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


on tap

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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gramoit (378) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
On tap at the local Taphouse Darlinghurst: Pours like a black IPA tastes like a black IPA. Quite hoppy initially, especially compared to some others of this style however the roasty flavours are never too far away. Also has quite a bitter finish. Enjoyed it, however there are many better Black IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
Tap at the Euston Tap, 12/06/13. Mahogony brown with a medium sized light tan head. Good lacing ensues. Nose is ripe tropical fruits, hops, grapefruit, light pine, mineral notes. Taste comprises juicy hope, bitter grapefruit, pine bite, orange pith, dusting of cocoa, light roast. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, hop bitterness in the finish. A decent CDA.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abrakarl (393) - SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2013
Weak aroma, IF any. Looks nice though bit I don’t feel The hops much. Møre stout-like. Not that fun actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1251) - SCOTLAND - JUN 11, 2013
500ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.00):
Hoppy with some pine and citrus notes along with a touch of grapefruit. This is followed up but some toasted, darker style malts and a hint of coffee. I could detect some sweetness, a little bit of bitter and a few background fruits competing for notice along with some faint chocolate and light tropical fruits.
Deep mahogany that, almost black & a thumb sized, thick looking, foamy head on top that holds pretty well before eventually settling as a thick looking, light brown lacing.
Citrus and pine hops along with bitterness and a sweet malt taste. There is some darker malts from the nose, some grapefruit as well and a well balanced, bitter finish with hints of light chocolate and toasted malts.
Medium body and a smooth, creamy feel with plenty of bitterness in the dry, citrus infused finish with lively carbonation.

Nice pine and bitter hops backed up with some toasted malts and the background chocolate and coffee that is subtle but definitely noticeable. A really nice beer and one that goes down far too easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (4738) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle, rated from backlog. Near-black with small tan head. Aroma and taste is grassy and hoppy, a bit roasted, malty, full and rich, some fruit. Very nice bipa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6651) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle at Ljubljanski Festival Piva, Slovenia. Almost black coloured, medium sized pale beige head, fruity hoppy nose. Light roasted malt, mild fruity, moderate hoppy and some caramel with pleasant bitter grapefruity hoppy finish. Really nice surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopbomber (96) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
Nice spicy hoppy aroma, flavour is oranges star anise hop bitterness malts nice lingering bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18564) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle at home ... deep black red brown ... small thin tan head ... soft toffee roast ... dark dry roast ... rich chocolate ... soft lime hop nose ... mellow roast malts ... lightest charcoal ... dark roast ... chewy malts ... light ... big pine .. oily hops ...softest pineapple .. soft smooth and rounded ... nice nice nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zingao (15) - SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2013
Pours almost pitch black. Rich and smooth taste. I’m actually amazed at how flavourful it is while at the same time being so smooth.Some citrus hints with a slightly bitter aftertaste reminding me of dark chocolate or coffee. A great beer that I truly recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2460) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours dark brown with a large off-white head. Nose shows chocolate, nutty malt, sorachi ace custard notes and soft spicy resinous hops. Lovely. Flavours include more of the sorachi dill and custard, resinous piny hops and some roasted malt. A bit too much carbonation.

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