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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9092) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Very smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. Black in color, kahki head. Smell of centennial. Piney, resinous, slight c-hop characte, medium to low bitterness. Malt is noticable but not infringed on the hops. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (3850) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2012
500ml bottle. Very dark copper color. Medium size creamy off-white head appears. Grapefruit, juicy, bit oaky, chocolate in aroma. Pine, chocolate, malty, milky flavor. Very smooth and silky. Nice bitter roasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (5486) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2012
Dark brown colour with a big bubbly tan head. Fruity and dark malty aroma. Medium pluss body with a moderate balanced sweetness. Fine bitterness and a soft carbonation. Rich fruity and dark malt flavour. Lovely beer.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Uddevalla, Sweden]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sparf (171) - Östersund, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2012
Humle och ananas dominerar doften. Finns även en söt rostad malt i bakgrunden samt en kemisk ton av rengöringsmedel. Skummet har en medeltät struktur med tillräckligt lång halveringstid och fina rester lämnade på glasets sidor. Vätskan är mörk, så gott som ogenomskinlig och med en synnerligen tråkigt brun-svart färg. I smaken lever malt och humlebeska parallellt. Tyvärr gifter de sig inte utan resultatet blir något konstruerat. Å ena sidan har brygden en trevlig söt underton av mjukrostad malt å andra sidan en läskartad humlekaraktär med toner av apelsin och barr. Ganska tunn kropp. Mjuk men lite väl mycket kolsyra, förmodligen för att möta upp sötman och alkoholen. Dryckens avrundning är torr med en trevlig beska och choklad i den förvånansvärt korta eftersmaken. Ölen är varken en IPA, stout eller porter men visar upp ett gott hantverk och en renhet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoicLegault (7) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012 does not count
black with a lasting small white head, a complex beer, a lot of grapefruit and bitter, roasted malts, hops. lasting taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1746) - ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2012
Clear dark brown, tan head. Nose is floral, fruity (mainly grapefruit) hops, piney bitterness, malt. Taste begins with malty, bready hints and ends with medium fruity-hoppy bitterness with lots of pine, grapefruit and some roasty hints in the background. Prickly carbonation, thin to medium body, slightly dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1410) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle from the Beer Hawk website. Pours a deep black colour with a decent and lasting off-white head, could be a Schwarzbier. Hoppy aroma. Crisp initial flavour, overall dominated by the hops. Pine, bitter. Don’t know what it was about this beer, liked it and enjoyed every sip but somehow didn’t love it. Maybe not as much of a kick from the dark malt as I’d hoped, maybe the hops were a little lacking in complexity. Would love to try it from a cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2171) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Draught at bar. Brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, pine, roasty flavor, a hint of smoke and grapefruit. Dry bitter finish with roasty flavor. Very nice black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toffeeslot (119) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours jet black with a nice creamy head (which stays). Aroma is smoky roast, with bitterness and floral hops. Taste is quite light, with some lasting bitterness. Alcohol taste is not present. Body is thin, but the head makes up for it. Eyes closed, you’d struggle to detect that it’s black - maybe the roast would give you a hint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2012
Refined Black IPA from Thornbridge, with well balanced fruity and floral hops with a rich roast of malt. Quite thin, but in keeping with the style with a nice touch of bitterness throughout.

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