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


on tap

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RATINGS: 380   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

Melker's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melker (185) - Varberg, - APR 6, 2013
Dark brown color with a beige and frothy head. Aroma of grapefruit, other citrus frutis, chocolate, coffe. Taste is a little bit sweet with roasted malts and coffee bitterness. Some fruity hop bittnerness also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13338) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
14th April 2014
Euston Tap. Keg. Mini bimble with Ian Harrison. Clear deep red - amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and crisp. Very mild dark malts, no roast or bitterness. Light sweet piney hops. Motueka like floral sweetness. Light red berry fruits. Smooth airy finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
w_adwersarz (35) - Cracow, POLAND - APR 10, 2014
Bardzo ładny aromat cytrusów. Piana trochę wymuszona, drobno pęcherzykowa, kemowa, ładnie oblepia szkło. Dodatkowo białe owoce, ananas przede wszystkim, trochę winogron. Kolorku dodaje nam wyczuwalna czekoladka. Wysycenie w stronę wysokiego. Goryczka jak dla mnie troszkę za niska.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tselloufc88 (8) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2014 does not count
Bottle from Thornbridge online shop. First ever Black IPA I ever tried and still the best I’ve had (I have only tried 4 other examples though) Appearance is almost pitch black with a slight dark brown tinge. Massive biege head. Aroma is of pine, pineapple, and a touch of chocolate. Taste is initially chocolate, Seville orange, pineapple and grapefruit with a medium bitter finish with more chocolate and fruit. Love this beer. Outstanding!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leebotton (145) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2014
Yeast y hop aroma. Somewhat yeasty flavour with slightly roast malt and grassy hop flavour. Good carbonation abd reasonable texture

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (10767) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 1, 2014
Tap @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours deep brown to black with a medium, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has citrus, light roasted, mild chocolate, light apple. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has coffee, light roasted, apple, chocolate. Mild, lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1479) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
Appears clear mahogany with a puffy cream coloured head. The scent is mildly of gooseberry and herbal hoppiness with a light pine aroma, which is unexpected. Then to taste it starts out resinous and then intensely so, almost to the point of overwhelming. This is more similar to a Pacific Northwest ale, imitation being a sincere form of flattery? There are lengthy twinges of astringent hoppiness and some mild caramel toffee undertones. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wolfbass (863) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 23, 2014
Davvero splendida, già dall’aspetto color mogano. Al naso resinoso, accompagnato da una punta di tostato. In bocca è magnifica di una pulizia unica, e amara il giusto. Grande bere

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (221) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - MAR 21, 2014
Una cerveza que definitivamente sorprende. A pesar de su color completamente obscuro, casi negro, de su cuerpo redondo, espuma cremosa de mefia retencion y casi nula carbonatacion, nadie se espera los aromas florales tan marcados. Notas citricas y un recuerdo grande a pino. En boca es suave, sin embargo algo amarga, muy floral, el lupulo muy presente, sin embargo al final notas tostadas. En resumen un estilo que sorprende y una cerveza muy bien lograda. Un equilibrio fenomenal y una transición perfecta entre una IPA y una porter o stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (6333) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2014
Draught @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours black with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, spices, grass, yeast, fruits and hint of chocolate and berries. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long spicy and grassy finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LomYst (391) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2014
Sweet sweet pineapple, sugar, white Chocolate, caramel, soms ripe fruit... Very balanced bitter sweet, bitter hoppy finish, very soft Carbs, great

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