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Sour Black - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 44
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

MrRockstar, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Chas58
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, purchased at the Brewery on November 10th, into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - The beer pours an inky black, with no transparency seen anywhere. The head is active and creates a thick inch high head that builds after the pour stops. the head does dissipate fairly quickly

Smell - a very strong sour nose note comes through, very string yet very pleasant. It is much harder to find other scents to compare it to since sour is do rarely found. Very little maltiness or yestiness is apparent, it is just a pungent, pleasant crispness. 

Taste -  The beer has a upfront crispness, and as with the smell is really void of any taste other than the prominent sourness. No sweetness, just crisp sourness. Once past the sourness a fruitiness does come through, with a hint of sour apple and other subtle floral notes. i expect and maybe am fooled by the blackness, but do expect a maltiness  the sourness is rich and tart, more like a lime, than a lemon. 

Mouthfeel  - the carbonation is very tight and initially stings. The beer is very crisp and leaves no lingerinng yeastiness  The mouthfeel is very pleasant, with the lingering sourness that is so prominent in tthis beer.

Overall  - This is a very special beer. Sour ales are not something everyone enjoys, but the pure flavor and cripness of this makes it very drinkable, very enjoyable and really special. Weyernacher has createdd a sour with a great flavor profile and should be a beer tried by those who love to explore and stretch their flavor enjoyment.

Chas58, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Daaelar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Daaelar, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork seemed a bit too easy coming out and the pop seemed just a bit too loud. Ten minutes later I am finished cleaning the beer off my pants and desk. Open yours over the sink, you have been warned. Pours a solid dark brown/ black color with a huge beige head that takes a while to settle down. The aroma is quite tart with sour cherries and lemons atop a vinous dark fruity aroma as well as hints of caramel and chocolate. The flavor is mostly fruity and tart, if there was any roast or chocolate in there when fresh, that's long gone. Brown sugary sweet with lemons and cherries and a hint of funk, vanilla, balsamic, and wood. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart kind of mouthfeel going on. Not a bad beer, aside from the mess it made. Thanks to Alex M for hooking me up.

johnnnniee, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev +0.3%

vrbulldog22, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

kbuzz, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Kaydogg, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle into Delirium Tremens tulip. Thanks to mkurylko for the trade!

A twist of the cork and it shot out easily, followed by a predictable rupture of foam that I swiftly corralled into my glass. Sour Black lives up to the name in appearance, as the body is a deep, cola-brownish black hue. The head is gorgeous--mocha in color, sizable, and well-retained for the style. Intricate aromas greet the nose, suggesting merlot barrels, red grape skins, tropical fruit, light hints of vinaigrette, and some chocolatey breadiness from the malt. Really well put-together so far.

Maybe this beer is too young for my tastebuds? The sourness doesn't really come across as well as the aroma led me to believe. Still, there's a nice, funky tart twang that hits the tongue mid-sip, amidst dark fruits like plum, red grapes, and dark cherry. A little roast and chocolate to the malts is a nice complement. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and bursting with big carbonation bubbles. Thankfully it falls just short of effervescent on the palate. Although I would've like a bit more 'Sour' with my 'Black', Weyerbacher has a worthy creation on their hands. I just wish I had another bottle to see how it tastes in a year...

wagenvolks, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of davey101
4/5  rDev +0.3%

davey101, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

RandyKemka, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

BillHilly, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

SadMachine, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.3%

mdfb79, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy black color with a moderate tan head that recedes to leaves some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with light dark malt and tart fruits. The base beer brings notes of an Irish Stout (slight chocolate, cocoa and grainy notes). But the real great quality of the beer emerges as it warms and it comes from the Pinot Wine Barrels (earthy, musty oak, big cherry and blackberry notes).

The tastes follow the nose with a medley of light darker malt flavors but soon after you get the tart berry flavors. As it warms you get the lactic tartness, light oaky barrel, vinous dark grape notes. The blackberry, cherry and raspberry sour fruitiness complements the dark beer base perfectly.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is farily dry and sour but not overly so of either.

Overall this is my favorite dark sour I have ever had. Compared to something like Tart of Darkness with is just dark roast and cherry sourness, this is much more complex from the wine barrel adding that extra vinous/berry fruitiness which takes this to the next level. The sourness is definitely there but by no means overwhelming and will definitely probably develop more with time but I like it now so I can appreciate the subtle red wine flavors in this beer. With the exception of Idiot's Drool, Weyerbacher is really dialing in their Wild Ale program.

claspada, Nov 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

zapahoppa, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

pogoowner, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of joshwith
5/5  rDev +25.3%

joshwith, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

st9647v3, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ncaudle, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kapkenobi, Oct 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

arash1000, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a rich blackish brown with a soft tan head. Good retention.

S: Lots of brett notes in the nose. Heavy gamey hay, vinegar tartness, some mildly sweet malts floating behind. Very funky.

T: Horseblanket, soft notes of coffee and roasted grain, moderate berry-like tartness, some slightly drying wine tannins.

M: Light with zesty carbonation.

O: Not as sour as I was expecting, which is a good thing - the beer is superbly balanced and drinkable. A very surprising success, and one of my favorite Weyerbacher beers so far.

Etan, Oct 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jbaker67, Sep 29, 2012
Sour Black from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.