Word on the hopbine suggests 3 Ravens will live on, despite earlier fears, with a white knight on the distant horizon. Should that not prove to be the case and were this to be the final special release from the Thornbury brewer it would be a fitting farewell. A year in the making from the time of its brewing followed by a few months in barrels also used for beers such as the Double Ale Noir, it has now been deemed ready for release, following an early taster in cask form at Good Beer Week's Bull and Raven Cask Off. It's not for the faint-hearted with all manner of leathery, smoky characters mingling with the vanilla and dark fruits on the nose and plenty of heavy flavours to play with too. It's alternately tarry and fortified, rich and roasty, warming and like a mouthful of molasses. In other words, one to sip and savour.