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


on tap

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RATINGS: 381   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnRMurdoch (2953) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Bottles from Mybrewerytap.com, Nina’s Mini Market & Great Grog. Fruity hoppy aroma. Almost black colour, good head. Complex spicy hoppy fruity malt flavour. Smooth & well balanced. Somewhere between a porter & IPA interesting & very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2011
Cask @ GBBF, 2011. Pours clear amber with bubbles on top. Exotic nelson. Pine, berries and benzin. Smooth and dry. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (5894) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011, 3rd day. Berry, citrus, light chocolate, coffee flavors with a peppery finish. Light, clean body. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (19644) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Clear red brown coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of hops and grass with roasted notes Fruity and light roasted flavour of caramel and liquorice with notes of grass and fridge. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2011
Had this one at the ACBF 2011. Black colored brew. Floral hops in the aroma, malts. Flavor has sweet malts, chocolate. Some hops, moderate bitter. Dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (1930) - SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
Cask. Dark brown, almost black, thin head. Very hoppy nose, roasted malts, spruce, yeast, grapefruit. Dry, medium bodied, high bitterness. Hoppy, malty, very fruity taste, pine needles, citrus, roasted malts, tar. The alcohol shines through a bit in the end, though. (2011-08-04)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie (1054) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2011
On cask at the Great British Beer Festival. Black as night with an ok head. Nice hoppy aroma. Nice dark that doesn’t taste like a dark. Very nice hoppy beer with body, but I’d probably have struggled to drink a full pint of it, more of a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Tasted on draft at Bangers and Lace on 7/31/11. Pours an opaque, nearly black dark brown with an average beige head that slowly recedes to a thin collar of lace. The nose is brown sugar and dark chocolate malt along with herbal and citrus hops in the background. The flavor is the same, featuring the brown sugar and chocolate malt until the back of the palate where the citrusy and herbal hops balance everything out. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long brown sugar and citrus hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (2074) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011, pours a lovely red-black with a green-hoppy nose that’s clean and spicy. It’s crisp and bitter-hoppy, with a clean and dry roast body, then a long herby-hoppy finish with a lasting bitterness and notes of burnt molasses. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1753) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2011
GBBF 2011. Pours very dark brown. Nose is rain on tarmac, sweet fruity hops, grapefruit, mango. Taste is citrous, tropical fruit, but light and refreshing, not sweet and overpowering like some black ipas. Bitter citrous grapefruit finish.

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