Black Angel Cherry Sour - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Black Angel Cherry SourBlack Angel Cherry Sour

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 180
Gots: 188 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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 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 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 joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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 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 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 mverity
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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 chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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 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 tastybeer
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly purple colored but mostly just blackish brown, and very dark. Head is nice and fluffy before it fades to a simple ring. Aroma is sweet, juicy, robust, woody, light vanilla, raspberry, cherry, plum, graham cracker pie crust right on as described, and bright mouthwatering tartness. Taste is brighter and more tart. Very clean.... Not overwhelmingly pie-like by any means but certainly very cherry. Alike to biting into fresh cherries, with purple grape skins, wine, oak, and maybe funky brett. Very nice. Texture is smooth, juicy, and dry. A bit of finely gritty dryness through the sour finish. Great beer!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some edge transparency. Small off-white head. Medium collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Roasted malt. Some vinegar. Oak. Orange citrus, which is weird. A hint of vanilla.

Taste - More cherry. Acetic sourness. Caramel and vanilla. Roasted malt. Bitter coffee malt. Minimal bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Moderate sourness. Balanced roast and sourness and doesn't get too acetic.

Overall - Pretty tasty. Doesn't blend the flavors all that well, but that's my biggest complaint.

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 thagr81us
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle in to a Dogfish Head stemmed snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cherry, wood, sour, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, sour, tart, cherries, wood, caramel, bread, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. All of the aspects one would expect from a sour stout make their way through in both the nose and the flavor. As I've said, I'm not a huge fan of the soured stout movement, but this one manages to throw a nice cherry aspect to soften the blow for. Fairly easy to drink and rather enjoyable overall.

Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wicked Weed

A- pours very dark, nearly black with no head, just a ring of lace

S- tart cherries, black cherries, cherry marmalade, loaded with cherries! Nice toasted oak and vanilla aroma from the barrel, just a touch of whiskey, graham cracker sweetness

T- tart cherry kick right off with dark cherries sweetness, toasted barrel notes give a sweet vanilla flavor with some oaky notes. The way the cherries play in the bourbon barrel, it almost gives a Cabernet flavor. The finish is puckering and bone dry with more tart cherry and a toasted barrel linger

M- light bodied with low carbonation, puckering mouthfeel leads to a bone dry finish

O- the oaky barrel flavor play well on the tart cherry flavors, this one will have you puckering

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 wedge
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Wicked Weed

Dark, pretty much black in the dim lighting, just a small ring of a head around the edge. The nose is sour cherry with dark roast grain and a creamy element. Cherry sourness and wood balanced beautifully with some mellow chocolate and dark malts. Not especially funky or sweet, but bone dry and smooth making for a very drinkable treat. Nice!

Photo of Immortale25
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled in 2014.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random patterns of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Very sour aroma with some dark fruit struggling to make it's way through all the lactic acid presence and strong oak smell.

T- Flavor is astringent with so much sourness and barrel character it drowns out whatever cherry flavor is there. As the palate acclimates, things become more manageable and the tart cherry comes through but is almost all tartness with nearly no sweetness to complement. Metallic aftertaste.

M- Has that tongue-numbing sourness to it that can be good in the right context but, unfortunately, this isn't it for my taste. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- For people who love sour bombs, this is great for them. Unfortunately, I look for a bit more character and sweetness in my sours and this one lacks both in my opinion.

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

Poured into a pint glass with a moderate to slight head.

Tart cherries are definitely present, along with coffee and a bit of chocolate toward the end.

Not the most sour beer I've ever had, but definitely among the most balanced.

I find myself lucky to have a steady, consistent supply of this beer.

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 Cresant
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured the 500 mL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date, but purchased at the brewpub this month (April 2014). The body was an opaque deep purple/black. There was a light tan head that was easy to revive with a swirl. No lacing.

The smell was woody and tart fruit. Hints of bourbon. The acidic fruitiness was pretty bold.

The taste was cheek-puckering sourness. Literally. Surprisingly not very fruity. There is a mild fruitiness but not a flavor that I really identified as cherry. There is definitely more bourbon in the aroma than in the taste. Lots of dark malts give it a fullness and plenty of sweetness. Balsamic-like acidity and a bit salty. Nice semi-dry woody finish.

The body was medium and the carbonation was modest with a late blooming effervescence. I would recommend this one, Wicked Weed is really putting out some grand beers!

(My 1000th BA beer review!)

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

A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge, no real head but sports a beige foam. Little visible carbonation.

S: Sour cherry, nail polish remover, coffee, dark toasted notes, weird and funky nail, polish, fresh plastic.

T: Sour coffee, sour coffee, sour coffee. Lemon juice, a little hops, light roasted bitterness, bur bon barrel and oak.

M: Thick body, medium high carbonation, foamy, powdery, acidic finish.

O: The most different beer I've had in a long time. I really like it and want to try it again. Drank in the tasting room of Wicked Weed, downstairs from the main lounge.

Photo of mntlover
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black some red highlights when held to the light, finger sized light brown head doesn't leave much lace.

Aroma is nice and tart, lots of tart cherries, good doses of vanilla, dry oak, light bourbon notes mingled through out. All on a light roasted malt base, light coco notes.

Taste is bam very tart, wow its tart lots of tart cherries that dominate it all. Some light bourbon notes in the flavor, light roasted malts, light vanilla also. Overall little less sour tartness would be better, and i like sour beers its just not balanced enough for the other good flavors to come out.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation isnt peppy feeling per say but I believe it is lightening this brew up.

Overall had higher hopes for this one as some of their other sours on wood have been excellent, this one just a little too one sided to be great. Would of been much better if the taste was as balanced as the nose.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Beth and Alex for this one!

This one, poured into a tulip, is a dark black with a hint of plumb that creeps around the edges when held to the light. The head is just a collar of sandy tan.

Smells a little dim, with an ambiguous tartness, black cherry, a touch of oak and maybe a slice of cucumber.

Tastes sharp, with a pungent oak dryness, blended well with a complementary sourness. Tart and dry black cherry sticks to my gums. A neat experience, but overall a little too far on the dry side for my liking. Would probably accompany a sweet desert stupendously.

Feels light and clean with a carbonation that swarms in the mouth and actually gets in the way quite a bit. A little more presence and a calmer carbonation would have been nicer.

A great beer overall. Its a shame there are not more of these on the market to compare for style. For me, I think this comes down to whether the style is amazing (it certainly is) of if this attempt at the style is amazing (debatable). Far from bad though.

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

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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
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