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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9287) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2012
50 cl bottle.
Pours black color with medium head. Aroma of hops, fruits, grass and some malts. Flavor of toasted malts, hoppy fruits, hay, goose berries and mild caramel. A bit too strong with the sorachi hops.
4414

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (1151) - - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, beige head. Really strong grapefruit and pine in the nose for an English black IPA. Tastes the same with a nice roastiness. Nice sticky mouthfeel.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle with my husband. Black with a tan head. Roasted malts and tropical fruits in the aroma Taste: Much like the aroma with a nice lingering bitter ending. One of the better balanced black IPA’s I’ve had

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2421) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Thick and lasting light brown heaad. Hoppy aroma but not soo much dark malts as the color suggest. Clean and hoppy taste with small dark matiness and a balanced bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - JUL 28, 2012
Dark brown, almost black color with a beige head. Fresh passionfruit and citrus in the aroma. Flavour is just lightly roasted and dominated by tropical fruity hops and lingering bitterness. Mediumbodied with a good lively carbonation. Very, very tasty black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
(Bottle). Oops! Oops! The aroma of hops is amazing: orange, flowers, peach, tropical fruits and roasted malt. Taste of hops, flowers, tropical fruits, orange and roasted malt. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and sticky. I would prefer an even richer element of roasted malt in the flavor but this is a great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
On cask at GBBF, poured light Black with a frothy foam head, bit of lacing. Aroma of bitter hops, cocoa, coffe, dark malt, dark bread. Taste is malty and rich up front, bitterness hits in the middle and continues until it balances out with a bit of sweetness at the end and leaves the palate pretty clean with a little hoppy after taste but very pleasant. MF was great as always when coming off the cask, perfect natural carbonation and medium body. Overall a very nice balanced Black IPA

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NordicV (1946) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2012
Mörkt brun öl med moccafärgat skum. Doften är fin med både rostade toner och ordentliga doser av olika typer av humle. Detta går igen i smaken. Tyvärr finns det en komponent i humlen som jag inte är så förtjust i och det är antagligen Sorachi Ace-humlen som bidrar till den. Antydningar av tvålighet och dill drar ner betyget för min del.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Black with a medium head.Amazingly hoppy which I found difficult to understand in a dark beer.Bitter aftertaste and lot of lacing. Superb.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (17533) - 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


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