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Oblivion Sour Red - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 535
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 26.38%
Wants: 112
Gots: 143 | FT: 27
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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -0.7%
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%
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 -14.9%
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 -1.7%
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 +10.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 -1%
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 -37.6%
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 -5.5%
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 +3.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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. Oak is subtle.

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Photo of adapt313
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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%.

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Photo of KajII
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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."

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Photo of bubseymour
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Oblivion Sour Red from Wicked Weed Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.