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


on tap

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RATINGS: 660   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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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.

Creedence (323) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
500ml bottle from Abbot’s Ale House, enjoyed with friends. Pours a burnt black with a tan head. Looks lovely and appetising. Aroma is huge, with lots of toast, cocoa, a hint of coffee, and lovely pine resin hop notes. Really enticing. Taste doesn’t dissapoint with a really spot on black IPA balance between the roasted malty nature of it and the bright fruity and floral hops. The finish is quite dry and bitter, but again in a quite citric and fruity way. Very pleasant. A nice full beer, in aroma, flavour and mouthfeel. Can’t wait to drink it again.

allmyvinyl (11407) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2013
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours dark brown, near black, with thin white head and lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate and pineapple, orange and lemon, light tobacco. Taste has good bitterness from hops and dark malts, and a decent sweetness too. Texture is creamy, medium bodied, and just finishes bitter enough. Cracking stuff.

Iphonephan (7558) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
On draft at Pizzeria Paradisio in Old Town VA. Pours a clear cola brown with an ecru head. Toasty hop nose. Flavors of toasted nuts. Medium bodied. Bitter finish.

rok1024 (1272) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - OCT 26, 2013
Clear dark brown almost black appearance with medium strong head. Nose reveals roasted malt, pine and resin with a bit of citrus. Buttery and creamy taste, slightly sweet with pronounced bitter finish. Well rounded, very good black IPA style.

jaghana (6444) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle 50cl, a dark beer with good head. Nose is on fresh hops and caramel. Aroma is on hops bouquet, fresh hops, apricot, exotic fruits, caramel, dark chocolate, lemon, toffee, good dark notes on aftertaste, quite bitter, nice.

JefVerstraete (3874) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2013
Dark brown colour, low carbonation. Extremely well balanced beer. Aroma of hops, citrus and dark chocolate. Some roastiness also. Very drinkable. Bitter finish. Great!

culchiem (4339) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2013
Draught. Dark brown to black with a large firm creamy head. Aroma is marmalade hop. Flavour is toasted, cigar, hoppy with a quite intense sticky bitter hop finish.

rhyshewer (79) - 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.

Habanero (4975) - 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.

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