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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: 513   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tuomo123 (3) - - JAN 15, 2013 does not count
Raven Black IPA is probably the best IPA that i’ve drank. Malt and hops are in perfect balance in this beer. Taste starts with aseet aroma of dark brown malt and continues to bitter and dry finish. I could drink this all night!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3056) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2013
(bottle from Mr Lawrence, SE London) Pours dark brown to black with an off-white head and persistent lacing. Aroma/taste is complex fruity and hoppy with grapefruit prominence and pleasing malt character. Lovely bitter finish. Great stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirstyrabbit (1327) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown (mahogany) body with a reddish hue. Medium head. Licorice and piney hops in the aroma. Hoppy taste accompanied by some roast sharpness. Mouthfeel could be a bit richer. Semi-watery finish. A good drinking beer but not terribly exciting.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
The nose grabs you ’round the back of the neck, stares into your eyes, and snarls "You’re gonna love me." Notes of toasted dark malt with hints of hoppy complexity in balance. Pours a deep brown with little head. You sip it and then, yup - there you go. The reason this is such a fashionable style at the moment. Everything that is warm and rich about a fine porter married with everything that is crisp and juicy in a fine IPA in a wedding that is fiery, tumultious, but ultimately balanced and harmonious. The finish is ... well it aint divorce, that’s the point. Fabulous.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8698) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Very smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. Black in color, kahki head. Smell of centennial. Piney, resinous, slight c-hop characte, medium to low bitterness. Malt is noticable but not infringed on the hops. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (3544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2012
500ml bottle. Very dark copper color. Medium size creamy off-white head appears. Grapefruit, juicy, bit oaky, chocolate in aroma. Pine, chocolate, malty, milky flavor. Very smooth and silky. Nice bitter roasty aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (5263) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2012
Dark brown colour with a big bubbly tan head. Fruity and dark malty aroma. Medium pluss body with a moderate balanced sweetness. Fine bitterness and a soft carbonation. Rich fruity and dark malt flavour. Lovely beer.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Uddevalla, Sweden]

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sparf (160) - Östersund, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2012
Humle och ananas dominerar doften. Finns även en söt rostad malt i bakgrunden samt en kemisk ton av rengöringsmedel. Skummet har en medeltät struktur med tillräckligt lång halveringstid och fina rester lämnade på glasets sidor. Vätskan är mörk, så gott som ogenomskinlig och med en synnerligen tråkigt brun-svart färg. I smaken lever malt och humlebeska parallellt. Tyvärr gifter de sig inte utan resultatet blir något konstruerat. Å ena sidan har brygden en trevlig söt underton av mjukrostad malt å andra sidan en läskartad humlekaraktär med toner av apelsin och barr. Ganska tunn kropp. Mjuk men lite väl mycket kolsyra, förmodligen för att möta upp sötman och alkoholen. Dryckens avrundning är torr med en trevlig beska och choklad i den förvånansvärt korta eftersmaken. Ölen är varken en IPA, stout eller porter men visar upp ett gott hantverk och en renhet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoicLegault (7) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012 does not count
black with a lasting small white head, a complex beer, a lot of grapefruit and bitter, roasted malts, hops. lasting taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1556) - ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2012
Clear dark brown, tan head. Nose is floral, fruity (mainly grapefruit) hops, piney bitterness, malt. Taste begins with malty, bready hints and ends with medium fruity-hoppy bitterness with lots of pine, grapefruit and some roasty hints in the background. Prickly carbonation, thin to medium body, slightly dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.


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