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Wild Raven - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 9
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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beerdrifter

Germany

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 17:06:57 | More by beerdrifter
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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.

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Wild Raven from Thornbridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.