Oblivion Sour Red | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Oblivion Sour RedOblivion Sour Red

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Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

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.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -1.9%
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 +3.4%
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. 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 +6.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +10.8%
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 +7.2%
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 -0.2%
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.


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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -10.3%
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 -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown, with a tan ring of foam and soft lacing.

Smells kind of like a spicy vinegar at first.

Tastes tart and smoky, with the dates making themselves apparent along with some caramel notes.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -15.1%
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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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long lasting and lacy khaki head and a deep red body.

The red wine barrels pop out nicely with some vanilla. Tart fruity aromas abound. Blackberry, dates, raspberry, strawberry.

Oaky and vinous barrel leads with the fruits coming in after. Medium bodied, tart, and dry.

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Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vigorous pour yields a nice one inch head which fades after a few minutes to a thin ring. Nose of berries and dates, but at first it smelt of prunes. Nice flavor of more berries, tart berries and the dates are there as well. Very interesting indeed! Medium mouthfeel. Overall, my first WW and I want to try more!

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oooo! Pucker power but in a very nice way. Amazing blend and nothing overpowers any of the fruits. Nice pour look, moderate lacing. I absolutely will buy again and share with friends.

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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours an auburn color capped by a frothy ecru head; dribs and drabs of lacing linger

Smell: Blackberry and date tones are both present in the aroma, along with a vinous wine barrel character; a lactic aspect, too

Taste: The combination of the blackberry and date flavors swirl around the taste buds, dropping some sweetness on the palate; in the middle, the lactic sourness enters softly and never takes over; vinous and oaky, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Modestly sour, with plenty of fruit on the palate, this is a nice beer for those who like the balance

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/29....pours dark cherry red with lacing white foam. Red wine fruity nose. Fruity sour flavor. Red wine trickles throughout. Grape juice in abundance. Really flavorful blend of malt and wine.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red, almost brown. Off color white fizzy head that leaves lacing all over the glass. I get hints of blackberry in the nose. Slight acidity and funk behind it. Taste is full of blackberries. Dates aren't as noticeable. Very sour. Tastes like a fruity soda or sour candy. Red wine on the back. Mouthfeel is pretty light for almost 9% ABV. I had to recheck the percentage because I truly didn't believe it. It's not too big and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Overall, a fantastic sour. Maybe a bit too dark for me. I like my sours on the lighter side. Sour stouts are probably my least favorite style, not that this is in stout territory, but it seems the darker the sour, the less I like it.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was my second WW, the first being Medora and this was far better. It pours a lovely slightly cloudy brownish red which makes me instantly think of a "date" like color. There is next to no head. The nose is loaded with funky blackberries and and the taste follows with a little bit of the sweetness from the dates up front that quickly evolves into tart blackberries. This is a nice offering. I'll have it again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy garnet hue with a thin wispy head that fades quickly to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of light berry notes , faint date and malt sweetness. There are some light lacto notes and funk, but, Rather subtle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, decent blackberry notes, light date sweetness, malt sweetness, the tartness is light too. Good berry notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit flemmy on the finish.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, I enjoyed the berry notes along with the date sweetness. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/3/15, thanks to Beerness

Light fizzy head, decent lacing, dark murky auburn brown color.

Nose is like a dark sour, soured brown malts, sour berry fruit, tart flemmy like sour, lactic acid perhaps.

Taste tart sour brown, tart fruity sour, little acidic note, broken like notes, tart blackberry, flemmy funk, sour tangy flemmy brown, candied brown sugar dates, etc.

Mouth med bod little acidity, decent carb.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark with ruby hints. Nice and creamy off white head. Smell is fresh, yet complex. Honey, grapes, wood, nice citrus. Taste follows. No alcohol feel. Great drink.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid but not exceptional, subtle fruit notes but nothing clear. A solid sour red or flanders but nothing amazing. the carbonation was a bit lacking and affected the overall experience of the beer. Is this brewery growing faster than the quality control necessary for its size?

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Photo of BrownNut
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Wicked Weed was disappointing. Red wine barrel? Blackberries? Dates? Yes please! That sounds like a fantastic composition. What I got instead was a fairly generic mild sour that was pretty shallow. I had to let it warm all the way up just to have a chance at some flavor. Zero date presence. I got some identifiable fruit really only on the exhale, like a faint glimpse of a ghost. And I didn't get the wine. The closest I got to wine was an unwelcome touch of grape-stem bitterness. If they had just called this beer "Mild sour red ale," I would have rated it the same but wouldn't have been disappointed. On my personal scale, 3.75 means a notch above craft average though, so I'm not saying it's a bad or completely forgettable beer, just not a standout. Hoping for better from Medora.

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