Shadow's Wild Black | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 04-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
33
Avg:
2.35
pDev:
35.74%
 
 
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2.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.76/5  rDev +17.4%

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2.6/5  rDev +10.6%

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1/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There was no redeeming quality to this beer...hang on, can we even call this beer??? No matter, regardless it is a horrible twist on beer. Sure, plenty of breweries decide to add fruit to beer, sometimes to great effect. This? Not so much. Imagine you have a bunch of blackberries.....and you let them sit for a long time, as if you are making a very dry blackberry wine. Then you take a sub par beer (one that you would not drink even on it's own) and decide to add this blackberry juice/paint stripper to the beer. Voila! Wild Black!

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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4.5/5  rDev +91.5%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.65/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - brownish purple tint below a watery thin soda-like top, a sparse cover after a few seconds.

Aroma - mostly grape, but some blackberry aroma.

Taste - initially has a grape juice flavor, some blackberry kicks in and is quickly washed away by a shallow boozy breath. The flavors dilute in the bubbles, ending with a light syrupy sweetness and belly warming. Wine cooler or beer, can't really tell, but it doesn't taste bad.

Mouthfeel - very much like drinking soda, both in the syrupy weight and the carbonation. About as refreshing.

Overall - pulls no punches but I'm good with just the one.

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2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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2/5  rDev -14.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of RVigz
2.15/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

When taking the first sip of this beer it tastes like blackberry juice and you will think oh man for 8% this is pretty delicious, but the aftertaste is like someone spilled their lager into your cup of juice. Drinking more than one of these at a time made me sick because of how sweet it was. I cant safely say that its NOT my type of lager.. or that i even consider it a lager. Its worth a try though, some people enjoy that overly sweet taste. I consider it more of a sugary mixed drink, but that's just my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +70.2%

Photo of notchucknorris
1.54/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Had Wild Blue a few years back and it remains one of the worst concoctions I've ever had. For some reason, I was in a Total Wine about a year and a half ago and saw this and thought, "Man, it can't be worse that Wild Blue. But I HAVE to know how bad it is." Walked out of there, only then remembering how torturous the experience of drinking Wild Blue really was, and then parked this in my fridge, where it has sat for 18 months. I'm moving soon, so it's time to clear some inventory. Even if it kills me.

A: Pours a deep purple color, similar to wild blue. Has a faint tinge of purple to the head, but nothing crazy alarming just yet. Definitely looks like more of a Juice Squeeze than beer, but I've had weird looking beer that tasted good before. Who knows...

S: Nope, this is gonna suck. A sickeningly sweet artificial blackberry monster attacks the nostrils immediately. Behind it are "notes" of chlorine, concord grape, artificial blueberry, wet cardboard and what I would imagine dog vomit would smell like if that dog had just scarfed a BUNCH of Starbursts.

T: Scared to do this after the smell, but it's a little too late now. For science! A faint dash of faded hop sourness is first, but it's quickly obliterated by sweet and sticky notes of grape jelly, pureed raisin and blackberry Robitussin (if that's a thing). There's a brief really sweet wine-like note towards the end, kind of like those fruity berry Arbor Mist things that you used to see those dumb commercials for with dudes jumping on trampolines. Leaves a lingering note on the tongue that's somewhere between what it would taste like if you blended blackberries with tar and pure shame. Somehow, this is better than Wild Blue, but that's kind of like saying that Pizza Beer is better than Rogue's Voodoo Maple Bacon Ale. Bottom of the barrel caliber stuff here. Just say no, my friends.

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2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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1/5  rDev -57.4%

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1/5  rDev -57.4%

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3/5  rDev +27.7%

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4/5  rDev +70.2%

Photo of Jonada
2.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours purple in color with less than a finger of a pinkish head that dissipates instantly to a thin collar. It looks a lot like grape soda.

Smell: Aroma is artificial grape, and blackberry. It's a pretty strong aroma as well.

Taste: Same as it smells, artificial berry, grain alcohol, slight cereal grain.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of medium bodied. Syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes cloyingly sweet, with a mild alcohol burn.

Overall: This is bad. It's nothing more than artificially flavored alcoholic sugar water. The only reason I can think of to drink this would be to get a quick buzz, and even then, I can think of much better ways to go about doing that.

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1/5  rDev -57.4%

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2.71/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Eye: It pours looking like a Merlot, or blackberry wine, I guess that's on par. However; head formation is pitiful and there is no retention, what little head does form vanishes very quickly. Looks like a darkly colored malternative, or a slightly carbonated fruit wine. Not really what I want from a fruit beer. Beer being the word there, not flavored malt beverage-smirnoff etc. As with the others the label states that this is a lager then contradicts itself on the side of the label near the questions/comments phone number saying that this is a flavored ale.

Nose: Huge blackberry aroma and very sweet. Smells more like a blackberry syrup for pancakes. Very alternative-esque. Nothing beer-like in the aroma. All fruit, all very sweet and all very very malternative like. Just too syrupy sweet for beer in my opinion. Is this actually a beer? or is it a malternative?

Tongue: Sweet, thick, jam-like and syrupy. As with the others in this AB fruit series I'd rather make a reduction sauce with it and pour it on my waffles or pancakes than straight up drink it. Blackberry is prevalent, and the beer is sweet, close to cloying. Its tastes like a malternative, not a "premium lager with natural flavors and color from juice." It literally tastes like blackberry flavored pancake syrup. Not a good fruit beer, wouldn't perform well in a fruit wine category either. But a thin waffle syrup, well hell sure! Again, this would be a good cheap flavored beverage to cook with if you are looking for intense fruit flavor. Body is heavy which is helped out by higher carbonation, very sugary and leaves a thickness on the palate.

Drinkability: I've been saying it over and over. Not worth the money, or worth trying, however, if you are looking to use something to make a reduction sauce with this'll work and be cheaper than fruit wines. I'd not recommend this one to anyone, just because there is way better out there. I might as well tell you to go drink Smirnoff Ice something or other.

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3.75/5  rDev +59.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +17%

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