Sour Black | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Sour BlackSour Black

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by xnicknj on 07-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$25 for the single.
750mL to tulip
Sampled 30OCT12.

[A] Pours with a fluffy 3 finger high head, light brown and densely compacted. Retention is beyond thorough. Big slings of foamy lace coat the near side of the glass. The body is nearly black with dark amber-brown transparency only at the thinnest points.

[S] Sweet dark berry funk with some light roast, earth and cocoa in the background.

[T] Dark berry fruits with a nice inclusion of vinous red wine flavors. The barrel character is a touch above subtle and the oaky tannins add to the semi dry finish. Roasty flavors are somewhat downplayed by the lactic qualities. The modest level of sourness works well with base beer.

[M] Medium body with a pleasant acidity and tartness, accentuated by the dry finish and above average level of effervescence.

[O] Very enjoyable beer but now, having had it, I would never pay more than $15 for this beer again.

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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Photo of Chas58
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, purchased at the Brewery on November 10th, into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - The beer pours an inky black, with no transparency seen anywhere. The head is active and creates a thick inch high head that builds after the pour stops. the head does dissipate fairly quickly

Smell - a very strong sour nose note comes through, very string yet very pleasant. It is much harder to find other scents to compare it to since sour is do rarely found. Very little maltiness or yestiness is apparent, it is just a pungent, pleasant crispness. 

Taste -  The beer has a upfront crispness, and as with the smell is really void of any taste other than the prominent sourness. No sweetness, just crisp sourness. Once past the sourness a fruitiness does come through, with a hint of sour apple and other subtle floral notes. i expect and maybe am fooled by the blackness, but do expect a maltiness  the sourness is rich and tart, more like a lime, than a lemon. 

Mouthfeel  - the carbonation is very tight and initially stings. The beer is very crisp and leaves no lingerinng yeastiness  The mouthfeel is very pleasant, with the lingering sourness that is so prominent in tthis beer.

Overall  - This is a very special beer. Sour ales are not something everyone enjoys, but the pure flavor and cripness of this makes it very drinkable, very enjoyable and really special. Weyernacher has createdd a sour with a great flavor profile and should be a beer tried by those who love to explore and stretch their flavor enjoyment.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork seemed a bit too easy coming out and the pop seemed just a bit too loud. Ten minutes later I am finished cleaning the beer off my pants and desk. Open yours over the sink, you have been warned. Pours a solid dark brown/ black color with a huge beige head that takes a while to settle down. The aroma is quite tart with sour cherries and lemons atop a vinous dark fruity aroma as well as hints of caramel and chocolate. The flavor is mostly fruity and tart, if there was any roast or chocolate in there when fresh, that's long gone. Brown sugary sweet with lemons and cherries and a hint of funk, vanilla, balsamic, and wood. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart kind of mouthfeel going on. Not a bad beer, aside from the mess it made. Thanks to Alex M for hooking me up.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by a huge beige head that grows rocky as it fades, while leaving a smattering of lace behind

Smell: Oaky, with lactic sourness and vinous elements; black bread underneath

Taste: Dried dark fruit, up front, with prune and tart cherry flavors; in the middle, the lactic sourness emerges along with the vinous character, with the oaky dryness bringing up the rear; after the swallow, the red wine barrel aspect takes over, bringing a dry and tannic finish that retains some lactic elements

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with gentle, though high, levels of carbonation

Overall: I am winding up scoring this higher than I expected, due to its unique character, though I feel the red wine barrel aging clashes with the underlying flavor in a less than optimal way

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle into Delirium Tremens tulip. Thanks to mkurylko for the trade!

A twist of the cork and it shot out easily, followed by a predictable rupture of foam that I swiftly corralled into my glass. Sour Black lives up to the name in appearance, as the body is a deep, cola-brownish black hue. The head is gorgeous--mocha in color, sizable, and well-retained for the style. Intricate aromas greet the nose, suggesting merlot barrels, red grape skins, tropical fruit, light hints of vinaigrette, and some chocolatey breadiness from the malt. Really well put-together so far.

Maybe this beer is too young for my tastebuds? The sourness doesn't really come across as well as the aroma led me to believe. Still, there's a nice, funky tart twang that hits the tongue mid-sip, amidst dark fruits like plum, red grapes, and dark cherry. A little roast and chocolate to the malts is a nice complement. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and bursting with big carbonation bubbles. Thankfully it falls just short of effervescent on the palate. Although I would've like a bit more 'Sour' with my 'Black', Weyerbacher has a worthy creation on their hands. I just wish I had another bottle to see how it tastes in a year...

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Sour Black from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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