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Black Angel Cherry Sour - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Black Angel Cherry SourBlack Angel Cherry Sour

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 172
Gots: 183 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wedge on 04-22-2013

Cherry pie! Cherry pie! Cherry pie! This light and fruity ale is black in color, though your palate would never know it. Black Angel is fermented on the Wicked Wild yeast and then moved into stripped down Four Roses bourbon barrels and aged on tart cherries, sweet cherries, and Italian plums. The white oak and roast malt add notes of vanilla and graham cracker that, when blended with the tart sweetness of the fruit, bring out a robust cherry pie flavor.
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Ratings: 654 | Reviews: 50
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Nice horse blanket in the aroma, you get the cherry and the bourbon, very nice mix, I could just sit and smell this one. The flavor is incredible, similar to smell but this one is unreal clean. There is zero aftertaste and finishes so clean that I cannot understand how they did that with with a sour, nothing lingers. Outstanding beer that is at the top of the list for me.

Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big caramel and vanilla aroma from the bourbon. Almost sticky sweet. Lightly smoky.

Flavor is more tart than the aroma, with subtle bourbon notes.

Photo of Jobin_24
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a sour/Wilde ale fan

Photo of Raziel313
2.87/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes too much like vinegar and over the top acidity. Needs more balance

Photo of humuloner22
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was reluctant with this one since I am not a huge fan of cherries but I have had some cherry sours lately that changed my impression of the style.

Appearance: Dark red almost like a merlot or some other dark red wine, but a bit more carbonated at first then settles to virtually nothing, seems to be typical of the style.

Aroma: Tart cherries are present but not overly pungent, there is a little bit of sour notes going on you can certainly detect but not overly so. A little bit of the funk is in there but it combines with the other notes to work well. Nose is all very subtle not really in your face at all.

Taste: Same thing cherries are there, not too tart really kind of sweet, but not at all cloying, the blend is amazing. I think I read this was aged in bourbon barrels? If so there is something bourbon like going on here that I detected. Its oaky, but not too drying, it finishes very clean and is a very pleasant drink. Although this is not at all a session beer. I would use this one to end the night as a palate cleanser or just sip on it with some rich cheeses. Its very complex and tasty.

Overall: Pretty well done and probably my second favorite of the WW offerings thus far. Says a lot coming from someone who is not necessarily a cherry fan.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave.

Dark brown body with a thin beige cap. Aromas of dark fruit, lactic funk, cherries, oak, plums, leather. Currants and raisins with brettanomyces and lacto. Tart, fruity finish. Dried fruit leather with cherry notes. Mild sweetness. Complex and tasty.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazed reddish brown. Deep copper notes with burgundy. Head is khaki with a small bubbly collar. Decent retention leaves a small collar with a slightly spotty cap for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Tart cherry and well worn leather. Lots of both. Some solid bready malts with just a touch of carmelized sweetness. Push of oak. Hints of vanilla, graham cracker, and toffee. Some caramel malt as well. Cherry flesh and juice, tart and sweet. A solid push of acetic tartness through the back but it's damp and approachable. Very vague alcohol on the back as well. Barrel influence is soft. So much cherry. Powdery yeast with some of the damp earth and grass I've come to expect from Wicked Weed beer. Sweet without being syrupy or cloying. Hints of cherry pie filling with some lactic tartness on the back.

Taste: Leather first and foremost. Dials down a bit as it warms. Pushes strong on the tart cherry flesh and skin with some sweeter cherry juice toward the middle of the sip. Very slight hints of vanilla and caramel with some toffee and even butterscotch layered in the back. Oak adds a nice woody element. Damp with a mild earthiness. Some grass and hay was well. Yeast comes across a little more balanced than the nose would indicate. Some acetic and lactic elements bring a tart edge that works well with the sweet cherry. A bit of a sharp citric bite after the first few sips. Slight alcohol on the back as well. When it hits room temp it's more citric than anything with some backing leather and tart cherry.

Mouthfeel: Mildly astringent. Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. A touch slick through the midsip. Some lingering dryness, but it's minimal.

Overall: Willing to take this last journey.

Of the five Wicked Weed "sours" I've encountered, this is the standout. A deft balance of barrel and bug/yeast. Tart and sweet and warms like a champ. If you're going to make the jump to Wicked Weed, this is the beer to do it.

Photo of cvm4
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a thinnish black body with a khaki one finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much retention or lacing.

S - Tart cherries, funk, oak, vanilla, caramel and faint bourbon.

T - Tart cherries at first that are sweet/juicy. Gobs of mixed fruit like blackberries and raspberries that go from tart to sweet. The bourbon is very tame as well as the oak.

F - Light bodied and low carbonation. Thin texture, but smooth and easy to drink with a dry finish.

O - Really the fruit/tart of the beer dominate with the bourbon barrels being secondary. But, that's a great change of pace from so many beers that tend to be dominated by bourbon characteristics.

Photo of LittleDon
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon barrel aroma, but American wild taste. Black and cloudy with a short lived head. Aroma is big on oak and vanilla, but the taste says otherwise. A oak up front, but there is plenty of sour fruit middle to finish. Light body and medium high carbonation. Tart with a nice bitter finish.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with very active cabi ation, fizzy head.

Aroma is charred malt and sour cherries.

Flavor is sour cherry candies, coffee, and roasted malt. I don't pick up any bourbon barrel whatsoever.

Thin mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

Very good, but I wish the bourbon came through at all. The cherries and roast play well.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a slight crimson hue and a thin light tan head that dissipates
Quickly. Smell has a deep acidic sour aroma and a large oak wood presence right up front. Some light sour dark cherry aroma follows with some hints of vanilla tannin and a slight toffee malt that is somewhat hard to detect through all the acidity. Taste follows nose with a nice acidic sour flavor forward followed by notes of tart dark cherries, oak, vanilla, vanilla toffee caramel and a slight bourbon presence in the finish. Lift crisp refreshing, medium to high carbonation.

Photo of portia99
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

L - Pours a thinnish looking black body with reddish/brownish highlights. A short finger of off-white head lingers briefly falling to a surface layer of bubbles and a ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Bready, caramelly/toffee with some burnt sugar at the base. Lots of tart cherries and some funk on top of that making the biggest impression. Hints of red wine, raspberry, plenty of wood, bourbon on the fringes - a bit hard to identify explicity though.

T - Hmm, not nearly as assertive as I expected based on the aroma. Not lacking flavor, but everything is a click down from the aroma. Cherries give the biggest impression - tart, sweet, fruity/juicy and at the front of the flavor profile. Overall tartness beyond the fruit, but stays at a somewhat mild and controlled level compared to other cherry forward wild ales. Sugary sweetness mixed with other fruity aspects - berry, raspberry specifically with other contributions for sure. Bourbon is extremely mild and low in flavor mostly showing a creamy vanilla flavor on the finish. For a beer so black in color, roast is practically non-existent.

F - A thinnish medium body with a low, unobtrusive carbonation that shows only a slow pulse of life. Bourbon barrel contribution is very mild, but shows mostly in feel for me. After the swallow, and with a little bit of concentration, a mild bourbon flavor and booziness along with a nice hit of vanilla appear on the exhale almost wafting through the air more than appearing in liquid form. This could easily be missed without a prior knowledge and focus on looking for a bourbon presence, but finding it is pretty rewarding in the overall experience of this beer.

O - Overall, by no means a perfect beer, but certainly a very enjoyable wild ale. Lots of little nuances which makes the drinking experience fun as you search for flavors and the proper description of them. Haven't had much of Wicked Weed yet, but have really liked the initial offerings - glad I have several other examples waiting to be tasted.

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Pour is virtually black with a fizzy tan head that dissipates immediately. Strong porter nose, chocolate, vanilla, roasted, almost burnt malt, and very light cherry notes. Flavor is similar, gets fairly sweet, malts are rich and lightly roasted, cherry flavors come in and lots of sugar sweetness. Fuller body, very creamy but a bit slick, high carb.

Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%

From 11/22/14 notes. 375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one.

Pours a super dark brown color with a light reddish tint, one to two inches of light tan head, and low carbonation evident. Sour dark fruits, tart cherries, lots of vinegar. Taste is lighter in all than the nose. Thin, light body and low carbbonation, body is a little watery.

Overall I liked this...it reminded me of like a alcoholic black cherry cola. Vinegary and tart cherries in the taste, good and worth checking out for sure.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle poured into a teku glass. 2014 bottle.

Big head results from the pour, I'm a bit surprised as this isn't common to most sours, but as it's considered a black ale, this provides some explanation. Either way, the head is a khaki-colored frothy two layers and persists well. The body is pitch-black with light carbonation visible. Good stuff.

I detect some vinegar-like aroma, tart orchard cherries, maltiness and a mild funk on the nose. I enjoy the cherry presence, but could do without the vinegar. A few second passes of the nose detect some faint barrel properties, oak and molasses especially. 4

Vinegar shows up on the palate, but only faintly, which is an improvement over the nose. Dark roasted malts linger after my first sip, that's a nice touch. In between there's tart cherry, smooth vanilla, and a touch of lemony acidity. Some cocoa flavor appears as the beer warms and I get deeper in. This beer's good. 4.25

It's light drinking, tart, pleasantly acidic and has a bit of a creamy malt body. This aspect I really enjoy. This beer drinks so well. 4.5

Slight traces of vinegar on the nose and tongue aside, this beer has a lot going for it. Excellent blend of a wild ale and a stout. I'd drink it plenty of times again.

Photo of Aberdonian
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

This beer is sour enough for the cherries to come through. Not quite Tart of Darkness sour, but makes for an enjoyable unique beer.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic fruit sour that should be mentioned alongside Jester King beers like Nocturn Chrysalis and RU-55. Not as good as Atrial Rubicite, but close. Very underrated. I'll continue to seek this one out and see how cellar-aging affects the taste.

Pours a dark red/blackish color that looks like Shiraz wine in my snifter glass. Smell/taste is tart fruits and the Kentucky Four Roses barrel adds a little oak flavor, but no bourbon.

Photo of Tucquan
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2014-10-12 in Columbia, PA from a 500ml bottle.

A - Opaque dark brown/black. There was a short-lived tan head that faded very quickly with little lace.

S - Prune, plum, cherry, dark malt, sour. Rich smelling indeed.

T - Tart cherry, excellent brux yeast flavor, a bit of complex dark malt background. Not as acidic as a Russian River Supplication or Consecration. Barely a hint of bourbon.

M - Soft but still tart. Light body and light-medium carbonation. Very dry.

O - Pretty spectacular. Right up there with Russian River sours. Impressive.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Finally getting to try my first Wicked Weed. Pretty excited about this one.

A: Pours a pretty viscous black color for the ABV. A slight half finger tan head disappears pretty quickly.

S: Tart cherries and cherry skin right off the bat. Just a little bit of dark chocolate, cherry pie filling sweetness, tart plum and just a little bit of wet barrel.

T: Lots of tart red cherry juice right away. After that, to be honest, the beer kind of becomes a mess. I get just a touch of bourbon (which doesn't really work with the cherry flavor for me), cherry skin, a touch of tannin and acetic tartness.

Overall, this is an interesting beer, but the body just isn't quite there and it kind of hurts this one. As is, the taste comes off a touch watery and the bourbon barrel does nothing but kind of muddle things up in the middle. It's a pretty solid sour stout, but I've heard this compared to Tart of Darkness and it's just not quite at that level right now.

Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Bottle poured into a snifter. Its dark brown to black in color with a mocha head that holds well. The aroma has hints of chocolate before giving in to a fruity essence of cherry and bacterial funk. Some mineral character is present in the flavor along with tart cherries and a backing of the previously mentioned chocolate malt. Its medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it was decent with a fair balance of malt verse tartness. However, it was not as glorious as some have made this out to be. Despite the description sounding wonderful, I really dont think its worth the price.

Photo of ILMbrew
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty much jet black. Some brown showing through on the outer edges. Very small head from the pour, diminishing quickly into what looks like a cup of black coffee. No head at all after three minutes in the snifter. Small carb bubbles still rising to the top. More bourbon than tart on the nose. No chocolate or coffee in this style so the bourbon has a little more room to stand out. Bourbon to start with a faint boozienss. A very crisp tart finish. Not completely sour, just some cherry tart. Really nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for a sour. Thin an heavily carbonated. For me, this doesn't do well with the bourbon. Missing some of that savory bourbon velvet that I have come to enjoy in many BBL beers. Overall, this is very good but I'm partial to the bourbon influence in many beers. I'm glad I got to have it but it's not something I would go out of my way to get again. Just nothing really awesome about it.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

500ml bottle from the Wicked Weed brewpub (Asheville,NC). 13.95. No bottling date but purchased 08/2014. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours deep burgandy but rests in the glass black with a two finger cap of sandy tan froth. The head slowly fades, leaving only a few small clumps of lace.

Sweet, tart aromas of cherries, brown sugar, cake and oaky vanilla all dusted with an earthy mustiness.

Rich, sour and sweet flavors combine. Bourbon soaked sour cherry, tart dark fruit skins, vanilla-tinged oak, musty earth, mildly doughy malts, wet hay, a hint of graham cracker, vague brown sugar, grapes, faint roastiness, plums and a slight yeasty funk. As it nears room temperature the flavors do actually come together in a way that occasionally tastes like tart cherry pie.

Dry, medium body with fairly strong carbonation. Aftertaste of tart cherries, dark fruit skin and mild barrel.

Black Angel is loaded with tart cherries, dark fruit, sweet cherries and an easily approachable wild sourness. I've had other brews from Wicked Weed that I prefer but this is quite enjoyable in it's own way.

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Big thanks to Wil for this one, and to Joe for it's safe passage. Amen.

Pours a clear mahogany into the glass, forming a finger of creamy dark tan foam that settles slowly, leaving behind a silky collar around the edges, and a broken skim on the surface. 4

Aroma is complex and very interesting, a blend of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and tart cherries. Intricate and pretty intoxicating. 4.5

Taste is similarly complex, dancing notes of chocolate, roast, cherry, vanilla, oak, with an initial woody sweetness, and a flash of cherry tartness in the middle, segueing into a dry aftertaste with some woody, tannic cherry skin flavors lingering. Body is smooth, full bodied and well rounded. This is really something to slow down and take your time with. 4.25/4.25

"Cherry sour" is such a base term, this beer is far more than that, it's well blended and has complexity and nuance in spades. Overall, high marks for this one. 4.5

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark mahogany to black color. a half finger of a tannish head that bubbles away quickly but leaves behind a small lacing around the sides of the beer. completely opaque due to the darkness of the color

Smell: bourbon, lots of wood and oak, tart dark cherries.

Taste: opens up with tart black cherries, some darker malts but nothing roasted or overly sweet, comes off as an almost bitter chocolate. light bourbon mixed with a strong oaken wood character and a dash of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: fairly heavy for the original gravity. low amount of puckering sour. fairly clean and nice

Overall: a good tasting moderately sour beer. I think the bourbon takes away from the rest of the character and a strengthening of other characters and a straight oak barrel would have improved it just a bit.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body tinged with magenta with a small, beige head.

Smell: Blistered sour and tart cherries with a firm touch of quality vinegar overlaying minor chocolate notes and a mellow roastiness.

Taste: A sustained dark maltiness with a chocolaty quality cut abruptly by a rippling acetic jolt and shot of cherry-balsamic flavor. A lone drop of vanilla, a spritz of rose water. A little leather, a little toasted tobacco. Finishes off fairly smooth and a bit vinous, even.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tangy taste of Asheville, bottled for your very own pleasure.

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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.