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

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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 20, 2013
Has a all the classic moves, but just missing that je na sais quoi to be a classic. Maybe the slightly off putting lemony note from the Sorachi? Anywayz, it’s well balanced, big on the dark malts, lots of new world hops with a medium finish. Very drinkable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanCrusher (732) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Black coloured with some ruby shades and big, light brown head. Mostly hoppy aroma, combination of grapefruit and elderberry with some dark chocolate notes from the background. Chocolate bitter mouthfeel, dense, full bodied, creamy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (3588) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2013
50cl bottle at Schouskjelleren. Pours very dark, almost black with a reddish hue and a beige head. Roasty and hoppy aroma with dark fruits, pine, malt, chocolate and hints of coffee, citrus and herbs. Sweet and roasty with a hoppy and bitter finish. Well balanced and very enjoyable. (2013-02-03)

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jordinc (105) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours black with nice white head. Grapefruit and floral hops in the nose. Mouthfeel is oily/silky like a stout. Lots of toasty notes along with citrus/grapefruit, and lots of hops. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the hops with the dark full bodied beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopfenWeisse (1277) - - FEB 10, 2013
Dark black color with medium beige head. Aroma is hops. Flavor is hops, bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (2370) - NORWAY - JAN 27, 2013
On tap at Crowbar
Black, tanned head. Smells of citrus, toast and roast. Medium sweet, roastym not very fruity. Medium bitter, resins. A bit boring this one; the flavors and aromas are ok, but i guess i want some more complexity; this is pretty straight forward

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (3175) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A black beer that pours with a white foamy head. It has a sweet citrus fruity and slight sugary flavour, creamy and slight chocolate notes with slight roasted notes on the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2797) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
Tap at the Salt House. Appearance: Black, small mocha coloured head. Aroma: Sweet hops, citrus, perfume, herbal, lots of hops. Flavour; woah! Big hop wallop, like biting a grapefruit ! So perfume floral like, hops galore, long bitter hop finish, tremendous!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2013
Medium beige head. Clear dark red body with light carbonation. Earthy roasty fruity aroma with gooseberry notes. Dry-sweet roasty earthy dusty taste with orangey notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, oily mouthfeel. Dry orangey resiny roasty aftertaste with earthy metallic mineraly notes. Nice, drinkable, not terribly remarkable. (0.5l bottle shared with gr0ve at Crowbar, Oslo.)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Tap at The Birch. Big tan head on deep ruby. $%#@ ton of lace. Nose is cheesy stale DIPA, not much else- candies, lemon, cheesecloth, dust. Taste is lemon gum drops, sweet tea, cheesecloth. Not really black IPA in taste. Hints of roast, no density. Fiancé rating: 3.8


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