Oblivion Sour Red - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 102
Gots: 136 | FT: 29
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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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Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

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 -0.7%
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 +2.1%
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 -5.9%

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.

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +5.6%
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 wedge
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -1.6%
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 ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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 deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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 Ri0
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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 chefbigjon
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +0.7%

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 +5.6%
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 gcamparone
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -5.6%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev 0%

WTF? In Denver 10.2.14

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.

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 BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
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 -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.

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Oblivion Sour Red from Wicked Weed Brewing
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