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Shadow's Wild Black - Anheuser-Busch

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Shadow's Wild BlackShadow's Wild Black

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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:
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)
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Photo of RickS95
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.

RickS95, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +66.7%

tyleeis, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of DirtyPenny
1.6/5  rDev -37.3%

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.

DirtyPenny, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Pensfan0782
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Pensfan0782, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev +17.6%

JohnK17, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Scott_at_Beer_Frog
1.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Scott_at_Beer_Frog, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of mostpoetsdo
2/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

mostpoetsdo, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of fauxpunker
1/5  rDev -60.8%

fauxpunker, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of SpectralAbyss
2.5/5  rDev -2%

SpectralAbyss, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of zapx
4/5  rDev +56.9%

zapx, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
3/5  rDev +17.6%

ZachRusk, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of khargro2
1/5  rDev -60.8%

khargro2, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of GaryFields
2.5/5  rDev -2%

GaryFields, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev +56.9%

skaboom420, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of larebear
3/5  rDev +17.6%

larebear, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of bassmantony330
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

bassmantony330, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of JJFordick
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%

JJFordick, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of tubeyes
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

tubeyes, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of JayKay412
2.5/5  rDev -2%

JayKay412, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Stoutlad
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Stoutlad, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.1/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

zeff80, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Bsj91
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Bsj91, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
2/5  rDev -21.6%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of DMarlinJ
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

DMarlinJ, Sep 08, 2012
Shadow's Wild Black from Anheuser-Busch
63 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.