Black & Wild
Side Project Brewing

Black & WildBlack & Wild
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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #18
Ranked #271
4.48 | pDev: 9.6%
Dec 06, 2023
Apr 17, 2014
Black & Wild is the antithesis of most American Wild Ales. The robust nature of the intense acidity, bold sour cherries and chocolaty malt is layered with the deep notes of vanilla, spicy charred oak and rich caramels from the used bourbon barrels in which this beer matured for more than a year.
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Rated: 4.5 by Virby44 from Wisconsin

Dec 06, 2023
Rated: 3.16 by vfgccp from New York

Jan 15, 2023
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Blend #3.

I was a little hesitant upon opening this, as the reviews I had heard about this particular blend were VERY polarizing.

On the pour is a deep, brooding brown with a rosy pink-hued head of foam that built and receded very quickly.

The nose has an excellent complexity of Bordeaux cherries, caramel, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and deeply toasted malt. Definitely on that Oud Bruin spectrum.

Pleasantly surprising on the palate. It didn't have the aggressive, enamel-removing acidity akin to Side Project's Blueberry Flanders, but it does pack a punch. That said, it is definitely a slow sipper. Flavors of tart cherry cordials, dry oak, earthy malts, and tobacco. Definitely getting Balsamic Vinegar vibes but I mean hey, is that really a bad thing? I'm a sucker for limit-pushing, complex beers, and while I can't place this anywhere near The Scribe, the interplay of fruit with rich, bolder, more savory qualities definitely had me reminiscing on that experience.

Medium-bodied, dry with high acid and a sharp sour finish on fairly high carbonation.
Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a finger of mocha-colored foam. Aroma is twangy dirt, roasty and earthy malts, char, and cherries. It leads with a light twangy sourness, and finishes with a polite bite of char. Flavor profile begins with twangy earthy and roasty malts, and segues into cherries, fig, grapes, and soothing char. Again, opening up with a twange of sour, and finishing with a heartier, dark note. Yin to yang. Mouth feel is semi-crisp with a little silt around the edges. Thickness is medium. Overall, incredibly engaging, offering up varying levels of dynamics throughout each sip.

Draft. Reviewed from notes.
Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri

Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Hefewiseman from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Blend 3: One of the most interesting beers I've ever had. I didn't expect to love it so much, but honestly- Wow. The acidity, body, barrel and cherries somehow work so well together. Blown away by how complex this was.
Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 2 by Ajlvt from Washington

Nov 03, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by Cynic-ale from Texas

Sep 21, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Travitten from Iowa

Sep 13, 2021
Rated: 4 by eddie5721 from Illinois

Jun 16, 2021
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Reviewed by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had recently thanks to a friend with a bottle. Poured dark and viscous with notes of chocolate, cherry and balsamic vinegar. Flavor was similar to the nose with the vinegar coming on strong at the end. But my favorite type of sour but good for what it is.
Apr 27, 2021
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Apr 20, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by chepi141 from Missouri

Mar 16, 2021
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Rated by BeerRay from Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Awesome Cherry and barrel
Feb 23, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by swanfungus from California

Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 5 by ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Dec 06, 2020
Rated: 4.52 by David_Menendez from Pennsylvania

Oct 03, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Beerbom from California

Aug 11, 2020
Black & Wild from Side Project Brewing
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