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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerheart65 (1369) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2015
" While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." Clear brown pour is raven black in Ipa glass, big frothy light brown head gives sticky lacing, looks good. Sweet fruity aroma with mango and pineapple, pine, mildly roasted caramel, nice aroma. Medium body, slick feel, semisweet, slightly bitter, finish dries bit, medium carbonation. Nice one, balanced, good flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2268) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Tap at Kaapse Brouwers Anniversary 2015. Gebrand en geroosterd graan, bakkie hop, snufje wiet. Backlog from 2015/05/30.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turtles (1735) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
Tap @ Sorbon. Very dark, clear with a small white head. Rosted notes in the aroma, cocoa, red berries and pine. Really smooth but a bit thin. Some herbal notes mixed with roasted taste and fruity taste, pineapple, orange, citrus zest, cocoa and chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (1143) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2015
Keg @The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. Pours dark brown almost black but it has a red tinge, tan head. Nose is pine, resin, toilet cleaner (in a good way) toffee, chocolate, fruity, grapefruit and a very slight coffee. Taste is very hoppy, pine, orange, citrus fruits, malty, great. I tend not to like Black IPA’s this is wonderful.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (721) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2015
50cl bottle on 29-Oct-2015, poured into a long stemmed tulip glass. Dark brown /black in colour with a tan coloured head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel sweetness and pine. Medium body and carbonation. Flavour heavy on roasted malt, some liqourice and hops. Dry bittersweet finish. Not a bad Black IPA, but there are many better examples out there.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bergstaden (2267) - Røros, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2015
Black with a brown head - Roasted malt aroma with some hops in the back - Malt body with some hop bitterness in the back - Malt and hops goes into the finish - This was nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (801) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015

Aroma:
Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, slight licorice, hops, fruit, grapefruit.

Appearance:
Ruby/dark brown beer with a medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts sweet with malts, slightly gets more hoppy towards the end. Ends somewhat like bread.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1646) - Warszawa, POLAND - NOV 26, 2015
butelka, warka do 10.09.16. Zaskakujaco jasne jak na black IPA, ciemno-bursztynowo-miedziane, klarowne, z bardzo gesta, wysoka i brudzaca szklo piana. Aromaty w pierwszym odruchu sosnowo zywiczne, i to jest niewatpliwie najsilniejsza nuta, ale sa tez owoce tropikalne, karmel, chleb, czekolada... bardzo fajnie ulozone. Praktycznie nie ma palonosci. W smaku ewidentnie w slodka strone, jest tez nieco kwaskowatosci, jest niemalo dosc sympatycznej, i sredniej jesli idzie o natezenie, sosnowej goryczki. srednie plus wysycenie, srednia minus pelnia. Bardzo fajnie wywazone, i mocno inne od wielu w tym stylu... ale ciekawie, fajnie inne :)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jyrsa (463) - - NOV 25, 2015
Dark but slightly transcluent with light beige head. Buttery with grass and pine. Licorice and grass. Slightly watery but nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackradioboy (173) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle from Valhalla's Goat. (£3) A fairly middling black ipa. Nothing spectacular, nice enough. Sl dryness at finish. Alright. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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