy and hoppy, notes of garlic, floral, some fruitiness and citrus, notes of roasted malt, a bit soapy with hint of licorice. Very complex flavor, hoppy, somewhat buttery, grassy, notes of roasted malt and citrus, soapy, moderate bitterness. Moderate carbonation, medium to full-bodied. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (984) - ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Pours brown-black with a big beige head and beautiful lacing. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, tropical fruits and grapefruit. Starts sweet with notes of caramel, coffee, more green hops with high bitterness, a bit of buttery notes (Sorachi hops?). Medium-bodied, oily, nice and complex.


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