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Oblivion Sour Red - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 97
Gots: 119 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 12-29-2013

Oblivion is a sour red ale aged with blackberries and dates in red wine barrels for 8-10 months.
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Ratings: 412 | Reviews: 42
Photo of benzalman
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dry finish that I wasn't too into.

Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a beautiful brownish red color.

The aroma hits of tart berries, vinous, slight barrel.

The flavor follows with lots of tart berries up front, blackberries and raspberries. There's a touch of funk on the back along with vinous quality throughout.

The beer is reminiscent of an oud bruin, towards Caractere Rouge.

Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle tasted 28 Feb 2015. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear, rusty medium amber-brown. Not much head, not surprising for a sour.

Smell is a feast. Tart berries, red grapes, light vinous notes. Varied, and outstanding.

Taste contains many of the delightful elements of the smell, but they come through muddied and conflicting. There's great stuff in there, but it bounces from flavor to flavor without any real coherence. And there's a bit of sharpness, the harsh edge of the sour, that I'm not enjoying.

Feel is good. Light-bodied, buzzing enough to keep the flavors moving, with a quick crisp finish (taking the sharpness with it).

A really nice sour that's just a bit rough around the edges. Flavors don't work together as well as they could. Otherwise excellent.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Funkatorium, Asheville NC

L - Red with 2 fingers of head and tons of lacing left on the glass

S - funk! Wow...big sour aroma

T - cherries, plums, sourness. Tasty as hell

F - well carbonated

O - another great brew from Wicked Weed

Photo of KM_Seahawk
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours carmel/red color with light beige head, no lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, musty yeast with dark fruit notes. Taste is tart red fruit upfront, slight wine and ends with funky yeastiness. Very smooth, easy drinking for ~9% alc. Really enjoyable.

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red wine and modest blackberries in aroma.

Flavor is blackberry dominant, with definite vinous notes. Fairly high acetic sour character.

Photo of adapt313
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep red with an tan, airy head. The smell is all bready, musty funk at first. Opens up after a minute to give more dark berry and barrel character. The taste is quite a bit more complex. Very well balanced between sweet, tart, and funk. Both the blackberry and dates are present in the taste, much moreso than the aroma, and easily dostinguished. Lots of tannic oak and red wine notes. For as dry as it is there is still enough sweetness to round it out. Insanely drinkable sour and hard to believe it is pushing 9%.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this one. It was a really well balanced tart finish with some nice fruit.

Photo of Raziel313
2.35/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Extremely pungent but tastes like its gone bad

Photo of KajII
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Pours a translucent dark red with a creamy light brown head. The aroma has a bold musty Brett yeast odor, a note of blackberries, a red vinous scent and a bit of cask. This brew begins with a strong sour berry flavor, then a funky yeastiness creeps in with the finish being sweetly tart with a slight red wine presence...

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled On: 1.9.15. Reviewed while listening to the Mastodon song of the same name.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Sour aroma with a dark fruit presence and moderate funk. The barrel notes add a medicinal layer to the profile.

T- Well-balanced between the tartness and dark fruit. The sour quality hangs on only as long as it needs to and goes into a somewhat sweet finish. Alcohol is well-concealed.

M- Just the right amount of pucker with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I find this to be a much more well-balanced sour than the overly intense Black Angel. The fruit and tartness actually interplay rather than it just being a lactic acid bomb.

"Fallen from grace cause I been away too long. Leaving you behind with my lonesome song. Now I'm lost in oblivion."

Photo of bubseymour
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up while on travels in Wilmington, NC at a super cool chic bottle shop called Fermental. First time sampling a Wicked Weed brew so I'm drinking this one fresh vs. cellaring. Super bright red and a great head for a sour. Smells of slight horseblacket funk and cherries (although it says blackberries, I smell cherries). Subtle smell in both scents and not super strong. Taste is noticed horseblack and cherry tartness. Nothing sweet though and somewhat dry on the pallet (perhaps the red wine barrels coming through). Mild tartness/sourness. Overall this is a great beer, decent price point for the wild ale/sour style and I highly recommend.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1-9-15. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a deep, vibrant, ruby-tinged date coloring, with a filmy, low profile, off-white head and a few trails of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of tart blackberry, dry red wine notes, woody highlights, rich old world fruit sweetness, tart cherry, notes of yeast funk, some danky cellar qualities, barn must, and some latent sour qualities. Smells delicious. Flavors are tart berry and cherry forward, with a crisp and almost jaw locking quality, followed quickly by a balancing rich sweetness of date and fig. Very subtle woody notes, with hints of char imparted, as well as some subtle caramel notes to help give some body to the otherwise tart and sour palate. Funky notes of horse blanket and fruity esters are matched up with some very vegetal and herbal notes. Dark and rich at its core with the dates, which really shines through to the end. The body is big, but kept crisp by the carbonation and dry from the wine barrel notes. The aftertaste is sweet, with a balance of crisp and tart fruity notes on the heavy, rich, old world fruit notes. Dry, lingering finish, where the red wine characteristics imparted really come to the front. This is an extremely well crafted, tasty beer.

Photo of humuloner22
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one gets the same rating as the Black Angel from me, but in all honesty its better, but minimally.

Appearance: Light ruby red color. Transparent and effervescent but not overly carbonated. Very attractive beer. Its hard to describe the color, it is red but has some translucent character too it. Not totally murky and dark red as Black Angel.

Aroma: Lots going on here, sweetness berries and vinous like a wine. It certainly captures the essence of the berries that were put into it. It is tart but not overly tart on the nose almost does smell like a nice light Pinot Noir.

Taste: Berries shine on this one, very tasty, not much funk if any its tart and cleansing its a very refreshing beer. I would like to have this one on hand for a nice meal at any time. Very tasty and complex. I could appreciate this beer with food. Its not a guzzler its a beer to be savored and enjoyed with food.

Overall: Once again Wicked Weed has done a very nice job with this one. Probably my favorite Wicked Weed offering thus far. I know I gave it the same score as Black Angel but honestly it is a little better and if I could I would bump it up a few points to reflect that, but let this be my way of showing my enjoyment.

Photo of handcrafty
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into my snifku. Dated 1.9.15; so pretty fresh from the barrel.

Pours a dark mahogany with a slight tan head that laces the rim for seconds before it dissipates. Smells of plum, dark-berries, pinot noir grapes, red wine vinegar and subtle funkiness leap from the glass. The first sip produces a taste of raspberry jam spread on sourdough toast . Nice barnyard notes in the background, and oak and cherrywood notes from the barrels. Moderate carbonation, and not overly sour like some wine barrel wilds tend to be.

Overall, another solid offering from the fine folks at the Weed. Great complexities give way to a great, easy drinking 8.5 abv wild ale.


Photo of DWatts9
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautifully rich mahogany with an awesome creamy tan head that disappears steadily. Smells funky with tart raspberries and blackberries. Tastes just as advertised with a tart bite with a great mouthful and a sweet date and fruity finish. Fantastic sour from my favorite brewery. Two thumbs way up.

Photo of Igotmypistola
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like this.. quite a bit

Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-01-10 at the Funkatorium.

On cask. Quite sour. Plum and sour cherry. A bit of an initial malt backbone but finishes ever-so-dry. Vinous (red wine). More astringent than their Black Angel.

Photo of Devman171
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. pours dark pink with white head. Aroma is light tart and dark fruits. taste is one note light sour with dates, light tart and dry finish.

Photo of cvm4
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a dark amber/mahogany body with hints of plum/grape. Has a light khaki one finger head.

S - Light berries, sour, lactic and a touch of funk.

T - Juicy plum, blackberries and raspberries with red wine characteristics. Has a medium sourness to it and a bit of sweetness as well as oak. Seems like a malty element to bring it all together.

F - Medium body/carbonation with a dry finish. Crisp.

O - This beer is hitting the mark for me.

Photo of gcamparone
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml into a snifter. Thank you Keith for hooking me up with this one!

Pours a super hazy, cloudy dark amber/light mohagony body with a 2 finger off white head that reduces to a ring of foam. Little lacing.

Aromas of sharp lactic, vinegar, red wine, light fruits and berries, citrus.

On the tongue is super tart fruits, oak, red wine, lemon juice, drying, astringent berry peel, and a light berry juice and red wine on the finish.

Medium, mouth coating body with medium carbonation.

Very delicious beer, the berries could have showed up a little more on the tongue but good nonetheless

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep bright amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of sour notes with some vinous notes and some light berry notes. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with some vinous red wine notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very interesting beer with loads of complexity. Dates are noticeable but do not play a huge role in this beer.

Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep Amber with white head, nice retention and decent amount of lacing. Nose has deep berry flavor paired with a touch of funk, black cherry, mild lacto notes. The taste is features dark berries and cherries with some fruity sweetness. This is balanced by a delicate sour character. Finish is clean. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation and medium body. Overall, the high abv is well hidden, tartness is there but nothing over the top, and plenty of fruit character. Very nice.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slight chill haze drops out quickly. Head is a dirty-white. Starts with a small dense head that drops to a spotty cap and slightly thicker collar. Minimal carbonation on the pour. A deep garnet red with some purples and brighter reds.

Smell: Woody. Deep hits of generic red wine with the associated dark fruit. Blackberry is prevalent with some cherry, blueberry, plum, and yes, dates. A touch of worn leather with a solid push of oak. Light acetic push with some very mild citric elements. Even a touch lactic. A complex blend of bugs that doesn't really read as tart. Warming puts up a bit more leather with a little bit of caramel malt in the back. Slightly tannic and damp.

Taste: Damp fruit. Slightly musty. Blackberry, cherry skin, blueberry, raspberry....lots of berries. Some hints of strawberry with plum and date. A bunch of fruit. WIne barrel adds some very slight vinous character with a touch of oak. Blend of lactic, citric, and mildly acetic funk. Very vague tart push through the back of the sip. Leather. A touch of dark chocolate. Decidedly lactic as it warms with a heavy yogurt finish. Dates jump out of the back a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick initial sip with a moderate carbonation and medium body. Slight astringency on the sip without being dry. Fruitiness lends a fake sense of body.

Overall: Stare in to the face and be not afraid.

It's a decent "sour" red. The wine barrel and fruit give it a big fruity flavor but everything else falls a little short. The blend of bugs gets muddled and the profile loses a bit overall.

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a strong pour and achieves an inch off biscuity tan head that quickly fades to just a skim in a few minutes. Body is a murky mix of fresh brewed tea and raspberry juice in tone. Nose is brilliantly tart with tones of sour cherries and not quite ripe raspberries. Dusty sweet and sour is consistent on the nose as well. Very appealing in smell. With first sip you get a battle of sour feel and bold dryness that battle for dominance on the palate. Not as tart as I was expecting but very complex. Red wine like tannins are very present and make for a wonderful experience on the taste buds. Cherry skins, rhubarb, and grape seed all play in the flavor here. Mouthfeel stays in line perfectly with the taste profile dry and slightly tart. Incredibly drinkable and a real attractive brew overall. A real gem of a sour as it really shows off what this brewery can do.

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Oblivion Sour Red from Wicked Weed Brewing
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