Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ölbeat 243: Thornbridge Valravn

Brewery: Thornbridge Brewery
Country: England
Style: India Black Ale
Abv: 8,8 %
What about the beer?
Colour is black with a overflowing tan head. Aroma has mild roast, liquorice and slightly sweet fruit. Taste starts with biting roasty bitter citrus. Piny-grapefruity bitterness and heavy roast take over with salty liquorice. Towards the end roasted liquorice and sweet orange get added to the flavour. Aftertaste has bitter grapefruit, dry roast and a snap of alcohol.

Smooth Imperial India Black Ale. Bitter fruits and liquorice-flavoured roast get joined deliciously. Finish shows the strength of the brew gently. Worthy big brother to great Wild Raven.


The Danish mythology behind the brew's name caught me this time. According to one folklore, when the ravens ate the remains of a dead king or chief on the battlefield, they became valravne, ravens with supernatural powers and human's intelligence. An electric folklore band from the Faroe Islands adopted the creature's name and performed mythical Scandinavian music from 2005 to 2013. This is just one song from the band's second album.

Valravn: Sjón (YouTube)

From the 2009 album Koder på snor, the song was written by Valravn.