Black Angel Cherry Sour - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 180
Gots: 188 | FT: 35
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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: 696 | Reviews: 54
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa, cherry, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting combination of cocoa and fruit all around.

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 Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I missed out on this by about a week when I visited the brewery last year, but thanks to a generous trader, I was able to score a bottle. I ended up sharing it at a recent tasting.

Dark brown pour with some maroon around the edges, like a cherry cola. Topped off with a small, off-white, fizzy head that held at a thin ringlet, leaving a few dots of lacing on the glass. In the nose, dark chocolate malts, red wine and cherries, prunes, some oaky hints in there. In the taste, dark chocolate, dark fruit with a slight acetic tartness, more like you'd get from a Flemish red than anything else, I thought, sort of a blend of cherries and prunes and/or figs, with a little pulpy sweetness in there as well. Some oak from the barrel came out, but I didn't really pick up on any bourbon/vanilla notes. This seemed like a good idea that just could have been executed better. But that said, this was still a good brew. Medium body, good drinkability. I'd like to try this again and see if it improves, assuming they're going to keep brewing it.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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 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 Apellonious
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle from CM poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark black, two finger creamy head

S - Sour. Tart. Some bourbon notes.

T - Again, sour. This one takes a while to open up. Picked up some chocolate/coffee here and there. Some burnt wood and bourbon notes appear.

M - Mouthfeel is good for the style. Pucker finish. Gets a little sticky as it warms, but the carbonation is good.

O - Another stop on the sour exploration. Gave a local a shot. Pricey for 500 ml, but interesting. Give it some time to warm and open up. Probably something that is better paired with food for full effect.

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 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 Mikus
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a huge surprise for me. Folks were traveling through Asheville (asked for requests), and I mentioned WW. Jackpot. I am just starting to venture into the Belgians/sours/etc so this looked a little intimidating when it arrived. I am NOT a fan of red wine. Anyways, poured from 500ml bottle into my snifter. 1/4 finger of off white head over a dark (nearly black) body with a slight reddish hue. Not huge on the nose (though more came out as warmed to room temp.) mainly a slight sour note, cherry, and a bit of oak. The taste was excellent... a hint of cheery up front, followed by a stronger cherry and oak hit, wrapped up in a slight red wine haze. Just a bit, just enough red wine flavor. The mouthfeel was a bit of beer, and a bit of wine... a little on the drier side. Overall this was a winner. Wicked Weed rocks. Don't let your fear of sours or red wine keep you away from this gem. As it warmed up, that cherry and barrel flavor exploded. If presented with another WW opportunity, I would likely try another variety... but if I saw this in local distro I have to say that I would go for it.

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 Davepoolesque
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku, dark reddish brown, no light can get through with a wispy off white head. Smells like a sour, that phenolic alcohol smell underlined with cherries and plum. Huge pop of taste up front, sour cherries and then it just fades away. Don't get much or any of the bourbon flavor. Maybe it did it's work to mellow out the flavors. Doesn't linger at all. Maybe a bit of oak that dries out your mouth. This really wants you to keep drinking it.

Photo of charlzm
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed at the brewery on December 26th, 2013.

Beer is presented pitch black with no head.

Aroma is strong, bitter coffee.

Flavor is very tart cherries. Complex malt (chocolate, graham cracker and vanilla) rises up on finish. Low bitterness in contradiction of nose. No spirit barrel flavor despite their use.

Medium bodied, low carbonation.

Would so drink the hell out of this delicious beer again if the opportunity arose!

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 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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color with a dark tan head. Lace sticks to the glass, and the pour is free of sediment. The aroma is very sour, lactic acid being prominent and some roasted malt rounding it out. Flavor mimics the nose closely, with vinegar like acetic sourness pairing with roasted malt. Cherry flavor is very light, and I wouldn't have known it was fruit if it was not from the label. I could have believed the fruit flavor may have just been a brett/lactic thing. Nice flavor though, alcohol is well disguised. Full bodied, dry, but sticks to the palate. Strong notes of sourness that paired with the roast, and a little pine from the hops keeping things interesting (if they weren't interesting enough). A very well made beer that may prove to be a challenge to some.

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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
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