1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Angel Cherry Sour - Wicked Weed Brewing

Not Rated.
Black Angel Cherry SourBlack Angel Cherry Sour

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

522 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 522
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 109
Gots: 145 | FT: 25
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:
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.

(Beer added by: wedge on 04-22-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 522 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by aleckpa:
Photo of aleckpa
4/5  rDev -4.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a clear yet almost opaque black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some dark cola brown + crimson red highlights. The beer has a very thin beige head that completely disappears quickly. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tart cherries with some lighter aromas of vanilla and oak.

T: The flavors of this beer are primarily those of tart to borderline sour cherries. There are lighter flavors of oak and vanilla that almost brings out some vinous notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: If you enjoy cherries and tart/sour beers, then you should definitely grab this one when you go to Wicked Weed. I really enjoyed the strong tartness and puckering mouthfeel. Yum.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, opaque, brown coloring with a thin halo of white head. Aromas of spicy and charred wood, tart cherries, earthy notes, and a candy sweetness. Flavors are tart and crisp forward, with a solid grape and cherry blend of fruit sweetness, and a charred and slightly bitter backbone. Earthy and woody notes help round out the palate nicely. Smooth, light bodied, with a crispness throughout. Fruity notes linger, with a sharp spice and bitterness in the aftertaste. Crisp, tart, slightly puckering finish. Good beer!

Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Big ups to Wilson for this bottle! Black Angel is, in fact, pretty damn black. I didn't expect to see it but the fizzy head was actually chocolate milk brown on the pour before crackling down to a respectable ring around the glass. Silky lacing remains briefly after each gulp before sliding back into the body.

Musty attic wafts from the glass immediately. The barrel is certainly noticeable but not overdone, a little damp and earthy. The cherries are rather faint but what is there seems to be of the sour variety. The malt profile tends to be a bit bready with a tinge of acetic acid. The funkiness and barrel notes are both nice, I'd like to come across some more cherries though.

The flavor profile opens up much more than the aroma led me to believe. Cherries are bright and spritzy upfront before being met by a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. It has a puckering tartness but also that Sweet Tart sweetness. The barrel aging has added that unique mustiness I mentioned in the nose along with leathery earthiness. The sweet and sour play well. The tartness digs at the sides of the tongue. Depth is good and the overall profile is unique.

The body is light and the carbonation spritzy.The mouthfeel is near luxuriant with a feel bordering frothy. Tart grabs the side of the tongue and back of the throat that tends to linger after the dry, tannic finish. Certainly a quenching beer and highly drinkable.

I've had two of the barrel project beers from Wicked Weed and while both styles have been done numerous times in the past by numerous brewers, Wicked Weeds versions were both very unique and very delicious. Black Angel is spritzy, tart, complex, and flat out good! Thanks again Wil! Good shit, mang!

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mverity
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Proof. Very very deep brown with light chocolate colored head. Thick collar, some legs, fair lacing. Taste and aroma are of tart cherry, dark roasted malt, and some tart dry yeasty funk. High carbonation and medium body. This reminded me of Tart of Darkness from The Bruery. Very good beer overall.

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of codysjb
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of fenlop54
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of CRon_T
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.
Poured a fine dark red-brown color; clear with a good tan head.

Aroma: sour cherries; baked raisins

Taste: very tart; clean and not particularly funky. More similar to a sour cherry stout than expected.

Feel: Medium body; very good carbonation level.

O: Certainly very good but not my favorite style.

Photo of mtpHokie
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of VinceMig
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.