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Shadow's Wild Black - Anheuser-Busch

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 31.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 04-08-2012)
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Reviews by WVbeergeek:
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West Virginia

1.85/5  rDev -27.5%

This one pours like a deep dark glass of grape juice ruby tinted light comes through, head is a purple tinted color with fine lacing that becomes speckled as it sits for a bit. Aroma has tart vinous berry notes, I can't tell you it's blackberry from any other berry infused product out there. However, the flavor is horrible literally soaked with alcohol and tart/sweet gag inducing foulness. This beer is not what I want in any terms of the word beer, it lacks anything refreshing. Another four loko wannabe, 8 percent alcohol by volume just doesn't do it for me. When the only flavors I can give you are watery berry, alcohol, and carbonation. Okay it's straight cough syrup in a bottle burns with alcohol and generic berry fruit. Carbonation and mouthfeel is a bit rougher in this one. I will officially never drink any beer from this series again.

06-04-2012 17:31:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

06-17-2013 06:46:45 | More by NoetheMatt
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New York

4/5  rDev +56.9%

11-26-2012 01:00:44 | More by zapx
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4.25/5  rDev +66.7%

01-11-2013 23:50:05 | More by tyleeis
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3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

02-03-2013 02:31:39 | More by clark25
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2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

04-15-2013 02:19:36 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3/5  rDev +17.6%

03-12-2013 00:57:12 | More by richkrull
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -21.6%

03-03-2013 19:07:41 | More by acurtis
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New York

2.53/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours the same color as a blackberry juice Minimal head that quickly disappears. Some visible carbonation.

S: Very strong berry aroma, real sweet. Smells good but very sweet. Fairly one dimensional. Where are the malts and hops?

T: Not as much berry in the taste as there is in the smell. Can pull some malts through but thats about it. Only plus is the alcohol is well hidden.

M: Seems a little flat on the tongue, a little syrupy.

Overall the smell is the best part of this beer. Really needs something else other than berry to round it out. The lack of carbonation distances it from any lambic I've tasted.

05-28-2012 01:41:51 | More by CloudStrife
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev +17.6%

A - dark purple with a thin, fizzy layer of purple head that fades quickly

S - blackberries

T - sweet, tart blackberries

M - medium bodied, crisp

This is definitely more juice than beer. For those who like blackberries this might be a good offering, but for a fan of beer this is a miss.

07-01-2012 04:58:11 | More by tdm168
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1.54/5  rDev -39.6%

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.

01-18-2013 03:58:44 | More by RickS95
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3.75/5  rDev +47.1%

02-10-2013 21:18:24 | More by Sailracer
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2/5  rDev -21.6%

01-09-2013 22:47:48 | More by Pensfan0782
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2.43/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

07-15-2012 23:34:58 | More by darkstar12
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4.25/5  rDev +66.7%

05-05-2013 20:15:04 | More by HideYaBeer
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2.38/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

02-02-2013 16:28:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -2%

06-25-2012 12:19:39 | More by Mudawg
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2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

10-28-2013 00:53:48 | More by jaydoc
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5/5  rDev +96.1%

09-01-2012 01:10:39 | More by jamesrange62
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2.65/5  rDev +3.9%

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

04-26-2013 01:56:39 | More by mfnmbvp
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2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

09-08-2012 01:19:46 | More by DMarlinJ
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3/5  rDev +17.6%

09-03-2012 23:41:31 | More by Kubrickx
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2/5  rDev -21.6%

09-09-2012 04:22:39 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.2/5  rDev +25.5%

Appearance is grape in color, and the smell is very, very berry. Nice on the nose. The taste, well this is not beer. More on the line of a ripple. Really this has a cooler taste. Mouthfeel is nice it doesn't linger and it is not nasty on the mouth. Overall if it is berry with the beer you want you got it. Nice if you are in the mood. Great blending beer. Oh pass the cheese cake.

04-11-2012 22:55:57 | More by barleyroad
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2.5/5  rDev -2%

12-12-2012 04:26:12 | More by SpectralAbyss
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Shadow's Wild Black from Anheuser-Busch
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