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

bottled
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RATINGS: 598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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


arjoseph's rating

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lele (336) - Padova, ITALY - APR 21, 2016
ASPETTO: mogano molto scuro, ma limpido. Schiuma color cappuccino, pannosa, abbondante e persistente. AROMA: un tocco di erbaceo, ma soprattutto tanto floreale, una delizia. GUSTO: un capolavoro di equilibrio e pulizia, come di stampo Thornbridge. Amaro leggero, direi equilibrata, ma si percepisce anche un leggero biscottato. Carbonizzazione abbastanza bassa. Veramente un capolavoro.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (7656) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2016
Cask @ Sportsman, Huddersfield. Clear brown coloured with a head. Has a mild roasted malt aroma and taste, with a strength, but not overbearing for the ale.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (2915) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 13, 2016
On tap at Salon piva 09/2015, Bratislava. Pours dark brown color, lightly beige head. Aroma is malty, roasted malt. Taste is medium sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate, caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1879) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Appearance: Black brown, with some nice tan head.
Aroma: Hops, dark malt, slight fruit.
Taste: Nice hops, fruits, good dark malt. Nice balance. Lingering bitterness.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Online), 500 ml, CHF 6.20
Info: 19/3-2016, BB: 10/6-2016

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HolaWot (13) - - MAR 20, 2016
Hoppy aroma medium body and medium white head. A little creamy. Caramel roasted malt and hoppy taste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kajser27 (1070) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 16, 2016
Dark brown to black colored, medium light beige frothy head, good lacing and lasting. Aroma is of dark malt, chocolate, bit roasted notes and strong citrus and pine resiny hops. Taste is medium sweet caramel and chocolate, some roasted malt, again strong citrus grapefruit and pine hoppy aroma, moderate+ bitterness, bit burnt notes, hoppy and roasty dry bitter finish and lasting aftertaste, dry hopped. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, resiny. As my first BIPA ever, it has a special place reserved. (bottle, Mitra Den Bosch)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alvaro78 (137) - Sevilla, SPAIN - MAR 2, 2016
Aromas a maltas oscuras que dominan sobre el lúpulo Buen aspecto y carbónatacion correcta En boca equilibrada ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diabobale (429) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - FEB 28, 2016
Color tonaca di frate scura, con riflessi rubini e schiuma beige chiaro persistente. Al naso sentori agrumati (pomplemo) su buone note tostate. Corpo medio-leggero e carbonazione non eccessiva. In bocca si ritrovano note agrumate e un ottimo amaro finale dalla buona persistenza.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8994) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Nice mix of cocoa and coffee roasted malts and what is a fairly unique hop profile for a black ipa - dank and citrus forward, but with more lemon and soapy spice to it than usual. Not my favorite in style, but a nice change of pace.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Markth (138) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2016
Bijna zwart, wit stevig schuim. Niet heel erg bitter, subtiele hop, donkere mouten goed te proeven. @thornbridge den Bosch ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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