Monday, October 20, 2008

Days of the Beer, October 20

The beer for today is Orkney Raven Ale.

On October 20, 2007, Paul Vincent Raven, died of a heart attack during his sleep. He was in Geneva, Switzerland at the time recording Treponem Pal. He was 46 at the time of his death.

Raven is probably best known for his work with Killing Joke, from 1982 to 1991, and again from 2003 to 2005. He appeared on their albums, Ha! Live, Fire Dances, Night Time, Brighter than a Thousand Suns, 2003's Killing Joke, and Hosannas from the Basements of Hell.

He's spent time in the bands, Prong, Murder Inc., Pigface, and Ministry. He played Schecter basses.

As to the beer:

Raven Ale is a classic bitter ale: complex and rewarding whilst remaining refreshing and easy to drink on any occasion.

On the nose, this black stout has a smooth roasted malt aroma giving bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and smokey notes balanced by hints of spicy Goldings hop.

On the palate, the dark roasted malts combine to give a rich, rounded palate with chocolate, toast and nut flavours, with a satisfying spicy hop finish.
So, for Paul Raven, have a Raven Ale. Throw on some Killing Joke and listen to Love Like Blood.

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