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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: 428   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (2098) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
500ml bottle at home, poured into a big tulip, ABV 6.6% Pours a very dark brown beer, with a talla and thick tan head. Great retention, leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, light citrus, pine needles, resin, grapefruit. Very tasty, again quite hoppy with an intense enough bitterness on the finish and especially on the aftertaste. Pine, some citrus, roasted malts. Medium body, good carbonation, very dry on the palate. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (275) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from AmmersinO, Vienna. Very dark brown body, with some red reflections and a big, creamy, light tan head. Delicious aroma of grapefruit, peach, some tropical fruits, some pine and very interesting dark malt notes, like tiramisu, milk chocolate, biscuit. Taste is very smooth, with citrus, peach, moderate pine, some berries, chocolate, biscuit, coffee. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, with a moderate carbonation and it finishes bitter, moderate roasty, slightly dry with citrus, pine and some coffee and cocoa. This is propably the smoothest Black IPA I’ve had so far! Perfectly balanced, with lovely hop aromas and creamy, complex dark malt notes, that aren’t too dominant. The comparatively moderate ABV makes this pretty easy to drink. Simply delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1338) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Keg @ Magpie. Brentford. Black no shit. a. chocolate covered grapefruit nose. I like this style because of its simplicity of good flavours and textures and it gives good boost. Notes of grapefruit. Chocolate. piny bitterness roast. Pretty boozy and cool finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdmmb (736) - USA - JUL 21, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Malting Pot, Brussels. Dark hoppy IPA. Hint of chocolate in taste. Lovely! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (2989) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2014
Black with decent head. Strong bitter hoppy aroma and taste. The flavour also has some bitter, dark malts. Smooth and full flavoured.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Draught at The Euston Tap, London on 11 July. Poured a dark, dark ruby, with a large, dense off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of dark malt, dried fruit and Christmas pudding. Sharp hop bitterness in the flavour, balanced with some berries and molasses. Finish was dark fruit, spice and grassy hop.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (3574) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Black beer pouring with a white head Nice bitter aroma with a toasty finish. Light lace. Bitter malt flavor with a cocoa finish. Very good and palateable. This beer is just easy going down.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1134) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
Zwarte colaachtige kleur met een volle crème kraag. Ruikt fruitig, en nog iets, wel lekker. Smaakt bitter, fruitig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1402) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
Pours a dark orange brown beer with a good tan head. Smells fruity, malts, fart hihi. Tastes fruity, hops and malts with a big bitter finish. Average carbo, thin body and a dry sticky texture.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pdubyah (351) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 12, 2014
!!! What ? This starts with some grate coffee aromas, and pours nicely with a great head, the aroma moves to hoppy, and then....... waiting waiting...... nothing. It’s really unbalanced and thin and not much else inspiring. It’s very drinkable which means though that there are soft points that light up your brain in some way they just don’t stand up to be counted. So so disappointed.


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