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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xnicknj on 07-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 26
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of claspada
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy black color with a moderate tan head that recedes to leaves some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with light dark malt and tart fruits. The base beer brings notes of an Irish Stout (slight chocolate, cocoa and grainy notes). But the real great quality of the beer emerges as it warms and it comes from the Pinot Wine Barrels (earthy, musty oak, big cherry and blackberry notes).

The tastes follow the nose with a medley of light darker malt flavors but soon after you get the tart berry flavors. As it warms you get the lactic tartness, light oaky barrel, vinous dark grape notes. The blackberry, cherry and raspberry sour fruitiness complements the dark beer base perfectly.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is farily dry and sour but not overly so of either.

Overall this is my favorite dark sour I have ever had. Compared to something like Tart of Darkness with is just dark roast and cherry sourness, this is much more complex from the wine barrel adding that extra vinous/berry fruitiness which takes this to the next level. The sourness is definitely there but by no means overwhelming and will definitely probably develop more with time but I like it now so I can appreciate the subtle red wine flavors in this beer. With the exception of Idiot's Drool, Weyerbacher is really dialing in their Wild Ale program.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Etan
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a rich blackish brown with a soft tan head. Good retention.

S: Lots of brett notes in the nose. Heavy gamey hay, vinegar tartness, some mildly sweet malts floating behind. Very funky.

T: Horseblanket, soft notes of coffee and roasted grain, moderate berry-like tartness, some slightly drying wine tannins.

M: Light with zesty carbonation.

O: Not as sour as I was expecting, which is a good thing - the beer is superbly balanced and drinkable. A very surprising success, and one of my favorite Weyerbacher beers so far.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color. It poured with a thin layer of tan bubbles on the surface; these died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of oak in the nose along with some hints of cherries.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a light to moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This is a very nice wild ale that seems to balance the perfect amount of sourness with fruity flavors.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal to light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sour/tartness with smells of sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, and some oak.

T: This beer is very tasty with lots of sour/tartness that has an almost balsamic vinegar like flavor. There are some light hints of roasted malts with some barrel notes of oak and maybe even a little bit of dark grape. Some light notes of cherry as well.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness which lingers.

O: This is a very enjoyable and easy to drink beer - I can appreciate the lower ABV making this beer almost sessionable. I'm super happy that I got a bottle of this beer and would gladly have more of it - it is really a nice sour black ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Very dark brown to black, almost opaque but it does let a bit of light come through at top. Forms a solid, three finger size tan head, but there is not much visible carbonation, and has poor lacing throughout.

S: Sour and tangy, hints of coffee, a little vinous.

T: Like the smell, it's sour, tangy, with a bit of hop bitterness and hop fruitiness. Certainly not overly sour. Tannins lead to a fairly dry finish.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: What's here is tasty, although it doesn't blow me away. There really isn't a whole lot of complexity, but it's good. Glad I had the chance to try it.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter tasting glass; shared with a couple of friends

Sour Black slides into the glass a dark chestnut brown with a cola-like, fizzy khaki cap. The head rose about a finger before settling to a thin collar. No discernible lacing.

The nose is predominantly balsamic notes, with underlying cocoa powder, oak, roast malt, and wine. Very similar to rapture, but slightly sweeter balsamic notes.

On the palate, sweet balsamic vinegar with soft cocoa and roast through the middle. The finish is another rush of balsamic, with a dose of oak tannins and red wine. Simple, yet complex. The balsamic notes are sweet, cloying at times, but never truly in the way. The oak barrel really dries out the finish.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is an underlying blend of cocoa and roast with huge balsamic acidity.

Very tasty, complex, and just plain delicious. Rapture notes are heavily evident with the added cocoa/roast complexity giving this a huge boost. A really well done sour.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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