Soursmith Black Raspberry | Arclight Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arclight Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arclightbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Wild Ale with Black Raspberries

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#357
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
34
pDev:
6.52%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
3
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0
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of aasher
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of ragnar3
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of detpizzaboi
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
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).

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Photo of Vicirus
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kreg02
3.49/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 ounce prowler into tulip glass, filled on 1/18/2019. Pours crystal clear very dark ruby red/purple/brown color with a small dense dark pink/purple head with great retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge juicy/tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, strawberry, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, brown sugar, wheat, and bread dough; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, pepper, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of black raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, strawberry, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, brown sugar, wheat, and bread dough; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, pepper, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and slight yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. lingering notes of black raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, strawberry, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, brown sugar, wheat, bread dough, oaken vanilla, pepper, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity, robustness, and balance of black raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine barrel flavors; with an amazing malt/tart/sourness, and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is insane. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is a mind blowing fruited sour/wild ale! All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance of black raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and wine barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Absolutely enormous juicy/jammy berries; with perfectly balanced Brett/Bacteria complexity, wine barrels, and dark/bready malts against acidity. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. Not overly sweet, or sour/tart/tangy either way. A truly mind blowing offering, and world class style example. Definitely the best imperial sour I've ever had, lives up to the hype.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DLD - bottle share 5/19/2018; very enjoyable sour

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Photo of fthegiants
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a stunningly dark red color, almost black, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like pure and utter black raspberry, with lactose/melted smoothie, and lemon candy.

This is only mildly tart, as the absurd amount of raspberry ovewhelms everything here. It's a supremely good expression the fruit- the fruit flavor is so deep, creamy, juicy, and authentic. It's honestly of the best raspberry flavors I've ever gotten out of a beer. It's easy to get over how one-note this is, because the raspberry is just ridiculous.

This is really, really creamy, with a good level of drinkability. It's like a melted smoothie.

This is vey impressive. It's one of the most fruit forward beers I've ever had.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of loganburgh
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elvisdoc
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dankacheese
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker purple in body, one finger light purple head. One finger offwhite head. Smell is bright raspberry jam, moderate acetic acidity, light lactic presence, touch of lemon. Slight hint of oak. Touch of tannin, maybe even a little vanillin. Flavour follows, although a bit more acetic than expected, more fruit tartness than on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium in body, good carbonation. Dry. A solid blackberry sour, absolutely jammy with lots of tart fruit character to it.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of GDawgs34
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kidzord
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Soursmith Black Raspberry from Arclight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 34 ratings