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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lopisar (249) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Very Dark brown with a frothy head. Strong aroma, citrus and pine. Bitter, not a lotta of malt. Fresh and exciting with a smooth gentle finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (7224) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour with creamy beige head, piney hop aroma, really decent pine resinous hop taste tropical mango with just a hint of roast malts.
Earlier Rating: 11/7/2012 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pours almost black with a frothy tan head, chocolate hop aroma, real hop bite in the taste with slight chocolate malt. Good level of bitterness, glorious beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
An interesting expression of the black IPA, with almost no traces of roasted malts in aroma or taste. Well balanced and careful hopping results in a very fine brew indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (2288) - Linkping, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of dark bread, grape-fruit, apples and grass.
Appearance: A dark brown colored beer. A high tan head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting dark roasted bread, grape-fruit, some cold coffee and citric peel.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a coarse texture. A medium body with a somewhat dry finish.
Overall: A rather modest black IPA, but that was actually nice.
Note: Bottle 500 ml. Reviewed 2013-04-12.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3613) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 12, 2013
Bottle from Asahiya. Superb hop aroma: piney and stinky. Dark translucent brown. Nice mixed flavors: citrus, dark malt, tropical fruit. Goes into maltiness and some yogurt. Medium body. Great stuff! Could drink this often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3591) - Mostery, NORWAY - APR 8, 2013
On tap at Cardinal. Deep coca cola colored body with a beige film. Piny tropical fruit and toffe. Sweet buttery tropical fruits and a piny bitter, kamfer wood, mellow roasted note in the mouth. Smooth. Medium to full body. Long pleasant finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
Pours deep brown/black with a foamy off-white head which goes down to a lacing. Chocolate & caramel malt backbone,,nicely balanced with citrus fruit hops giving a rich mouthfeel and a long bitter finish. A very nice Black IPA.
Earlier Rating: 12/28/2012 Total Score: 4
dark brown pour with creamy head, aroma of liquorice, caramel & chocolate malts well balanced with a piney hop bitterness. Nice and easy to drink. Creamy palate, smooth and yet crisp

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (1222) - rebro, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2013
Brun-rd l med ltt frgat (gr-begie) skum. Doft: Frsk humle, barr, apelsin, rter, nybakat brd. Smak: Humle, rostade toner, barr, kaffe, ppel kart, ananas, tr.***Fresh doft men lite spretig i smaken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (2965) - Malm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2013
Smak och doft av humle, malt, choklad, en aning apelsin och tropisk frukt. Frisk, vlbalanserad med en god och lite strv chokladbitterbeska.
Earlier Rating: 4/15/2012 Total Score: 3.2
Humle, choklad, apelsin. Tydlig och fin beska, rund och lite oljig i smaken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - APR 8, 2013
Pours dark brown/black with a thin foam head. Grassy hop flavours and choky notes, fruity characters and malty notes in backstage. A very nice complex brew. Complex ... and easy to dring plus not so alcoholic: great balance, nice beer!

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