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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
Colour: black
Smell: coffee, chocolat, lots of hops, yeasty, bitter
Taste: along the line of the aroma but bit more hops than i would imagine , vert good !

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
50 cl bottle at Haket with gnoff. Black color, fluffy tan head. Burnt wood, hoppy, peppery, roasty scent. Lots of roasted malt character to balance the bitterness, some notes of black licorice, coffee, anise, pepper in the flavor. Lingering hop finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (139) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Pours almost stout-like with a stiff brownish head. Taste has burnt coffee followed immediately by the hops. God, I love this brewery...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kindacold (224) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pours almost black red, no head. Smells sour and sweet with whiskey notes. Smokey sweet flavor with bitter finish. Whiskey and oak notes. Clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2012
50 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on March 7, 2012
BB 01.05.12
Black color, fluffy light brown head. Hoppy, spicy, sweet, white pepper scent. Sweet, cream, hoppy, some citrus tate. Bitter and white pepper aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and coffee malt, earthy and minty hops, dates and prunes. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, roast malt, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4250) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Cask. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, frothy beige head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is pine and earthy hops, citrus fruit, biscuit malt, figs, and spice. Flavor is heavy hops with supporting average malt and light fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Draft into a growler from the Birch Bar. Deep brown/black with a tan head that laces quite well. The aroma is interesting ... hinting at northwest American hoppiness. This drinks with a unique blend of British porter base, with a pacific hoppiness kick. Turns out to be quite pleasant. (#4555, 3/31/2012)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2822) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2012
50 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Deep brown, clear liquid with mahogany and ruby hue with medium to big, thick light tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass, fresh hops, coffee, roasted malt and light tropical fruit. Some light dill from the Sorachi hops, but thankfully not too much. Taste is light dry, medium to high bitter and has notes of fresh hops and roasted barley. Medium bodied with a bit light carbonation. Modern, hoppy BIPA from the (often) conservative UK, which is nice to see. Though, I would prefer some other hop than Sorachi Ace.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/21/2011. Served on tap in a tulip at Bad Apple. My tulip arrives filled with a mahogany liquid with brown edges and a burgundy tint. A cherry tan foam sits on top, fading to a ring and an island after a few moments. A little bit of nice lace sticks to the glass. Full, robust chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt pair well with grassy, some pine, and a bit of grapefruit hop aroma. The flavor starts with some chocolate, full roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The bitterness turns hoppy with some strong grassy notes, bits of tingly spruce, and a touch of grapefruit. The finish has a moderate lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy carbonation really set this off. It has smooth stouts jealous with envy. Medium / full body, slightly sticky, and a bit tingly about midway through each sip. This is the best American Black Ale I have had. The creamy mouthfeel really pushes this over the top for me, and the flavors blend so well together. No idea if or when I will see this beer again, but I would definitely go for it.


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