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

bottled
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RATINGS: 461   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2012
(Bottle) Pours near black with nougat colored head. The aroma is green and a bit roast with notes of pine, grapefruit, flowers, mango, grapes, passion fruit, strawberries, tart, chocolate, dark bread and earth. Hints of vanilla ice cream. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and tiny acidic. Citrus, fruits, roast, tar and resin. The mouthfeel is clean, tart, soft and round with a light carbonation. Resin, grapefruit and and mild burned cookies on the finish. Medium bodied. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle from The Bottle Stop, Cheadle Hulme. I love this style. Interesting to see what James has brought to Thornbridge, I do like this. I’ve drank quite a lot of this. Almost black in colour. Some farm, some petrol, light smoke, citrus notes. Nice grassy hoppy finish and so clean it almost reminds me of hospitals. Some roasted malts and chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kristall-König (2257) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2012
Hopfenaromatischer, intensiv zitrusbehafteter Geruch. Startet süßlich, zitrusartig um danach trockenbitter umzuschlagen mit malzigem Beiwerk. Besonders im Abgang intensiviert sich die dunkle Malznote nocheinmal. Auch hier trockenbitter mit Zitrus, wenn auch ganz leicht verwässert. Trotzdem ein sehr gutes Bier.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1597) - FINLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Dark brown, almost black beer. Beige, long lasting head. Aroma has pines, berries, floral notes and fruit in it. Flavour has pines, licorice, citrus and roasted malt. Some rather special stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5500) - ITALY - JAN 11, 2012
scura schiuma media discreta persitenza naso luppolato agrumato pompelmo in obcca inizo maltato tostao caffe cioccolato poi luppoo aromatico

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3505) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 6, 2012
At a tasting, thanks troubles, pours brown to black with a beige head, aroma of pine, lemon, peach and floral notes, flavor is dry and extremely bitter, grapefruit skin ,medium bodied, a real mouth drier

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (1834) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Darkest brown with tan head. Great hoppy nose. Nelson Sauv at the forefront. Big hoppy flavour. Pine tree sap. Somewhat sticky and resinous. Very hoppy. Very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (6162) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Dror. Black color with a beige to light brown head. Hoppy aroma of tropical fruits, flowers and some citrus. Bitter hoppy flavor with pine, grapefruit and faint resin notes. Medium-bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1852) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
Draught, The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield. Opaque black, intense pine resin aroma. Some fruit, cherry and prune, but predominated by hop resin. Thick, syrupy, with noticeable alcohol and the bitter sweet battling it out. Long alcohol hop burn on the finish. Great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2707) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2012 Re-rating, this time showing a hint of red amongst the dark colour - nice head. The nose has grapefruit zest, then some orange coming through. maybe rosewater too. The taste has bitter Seville oranges and not much sign of the chocolate. The palate is slightly big on the alcohol but apart from that, it delivers. Overall, good beer but not sure it delivers all the characteristics (that is chocolate) of a black IPA. Previously, rated on 15/12/2011 - 7+3+7+4+14=3.5 50cl bottle @ Brauhaus. Pours opaque with a slim head. The nose has pine and grapefruit. The taste has creamy grapefruit. The palate is medium bodied and textured with a nice clean finish - well balanced. Overall, a good beer.


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