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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: 607   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Deep dark brown-red (practically black) with a medium beige head. Lovely floral hop aroma, with some earthy, chocolate malt and some smoke. Sweet on the tongue with a medium bitter finish. Oily texture with light carbonation, perhaps a little thin.Really nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2013
good sized beige head dark pour soft medium carbonation aromas grapefruit pine floral stone fruit very hoppy the flavours pine caramel medium strong bitter chocolate malt pineapple apricot grapefruit strong tastes the finish rousing hop flavours lasting pine and bitter finish with sweet malt backing good ale

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Etruscan (627) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 14, 2013
Beige foamy full lasting head. Black colour. Aroma is malty, fruity (pineapple with light peach and apple) with pine notes. Flavor is malty too, fruity (grapefruit) with light dark chocolate tones, ending in a long moderately hoppy finish, slightly chocolaty. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (4102) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle from Beeches of Walkley, Sheffield. Mahogany colour with a thick, frothy beige head. Masses of juicy fruit and piney, mineral hop aromas. Big chewy mouthfeel. Long, dry, bitter finish. Perhaps if I hadn’t had this a hundred times before I’d have rated it higher? Honesty is the best policy though...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (6698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2013
Tap at Bar Animale. Roast and grassy hop aroma. Deep black, brown lace. Milk chocolate, coffee roast, good smoke flavor with a quite decent aromatic and grassy hop counterpoint. Medium sparkly body which breaks the heavy elements apart. Smoke retronasal. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
7stern (592) - Bromma, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2013
Mahogany colour with thick, lasting head. Pine aroma, hints of cocoa and smoke. Fresh taste with coffee and citrus. Moderate bitterness. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2586) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 A colablack beer with a beige and big head. The nose is balanced, roastiness, fresh pine forest, some citrusfruits and also other fruits. Taste is strongly roasted and strongly bitter, pine needles, coffee. The end is long and dry, slightly herbal. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, fresh. Nice and balanced black IPA, enough of bitterness and roastiness, but could be more complex.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle @ døe sommer fest. Dark brown, medium tan head, good lacing. Aroma, nice hoppy, roasted malts, . Taste, hoppy with a nice roasted malts aftertaste. Good black ipa.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3937) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Bardzo bardzo porzadne i smaczne piwo. Ciemne prawie czarne z lekkimi przeswitami czerwieni. Piana spora jak na angielskie piwo do tego korzuchowa. W zapachu to az trawiaste chmiele tancza w nozdrzach, w smaku podobnie, tosty przypieczone zalane aromatyczna herbatka ziolowa. Pyszny i tresciwy ciemny IPA. Bardzo polecam

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (1559) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2013
ligth beige head that disappears with some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is boozy, dill, lychee. taste is boozy, malt with a bitter, coffee aftertaste. medium body and carbonation. well balanced and decent bipa, but can’t beat the scanner darkly! bottle 50cl / bbf 5-2014


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