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Sour Black - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Sour BlackSour Black

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very good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 43
Gots: 45 | 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:
Beer added by: xnicknj on 07-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.54/5  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.

Photo of fpreh1957
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Agold
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of ShanePB
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle
Served into a tulip glass

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.

Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of fbc24
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of yankeefan287
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of danedelman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SMason
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Snellgg5
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of xnicknj
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into taster

Pours an inky black color with a solid crop of lightly tanned head resting on top. Retains nicely, leaving a coating of film and a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Tart and vinous in the nose with touches of red grape skin. Some red wine notes and oak with a roasty malt touch. Sour and faint sweetness.

Pretty sour right up front with pleasant red wine and grape notes. Vinous and earthy with oak and soft tannins. Touches of roasted malt and faint sweetness in the backbone. Increasingly tart on the back end, but still fairly mellow. Finishes sour and dry.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, a bit creamy and dry on the tongue. The presence of Rapture is felt a bit in this beer, and I definitely enjoyed the red wine characteristics. The sourness isn't over the top which meshes well with the darker flavors.

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Sour Black from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.