Soursmith Black Raspberry
Arclight Brewing Company

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From:
Arclight Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #35
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
97
Ranked #538
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 12.11%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
55
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 11, 2022
Added:
Nov 13, 2017
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  7
SCORE
97
World-Class
Soursmith Black RaspberrySoursmith Black Raspberry
Notes: American Wild Ale with Black Raspberries
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Pouring with crazily deep and intense wine-like hues, the dark brick red to purple body builds an overactive dark mauve foam that quickly settles to a moderately thick blanket that's airy but level. The head beautifully retains as a soft blanket throughout the entire session.

Insanely juicy black raspberry erupts right up front and remains at full throttle through to the end. And it's distinctly black raspberry too, not fucking around or getting confused with anything else. It's not an overly bright red raspberry expression, and not an intensely herbal, seedy blackberry character, but that delicately unique mix of both and neither that's nearly translating here as elderberry syrup. While a mild char character hints at acetic acid in flavor, it's not nearly as acidic in feel as it seems it'd be, particularly relative to other similar beers by breweries like Side Project or Funk Factory.

A soft effervescence brings a lightness to its medium body, which comes to a semi-dry finish.

I can't tell you how heavily I traded for Funk Factory's similar take on this fruit, Framzwartje, but for this to be an extra thrown into a larger trade and be this much fucking better is both depressing and uplifting in the most wonderful way.

This Soursmith entry is an absolute masterpiece that's a magnificent showcase of an exceedingly uncommon fruit that too often gets treated poorly in beer form.
Feb 11, 2022
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Rated by mdfb79 from New York

4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Insanely tart but very good.
Oct 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.61 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 27, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle from Tavour. Indigo pour with a light purplish head. Tart aroma, berries, jam. Taste is sweet before the tartness hits, quite a nice pucker. Black raspberry flavors run deep and long. Wonderful mouthfeel, silky, thick. I can see why this is getting high scores.
Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Sep 13, 2021
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tasted like New Glarus Raspberry tart with some raspberry vinegar in it. Aged 18 months, and maybe that’s too long when it’s just going to be a fruit vehicle.

Beautiful black red sanguine blood of christ with a purple foam. Aromas of black raspberry, whiff of sugar and vinegar.

Taste is the same, somewhat rich fruit character, fairly sweet, with a moderate sourness and underlying acetic sting. I’ve been reassured that the last batch was vinegar free so this may be a new direction. Not the end all be all black raspberry beer that some would have you believe, all the words in the thesaurus can't make up for that acetic sting. Thanks Thomas and Adam for the assist after the annual foraging trip.
Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this one on tap at Arclight. This one was really good. Not too tart and just enough sweetness. The look is really nice, dark purple with a redish purple head. We bought a bottle to bring home with us.
Jul 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jun 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Apr 19, 2021
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Rated by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
5/5 no need to say anything further.
Mar 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.62 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by timmy2b from New York

Feb 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by kkarimi from Texas

Feb 16, 2021
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Rated by JCB1711 from Alaska

4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Hands down my favorite fruited sour by far. Smooth, fruity, tangy, sweet. Everything rolled into a delicious little bottle.
Jan 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by paresis from Massachusetts

Oct 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.59 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Aug 14, 2020
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.06/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
11 ounce pour - $10.00 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very dark purple-black body with a thin, thinning, reddish-purple ring.

Smell: A coalesced stream of balsamic vinegar and sweet, tart berry syrup.

Taste: A heavy-handed glug glug glug of balsamic vinegar flavored with black raspberry and chased with a back of PAAS Easter Egg dye. It's sweet, a little sweaty and strongly vinegary.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Very lightly carbonated.

Overall: Whew! That was a rough ten ounces. A severe beverage -- no niceties, no subtleties and certainly no grace.
Jun 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Jun 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.46 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jan 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.28 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.55 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Aug 15, 2019
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Arrives with a deep purple color and capped by a thick mauve head; clumps of pinkish foam cling to the glass

Smell: Black raspberry (I didn't know this was different from blackberry) and vinous red wine grape; oaky with a hint of sweetness

Taste: Sour black raspberry and, blackberry, along with black cherry forward, as the bold flavor develops, red wine grape and a sweeter jammy flavor comes through, bringing a pie crust aspect, as well; oaky, with a nice balance between the sweet and the sour, in the finish, along with a dry character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I had not heard of this brewery before but this is really impressive and, if other beers match this quality, these guys should be in the national conversation
Aug 04, 2019
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sample at the Sour Beer fest in Boston on 6/15/2019
Deep reddish purple with a thin pink head that recedes. Intense sweet and tart fruit nose and flavor with a light puckering tartness. One of the best beers at the fest.
Jul 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.68 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jun 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 17, 2019
 
Rated: 1 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jun 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.87 by JoeMad from Michigan

May 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.48 by shehateme from Massachusetts

May 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.52 by Eziel from Ohio

May 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

May 21, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This was an absolutely amazing brew. Tart, slightly acidic. But beautifully balanced and provides huge hits of punchy black raspberries. A great beer.
May 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.74 by aasher from Indiana

Apr 15, 2019
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Rated by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Straight jam. Need some toast points with this. Thanks, Chris and Lisa!
Apr 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.52 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Lives up to the hype, this is a simply incredible fruited sour. Looks like red wine, smells of jammy berries, taste is just breathtaking. Explosion of intense berry flavors, jammy and funky without being too puckering, cannot fathom that this is 9%. The Soursmith series is great and this is the best one (close second is the Pineapple Mango).
Feb 22, 2019
Soursmith Black Raspberry from Arclight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 69 ratings