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


on tap

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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (6863) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
7stern (599) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2681) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (4036) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (1589) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Psytron (1950) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Smell of hops and tobacco. Dark brown colour, high dark brown head. Aroma of hops, licorice. Slightly watery. Lightly bitter. Flat carbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear, near-to-black brown with a short, dark khaki head. Big centennial hop aroma, grass, grapefruit and pine with a nice citric hint from the sorachi. Couldn’t detect any nelson. Taste is a nice ligbt pine and acidic citrus fruit flavour, dominated by dark toasty malts and a light roasted espresso/mocha flavour. Really smooth with a lingering pine and roasted malt aftertaste. Awesome black IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. A damn good take on a black IPA. Dark, yet clear, brown pour with a big, frothy beige head. Nose is very tropical and grassy with some sweet vanilla in the foreground. Almost a woodiness to this as well. Nelson comes through a lot for me in the taste with heavy influence on ripe stone fruits. Very creamy stuff. Well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at mane liquor thornbridge tasting. Pours a darkish brown with a small off white head. Not your usual black ipa pour! Nose is all about the passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus. Nelson sauvin hops prominent. Taste is the fruit backed by the dark malts, hint of spicy pepperiness and mild roasty coffee notes. Actually quite sessionable sitting on 6.6%. Not as bold compared to other black ipas I've had but a good change up none the less. Great stuff ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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