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


on tap

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RATINGS: 638   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
(Bottle) Pours black and lively, topped with a loose mocha head. Aroma is subtly savoury; meaty and malty, with a sour gooseberry note. Flavour is easily the strong suit of this brew - a smooth, marzipan sweetness soothes the strong bitterness and helps the hops and malt meld well in a wonderful way. Body is a little thin, but I know its better in this regard in cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (2037) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3924) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 19, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2017 Keg at Andrew Ushers. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Good lacing. Aroma of pine needles, grapefruit, dark chocolate and orange zest. Flavour of pine, chocolate, parma violets and Marmite. Medium body with a chewy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. A classy Black IPA - restrained and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9909) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2012
50cl bottle, BB 10/04/2013 from Geers. Cuivre lgrement trouble, col crmeux beige. Arme est agrablement houblonn, rsineux, fruit tropical, pin alternant lonctuosit du Sauvin et Sorachi. Un malt lger cara-choco se dgage en retrait. Palais prsente ce profile de houblons renferm trs agrable et prenant, entre feuilles de th vert, raisin blanc, citronnelle, mangue et pamplemousse, le tout est trs frais. Amertume reste bien prsente et ici, seul bmol, le profile malt se retrouve un peu pnalis car un peu trop discret. Ce dernier commence pointer le bout e son nez en fin de bouche donnant place des notes malt vers grill-expresso-choco. Solide, complexe et bien excute.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (9205) - 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 (6474) - 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 (2933) - 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 (7225) - 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 (3705) - 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.

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