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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

409 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 96
Gots: 117 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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)
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Sammy, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

djrn2, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

spycow, Sunday at 09:13 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 17, 2014
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3.8/5  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.

BEERchitect, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

kjkinsey, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

GRG1313, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ygtbsm94, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

kylehay2004, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Knapp85, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 13, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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

emerge077, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

SocalKicks, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Jason, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Kegatron, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

oline73, May 16, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Rifugium, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

mendvicdog, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Rochefort10nh, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.