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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 426   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 (639) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdmmb (713) - USA - JUL 21, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Malting Pot, Brussels. Dark hoppy IPA. Hint of chocolate in taste. Lovely! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (2976) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2014
Black with decent head. Strong bitter hoppy aroma and taste. The flavour also has some bitter, dark malts. Smooth and full flavoured.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (1526) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Draught at The Euston Tap, London on 11 July. Poured a dark, dark ruby, with a large, dense off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of dark malt, dried fruit and Christmas pudding. Sharp hop bitterness in the flavour, balanced with some berries and molasses. Finish was dark fruit, spice and grassy hop.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (3539) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Black beer pouring with a white head Nice bitter aroma with a toasty finish. Light lace. Bitter malt flavor with a cocoa finish. Very good and palateable. This beer is just easy going down.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1124) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
Zwarte colaachtige kleur met een volle crème kraag. Ruikt fruitig, en nog iets, wel lekker. Smaakt bitter, fruitig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1394) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
Pours a dark orange brown beer with a good tan head. Smells fruity, malts, fart hihi. Tastes fruity, hops and malts with a big bitter finish. Average carbo, thin body and a dry sticky texture.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pdubyah (347) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 12, 2014
!!! What ? This starts with some grate coffee aromas, and pours nicely with a great head, the aroma moves to hoppy, and then....... waiting waiting...... nothing. It’s really unbalanced and thin and not much else inspiring. It’s very drinkable which means though that there are soft points that light up your brain in some way they just don’t stand up to be counted. So so disappointed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1349) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Keg @ Deaf Institute, Manchester. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Silky smooth mouthfeel with roasted malts and bitter chocolate / toffee notes. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5970) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
[Bottle at Mondial 2014, Montreal] Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with an average size lasting frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, leafy hops, a hint of coffee and some fruit. Roasty flavour along with a slightly odd hop note. Moderate bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good, not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (2994) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle at the mondiale 2014. Dark brown, almost black pour, beige rocky head. Aroma of coffee, roasted but not too roasted malts, and some subtle pine hops, with light citrus notes. Soft carb, light mouth feel. Medium bitterness, solid roast and piney resins. A nice example of the style.


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