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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: 496   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wvhoran (379) - Tasmania, - NOV 11, 2014
Draught at Against the Grain, Dublin. Dark brown with red-amber tints, a nice tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, toasted malt, peach and grapefruit hoppy notes, and a nutty character. The flavour is roasted to burnt malt, with some juicy hop character, and a nutty and bitter final. Dry and fairly light palate with a lively carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnowek (335) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2014
Complex and malty aroma. Reddish black in colour. Good and hoppy but not excessively so.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
florent.janssens (138) - - NOV 4, 2014
Bonne odeur de houblon et fruité. Bière légère mais avec beaucoup de goûts différents. Petite déception au niveau du palais, avec peu de gaz .Très bonne bière dans l’ensemble.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ulysse (202) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2014
Nice fruity aroma. Complex flavour. Roasted malt with a hint of liquorice. Impressive taste for a lighter beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mircoas (138) - ITALY - NOV 2, 2014
33cl @ tap. Buona ma non mi ha convinto appieno. Prima black ipa che provo e non ho notato grandi differenze rispetto ad una stout qualsiasi. Solito problema del troppo amaro, per me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MonsterMagnet (352) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle, bb 3-2015. Pours black with an off white head. Tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, roast, liquorice root, hints of ginger. Medium sweet, medium bitter, soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation, long bitter light roasty and exotic fruit finish that ends in sweet liquorice. Excellent balance!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (44) - - OCT 20, 2014
6.6% ABV. Black IPA. No head. Nose is full of aroma hops. Friendly with grape, pine, tangerine and ripe limes, all riding on a nice velvety smooth malty nose. It just feels comforting, like a soft fleece blanket or the caress of an old love. First mouthful is full of toasted barley. Medium carbonation. Flavor notes reminiscent of smoking hickory chips. Nice gentle slide into a well balanced medium bitter finish. A well balanced and carefully restrained brew with some really high quality bitter hops to keep clean the palate off after and prepare it for the next mouthful. Not cloying The toasty flavor notes are not harsh and on the palate are closer to darkly browned toast, a hairs breadth from the strident, unpleasant and cloying burnt toast that you get with some black IPAs, st0uts and porters.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
junojones (3) - - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
From bottle. Strong aroma of dark chocolate, dried fruit and brown sugar. Slightly weaker taste of dried fruits, chocolate and bitterness, although still complex. Very dry aftertaste of dried fruit and bitter chocolate. Sorachi hops come through strongly from beginning to end. Easy to drink for its style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
didierlewallon (163) - ponferrada, SPAIN - OCT 19, 2014
Es una cerveza con un profundo color marrón oscuro, con una grande cabeza densa de color blanquecino. El olfato tiene pinos y pomelo y toques de chocolate y café. Sabores del pomelo con algunos toque de pinos, el chocolate es menos pronunciado y el café es muy secundario. Tiene amargura lleve, un acabado seco. Realmente impresionante, la complejidad y la sutileza muy bien hecho. Una muy buena cerveza IPA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (492) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Light-bodied with decent hop complexity balanced by a chocolate malt backbone. Mild bitterness, and the hops are mainly grassy. I can’t really detect the Nelson Sauvin hop influence. The beer has a dense, tan head which tends to form a clump in the center of the glass, making the beer look like a root beer float. Pretty solid overall.


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