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


on tap

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RATINGS: 451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1269) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
Zwarte colaachtige kleur met een volle crème kraag. Ruikt fruitig, en nog iets, wel lekker. Smaakt bitter, fruitig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1485) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
Pours a dark orange brown beer with a good tan head. Smells fruity, malts, fart hihi. Tastes fruity, hops and malts with a big bitter finish. Average carbo, thin body and a dry sticky texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pdubyah (391) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 12, 2014
!!! What ? This starts with some grate coffee aromas, and pours nicely with a great head, the aroma moves to hoppy, and then....... waiting waiting...... nothing. It’s really unbalanced and thin and not much else inspiring. It’s very drinkable which means though that there are soft points that light up your brain in some way they just don’t stand up to be counted. So so disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1677) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Keg @ Deaf Institute, Manchester. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Silky smooth mouthfeel with roasted malts and bitter chocolate / toffee notes. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6074) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
[Bottle at Mondial 2014, Montreal] Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with an average size lasting frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, leafy hops, a hint of coffee and some fruit. Roasty flavour along with a slightly odd hop note. Moderate bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3114) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle at the mondiale 2014. Dark brown, almost black pour, beige rocky head. Aroma of coffee, roasted but not too roasted malts, and some subtle pine hops, with light citrus notes. Soft carb, light mouth feel. Medium bitterness, solid roast and piney resins. A nice example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
veceo (525) - CROATIA - JUN 27, 2014
Dark brown color, huge and staying brownish head. Some lacing. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of pine, resin, grapefruit, roasted malt, hints of chocolate. Medium bitter, lightly sweet taste. Very long bitter finish. I tried to love it, but it just didn’t happen to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2007) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pretty much black with a creamy beige head and heavy lacing. Soft aroma of citrus, chocolate, and dark fruit. Some bitter, some roasty, and some fruity sweet flavors in pretty similar measures. Medium bodied and fluffy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4441) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours unclear light brown-mahogany with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. fresh roasted coffee, melons, citrus, soft pine, tropical touch, some coffee grinds and torrefied wheat, strong danky/weedy notes, few chocolate notes. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, very aromatic and balanced tropical-piney-citrusy finish. solid tropical black ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kalervo (698) - FINLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Vltavassa. Very enjoyable black IPA, well balanced and delicate. Quite easy, still interesting.

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