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


on tap

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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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

john_henry's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (124) - - APR 7, 2013
Pours a lovely black beer with a solid light brown head that remains until the last sip. The hops come threw on the nose but not half as much as in the taste. My guess would be some NZ hops, not too bitter, leaving a citrusy tangy finish. Described as a black IPA, but could equally be a hoppy porter, either way a good beer worth looking out for.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Michael27 (929) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2016
Frisch vom Hahn im Piwna Stopa in Poznan. Fast schwarz und mit wenig Schaum. Auswogen zwischen Hopfenlast und Röstmalzen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (3889) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2016
Pitch black, tanned lacing, lasting thick foam head. Nice hoppy, light coffee aroma. Great cofee bitter taste, light chocolate noes. Great. (Nijmegen 201610)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcinG (485) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Butelka 500ml. Czarny kolor z rubinowym refleksem. Piana bezowa ,wysoka niezle utrzymuje sie w szkle. Aromat sosnowych szyszek plonych slodow lekkie nuty karmelowe i czekolady. Karbonacja niska. W smaku poczatkowo slodkawe z przebijajacymi sie nutami karmelowymi i slodkich owocow jak ananas potem ,niezly goryczkowy finisz dzieki gorzkiej czekoladzie i cytrusom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cervezorama 2.0, Madrid, Spain. A: Dark brown. T: Hops, resin, roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Villyzzz (91) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle at pub. Pours black with off-white head. Aroma is bitter hops and malts. Taste has hops with orange. Smooth medium long finish. Nice black ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LazyPyro (599) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2016
500ml bottle. Deep dark brown with a dense creamy beige head. Aroma: roasted malts, pine, dark chocolate, dark fruits, citrus. Taste: roasted malts, citrus, pine, coffee, light sweet with a bitter hoppy finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (3626) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle at Speciaalbier Café De Markies, Leeuwarden. Aroma is dark malt, roasted notes, berries, fruity hops, touch of chocolate, grassy notes. Flavour is light sweet and medium bitter. Body is medium. Overall pretty good Black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (1993) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours black with a medium offwhite head. Notes of hops, roast, sorachi ace, chocolate, roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1766) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2016
On tap at Fermentoren Aarhus. Pours a clear blackish with a medium sized off white head. Aroma has toasted and roasted malts, lots of hops, sorachi ace, simcoe. Taste is has dill, roasted malts, mint, light sweetness, medium bitterness. Nice balance, lots of spice. Average to high carbonation and a medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2016
From bottle it’s mostly clear dark brown with a short head. Aroma is basement must, charcoal, stale chocolate, greens, mushrooms, cheese, BO. Medium bodied, somewhat watery and thin without much malt support, and carbonation is timid. Kind of bland and empty overall. Might be old but there’s no way to tell.

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