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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: 429   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


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (41) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with minimal white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of malt, grapes and figs. Taste of figs, barley, coco and malt. A definite winner.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (132) - - JUN 13, 2014
Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a thick off-white head. Aromas of pine and forest floor. Tastes lean towards caramel maltiness. Definite bitter hop presence. Overall smells a bit better than it tastes and it tastes pretty darned good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GSAP (480) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
Donker kruidig van smaak, rozijnen met alcohol en beetje IPA achtig. Aroma is wederom passievrucht met kiwi, maar dan met gebrand suiker. Geen kraag op donker. Wordt beter naarmate minder. Fles @ 24 uurs Maastricht.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (6052) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
On tap at Euston Tap, pours a deep dark amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit odd, with some nail polish and light toasted malt. Flavour is lightly toasted, with some weird fungal notes, toasted malt and a moderate hop balance. Not the most refined black IPA - there isn’t a whole lot of roast or hops in this. Not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgajdaczewa (457) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 8, 2014
W aromacie sporo owoców, trochę słodko, trochę cytrusowo, wyraźnie słodowo... całkiem przyjemnie! nie czuć, że wącha się czarne jak smoła piwo! brakuje trochę chmielowego uderzenia, ale wybaczam. W smaku zbalansowane, dziwna podbudowa słodowa objawiająca się w lekko grzybowy sposób, do tego bardzo fajna goryczka, niezbyt długa, nie zalega, a fajnie orzeźwia. Chyba jest trochę dmsu. Ale generalnie sączyło się przyjemnie. Dziwne piwo, ale polubiłem je.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutz (557) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2014
Bruinrode kleur, cremige kraag. Ruikt en smaakt als een ipa maar dan wat donkerder. goed te drinken.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitchPls (539) - FINLAND - JUN 3, 2014
Cola black. Beige head. Fruity and grassy aroma. Light body. Roasty, medium bitter, some sweetness, sour berries. This one is OK but not my fave style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (902) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
bottle sample at 24 uurs maastricht. poured a dark brown colour with a tan head. bitter chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, some lemon, pines, nice hop bitterness. nice brew

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (252) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
Tasting @ bierfestival Maastricht. Deep dark brown, foamy beige head. Typical black IPA nose and taste, big on hops, fruity and bitter. Medium carbonation, medium-thick bodied, oily mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
Nose is bread, plastic, cola whiff, sweet corn, weak nose all in all, feel is mediumbroad, taste is decent lemon zest, leaves, wet lawn, caramel note, later weak bile


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