Side Project Black & Wild
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Black & Wild is the antithesis of most American Wild Ales. The robust nature of the intense acidity, bold sour cherries, and chocolaty malt is layered with the deep notes of vanilla, spicy charred oak, and rich caramels from the used whiskey barrels in which this beer matured for more than a year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2015
This beer is crazy nuanced. It puts nearly every other beer Iíve tried this year to shame, despite being in a style Iím not overly fond of. Nose is cocoa, caramels, hint of cinnamon, wisps of balsamic. Pricks the tongue immediately with acidity, rich tart cherries, hints of bourbon sweetness and rye spice, and a lasting acetic quality. All told, this beer is hard to deny. I wish it was a touch less sour. Otherwise itís basically perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3379) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour with a kaki head. Sour berry and barrel bouquet. Huge acidic sour cherries, vinegar, oak, and malt notes. Tart but tasty. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1346) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2015
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Black body with a huge khaki head. Nice looking. I immediately smell bourbon. Strong acidity and roasted malt. Maybe cherries? Taste is much stronger cherry. Intensely sour. Overpowers everything. Some roasted malt and a little bitterness, but mostly sourness. Well carbonated. Medium body. Flavorful, but overwhelmed by sourness. I get none of the barrel in the taste, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1547) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle at cellar. Pour is black with a medium tan head. Aroma is tart with some vinegar and woody components. Lots of berry. Flavor is also tart with lots Of Berry And a hint of vinegar. There is an underlying roasted malt component that creeps up and stays. It balances it all out. I did not expect to like this but it was so interesting and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Blend 2. Bottle at the cellar. Pours a deep black color with a creamy light tan head. Surprisingly deceptive appearance. Dark sour in the aroma. Flavor has a wonderul acetic character on top of some mild dark smoky malts. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2108) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2015 Batch #2. Black. Smells sour. Strong blackberry and cherry. Incredibly tart. Puckering. I dig this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2015
bottle thanks to Dustin, one of the jammiest berry assaults in a beer i have hd. and not sweet at all! Great robust jam flavors, tart, dark, a hint of roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2579) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2015 750, batch 1. Dark red pour. Acidic cherry spur. Some dark red and black malt. Touch of cocoa, some sour brown notes. Predominantly acidic cherry. Very good cherry sour. Was expecting a bit more chocolate covered cherry to come through. 4/25/15 Dark Lord Day

750 batch 2. At the side project cellar. Dark red. Sour tart cherry. Tons of fruit. Acidic, but not very so like side project stuff. Chocolate and rye whiskey spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Tart with caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a dark ruby brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong oak, cherry skin, vanilla. Thin mouthfeel, puckering sour, cherry, caramel, oak. Really enjoyed this one.

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