Shadow's Wild Black - Anheuser-Busch

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 31.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 04-08-2012

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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 33
Photo of JLaw55
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There was no redeeming quality to this beer...hang on, can we even call this beer??? No matter, regardless it is a horrible twist on beer. Sure, plenty of breweries decide to add fruit to beer, sometimes to great effect. This? Not so much. Imagine you have a bunch of blackberries.....and you let them sit for a long time, as if you are making a very dry blackberry wine. Then you take a sub par beer (one that you would not drink even on it's own) and decide to add this blackberry juice/paint stripper to the beer. Voila! Wild Black!

Would not seek out again. Would not even drink again.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.65/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - brownish purple tint below a watery thin soda-like top, a sparse cover after a few seconds.

Aroma - mostly grape, but some blackberry aroma.

Taste - initially has a grape juice flavor, some blackberry kicks in and is quickly washed away by a shallow boozy breath. The flavors dilute in the bubbles, ending with a light syrupy sweetness and belly warming. Wine cooler or beer, can't really tell, but it doesn't taste bad.

Mouthfeel - very much like drinking soda, both in the syrupy weight and the carbonation. About as refreshing.

Overall - pulls no punches but I'm good with just the one.

Photo of RVigz
2.15/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

When taking the first sip of this beer it tastes like blackberry juice and you will think oh man for 8% this is pretty delicious, but the aftertaste is like someone spilled their lager into your cup of juice. Drinking more than one of these at a time made me sick because of how sweet it was. I cant safely say that its NOT my type of lager.. or that i even consider it a lager. Its worth a try though, some people enjoy that overly sweet taste. I consider it more of a sugary mixed drink, but that's just my opinion.

Photo of notchucknorris
1.54/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Had Wild Blue a few years back and it remains one of the worst concoctions I've ever had. For some reason, I was in a Total Wine about a year and a half ago and saw this and thought, "Man, it can't be worse that Wild Blue. But I HAVE to know how bad it is." Walked out of there, only then remembering how torturous the experience of drinking Wild Blue really was, and then parked this in my fridge, where it has sat for 18 months. I'm moving soon, so it's time to clear some inventory. Even if it kills me.

A: Pours a deep purple color, similar to wild blue. Has a faint tinge of purple to the head, but nothing crazy alarming just yet. Definitely looks like more of a Juice Squeeze than beer, but I've had weird looking beer that tasted good before. Who knows...

S: Nope, this is gonna suck. A sickeningly sweet artificial blackberry monster attacks the nostrils immediately. Behind it are "notes" of chlorine, concord grape, artificial blueberry, wet cardboard and what I would imagine dog vomit would smell like if that dog had just scarfed a BUNCH of Starbursts.

T: Scared to do this after the smell, but it's a little too late now. For science! A faint dash of faded hop sourness is first, but it's quickly obliterated by sweet and sticky notes of grape jelly, pureed raisin and blackberry Robitussin (if that's a thing). There's a brief really sweet wine-like note towards the end, kind of like those fruity berry Arbor Mist things that you used to see those dumb commercials for with dudes jumping on trampolines. Leaves a lingering note on the tongue that's somewhere between what it would taste like if you blended blackberries with tar and pure shame. Somehow, this is better than Wild Blue, but that's kind of like saying that Pizza Beer is better than Rogue's Voodoo Maple Bacon Ale. Bottom of the barrel caliber stuff here. Just say no, my friends.

Photo of Jonada
2.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours purple in color with less than a finger of a pinkish head that dissipates instantly to a thin collar. It looks a lot like grape soda.

Smell: Aroma is artificial grape, and blackberry. It's a pretty strong aroma as well.

Taste: Same as it smells, artificial berry, grain alcohol, slight cereal grain.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of medium bodied. Syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes cloyingly sweet, with a mild alcohol burn.

Overall: This is bad. It's nothing more than artificially flavored alcoholic sugar water. The only reason I can think of to drink this would be to get a quick buzz, and even then, I can think of much better ways to go about doing that.

Photo of becktone
2.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Eye: It pours looking like a Merlot, or blackberry wine, I guess that's on par. However; head formation is pitiful and there is no retention, what little head does form vanishes very quickly. Looks like a darkly colored malternative, or a slightly carbonated fruit wine. Not really what I want from a fruit beer. Beer being the word there, not flavored malt beverage-smirnoff etc. As with the others the label states that this is a lager then contradicts itself on the side of the label near the questions/comments phone number saying that this is a flavored ale.

Nose: Huge blackberry aroma and very sweet. Smells more like a blackberry syrup for pancakes. Very alternative-esque. Nothing beer-like in the aroma. All fruit, all very sweet and all very very malternative like. Just too syrupy sweet for beer in my opinion. Is this actually a beer? or is it a malternative?

Tongue: Sweet, thick, jam-like and syrupy. As with the others in this AB fruit series I'd rather make a reduction sauce with it and pour it on my waffles or pancakes than straight up drink it. Blackberry is prevalent, and the beer is sweet, close to cloying. Its tastes like a malternative, not a "premium lager with natural flavors and color from juice." It literally tastes like blackberry flavored pancake syrup. Not a good fruit beer, wouldn't perform well in a fruit wine category either. But a thin waffle syrup, well hell sure! Again, this would be a good cheap flavored beverage to cook with if you are looking for intense fruit flavor. Body is heavy which is helped out by higher carbonation, very sugary and leaves a thickness on the palate.

Drinkability: I've been saying it over and over. Not worth the money, or worth trying, however, if you are looking to use something to make a reduction sauce with this'll work and be cheaper than fruit wines. I'd not recommend this one to anyone, just because there is way better out there. I might as well tell you to go drink Smirnoff Ice something or other.

Photo of psugrad98
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours blueish black with thin whispy head, looks a bit chemical. No lace, very soda like. Nose is of blackberries, and somewhat artificial blackberries.

Cloying sweet blueberry, almost soda like. A bit of bitter finish that transitions to sweet and then back to bitter astringency.

Almost like drinking an alcoholic soda that seems more intent on hitting you on the head with blackberry flavor. No trace of nuance. A fun beer if you don't care what you drink, and want something sweet, but other than that a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of davey101
2.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another gem from match1112. 12 oz bottle into an over sized wine glass.

A - Pours a dark purple body with thin light purple edging. Straight 4'Loko style.

S - A pretty intense aroma of fake blackberries and a touch of vodka. Such a strong smell!

T - How do people drink this? Sugar, sweetener, sugar syrup, black berry jam, and sugar cubes. Its so over the top, this taste like an alcoholic sucralose fruity blackberry bomb. Thick and syrupy.

O - There are zero redeeming qualities to this beer. Its cheap and highly alcoholic, but you would have to break through a wall of artificial sweetener and defeat the inevitable headache to achieve any sort of buzz. Just stick with fruited vodka.

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I tried this beer and it's two companion beers sometime last summer, and I remember being underwhelmed, but for the sake of knowledge I decided to give this beer another go. I do remember enjoying this one the most out of the three.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of fizzing pinkish / purple/ white colored head on top of a ruby red / purple berry fruit juice concentrate colored body. Looks like some fruit juice concentrate in a glass with some cotton candy head on it.

S - Smell is of generic berry juice concentrates more than it is of actual genuine blackberry or blueberry flavor. No natural beer flavors to comment upon.

T - Taste is comprised of artificial fruit juice flavor and a hint of hot medicinal alcohol presence. Tastes like some kind of punch mixed with a bit of cheap vodka more than it embodies an actual fruit beer. Minor tartness. Virtually no legitimate blackberry flavor to be found here, and that is apparent from the first sip onward. I suppose you could argue that there is faint corn husk and grain adjuncts present here as well, but that is debatable.

M - Feel is fruity, sugary, sticky, & artificial. Some burning nail polish remover alcohol astringency.

Overall, another awful Anheuser-Busch attempt to infiltrate the world of craft beer, with shady marketing schemes like releasing this beer under a separate moniker so you wouldn't know it was an Anheuser-Busch product, until you got home, drank it, and realized what a horrible rip-off it is. However, in the grand scheme of the beer world, it is palatable, inoffensive, and packs a solid 8.00% abv so it is sure to please those looking to rage during the summer.

Anheuser-Busch Shadow's Wild Black ---2.5/5

Photo of thecheapies
2.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a magenta color with a lip of off-white foam that even laces a bit.

Smells of grain and berry Kool-Aid. Maybe melted Royal blackberry gelatin. Hardly any hops.

Oh man. Super sweet. Tangy and boozy. Artificial berry and grain gruff. Can't say much more.

Mellow carbonation. Soft body. Too much alcohol presence.

A mess of a fruit beer. Avoid.

Photo of Antikythera
2.51/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

You know what -- I don't want to review this as a beer. If I reviewed it as a cooler, I might like it. I do like coolers and "alco-pop" sometimes.

This stuff does not taste like beer. It's more like a purple fruity soda. Tastier than grape soda, actually, but I never liked grape soda. For what it is, a sweet party drink, it's fine. As a beer, it's ... not beer at all.

I'm more annoyed that I inadvertently bought an Anheuser-Busch product, which I try not to do. The label made it seem like something made by a smaller local brewery. Ethical buyer, beware.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.48/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In my defense, this beer was purchase as the filler beer to complete a pick-a-six. From the label, I would not have known this is A-B. I did not know until I looked on BA, so I prepared for foul swill.

In appearance, it looked like a thinned version of IHOP's blueberry pancake syrup. There was a very slight white head with a purple tint after pouring. In the appearance, there is little that resembles beer. There is a liquor blackberry aroma which reminds me of schnapps. It also reminds me a little of a fountain soda. The initial taste is bubbly cough syrup. Normally when I drink Nyquil, I don't have 11 more ounces to go after the first sip. On the sides of the tongue, it runs very tart. There is nothing in the taste that makes me think this is beer. The mouthfeel is bubbly like a soda, but has the sticky mediciney taste of cough syrup. The aftertaste continues to remind me of cough syrup as the medicine notes linger in the back of the throat. This beer really is as bad as the scores suggest.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.05/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

LOOK: Pours like what you can imagine carbonated blackberry juice would look like, the head has a pinkish hue and does not last very long.

SMELL: Blackberry juice and cereal grains. Smells fruity and sweet but not all that bad.

TASTE: Strong sweet blackberry, a bit of corny lager, rice and a small alcohol heat but pretty well disguised. This is a good beer alternative, since it will get you drunk, but if blindfolded I would not think this was a beer.

FEEL: Light bodied, a bit syrupy and cloyingly sweet. Somehow manages to be watery.

OVERALL: Closer to jailhouse hooch than a fine beer, this sweet alcoholic drink could be used in a pinch to please female house guests, other than that its uses are limited.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.36/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
8% ABV, 12087
(Reviewed 06-24-12 - from notes)

A - Shadow's Wild Black pours a dark plum purple with ruby highlights and is crowned by a light purple head. Effervescent and fizzy, it evaporates to a thin skim with a wimpy collar of foam.

S - Artificial jam aroma. Should I be getting ready to spread this beer on a toasted English muffin, or drink it? It also has a very awkward light scent of pizza sauce spread over thin crust, oddly enough. A swirl of this beer brings out plenty of sugar.

T - Exceeding my expectations, the blackberry flavor, while artificial and sweet, isn't plain awful. Grainy malt lingers behind but remains at an acceptable level.

M - Cloying sweetness shouldn't be any surprise following the other two versions of this beer. Thick feeling through the moderate carbonation, Wild Black has a faint alcohol kick along the finish.

O - Out of all the "Wild" series of these AB beers, I find this the least offensive and most likely to substitute well for a wine cooler, but it begs the question, "why?" Sadly, I'm left speechless for an answer.

Photo of GorrestFump
1.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

You're probally better off buying a 4loko. High-Body, sweet and artificial. The stench is overpowering. Grape, Grape, Grape... Not Black berry, it was was fizzy like a carbonated drink but not like a lager. This is a glorified wine-cooler, wife-beaing juice.

Photo of mralphabet
1.56/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a clear purple with a fingers worth of pink foamy head the dissipated very quickly to nothing with just a touch of lacing. Looks nothing like beer, more like Welch's Grape Juice.

S: OK... Smells like blackberries and cherry flavored Nyquil.

T: First thing I'm getting is the sweet blackberries, but that quickly goes tart, then quickly to cherry flavored Nyquil. The aftertaste is a strange mix of sweet blackberries and Nyquil.

M: Light bodied, crisp and sharp with a dry finish.

O: OK, this tastes nothing like beer to me.... More like a wine cooler mixed with Nyquil.... Not a tasty combination. Not something I'll be coming back too.

Photo of RickS95
1.55/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark ruby red, burgundy color with a light pinkish, purpley white head. Bubbles are fleeting with little retention and leave no trace of lacing.

Doesn't smell like a beer, not even really a fruit beer. If anything, a wine coolor or cocktail. Nothing but berries, though it's fairly subdued.

Tastes like grape juice.

Doesn't feel like a beer, more like a glass of 7 UP with some grape juice added. It's mostly sweet, overly so, with some fizz for feel and bubbles. No hop presence, just a nice burn from the carbonation and acid.

Overall, it's not a beer. I knew it would suck, just wanted to check off another beer in my quest to try them all.

Photo of DirtyPenny
1.62/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I hardly review beer any more. I mean, I love beer and all, but I've reached a point where I don't feel the need to try out and take notes on everything under the sun, and many's the beer I've tossed in the back of the fridge for later, telling myself that I didn't want to put the effort into reviewing it just yet. And many of those have ultimately ended up being drunk but un-reviewed because I got tired of waiting.

Part of it is probably that it's winter now and most of my favorite brews are out and most of the beer I have here are like old familiar friends. But wait, suddenly there's a knock on the door! A Wild Black appears!

Barging into your homely house like Aunt Frieda on one of her famous five-day Mr. Boston benders, Wild Black's red and rosy cheeks reek of sugary sweet blackberry and taste like the Robotussin you'll be needing when Frieda's sloppy kisses leave you flu-ridden and nauseous. You'll smooth things over in the name of family togetherness, but you'd be wise to lock your doors to the ol' beast in the future.

TL;DR: Like bobbing for gummy bears in a bucket of Nyquil.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle into 16 ounce US pint glass.

A: Bright purple/ruby, lots of bubbly carbonation, finger length purple-white head which quickly vanishes. Looks like grape soda.

S: Artificial blackberry juice, apple, cough syrup.

T: Upfront tart, fruity taste of blackberry is then drowned in a sea of overly sweet cough syrup. The high ABV must result in a product that is far too sweet. Similar to Four Loko grape. Slight tinge of alcohol at the end. Aftertaste is slightly malty with that lingering NyQuil taste one usually chases with orange juice.

Ml: Over carbonated; the unpleasant flavouring makes one's face wince. Rather thin, given 8% ABV.

O/D: It's a one and done, flavour wise. If you can make it that far. I can see many BeerAdvocates making this one a drain pour. I don't know what demographic Bud was going after with this beer, but I'm assuming it is to relate to a Four Loko crowd. And, as much as it pains me to say it, I'd rather drink a Four Loko and risk diabetes than drinking another one of these "wild" beers. If you're looking for a buzz with a grape soda/cough medicine taste, you found your beer of choice.

Photo of zeff80
2.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, purplish brown color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. The short lived head left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of blackberry -- real blackberry, at least.

T - It tasted of blackberries. Nice and tart. There is some spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is better than the blue and the red. Still it isn't something I'll drink again.

Photo of MrDanno96
2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours very dark with purple hues when held to light. Some spotty lacing and only about have a finger of fizzy head.

S: Grape soda (or, I guess in this case, blackberry soda). That is really the only aroma I get. Doesn't smell like beer at all.

T: This isn't beer. It tastes like grape soda. I like grape soda, so this tastes good to me. But as far as beers go, this does not taste like beer.I wouldn't be surprised if this was brewed with no hops.

M: Thin and spritzy, like carbonated water or soda. I can't believe it is 8% abv, though. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well.

O: I know it's a fruit beer, but even fruit beers should have some beer characteristics. I think you could give this to someone and tell them it is soda and they would believe you. It would pair well with blueberry, grape, or blackberry pie and could be interesting to cook with. But as far as "beer" goes, you can barely say this is a beer.

Photo of gestyr
2.31/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12oz bottle at a local shop.

A: Pours a deep garnet/ almost puple into the glass. The head is thin and fades quickly.

S: Fruity. Nothing but fruit.

T: Too heavy on the berries. Totally dominated by the berries. Nothing but berries.

M: Too thick and syrupy. Hard to drink

O: Not impressed. It did remind me on my high school days when we would take blackberry brandy with us on ski trips. I am not likely to buy again.

Photo of hardy008
1.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark purple with a thin light purple fizzy head which fades quickly leaving a spotty lace. Smells like artificial blackberries, and is overly sweet.

Tastes like overly sweet fake blackberries. There is no bitterness for balance. Has a bit of a cough syrup taste. What were they thinking?

Syrupy with low carbonation and not worth trying again. Not recommended.

Photo of darkstar12
2.48/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: dark red wine color, single-finger head that lasts quite a while. some lacing.
S: mild fruitiness, but not overwhelming
T: Very disappointing - reminded me of an overly sweet cough syrup. A far cry from a good Belgian lambic.
M: Thick, syrupy, some fizziness from the carbonation
O: I love fruit beers and love blackberries, but won't be having this one again - just too sweet and syrupy. Ended up pouring 2/3 of it down the drain.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a thick, though not persistent, tan head. Blackberry dominates the aroma - and I love blackberries, but it doesn’t really smell like a beer. Flavor is pleasant, sweet and fruity - but not really like a beer. Might as well be fruit juice - doesn’t quite taste like wine or cider, either. Texture is smooth and fizzy, but body leaves something to be desired. I don’t believe I’ll be looking for its "sister" beers.

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Shadow's Wild Black from Anheuser-Busch
62 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.