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


on tap

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RATINGS: 659   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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Grzesiek79 (4549) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Bardzo bardzo porzadne i smaczne piwo. Ciemne prawie czarne z lekkimi przeswitami czerwieni. Piana spora jak na angielskie piwo do tego korzuchowa. W zapachu to az trawiaste chmiele tancza w nozdrzach, w smaku podobnie, tosty przypieczone zalane aromatyczna herbatka ziolowa. Pyszny i tresciwy ciemny IPA. Bardzo polecam

berntholer (1619) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2013
ligth beige head that disappears with some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is boozy, dill, lychee. taste is boozy, malt with a bitter, coffee aftertaste. medium body and carbonation. well balanced and decent bipa, but can’t beat the scanner darkly! bottle 50cl / bbf 5-2014

Psytron (2711) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Smell of hops and tobacco. Dark brown colour, high dark brown head. Aroma of hops, licorice. Slightly watery. Lightly bitter. Flat carbon.

HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear, near-to-black brown with a short, dark khaki head. Big centennial hop aroma, grass, grapefruit and pine with a nice citric hint from the sorachi. Couldn’t detect any nelson. Taste is a nice ligbt pine and acidic citrus fruit flavour, dominated by dark toasty malts and a light roasted espresso/mocha flavour. Really smooth with a lingering pine and roasted malt aftertaste. Awesome black IPA!

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. A damn good take on a black IPA. Dark, yet clear, brown pour with a big, frothy beige head. Nose is very tropical and grassy with some sweet vanilla in the foreground. Almost a woodiness to this as well. Nelson comes through a lot for me in the taste with heavy influence on ripe stone fruits. Very creamy stuff. Well done

jonnyguns (1108) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at mane liquor thornbridge tasting. Pours a darkish brown with a small off white head. Not your usual black ipa pour! Nose is all about the passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus. Nelson sauvin hops prominent. Taste is the fruit backed by the dark malts, hint of spicy pepperiness and mild roasty coffee notes. Actually quite sessionable sitting on 6.6%. Not as bold compared to other black ipas I've had but a good change up none the less. Great stuff ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Otterdance (166) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Bottle. So nearly black with a foamy head. Nicely balanced with good roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of caramel and some nice juicey bitter hops. Lovely soft, creamy texture.

Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Deep mahogany pour with a large frothy head clinging to the glass. Fruit malt hoppy aroma. Roasted malt, caramel hop flavour. Zesty bitter finish. Very nice beer.

MustangMarkF (253) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
500ml Bottle. This pours a almost black beer with the slightest of reddish hues. It has a thick tan head that leaves a moderate lacing. Take a smell of this beel and your senses ignite- theres grapefruit but also malt, dark chocolate, maltiness, hops and the faintest hint of burnt toffee. Tastewise this is extremely complex and this review will not do it justice. Its a bitter grapefruit start with a subtle move through burnt toffee (again) to biscuit and malt through to a bitter finisdh with a re-emergance of the grapefruit. Wonderfully complex and an absloute stonking beer. I may have found a new favourite!! If I was to recommend a English craft beer to someone who wasnt familiar with our products- this would be it- it has everything yet its not over done = BRILLIANT!!!!!!!

Niall73 (2463) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle from utobeers. bbd 16/04/14. Pours a dark blacky red colour. Slightly off white head. a bit foamy. Nice hoppy, fruity, sticky sweet smell. Medium body, lovely mouthfeel. Slight carbonation and smooth. Lovely blanace of flavours - from sweet mango and passion fruit to bitter grapefruit. There’s some coffee bitterness there too, some choc... Well balanced. It’s very nice.

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