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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: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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


dnicolaescu's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1027) - Chișinău, - JUL 25, 2013
BOTTLE. Head: beige, medium-big, frothy, avg. retention. Aroma: strong citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Possibly some toasted notes. Taste: citrus, possibly dark malt, moderate bitterness. A nice, aromatic and juicy IPA. But what is Black IPA supposed to mean? I was not able to detect any serious dark malt notes. So, for the moment a Black IPA for me is an IPA that is black.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Towey1989 (109) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a ruby brown colour with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of pineapple, orange and pine from the hops, also sweet chocolate malt. Taste of roasted malt and bitter chocolate as well as citrusy grapefruit and pineapple hoppiness, hint of liquorice too. Medium bodied and bittersweet. A long, dry roasted finish. Another good beer from a great brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2356) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Draft at Maloney’s (Matawan). Pours dark brown/black in color with a finger foamy off white head. Aroma black malts, chocolate, and sweet citrus fruit. Taste basically mimics the nose with notes of burnt citrus and burnt malts.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mapinguarify (4) - SERBIA - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Miner’s pub Belgrade. Citric hops, malt aroma. Citrus, caramel and coffee taste. Creamy head, Very nice bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable and perfectly balanced between hops and malts. Great! Definitely my "pint of beer".

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bastarda (140) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2015
interesting nose: Earl grey with some passion/peach/lemon notes. Unusual. Wonderful, really perfect mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced in taste, bitterness. Layered without much of a development. A wee bit of roast versus the end, but not much of a black aspect to the whole fine composition.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1690) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma roasted malts fruits dark fruits citrus spicy and hops flavor roasted malts spicy dark fruits citrus some smoke and a bitter citrus hoppy aftertaste

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4188) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Aroma is citrus, English malts and light pine. The flavor is citrus, English malts, fruit and a rather dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3163) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Dark brown body, medium sized light tan head, soapy lacing. Lively pine, resin, earthy roast, complimentary citrus, and a touch of coffee. Medium bodied with moderate to lively carbonation, assertive bitterness, dry throughout. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LaViolette (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2015
Interesting grassy nose, actually smells like weed to me!!! Nice deep brown colour with little head. Taste is very nice, bitterness balanced. Maybe a bit too light, but a good beer for sure!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OllieBBommel (1158) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle@home Appearance: clear ruby brown with thick beige head. Aroma: citric hops, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste: citrus fruit, lemon grass, spicy, medium bitter. Palate: refreshing, lasting bitter, light carbonation. Overall: very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birrraio (14) - ITALY - JAN 19, 2015
ambrato scarico buona schiuma buona persistenza agrumata etilico buone note maltate discreto corpo buon amaro, ottima black ipa


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