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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: 382   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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (6416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2014
Draught @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours black with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, spices, grass, yeast, fruits and hint of chocolate and berries. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long spicy and grassy finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LomYst (393) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2014
Sweet sweet pineapple, sugar, white Chocolate, caramel, soms ripe fruit... Very balanced bitter sweet, bitter hoppy finish, very soft Carbs, great

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (959) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 20, 2014
04/0272014 Bir&Fud Bottega (330ml bottle). Nera, schiuma color beige media. Al naso un bel bouquet di luppolo, note agrumate, citriche ed erbacee, i malti tostati (poco invasivi) si percepiscono in secondo piano. In bocca ha un bell’amaro deciso, lungo e persistente, anche qui la base di malti tostati è leggera e non appesantisce la bevuta. Corpo medio, carbonazione corretta. Ottima black IPA, tra le migliori interpretazioni del genere.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (12683) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at Patricks. A black looking beer that turns out to be clear and dark brown. A finger thick light beige head sits patiently on top. Grassy, spiced and citrusy hops in the aroma. A faint touch of roasted malts too. Probably a little bit too little dark malts, even for my likings. Not much malts in the flavor either, it’s the hops that pulls the heaviest load. Full body, soft carbonation. Hoppy, lightly bitter finish. A pretty decent one, but a bit boring, sort of. 140317

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TempeCoyote (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Tap at Angels Trumpet. Woody aroma from a deep brown body and off white head. Nice smokey roasted flavor. Toasted malts seem as apparent as the hops early in but the hops come through with soft bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
On tap at Torst. Very good black IPA, roast more than hops but they are both there and bold taste. Big citrus/grapefruit taste comes through.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (234) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2014
Fad. Meget mørk rødbrun. 1cm kompakt offwhite skum, som hænger pænt ved i glasset. Fyr og mandarin i aroma. Samme i smag med medium bitterhed. Lav carb, god fylde. Tør lethed i eftersmag.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (971) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Bottled. Piney nose, tangerine, grapefuit, grapes, notes of charcoal roastedness. Very fresh aroma. Dry flavor pale ale base, a touch of caramel, high level of resinous bitterness. Slightly ashy, dry bitter finish. Medium body. Very good stuff. Dry and fresh with amazing drinkability - just the way I like my black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshuaStranger (85) - - FEB 18, 2014
Pours black with a thicck off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts and hops. Taste is pretty much the same.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (1188) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Tap @ William K Kurvi, Helsinki. Pours black with a good-sized, nice, stylish, beige-colored head. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and passionfruit. Taste is grapefruit, passionfruit, lemon peel, some roast and wooden taste. Gets a bit more dull and malty as it warms up. Light with decent carbonation.


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