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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: 554   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (2185) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2013
Smak och doft av humle, malt, choklad, en aning apelsin och tropisk frukt. Frisk, välbalanserad med en god och lite sträv chokladbitterbeska.
Earlier Rating: 4/15/2012 Total Score: 3.2
Humle, choklad, apelsin. Tydlig och fin beska, rund och lite oljig i smaken.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - APR 8, 2013
Pours dark brown/black with a thin foam head. Grassy hop flavours and choky notes, fruity characters and malty notes in backstage. A very nice complex brew. Complex ... and easy to dring plus not so alcoholic: great balance, nice beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (123) - - APR 7, 2013
Pours a lovely black beer with a solid light brown head that remains until the last sip. The hops come threw on the nose but not half as much as in the taste. My guess would be some NZ hops, not too bitter, leaving a citrusy tangy finish. Described as a black IPA, but could equally be a hoppy porter, either way a good beer worth looking out for.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melker (244) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2013
Dark brown color with a beige and frothy head. Aroma of grapefruit, other citrus frutis, chocolate, coffe. Taste is a little bit sweet with roasted malts and coffee bitterness. Some fruity hop bittnerness also.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2845) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2013
Pours a dark, clear brown with tall light tan head. Aroma is to the hoppy side, with citrus, pine but also light roasted malt and coffee. Taste is distinct bitter, mix of roasted malt and hops. Very fresh with light body and moderate carbonation. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Först att ratea denna ?! Mörkt mörkt brun (typ svart). Både aroman och smaken är underbara. Humle och rostade toner. Rund och välbalanserad med en bra beska på slutet. Kanon

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
liinis (1726) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 5, 2013
Excellent beer full of flavour. delightful hops and strong delicious malts. Dark coloured

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5803) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 3, 2013
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Creamy beige head. Nice aroma of fruity and piney hops, some roasty notes in the background. The flavour is also fruity and piney with plenty of hop character, with a dry roasty and medium bitter finish. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeersweden (370) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 A black IPA in a 500ml bottle released today april 2nd at Systembolaget, Sweden. Clear, black beer with a one finger high withe foam. Smell of chocolate, orange, pine, grass, tropical fruit and rosted malt. Taste: Rosted malt, a little bit of coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, peach and hops. Medium body and small but right carbonation. Great bitterness. A really good beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatteoD. (137) - ITALY - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle. Schiuma color nocciola fine e di media persistenza , bel colore marrone scuro, aroma con note di fiori di luppolo, frutta tropicale, malti tostati, corpo da medio a pieno, con debole carbonazione, al palato si avverte subito l’amaro dei luppoli con note di pompelmo, salato, resina di pino ben bilanciati dai malti tostati, beverina, rinfrescante , complessa , una altro capolavoro dei mastri birrai del birrificio Thornbridge .


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