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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (6261) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 01.05.2012
Aroma is rather weird with ash, leathery notes and gooseberry bush. Flavour is messy with ash, some licorice, resin and hints of coffee. Definitely past its prime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4148) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 500ml bottle from Bieresgourmet.be

BBE 01.05.12 - Pours pitch black with a large bubbly head. Aroma of slightly roasty malts, bubblegum, some fruits and dry leather. Slightly roasty, bubblegummy taste with hints of dry fruits, grassy hops and leather. Finish is roasty and hoppy with fruity notes. Decent, perhaps would be a bit better from a fresh bottle. 6-3-7-3-12 Bottle @ SBWF. Much better from a fresh bottle, but still hints of grain and leather

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lusikka (6688) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2012
500 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a large creamy head. Weird aroma of leather, English toffee and some weak floral notes. Flavour of toasted malts, leather, honey, biscuit, English toffee, grassy hops and bubblegum thanks to Sorachi Ace. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a sweet, oily, honey finish with some roastiness. A Black IPA with some off-flavours and a weird hop profile.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6803) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2012
50 cl bottle.
Pours black color with medium head. Aroma of hops, fruits, grass and some malts. Flavor of toasted malts, hoppy fruits, hay, goose berries and mild caramel. A bit too strong with the sorachi hops.
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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (813) - - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, beige head. Really strong grapefruit and pine in the nose for an English black IPA. Tastes the same with a nice roastiness. Nice sticky mouthfeel.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle with my husband. Black with a tan head. Roasted malts and tropical fruits in the aroma Taste: Much like the aroma with a nice lingering bitter ending. One of the better balanced black IPA’s I’ve had

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (1414) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Thick and lasting light brown heaad. Hoppy aroma but not soo much dark malts as the color suggest. Clean and hoppy taste with small dark matiness and a balanced bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - JUL 28, 2012
Dark brown, almost black color with a beige head. Fresh passionfruit and citrus in the aroma. Flavour is just lightly roasted and dominated by tropical fruity hops and lingering bitterness. Mediumbodied with a good lively carbonation. Very, very tasty black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSkull (1347) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
(Bottle). Oops! Oops! The aroma of hops is amazing: orange, flowers, peach, tropical fruits and roasted malt. Taste of hops, flowers, tropical fruits, orange and roasted malt. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and sticky. I would prefer an even richer element of roasted malt in the flavor but this is a great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepeter (295) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
On cask at GBBF, poured light Black with a frothy foam head, bit of lacing. Aroma of bitter hops, cocoa, coffe, dark malt, dark bread. Taste is malty and rich up front, bitterness hits in the middle and continues until it balances out with a bit of sweetness at the end and leaves the palate pretty clean with a little hoppy after taste but very pleasant. MF was great as always when coming off the cask, perfect natural carbonation and medium body. Overall a very nice balanced Black IPA


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