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


on tap

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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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

arjoseph's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (641) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (440) - GERMANY - JUL 5, 2015
Pours as dark as the night, with a huge, stable head. Smells of grassy, wet grass hops, together with roasted, cocoa infused malts. Has a dank, fish scale fortified undertone, with mango shining through. The hops establish a certain dankness, which creates an interesting interplay between the malty qualities of the beer and its tropical fruits. Has a medium carbonation with a smooth yeast appearance, creating a pleasant mouthfeel. While the beer got a gentle complexity to it, it remains refreshing. Tastes of grass enriched orange, blood orange and papaya, while an earthy maltiness sets the foundation. A metallic note from the carbonation ties the different flavours together, by providing a sharp metallic bitter whiff, as well as an earthy coppery sweetness. The finish features a dry hop impact, defined by wet grass, accompanied by roasted cocoa nibs, revealing coffee qualities. Its bitterness stays long on the palate, while being accompanied by barky coffee flavors. Wow, very intense and extremely versatile. The hoppy part of the beer is very prominent, not only providing the typical fruits but also ice-bonbon topped wet grass. The resulting dankness blends well into the malts, due to the noteable carbonation, hops and earthen malts stay on par on the palate, creating a fantastic tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (131) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2015
Darkest brown with big lasting tan head. Really well balanced BIPA this. The roasty malts work perfectly in harmony with the piney hops. Nice bitter finish. Very quaffable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1562) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
50cl bottle shared at home. Clear dark brown with a medium off-white. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Well balanced bitter and sweet tones. Roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, hops and some herbs. A tasty BIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waiake (407) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2015
delicious beer this poured dark with a great frothy lasting head theres a rich aroma of pine hops & malt the taste is citrus hoppy & bitter

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kanaclane (43) - - JUN 21, 2015
Nez: Malt rôti, pin, fruits tropicaux Bouche: Chocolat, pin, ananas, noix de coco Belle attaque équilibrée entre le toasté et le fruité avec une amertume qui prend le dessus sur le toasté sur la longueur avec une sécheresse en fin de bouche. Une très bonne BIPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (536) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a really dark brown with reddish hues sitting under an ample head of off white foam. Big notes of pine and roasted malt in the smell. Some chocolate of the dark variety. Tastes even better than it smells. I get some pineapple out of the hops that are used. Gloriously smooth on the palate and very easy drinking. A marvelous brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1357) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2015
Very deep brown body with a large, creamy, fully lasting beige head that laces the glass excellently. Very strong aroma of roasted malt, sweet caramel, and plenty of hoppy notes of the generically fruity kind. Strong flavour that follows the aroma, with a bit more contributions from the tropics in the fruit basket. Light sweet taste with a quite heavy bitter long-lasting finish. Mid-bodied and dry on the palate. Delicious!
[sample from tap, probably shared with some guys @ Haand ølfestival, Drammen]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mt_hall (154) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2015
Bottled. A very dark, red-brown, almost black beer with a small, light brown head. A great mixture of coffee, chocolate, pin,e and yellow fruits on the nose. A combination of sweet fruit flavours from the hops and a rich body of coffee and chocolate, followed by a very dry, slightly smoky, coffee finish. Perfect balance of flavours, warmth, and bitterness. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
16erBlech (235) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 3, 2015
0,5l bottle at Brickmakers/Wien 7. Very tasty and drinkable BIPA (haha)............... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (348) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
500ml bottle at home. Proper hop character. Dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, roasted malts. Some dark fruit sweetness yet bitter, very well balanced and tasty. Solid.

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