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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 620   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godfather50 (212) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2016
More complex than Brewdog Black IPA, little aroma for an IPA. Bitterness is forward with liquorice and herbs, lacks sweet malt. So sour complex interesting and red.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GemmeDeReve (36) - FRANCE - DEC 22, 2016
Bire brune avec pas mal de mousse, odeur dagrumes, ptillante en bouche, amertume en bouche, pas trop le got dune brune, juste ce quil faut trs bonne bire dans une belle quantit

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m.mahu (114) - Iasi, ROMANIA - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle and on tap. Pours light dark, with beige head. Aroma is hops, dark malts. It tastes of fresh hops, with sweets malts and a bit of coffee. Very good and drinkable. Recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kustie (1000) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2016
[email protected] Black a bit reddish color with off-white head. Aroma has citrus, caramel, malt and tropical fruits. Taste is malty with quite long bitter and dry aftertaste. Flavors of malt, citrus, pine and coffee. Nice combination.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ardeo (266) - Flmalle, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle 50cl. Brune fonc mousse beige crmeuse. Nez : houblonn, agrumes, citra, pche, vanille, un peu de caramel. Bouche : lgrement ptillante, frache, douce avec du grill, du rsineux et une trs longue amertume. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DriftSensei2 (10) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 17, 2016
[email protected] Good, balanced black ipa, if you?re feeling like trying one, you can?t go wrong with this.

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