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


on tap

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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (3102) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2787) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6676) - 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.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9272) - 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. Fiancť rating: 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1029) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2013
Color: dark black beer with no carbonization and small heavy ivory foam. Smell: spices, hops, malt, caramel. Taste: malt, caramel, hops. Aftertaste: nice bitterness, hops and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2013
Ravenous is a good word, get it in your magpie book. This has got better the further down Iíve got. I like getting down. Just donít wear jeans. Malty. Dark. Incendiary.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tuomo123 (3) - - JAN 15, 2013 does not count
Raven Black IPA is probably the best IPA that iíve drank. Malt and hops are in perfect balance in this beer. Taste starts with aseet aroma of dark brown malt and continues to bitter and dry finish. I could drink this all night!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3626) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2013
(bottle from Mr Lawrence, SE London) Pours dark brown to black with an off-white head and persistent lacing. Aroma/taste is complex fruity and hoppy with grapefruit prominence and pleasing malt character. Lovely bitter finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirstyrabbit (1412) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown (mahogany) body with a reddish hue. Medium head. Licorice and piney hops in the aroma. Hoppy taste accompanied by some roast sharpness. Mouthfeel could be a bit richer. Semi-watery finish. A good drinking beer but not terribly exciting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
The nose grabs you íround the back of the neck, stares into your eyes, and snarls "Youíre gonna love me." Notes of toasted dark malt with hints of hoppy complexity in balance. Pours a deep brown with little head. You sip it and then, yup - there you go. The reason this is such a fashionable style at the moment. Everything that is warm and rich about a fine porter married with everything that is crisp and juicy in a fine IPA in a wedding that is fiery, tumultious, but ultimately balanced and harmonious. The finish is ... well it aint divorce, thatís the point. Fabulous.

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