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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 448   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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4021) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle. Deep red/brown body with a big creamy off-white head. Nose is dense, grassy notes of "noble hops" (Challenger, perhaps?) heather, herbs and hints of something catty...fur, perhaps? Peculiar, but in a very nice way. Taste is intensely grassy, with leather, soy, herbs and hints of coffee. Full body, medium carbonation yet easy to drink. It’s just so refreshing to drink a BIPA hopped properly with *british* hops, as opposed to the American versions which I actually find a bit boring after a while. Very nice and original, and highly recommended both for education and enjoyment! :-) Best from Thornbridge IMO this far.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2055) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
Very dark brown with a thick tan head. Malty with hop tones. mat, fruit and hops. Medium body with a nice, balanced finish. Very nice black IPA !

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
This is a bitter, malty BIPA. Pours dark with short tan head that lasts. Quite a full flavour, but I’ve had fuller BIPAs

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndrewC (323) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2012
Black with a crazy citrus oil intense aroma. Crazy alpha acids in this beer. Crazy I tell you. DIPA (if such a thing actually exists) like flavours. Well constructed but crazy man, crazy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Dry dark chocolate and light roasted coffee, a touch of fkoral hops, some dusty yeast, hint of raisin. Solid, but a bit lacking in hops, which is surprising from these guys.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2012
Bottle. Almost black, large beige head leaving lacing. Hoppy aroma with citrus, pine, chocolate and popcorn. Taste: roasted, licorice, hoppy, resin, tropical, pineapple, maybe strawberries, quite a low bitterness, dry finish. Quite low-key, but very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefannilssons (1462) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2012
Det är något speciellt med öltypen ’balck ipa’, det är som att få det bästa från två olika världar på en och samma gång. Aromen är mycket trevlig och inbjudande och smaken följer upp på ett tillfredställande sätt.. Smaken är inte så maltig som jag kanske hade velat men den blommiga humlen gör mig inte besviken. Dessutom är ölen välbalanserad och med en lämpligt stabil kropp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (4206) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2012
Bottle from SB cons 2012-04-30 Göteborg Ar: wee roasted malt, tropical fruits, grape fruit, pine Ap: pitch black, heavy moon rocky creme beige head F: apricots, pine, heavy grape fruit bitterness, wee burned caramel, wee soya, coffey bean shells, dark chocolate, full body, grainy, sweet and dry, finish long roasted malt, dried fruits and bitterness. O yes the lacings are super duper (can confess, my glasses are cleaned in the dishwasher with regulary washing tablets, so there are seldom any lacings to speak about bla bla bla). Thornbridge is one of the best english breweries (according to me).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2012
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of hops, grass, pine, resin, rye, dark malt, and a hint of citrus. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter and light to medium sweet. Tastes of dark malt, hops, grass, pine, slight rye, and a hint of roasting. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Medium to heavily bitter, lightly sweet, dark malt, hop, pine, grass, slight roast finish is lightly dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2057) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2012
En svart IPA med medelhögt ljusbeige skum. Stor humledoft av grape, tallskott, krusbär,aningens gummi och kaffe. Smaken liknar en bra västkust-IPA med mycket grape och tall men munkänslan är lenare och rundare, fast bettet i beskan finns där. En riktigt bra IPA där den rostade malten inte förtar någonting av humleskärpen utan bara lägger till ett sammetstäcke runt smakerna. Snyggt!


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