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Wild Raven - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews by ChrisMon02:
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-24-2014 00:13:58 | More by ChrisMon02
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

The color is black with a generous tan head 4

The aroma is a mix of sweet choc malts and a hop balance that brings it together

The taste starts sweet and citrus hops. The taste of the chocolate and roasted malts come in. The roast lingers and is a bitter finish this is a near perfect flavor mix

06-27-2011 00:38:55 | More by bishopdc0
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-18-2012 21:31:03 | More by jisak74
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-04-2013 14:09:06 | More by innominat
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-24-2013 21:45:00 | More by fionn13
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Label mentions that notes of dark chocolate, pineapple and orange will present themselves....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Very dark; appears black but deep ruby highlights are revealed when held to the light. Yields a huge head of light-brown foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity hops with notes of tropical fruit, citrus and pine, underpinned by sweetish malt, subtle coffee and yeast.

Tastes of aromatic hops with a dark malt backbone and powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine, citrus, tropical fruit, bitter chocolate, hints of coffee and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with considerable astringency. Full-bodied, but doesn't come across as heavy. A pleasant lingering aftertaste of aromatic hops.

Superb - a must try for any hop lover. Plenty going on, with stacks of aromatic notes and bitterness. I could drink this for hours... I've also tried this on cask, which is even better, but a fantastic beer in any format.

11-06-2011 00:50:31 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

Had this thanks to an offering from Ty at Craft in Reno. Jet black, tan head, .8" in depth. Aroma was mild hops, miniscule roast, tobacco, ash.

Taste was a more bitter than usual English black ale, biscuity, high carbonation, probably leaned more grapefruit than pine in the flavor. Was actually pretty complex. High amount of toffee flavors. Nice tang smack to it. Seems to have a meld of old and new school hops. A relatively dry mouthfeel, something I don't normally associate with all the different and sometimes competing flavors to this beer. Any fruit flavors associated with this beyond grapefruit, seem to be overstated. I'm just not finding them.

Definitely a better than average black ale, this one really puts all the usual suspects from an ipa and a porter together. I think it works well, even if not really something I could drink a few of during a game on the telie.

09-27-2012 15:58:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-27-2014 11:47:45 | More by dcbeers
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-07-2014 03:20:59 | More by Sammy
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

06-22-2014 02:02:30 | More by Roguer
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-13-2013 20:21:24 | More by Ciocanelu
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4.09/5  rDev +1%

310ml glass at the Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst.

Black appearance with a lightish off-white collar of foam on top that laces really well. Good head retention.

Smell has pine & grapefruit and touches with chocolate & coffee. More of the first two and the last two just add complexity.

Tastes of the grapefruit with some pine. Again chocolate & espresso coffee are there, but the chocolate is less pronounced and the coffee is very secondary.

Mild bitterness throughout with it coming from hops first and a little late kicker too. Dry finish. Solid body for the size.

Really impressed. Complexity & subtlety done very well. One of the better black ipa's I've come across. Becoming a bit of a Thornbridge fanboy after this and Halcyon.

06-18-2013 08:11:36 | More by MrKennedy
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-11-2012 22:04:31 | More by aztraz
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United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Nine-pint minicask at home.

I have only one problem with this beer. It's a Black IPA. And that's so oxymoronical that it makes my brain melt.

But I've learned to live with it. It's citric chocolate. Feisty sauvin notes fight for attention with Sorachi dryness. Black coffee drops in there too.

Rumour has it that this beaut is going to be bottled. It'll be a cool summer if that's the case.

03-21-2011 13:48:56 | More by ReluctantScooper
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-06-2014 23:16:07 | More by humpty1602
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3.94/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours dark brown with a large off-white head.
Nose shows chocolate, nutty malt, sorachi ace custard notes and soft spicy resinous hops. Lovely.
Flavours include more of the sorachi dill and custard, resinous piny hops and some roasted malt.
A bit too much carbonation.

05-24-2013 03:45:20 | More by CrazyDavros
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-19-2012 03:48:34 | More by mdillon86
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-11-2013 22:06:03 | More by RandyKemka
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-12-2014 01:19:21 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-10-2013 18:32:17 | More by MarkJBurch
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-12-2012 22:04:33 | More by pgofman
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

05-28-2012 21:47:36 | More by Harkrank
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-08-2014 15:44:15 | More by Beer-Ed
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-15-2014 02:50:31 | More by papat444
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Deep dark brown-black pour with just a touch of red. Huge three finger caramel-colored head with good retention and decent lacing. The nose is hugely aromatic and one of the best smelling Black IPA's I've had. Tons of roasty malt and piney hops with hints of grapefruit, tobacco, espresso, and chocolate. The taste is over the top and spot on to what a Black IPA should be. Perfect balance between the piney, citrusy, juicy hops and the chocolaty roasted malts. The Nelson Sauvin hops really shine and make this big, bold beer even bigger. Hints of grapefruit, pine, mocha, and espresso with just a touch of vinous notes. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with a bit of creaminess and a great tangy, bitter hop finish. And with a 6.6 ABV, I could drink this all night long! Black IPA's are currently my favorite style, and this is either one or two on my list. Never thought Sublimely could be challenged, but Thornbridge has done it once again!

04-18-2012 17:06:57 | More by beerdrifter
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Wild Raven from Thornbridge Brewery
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