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Sour Black - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Sammy, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour and tart roasted malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the sourness in the flavor is more subtle than the aroma.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

nmann08, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

acurtis, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color. It poured with a thin layer of tan bubbles on the surface; these died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of oak in the nose along with some hints of cherries.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a light to moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This is a very nice wild ale that seems to balance the perfect amount of sourness with fruity flavors.

metter98, Sep 25, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by a huge beige head that grows rocky as it fades, while leaving a smattering of lace behind

Smell: Oaky, with lactic sourness and vinous elements; black bread underneath

Taste: Dried dark fruit, up front, with prune and tart cherry flavors; in the middle, the lactic sourness emerges along with the vinous character, with the oaky dryness bringing up the rear; after the swallow, the red wine barrel aspect takes over, bringing a dry and tannic finish that retains some lactic elements

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with gentle, though high, levels of carbonation

Overall: I am winding up scoring this higher than I expected, due to its unique character, though I feel the red wine barrel aging clashes with the underlying flavor in a less than optimal way

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

brentk56, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

GRG1313, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

spycow, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger tan head on a near jet black body. Nice lacing. Aroma is fantastic with sour cherries, red wine and grape notes. Flavor is a little smokey with sour cherries, Pinot red wine and raspberries. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is an excellent sour with the unique wine barrel aging. In my experience wine barrel aging can ruin beers but this one is great and a must try.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has an interesting balance of raosted burnt notes as well as a well balanced amount of sour wine-like aromas. The taste of the beer is decent to me, it's tart upfront then it fades into the roasted malt finish. This beer has a good amount of wine characteristics which makes sense due to the barrel aging of it. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, a little water and yet carbonated enough to keep it alive. Overall this beer is pretty good but not worth $17 a bottle in my opinion.

Knapp85, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

JAHMUR, Sep 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

nickfl, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Tom for sharing this rare tick. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - Big tan foam settles to pretty much nothing at all. There's a partial thin collar initially, but then nada. Transparent dark amber-brown body.

S - Smells like a stout with brett. Fruity yeast notes, with some marshmallow, chocolate, and dark fruits from the malt bill. Light acetic and vinous note, but this is far more funky than sour.

T - The taste is very odd, as it's extremely bland. Somewhat like seltzer water, and super attenuated. Mostly musty brett and a hint of lemon. Not much stout, or really any flavor for that matter, left here at all.

M - Dry, medium body, with somewhat harsh carbonation. No alcohol, but unpleasantly zesty.

D - Not sure what they were going for here, but this tasted like an infected Irish stout or something along those lines. Low alcohol makes it a bit easier to take than some of Weyerbacher's other misses, but it's still not very enjoyable.

MasterSki, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

oline73, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Rifugium, Jan 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

mendvicdog, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mdfb79, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

beernads, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

oriolesfan4, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

imperialking, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

yourefragile, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal to light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sour/tartness with smells of sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, and some oak.

T: This beer is very tasty with lots of sour/tartness that has an almost balsamic vinegar like flavor. There are some light hints of roasted malts with some barrel notes of oak and maybe even a little bit of dark grape. Some light notes of cherry as well.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness which lingers.

O: This is a very enjoyable and easy to drink beer - I can appreciate the lower ABV making this beer almost sessionable. I'm super happy that I got a bottle of this beer and would gladly have more of it - it is really a nice sour black ale.

dbrauneis, Sep 23, 2012
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Sour Black from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.