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


on tap

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RATINGS: 448   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1631) - 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 (6051) - 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 (3107) - 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 (522) - 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 (2002) - 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 (4370) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mvciek (143) - - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle. Drank May last year. Pours deep brown / black with a medium, creamy head. Aroma is full of roasted malts, dark chocolate and hoppiness (Grassy, sprucy and citrusy). Slightly ashy, medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sjohnh (163) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Very dark brown, off-white head that goes quickly but leaves some thick lacing. Aroma is initially citrus, which later on mellows and mixes with some cola. Great mixture of flavours - pineapple and orange alongside chocolate and coffee alongside elements of roasted malts and bitterness. Medium bodied, slightly oily, slightly creamy. I’ll be having this again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (73) - 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.

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