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Thornbridge Wild Raven

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


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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krigla (39) - SLOVENIA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle, 0,5l. Dark brown colour with big creamy beige head which leaves nice lacing. Average carbonation. Citrus and roasted malt aroma. Taste is fruity/citrus and roasted malts. Aftertaste is bitter. Overal very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (167) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle in Serbia. Pours black with a tan foamy had which leaves a nice lacing (and bubbles on top) while dissipating. Nose: pine tree resin, caramel, little veggie, chestnuts honey. Mouth: soft carbonation, notes of pine trees, a hint of smoked, basically fresh citrus juice. Balanced bitter after taste. Very good! Another please. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (136) - - SEP 9, 2014
50cl flesje bij De Beyerd, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 6,6% Uitgeschonken in origineel Thornbridge glas Uiterlijk: zwart met witte schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: gebrande koffie, bitter, bloemig, chocolade Conclusie: je moet ervan houden zo'n black IPA, maar vond hem zelf niet verkeerd ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobsch (500) - Cologne, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle 0.5l. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is fruity, resins, hops, roasted malt. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, citrus. Aftertaste is bitter, dark chocolate, slightly sharp. Medium carbonation. Very good black IPA, balanced and fully flavoured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
g_georgiou (219) - CYPRUS - SEP 2, 2014
Clear dark brown to black body with a thin light brown head. Aroma is malty, hoppy, roasted, wood, caramel. Taste is medium to heavy sweet with medium bitterness. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2014
English black IPA with three hop varieties. Pale beige head, black colour. Aroma of toasted bread, green and resinous hops, coffee grounds, grapefruot, whisky. Dry taste, peppery accents, roasted bitterness from beginning to end with hop bitterness in the tail.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SperkeleForce (541) - FINLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 50 CL at Vltava. Pours brown black with red character and lacing brownish head. Notes of licorice, hops, citrus, roasted malts, raisins. Very drinkable. Smooth.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YorkshireG73 (24) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Hops are hidden in the aroma but complex tasting. I had to think about it for a bit, but then it came to me. Mice. If’ you’ve ever had a mouse infestation, you know the smell / mustiness - this tastes of that. Tastes gamey with a faint tang of blue cheese / stilton. Small hint of bacon saltiness with bananas.Hops appear in the burp..Dry back end with roast, licqourice and mild hop. More like a good porter wih a hint of IPA thrown in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MikeFallopian (10) - - AUG 24, 2014
Cask at Urban Tap House, Cardiff, late August 2014. Very nice, although the hops got a bit lost amongst the roasted malts making it more like a hoppy porter than a punchy black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bootlegger007 (44) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2014
Aroma of the IPA passion-fruit, pours a dark brown with a full frothy head which settles but has good retention, full bodied Ale with warming sensations, very good drinking, easily drink more of this BIPA

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