Cygnus | Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

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Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Cherry Oxcart

A blend of 1, 2, and 3, year ale, in the same method as a traditional Lambic, refermented with cherries, similar to a traditional Kriek.

Added by Britt on 08-16-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by MarkyMOD:
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Project is good with cherries. Happy to say that after Ramjet and Cygnus. Cygnus was very cherry forward, as opposed to Ramjet's balance, but the cherry character was almost spot on. Cherry was a tad soft and not quite perfect. Culture overshadowed the cherry at certain points (mostly towards the end of the cherry punch) when I just wanted more cherry juice, but still amazing. Would put this just a little below most Casey cherry Cuts, about a tier below the few Montmorency (cherry in Cygnus) Cuts I've tried. Montmorency profile was pretty typical of most Montmorency sours. Very similar to Casey's Montmorency profile, especially Cut Mont. Was happy with the price it was at ($32), felt fair. Base beer didn't come through much, but I didn't mind. Was much more focused on/surprised by the cherry. Had Oxcart (base beer) today and it was pretty light and contained (guessing it'll age well), easy to see why it could be missed in Cyg.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aaronyoung01
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of unoriginal
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fettpopps
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Aisha
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M_chav
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

definitely one of the better beers i have had from these guys. its rather complex on the wild side, and while the fruit aspect and the overall refinement might be lacking a little bit here, i think the flavors are rather unique, owing largely to the fermenting agents, and its different enough that i really dig it, despite it needing a little cleaning up. juicy saturated pink color here, very cloudy and thick, pale and washed out shade, tall frothing white head, creamy looking. aroma is majorly funky, layers of a bretty complex right off the bat, backed up by a little sour citric pucker and the sweet pie cherries, smells very mature, woody, dry. the flavor matches the nose pretty well, more cherries than you can smell, and they add a little sweetness to cut the acidity, which is still only moderate. the funky side of this is what makes it a winner for me, very layered and nuanced, fruity brett complexion with the farmy straw hayloft deal, very rustic and old world. a little more body though than it needs, and an almost gritty texture to it, homebrewy in feel there, must have skipped any sort of filtration efforts, maybe even skipped a cold crash for clarity, and it could have benefited from that. overall though a pretty compelling brew, ony of my favorites i have had from these guys so far. glad they went all on in the black project stuff!

edit: either later batches of this have improved, or it has aged really well if they only made it once. balaton and montmorency cherries together in this, they seem more obvious and forward to me now, and the missing refinement is there. the beer is clearer, seemingly fruitier, and with amazing funk to it, like lambic from a yeast standpoint, heaps of iodine and oak, tang and tannins, red wine, just awesome. are there versions of this with other fruit than cherries? i have to boost up some scores, this is amazing now!

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Photo of mig100
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cygnus from Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 12 ratings