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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2/5  rDev -14.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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 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 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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2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 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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2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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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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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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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1/5  rDev -57.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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4/5  rDev +70.2%

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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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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Photo of tommyguz
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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

Bottled...whatever.

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 richkrull
3/5  rDev +27.7%

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Shadow's Wild Black from Anheuser-Busch
2.35 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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