Wild Raven | Thornbridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thornbridgebrewery.co.uk

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 02-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
48
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of q33jeff
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

**
04/22/14
On tap at Khyber Pass pub, Philadelphia .

Appearance Is dark black. Medium white head. Lasting legs.
Aroma Is floral, hops, malt.
Taste is toasted malt, almost fruity but not quite. Smoke, ash.

A nice beer. Great way to wash down my fried catfish po boy. Yum.

**

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark brown, but not black, with a two finger white head

S - lots of pine, a bit of chocolate, a bit spicy and some citrus

T - Caramel, chocolate, grapefruit, a nice english hop presence with some spiciness

M - Good carbonation, putting the taste in the center of the stage

O - A balanced beer, getting better at each sip. Not a hop bomb, but the hops brings a good balance to te chocolate and caramel malts.

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black color, 2 to 3 finger light brown head, quickly dissolving lacing, high carbonation.

S: Hops, caramel.

T: Sweet, chocolate, slightly bitter and malty on the back end. Really good taste.

F: Great mouthfeel. Full bodied.

O: Superb beer. Would gladly drink on any occasion.

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Photo of Nurglitch
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jet black on tap, tan head, 4/5". Aroma was earthy tobacco, mild roasting.

Taste had plenty of bitterness. Lots of carbonation paired with grapefruit hop bitterness. Hopping blend was interesting. Dry. Staying away from dark fruit notes, stressing roast and bitterness. Good in small quantities but I was ready to be done with it by the end of a pint.

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Photo of desint
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours semi-opaque hazy brown with a red eclipse into a tulip glass from a bottle. The beer is thick with sediment as it settles out. The offwhite head is 2 fingers high, sparse, and foamy with good retention before it drops to thick surface froth.

The nose is very sweet, with ripe tropical mango and passionfruit, floral grassy notes, sweet nectar, and something akin to elderflower. There's an almost fruit salad/black jack combination going on, those sweet, dank aromas marrying into an anise, dark malty undertone that just sits beneath the surface.

The flavour is very similar to the aroma with more of those big ripe mango and grapefruit flavours on the sip, pith, dank piney grass, treacle malts, anise, and bitter floral aromatic hops on the finish. There isn't much of a pinpoint to when the palate turns from IPA to dark ale, it seems to be all encompassing. This black IPA reminds me of a doppelbock in many ways.

It feels light-medium bodied, carbonated, and pleasantly balanced between wet and oily. There's no hint of dryness, and it's light enough to enjoy more than one.

I enjoyed this ale very much; it provides a sweeter spin on the black IPA, whilst submitting some of the lovely dark flavours we love so much in dark ales. Would recommend.

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of captaincoffee
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a big head that leaves some lacing. Nose is both piney and malty, giving an impression in-between US and UK styles. Flavor adds in a bit of roasted malt characteristics, but isn't super exciting. Crisp medium mouthfeel, carbonation high. Overall, solid but not mind-blowing.

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Photo of Catalin90
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hdtrice
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeard89
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rpopescu
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTuomi
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NilocRellim
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Rich ckear dark brown colour. Earthy bitter and pine hop aromas with a slight sourness. Tasted very heady and smokey, bitter earthy and piney hops with a touch of citrus pith and a surprising malt presence throughout. Medium to heavy bodied, almost syrupy. Reminiscent of some imperial IPAS.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with a slightly tanned foam head. Aroma is great, hoppy, fresh, fruity and grassy. Taste is complex, great balance between roasted notes and hops, nice example of black IPA. Medium body with low carbonation. Nice beer.

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Photo of Spike
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark. Not black. Dark brown. Massive head, not quite as creamy as a stout. Lots of lacing. No carbonation visible.

Citrus, resin nose. Not prominent. Coffee.

Sweeter than I was expecting. That'll be the malts then. There's also some sourness there. The citrus is not obvious.

Incredibly dry mouthfeel. Can feel it all along the edge of my tongue. Almost espresso, but not quite as bitter.

Lively. Dry. Long head retention. Would prefer the blackness to be accompanied by a little more sweetness.

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Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very close to best before date but still an excellent black IPA

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Photo of killcore
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aleigator
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours as dark as the night, with a huge, stable head.

Smells of grassy, wet grass hops, together with roasted, cocoa infused malts. Has a dank, fish scale fortified undertone, with mango shining through. The hops establish a certain dankness, which creates an interesting interplay between the malty qualities of the beer and its tropical fruits.

Has a medium carbonation with a smooth yeast appearance, creating a pleasant mouthfeel. While the beer got a gentle complexity to it, it remains refreshing.

Tastes of grass enriched orange, blood orange and papaya, while an earthy maltiness sets the foundation. A metallic note from the carbonation ties the different flavours together, by providing a sharp metallic bitter whiff, as well as an earthy coppery sweetness. The finish features a dry hop impact, defined by wet grass, accompanied by roasted cocoa nibs, revealing coffee qualities. Its bitterness stays long on the palate, while being accompanied by barky coffee flavors.

Wow, very intense and extremely versatile. The hoppy part of the beer is very prominent, not only providing the typical fruits but also ice-bonbon topped wet grass. The resulting dankness blends well into the malts, due to the noteable carbonation, hops and earthen malts stay on par on the palate, creating a fantastic tasting beer.

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

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Wild Raven from Thornbridge Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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