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


on tap

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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dynamiteninja (1467) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Unfiltered and unpasteurised bottle BB 6 March 2015. Pours a red tinged mahogany with a strong thick off white head. Nose is masses of pine resin, citrus, oak, alcohol, pineapple and dark cherries. Bitter, with tang asserting itself towards the finish. Unappealing alkaline/very hard water finish. Strong carbonation. Refreshing. Depths of flavour. Very impressed. I disagree with the Black IPA label however, as this lacks the black body and roasted malt character necessary: this is actually a recreation (and improvement upon) Fuller’s ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taboada (262) - Compostela (Galiza), - APR 30, 2014
500 mml tasted on 30/04/2014. It looks nice dark with a decent head. Roasted malts and very cereal aroma. The taste is predominantly roasted and chocolate. Intensive bitterness on the aftertaste. It´s a complex beer with a lot of flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (1024) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
Bottle the greystones Sheffield. Aroma is great piney orange hops. Taste is is same great dark malt backbone great long hoppy bitter finish. Black colour great beige head lacing. Medium body nice mouthfeel prickly carbonated. OMG thus stuff is the best would be full marks if the body was a bit fuller. Absolutely smashing!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jackafholmes (122) - - APR 27, 2014
Bottle from greystones, Sheffield. Looks fantastic, pitch black with a healthy off white head. Aroma of lychee and the sea. Taste is excellent, tangy fruits and a subtle bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilverfoX (194) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
citrus, floral, earthy, ginger aromas from a solid black body thick head soon vanishes, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, thick feel, lively, bitter, im in no way an IPA fan but this is really good stuff, very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (948) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 22, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with off-white head. Citric, hoppy, roasted aroma. Citric, fruity taste, also roasted. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2014
Aromas of toast, floral hops. Dark brown with a fairly lasting beige head. Dry, meaty like cooked bacon, bitter herbaceous and vegetative flavors. Medium bodied, long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HellesBunny666 (147) - Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2014
Smells sweet and earthy. Smooth. Like unsweetened chocolate bitterness, astringent. Dirt. Wood. Bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
samsmith33 (351) - - APR 22, 2014
On tap at Khyber Pass pub, Philadelphia . Appearance Is dark black. Medium white head. Lasting legs. Aroma Is floral, hops, malt. Taste is toasted malt, almost fruity but not quite. Smoke, ash. A nice beer. Great way to wash down my fried catfish po boy. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (1068) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle at konttori. Almost black color, tanned head. Aroma is roasty, hoppy, some coffee. Nice crispy taste, balanced, roasty, fruity. Big after hops.

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