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


on tap

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RATINGS: 607   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hooks82 (97) - ITALY - JUL 20, 2013
Black ipa. Profumatissima. Luppoli in gran evidenza. Ottimo equilibrio tra dolcezza del malto e amaro. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (2532) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a beige head, hoppy and fruity aroma, the taste is light with some bitterness. with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antonstoop (291) - - JUL 19, 2013
Poors a dark beer, with a good white head. Hops in the noise, and further away the roasted malts. A creamy medium bodied beer, and good carbonated. Very soft and mild, where the hops have the overhand. A very refreshing BIPA!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flip_soeperman (880) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2013
citrus, spruce, toast, black, clear, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy. Quite nice, creamy and balanced, however the IPA is good, but for a black IPA misses some roastiness. Maybe a bit to restrained and balanced, but well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elbernays (1211) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2013
Pours dark with off white head. Head is foamy and sticks to glass all the way down. Woody aroma with hints of tropical hops, with sweet caramel forcing it’s way in there. Chocolate and lemon flavours with dry bitter aftertaste. A bit of alcohol coming through which spoils the balance a bit. It’s light for a black ipa and has low carbonation. It’s probably the best black ipa I’ve had. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minihame2 (451) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2013
Looks a lot like coke. Dark body and thin, quickly dissipating head. Faint, malty aroma. Slight, bitter taste. Kind of watery, easy on the palate. Very drinkable beer, resembles an IPA very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6311) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear red ruby glowing darkest brown colour with average to huge, frothy to creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, beige head. Piney, herbal and minimally grassy hop aroma, spicy dark malty background. Taste is minimally biting bitter hoppy, roasty dark malty basis. Mild, relatively light body, good integration of the malt and hop flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2013
Very nicely-made black ipa. Taste is roasted but not overly so. The moutfeel is less fizzy than the IPA and therefore lends the beer a bit more gravity. Oh and it’s tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gramoit (397) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
On tap at the local Taphouse Darlinghurst: Pours like a black IPA tastes like a black IPA. Quite hoppy initially, especially compared to some others of this style however the roasty flavours are never too far away. Also has quite a bitter finish. Enjoyed it, however there are many better Black IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16660) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
Tap at the Euston Tap, 12/06/13. Mahogony brown with a medium sized light tan head. Good lacing ensues. Nose is ripe tropical fruits, hops, grapefruit, light pine, mineral notes. Taste comprises juicy hope, bitter grapefruit, pine bite, orange pith, dusting of cocoa, light roast. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, hop bitterness in the finish. A decent CDA.

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