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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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Reviews: 52
Hads: 727
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 2.44%
Wants: 199
Gots: 210 | FT: 40
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,332 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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 (931 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%

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. (534 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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. (600 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev -2%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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! (572 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Sams in Durham.

Pours a dark brownish red with a slight head. The smell definitely is cherry pie like...but also definitely sour as well. Lots of cherries in the aroma for sure. The taste holds true and has a great cherry flavor but isnt quite as sour as the nose would lead you to believe. Not lip puckering. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall its just a solid brown cherry sour beer. Recommended. (420 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.3.14

A - Pours a very dark brown with an active tan head that fades away slowly.

S - Tart cherry, bourbon.

T - Tart cherry, bourbon, oak barrel. All balance each other.

D - Heavy to medium body with good carbonation.

O - Well balanced. Mild sour and bourbon, but all very apparent. (306 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -26.7%

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. (353 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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. Fairly complex. (163 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.23/5  rDev -21%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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. (957 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Wicked Weed belgian tulip.

A - Pitch black, with a light brown collar and no lacing.

S - Coffee, oak and a light acidity.

T - Refreshing lemon acidity, oak tanins, with dark fruit peaking through and roasting lingering character.

M - Dry, light lasting roast and oak finish.

O - A great beer that holds its own with the likes of Bruery and Jester King, the roast over powered any "cherry pie" notes for me though. (430 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (357 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (573 characters)

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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.