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Black & Wild - Side Project Brewing

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 164
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black & Wild is the antithesis of most American Wild Ales. The robust nature of the intense acidity, bold sour cherries and chocolaty malt is layered with the deep notes of vanilla, spicy charred oak and rich caramels from the used bourbon barrels in which this beer matured for more than a year.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-17-2014)
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing Black & Wild, a dark sour aged in an bourbon barrel used to age Barrel Aged Abraxas from Side Project Brewing out of St. Louis, Missouri.

Score: 100

April 2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Side Project Brewing bulb glass and enjoyed on 05/28/14. HUGE thank you to Ryan for sharing this delectable treat.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a half finger of tan head. Average lacing, really good retention. 5/5

Smell: Burnt maple syrup, cinnamon, tart cherries and chocolate. Hint of bourbon. Perfect integration on the nose. 5/5

Taste: Very tart whiskey soaked cherries with a light cinnamon twist on the midpalate and a delectable dark chocolate finish. Maple syrup backbone. No acidity, lovely sweet and sour with a nice sour bite upfront. More cinnamon and maple as it warms. Like the nose, the taste integration is sheer perfection. No booziness whatsoever. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation. Big tart bite upfront. Lovely sweet and sour mix. 5/5

Overall: For me, this is a top five overall American wild ale and the best dark sour that I have had the chance to sample. This beer is on par with Very Sour Blackberry, Cable Car Kriek, Blackberry Raspberry Lambic and Blueberry Flanders. The Abraxas-derived complexities interact perfectly with the dark sour/tart cherry characteristics. If you can get a bottle, I highly recommend seeking this one out.

Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.

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A- Pours a murky dark brown/reddish color with a small tan head that recedes to a collar leaving some lacing.

S- The aroma is bursting with dark tart cherries, sweet malt, lacto sourness, brett funk, and oak! Super rich and complex, yet amazingly balanced and inviting!

T- Wow! This is just incredibly crafted! Bright sour cherry notes followed by tons of oak, sweet malts, even some chocolate. Mostly it's just tons of sourness, some lactic, some fruity. Some slight cinnamon and spiciness in the background Despite the warhead sourness this is incredibly drinkable!

M- The mouth feel is medium, well carbed, with a nice dry finish.

O- This is just a perfect example of a dark sour! Amazingly well done again by Side Project!

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Huge thanks to Mike for opening this on the evening of our law school graduation. Congrats, and thank you for your generosity!

Appearance is dark reddish brown, small head that reduces to just the tiniest bit of lacing around the glass, and a thin inconsistent film.

Smell is sour sweet cherries and spice from the barrels, melding together beautifully.

Tasting is puckering tart cherry and chocolate malt. As it warms the barrel becomes more prominent and the cherry less puckering, until it ends up being cheery, vanilla, charred oak, spice, chocolate malts, and a bracing acidity that pushes toward being too much without ever quite crossing the line. Simply phenomenal.

Medium thick mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, full and smooth. Perfect.

This beer is so drinkable it is insane. Doesn't taste like 10% at all, I could drink a bottle of this by myself. The best yet from Cory King, and among the best beers I have ever had.

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Black & Wild from Side Project Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.