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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Added by TMoney2591 on 04-08-2012

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of GorrestFump
1.69/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

You're probally better off buying a 4loko. High-Body, sweet and artificial. The stench is overpowering. Grape, Grape, Grape... Not Black berry, it was was fizzy like a carbonated drink but not like a lager. This is a glorified wine-cooler, wife-beaing juice.

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Photo of mralphabet
1.56/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a clear purple with a fingers worth of pink foamy head the dissipated very quickly to nothing with just a touch of lacing. Looks nothing like beer, more like Welch's Grape Juice.

S: OK... Smells like blackberries and cherry flavored Nyquil.

T: First thing I'm getting is the sweet blackberries, but that quickly goes tart, then quickly to cherry flavored Nyquil. The aftertaste is a strange mix of sweet blackberries and Nyquil.

M: Light bodied, crisp and sharp with a dry finish.

O: OK, this tastes nothing like beer to me.... More like a wine cooler mixed with Nyquil.... Not a tasty combination. Not something I'll be coming back too.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of RickS95
1.55/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark ruby red, burgundy color with a light pinkish, purpley white head. Bubbles are fleeting with little retention and leave no trace of lacing.

Doesn't smell like a beer, not even really a fruit beer. If anything, a wine coolor or cocktail. Nothing but berries, though it's fairly subdued.

Tastes like grape juice.

Doesn't feel like a beer, more like a glass of 7 UP with some grape juice added. It's mostly sweet, overly so, with some fizz for feel and bubbles. No hop presence, just a nice burn from the carbonation and acid.

Overall, it's not a beer. I knew it would suck, just wanted to check off another beer in my quest to try them all.

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Photo of tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +80.9%

Photo of DirtyPenny
1.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I hardly review beer any more. I mean, I love beer and all, but I've reached a point where I don't feel the need to try out and take notes on everything under the sun, and many's the beer I've tossed in the back of the fridge for later, telling myself that I didn't want to put the effort into reviewing it just yet. And many of those have ultimately ended up being drunk but un-reviewed because I got tired of waiting.

Part of it is probably that it's winter now and most of my favorite brews are out and most of the beer I have here are like old familiar friends. But wait, suddenly there's a knock on the door! A Wild Black appears!

Barging into your homely house like Aunt Frieda on one of her famous five-day Mr. Boston benders, Wild Black's red and rosy cheeks reek of sugary sweet blackberry and taste like the Robotussin you'll be needing when Frieda's sloppy kisses leave you flu-ridden and nauseous. You'll smooth things over in the name of family togetherness, but you'd be wise to lock your doors to the ol' beast in the future.

TL;DR: Like bobbing for gummy bears in a bucket of Nyquil.

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Photo of Pensfan0782
2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of Scott_at_Beer_Frog
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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 fauxpunker
1/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of SpectralAbyss
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zapx
4/5  rDev +70.2%

Photo of ZachRusk
3/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of khargro2
1/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of GaryFields
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev +70.2%

Photo of larebear
3/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of bassmantony330
2.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JJFordick
3.5/5  rDev +48.9%

Photo of tubeyes
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JayKay412
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Stoutlad
2.75/5  rDev +17%

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