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


on tap

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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2010
From cask. Pours dark brown with a small amber golden glare and a lacing off-white head. Aroma is fruity and mild hoppy. Bitter, mild peachy and grapefruity hops flavoured. Distinct bitter and dry. Bitter and dry fruity into a bitter finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2010
Opaque black, sweet malts, roasted coffee, light fluffy Swiss white chocolate. oily, low cabarnation, excellent dry finish with a biscuitty texture. On cask, Cask Pub In Kitchen in Pimlico. Mad rates mon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2010
OK, so Kempicus is a good mate of mine. That doesnít mean Iím in any way biased when I say this beer rocked my world. Since heís now in the UK, and Iím in Hamilton, NZ, this bottle I have poured carefully into the waiting glass has travelled for nearly two months to get here. We think it might have fallen into a timewarp or something. Anyway, itís here now, and oh my GOD itís tasty. I donít get much of the chocolate flavour others have commented on, but the roast cocoa bitterness is certainly there in spades. There are delicious notes of citrus (the basics - oranges, grapefruits, lemons) in the nose, and a full on pine needle/minty fresh hop hit on the palate. Iíve never had a black, bitter, monster beer taste so... refreshing! I just keep going back for more. Iím really sad that this glass is nearly empty, especially knowing itíll be at least 15 months before I get to the UK to have a fresh glass drawn from a cask, as nature, and Kempicus, intended! Nice work, mate!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2010
Cask, Coach & Horses Duffield, Sheffield Tap Sheffield and in my garden from a 9-pint minicask. What it is: citric chocolate. If youíve ever had a quality ganache that carries off smooth roasted choc notes alongside a bitter orange/lemon tang, then Raven is almost the same in liquid form. Feisty sauvin notes fight for attention with Sorachi dryness. Black coffee drops fight for attention. Thereís almost too much going on, but it never descends into mess. What it isnít: Black IPA. Donít care whatís on the pumpclip, donít care what style ratebeer make up. Black IPA is an oxymoron. Itís just really, really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ofosho (1) - Alstead, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2010 does not count
Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from a pinted censer Held by ofosho who later tinkled on the tufted floor. Wretch,í he cried, thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he has sent thee Respite - respite and nepenthe from thy memories of the year! Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this long-gone year!í Quoth the Raven, íIím a well nice beer.í

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2010
In a word (s) very good! Strikes an excellent balance between new world IPA and schwarzbier. Piney hop notes on the nose arer excellent and th chocolate / roast flavours fill the palate out nicely.
Earlier Rating: 6/7/2010 Total Score: 3.9
In a word (s) very good! Strikes an excellent balance between new world IPA and schwarzbier. Piney hop notes on the nose arer excellent and th chocolate / roast flavours fill the palate out nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Cask at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, Victoria, 3rd May 2010. Black with an off-white head. Light roasted malt and lots of hops - reminds me of Brewdog Stone Bashah (but without the Belgian yeast character.) Palate is dry and smooth. An interesting dark IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2010
[Gravity cask at Reading BF] Black with a large, loose beige head. Huge floral aromas. Big hit of citrus on the initial taste - mrs fonefan said she could tell how good it was by the big smile that appeared on my face. Then thereís some coffee, and a bitter roasted flavour - possibly a little too burnt for my liking, but only just. Pine arrives late to the party, but you can taste it for some time afterwards. Iíve never had a black IPA before, and to me it wasnít like a stout and IPA mixed together (as some people have suggested). It was more like youíre drinking a separate stout and IPA at the same time. It shouldnít work, but it does - this is an outstanding beer. If all black IPAs are this good, I want more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2010
Cask conditioned handpump Cask & Kitchen Pimlico. A black beer with a super bubbly whitish head. Itís worth noting that this was served in a lovely Thornbridge stemmed half pint glass. Lovely aromatic hops with good fruity notes. Great mix of roasty malts and piney hops in the mouth. Bit of fossil fuel dryness and tasty bitterness. A really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2010
Cask, gravity, at The PigíníFalcon, St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Very dark brown, near black. Grapefruit hop aroma. Some thought it more like mango, and indeed it sweetened as time passed. Thick, oily taste like dark chocolate soaked in bitumen. Mid bitter finish. Powerful stuff, interesting if not quite to my taste.

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