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


on tap

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RATINGS: 622   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rhyshewer (71) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Aroma: Tangerine with an undertone of herbs and an edge of dark malt. Develops a hint of washing-up liquid. Appearance: Black opaque body with deep red edges, minimal tan head. Taste: Honey and lemon with a touch of liquorice leaving a slight roasted bitterness. Palate: Medium bodied with a slight oiliness and solid carbonation. A dank clingy finish. Overall: Smells American, tastes British. More IPA than black.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (4387) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2013
Bottled. Pours Deep Brown with a medium sized, lacing, tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, citrus, grapefruit and pine. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily text. and soft carb. An excellent Black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (2154) - Gdańsk, POLAND - OCT 3, 2013
50cl bottle. Black with medium head. Nose : black chocolate, cocoa, fresh citrus with zest aromas. Pine. Pineapple. Sip : Smooth, low carbonation. Thick and oily. Sweet, brownie tart flavor. Fruity notes makes it well balanced and bring our some dry and bitter on the end. It leaves a black chocolate with orange peel like aftertaste. The beer is mild , well balanced and easy to drink compared to other black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2013
Dark brown almost black, nice thin light tan head. Huge floral hop aroma, spiced fruits, a little grassy and toasted malts, a little burnt toast. A real English IPA, with the added bitterness of toasted malts. Big stone fruits, silky smooth caramels and toffee. Big resinous hops help balance out the fruit, the beer finished so sharp and bitter, burnt malts adding a great dimension to the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (5629) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 23, 2013
Black bodied with lasting besiege head. Aromatic herbal and grassy hops, roasted coffee beans, toast and cleanly fermented. Enough sweetness to form body and back up the abv, yet with heavy bitterness. Really nice, Sharp edges and smooth toffee sweetness in harmony. Very well made and interesting brew. (50cl bottle from Dranken Geers)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Deep dark brown-red (practically black) with a medium beige head. Lovely floral hop aroma, with some earthy, chocolate malt and some smoke. Sweet on the tongue with a medium bitter finish. Oily texture with light carbonation, perhaps a little thin.Really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2013
good sized beige head dark pour soft medium carbonation aromas grapefruit pine floral stone fruit very hoppy the flavours pine caramel medium strong bitter chocolate malt pineapple apricot grapefruit strong tastes the finish rousing hop flavours lasting pine and bitter finish with sweet malt backing good ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Etruscan (648) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 14, 2013
Beige foamy full lasting head. Black colour. Aroma is malty, fruity (pineapple with light peach and apple) with pine notes. Flavor is malty too, fruity (grapefruit) with light dark chocolate tones, ending in a long moderately hoppy finish, slightly chocolaty. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (4651) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle from Beeches of Walkley, Sheffield. Mahogany colour with a thick, frothy beige head. Masses of juicy fruit and piney, mineral hop aromas. Big chewy mouthfeel. Long, dry, bitter finish. Perhaps if I hadnt had this a hundred times before Id have rated it higher? Honesty is the best policy though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (7109) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2013
Tap at Bar Animale. Roast and grassy hop aroma. Deep black, brown lace. Milk chocolate, coffee roast, good smoke flavor with a quite decent aromatic and grassy hop counterpoint. Medium sparkly body which breaks the heavy elements apart. Smoke retronasal. Really nice.

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