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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: 382   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2117) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2012 Re-rating, this time showing a hint of red amongst the dark colour - nice head. The nose has grapefruit zest, then some orange coming through. maybe rosewater too. The taste has bitter Seville oranges and not much sign of the chocolate. The palate is slightly big on the alcohol but apart from that, it delivers. Overall, good beer but not sure it delivers all the characteristics (that is chocolate) of a black IPA. Previously, rated on 15/12/2011 - 7+3+7+4+14=3.5 50cl bottle @ Brauhaus. Pours opaque with a slim head. The nose has pine and grapefruit. The taste has creamy grapefruit. The palate is medium bodied and textured with a nice clean finish - well balanced. Overall, a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Attractive black body with a light, off-white head. The nose complex. It’s a bit peppery, with the malts lending sweet chocolate coffee, balanced out by grassy hops. The sweet flavors really lay a nice foundation for the dry hoppiness to show off on. This is a smooth pint, the body’s medium. The carbonation is nicely understated. Another great Thornbridge beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Dark brown to black color. The aromas and flavors of chocolate, toffee, lemony and peppery hops. Firm smooth bitterness. Smooth firm taste. This is not my favorite style, but this is one of the best in this style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle from Great Grog. Pours a very dark brown colour with a red tinge. The thick, light tan head last for ages. Lovely pine hop aroma with some bubblegum, peach, roasty espresso coffee and black malt. Similar upfront pine flavour with a long roasty malt and espresso coffee linger. Alcohol is quite present with a nice warming glow. Moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Nicely bitter. Great balance between hops and malt. One of my favourite Black IPA’s to date. Delicious!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2011
Cask at the GBBF. Near black with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, especially grapefruit and lime, with sweet floral notes. Sweet citrus and fruity flavour with toffee in the background.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichardW (1371) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle, Rehills, Ncl. Yep. the big 5. This is a stunning beer, no other word for it. Huge beautiful hoppy aroma, amazing concoction of flavours dance all over my tongue, grassy fresh hops, berries, cherries, sweetness, bitterness, just everything I want froma a beer and then some. I want to put down more, but I don’t think there’s enough superlatives. Wish I’d bought the entire stock from the shop.....

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle from Great Grog. Black pour, medium tan head. Some tropical fruit, hop resin, hint of roast malt nose. Really smooth, well-structured palate. Full, roasty malt flavours but balanced with a good dose of fruity hops. Nothing harsh though, really smooth mouthfeel and a bitter but balanced finish. Amazing stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martin243 (689) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
My first experience of a Black IBA, and I loved it. Beautiful balance of mocha chocolate maltiness and IPA hoppy biterness. Full bodied without being cloying, not overpowerringly bitter, full of juicy flavour. Try the first chance you get.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (3470) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
Opague, dark brown to black colour with a firm white head. Smells hoppy, bitter and dark fruits. Tastes bitter, hoppy and like black berries. Great carbo, full body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superflyguy (420) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 fantastic! my first oxymoronic beer, but what a joy! I think I have found my new favourite style. Pours a slightly syrupy back, with a sooty tinged head. Aroma is an amazing mix of sharp cirtus and floral hops backed with a hint of raosty malt. the flavour really has so much going on, all of the above and slight vanilla, chocolate. but each flavour is complementary and it doesn’t taste mucky! a lovely twang of bitterness to finish I’ll be stocking up!


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