Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Black IPA
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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

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Sebilinz (2555) - Linz, AUSTRIA - SEP 28, 2017
Draft. Dark brown body with tan head. Aroma is cardboard with fruits and hints of malts. Taste is malty caramel herbs and some spices. Aftertaste is nice balanced. Maybe to old but ok.

Alebarasi (148) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - SEP 15, 2017
Dark brown/black color with creamy beige head. Medium body, soft carbonation, minimal lacing. Hoppy smell of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, pine and its needless, resins, grass, some citruses and light smoke. Earthy taste of grapefruit, bitter chocolate, hops, some coffee and black tea, pine, herbs and floral aromas. Fairly bitter aftertaste. Definitely one of the most complex black IPA's. Rich, smooth and hoppy. Love it!

bateleur (115) - BETCHWORTH, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2017
330ml bottle from brewery shop. Pours very dark almost black with medium tan head, Aroma roasted malt with pine hops. Taste predominately bitter.

lokis333 (563) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - SEP 3, 2017
Jet black colour with a medium off white slight brown foam. Aromas of sweet fruity hops with notes of grapefruit, citrus and pine followed by a slight chocolate and cocoa notes. Palate, medium full texture with smooth and fizzy texture leaving nice smooth smokey finish. Taste, initially first wave is sweet is citrusy hops then followed by the more pronounced bitterness of cocoa, roasted malt and charred wood. Overall, not bad, nice rich smooth well balanced black IPA.

Ascelja (1683) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 30, 2017
Bottle. Dark red body, medium off-white head. Aroma of citruses, roasted malts, dark fruits, red currant, resiny. Taste is moderately bitter. Red currant again, citruses, malts. Medium body and carbonation, strongly attenuated.
Not bad.

Rotin (1686) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 28, 2017
Bottle 0.5l. Clear, red to brown colored. AROMA- citrusy, lemon, dark malts. FLAVOR- dry, bitter, citrusy, dark malts, bitter caramel. Fuller bodied.

AndreaSputo (21) - San Vincenzo Valle roveto, ITALY - AUG 11, 2017
Ragazzi, senza parole. Anni che la bevo. Mai una delusione. Resine, pino, ananas, poi caffe e tostato. Finale infinito. Che cazzo di birra.... Direi Bowmore16......

vinivini (2841) - Gomel, BELARUS - AUG 9, 2017
Bottle from Dogma bottle shop, Moscow. Opaque deep brown colour, two finger tall beige head. Well-lacing. Fruit, blossom, caramel, toast, resin on nose. Light to medium body. Medium dry flavour. Rich dark maltiness is just a background for big citrusy & resiny hops. Fairly bitter long finish. Good ale.

Paddycairns (57) - - AUG 5, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2017 Dark malty aroma, great hoppy taste like a proper IPA but accompanied by a dark roasty flavour very good

tanel025 (206) - ESTONIA - AUG 4, 2017
Dark brown beer with beige head. Aroma has some hops, malt, dark fruits. Taste is creamy and roasty, good balance between malts and hops. Little sweet, medium bitterness. Some plums, raisins in the taste, some citrus peel. Roastiness does not dominate, that makes it excellent Black IPA. Maybe needs slightly more sweetness, but overall one of the best Black IPA-s.

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