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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 537   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


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8434) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2012
Medium cream-to-tan head, dense and very fine-bubbled, slightly irregular over black beer; rings of lace. Overpowering aromas of exotic fruit; lytchee, tangerine, passionfruit, grapefruit, dry hopbales; touch of vanilla. Superbly balanced, despite the intensity. Very bitter, hops’ galore, resin, to the brink of quinine. Still fruity, but the hopoil bitterness is so dominant, that a lot of the fruity esters get lost. Some bitter chocolate. Reasonably well-bodied; slick, feels well-carbonated. Bitterness mellows a bit in the aftertaste. The nose is seventh heaven, but in the taste, the feeling "overdone" comes up. Personally I wonder about the interest in combining a super-delicate hop as Nelson Sauvin, with a punch-in-the-face as Sorachi Ace.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mile (3427) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown, average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, faint caramel and some tropical fruitiness with grapefruit - some citrus hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and faint roasted malt, some tropical fruitiness, some grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and dryish, light fruitiness with light roasted malt, faint caramel and light fruitiness, piney - some grapefruit hoppyness. Really nice hoppyness combined with fruitiness - not too sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1816) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2012
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured with a large, slowly fading dense and creamy, soapy lacing tan head with a black coloured body beneath. Big zesty, juicy grapefruit hop aroma profile. First impressions on the tongue are good; lots of bright, juicy bitter hops and subtler roasted malt, coffee and gentle liquorice notes. A pleasant but short-lived sweetness is soon engulfed by a dark chocolate, lightly resinous and pithy grapefruit bitter combo on the end. Some marmalade in the mix. Medium body, firm and well-structured mouthfeel, medium carbonation, finishing with a crisp, fresh & lingering bitterness. A very tasty, moreish beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1936) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle from the great power of beer and wine, Sevilla, Spain. Dark color with some touches of read. Medium brownish head. Very high bitterness, and quite low sweetness. Medium carbonation. Very high hop aroma. Floral, coffee, chocolate aroma.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gferrazzano (26) - - JAN 29, 2012
weeeeeeeeeellll. Smell it and you will say "WTF" Drink it and you will say "WTF" look the bottle and you will say "WTF" Its a "WTF black IPA" Wonderful taste and Appearance; the Aroma is great! good for those moments without a color, they will turn instantly black!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2369) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle from Mr Lawrence’s, Brockley. Black pour with a tan head. Citrus, dark fruit and a little caramel aroma. Fruit filled burst on the palate, splash of citrus and bit of caramel. Quite a tongue tingler. Bitter-fruit finish. Tasty stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3054) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2012
(Bottle) Pours near black with nougat colored head. The aroma is green and a bit roast with notes of pine, grapefruit, flowers, mango, grapes, passion fruit, strawberries, tart, chocolate, dark bread and earth. Hints of vanilla ice cream. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and tiny acidic. Citrus, fruits, roast, tar and resin. The mouthfeel is clean, tart, soft and round with a light carbonation. Resin, grapefruit and and mild burned cookies on the finish. Medium bodied. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle from The Bottle Stop, Cheadle Hulme. I love this style. Interesting to see what James has brought to Thornbridge, I do like this. I’ve drank quite a lot of this. Almost black in colour. Some farm, some petrol, light smoke, citrus notes. Nice grassy hoppy finish and so clean it almost reminds me of hospitals. Some roasted malts and chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kristall-König (2475) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2012
Hopfenaromatischer, intensiv zitrusbehafteter Geruch. Startet süßlich, zitrusartig um danach trockenbitter umzuschlagen mit malzigem Beiwerk. Besonders im Abgang intensiviert sich die dunkle Malznote nocheinmal. Auch hier trockenbitter mit Zitrus, wenn auch ganz leicht verwässert. Trotzdem ein sehr gutes Bier.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1765) - FINLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Dark brown, almost black beer. Beige, long lasting head. Aroma has pines, berries, floral notes and fruit in it. Flavour has pines, licorice, citrus and roasted malt. Some rather special stuff.


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