Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Black IPA
Bakewell, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 617   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1979) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2012
Tap. Black cola color with a thin beige head. Aroma of hops. Taste of hops and roasted malt. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3592) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 19, 2012
Aroma: Very hoppy aroma: pine needles, grapefruit, dark chocolate and orange zest. Quite unusual.

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a huge fluffy beige head. Excellent lacing.

Taste: Pine, pineapple. Sweet chocolate malt balanced by a muted hop bitterness. Very drinkable for its 6.6% ABV.

Palate: Medium body with a luscious, oily mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

Overall: A tasty, complex Black IPA - I agree with previous reviews that it’s somewhere between a porter and an IPA. Although it’s very good, I still prefer IPAs to this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9553) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2012
50cl bottle, BB 10/04/2013 from Geers. Cuivrée légèrement trouble, col crémeux beige. Arôme est agréablement houblonné, résineux, fruit tropical, pin alternant l’onctuosité du Sauvin et Sorachi. Un malt léger cara-choco se dégage en retrait. Palais présente ce profile de houblons renfermé très agréable et prenant, entre feuilles de thé vert, raisin blanc, citronnelle, mangue et pamplemousse, le tout est très frais. Amertume reste bien présente et ici, seul bémol, le profile malt se retrouve un peu pénalisé car un peu trop discret. Ce dernier commence à pointer le bout e son nez en fin de bouche donnant place à des notes malté vers grillé-expresso-choco. Solide, complexe et bien exécutée.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8432) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 27/X/2012 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: 10/IV/13 (2012-1198)

Clear dark brown beer, big creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, pineapple, passion fruits, piny, resin, sweet caramel, sweet malts. MF: lively carbon, full body. Taste: fruity start, pineapple, passion fruits, resin, citrus, bitter, little malty. Aftertaste: piny bitter hops, dry, some mocha, citrus fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 9, 2012
Cola like pour with frothy tan head. Aroma: hops, malt, chocolate, lemon, grapefruit, pine, fig, slight peat. Taste: quite bitter and slightly sweet. Hops, lemon, grapefruit, chocolate, fig. Good carbonation. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VastActiv (5910) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle 0.5l from Black Door, Helsinki. Colour is almost black with brown head. Aromas and flavours are malts, hops, roastiness and fruity citrons. Totally fabulous beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandman (2882) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
There is just ratings without the usual comments. Hate it, but sometimes it is the only option.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (6665) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2012
50cl bottle, shared. Almost black color, brown head. Hoppy, grassy, light cocoa in aroma. Flavor has roastedness, medicine- herbal notes and licorice. Bitter, hoppy finish. Very dry finish. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3546) - FINLAND - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle 50 cl, shared at Punavuoren Ahven, Helsinki. Black in color with tan head. Hops, grassy and bitter in aroma. Dry, grassy bitter, but yet smooth, citrus in taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2982) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Dark, caramel tinged brown pour. Big tan head with plenty of lacing. Big aroma of hops, nuts, flowers, chocolate, and malt. Smooth and peppery hop presence. Malt and citrus flavors galore. Almost a chocolate covered orange flavor. Very complex. Taste, quaffable beer.

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