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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: 499   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


Patjeadam's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Patjeadam (67) - - JAN 7, 2014
One of my favourite black ipa's. It combines the malty and the fruity in a delicious marriage. It smells amazing. And after that is a pleasant ride that keeps you longing for more! ---Rated via Beer Buddy (iOs)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bastarda (134) - 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 (1640) - 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 (4134) - 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 (3121) - 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 (111) - 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 (1151) - 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 (12) - ITALY - JAN 19, 2015
ambrato scarico buona schiuma buona persistenza agrumata etilico buone note maltate discreto corpo buon amaro, ottima black ipa

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Serapac (165) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle from Malting Pot. Very dark, medium to large beige head, rather persistent. Medium lacing, medium carbonation. Aroma pine, citruses, hints of honey. Medium body. Taste citruses, hops, some coffee, honey again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bakulator (10) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 10, 2015
Smells fresh hops, citrus, exotic fruit, pine, really great nose! Tastes bitter, nice mixture between malt bitter and hop bitter. Very full mouthed beer with low carbonation and no alcoholic feel. They really made a great balance between the hops and the black malts!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loco_gallego (177) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Noire, avec mousse beige assez persistante. Nez très légèrement toasté, houblonnage citrus et fruits tropicaux. Plutôt portée sur l’houblonnage, mais bien bien balancée. En bouche, pareil le tout très bien balancée. Une amertume agréable et durable avec les malts torréfiés qui accompagnent bien tout le long. Faible carbonatation. Très bonne balance toastage-houblonnage... légèrement sur le sucré.


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