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


on tap

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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (5886) - FINLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle. Black, mahogny, clear. Nose has a really nice fruity hoppy character. Like hop glands dumped into a glass, citrusy, some pine. Riwaka-like. Underneat lies a good bead of roasted malts, some choco. Body is medium. Good citrus, floral tones. Explosive flavours. This might well be my fav black ipa. So much of the fruity hoppiness. A bit short on the black, roasty tones though. A really hoppy-flavour black ipa. Not too bitter though. Im guessing loads of hop extract.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle from Thornbridge pub. Very hoppy indeed with a nice dark malt flavour. This may sound geeky but there is a lot of sorachi ace flavour in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2012
500 ml bottle. BB 10/04/13. Kuikka, Helsinki, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small to average sized foamy tan head. Intensive strong fruity and resiny hoppy aroma. Liquorice, salty liquorice, fruity hops, bitterness and mildly roasted malt in tasty flavour. Excellent! Balanced and enjoyable. Slightly thinnish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2012
600 ml bottle - pours deep brown with a yellow-white head. Aroma is very hoppy; chocolate; tangerine. Medium body with roasty and bitter balance, caramelly and cholocalte taste. Like it for a Black IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesie1857 (1971) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
500ml bottle - a beautiful black pour with a lacy white head, as nice as youll ever see from a bottle. The nose is fruit, malt, and more sour fruits. A bitter first bite, typical IPA, then malt and a bit of caramel. Nice oily feel, yet refreshing, great overall. A favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kingi (638) - - OCT 5, 2012
Strong hop aroma. Light black colour fluffy white head. Light body and light balance between hops and malts. Feels a lot lighter than 6,6%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
500ml bottle. Firstly Id like to say, having had this on cask any times, I really do think the bottle should have its own section, as it really is a different beast when compared to the slick, oily, choco dominant Cask version, and secondly, reading this page it seems like BeerSkull is the only one drinking the same beer as I am right now, as all the other reviews seem quite off, maybe all down to freshness, I do not know... but hey-ho, on to the beer: Wow, havent rated a Thornbridge beer for a while, and certainly not as highly as this for quite some time, but my hat has come fully off for this one. Props to the Bridge! Pours a deep black brown with a garnet hue. Nie puffy off white head with good retention, slowly fades to a 1-2cm head with good sticky lacing. Aroma: well you can;t escape the Sorachi Ace in this one, its such a dominant hop, and one Im not that enamoured of, to be honest, but here it works well carried along by gooseberry led Nelson Sauvin and clean citrusy Centennial. Theres a nice whiff of resin too, as well as Sorachi waxiness, orange blossom, jasmin tea, and citrus rind. Hops are to the fore on the aroma, hint of roast in the background which mingles well. Flavour opens up with alot of the aromas bursting onto the palate, but followed by a nice bit of roasted malt, earthy bitterness, hint of choco and bitter filter coffee. Finishes up with a nice grapefruit rind bitterness, lime zest. Has all the drinkability of an IPA with the smoothness of a US porter or light stout, this is what Id call a well executed, nicely balanced Black IPA. Decent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suedehead288 (426) - BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2012
2012.10.09 - bottle 50cl - bottle itself : nice layout - dark brown beer - nose : chocolate, malts, hops, and again (for this brewery) a kind of herb i remember from walking along the river at the house where i spent my childhood - tongue : malts, hints of coffee, chocolate and ... citrus - good beer but according to the ratings i expected more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (6739) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2012
(Bottle, 0.5 l, at Pikkulintu, 20120927) The beer poured deep dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had pine, fruitiness and liquorice. Flavours were pine, fruitiness, liquorice, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was hoppy, fruity, mildly roasty and bitter. A nice balanced and tasty beer some people call as black IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 01.05.2012
Aroma is rather weird with ash, leathery notes and gooseberry bush. Flavour is messy with ash, some licorice, resin and hints of coffee. Definitely past its prime.

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