Thornbridge – Wild Raven Black IPA – 6.6%
From the Thornbridge Brewery comes Wild Raven Black IPA at 6.6%. A true testament to this odd style of contradictory brew. Fragrant and citrus aroma on decapping, followed by a sweet maltiness taste with a burnt chocolate/liquorice influence (like a good stout). The bitterness gradually builds as you drink this. This ale has an excellent head retention and is wonderfully full bodied. Certainly my best Thornbridge ale to date. Toffee burnt flavours linger on the palate with a minor carbonation. Somehow a near perfect balance has been attained with a citrus fruity hop aroma and dark, brooding malty burnt goodness. Awesome.