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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: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3115) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Dark brown body, medium sized light tan head, soapy lacing. Lively pine, resin, earthy roast, complimentary citrus, and a touch of coffee. Medium bodied with moderate to lively carbonation, assertive bitterness, dry throughout. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LaViolette (109) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2015
Interesting grassy nose, actually smells like weed to me!!! Nice deep brown colour with little head. Taste is very nice, bitterness balanced. Maybe a bit too light, but a good beer for sure!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OllieBBommel (1151) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle@home Appearance: clear ruby brown with thick beige head. Aroma: citric hops, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste: citrus fruit, lemon grass, spicy, medium bitter. Palate: refreshing, lasting bitter, light carbonation. Overall: very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birrraio (12) - ITALY - JAN 19, 2015
ambrato scarico buona schiuma buona persistenza agrumata etilico buone note maltate discreto corpo buon amaro, ottima black ipa

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Serapac (164) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle from Malting Pot. Very dark, medium to large beige head, rather persistent. Medium lacing, medium carbonation. Aroma pine, citruses, hints of honey. Medium body. Taste citruses, hops, some coffee, honey again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bakulator (10) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 10, 2015
Smells fresh hops, citrus, exotic fruit, pine, really great nose! Tastes bitter, nice mixture between malt bitter and hop bitter. Very full mouthed beer with low carbonation and no alcoholic feel. They really made a great balance between the hops and the black malts!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loco_gallego (176) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Noire, avec mousse beige assez persistante. Nez très légèrement toasté, houblonnage citrus et fruits tropicaux. Plutôt portée sur l’houblonnage, mais bien bien balancée. En bouche, pareil le tout très bien balancée. Une amertume agréable et durable avec les malts torréfiés qui accompagnent bien tout le long. Faible carbonatation. Très bonne balance toastage-houblonnage... légèrement sur le sucré.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (213) - POLAND - JAN 7, 2015
Aromat: gorzka czekolada i owoce, prym wiedzie winogrono, agrest, cytrusy, w tle odrobina kokosa. Bardzo przyjemny. Wygląd: wzorcowa piana, czarna barwa, wiśniowa przy brzegach szklanki Smak: pierwszy plan o dziwo to nie czekolada, a owoce, piwo jest bardzo cytrusowe, czuć też odrobinę winogron, dopiero w tle pojawia się czekoladowe tło i lekka paloność. Goryczka średnia, grejfrutowa, bardzo przyjemna. Bardzo dobra Black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
villevav (245) - FINLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Tummanruskea, samea, tiheä vaahto. Tuoksussa hieman greippiä ja paljon paahteisuutta. Sama jatkuu maun puolella.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AbouAli (151) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 2, 2015
Couleur noir mais pas densepas absolu, nez ananas, amertume prononcée mais bien balancée, avec beaucoup de houblon et une présence légère des malts torréfiés. Atténuées mais pas trop sèche pour une IPA.


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