Oblivion Sour Red - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 103
Gots: 128 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
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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: 449 | Reviews: 47
Photo of Zaximus
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting. Extremely tart with a very dry finish. Lot of wine character here. A lot going on but just not that enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Jarnol21
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As good of a sour as I've had, love the fruit notes

Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of benzalman
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +4.9%
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 -6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 -5.6%
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%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 -44.7%
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 -1.9%
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 -1.6%
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 +8.7%
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 +5.6%
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 +11.8%
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 -5.6%
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 +12.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -2.1%
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 -14.8%
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 -4.9%
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.

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Oblivion Sour Red from Wicked Weed Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.