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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: 609   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


The Etruscan's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Etruscan (629) - Tuscany, - SEP 14, 2013
Beige foamy full lasting head. Black colour. Aroma is malty, fruity (pineapple with light peach and apple) with pine notes. Flavor is malty too, fruity (grapefruit) with light dark chocolate tones, ending in a long moderately hoppy finish, slightly chocolaty. Medium bodied.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Villyzzz (45) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LazyPyro (569) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (3530) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (1861) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours black with a medium offwhite head. Notes of hops, roast, sorachi ace, chocolate, roast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1693) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (9137) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Kirkas, punertavan tummanruskea olut runsaalla vaaleanbeigellä ja reilusti pitsiä jättävällä vaahdolla. Kaunis olut. Tuoksussa salmiakkia, havuisuutta ja kevyttä greippisyyttä. Maussa samoin havuisuutta, salmiakkisuutta ja greippiä. Pitkä kevyen katkera ja greippinen, mutta samalla salmiakkisen pehmeä jälkimaku. Keskitäyteläinen suutuntuma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (2338) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 28, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is like a stout: roasted malt burnt barley, hop with pine needles. Taste: complex, almost buttery, burnt barley, light sweetness of caramel, noticeable hop bitterness with pine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ulrikolsen (338) - DENMARK - MAY 27, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2016 Tap@Ørsted. Pours dark reddish brown with short white head. Aroma is dry roasted and hoppy with pine and resin. Taste is roasted malts, a hint of caramel. Dry and bitter hoppy finish with grass, pine and resin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phfyysik (704) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 15, 2016
Pours dark brown with light head. Aroma is little bit sour, fruity, fresh caramel, light bitter burned wood. Taste is grass, light silage, small caramel candy, light burnt furniture, bread. After taste scratches the throat. Feels a little bit dead, otherwise good grassy IPA.


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