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


on tap

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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5648) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2014
50cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Deep dark brown to black with a red hue, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, laurel, pine, earth, grapefruit, very potent aroma. Flavour is quite bitter, hard roasted malts, black liquorice, grapefruit, pine, resin, almost ashy, firm bitter hoppy finish with a little grain. Light to medium-bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Draught at Breukelen Bier Merchants (NYC). Pours dark brown with amber head and lace. Aroma is earth, light fruit and floral notes, with pepper. Taste is balanced earth, spice, charred toast, clean bitterness. Feel is dry, prickly, clean with a silty finish. One of the better black IPAs I have had. Gets high marks ignoring the fact this style is almost entirely a bad idea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Patjeadam (129) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
One of my favourite black ipa's. It combines the malty and the fruity in a delicious marriage. It smells amazing. And after that is a pleasant ride that keeps you longing for more! ---Rated via Beer Buddy (iOs)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJvd (1004) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
50 cL bottle at home. Pours clear brown with a medium, dense, off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma has some roast, chocolate and earthy notes combined with pine and a bit of fruitiness. Taste has a little bit of fruitiness as well, some chocolate, roast, hops and a medium bitter finish. Medium body and soft to medium carbo. A very well balanced beer, excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (763) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2014
Cola coloured pour, nice thick long lived head. Cocoa, roast, lemon and resin aromas. Taste is roasty, chocolate, bitter, a little sweet. cracking good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Senka (964) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2013
50cl bottle, poured in to IPA glass. Pours coca-cola black, with brownish duallayered head. Aroma of chocolate and orange. Complex combination of malts and hops. Full bodied beer, but something is missing. Best alternative for a traditional baltic porter on your xmas table.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4637) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle from Bierkoning. Clear dark brown pour just barely still translucid. Aroma is quite piney, there is some Thornbridge brand hoppiness, but also a detectable lemony (lemon pledge) sorachi ace touch that is quite characteristic. Taste is bitter, nice malty sweetness, strong roasty finish, well built, on the hoppy stout side of things more than just a dark IPA. Palate is med-full bodied, creamy, with light-med carbonation. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - DEC 21, 2013
A very good example of the style. The color is watery black to red, maybe not as dark as I’ve seen other BIPA’s. Aroma is mostly piney and floral hops, a little tough to find the roasted malt aroma. Taste is the pine and floral hops up front with a slight roasted nut of the malt flavor to balance it out. Finish is excellent, smooth down the back of the tongue. Again, a very good example of the style, but maybe not quite as good as advertised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (2389) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2013
Deep ruby with a tan head. Very fresh hop aroma with pine and grass. The fresh hop flavour dominates with lots of pineapple with just a hint of chocolate before a long bitter finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (487) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2013
bottle @ home. Dark brown color, large wonderfully creamy head, loads of lacing. Intense hop resins on the nose, Passion fruit, mango, clementine, pine. Toast, some licorice, fudge and hints of coffee and sweet chocolate. Taste is similar but more towards grape and a more noticeable chocolate, some sweet caramel balances in the background. Finish is bitter of dark dry chocolate and lemon, grape, passion fruit, some red fruits. Complex, balanced and fresh despite by bottle being almost too old.

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