1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Shadow's Wild Black - Anheuser-Busch

Not Rated.
Shadow's Wild BlackShadow's Wild Black

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
63
poor

109 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 31.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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)
View: Beers (76) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RickS95
RickS95

Indiana

1.54/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:58:44 | More by RickS95
Photo of tyleeis
tyleeis

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +66.7%

01-11-2013 23:50:05 | More by tyleeis
Photo of DirtyPenny
DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

1.6/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 22:11:47 | More by DirtyPenny
Photo of Pensfan0782
Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -21.6%

01-09-2013 22:47:48 | More by Pensfan0782
Photo of JohnK17
JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +17.6%

01-01-2013 18:53:51 | More by JohnK17
Photo of Scott_at_Beer_Frog
Scott_at_Beer_Frog


1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

12-29-2012 21:47:36 | More by Scott_at_Beer_Frog
Photo of mostpoetsdo
mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 23:19:10 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of fauxpunker
fauxpunker


1/5  rDev -60.8%

12-14-2012 00:37:48 | More by fauxpunker
Photo of SpectralAbyss
SpectralAbyss

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -2%

12-12-2012 04:26:12 | More by SpectralAbyss
Photo of zapx
zapx

New York

4/5  rDev +56.9%

11-26-2012 01:00:44 | More by zapx
Photo of ZachRusk
ZachRusk

Ohio

3/5  rDev +17.6%

11-16-2012 15:59:24 | More by ZachRusk
Photo of khargro2
khargro2

Georgia

1/5  rDev -60.8%

11-16-2012 10:34:57 | More by khargro2
Photo of GaryFields
GaryFields

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -2%

11-14-2012 01:19:31 | More by GaryFields
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3/5  rDev +17.6%

11-11-2012 22:07:30 | More by leprechaunandfatman
Photo of skaboom420
skaboom420

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +56.9%

10-15-2012 21:32:55 | More by skaboom420
Photo of larebear
larebear


3/5  rDev +17.6%

10-10-2012 03:19:11 | More by larebear
Photo of bassmantony330
bassmantony330

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

10-08-2012 06:55:58 | More by bassmantony330
Photo of JJFordick
JJFordick

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

10-05-2012 01:14:03 | More by JJFordick
Photo of tubeyes
tubeyes

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

09-24-2012 00:24:37 | More by tubeyes
Photo of JayKay412
JayKay412

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -2%

09-23-2012 02:15:18 | More by JayKay412
Photo of Stoutlad
Stoutlad

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-21-2012 02:13:06 | More by Stoutlad
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 05:01:32 | More by zeff80
Photo of Bsj91
Bsj91


2/5  rDev -21.6%

09-11-2012 17:46:09 | More by Bsj91
Photo of MN_Beerticker
MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -21.6%

09-09-2012 04:22:39 | More by MN_Beerticker
Photo of DMarlinJ
DMarlinJ

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

09-08-2012 01:19:46 | More by DMarlinJ
Shadow's Wild Black from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.