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


on tap

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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (2038) - ESTONIA - DEC 22, 2012
Clear dark brown, tan head. Nose is floral, fruity (mainly grapefruit) hops, piney bitterness, malt. Taste begins with malty, bready hints and ends with medium fruity-hoppy bitterness with lots of pine, grapefruit and some roasty hints in the background. Prickly carbonation, thin to medium body, slightly dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1511) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle from the Beer Hawk website. Pours a deep black colour with a decent and lasting off-white head, could be a Schwarzbier. Hoppy aroma. Crisp initial flavour, overall dominated by the hops. Pine, bitter. Don’t know what it was about this beer, liked it and enjoyed every sip but somehow didn’t love it. Maybe not as much of a kick from the dark malt as I’d hoped, maybe the hops were a little lacking in complexity. Would love to try it from a cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2438) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Draught at bar. Brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, pine, roasty flavor, a hint of smoke and grapefruit. Dry bitter finish with roasty flavor. Very nice black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toffeeslot (119) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours jet black with a nice creamy head (which stays). Aroma is smoky roast, with bitterness and floral hops. Taste is quite light, with some lasting bitterness. Alcohol taste is not present. Body is thin, but the head makes up for it. Eyes closed, you’d struggle to detect that it’s black - maybe the roast would give you a hint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2012
Refined Black IPA from Thornbridge, with well balanced fruity and floral hops with a rich roast of malt. Quite thin, but in keeping with the style with a nice touch of bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (4947) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2012
botlle @ work pours very dark, white foam. smells hoppy, tastes hoppy, sweret side. very nice IPA -ish beer yet i still dont get the style’s meaning.. another colour but the same taste?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
(Bottle) Pours black and lively, topped with a loose mocha head. Aroma is subtly savoury; meaty and malty, with a sour gooseberry note. Flavour is easily the strong suit of this brew - a smooth, marzipan sweetness soothes the strong bitterness and helps the hops and malt meld well in a wonderful way. Body is a little thin, but I know it’s better in this regard in cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1790) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2012
Tap. Black cola color with a thin beige head. Aroma of hops. Taste of hops and roasted malt. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (2462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 19, 2012
Aroma: Very hoppy aroma: pine needles, grapefruit, dark chocolate and orange zest. Quite unusual.

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a huge fluffy beige head. Excellent lacing.

Taste: Pine, pineapple. Sweet chocolate malt balanced by a muted hop bitterness. Very drinkable for its 6.6% ABV.

Palate: Medium body with a luscious, oily mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

Overall: A tasty, complex Black IPA - I agree with previous reviews that it’s somewhere between a porter and an IPA. Although it’s very good, I still prefer IPAs to this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2012
50cl bottle, BB 10/04/2013 from Geers. Cuivrée légèrement trouble, col crémeux beige. Arôme est agréablement houblonné, résineux, fruit tropical, pin alternant l’onctuosité du Sauvin et Sorachi. Un malt léger cara-choco se dégage en retrait. Palais présente ce profile de houblons renfermé très agréable et prenant, entre feuilles de thé vert, raisin blanc, citronnelle, mangue et pamplemousse, le tout est très frais. Amertume reste bien présente et ici, seul bémol, le profile malt se retrouve un peu pénalisé car un peu trop discret. Ce dernier commence à pointer le bout e son nez en fin de bouche donnant place à des notes malté vers grillé-expresso-choco. Solide, complexe et bien exécutée.

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