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

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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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3.8
thewolf (12932) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 1, 2014
Tap @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours deep brown to black with a medium, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has citrus, light roasted, mild chocolate, light apple. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has coffee, light roasted, apple, chocolate. Mild, lingering bitterness.

3.8
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
Appears clear mahogany with a puffy cream coloured head. The scent is mildly of gooseberry and herbal hoppiness with a light pine aroma, which is unexpected. Then to taste it starts out resinous and then intensely so, almost to the point of overwhelming. This is more similar to a Pacific Northwest ale, imitation being a sincere form of flattery? There are lengthy twinges of astringent hoppiness and some mild caramel toffee undertones. Tasty stuff.

3.9
Wolfbass (1211) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 23, 2014
Davvero splendida, già dall’aspetto color mogano. Al naso resinoso, accompagnato da una punta di tostato. In bocca è magnifica di una pulizia unica, e amara il giusto. Grande bere

4.4
emartell (353) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - MAR 21, 2014
Una cerveza que definitivamente sorprende. A pesar de su color completamente obscuro, casi negro, de su cuerpo redondo, espuma cremosa de mefia retencion y casi nula carbonatacion, nadie se espera los aromas florales tan marcados. Notas citricas y un recuerdo grande a pino. En boca es suave, sin embargo algo amarga, muy floral, el lupulo muy presente, sin embargo al final notas tostadas. En resumen un estilo que sorprende y una cerveza muy bien lograda. Un equilibrio fenomenal y una transición perfecta entre una IPA y una porter o stout.

3.3
Meilby (11790) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2014
Draught @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours black with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, spices, grass, yeast, fruits and hint of chocolate and berries. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long spicy and grassy finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.9
LomYst (925) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2014
Sweet sweet pineapple, sugar, white Chocolate, caramel, soms ripe fruit... Very balanced bitter sweet, bitter hoppy finish, very soft Carbs, great

3.9
Mortlach (2531) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 20, 2014
04/0272014 Bir&Fud Bottega (330ml bottle). Nera, schiuma color beige media. Al naso un bel bouquet di luppolo, note agrumate, citriche ed erbacee, i malti tostati (poco invasivi) si percepiscono in secondo piano. In bocca ha un bell’amaro deciso, lungo e persistente, anche qui la base di malti tostati è leggera e non appesantisce la bevuta. Corpo medio, carbonazione corretta. Ottima black IPA, tra le migliori interpretazioni del genere.

3.6
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at Patricks. A black looking beer that turns out to be clear and dark brown. A finger thick light beige head sits patiently on top. Grassy, spiced and citrusy hops in the aroma. A faint touch of roasted malts too. Probably a little bit too little dark malts, even for my likings. Not much malts in the flavor either, it’s the hops that pulls the heaviest load. Full body, soft carbonation. Hoppy, lightly bitter finish. A pretty decent one, but a bit boring, sort of. 140317

3.5
TempeCoyote (63) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Tap at Angels Trumpet. Woody aroma from a deep brown body and off white head. Nice smokey roasted flavor. Toasted malts seem as apparent as the hops early in but the hops come through with soft bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Sammy (12984) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
On tap at Torst. Very good black IPA, roast more than hops but they are both there and bold taste. Big citrus/grapefruit taste comes through.


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