Oblivion | Wicked Weed Brewing

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BEER INFO

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
735
pDev:
7.29%
 
 
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 735
Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am straight up blown away by this beer, from start to finish. Beautiful pour, incredible nose - complex, deep, impressive.

Extremely sour, quite musty. Red grapes, blackberries, tannins, vinegar, leather; hints of cherries, raspberries. A bit nutty, touches of honey.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a mahogany red ale with a 1/2" head.

Smell: blackberries, merlot, and some sourness comes through to the nose.

Taste: blackberries, dates, merlot, some lemon zest, and a mild bitterness. Sourness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Medium bodied beer.

Overall: an enjoyable sour that is slow sipping but very flavorful.

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Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very nice brilliant brownish color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has dates and blacberry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a pleasant dates and blackberry sour flavor
M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A very nicely balanced sour beer

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Photo of moose1980
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of KensWorld
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Jadjunk
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Nicolaiw
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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 zimm421
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of lic217
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful creamy white head that maintains decently, color is sanguine, a bit lighter than blood red. A bit of lacing, smells vinous and of dark/tart fruits, not boozy in the smell. The taste is mostly of carbonation and not alcohol, although it can be felt after a couple of sips due to the 8.7%; very tart and full of vigor, i taste the dark fruit first and notice the red wine texture in the feel of the ale, a bit oily and maybe even some vinegar in the mix, pick up the wood in the aftertaste. One of the best sours I have had from WW, they know how to make some good sours on the east coast.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/12/2016. Poured from 16 oz. bottle into Wicked Weed mustache goblet. It pours a lovely dark apricot color, between plum and apple cider, with a foamy, ecru-color head and lacing that dissipated quickly. It has a pleasant sour smell but with lots of fruit: blackberry and other dark fruit, as well as red wine and oak. The taste is quite sour like vinegar but the dark, sweet fruit adds a really nice dimension, and the oak is apparent in the taste, as well. This ale has a nice, medium body, with light carbonation, and you can feel the 8.7% ABV. This ale is nice for sipping but you can only imbibe so much of it. Overall, while sour beers are not my favorite style, I found this one to be well-crafted and very interesting. I would drink it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite beers wicked weed has sent to colorado so far, and i have trudged through a fair few of them! sour reddish brown ale aged in red wine barrels with blackberries and dates, every bit as good as it sounds like it would be. clearish dark rust color, as orange as it is red or brown, but with a somewhat richer and deeper grain base than the color indicates, slight cocoa notes here, caramelized long boiled red malt flavors, toffee. the red wine barrel influence is strong here, dried red fruits, raisin, prune, oak tannins, its brilliant with the grain, and just sour enough to not feel heavy or sugary. the dates are amazing, as much prominence there as i have ever seen in beer. dates usually lend a raisin note that gets lost easily in this kind of malt base, but not here, its gummy and chewy and sweet and middle eastern, really ramping up all the way through the finish, really distinct, amazing, my favorite feature of this beer. that said, it could be a fig or something too, just what it adds is awesome. the blackberry is well behind the date, but a cool complimentary flavor, tangy and dark, bringing the acidity of the mixed culture to the fore. the vision behind this beer is really impressive. to think ahead how all these elements would work together and then be able to execute it at this level shows a real mastery of the art of beer making. i am extremely impressed with this, one of the best wicked weed beers i have had. certainly the most unique. expert!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Dee red color. Tons of tart dark fruits, fruity malts, vinegar, oak, light funk, and spices. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall I love this one. Ton of tart fruits but not too overpoweringly vinegary; one of the best WW beers I've had.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jammy deep purple with raspberry hues at the edges. Big, creamy off-white head that leaves tons of lacing. Great looking beer.

Smells really sharp, bursting with lemon, lime, passion fruit, raspberry,
and some leathery funk. Nose screams tartness.

Palate really closely mimics the nose. Big, tart lemon, raspberry and blackberry up front. Creamy vanilla and lime mid palate, and tannic leather on the finish. Maybe not the most incredible depth of flavor, but man is it tasty. Just about the perfect level of sour. Really vibrant and fun to drink, and a bit dangerous at 8+ abv.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I bought this beer at the Jester King brewery in Austin, Texas. I was looking for good Farmhouse Ale and they recommended some of their own as well the Wicked Weed brews they were selling. This one was really great. The bottles I bought were of course of a later date than the one displayed and had an ABV of 8.796% (according to the bottle).

(L) It had a hazy dark purple hue with a thick off white head.

(A) It had a wonderful funky berry aroma.

(T) It was tart, slightly sweet and funky with a taste of blackberries, dates, grapes, red wine, cherries, and lemon. I could not taste the alcohol at all.

(F) It was medium bodied with significant carbonation but very thirst quenching.

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Photo of zonker17
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour, brown with reddish tint, good lacing. Big wood nose, wine. Taste sour, wood, and slight wine with mildly bitter finish. Medium plus feel with moderate carbonation. Well integrated flavor.

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wicked Weed Oblivion
Bottle into a tulip

Pours a dark Amber/copper with a small light tan head; dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a few small spots of lacing. Very fruity, moderate amount of tartness, vinous notes from the barrel. Taste is much more tart than the aroma, in a good way. Lactic acidity, oaky, plastic like funk, fruity; fairly complex and quite tasty. Mouthfeel is fuller side of medium body with a high but appropriate carbonation, drinkability is good. Overall, a very good sour.



4/4/4.25/4/4.25

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured red brown with a nice light tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: acetic acid, balsamic vinegar, sour cherry, oak, tannin, astringent

T; sour cherry and oak explosion, funk all around, dark stone fruits, balsamic vinegar, sour

M: medium to full, alcohol well hidden

O: Wicked Weed is making waves with East Coast sours.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The nose of this definitely evokes a good Flemish red. Aside from the prevalent blackberries, I get a really nice cherry quality. Dark fruits are concealed, however. Taste let's down a bit, as the fruits are concealed by a general tartness. I get more lemon than anything. There is a nice finishing wine barrel note, at least. Seems a bit simplistic as well, but it has a nicely substantial feel. Quite likeable, but I hoped for a bit more given WW's hype.

3.75/5: Nice sourness and very good in general, but not outstanding

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Photo of Sabtos
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark garnet with a massive tan foam that slowly settles, leaving thin but abundant lacing.

Smell is toasty, tart cherry, plum, date, tannin, wine grape, and a little roast.

Taste is tart and smoky, with the dates making themselves apparent along with some caramel notes, but red grape, cherry, and even raspberry notes have developed more potently--not that I'm mad about it. Wine barrel oak is nice and balanced, and it comes across pretty near to a Flanders Red. Unfortunately, blackberries are the last thing I taste or smell in this.

Body is moderate with a good froth and semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish red with off whit head. Aroma of big musty funk, blackberry, oak, wine grapes, very slight acetic, sour apple, slight caramel and vanilla. Flavor follows the aroma with a nice sour punch. Dates are not as evident as the blackberries, but are still noticeable. I love the way the "mineral-y" funk comes through in the flavor of these Wicked Weed beers. Feel is med light with sparkling carbonation.. maybe just a touch more than I would have wanted but not detrimental. Overall a must try in my book. I drank this and the Bourbon variant back to back and both were very good. The different barrels are definitely evident and if you have a chance to grab both, I would.

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Photo of farrago
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little under two fingers of airy foam, deep tan color, sizzles down to the surface at a rapid clip, the lacing is more like random splotches than streaks, fare better in lasting than the head per se. Clear brown liquid with an orange cast, the bubbles are tiny and widely spread but show good activity. The nose betrays a seriously sour vinous quality, close to vinegar, needs the vanilla, caramel, coconut, toasted wood notes for counterbalance, you get the blackberries more than the dates, tart white citrus, sour lactic accents too, the main elements are so intense that it verges on caricatural and there’s no room for subtle nuance. Medium-bodied, here too it goes for the “this one goes to 11” approach and the sourness is unrelenting. Funky underbrush and more tart lemon citrus, the so-so carbonation cannot prevent it from squeezing the tongue. The blackberry met by cherry but, again, little by way of dried fruits. The bite from the barrel puts it over the top, roasty as even the butterscotch, caramel notes struggle to seem sweet. Leaves a leafy aftertaste behind. Kind of suspect the barrel treatment through the balance off.

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Oblivion from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 735 ratings