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

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RATINGS: 449   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichardW (1515) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle, Rehills, Ncl. Yep. the big 5. This is a stunning beer, no other word for it. Huge beautiful hoppy aroma, amazing concoction of flavours dance all over my tongue, grassy fresh hops, berries, cherries, sweetness, bitterness, just everything I want froma a beer and then some. I want to put down more, but I don’t think there’s enough superlatives. Wish I’d bought the entire stock from the shop.....

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle with my husband. Black with a tan head. Roasted malts and tropical fruits in the aroma Taste: Much like the aroma with a nice lingering bitter ending. One of the better balanced black IPA’s I’ve had

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3778) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2012
50 cl. bottle @ home // A: dark brown with a lightly tanned head // S: yes Sorachi Ace & Nelson Savignon (which I only picked up after tasting it, I am really getting bitter kiwi now, lots of awesome hops (I really like those two), chcocolate malts, flowers, utterly awesome // T & B: light chocolate malts, only downer about this is that the body is kind of grainy upfront & not as thick as I would love but, chocolate malts, blueberries, immediately got Sorachi Ace & Savignon, not sure how Centinal taste like, maybe I picked it up, bitter kiwi, white grapes, some melon, touch eartly sweet Sorachi, flowers, candy, nuts, I adore these hops in here, spend 10 min. cursing about how awesome this was at first, if not for the body, which is a small minus, I would worship this, man, those hops, especially how they work here, Thornbridge makes phenomenal IPA’s & this … dear lord … ridiculous amount of cursing in English, Dutch, French, Russian,… <3 Thornbridge // Dry-hopped Version Cask @ ACBF 2012 // A: black with a tanned, touch red head // S: lots of hops, grapefruit & Nelson // T: bitter coffee, chocolate malts, bitter cold coffee, followed by bitter grapefruit hops, touch fruity // B: touch lighter than bottle version // Dry-hoppped version, the incredible balance of hops that I adored is lost here, bottle version is way better // great stuff here

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanCrusher (642) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Black coloured with some ruby shades and big, light brown head. Mostly hoppy aroma, combination of grapefruit and elderberry with some dark chocolate notes from the background. Chocolate bitter mouthfeel, dense, full bodied, creamy beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MustangMarkF (219) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
500ml Bottle. This pours a almost black beer with the slightest of reddish hues. It has a thick tan head that leaves a moderate lacing. Take a smell of this beel and your senses ignite- theres grapefruit but also malt, dark chocolate, maltiness, hops and the faintest hint of burnt toffee. Tastewise this is extremely complex and this review will not do it justice. Its a bitter grapefruit start with a subtle move through burnt toffee (again) to biscuit and malt through to a bitter finisdh with a re-emergance of the grapefruit. Wonderfully complex and an absloute stonking beer. I may have found a new favourite!! If I was to recommend a English craft beer to someone who wasnt familiar with our products- this would be it- it has everything yet its not over done = BRILLIANT!!!!!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (1391) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
Bottle the greystones Sheffield. Aroma is great piney orange hops. Taste is is same great dark malt backbone great long hoppy bitter finish. Black colour great beige head lacing. Medium body nice mouthfeel prickly carbonated. OMG thus stuff is the best would be full marks if the body was a bit fuller. Absolutely smashing!!!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
w_adwersarz (148) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilverfoX (268) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
citrus, floral, earthy, ginger aromas from a solid black body thick head soon vanishes, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, thick feel, lively, bitter, im in no way an IPA fan but this is really good stuff, very impressed.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackafholmes (208) - - APR 27, 2014
Bottle from greystones, Sheffield. Looks fantastic, pitch black with a healthy off white head. Aroma of lychee and the sea. Taste is excellent, tangy fruits and a subtle bitterness. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10987) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2011
Draft at the Euston Tap. Pours a very dark brown with a stern, frothy beige head. Brilliant aroma of intense pine with some light caramel lurking about. Flavor is equally if not more divine. Quite sweet with honey, citrusy orange and pineapple, some resinous hops, then wonderful, understated roasdted malts. Medium bodied with average, smooth carbonation. Finishes sweet and lightly sugary, with some sticky hops and mild roast. Just incredible all around.


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