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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 485   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie (1186) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2011
On cask at the Great British Beer Festival. Black as night with an ok head. Nice hoppy aroma. Nice dark that doesn’t taste like a dark. Very nice hoppy beer with body, but I’d probably have struggled to drink a full pint of it, more of a sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Tasted on draft at Bangers and Lace on 7/31/11. Pours an opaque, nearly black dark brown with an average beige head that slowly recedes to a thin collar of lace. The nose is brown sugar and dark chocolate malt along with herbal and citrus hops in the background. The flavor is the same, featuring the brown sugar and chocolate malt until the back of the palate where the citrusy and herbal hops balance everything out. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long brown sugar and citrus hops finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (2692) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011, pours a lovely red-black with a green-hoppy nose that’s clean and spicy. It’s crisp and bitter-hoppy, with a clean and dry roast body, then a long herby-hoppy finish with a lasting bitterness and notes of burnt molasses. Very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (1985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2011
GBBF 2011. Pours very dark brown. Nose is rain on tarmac, sweet fruity hops, grapefruit, mango. Taste is citrous, tropical fruit, but light and refreshing, not sweet and overpowering like some black ipas. Bitter citrous grapefruit finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubbishystuff (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2011
At Bangers & Lace. Another very nice beer from Thornbridge. Jet black color. Hoppy with out being too much. Some roasted old wood flavors. Very smooth. Serving: Tap

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
In short: A very nice roasted, fruity and resinous Black IPA. Lovely
How: Tap at Blind Tiger, NYC
The look: Near black body topped by a very small ring of foam
In long: Nose is mostly fruity. The fruity hops blend with the dark malts to create a fresh dark fruits aroma. Taste is like a big fast fruity dark cake, a lot of baked fruits, bitter black coffee, burnt toasts, plenty of fruity resinous hops. I particularly enjoyed how the high roast level somehow harmoniously coexisted with the strong fruitiness, usually it is one or the other. Bitterness level is medium-high. Tasty tread. Very satisfying offering. An English brewery getting on the North-American trend of uber-hoppy Black IPAs!!?!! If they get started on dental hygiene, the Americanization of England will be complete.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Draft. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Grapefruit aroma. Caramel and grapefruit flavor with light woodsiness. Medium bodied. decent bitterness. Caramel and grapefruit linger with light woodsiness and light vanilla.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1127) - Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Poured a black color with a thin head. Aroma is nutty with lots of caramel. Taste also has lots of caramel with a very hoppy finish. I like the transition from malty to hoppy. The finish has molasses with the hops. Good balance. Overall a decent black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2037) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Deep dark brown pour with a reserved tan head. Nose had traces of roasted malt, citrusy hop, dark chocolate and dark fruits with the flavour displaying similar traits. Pretty tasty stuff with solid hop bitterness and some nice juicy fruit all tussling for position with the malts. An interesting and characterful beer that has lots going for it it. Raven we’re raven...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Black in color with light brown head. Smells choppy. Taste is slightly choppy with some watery.


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