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


on tap

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RATINGS: 612   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (4128) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with red tints and a small head and touches of lacing. Aroma is pine and roasted malts. Taste is pine, grapefruit and some roasted malts. Quite a long bitter finish. Quite good, but not up there with some.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (6574) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2013
Cold bottle. Pours very dark with a decent head. Piney smell. Taste is liquorice, pine, a bit ’chemically’ like washing up liquid, soft bitterness to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 Bottle from Thornbridge. It pours darkest ruby-brown with a medium beige head. The nose is pine, roasted malt, earth, chocolate, orange peel and pineapple. The taste is roasted malt, cocoa, burnt earth, wood, varnish, orange, tinned pineapple and good level of bitterness with a long dry, roasty finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Flavoursome and rather quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (7987) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 26, 2013
Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Pours clear dark amber with a big frothy tanned head. Aroma is fruity hops, with lots of malty goodness as well. Taste is light roasted malts, hints of smoke, resiny and piney hops. Smooth and delicious. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (4891) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 25, 2013
På Cardinaltreff april-13: vinnerøl fra NZ home brewing competition, med Nelson Sauvin, Centennial og Sorachi Ace. Nydelig, frisk aroma&smak, med litt ekstra mørk maltsmak, naturlig nok. Aner vi et snev av portvin? "Levelig det her" var en av kommentarene - kveldens beste til nå, men vi hadde ennå et stykke å gå. Ingen pøseøl ilfg. skibsrederen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pep10 (8) - SWEDEN - APR 25, 2013 does not count
Black at first appearance but is actually a very dark burnt red. Blindfolded you would not guess it was so dark. Very nice medium bitter taste with a nice ballance on the palate. Long medium bitter finish. I will have another...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
Clear dark black brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fresh hops. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SirLimpsalot (3817) - SWEDEN - APR 17, 2013
@basunen: ingen särskild doft. Smaken är bränd men med en liten speciell smak av jordig humle. Blir inte imponerad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 4/7/2012 Total Score: 3.6
Mycket trevlig humledoft. Även smaken är fylld av humle och trevlig fruktighet. Eftersmaken är fyllig. Rett stabil. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (4140) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle: Intensive aroma, malt, coffee, acid, hops, pine, citrus. Black color, brown foamy head.. Flavor is aromatic, malty, notes of roasted malt, dark fruites (plums), sweetness, burnt malt, roasted malt bitterness, hop bitterness and pine. Medium bitter, hoppy and roasty finish. Full flavored, expressive brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mad_Ferret (1006) - SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark brown with red tints and a big spongy beige head leaving some stains on the glass. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, oranges and some pine with a salty twist. Caramel sweetness quickly turns into a chalky bitterness with grapefruit, orange peel and pine needles. Dusty bitter chocolate and some licorice in the aftertaste, but it never goes to "dark" or malty thick. Medium bodied with quite lively carbonation. A very good example of the style that doesn’t get too roasty. It also manage too keep it’s british touch and still feel modern. Good!

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