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Weyerbacher Sour Black

Weyerbacher Sour Black
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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Sour Black, ~5% ABV, is a Black Ale aged in Wine Barrels. These barrels are the same used Pinot Noir barrels which produced Rapture. Brettanomyces lambicus was added to the barrels adding a nice acidity. Itís fruity and tart with just enough roasted character; a truly delightful dark ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: A wonderfully different sour ale. Most sours Iíve tried take a beer and turn it sour, but this one just adds a sour layer and keeps its stout like flavors. Very complex. Itís like two beers in one instead of just one transformed beer. Very easy to drink. The body was a little thin, but that just made it easier to drink. The roasted malt showed up even more when paired with some great Blue Stilton cheese. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with a huge, creamy, tan head that mostly, but very slowly, diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained light roasted malt; ever so slightly chocolate; some wood; mostly sour fruit; slight sweet fruit; and hints of vinegar. The flavor had slightly sweet fruit, then mostly sour fruit, then roasted malt and a little chocolate and then some very tart fruit and wood. The light to medium body was dry with tingly but sort of soft carbonation and a dry and moderately astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbaker67 (23) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Nearly opaque black color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, vanilla, Pinot, berries, brett, light roast and some bacteria. Taste of vanilla, red wine, dried fruits, lightly malty, vanilla, some wood, and a lightly sour finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
750 cc from Caponeís and Craft. Pours hazy black with minimal tan head. Nose is huge sour mashy fruit, dark malt, big cherry and blackberry. Tastes of tart blackberry, raspberry, somewhat sweeter to the taste than the smell would let on, but with ample lactic tartness, with some port wine late to join the complex tart berry medley and dark malts. This one is a great sour ale. This one in my opinion is better than Sly Fox black raspberry wheat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopFilter (6) - Lawrenceburg, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2012 does not count
One of the most unique brews I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Pours a very nice deep earth color, extremely low viscosity with a pleasantly thin head. Aroma reminds me of aging rye whiskey with fermenting cherries. The taste is truly pronounced without being overbearing and is identical to the aroma. A tart fermented cherry nibble that quickly melds into a wonderful rye whiskey finish. The palate is extremely smooth with the sourness quickly falling off of a cliff. A residual flavor of American Oak finishes of with a light presence of cherry. Very drinkable and enjoyable throughout the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3552) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, pinot noir, and yeast. Roasted malt flavor with pinot presence a bit of sour and at times a cocoa ending. Well carbonated. Really nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Cloudy dark brown / black thick tan head sour tart cherry aroma taaaaasty sour crisp refreshing tart fruits nice carb levels. served at gabf 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (447) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Without initially knowing this was aged in wine barrels, I thought it smelled like dill pickles. Now knowing, the wine aroma is quite nice! Pours a dark black with a light tan head that fades quickly. The barrel aged wine comes through strong upfront. Very sour! Upon warming, hints of dark fruit, black liquorice and malts come out. Finishes dry with a nice sour aftertaste. Very well balanced palate, creamy but not too thick or too thin. Overall an amazing, original beer that tastes like nothing Ive ever had! If youre lucky enough to find this, get it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
maekchu (3503) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
Bomber. Deep bloody and funky sour nose, dark fruit with Brett. Very dark, near black, thin brown head. Sour cherries at first; mid goes deeper with earthy notes (someone mentioned root vegetables); smooth and complex finish. Thin-medium body, astringent. Stout-like sour. Very good and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5623) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2012
750 ml cork and caged bottle from Capones. This one poured way thicker and darker then I was expecting, looks like a solid porter with a solid dark black body and a smaller to average sized foamy light beige head. Aroma is sour overall with some vinegar notes but lots of dark malts coming through in thr form of chalk, dusty chocolate, waxy tootsie roll wrappers, wet barrel, dry nut shells and some lightly buttered brown toast. Milkshake thick body, incredibly thick for a sour, average to softer carboantion and only a light sourness, but the thickness is a welcome difference to traditional sours. Flavor is sour, vinegar, sour chocolate, dark sour fruit skins, wet burnt toast some slight vinous notes. This one gets better and better as it warms (or as I get drunker and drunker).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Has some nice cherry/tobacco like scents and taste, very interesting.

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