Black Angel Cherry Sour - Wicked Weed Brewing
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4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 03:28:16 | More by joe1510
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
As the sourness overtakes the toast, cocoa and coffee- the palate goes into "grow up" mode quite quickly. As alcohols mount, that seeping feeling sets in- that this isn't your typical sour ale.
As its tawny porteresque color swirls about the glass, its sandy head quickly gives way to the ominous acidity that lies within. Nearing the glass, the strange scent of cherry and chocolate begin to insinuate "chocolate covered cherry" candies. However that first tongue piercing sip dissects any would-be chocolate, sweetness or creaminess with acute sourness that'll surely make your face stick that way.
With more of a merlot influence than that of ale, its tart and tangy middle enlivens the sourness that seems to come from condensed dried lime, lemon, crabapple, red grape and plum skin. Its dry undertow of charred toast, coffee ground and cocoa powder offers a counter to the sourness but evades any cream or sweet retreats.
Lightly of peppercorn, the sour ale nose dives into a dry, cider, vinous and tannin-rich taste and texture that's obviously sucking the wood spice, vanillin and toffee-like caramel impressions from those oaken soaked bourbon barrels. Boozy with that Kentucky elixir, the beer leaves final impressions of bourbon-dipped cherry covered chocolates, but replacing that sticky sweetess with vinous sourness.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 03:42:45 | More by BEERchitect
Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
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