Oblivion Sour Red | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
wickedweedbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oblivion is a sour red ale aged with blackberries and dates in red wine barrels for 8-10 months.

Added by kylehay2004 on 12-29-2013

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707
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87
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
7.43%
 
 
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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of moose1980
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a tart and tannic red wine; gets fruitier as it warms. The dates and blackberries come through really nicely in the taste as well. Heavy oak. Awesome beer. *Purchased before the sellout*

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Photo of Cwarwick812
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aprabhu
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wicked Weed Brewing "Oblivion"
500 ml. brown glass bottle. "DATE BOTTLED: 04.07.17" and sampled on 06.16.17
$20.00 @ Capone's Restaurant / Bottle Shop, Norristown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: A fairly rough pour brought up a two-finger thick head of frothy khaki over a deep ruby body. The aroma is vinous with dark fruit and some oak. At this point the head has already dropped to a thin surface covering, but it's left solid walls of lacing behind. Back to the aroma, I can't get over how wine-like it is; and it's surprisingly clean for a sour ale, I'm not finding any Brettanomyces character. The flavor is as the aroma suggests with more sweetness, and a little bit of breadiness. The fruitiness remains and I'm thinking of raspberries, blackberries, figs, plums, black cherries, and dates. The oak remains as well, and along with the tartness it finishes dry - there's very little bitterness to it at all. The head has now become just a collar, but it surprisingly still leaves solid walls of delicate lace behind it. I'm now finding more earth, mineral, and a touch of leather that's reminiscent of Brettanomyces as it warms. It's still surprisingly clean. There's a light carbonic bite to it from its very fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation. It's zesty. Medium-light in body, I think. It keeps calling me back for more ~ oh so drinkable! Wow! What a treat. Ahh, weird, looking back now the solid walls of lace have broken down into what looks like a grove of trees with tiny spots of lace at the top and streaks below that that land where the solid bit still remains. I'm not suggesting that everyone would find this, but it's kind of magical. Great to look at. Quite impressive for a sour ale. Highly recommended! Worth seeking out.

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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just heard the great news about Wicked Weed so to celebrate I decided to break out my 2015 and 2016 cellared bottles. I'm sure these bottles will be highly sought after since all new WW batches should improve with the extra $ they will be allocated. More $ = better ingredients, right? So I will enjoy these great innovative wild Ales and reminisce about North Carolina's BEST CRAFT BREWERY that once was.

From cellared bottle dated 03-04-16

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Photo of Davit
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Oblivion is a Sour Red ale aged with blackberries and dates in red wine barrels for approximately 8-10 months. This ale is then carefully blended to create depth and balance that will envelope you in its complexity." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 500ml. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Moderate gusher alert! Pours a crisp frothy head of a medium tan color over a deep mahogany body with very light carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.25

(Smell) Bread malts, sour fruit tones, soft raspberry tartness, moderate acidity, residual syrupy sweetness. Very evident aroma of red wine barrel aging, complete with grape skins and gentle oak tannins. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Largely follows the aroma, with tangy raspberry puree, gentle vinegar acidity, light toasted bread and caramel malts with a shallow sweetness, drying finish, complete with wine barrel aging impact; strong red grape must and vinous tones. Finishes drying and earthy. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy, acidic and drying over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Oblivion is a fairly enjoyable sour ale, with lots of wine barrel character and raspberry notes, although the dates and residual sweetness in general do not carry through as directly into the flavor and texture of this beer, and the finish is a bit more drying than desired. In closing, it is very enjoyable, but not without its subtle flaws in balance and depth. 3.75

Wicked Weed Brewing's
Oblivion: Sour Red Ale Aged in Wine Barrels with Blackberries and Dates
3.78/5.00

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Photo of mig100
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep reddish / orange very unclear with small beige head.
Aroma has lots of wine barrel, sour cherries, lemon, dried dates,
Taste is oak, red wine, dried dates, plum, blackberries, tart, dry finish with a sweet twist.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirty brownish red color. Little head and nearly no lace.

The smell is of soured cherries with a light sweetness. A true tribute to a Flanders Red.

The taste is quite sour with a biting long lasting tart flavor reminiscent of soured candy. The swallow brings a puckering sour finish at the acme. Long lasting aftertaste. High level of carbonation with a lighter body, but it still this the profile well.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottled 12.08.16

Pours maroon red with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like sour funk, tannic red wine, oak, caramel, toffee, molasses, toasted bready malt, vanilla, tart blackberries, dates, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart blackberries, dates, vanilla, molasses, toffee, caramel, toasted bready malts, oak, tannic red wine, sour funk, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice red wine barrel aged sour red ale with blackberries and dates.

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Photo of srw
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zimm421
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with hints of red around the edges. The head is off-white to tan and recedes fairly quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. The nose is slightly acetic, sour cherries, oak, yet still a touch sweet from the malt. The taste yields nice dark fruitiness, oak, sweet malt, and a touch of tannins that are drying at the end. Overall, it's a good flanders and the fruit is a great touch.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark brownish purple, light tan head
Smells sour, wine like, and fruity
Taste: Berry flavor, a little wine, some light wood,Finishes very sour
Feel: Goes down quick and easy, prickly carbonation
Overall: A nice beer, but no where near the price I paid for it ($18)

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Oblivion Sour Red from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.17 out of 5 based on 707 ratings.
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