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

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 639   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rifaldo (39) - Torello, SPAIN - DEC 2, 2013
Sempre mhan agradat les negres. Varies gustos, sabors i aromes per sempre negres. Regalesia i chocolata a laroma, afegeixi petits tocs de caf i caramel en boca i petita per llarga amargor floral a paladar. Busques una black ipa? Bona elecci

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (2834) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2013
Keg @ Euston Tap. Dark, almost black, with a large perfect creamy head. Grassy hop aroma with a hint of dark malt. Bitterness pervades the taste, but there is enough sweetness to refresh. Finish is quite bitter. Intensely enjoyable paradigm of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - DEC 1, 2013
Questo dovrebbe essere lo standard della black ipa. Beverina, luppolata, tostata. Thornbridge sa fare il suo dovere, quando si tratta di interpretare uno stile cos anglosassone. Ottima per qualsiasi occasione: come inizio, come intermezzo e come fine. La definirei una sempreverde. Provatela.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (17068) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle @Pudel, Tallinn
Dark brown color, steady beige head, lace. Light toast, hoppyness and grass in the nose. Medium-bodied. Grassy, hayish hoppyness, toastyness, touch of licorice and caramel. World class black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andy_ (1092) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Reddish dark brown, almost black, nice blonde head. Aroma has grapefruity fresh hops and licorice. Flavor is licoricy, grapefruity hoppy and bitter. Quite long and bitter finish. Medium full slick palate. Really hoppy fresh beer, doesnt seem like a dark beer at all. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prokroustis (744) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - NOV 28, 2013
Very dark brown colour with an off white head. Quite hoppy aroma with pine, herbal notes, tobacco. Incredible, medium, slick, perfectly carbonated palate. Very bitter, dry flavour with heavy pine and mint notes, with an underlying malty note with licorice. Really nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoNm (2630) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - NOV 24, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2015 Pours with a nice dark brown, almost black color, and a decent beige head. The strong aroma my nose picked up were roasted malts with some coffee as well, some hops in the back. The taste was likewise roasted plus some coffee. Hoppy bitterness was very decent. Slight herbal feel in the finish. Heavy, strong and bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tastik (1) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2013 does not count
The maltiness nicel the balances the juniper associated with these types of IPAs. Overall, this beer reminds me more of a well rounded scotch ale versus a classic IPA. Recommended overall.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (5683) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2013
500ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Pours a dirty brown to black colour with a decent sized head. Hoppy aroma with a thin body and long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2013
500mL bottle. Pours pitch black with a big dense off white head that last and lasts. Light sweet chocolate and citrus fruit on the nose with a massive complex flavour, burnt toffee, chocolate, stone fruit to name a few. Very nice beer.


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