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


on tap

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RATINGS: 644   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

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Toerstig (47) - Uppsala, - APR 29, 2012
Bottle. Dark almost black with a brown nice looking head. Big aroma with pine, fresh hops, resin and some more darker things like chocolate and roasted malt. Taste well balanced and rich with lots of nice hops giving you pine, grapefruit and some spice well integrated with the darker malts bringing you dark chocolate and pumpernickel. A really good long lingering beer.

GhostS (318) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUN 20, 2017
Aromă intensă, bine pronunțată, cu mult hamei ierbos și ceva malț prăjit, pe fundal ceva rășini, ace de pin, fructe necoapte (suculente și acre). Gustul e destul de amar, moderat spre puternic, direct și de durată, cu mult hamei ierbos și ceva rășini; potolindu-se, pot fi distinse nuanțe de malț ușor prăjit și grâne mărunțite, ceva fructe necoapte. Și cam atât. Bună, ușoară și perfect în stil. Poate cumva mai puțină amăreală și mai mult malț prăjit?!...

rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2017
Bouteille 19 oct 2017. Une robe brune avec une mousse beige. Un nez de pin, de résine, pas de grain noir. Une bouche intense, amère, sèche et résineuse avec des saveurs de caramel et de conifère. Pas ma préférée.

Marko (5596) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 16, 2017
Thanks v&h! Clear ruby-amber body with an off white head.Tropical fruit (passion fruit) aroma backed by soft maltiness. Passion fruit taste, peachy, very light herbal bitterness, generally soft maltiness, ends slightly dry. Excellent!

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2017
Une robe brune acajou et cette tête beige qui est certainement tenace et qui laisse une dentelle éparpillée. Au nez, les malts produisent des arômes de chocolat, de caramel et de café et les houblons sont forestiers et fruités. Au goût, une sensation florale et une forte impression citronnée envahissent le territoire malté. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen-mince avec des bulles actives et une texture légèrement crémeuse. En finale, le jeu des houblons et la richesse des malts se tiraillent sur mes papilles.

Fullpintofbeer (365) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2017
Tap @Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, Bristol. Small, off-white head, dark brown colour, clear, nice lacing. Aroma: bit of citrus, grapefruit peel, bit of roasted bread and malts. Bitter taste with citrus finish. Medium body, average carbonation. Quite ok, but nothing special.

Benters (4) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2017 does not count
Really good beer from a fantastic brewery. Nice to try something a bit different from your typical paler IPAs. Appearance: dark, slightly hazy Aroma: tropical fruits, roasted malt Taste: complex flavours, hints of chocolate and dark roasted malt alongside big hoppy bitterness and some sweet, tropical fruit/citrus flavours Medium bodied. Bitter finish.

alexmate (173) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2017
A really well balanced black IPA. Has cocoa, mild roasted coffee and treacle notes, followed by a slightly grassy hoppy taste, very smooth finish with some sweetness. Price Paid: £2.20 - 330ml bottle.

thanatosti (1678) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
On tap @ Thornbridge ’s Hertogenbosch. Clear very dark brown with a beige head. Hoppy aroma with heavily roasted malts. Very characteristic peculiar hop aroma but I definitely like it. Easily one of the best black IPA’s I’ve ever had.

bjorn77 (344) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 16, 2017
Aromat: cytrusy i żywice, niezbyt intensywny. Wygląd: ciemnobrązowe, ładna warstewka białej piany. Smak: pijalne i lekkie, niezbyt intensywne, trochę gorzkiej czekolady, trochę kawy, mało nachmielone (piłem świeże). Goryczka niezbyt intensywna,lekka w kierunku średniej, chwilę zalega, piwo lekkie ale dobrze zbalansowane. Nie porywa, ale nieźle się pije

Karelbeersindral (97) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 10, 2017
Since I am a not too keen on the black IPA s, this was a great surprise. A chocolate and leather start with a citrus kick and a nice hop complexity at the end.

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