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


on tap

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RATINGS: 601   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (3775) - 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 (649) - 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 (3384) - 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 (6317) - Huddinge, 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 (261) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2423) - JAPAN - FEB 20, 2013
Has a all the classic moves, but just missing that je na sais quoi to be a classic. Maybe the slightly off putting lemony note from the Sorachi? Anywayz, it’s well balanced, big on the dark malts, lots of new world hops with a medium finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanCrusher (854) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle 0,50L. Black coloured with some ruby shades and big, light brown head. Mostly hoppy aroma, combination of grapefruit and elderberry with some dark chocolate notes from the background. Chocolate bitter mouthfeel, dense, full bodied, creamy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (4482) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2013
50cl bottle at Schouskjelleren. Pours very dark, almost black with a reddish hue and a beige head. Roasty and hoppy aroma with dark fruits, pine, malt, chocolate and hints of coffee, citrus and herbs. Sweet and roasty with a hoppy and bitter finish. Well balanced and very enjoyable. (2013-02-03)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jordinc (105) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours black with nice white head. Grapefruit and floral hops in the nose. Mouthfeel is oily/silky like a stout. Lots of toasty notes along with citrus/grapefruit, and lots of hops. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the hops with the dark full bodied beer.

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