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Wild Raven - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 02-24-2010)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kmc059000, Sep 11, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearance: 4.25 | Smell: 3.75 | Taste: 4 | Mouthfeel: 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

metter98, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

rale, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

dcbeers, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Shurrui, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mangoforatango, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Ucheta, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

humpty1602, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Roguer, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Can_has_beer, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

papat444, Jun 15, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, a hint citrus, but mostly earthy and piney hops.

The flavor follows roasted malt, sweet caramel, a huge herbal and spice bitternes son the back.

It is easy drinking, though reminds me more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA.

dar482, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

PEIhop, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

superdoopersauce, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jmtpi, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ChrisMon02, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

psm90, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sammy, Mar 07, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A black IPA in a 500ml bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden.

Clear, black beer with a one finger high withe foam.

Smell of chocolate, orange, pine, grass, tropical fruit and rosted malt.

Taste: Rosted malt, a little bit of coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, peach and hops.

Medium body and small but right carbonation. Great bitterness. A really good beer!

craftbeersweden, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

wl0307, Feb 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

HopStoopid120, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

magnusdave, Feb 16, 2014
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Wild Raven from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.