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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wiedrzensky (562) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 17, 2015
On tap at Salon Piva, Bratislava. Dark apperance, clear with thick tan head. Sweet aroma of malts, floral, basswood. Taste is moderate sweet, hints of bitterness, roasted and chocolate notes on tongue. Light to medium body, creamy texture, light bitter, chocolate like finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (4102) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 16, 2015
Tap at Salon piva. Dark brown colour, stable head. Aroma intense, lots of roasted malt, coffeeish, also lots of hops, citrusy, tangerines, zesty. Lots of tangerinesand coffeeish roast in flavour as well. Very well balanced, high bitterness with a restrained malty background. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1300) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2015
50cl bottle @ home from Bert’s Bierhuis Biltstraat, Utrecht. Body is dark brown, head is medium, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is citric, flavor is dried fruits, citrus, roasted malt, mild coffee. Light sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting hoppy and roasty medium to heavy bitter, later less roasty and more hoppy. Medium body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy dessert beer, simple, great balance

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beers0mniac (80) - Joensuu, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2015
pours black with a huge beige head. Intense aroma of pine and hops, little bit roasted malts. Taste has pine, citrus, hops that turns to a long bitter finish.Smooth mouthfeel, very enjoyable and easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (420) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2015
500ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours almost black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is light roasted malt, pine, coffee and some citrus. Flavour is medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation. Finish is roasted, hoppy and easy drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heman (407) - Tychy, POLAND - SEP 4, 2015
Barwa czarna nieprzejrzysta, piana ładna, beżowa, zdobi szkło i pozostaje do końca picia. Aromat zdominowany chmielem, ale nie jest jakoś bardzo intensywny, mamy: białe owoce i słodkie cytrusy, a po ogrzaniu pojawiają się nuty żywiczne. W smaku od razu pojawia się goryczka i na chwilę niuanse czekoladowe. Finisz żywiczno-trawiasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmk (44) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2015
Donker, helder bier. Moutige geur. Beetje koffie en chocolade. Smaak fris, moutig (gebrand). Hop aanwezig maar overheerst niet. (8.5).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lokitje (163) - - AUG 30, 2015
smell combo of dark malt and hops light bodied beer which looks quite dark with small head taste dark malt and nice bitterness. which sticks to palate

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (659) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours nearly black with a huge frothy head. The aroma features a combination of roasted malts and hops: notes of coffee and chocolate from the former, a touch of citrus and pine from the latter - as rich as this style can and should be. Taste is strong in both roasty and hoppy areas: bitterness reaches formidable levels but a strong malt backbone is able to support - overall quite balanced despite intense flavours. The palate is medium to full bodied, creamy in texture. Simply excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1096) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with tan medium head, stays. Aroma of roasted malts, hay, slight coffee, dark chocolate, berries. Taste is bitter and some sweetness, roasted malts, citrus, coffee, dark chocolate. Medium body. bitter roasted finish.


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