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


on tap

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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3363) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Cask. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, frothy beige head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is pine and earthy hops, citrus fruit, biscuit malt, figs, and spice. Flavor is heavy hops with supporting average malt and light fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9446) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and coffee malt, earthy and minty hops, dates and prunes. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, roast malt, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
Colour: black
Smell: coffee, chocolat, lots of hops, yeasty, bitter
Taste: along the line of the aroma but bit more hops than i would imagine , vert good !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
50 cl bottle at Haket with gnoff. Black color, fluffy tan head. Burnt wood, hoppy, peppery, roasty scent. Lots of roasted malt character to balance the bitterness, some notes of black licorice, coffee, anise, pepper in the flavor. Lingering hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (130) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Pours almost stout-like with a stiff brownish head. Taste has burnt coffee followed immediately by the hops. God, I love this brewery...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pours almost black red, no head. Smells sour and sweet with whiskey notes. Smokey sweet flavor with bitter finish. Whiskey and oak notes. Clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2012
50 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on March 7, 2012
BB 01.05.12
Black color, fluffy light brown head. Hoppy, spicy, sweet, white pepper scent. Sweet, cream, hoppy, some citrus tate. Bitter and white pepper aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/21/2011. Served on tap in a tulip at Bad Apple. My tulip arrives filled with a mahogany liquid with brown edges and a burgundy tint. A cherry tan foam sits on top, fading to a ring and an island after a few moments. A little bit of nice lace sticks to the glass. Full, robust chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt pair well with grassy, some pine, and a bit of grapefruit hop aroma. The flavor starts with some chocolate, full roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The bitterness turns hoppy with some strong grassy notes, bits of tingly spruce, and a touch of grapefruit. The finish has a moderate lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy carbonation really set this off. It has smooth stouts jealous with envy. Medium / full body, slightly sticky, and a bit tingly about midway through each sip. This is the best American Black Ale I have had. The creamy mouthfeel really pushes this over the top for me, and the flavors blend so well together. No idea if or when I will see this beer again, but I would definitely go for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012

Name: Black Raven
Date: August 07, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: The Porter, Atlanta
Appearance: black, creamy beige head
Aroma: roasted aroma, touch of dark chocolate, light citrus
Flavor: roasted malt and citrus hop flavor, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2012
Medium cream-to-tan head, dense and very fine-bubbled, slightly irregular over black beer; rings of lace. Overpowering aromas of exotic fruit; lytchee, tangerine, passionfruit, grapefruit, dry hopbales; touch of vanilla. Superbly balanced, despite the intensity. Very bitter, hops’ galore, resin, to the brink of quinine. Still fruity, but the hopoil bitterness is so dominant, that a lot of the fruity esters get lost. Some bitter chocolate. Reasonably well-bodied; slick, feels well-carbonated. Bitterness mellows a bit in the aftertaste. The nose is seventh heaven, but in the taste, the feeling "overdone" comes up. Personally I wonder about the interest in combining a super-delicate hop as Nelson Sauvin, with a punch-in-the-face as Sorachi Ace.

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