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Oblivion Sour Red - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 98
Gots: 124 | FT: 27
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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: 419 | Reviews: 44
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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Part of a beer share, this beer followed Love Child No. 4.

A- Dark brown/amber with a frothy, khaki-colored head. 4.25

S- Cherry tartness, earthiness, peppery, and something flowery and garden-like. 4.3

T- Earthy and tart cherry, a slight lemony flavor. Not as robust as the smell nor as the beer that preceded it. 4

M- Funky, light-drinking, and slightly effervescent. The sourness is more apparent on the finish but it's not overwhelming. It's very light on the tongue and easy to gulp down. 4.2

I enjoy the lightness and the lack of the vinegar aspects that can consume a sour. It's very easy-drinking. 4.15

Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice deep garnet color. No head. Aroma is filled with smoothed out blackberries, raspberrirs, figgy plums, sweet and subtly tangy. Very nicely blended, softly complex concoction. Flavor is full of mouthwatering dark fruit, sweet even surge followed by spanky tartness. Excellent stuff.

Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This had a mahogany color with a rusty hue. Sour and tart raspberry nose with an earthy dark cherry. The flavor is fruity, a little sweet with sour cherry and tart raspberry. I get a vinegar tone throughout but it's not distracting. Nice easy, smooth and tempered sour ale that should have mass appeal.

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 SPLITGRIN
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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 wedge
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Bottle Revolution

Dark, hazy reddened brown color topped with a patchy, thin covering. Sweet, juicy, cherries and berries in the nose with light oaky notes coming through. A certain funky stankiness can be coaxed out with a swirl. Big fruity, sour flavor exhibiting some wooden barrel qualities. Sticky cherry juice, berries, and a dry acidic tartness that kills off much of the sweetness. The acetic and wooden characteristics add a sharpness that detracts from my enjoyment just a little, but really a nicely done Flanders-style sour overall.

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 ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

500mL bottle from the Wicked Weed brewpub (Asheville, NC). 13.95. No bottling date but purchased 06/2014. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, barely transparent burgandy chestnut with about two fingers of heathered beige head. A splotchy, thin surface haze remains, leaving a consistent lace where the halo had rested.

The nose is sweet, tart and acidic with vinegar, berries, vague lemons, plums and a little wet hay funk. Even more dark fruit is apparent as it warms.

Taste is near-puckering with bittersweet blackberries, dates/plums, sharp wine barrel funk, dry red wine, vinegar, lemonade, hay, earth, a strange note of stale sugar and an element of sweat. Boldly sour with pleasant complimentary dark fruits and red wine barrel. Hides it's alcohol content quite well.

Medium full, dry feel with moderate carbonation. Finishes with tart, bittersweet berries, a yeasty funk and rich plums.

Oblivion is the most sour bottle I've had from Wicked Weed. I liked the interplay of sour and fruity with the wine barrel. I think I'll be grabbing a few of these next time I visit Asheville.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 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 dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy plum red in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some reddish brown + purple highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy (with larger bubbles) dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of blackberries and raspberries over the top of a moderate amount of tart funkiness. Light aromas of oaky wood and barnyard/hay.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of unsweetened blackberry/raspberry/cherry juice with is quickly overtaken by a light to moderate amount of tartness. Light to moderate flavors of oak/wood barrel show through as well as some light to moderate flavors of dark fruit (figs/dates). There is a moderate amount of sourness with some light amount of tannins in the finish. Hints of vinegar as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable and what I think of when I'm looking for a Flanders style sour/wild beer. Nice complexity of flavor and aroma and done without a lot of sweetness which I really enjoy - I was afraid this one might have too much sweetness when reading the addition of blackberries and dates on the label. Definitely one to grab when you get the chance.

Photo of macher0
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Dark ruby color with medium-frothy head. Translucent.

S: Tart fruit is on the front of the nose. Notes of raspberries, boysenberries, red wine, cherries, and plums. A fruity wine component is noticeable.

T: The palate is much more subtle than the palate. Sharp notes of raspberries, dry grapes, wine-soaked oak, and blackberries. The oak is noticeable. Fairly tart.

M: Smooth, crisp, moderate body, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a great beer. A very fruit-forward sour with a great barrel effect. While it is very smooth and crisp, a certain aftertaste develops that makes it difficult to session. This is an up and coming sour, jump on the band wagon.

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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

WTF? In Denver 10.2.14

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 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 BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So, what would the flanders recipe be if it weren't made in the Flander's region? Without all that distinctive microflora that lays claim to balsamic, cider and oak; that take on the famed flemish red ale is now alive in Asheville, Tennessee.

Oblivion kicks off with stewed caramel and a sweeter, toastier upside. Rounded by bold fruit flavors, its date and raspberry character shines, but so does tastes of bruised apple and sweet tea. With faint cherry accents, wood vanillans aid in the beer's savory start.

Its delicate sourness rises in the middle, carrying a peppery and vinegary center. Wood spices, tannins and and pectin attempt to balance, but the persistent stone fruit and malt sweetness buffers its spice and acidity with ease.

Richer than expected, its texture is candied and resists much of a fade, leading to a balanced taste with glimpses of merlot and port. Its a robust taste for wild ale of any measure and its red apple character proves to be somewhat of a distraction.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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Oblivion Sour Red from Wicked Weed Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.