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


on tap

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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatteoD. (137) - ITALY - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle. Schiuma color nocciola fine e di media persistenza , bel colore marrone scuro, aroma con note di fiori di luppolo, frutta tropicale, malti tostati, corpo da medio a pieno, con debole carbonazione, al palato si avverte subito l’amaro dei luppoli con note di pompelmo, salato, resina di pino ben bilanciati dai malti tostati, beverina, rinfrescante , complessa , una altro capolavoro dei mastri birrai del birrificio Thornbridge .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (1542) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottled, 0.50l. Clear dark brown color with thick creamy brownish head and rare tiny bubbles. Aroma of tropical fruits like lychee and passion fruit, also aromatic hops, flowers and mild roast are detectable. Taste starts rich roasty, followed by refreshing fruitiness and finished with strong and long bitterness. Subtle roastiness is present in the aftertaste, too. Full body, thick texture and soft carbonation in palate. The best part of it was the aroma, although flavour is ass-kicking, too...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (2103) - - MAR 20, 2013
Uploading old ratings that were missing comments. Nice bitter hop profile and a solid backbone of sweet malt. Good balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2013
500 ml bottle @ Olympen, Oslo. Deep amber body with a nice beige head. Aroma has lots of citric fruit, grapes, some pine and dark malt. Flavour is sweet malty with a well-balanced fruity bitterness, hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasty, very refreshing and really well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (3140) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2013
0,5l bottle @ Kaisla. Pours hazy dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and grapefruit. Flavor is malts, grapefruit and a hoppy finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agent_persik (571) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 11, 2013
Dark clean ruby color, medium beige head with good lacing. Fruity hoppy aroma with notes of grapefruit, pine and berries. Taste has a lot of hops as well, with citrus, tropical fruits and some roasted malt, initially dry with bitter hoppy finish and sticky aftertaste. Medium body and soft carbonation. Interesting and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (2765) - NORWAY - MAR 4, 2013
At Crowbar, december 28th 2012. Black bodied, lasting tanned head. Malty aroma with roasted malt and a light grapefruit presence. Taste is flowery, also roasted, with more fruity hops than the aroma; grapefruit, peach and orange. Good bitterness, dry malty finish. good, but it lacks the little punch I like in a CDA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (5156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2013
Draught @ Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan. Black colour with a medium head. Aroma of hops, fruit, malt. Flavour is malt, fruit, some caramel, some hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewlizard (8) - Dunwoody, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
on draft , cost big $$$ for IPA....Smell....Floral very FLORAL....beyond fruit to Flowers.....super nice Nose one of best features....smoothe balance of subtle Hops vs Malt...nice dryish finish on palate......Excellent....will seek out again ASAP

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjakopa (236) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - FEB 22, 2013
A textbook hoppy black IPA with a wonderfully balanced taste. Not too bitter or strong with the hops but very tasty in hops, in the style of a Simcoe...

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