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


on tap

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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1554) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
500ml bottle from Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop. Deep ruby brown colour, with a beige head. Roasted hop aroma, and taste with a touch of citrus. Nice black ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchad56 (60) - - MAR 1, 2015
Strong constant aroma throughout. Very dark red / brown with initial high carbonation giving very large foamy beige head. Soft and smooth on tongue, earthy roast aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GrandpaTurtle (4) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2015 does not count
A lovely Black IPA. It combines the bitterness and dryness in the hops with the earthy roast of the malts. Depending on temperature you smell chocolate and coffee as well as a complex pattern of various earthy aromas. It’s light to drink despite being a ’black’ and is a good example of how the classic IPA can be enhanced with malts. Try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Towey1989 (335) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a ruby brown colour with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of pineapple, orange and pine from the hops, also sweet chocolate malt. Taste of roasted malt and bitter chocolate as well as citrusy grapefruit and pineapple hoppiness, hint of liquorice too. Medium bodied and bittersweet. A long, dry roasted finish. Another good beer from a great brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2453) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Draft at Maloney’s (Matawan). Pours dark brown/black in color with a finger foamy off white head. Aroma black malts, chocolate, and sweet citrus fruit. Taste basically mimics the nose with notes of burnt citrus and burnt malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mapinguarify (4) - SERBIA - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Miner’s pub Belgrade. Citric hops, malt aroma. Citrus, caramel and coffee taste. Creamy head, Very nice bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable and perfectly balanced between hops and malts. Great! Definitely my "pint of beer".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bastarda (156) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2015
interesting nose: Earl grey with some passion/peach/lemon notes. Unusual. Wonderful, really perfect mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced in taste, bitterness. Layered without much of a development. A wee bit of roast versus the end, but not much of a black aspect to the whole fine composition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1800) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma roasted malts fruits dark fruits citrus spicy and hops flavor roasted malts spicy dark fruits citrus some smoke and a bitter citrus hoppy aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4339) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Aroma is citrus, English malts and light pine. The flavor is citrus, English malts, fruit and a rather dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3422) - 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.

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