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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


tuomo123's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tuomo123 (3) - - JAN 15, 2013
Raven Black IPA is probably the best IPA that i’ve drank. Malt and hops are in perfect balance in this beer. Taste starts with aseet aroma of dark brown malt and continues to bitter and dry finish. I could drink this all night!


3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (100) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Nice hoppy IPA with a roasted malt body. The bitterness and the body aftertaste harmonizes not bad, but a bit more balance in the malt-bitterness part might be beneficial.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (826) - CROATIA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml from Pivoljub, Ljubljana. Pours black with lasting white head. Fruity hoppy and bit roasted aroma. Caramel, roasted malts, hops with bitteer finish. Good one.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
poech73 (214) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2014

Une autre déclinaison du genre que je qualifierais de "Extra Hoppy Porter".
Le nez fort houblonné, aux senteurs d’agrumes (citron, mandarine) fleuri herbacé et piquant les narines reste caractéristique du genre: effluve de malts caramélisés, de cacao, de levure. La gorgée à l’attaque agresse le palais avec sa forte amertume citronnée. Et puis celle-ci s’estompe, dans un second temps, au profit d’arômes maltés aux saveurs de cacao, de caramel, de levure. Le tout se finissant sur un houblonnage assez acres. En plus, je trouve que le Sorachi apporte une astringence qui jure sur tout le long de la dégustation. Mais son faible ABV la rend facilement buvable. Pas inoubliable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BS80 (144) - POLAND - DEC 12, 2014
12.2014 (Butelka 0,5 litra) ZAKUP - Warszawa - Szklanka typu pinta - schlodzone - Aromat M , Smak M, Ogólnie 3.8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4458) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Roast and some light citrus. Good product here that holds up well on cask as Thornbridge’s stuff usually does. Dark brown pour with good head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Light caramel. Cask at Churchkey.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Graham77 (281) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
500ml bottle. Aroma of chocolate and orange. Flavour similar the chocolate being bitter, dark chocolate. Very smooth and full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HammerTroll (582) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 6, 2014
Clear dark brown color, almost black. Small tan head. Fruity hops, a bit of roastiess. Well balanced, bitter enough but not too much, a bit coffee and orange, some sweetness. Thin to medium body, creamy texture, but lively carbonation was small disappointment. Medium long coffee and hoppy finish. Very interesting, really enjoyed this one.
(Pivoljub 0,5l bottle)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eduardovl (938) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 5, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 500ml bottle served in a pint glass. A: Pours a brown color forming a big beige creamy head with good retention. A lot of soapy lingering lacings are formed and left in the glass. S: Roasted malts and grassy hops in the upfront. Notes of pine, caramel, dark chocolate and earth. Hints of grapefruit. T: Sweet and roasted malts in the upfront. Hints of tropical fruits. Pine and pineapple notes. Intense bitter end, very hoppy. Hints of dark chocolate and caramel malts. Earthy yeasts. M: Medium body and carbonation. Roasted malts and piny hops in the aftertaste. O: Great drinkability. Excellent Black IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bobhund (423) - - NOV 30, 2014
Drucken på OConnors, Uppsala.. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (563) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle. Pour is black with a foamy head, aroma is fruity, toffee, malty. Taste is toffee, malty, light fruitiness and some bitterness towards the finish, medium body and soft carbonation. Very good


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