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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (16690) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
Unclear dark brown with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and rather hoppy - grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 160512

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2773) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2012
The color is dark reddish brown. Thick head. Smells of hops, shampoo and blood orange. Tastes of hops, shampoo, dill and blood orange. Long bitterness. A rather nice BIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (9629) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, hoppy - citrus and pine. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, light milk chocolate, lots of hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine. Medium body, soft carbonation, nicely bitter finish and overall a lovely beer. 160512

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2012
I Thornbridge Raven finns en lika effektiv som effektfull kontrastverkan, som upprättar spänningsfält mellan de olika elementen i smakbilden och alstrar liv och sinnesrörelse i mötet med strupen. Beskan skulle kunna assimileras bättre i den omgivande berusningen, men det kan man sätta parenteser runt och flytta till något tråkigt appendix.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2012
On Cask at Barley’s Mini Real Ale Fest on 5/12/12. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Roasty nose with piney and grassy hops, along with some citrus. Creamy and roasty malt flavor with a grassy and earthy hop finish. Usually not a big fan of English hoppy beers, but this was quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (14623) - DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle @ DØE Syd. Very dark brown/amber with medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, hops, citrus and grapefruit. Flavour is light roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, little sweet, medium bitter and pine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (7307) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2012
50 cl. bottle @ home // A: dark brown with a lightly tanned head // S: yes Sorachi Ace & Nelson Savignon (which I only picked up after tasting it, I am really getting bitter kiwi now, lots of awesome hops (I really like those two), chcocolate malts, flowers, utterly awesome // T & B: light chocolate malts, only downer about this is that the body is kind of grainy upfront & not as thick as I would love but, chocolate malts, blueberries, immediately got Sorachi Ace & Savignon, not sure how Centinal taste like, maybe I picked it up, bitter kiwi, white grapes, some melon, touch eartly sweet Sorachi, flowers, candy, nuts, I adore these hops in here, spend 10 min. cursing about how awesome this was at first, if not for the body, which is a small minus, I would worship this, man, those hops, especially how they work here, Thornbridge makes phenomenal IPA’s & this … dear lord … ridiculous amount of cursing in English, Dutch, French, Russian,… <3 Thornbridge // Dry-hopped Version Cask @ ACBF 2012 // A: black with a tanned, touch red head // S: lots of hops, grapefruit & Nelson // T: bitter coffee, chocolate malts, bitter cold coffee, followed by bitter grapefruit hops, touch fruity // B: touch lighter than bottle version // Dry-hoppped version, the incredible balance of hops that I adored is lost here, bottle version is way better // great stuff here

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Bottle from @stirchleywines, Birmingham. Big foamy head, initial aroma of caramel and piney hops, then citrus. Black as night. Flavour of citrus hops and a lasting bitterness. Good example of Black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16187) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, roast malt, rich hops, caramel and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11039) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Cask version at Barley’s 9th Annual Mini RAF (05/12/12): Pours nearly black with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of citrus, hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of grapefruit, piney hops and English-type malts. The finish is mildly bitter with a fruity hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

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