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96
style
Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Black IPA
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2338) - Chișinău, - JUL 25, 2013
BOTTLE. Head: beige, medium-big, frothy, avg. retention. Aroma: strong citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. Possibly some toasted notes. Taste: citrus, possibly dark malt, moderate bitterness. A nice, aromatic and juicy IPA. But what is Black IPA supposed to mean? I was not able to detect any serious dark malt notes. So, for the moment a Black IPA for me is an IPA that is black.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALIBALI (1303) - Kiel, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2017
The Winner. Witziger stinky Smokesmell. Lavendel, Majoran!?!? Rot, Rst und viel Black Goodness!!! MASTERCLASS. BRAUKUNST LIVE 2017.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (741) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2017
Keg at ox184. Pours opaque black. Nose of mango, green, pine resin, light coffee and chocolate. Taste is toffee cake, dark chocolate, coffee, green hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nikokaoja (123) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - FEB 15, 2017
15. 2. 2017, Ljubljana. Bottled. Interesting black filtered IPA with a twist in taste, presumably due to a type of hops I guess. Very drinkable but with a specific bitter aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4720) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle. Reddish brown coloured beer with a very strong light brown coloured head. The aroma is plainly bitter, and the flavour is strongly roasted and bitter with a good degree of hops. Overall a nice black IPA style of beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2718) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Cask Pint at Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico, London in Mar 2010 - Black in colour. Mega Hoppy; resinous oily hops. Fruity; citrus-grapefruit and lemon. Very Malty; roast (burnt) malts, bitter dark chocolate, espresso coffee. Very dry finish. Liked this a lot. (2010-03)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (13119) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2017
33 cl. bottle. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, hops, licorice and bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Antzrhere (144) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Pours black. Aroma is hoppy dark fruits. Taste is clean, roasty, citrus and blackcurrant hop flavour. Black IPAs arent my go to beer by choice but well balanced

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godfather50 (228) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2016
More complex than Brewdog Black IPA, little aroma for an IPA. Bitterness is forward with liquorice and herbs, lacks sweet malt. So sour complex interesting and red.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GemmeDeReve (46) - FRANCE - DEC 22, 2016
Bire brune avec pas mal de mousse, odeur dagrumes, ptillante en bouche, amertume en bouche, pas trop le got dune brune, juste ce quil faut trs bonne bire dans une belle quantit

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
m.mahu (168) - Iasi, ROMANIA - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle and on tap. Pours light dark, with beige head. Aroma is hops, dark malts. It tastes of fresh hops, with sweets malts and a bit of coffee. Very good and drinkable. Recommended.


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