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Sour Black - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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89
very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 44
Gots: 47 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xnicknj on 07-01-2012)
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Reviews by Mertzy81:
Photo of Mertzy81
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark brown with some reddish hues in the light on the pour. In the glass it looks solid black to the naked eye. A nice thick cap of light beige head forms and surprisingly sticks around for quite some time. Nice lacing and retention all the way down. Certainly a much different (and better) appearance than all the other "sours" from them.

S: Lightly toasted chocolate malt, generic "roast," wood and plenty of tannins. There's a dry red wine character here too along with an acidic sourness. Almost leaning towards the vinegary side of things.

T: Dark roasted malt base is evident first, plenty of chocolate and dark malts, toasted without being dominating. Plenty of barrel and red wine tannins come through midway. The sourness is on the back end, taking this beer the opposite direction but it's welcomed. Not overtly sour right now but sour enough.

M: Bubbly, highly carbonated but for the lower ABV I think it breaks up some of the dark ale/stout qualities and plays well for what a sour beer should be.

This was actually really good. I love the lower ABV on this and the flavor profile is well constructed without getting out of hand. The roasted base provides an interesting profile to sour and it just works.

Mertzy81, Mar 04, 2013
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Sampled 30OCT12.

[A] Pours with a fluffy 3 finger high head, light brown and densely compacted. Retention is beyond thorough. Big slings of foamy lace coat the near side of the glass. The body is nearly black with dark amber-brown transparency only at the thinnest points.

[S] Sweet dark berry funk with some light roast, earth and cocoa in the background.

[T] Dark berry fruits with a nice inclusion of vinous red wine flavors. The barrel character is a touch above subtle and the oaky tannins add to the semi dry finish. Roasty flavors are somewhat downplayed by the lactic qualities. The modest level of sourness works well with base beer.

[M] Medium body with a pleasant acidity and tartness, accentuated by the dry finish and above average level of effervescence.

[O] Very enjoyable beer but now, having had it, I would never pay more than $15 for this beer again.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 16, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a huge airy off-white foam that fades into just a ring.

A little bit of roastiness in the aroma and a ton of brett with some vinous notes.

I get a bit of roasted malts here, but if I were blindfolded would not guessed this was "black". Lots of brett, a bit of lemon. Really not a whole lot here.

Dry light to medium bodied with excessive carbonation. Combined with the lack of flavor, it's like seltzer.

Not really bad per se, just kind of...nothing. Little flavor, too much carbonation. I'll pass on seeking this one out again.

jmarsh123, Jun 20, 2013
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Sour Black from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.