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


on tap

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RATINGS: 650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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mikeyo1 (824) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2013
bottle @ home. Dark brown color, large wonderfully creamy head, loads of lacing. Intense hop resins on the nose, Passion fruit, mango, clementine, pine. Toast, some licorice, fudge and hints of coffee and sweet chocolate. Taste is similar but more towards grape and a more noticeable chocolate, some sweet caramel balances in the background. Finish is bitter of dark dry chocolate and lemon, grape, passion fruit, some red fruits. Complex, balanced and fresh despite by bottle being almost too old.

Rifaldo (39) - Torello, SPAIN - DEC 2, 2013
Sempre m’han agradat les negres. Varies gustos, sabors i aromes però sempre negres. Regalesia i chocolata a l’aroma, afegeixi petits tocs de café i caramel en boca i petita peró llarga amargor floral a paladar. Busques una black ipa? Bona elecció

jjsint (3089) - 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.

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 così anglosassone. Ottima per qualsiasi occasione: come inizio, come intermezzo e come fine. La definirei una sempreverde. Provatela.

TBone (17524) - 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.

Andy_ (1110) - 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, doesn’t seem like a dark beer at all. Nice!

Prokroustis (745) - 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.

MarkoNm (2740) - 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.

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.

mkel07 (5949) - 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.

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