The logo for Mountain Dew Pitch Black. (Fan-made version recreated by Duckieboy01)
|Flavor:|| United States: Black Grape (2004, 2011, and 2015)|
Citrus and Dark Fruit (2016 - Present)
International: Grape Citrus
|Current Status:|| United States|
Pakistan: Permanent Flavor
|Locations Available:|| United States|
|Year(s) Available:|| United States: 2004, 2011, 2016 - Present|
Freeze: 2006, 2016 - 2019
South Korea: 2006
New Zealand: 2011 - 2012
Malaysia: 2013 - Present
The Philippines: 2014 - 2017
Singapore: 2014 - Present
Pakistan: 2016 - Present
|Related Flavors:|| Pitch Black II|
Kickstart (Energizing Midnight Grape)
Kickstart (Energizing Grape)
|Similar Flavors:||N/A (No similar flavors to match with)|
|Related Promotions:|| Back by Popular DEWmand|
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Pitch Black (known in South Korea as "Wild Black" and also known in Canada as "Alerte Noire") is a Mountain Dew flavor first released in the Halloween of October 2004 for a limited time in the United States and Canada. It returned for another limited time alongside Supernova and Typhoon during Back by Popular DEWmand in Summer 2011 and returned again for DEWcision 2016 to compete with Baja Blast. Pitch Black won, making it a permanent flavor. In early 2019, it was discontinued in most of the regions except for the Midwest.
Pitch Black is a flavor of Mountain Dew which is Dark Purple in color, very similar to its sequel, Pitch Black II. Its flavor, at first, was Black Grape back in 2004 and 2011 in the United States and Canada. But in 2016, the flavor has been changed into a Citrus and Dark Fruit type of dew flavor. Also, the international version has a Grape Citrus type of flavor.
2004 Original Limited-Time Store Release
Pitch Black was originally released for a limited time from August 21st, 2004 to October 31st, 2004 in the United States for the Halloween season of 2004. During its limited-time run, the flavor proved to be extremely successful, which leads PepsiCo to re-release it again in 2005 but this time with a change.
2005 Sequel Limited-Time Store Release
- Main article: Pitch Black II
After the success of Pitch Black's initial release in 2004, PepsiCo decided to bring it back with a slight flavor alteration as well as a new name. This new product would be known as Pitch Black II and made its way to shelves in the Halloween season of 2005. During its 2005 run, the flavor proved a little success.
2006 7-Eleven Slurpee Limited-Time Release
Beginning in October 2006 at select participating convenience store locations, only available at 7-Eleven began offering the original, non-sour Pitch Black for a limited time operating under the name of "Mountain Dew Pitch Black Freeze", which lasted at the end of October 2006.
2011 Back by Popular DEWmand Limited-Time Release
- Main article: Back by Popular DEWmand
In December 2015, Mountain Dew announced via their Facebook page that 1,050 people would have the chance to win a special limited run of Pitch Black by posting why they wanted Pitch Black and using the hashtag #WeWantPitchBlack in the post.
DEWcision 2016 Limited-Time Store Release
- Main article: DEWcision 2016
Pitch Black was released again in 2016 for the DEWcision 2016 promotion alongside Baja Blast. This promotion involved a voting poll for fans to vote on their favorite of the two flavors via Twitter hashtags and other social media sites. The winner of the promotion was made permanent on store shelves. Pitch Black was declared the winner in a live announcement on July 18, 2016, beating Baja Blast, thus making it a permanent flavor.
2019 Discontinuation Rumors
As of May 1st, 2019, in a Reddit post, a Pepsi employee claimed that Pitch Black had officially been discontinued due to low sales throughout its permanent release. This has appeared to be somewhat of a misnomer, though - Mountain Dew officially claims it has not been nationally discontinued yet, and several people have still managed to find unexpired 20oz bottles and 12 packs, albeit very sparsely, along the Midwest region.
2004 Canadian Limited-Time Store Release
At the same time when Pitch Black was released in the United States, Pitch Black was also released for a limited time in Canada for the Halloween season of 2004. However, it was released in caffeine-free only due to health restrictions in Canada which prohibited Caffeine in Mountain Dew.
In 2006, the original Pitch Black was released in South Korea under the name "Wild Black" and described as "A blast of Grape Flavor." Pitch Black was also released in New Zealand in 2011 until it was replaced with Passionfruit Frenzy in late 2012. It was also released in Malaysia. It was also released in the Philippines in 2014 with LiveWire during the summer months as a permanent flavor. It was also the first time in the Philippines to release a different flavor. Pitch Black together with LiveWire was featured in DEWmocracy Singapore. It won and was now a permanent flavor. However, it disappeared in 2014 but returned as a 7-Eleven exclusive in 2017.
Soda Fountain Release
In January 2016, Pitch Black arrived at select Speedway convenience store locations in the United States as a fountain drink (and in some locations as a freeze beverage). It was expected to leave Speedway once the DEWcision 2016 promotion began. However, most, if not, all Speedway locations that sell Pitch Black, have continued to offer the flavor while coinciding with the DEWcision 2016 promotion. As of April 13th, 2019, it was confirmed by Speedway themselves that Pitch Black was later replaced by Cyclone, as the new Speedway exclusive Dew flavor.
Circle K Release
In Early 2017, it was reported that Pitch Black had arrived at select Circle K convenience store locations as a fountain drink permanently. However, since the recent introduction of the new Mountain Dew Zero Sugar variation had spread, Pitch Black alongside Mountain Dew Ice was later replaced by Zero Sugar in February 2020.
In August 2018, Pitch Black arrived at select Sheetz convenience store locations as a fountain drink permanently. As of April 2020, it is still available in select Sheetz locations.
Convenience Stores Release
Pitch Black was also available from some soda fountains in select Circle K, Maverik, Sheetz, Cumberland Farms, Pilot/Flying J gas stations, Kum & Go, Blake's Lotaburgers, Stewart's gas stations, and more. It was later in all of those convenience store chain locations.
As of July 10th, 2020, in regards to Pitch Black being removed from most Circle K and Speedway locations. It appears that Pitch Black is in a phase where certain convenience stores are dropping Pitch Black in exchange for another Mountain Dew flavor. As for other convenience stores like Kum & Go. A new fountain exclusive Mountain Dew flavor, Atomic Blue has been reportedly in a process of replacing Pitch Black in most, if not, all locations. This shows that Pitch Black is currently on the verge of being fully discontinued.
- Pitch Black was a black grape flavored soda, now, it is Citrus and Dark Fruit since 2016, which is actually dark purple in color. By looking at the bottle with very little light around it, it would seem black, hence its name.
- Pitch Black is one of six grape flavored Mountain Dew variants (see "Related Flavors" in the infobox).
- Pitch Black was a permanent flavor in New Zealand until it was replaced with Passionfruit Frenzy. However, LiveWire and Code Red still remain. Voltage (which goes under the name "Electro Shock"), remained a permanent flavor until 2014 when it was replaced by White Out.
- It was one of the most frequently reappearing 'Limited Time' flavors, counting spinoff flavors and various international appearances. As of now, Pitch Black has been made permanent in the Mountain Dew lineup in the United States, its homeland (Including Speedway, Circle K, Sheetz, 7-Eleven, and more).
- The Creature From The Black Lagoon or "Gillman" was somewhat of a mascot for Pitch Black & Pitch Black II as it appeared in a number of advert pieces holding the soda.
- This flavor was the first Halloween themed flavor, the second being Pitch Black II, and the third being VooDEW 2019.