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Oblivion Sour Red - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 588
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 107
Gots: 157 | FT: 26
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Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

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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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/29....pours dark cherry red with lacing white foam. Red wine fruity nose. Fruity sour flavor. Red wine trickles throughout. Grape juice in abundance. Really flavorful blend of malt and wine.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red, almost brown. Off color white fizzy head that leaves lacing all over the glass. I get hints of blackberry in the nose. Slight acidity and funk behind it. Taste is full of blackberries. Dates aren't as noticeable. Very sour. Tastes like a fruity soda or sour candy. Red wine on the back. Mouthfeel is pretty light for almost 9% ABV. I had to recheck the percentage because I truly didn't believe it. It's not too big and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Overall, a fantastic sour. Maybe a bit too dark for me. I like my sours on the lighter side. Sour stouts are probably my least favorite style, not that this is in stout territory, but it seems the darker the sour, the less I like it.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was my second WW, the first being Medora and this was far better. It pours a lovely slightly cloudy brownish red which makes me instantly think of a "date" like color. There is next to no head. The nose is loaded with funky blackberries and and the taste follows with a little bit of the sweetness from the dates up front that quickly evolves into tart blackberries. This is a nice offering. I'll have it again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy garnet hue with a thin wispy head that fades quickly to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of light berry notes , faint date and malt sweetness. There are some light lacto notes and funk, but, Rather subtle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, decent blackberry notes, light date sweetness, malt sweetness, the tartness is light too. Good berry notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit flemmy on the finish.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, I enjoyed the berry notes along with the date sweetness. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/3/15, thanks to Beerness

Light fizzy head, decent lacing, dark murky auburn brown color.

Nose is like a dark sour, soured brown malts, sour berry fruit, tart flemmy like sour, lactic acid perhaps.

Taste tart sour brown, tart fruity sour, little acidic note, broken like notes, tart blackberry, flemmy funk, sour tangy flemmy brown, candied brown sugar dates, etc.

Mouth med bod little acidity, decent carb.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark with ruby hints. Nice and creamy off white head. Smell is fresh, yet complex. Honey, grapes, wood, nice citrus. Taste follows. No alcohol feel. Great drink.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid but not exceptional, subtle fruit notes but nothing clear. A solid sour red or flanders but nothing amazing. the carbonation was a bit lacking and affected the overall experience of the beer. Is this brewery growing faster than the quality control necessary for its size?

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Photo of BrownNut
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Wicked Weed was disappointing. Red wine barrel? Blackberries? Dates? Yes please! That sounds like a fantastic composition. What I got instead was a fairly generic mild sour that was pretty shallow. I had to let it warm all the way up just to have a chance at some flavor. Zero date presence. I got some identifiable fruit really only on the exhale, like a faint glimpse of a ghost. And I didn't get the wine. The closest I got to wine was an unwelcome touch of grape-stem bitterness. If they had just called this beer "Mild sour red ale," I would have rated it the same but wouldn't have been disappointed. On my personal scale, 3.75 means a notch above craft average though, so I'm not saying it's a bad or completely forgettable beer, just not a standout. Hoping for better from Medora.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty solid sour red ale with an interesting flavor profile.

Fruit, dates, wine barrel, and a decent sour flavor on this one.

Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The one very small drawback is a slightly prickly mouthfeel...other than that, this is one of my favorite sours ever..that smell and taste is absolutely ridiculous

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks and smells very similar to la folie with a more lingering head. The taste is mineral, dark fruit, lactic acid. The mountain heel is almost too carbonated, but light to medium body. The after taste is dry and vineous like a red wine. This is a great beer, but honestly, I expected a little more..

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany / crimson body with a quarter inch of khaki head. Aromas of dark cherry, oak, funk, vanilla. Similar flavor, mild acetic character. Medium bodied, mild cherry sweetness. Nice.

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4-03-15

Pours an effervescent & slightly murky brown/chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Never drips bright, pretty good head retention & lacing

S: Oakyness, leafy hops, was hoping for more...

T: Follows the nose, blackberry tartness, sourness; aged hops & a little bit of blueberry & raisin up front. Tartness, a little leafy hop & cherry sourness as this warms, a little bit of woodyness as well, plus figgyness, some Chardonnay flavor as well, even a bit of raspberry tartness.

MF: Light/medium body, slight carbonation, carbonation picks up as this warms

Almost reaches upper echelon status & is well worth a go unless the +$1 an ounce price gives you pause, I know it did for me for a few minutes.

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Photo of SFNC
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A muddy purple pour with a thin sand colored head that all but vanishes very quickly, Some light suds around the outside throughout and light lacing. Great smell! Fruity, funky and sour. Smells like a good red wine. The taste is red grapes quickly followed by a strong sourness, but well balanced with a fruit like sweetness. The Blackberries and dates are not individually noticeable to me, but blend the deep balsamic vinegar like sourness. Wood is very evident as well. A mildly effervescent feel with a very lightly dry finish. I'm no expert on sours, but I like this one a lot. All hail the Funkatorium!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Bilco for this bottle

Consumed 7/25/15

A: Pours lightly cloudy, deep amber with some garnet, purple, and brown - medium sized, light brown head, keeps a wispy cap and a moderate collar - nice streaks of lacing

S: Berries, bacteria, and wood - very fruity, with dark berries (blackberries, dates), ripe berry flesh, red wine, and some genetic dark fruit - very woody, big oak component - some straight-up bacteria and barrel funk - lactic funk, damp, old cellar, dirty basement - some acetone and some phenols - touch of caramel malts, some earthiness, and more wine

T: Musty, woody, funky wine - decidedly funky and fruity - lactic funk, damp, dirty, earthy, musty cellar - oak is quite potent, as is the red wine - very wine-like with some dark fruits and tannins - strong berry flavor with blackberries, figs, dates, plums, grapes, apples - some acidity and a touch of acetone - despite all that is going on here with the funk and berries, it is not very tart, and it is definitely not what I would call sour - some caramel malts and cooked grains at the base

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky with a dirty, pseudo-dry, earthy finish

O: I, for one, welcome oblivion

I would like to give this a high score simply because I like the bottle art. But this is not exceptional. The fruit and wine flavors are quite impressive, but the funk is overly musty, the wood is too much, and it is not really sour. At the very least, it's very interesting to drink.

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/13/15 poured into a tulip
Pours a dark amber with highlights of purple, no questioning the use of blackberries in this one. Raisin, nuts, black cherry, and blackberry meld together with a rich oak character to create an experience more akin to a pinot noir than a beer. Pleasant tartness throughout the entire tasting experience, definite sourness without becoming puckering or overbearing with a strong residual sweetness. Oak intensity is a little much after just 3 months in the bottle, would have benefited from a longer cellaring.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

simply delicious barrel aged sour. Love the higher alcohol% at 8.5 for a Flanders.Love the higher than usual carbonation. On par with Russian River Sours for sure.

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Photo of Ri0
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a teku

A - A dark brown ruby color. Good amount of carbonation with about a 2 finger sand colored head that dissipated into a small white ring around the glass. Small spots of lacing.

S - Tart unripe plums along with blackberries, sour apples and some vinegar. A Merlot wine aroma is apparent and I pick up some oak.

T -Starts off a bit of malt then blasts with tart unripe plums, sour apples, and blackberries. A Merlot wine flavor wraps around the tartness and beings in a bit of oak. Not sour, but a nice sweet and very tart combination.

M - A medium feel with ample carbonation gives the beer a fizzy, bubbly quality. Drinkable, and refreshing.

O - Wicked Weed has impressed me with a couple of their offerings. I would like to try many more from this brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark red hue which shows a brilliant ruby when held up to the light. There's just a little dash of haze along with a thick finger of frothy light-tan foam. I think it's extremely attractive.

Smell: sweet and caramelly, with a nice tartness and woodiness. It strongly appeals to me.

Taste: big flavors of toffee and caramel, along with a fruity finish and a tartness which gets the job done, but it not as strong as suggested by the aroma. Perhaps a little vanilla on the finish. A damn fine beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. Kudos.

Overall: this beer is top of the line in many respects, but all its qualities come together to make something truly sublime. Fantastico.

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Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Bottled 1/19/15

Big thanks to Wilson for tossing me this a couple months back in a great box of beer and grub from the Carolinas. Oblivion is crimson with ruby red highlights when backlit. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush from every surface of the glass up to the mocha foam. The head shows good staying power at a fingers height while clinging clumpily to the glass.

The nose has a very interesting, enjoyable play on sweet and sour. Damp oak and berries are the first from the glass, the oak being bold yet well integrated. I don't get dates as a whole but there is a dark sugary sweetness that I'm assuming is from the dates. A touch of red wine vinegar adds sharpness while a vague fruitiness balances with sweetness.

What a well crafted, balanced, delicious libation. The blackberries are certainly noticeable throughout, tart upfront before becoming softly jammy on the finish. The damp oak adds some tannins while the dates add a deep, dark sugar sweetness and depth. Red wine vinegar brings a soft acidic tartness while the wine barrels add a vague fruitiness on the backend. This is a really good beer. The tartness kicks in on the start while the jammy blackberries clean up the finish.

The mouthfeel is exactly as it should be. A spritzy carbonation keeps things moving while the sweet and sour play off each other. The bubbles become even spritzier on the finish before a tannic dryness takes over. The actual weight of the body is just under medium and all aspects seem to fit well. Nicely done!

Wicked Weed does some very cool things with their barrel program and never fail to keep things interesting. This is one of the better beers I've had from that sour program. The oak finish is properly done, the sweet and sour play very nicely, and the mouthfeel is spot on which is a huge component of barrel aged beers in my opinion. Recommended. Hey you got a nice dog, man!

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.6/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour is deep dark red with a brown edge and a good bit of light tan head with some larger bubbles. Nose has a rubber phenol, dark berry jam, and a light vinous quality. Flavor is a bit harsh, higher acidity, rubber, dirty malt, and some blackberry jam. Finish is a bit acetic, moderate carb, granular feel.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sour red ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries and dates. Poured from a bottle into a Wicked Weed tulip. The pour is dark ruby red, very clear, and sports a nice head for a sour ale. Lots of sour fruity notes on the nose. Apples, black cherries, cider, freshly-squeezed orange juice, and a faint sweet, creamy, oaky, vanilla-like note.

Light-medium body, firm feel, and pleasant sour flavor. Some winey, grape-like flavors up front, apple juice, then sour notes take over. Slightly lactic, slightly fruity, but not so aggressive that it becomes unpalatable. There's a slightly oaky, almost char-like flavor underneath (dates?). I find it a nice complement to the sourness. Lots of sour notes and some dark fruit notes (raisins?) on the finish.

Overall, another top-notch sour from Wicked Weed. I just love their sours. They're nice and tart, but not so sour that you can't finish a bottle by yourself (*cough*Upland*cough). I look forward to picking up some more bottles the next time I visit Asheville.

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Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sour Red with blackberries in red wine barrels.

Plum red body with solid head retention. Aroma is pickly funk, pie crust, and blackberry. Flavor has solid levels of oak, red wine, and blackberry with light acidity and funk. Bone dry finish.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Body appearance seems to have a very deceptive color appearance to it. At first comes out like dark cherry walnut wood, but to the light the body glows with a very dark red crimson. Minimal rising carbonation, most of it noticeable from the sides , and a further peak shows just a slight middle column of carbonation as well. Head Is barely a finger, faint tan and manages a thin top and collar. Looks like an Oude Bruine but with a twist.

Very wonderful nose. Raisin and plum like front sweetness, with a classic wild funk and aroma. Soft malts and hints of sour cherry with some toasty oak and brown bread flavors it seems. Small hints of vanilla as well with a creamy sense that balances and rounds out nicely. Very impressive.

Palate just brings the solid notes and hinted flavors to the forefront. Thick and wonderfully rich malted body, with a mild twinge of acid and faint almost splintery wood shavings, and balsam flavors. Mid palate quickly washes with tart berried fruit, and a hint of raisin like sweetness. Chewy depth and mouthfeel, with an almost sweet balsamic finish but considerably drier.

Great tasting brew, very well made with a unique fruited angle. Nice job.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very date and blackberry notes in the smell and taste. Fruit sweetness balances the tart very well. Appearance is a nice blackberry color. Highly recommended.

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Oblivion Sour Red from Wicked Weed Brewing
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