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

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RATINGS: 642   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
On tap into tulip at Bar on Buena, Chicago. An IPA in disguise (kind of): its a dead ringer for a baltic porter or imperial stout in looks -- completely black, with a lasting, pillowy beige head. Roasty and burnt on the nose. Roasty and burnt on the sip, too, the dirty-dusty hop bitterness blending with the roastiness of the malts, making it taste almost smoked. Very pure and intense flavors. Creamy mouthfeel starts with the inch of foam on top, but continues in the silky body of the beer. The dryness and mix of flavors make me think of tamales and mole sauce. Any chocolate notes are devoid of sweetness. This would be a great pairing with particular types of food, perhaps brisket or some type of pulled meat in a mesquite sauce. Or maybe tamales and mole sauce.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (5534) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5514) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2017
Une robe brune acajou et cette tte beige qui est certainement tenace et qui laisse une dentelle parpille. Au nez, les malts produisent des armes de chocolat, de caramel et de caf et les houblons sont forestiers et fruits. Au got, une sensation florale et une forte impression citronne envahissent le territoire malt. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen-mince avec des bulles actives et une texture lgrement crmeuse. En finale, le jeu des houblons et la richesse des malts se tiraillent sur mes papilles.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fullpintofbeer (322) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benters (3) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexmate (166) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thanatosti (1650) - 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 IPAs Ive ever had.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bjorn77 (272) - Krakw, 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

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Karelbeersindral (92) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamaty (2112) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 9, 2017
Color Coca-Cola oscuro, bonita espuma cremosa beige claro. El aroma es bruto, lúpulo. Poco agradable. En boca mejora mucho. Muy malteada, ligeramente dulce. Bastante ahumada. Evoluciona hacia un final bastante seco y ahumado. Algún toque frutal. En conjunto bastante completa. Se disfruta.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mithe (1728) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 4, 2017
(tap 0,3l @ OP (Brno))
Aroma: Fruity, piney, later dark malts.
Appearance: Dark brown color. Minimal, beige head.
Taste: Medium sweet, dark malts, fruits, light bitter.
Palate: Medium body. Bitter finish.
Overall: Good dark ale. Not much IPA character. Quite sweet.


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