Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ölbeat 154: Thornbridge Wild Raven

Brewery: Thornbridge Brewery
Country: England
Style: India Black Ale
Abv: 6,6 %
What about the beer?
Colour is dark blackish brown with a medium-sized natural white head. Aroma has pineapple, strawberries and fresh forest. Taste begins with roasted and fruity gentle bitterness. Sweet orange and bitter grapefruit take over with charcoaly roast on the side. Near the finish citrus turns completely to grapefruit with grassy and piny notes. Aftertaste has bitter-roasted grapefruit and a slice of dry pine.

Incredibly fresh-bitter India Black Ale with pure and sharp flavours. Citrus dominates the party with sweet orange in the start and grapefruit all over. Roasted flavour gives its stamp to the brew but doesn't rush in. Very delicious treat.


Chose the music partly because of the bird theme and partly because the brew needed to be matched with a rock classic. This song is an "evergreen" from the band whose success was cut short too early in 1977, when singer Ronnie Van Zant and two other band members died in a plane crash.

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Free Bird (YouTube)

From the 1973 album (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd), the song was written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant.