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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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Love this - itís too roasty to be a pure black IPA but the hop selection balances the roastiness perfectly. Awesome beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BenH (2022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2011
From bottle. I really wanted to like this. I tried really hard to like this but the sorachi ace hops Iím afraid are disgusting. This is a well made beer, lovely malt, good level of bitterness but man, sorachi ace is rank. Good qualities are the piney, resinous, fruity hops which come through but then thereís the distinctive cack of sorachi. Nice roasty, chocolatey malts but then bang, sorachi. Canít dig on this

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4348) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has grass, mandarins, some malts. Dark, brown-black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is bitter, has roast, grass and mandarins again. Medium bodied. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2011
Pours dark black with a thick tan head. Aromas of both hops and citrus fruits, with chocolate and roasted malt supporting. The flavour had fruits, hops, chocolate and malt. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (6432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle at hotel Bodegraven, shared with Dutchdrebus and Iluvatarmilan. Very dark brown color, full light brown head. Smell hops and bitter. Taste nicely bitter, hops, slightly roasty. Decent carbo, medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (755) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
Cask at Port Street Beer House 28th September 2011. Better than many of the Thornbridge range, dark and potent. Worth a try

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2011
[500ml bottle, The Bottle, York] Pours very black with a slightly off-white head. Roasty chocolate aromas but plenty of fruity hop on the nose. Quite sweet on the taste initially before the roast arrives. Decent amount of orangey fruit on the palate before the roasted, dry tobacco finish. Really nice - quite malty for a black IPA (compared to others Iíve had), the Sorachi Ace add an unusual element. Another great new addition to their bottled lineup [25092011]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5115) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2011
50cl, new English brew Anno 2009, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex bitter brew, fruity/bitter and slightly roasted/sweet, not too heavy, very balanced, clear, good head, good brew

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SheffieldSteel (114) - St Nikolai im Sausal, AUSTRIA - SEP 24, 2011
500ml bottle. Strong resinous aroma with a creamy, beige head. Thick, dark colour. Taste is creamy and slightly bitter, with a hoppy sweetness and a dark (80-100%) dark chocolate taste. Carbonation minimal and with a thick texture. A very nice Black IPA, one to savour on a cold evening, with a bowl of freshly roasted chestnuts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3629) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2011
Hand pulled at the Waggon and Horses, Halesowen. Red/black appearance. A licorice, blackcurrant finish. Slightly uncertain in the mouth - some dry grain, some flat sweetness. Any sense of blackness is only really present towards the finish. Very nice, but more watery and less rich than I hoped for.


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