overall
97
96
style
Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Black IPA
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
available

on tap
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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 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
erickok (5831) - 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)

3.9
   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.

3.8
   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

3.8
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (4955) - 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...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (7397) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
7stern (631) - Bromma, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2013
Mahogany colour with thick, lasting head. Pine aroma, hints of cocoa and smoke. Fresh taste with coffee and citrus. Moderate bitterness. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2932) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2015 A colablack beer with a beige and big head. The nose is balanced, roastiness, fresh pine forest, some citrusfruits and also other fruits. Taste is strongly roasted and strongly bitter, pine needles, coffee. The end is long and dry, slightly herbal. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, fresh. Nice and balanced black IPA, enough of bitterness and roastiness, but could be more complex.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle @ de sommer fest. Dark brown, medium tan head, good lacing. Aroma, nice hoppy, roasted malts, . Taste, hoppy with a nice roasted malts aftertaste. Good black ipa.


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