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Wild Raven - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 02-24-2010

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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 38
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sublimely well balanced with all the taste sensations of eating a blackjack & fruit salad at same time, Thornbridge's best bottle!

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is pine, English malts, earthy and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is English malts, fruit, citrus ,slight hop resin and a dry finish.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of fank2788
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite black with some highlights around the edges but in general not much light passes through on top a finger of tiny bubbles falls to a thin layer that laces nicely. The smell is full of piney hops and some citrus hop as well, not much in the way of malt as the hops truly dominate. This is quite tasty as it starts with a good shot of pine and citrus hops which are backed with some caramel and chocolate malt but this is definitely hop focused. Smooth and roasty finish with some lingering hop bitterness, pretty low levels of carbonation that all combine to invite the next sip. I'm not a huge fan of Black ales or black IPAs but do enjoy this one, I'm yet to be disappointed by Thornbridge Brewery.

Photo of FLima
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with red highlights and a thick mushroom head with excellent retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Nice aroma with notes of passion fruit, black fruits and licorice, some Brazilian jabuticaba and a light roastdness.
Flavor with lots of dark fruits, licorice, smooth roastdness, predominant grapefruit citrusy, resin, pines, tea leaves, musk and flowers. Dry and bitter aftertaste with an elegant roasted prolonged note.
Very good Black IPA, super fruity and perfectly balanced with a good deal of citrus hops. One of my top favorites British breweries, which carry some American accent. Don't remember to have let me down. Recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but upon closer inspection when brought up to a bright light it is clear dark red and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving some patches of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a thin head in between, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is mostly dominated by flavors of dark malts with some notes of burnt, chocolate and roasted malts and has underlying notes of tropical fruits and pine from the hops, the latter of which contribute a light amount of bitterness. The roasted malts particularly linger into the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The subdued nature of the hops in this beer fits the bill of this being a Black IPA from the United Kingdom and this could be classified as an "English Black IPA" if there was such a style.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

very dry dark ipa, liked it a lot! tryed at beer'o clock in bukarest.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big, tan head with good retention. Brew is black as a solid stout. Nice, sticky lacing. The bottle is beautiful, with an artsy, stately label, and a black-on-gold neck label.

Strong hop notes up front - floral and juicy citrus - against a malt backbone that gives notes of smooth chocolate and biscuit, and hints of dark fruit.

Strong acidic grapefruit hop flavor, as well as an earthier, greener bitter hop bite; some sweet juicy orange or ruby red grapefruit as well; caramel malt and bitter chocolate. Hop-forward; balanced bitterness; appropriately subtle yet present malts.

Fairly dry, medium feel; a little more full than a normal IPA, but the bracing bitterness is more of a factor than any chewiness. Lively with very little sting.

This is a very good Black IPA that is right on the mark. Tons of hop character that is really highlighted, and a roasty malt character right at a perfect level for the style. It's a little bit drier in the flavor than I typically prefer, but I find that is often the case with English IPAs.

If you're a fan of Black IPAs, I'm not sure this would immediately jump right into your top 3, but neither do I think you'll be disappointed.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Wild Raven from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.