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Thornbridge Wild Raven

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

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RATINGS: 485   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7054) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 26, 2014
bottle from beergeek in prague, dark brown with a persistent beige head; decent fruity aroma, both citrus and tropical, some toffee; pleasant caramel with a good hit of tinned fruit salad and plenty of bitterness. very drinkable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RW80 (813) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
0,5 l Bottle shared. Apperance: lmost black, color with a medium light brown head of 2 fingers. Head has a very good retention and leaves lacing. Aroma: Citrus Pine and roasted malts, Taste: Above Moderate bitteriness, slightly roasted with big hoppy notes. (Pine and resin and citrus). with hints of caramel, and chocolate. providing a moderate sweetness. Suprisingly the aftertaste the dark part is more like a bit of coffee , while still having some citrus bitterness there as well. medium body, creamy texture, and lively carbonation which suprisingly works well. Good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (369) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 24, 2014
50 cl bottle from Špunka in Tallinn (€ 3.67). BB 15.10.2015. Pours dark - appears black in the glass with a dark chestnut hue. Head is light beige and quite big, with great retention and lacing. Aroma is musky, resinous and grassy hops, also tangerines, pineapple and orange peel, pungent, almost a cat pee note, and only a hint of roastiness in the background. It simultaneously irritates and seduces, courtesy of the Sorachi Ace I reckon. Taste is intense piney hop bitterness, with a roasty malt character joining in a few moments, finishing with satisfying lingering bitterness coupled with a dry roasty mouthfeel. Not getting any chocolate. Powerfully hopped yet beautifully balanced. Body maybe slightly less than medium, carbonation nearing flat, palate very soft and smooth. Overall a very nice brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (3121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Backlog rating. Keg at The Gun Docklands, part of Winter Beer Fest 2014, London. It pours a deep brown, almost black, color with a medium light brown head. Lasting foam. Aroma is slightly roasted with big hoppy notes. Pin and resin above all. In the mouth it’s smooth as silk with notes of toasted malts, licorice and caramel. Some citrussy and wood as well. Soft carbonation. Overall, good BIPA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (697) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle 0.5l at Pivopija Zemun Belgrade Serbia.Pour it dark color with small white head.Taste and aroma of dark chocolate,hops,grass,roasted and hoppy flavour.I liked it very good

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (109) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Nice hoppy IPA with a roasted malt body. The bitterness and the body aftertaste harmonizes not bad, but a bit more balance in the malt-bitterness part might be beneficial.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (895) - CROATIA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml from Pivoljub, Ljubljana. Pours black with lasting white head. Fruity hoppy and bit roasted aroma. Caramel, roasted malts, hops with bitteer finish. Good one.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
poech73 (221) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2014

Une autre déclinaison du genre que je qualifierais de "Extra Hoppy Porter".
Le nez fort houblonné, aux senteurs d’agrumes (citron, mandarine) fleuri herbacé et piquant les narines reste caractéristique du genre: effluve de malts caramélisés, de cacao, de levure. La gorgée à l’attaque agresse le palais avec sa forte amertume citronnée. Et puis celle-ci s’estompe, dans un second temps, au profit d’arômes maltés aux saveurs de cacao, de caramel, de levure. Le tout se finissant sur un houblonnage assez acres. En plus, je trouve que le Sorachi apporte une astringence qui jure sur tout le long de la dégustation. Mais son faible ABV la rend facilement buvable. Pas inoubliable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BS80 (144) - POLAND - DEC 12, 2014
12.2014 (Butelka 0,5 litra) ZAKUP - Warszawa - Szklanka typu pinta - schlodzone - Aromat M , Smak M, Ogólnie 3.8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Roast and some light citrus. Good product here that holds up well on cask as Thornbridge’s stuff usually does. Dark brown pour with good head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Light caramel. Cask at Churchkey.


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