Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
A Note on This Beer
If you’re looking for a basic Sour Ale, keep scrolling. This one’s not for you.
Black Project’s WIRETAP is one of the most complex and exotic beers we’ve seen in a while.
To make it, the team the Denver Post named 2-time Colorado Brewery of the Year starts with their solera base. The solera process is where the brewers add a little of each new batch of Sour Ale they deem fit into a blend. It often takes several years, and it creates some of the most elaborately flavorful Sours in craft.
You know how dishes cooked in a cast-iron skillet taste so good? It’s because the seasoning builds upon the hundreds of meals before it. Solera is like the skillet cooking of beer blending. And, Black Project’s solera base is just the beginning for today’s brew.
Next, the brewers dry hop it with dank Ekuanot and rare Chelan and Strisselspalt Hops. This gives the beer a floral hop aroma and a bitter aftertaste that blends well with its peach-apricot acidity and ultra-dry finish.
Oh, there’s more! To push this beer further, the brewers added whole vanilla beans from Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. The dexterous Black Project team scraped, chopped, and puréed the beans before adding them to the base beer, delivering vanilla notes into the nose, as well as a silky smooth body.
Are you looking for a basic Sour Ale, or are you ready for a WIRETAP adventure?
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A nice, unique full body for a sour ale.
Nice dry and sour flavor, even gives you a good sour after kick.
I guess I don’t like sour ales. This is almost undrinkable. 2 came in my order but I poured them down the drain
Perfect sour drink. It kicks in my mouth! Easy to drink.
Super tart but smooth
The dryness of this one cuts some of the sourness Black Project usually has which is nice. I got the vanilla towards the end of each sip. Would recommend
Only black project sour that I haven’t loved
Good base, lovely vanilla. Wish it was just a little more tart
Funky sour, as advertised. That sour base is really, really good.
Very tart, which I enjoy. The base has the smooth maltiness of a wheat. Definitely not for sour beer beginners. A unique sour worth trying
More sour than sweet and the vanilla gives it a nice subtle yet distinct flavor. Would buy again!
Very tart but has an odd aftertaste. The vanilla is really subtle if nonexistent. Not my favorite spur of theirs.
It’s a good sour but needs something more.
Warning: If you are getting into the beer scene and try this sour ale, this is not how it's suppose to taste...not at all. My wife and I love beer and beers of all kind, one sip and we looked at each other like the beer went bad, it didn't it's just how it is. Too sour and not balanced at all, the beer taste like it was rushed or someone from there has a bad pallet. I hope they improve on there products. .50 for the can design. .50 for effort. 0% For taste
Vanilla does not work with the sourness as much as desired. Initially a somewhat medicinal flavor, finishing as a fairly average sour beer. Not among my Black Project favorites.
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Funky slightly bitter and sour flavor.
Vanilla adds a nice layer in addition to the fruity dry hopped flavors on this
Unique sour ale - strong flavors without being punishingly sour.