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

bottled
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RATINGS: 519   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


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
On tap into tulip at Bar on Buena, Chicago. An IPA in disguise (kind of): it’s a dead ringer for a baltic porter or imperial stout in looks -- completely black, with a lasting, pillowy beige head. Roasty and burnt on the nose. Roasty and burnt on the sip, too, the dirty-dusty hop bitterness blending with the roastiness of the malts, making it taste almost smoked. Very pure and intense flavors. Creamy mouthfeel starts with the inch of foam on top, but continues in the silky body of the beer. The dryness and mix of flavors make me think of tamales and mole sauce. Any chocolate notes are devoid of sweetness. This would be a great pairing with particular types of food, perhaps brisket or some type of pulled meat in a mesquite sauce. Or maybe tamales and mole sauce.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayaron (613) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer and Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear deep brownish with medium beige head. The aroma is very creamy and hoppy, notes of garlic, floral, some fruitiness and citrus, notes of roasted malt, a bit soapy with hint of licorice. Very complex flavor, hoppy, somewhat buttery, grassy, notes of roasted malt and citrus, soapy, moderate bitterness. Moderate carbonation, medium to full-bodied. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (943) - ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Pours brown-black with a big beige head and beautiful lacing. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, tropical fruits and grapefruit. Starts sweet with notes of caramel, coffee, more green hops with high bitterness, a bit of buttery notes (Sorachi hops?). Medium-bodied, oily, nice and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (10285) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2015
from Drinks of the World - hazy very dark brown beer with a long lasting beige foam; toasted biscuity maltiness and notes of red fruity hops; very creamy palate, full-bodied, decently bitter; aftertaste of mocha and brushwoods; dusty

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5678) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2015
Tap @ Kaapse Fest, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of a bit of roast, some oatmeal cookie, grassy hop, bit funky notes. Soft bitterness, some roast, bit dry. Ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (1327) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2015
Tap at Kaapse festival. Clear brown with light beige head. Coffee, roasted malts and light ash, bitter herbal hops with a citrus touch towards the finish. Light sweet with medium bitterness. Light to medium bodied with dry feel

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlassBrass440 (251) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2015
Pours a dark ruby red with eggshell head. Pure IPA with floral, and citrusy hops on the nose. Flavours bring more pine and citrus with an addition of tropical fruits. Hints of chocolate malt make for a nice accent, while a bready malt character keeps a good balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freretoc (1081) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 1, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 50cl à la brasserie, couleur ambrée brune, mousse blanche et effervescence moyenne, fin de nez sur le houblon. En bouche attaque sur le malt caramélisé et la noix de coco.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (389) - - APR 24, 2015
Pours black with fine beige head. Aroma of citrus, pine hops, oranges. Pineaplles. Taste is similar with sweet notes of barley malts, roasted dark chocolate and hoppy finish, which lasting in aftertaste. Overall very good Black IPA, I still prefer a little higher abv.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (11197) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottled, 500ml from S.H.Jones in Banbury. Very dark brown with cream head. There are plenty of dark roasted malty notes happening in the body of the beer, liquorice, slightly tarry but not overly so. It’s probably the beers greatest strength is the restraint of not overdoing any particular element. The hops are abundant, zesty, clean with tropical fruit and citrus flavours, but again, not dominating. It is a joy to drink, well brewed sirs.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (777) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2015
Enticing passion-citrus aroma in a coke coloured pour. Hop forward flavour is an excellent example of the style and leaves one wanting another for sure.


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