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Wild Raven - Thornbridge Brewery

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | 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 Ciocanelu:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Ciocanelu, Nov 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

bishopdc0, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

olradetbalder, Thursday at 11:57 AM
Photo of jisak74
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

jisak74, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

innominat, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev -1.2%

fionn13, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

dcbeers, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sammy, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Photo of MrKennedy
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

MrKennedy, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

aztraz, May 11, 2012
Photo of ReluctantScooper
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ReluctantScooper, Mar 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

humpty1602, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

CrazyDavros, May 24, 2013
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mdillon86, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

RandyKemka, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MarkJBurch, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of pgofman
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

pgofman, Apr 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Harkrank, May 28, 2012
Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Beer-Ed, Feb 08, 2014
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

metter98, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

papat444, Jun 15, 2014
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Wild Raven from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.