A Black IPA may not be to the liking of some purists but Wild Raven is in my opinion Thornbridge's best offering.
At 6.6%, this is a heady brew, which generates an easy head and is a deep black colour. A good sniff reveals the usual Thornbridge hop assault but this time it's set alongside a roasted aroma.
The taste is unlike any of Thornbridge's other beers. It's very hoppy of course, but also presents the drinker with a decadent roasted chocolately taste which just works perfectly. The amazing thing about this beer is how they manage to make such a dark, strong beer so light and refreshing at the same time. I think it's the ample carbonation which stops it from being too heavy.
I often think that many of Thornbridge's beers are too similar. Variations on a theme. Wild Raven certainly cannot be accused of that and is quite simply superb.