Divergence - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: n2185 on 03-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Divergence is Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Porter. This porter was barrel aged on brett for 8 months and blended onto dry processed coffee post barrel aging. This beer's flavor is a beautiful blend of a soft tartness and maltiness with a hint of coffee on the end.
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Photo of tastybeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark brown color with a small tight foam head, light brown in color... Aroma is tart meets coffee with orange spice, some vanilla bourbon wood musk scents. Clean overall with a large variety of aromas working surprisingly well together. Cocoa and fruity orange/cherry, touch of white wine perhaps... Taste is immediately tart, acidic, then smooths into a woody, dusty, coffee situation. Still the tartness holds on through the finish. Very interesting combination of flavors. I've never had anything quite like it. The porter qualities come through mostly in the nose and the latter half of the flavor. Again very interesting. Once acclimated to the acidity things become quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is effervescent-like. Very light and fluffy. Seemingly not porter-typical but certainly enjoyable.

Photo of aleckpa
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed glass. It is black as night with a nice off white head. The head last a little, then slowly dies down with some lacing. You smell tart cherries, some of the barrel, and a hint of coffee. At first sip, you don't get much coffee. But as it warms, you get more coffee and some chocolate. Real smooth and sour.

Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with almost no lacing.

S: roasted malts with sweet chocolate and creamy coffee aromas following. There are hints of vanilla and oak. Smells quite nice, though the Brett isn't really noticeable here.

T: roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate up front before some light and tart fruit flavors. There are some musty barnyard flavors before a finish that is slightly charred and tart.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly drinkable, but could use a little creamier body.

O: a good beer, overall, and quite unique. I'd like a bit more presence from the Brett, but what's there is nice.

Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown beneath a lush, creamy head. First sniff of the bottle before pouring smells sour - no Porter notes to be found. After settling into the glass, I'm surprised to find the coffee making its presence known more than I would have thought, tartness slipping more to the background. Vanilla, chocolate orange, coffee with cream, and cherries. Barrel comes through more as it warms up. The flavor allows the tartness to come through full force, all berries and cherries, before the coffee and cocoa come in to round things out. Pretty interesting. Somehow, it doesn't just come across as an infected Porter, which is what I was afraid of. Instead, the base beer is suppressed and a lovely berry tartness comes forward and compliments the moderate coffee bean roast. Bretty funk, nuts, and very subtle woody vanilla notes from the Bourbon barrels. All this in a dry, not quite puckering, medium-light bodied package that stays super drinkable. I'm not really comfortable calling this one a Porter, but whatever it is, it's delightful!

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

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a stemmed tulip, the beer is jet black, with a ruby highlight and an off-white, fluffy head. Nose of rich coffee, chocolate, and molasses, with a tart fruit highlight. Flavors are rich berry and cherry sweet forward, with a subtle coffee and chocolate backbone. Very rich and sweet. Smooth, light, and dry in mouth, with a bittersweet and fruity aftertaste. The finish is slick and slightly oily, with an effervescent fruit linger.

Photo of chippo33
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

coffee and barrel are subtle but balance what would have been harsh acidity

Photo of Zach136
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml - $21 served at The Funkatorium from an oak stave lambic basket.

Pours pitch black, solid head retention for a sour. Vanilla, bourbon and coffee on the nose with a light hint of funk and acid as a little something extra. Smells like coffee cake with a spritz of lemon juice. Palate follows but with more acidity and is substantially drier than the dessert aroma would have you believe. Phenomenal brew. Top 2 WW sour for me so far.

Photo of Warcomet
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is not retired

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a dark brown color and a modest head that leaves a few spots of lace

Smell: Roasty chocolate with coffee elements

Taste: Roasty chocolate, up front, but it is in the middle, where the characteristic blueberry aspect of Ethiopian coffee shines; after the swallow, the Brett adds a bit of funk; the finish is oaky with a hint of Bourbon

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not up to the level of the New Glarus Old English Porter I tasted a few years ago, this is nonetheless a worthy brew worth seeking out

Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared at the Malt House while waiting for Great Taste tickets.

Appears medium brown in body with darker hues. Half finger brown head, no retention, some lacing. Smells of rich roasted coffee but with some vinegar, lactic acid aromas. Some toasted malt in the background. Flavour is similar, more of the toasted malt, dark chocolate to accompany the roasted black coffee. There is a fair amount of lactic acidity, lemon zest, a mild funk, but overall the flavours of the sour component are muted behind the coffee. Which makes for a more interesting drinking experience. Moderately complex, lots to tease out as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the lower end of carbonation, mildly dry finish. Not difficult to drink. Overall, a nice coffee sour porter that brings a fair amount of complexity to the table. Kind of fun to drink though not one I would necessarily seek out again.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

growler filled a few hours earlier into a snifter

pours a dark brown, almost black with a slight head. smell is super roasty and chocolatey. taste is completely different. very bretty...a tad tart. roastiness is on the back end. quite interesting . a bit thin on the body with mild carbonation.

overall real interesting. good.

Divergence from Wicked Weed Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.