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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5626) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2012
Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear deep reddish brown, medium beige rocky head. Perfumy and piney hop aroma, slightly citric, with a nice roasted chocolate malt character. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium to high bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joakgust (955) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2012
Bottle, 50cl - Red brown dark beer with a big brown beige head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, red berries, hops and passion fruit. Flavor is fruity with notes of raspberries, caramel, coffee and passion fruit. I could drink this all day long.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1154) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2012
Ar: fruity, passionfruIt, fruitcandy, hint of vanilla, perfume, resin. Ap: black body, medium tan head, very creamy, lots of lacing. F: big bite and fruity notes up front, then Comes the roastiness, Heavy notes of coffee and licorice, but the fruity hops are always evident. Warming finish M: Average. T: My best black IPA to date.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2451) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2012
50 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Deep brown, clear liquid with mahogany and ruby hue with medium to big, thick light tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass, fresh hops, coffee, roasted malt and light tropical fruit. Some light dill from the Sorachi hops, but thankfully not too much. Taste is light dry, medium to high bitter and has notes of fresh hops and roasted barley. Medium bodied with a bit light carbonation. Modern, hoppy BIPA from the (often) conservative UK, which is nice to see. Though, I would prefer some other hop than Sorachi Ace.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Draft into a growler from the Birch Bar. Deep brown/black with a tan head that laces quite well. The aroma is interesting ... hinting at northwest American hoppiness. This drinks with a unique blend of British porter base, with a pacific hoppiness kick. Turns out to be quite pleasant. (#4555, 3/31/2012)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Cask. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, frothy beige head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is pine and earthy hops, citrus fruit, biscuit malt, figs, and spice. Flavor is heavy hops with supporting average malt and light fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and coffee malt, earthy and minty hops, dates and prunes. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, roast malt, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
Colour: black
Smell: coffee, chocolat, lots of hops, yeasty, bitter
Taste: along the line of the aroma but bit more hops than i would imagine , vert good !

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
50 cl bottle at Haket with gnoff. Black color, fluffy tan head. Burnt wood, hoppy, peppery, roasty scent. Lots of roasted malt character to balance the bitterness, some notes of black licorice, coffee, anise, pepper in the flavor. Lingering hop finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (135) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Pours almost stout-like with a stiff brownish head. Taste has burnt coffee followed immediately by the hops. God, I love this brewery...


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