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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 387   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (912) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear dark black-brown amber colour, frothy beige foam head leaving some lacing and aroma of caramel plus pineapple & citrusy woody pine hop resin. Taste is rich sweetish roast malt & caramel with a hoppy orange citrus bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, warming earthy dry lingering bitter finish. Very drinkable Black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andriesradu (405) - ROMANIA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours dark brown, almost black with a small beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, light roasted, hoppy, some caramel? Great flavor; a combination of light roasted malt, fruits, hops. Nice hoppy and bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen2 (425) - NORWAY - JAN 27, 2014
Draught at Cardinal. Black with beige head. Aroma of American hops, citrus and tropical fruits. Surprisingly balanced taste and drinkability. Refreshing. Like a decent IPA, but with dark malts and coffee as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (674) - FINLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Tap @ Naamat. Pours ruby red with a thick beige head. Sweet malty hops aroma. Malty, sweet flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
k92488 (183) - NORWAY - JAN 24, 2014
Svart og fin. Lite skum som forsvant med en gang. Bitter og fin men lite aroma. Cardinal

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (484) - Monterey, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours reddish-brown with a frothy white head. Nose is hoppy and floral. Taste is lightly bitter. Medium body. Average IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
curepute (125) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Hoppy dark toasted malt nose. Black with one finger of white head. Great hop bitterness, toasted malts, bitter. Long hop bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OPIE788 (264) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Draft. Not much of an aroma. Taste is like an actual grapefruit. And that’s about it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2014
50cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Deep dark brown to black with a red hue, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, laurel, pine, earth, grapefruit, very potent aroma. Flavour is quite bitter, hard roasted malts, black liquorice, grapefruit, pine, resin, almost ashy, firm bitter hoppy finish with a little grain. Light to medium-bodied. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmerz (666) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Draught at Breukelen Bier Merchants (NYC). Pours dark brown with amber head and lace. Aroma is earth, light fruit and floral notes, with pepper. Taste is balanced earth, spice, charred toast, clean bitterness. Feel is dry, prickly, clean with a silty finish. One of the better black IPAs I have had. Gets high marks ignoring the fact this style is almost entirely a bad idea.


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