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


on tap

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RATINGS: 515   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3989) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle, rated from backlog. Near-black with small tan head. Aroma and taste is grassy and hoppy, a bit roasted, malty, full and rich, some fruit. Very nice bipa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle at Ljubljanski Festival Piva, Slovenia. Almost black coloured, medium sized pale beige head, fruity hoppy nose. Light roasted malt, mild fruity, moderate hoppy and some caramel with pleasant bitter grapefruity hoppy finish. Really nice surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopbomber (100) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
Nice spicy hoppy aroma, flavour is oranges star anise hop bitterness malts nice lingering bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (16801) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle at home ... deep black red brown ... small thin tan head ... soft toffee roast ... dark dry roast ... rich chocolate ... soft lime hop nose ... mellow roast malts ... lightest charcoal ... dark roast ... chewy malts ... light ... big pine .. oily hops ...softest pineapple .. soft smooth and rounded ... nice nice nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zingao (15) - SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2013
Pours almost pitch black. Rich and smooth taste. I’m actually amazed at how flavourful it is while at the same time being so smooth.Some citrus hints with a slightly bitter aftertaste reminding me of dark chocolate or coffee. A great beer that I truly recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2229) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours dark brown with a large off-white head. Nose shows chocolate, nutty malt, sorachi ace custard notes and soft spicy resinous hops. Lovely. Flavours include more of the sorachi dill and custard, resinous piny hops and some roasted malt. A bit too much carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (698) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2013 Vegemitey aroma. Taste is very smooth malt with a lovely moderately bitter finish. Definitely a sessional black ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickardm (13) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle. Dark color with creamy beige head. Bitter aroma with a citrusy hint. Smooth and easy body. Small taste of burned coffee beans. Sweet and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6854) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2013
(Draught at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Black colour with lasting, creamy, beige head. Malty nose with notes of chocolate, toffee, caramel, pine needles and hints of funky yeast coming through after a while. Malty, fruity taste with chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit, pine needles and a generous bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a slight sweetness. A bit fruitier and with a more soft and mellow mouthfeel than the original Raven. Very nice.
Earlier Rating: 12/6/2009 Total Score: 3.8
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 27 Nov 2009) Black colour with hints of ruby, brief beige head. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate, grapefruit and lots of fresh hops. Malty, hoppy taste with notes of chocolate, cocoa, black coffee, black-currant and resiny, piney hops in a long bitter finish. More than medium body, balanced sweetness. Interesting beer, looks like a stout but tastes like an IPA. Lovely beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElDesmadre (2153) - Mikołów, POLAND - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle. Complex aroma. Strong piney and resiny notes, pineapple, some mandarine and orange, dark chocolate and earthy hints. Rather full bodied, flavourful and bitter, though with a relaxed, mellow feeling to it. Great beer!

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