overall
97
96
style
Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Black IPA
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
available

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 630   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

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3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
Nose is bread, plastic, cola whiff, sweet corn, weak nose all in all, feel is mediumbroad, taste is decent lemon zest, leaves, wet lawn, caramel note, later weak bile

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
marulla (93) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Large, beige head and deep brown colour, very nice aroma of chocolatiness from malts, from the bottle. then strong citruses from the glass. low bitterness and good balance between maltiness and hoppiness in flavour. very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
circinus (294) - SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle 50 cl from the Internets. Black with a beige huge head. Aroma like boiling mash with newly added hops. Hops, grassy, slight citrus, very slight roast/toast, bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Would have prefered a bit more hoppy aroma, and a bit more roast/toast in the taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franzen (531) - SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
Pretty vague arome, some coffee and some grass. Pretty black, beige head. Some malty roastiness in the taste finished of with some, but not much bitterness. Medium body average carbonation. Pretty medioker as a beer and dissapointing as a black IPA

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (2098) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
Black with beige head. Aroma and taste of American hops, citrus and tropical fruits with some caramel and roasted malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (3790) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 16, 2014
0,5L bottle, BB 11.12.14. Pours dark ruby with light tan head. The head stays. Aroma is roast, fruits, berries, and citrus. Taste: roast, berries, fruits, citrus, some pine, and malt. Finish is fruity and mild grapefruit bitter. Overall: very nice brew,. It feels really light, ABV well covered.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (18799) - PCastle, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergiet sich ein dunkel braunes Bier mit schner groen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach tropischen Frchten, hopfig. Geschmack fruchtig, hopfig, tropische Frchte, leicht rstmalzig, etwas Kaffee.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
miki17 (3) - POLAND - MAY 14, 2014 does not count
Beautiful dense and abundant white head. Exotic aromas combined with sunflower roastiness . Medium bitterness. Very drinkable and refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buczer (378) - Łdź, POLAND - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle, pours dark brown/dark copper, clear with some hop parts in it. Stable beige head. Great intense aroma of roasted malts, chocolate with citrus and resin. Taste is bit roasted, chocolate with medium bitterness, medium body, average carbonation. Great bitter chocolate aftertaste

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Unfiltered and unpasteurised bottle BB 6 March 2015. Pours a red tinged mahogany with a strong thick off white head. Nose is masses of pine resin, citrus, oak, alcohol, pineapple and dark cherries. Bitter, with tang asserting itself towards the finish. Unappealing alkaline/very hard water finish. Strong carbonation. Refreshing. Depths of flavour. Very impressed. I disagree with the Black IPA label however, as this lacks the black body and roasted malt character necessary: this is actually a recreation (and improvement upon) Fullers ESB.


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