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Shadow's Wild Black | Anheuser-Busch

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Shadow's Wild BlackShadow's Wild Black

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Missouri, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.37/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Blueberry and some blackberry. Slightly more bitter than sweet. Can smell from 18"-24" away.

Appearance: Very dark red. Looks very clear when held up to a very bright light.Head is pale red and is of moderate height. Decent retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Sweet blueberry and grape, mildly bitter blackberry. Some light malts. A bit medicinal (their Red was better), but is good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Mild to moderate carbonation. Thin and oily.

Overall: Good, but not as good as their raspberry. A bit of cough medicine flavor.

Note: I did not know this was brewed by the almighty Anheuser-Busch at the time of the review.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.25/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is grape in color, and the smell is very, very berry. Nice on the nose. The taste, well this is not beer. More on the line of a ripple. Really this has a cooler taste. Mouthfeel is nice it doesn't linger and it is not nasty on the mouth. Overall if it is berry with the beer you want you got it. Nice if you are in the mood. Great blending beer. Oh pass the cheese cake.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark purple with a thin, fizzy layer of purple head that fades quickly

S - blackberries

T - sweet, tart blackberries

M - medium bodied, crisp

This is definitely more juice than beer. For those who like blackberries this might be a good offering, but for a fan of beer this is a miss.

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Photo of psugrad98
2.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours blueish black with thin whispy head, looks a bit chemical. No lace, very soda like. Nose is of blackberries, and somewhat artificial blackberries.

Cloying sweet blueberry, almost soda like. A bit of bitter finish that transitions to sweet and then back to bitter astringency.

Almost like drinking an alcoholic soda that seems more intent on hitting you on the head with blackberry flavor. No trace of nuance. A fun beer if you don't care what you drink, and want something sweet, but other than that a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of becktone
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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Photo of thecheapies
2.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a magenta color with a lip of off-white foam that even laces a bit.

Smells of grain and berry Kool-Aid. Maybe melted Royal blackberry gelatin. Hardly any hops.

Oh man. Super sweet. Tangy and boozy. Artificial berry and grain gruff. Can't say much more.

Mellow carbonation. Soft body. Too much alcohol presence.

A mess of a fruit beer. Avoid.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Local Option glass.

So much fruit today, so little time... This stuff pours a clear dark ruby topped by a small bit of off-white fizz. The nose comprises strong berry. That's it. I find it odd that such a strong smell could be so simultaneously vague: Sure, there's plenty o' berries in there, but I couldn't necessarily tell ya that they're blackberries, per se. But berries nonetheless. The taste brings in plenty of blackberries (I can tell this time), but with the same nigh-tannic berry-skin off-flavor that I came across in Wild Red. It detracts from things, even when those things are overtly sweet blackberries. The body is a light medium, with a mildly fizzy carbonation and a kinda syrupy feel. Overall, another pretty sad little fruit beer in the "Wild" series, this one particularly meh due to its soda-like fizziness alongside the usual weird off-flavors.

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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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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I tried this beer and it's two companion beers sometime last summer, and I remember being underwhelmed, but for the sake of knowledge I decided to give this beer another go. I do remember enjoying this one the most out of the three.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of fizzing pinkish / purple/ white colored head on top of a ruby red / purple berry fruit juice concentrate colored body. Looks like some fruit juice concentrate in a glass with some cotton candy head on it.

S - Smell is of generic berry juice concentrates more than it is of actual genuine blackberry or blueberry flavor. No natural beer flavors to comment upon.

T - Taste is comprised of artificial fruit juice flavor and a hint of hot medicinal alcohol presence. Tastes like some kind of punch mixed with a bit of cheap vodka more than it embodies an actual fruit beer. Minor tartness. Virtually no legitimate blackberry flavor to be found here, and that is apparent from the first sip onward. I suppose you could argue that there is faint corn husk and grain adjuncts present here as well, but that is debatable.

M - Feel is fruity, sugary, sticky, & artificial. Some burning nail polish remover alcohol astringency.

Overall, another awful Anheuser-Busch attempt to infiltrate the world of craft beer, with shady marketing schemes like releasing this beer under a separate moniker so you wouldn't know it was an Anheuser-Busch product, until you got home, drank it, and realized what a horrible rip-off it is. However, in the grand scheme of the beer world, it is palatable, inoffensive, and packs a solid 8.00% abv so it is sure to please those looking to rage during the summer.

Anheuser-Busch Shadow's Wild Black ---2.5/5

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.59/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours the same color as a blackberry juice Minimal head that quickly disappears. Some visible carbonation.

S: Very strong berry aroma, real sweet. Smells good but very sweet. Fairly one dimensional. Where are the malts and hops?

T: Not as much berry in the taste as there is in the smell. Can pull some malts through but thats about it. Only plus is the alcohol is well hidden.

M: Seems a little flat on the tongue, a little syrupy.

Overall the smell is the best part of this beer. Really needs something else other than berry to round it out. The lack of carbonation distances it from any lambic I've tasted.

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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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Photo of MrDanno96
2.53/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours very dark with purple hues when held to light. Some spotty lacing and only about have a finger of fizzy head.

S: Grape soda (or, I guess in this case, blackberry soda). That is really the only aroma I get. Doesn't smell like beer at all.

T: This isn't beer. It tastes like grape soda. I like grape soda, so this tastes good to me. But as far as beers go, this does not taste like beer.I wouldn't be surprised if this was brewed with no hops.

M: Thin and spritzy, like carbonated water or soda. I can't believe it is 8% abv, though. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well.

O: I know it's a fruit beer, but even fruit beers should have some beer characteristics. I think you could give this to someone and tell them it is soda and they would believe you. It would pair well with blueberry, grape, or blackberry pie and could be interesting to cook with. But as far as "beer" goes, you can barely say this is a beer.

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Photo of Antikythera
2.51/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

You know what -- I don't want to review this as a beer. If I reviewed it as a cooler, I might like it. I do like coolers and "alco-pop" sometimes.

This stuff does not taste like beer. It's more like a purple fruity soda. Tastier than grape soda, actually, but I never liked grape soda. For what it is, a sweet party drink, it's fine. As a beer, it's ... not beer at all.

I'm more annoyed that I inadvertently bought an Anheuser-Busch product, which I try not to do. The label made it seem like something made by a smaller local brewery. Ethical buyer, beware.

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Photo of darkstar12
2.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: dark red wine color, single-finger head that lasts quite a while. some lacing.
S: mild fruitiness, but not overwhelming
T: Very disappointing - reminded me of an overly sweet cough syrup. A far cry from a good Belgian lambic.
M: Thick, syrupy, some fizziness from the carbonation
O: I love fruit beers and love blackberries, but won't be having this one again - just too sweet and syrupy. Ended up pouring 2/3 of it down the drain.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.45/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a thick, though not persistent, tan head. Blackberry dominates the aroma - and I love blackberries, but it doesn’t really smell like a beer. Flavor is pleasant, sweet and fruity - but not really like a beer. Might as well be fruit juice - doesn’t quite taste like wine or cider, either. Texture is smooth and fizzy, but body leaves something to be desired. I don’t believe I’ll be looking for its "sister" beers.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.36/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
8% ABV, 12087
(Reviewed 06-24-12 - from notes)

A - Shadow's Wild Black pours a dark plum purple with ruby highlights and is crowned by a light purple head. Effervescent and fizzy, it evaporates to a thin skim with a wimpy collar of foam.

S - Artificial jam aroma. Should I be getting ready to spread this beer on a toasted English muffin, or drink it? It also has a very awkward light scent of pizza sauce spread over thin crust, oddly enough. A swirl of this beer brings out plenty of sugar.

T - Exceeding my expectations, the blackberry flavor, while artificial and sweet, isn't plain awful. Grainy malt lingers behind but remains at an acceptable level.

M - Cloying sweetness shouldn't be any surprise following the other two versions of this beer. Thick feeling through the moderate carbonation, Wild Black has a faint alcohol kick along the finish.

O - Out of all the "Wild" series of these AB beers, I find this the least offensive and most likely to substitute well for a wine cooler, but it begs the question, "why?" Sadly, I'm left speechless for an answer.

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Photo of gestyr
2.31/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12oz bottle at a local shop.

A: Pours a deep garnet/ almost puple into the glass. The head is thin and fades quickly.

S: Fruity. Nothing but fruit.

T: Too heavy on the berries. Totally dominated by the berries. Nothing but berries.

M: Too thick and syrupy. Hard to drink

O: Not impressed. It did remind me on my high school days when we would take blackberry brandy with us on ski trips. I am not likely to buy again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep purple color with a purple tinged head. The head was quite persistent but slowly faded to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – Quite sweet aroma of blackberries and blueberries are present here. They are slightly pie filling or syupy like sweet and artificial and but no unpleasant.

Taste – A huge sweetness overwhelms the tongue. It is blackberry and blueberry syrup just as the nose let on. These flavors are so strong nothing else can really be taste. It is like a carbonated blueberry soda with the tiniest bit of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel – An average to below average thickness and high level of carbonation Again very soda like.

Overall – This is not the brew for me. It’s really only has an intriguing look and nice sweet (albeit artificial) aroma. Unfortunately it is way too much like a wine cooler or a spiked berry soda. If you want something sweet this is for you if not stay away.

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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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Photo of zeff80
2.1/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, purplish brown color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. The short lived head left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of blackberry -- real blackberry, at least.

T - It tasted of blackberries. Nice and tart. There is some spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is better than the blue and the red. Still it isn't something I'll drink again.

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Photo of davey101
2.09/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another gem from match1112. 12 oz bottle into an over sized wine glass.

A - Pours a dark purple body with thin light purple edging. Straight 4'Loko style.

S - A pretty intense aroma of fake blackberries and a touch of vodka. Such a strong smell!

T - How do people drink this? Sugar, sweetener, sugar syrup, black berry jam, and sugar cubes. Its so over the top, this taste like an alcoholic sucralose fruity blackberry bomb. Thick and syrupy.

O - There are zero redeeming qualities to this beer. Its cheap and highly alcoholic, but you would have to break through a wall of artificial sweetener and defeat the inevitable headache to achieve any sort of buzz. Just stick with fruited vodka.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.05/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

LOOK: Pours like what you can imagine carbonated blackberry juice would look like, the head has a pinkish hue and does not last very long.

SMELL: Blackberry juice and cereal grains. Smells fruity and sweet but not all that bad.

TASTE: Strong sweet blackberry, a bit of corny lager, rice and a small alcohol heat but pretty well disguised. This is a good beer alternative, since it will get you drunk, but if blindfolded I would not think this was a beer.

FEEL: Light bodied, a bit syrupy and cloyingly sweet. Somehow manages to be watery.

OVERALL: Closer to jailhouse hooch than a fine beer, this sweet alcoholic drink could be used in a pinch to please female house guests, other than that its uses are limited.

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Photo of harrymel
2.05/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


Pours a pretty dark purple with a solid light purple foam sheet. Smells like blackberry meat and a little grape juice with the lager underneath. Slightly sweet, but not overly so. Tastes like sugar free, blackberry jelly (not jam), lacks any of the tartness or astringency that comes along with a good, quality blackberry. Really, way too sweet, artificially so. Thin with lower carb than anticipated, which is nice. Overall the beer would be so much better if not for the profound, excessive and reprehensible use of sweeteners. That makes the beer horrid.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle into 16 ounce US pint glass.

A: Bright purple/ruby, lots of bubbly carbonation, finger length purple-white head which quickly vanishes. Looks like grape soda.

S: Artificial blackberry juice, apple, cough syrup.

T: Upfront tart, fruity taste of blackberry is then drowned in a sea of overly sweet cough syrup. The high ABV must result in a product that is far too sweet. Similar to Four Loko grape. Slight tinge of alcohol at the end. Aftertaste is slightly malty with that lingering NyQuil taste one usually chases with orange juice.

Ml: Over carbonated; the unpleasant flavouring makes one's face wince. Rather thin, given 8% ABV.

O/D: It's a one and done, flavour wise. If you can make it that far. I can see many BeerAdvocates making this one a drain pour. I don't know what demographic Bud was going after with this beer, but I'm assuming it is to relate to a Four Loko crowd. And, as much as it pains me to say it, I'd rather drink a Four Loko and risk diabetes than drinking another one of these "wild" beers. If you're looking for a buzz with a grape soda/cough medicine taste, you found your beer of choice.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.98/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This one pours like a deep dark glass of grape juice ruby tinted light comes through, head is a purple tinted color with fine lacing that becomes speckled as it sits for a bit. Aroma has tart vinous berry notes, I can't tell you it's blackberry from any other berry infused product out there. However, the flavor is horrible literally soaked with alcohol and tart/sweet gag inducing foulness. This beer is not what I want in any terms of the word beer, it lacks anything refreshing. Another four loko wannabe, 8 percent alcohol by volume just doesn't do it for me. When the only flavors I can give you are watery berry, alcohol, and carbonation. Okay it's straight cough syrup in a bottle burns with alcohol and generic berry fruit. Carbonation and mouthfeel is a bit rougher in this one. I will officially never drink any beer from this series again.

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