Wicked Weed Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #604
Ranked #4,234
4.11 | pDev: 7.3%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Notes: Formerly Canvas Series: Silencio

Silencio is a sour black ale artfully aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. The addition of Madagascar Vanilla Beans and El Silencio Coffee from local Mountain Air Roasting culminates in a complex and elevated sour ale.
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Photo of Damian
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 500 ml (1 pint, .9 fl. oz.) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Date Bottled: 10.27.16
Served in a tulip

Dark cola brown appearance. Glossy yet somewhat thinner bodied. The liquid was topped by a rocky, three-finger tall, beige colored crown that quickly fell to a thin collar. Minimal streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The nose seemed pretty simplistic initially. All I picked up was a generic fruity tartness. Soon, however, the aroma turned much more fragrant and complex. Madagascar vanilla bean came through big time. There was a strong bourbon quality as well. The combination of vanilla and bourbon made me think of vanilla extract, but definitely a high quality one. Good amount of dark chocolate too. Rich and fudgey. I definitely detected some creamed coffee as well. With time, the coffee notes intensified, as did the sweet, smooth, fragrant bourbon quality.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was also quite tart and straight forward initially, but it too became more interesting with time. Subtle coffee notes appeared on the front end. Loads of bright, fruity, berry-like tartness in the center. Quite Bretty. Bit of dark, roasty malts. More berries and fruity tartness on the back end and in the finish. Some dry, oaky barrel notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and contained a super fine, mellow effervescence that really frothed up on the palate. A touch airy perhaps.

Silencio is definitely one of the most interesting beers I have tried in a long time. That said, I found it to be more unique and intriguing than an actual enjoyable drinking experience. If the flavor profile could have matched the complexity of the nose, this would have been stellar.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle

Pours a very nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some dark fruits, bourbon, oaky. The taste is malty yeasty, dark fruit, bourbon, slight coffee, nice touch of oak. Medium body. Overall, another tasty brew from WW.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - bourbon barrel aged black sour ale fermented with coffee and vanilla? Sign me up. Pours and exceedingly dark brown--almost black. Crimson fringes. Lots of fluffy cola-esque head with loud pop rocks bubbles. Looking to be a bit over carbed.

S - sour lactose up front. Brown sugar and coffee with tart cherries. Candy-like vanilla sweetness.

T - milk chocolate and iced sugary coffee up front. Transitions to bitter black coffee quickly and finishes with metallic cherries. The tart sourness is present the entire time, constantly stabbing and prodding at the unusual flavors one wouldn't expect to find in a sour. Almost like the human body rejecting a transplant. It's certainly complex with a lot of off-the-wall flavors. Vanilla extract and cherry cola. As it warms (or my palate is zapped), sweetness comes out to overpower the tart. Creamy tiramisu and Starbucks latte.

F - not over carbed at all! Rich and full body, especially for a sour, with slight biting tingles.

O - I was intrigued and I think this beer delivered for the most part. It's not nearly as underwhelming as some people say, but there is dropped potential. Can feel like a mixture of a sweet coffee chocolate stout and a Flanders red, instead of a Flanders coffee chocolate red ale. Sometimes the flavors clash and don't blend nicely. Still interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle dated 10.27.16

Pours black with a quickly receding frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like sweet roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, oak, mild bourbon, some tart funky fruits, with earthy grassy pine. Tastes a little like cola, with dark roasted malty notes, sour fruit like berries or cherry, mild coffee, vanilla beans, oak, some bourbon, funk, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and fizzy with moderate high carbonation. Overall a nice bourbon barrel aged black sour ale with coffee and vanilla beans.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorites from wicked weed in awhile, what a great beer this is! they were smart to keep this from getting too sour, some of theirs can be quite intense in the acidity, and that would not have jived as well with the dark malt, coffee, vanilla, and heavy bourbon that this beer features so well. the mild citric tang to this is exactly right, its the least relevant of all the elements, and given what else is involved here, i think that makes a lot of sense in terms of sensory priority. the coffee and bourbon together is awesome, thats the relationship that my attention keeps getting drawn back to, there is so much earthy roast to this, the coffee is wonderful with the dark malt, but the char from the barrel and the sweet whiskey flavor really click. vanilla isnt too much as it often is, and while there is some sugar in here, its drier by the end, with only wood and coffee bitterness remaining after the swallow. the body may be a little light for the depth of flavor happening here, but overall this beer is magic. the robust coffee and bourbon together really makes this unique. as good as any of the beers i have had from wicked weed so far, on tap at lucky pie downtown, and not to be missed! my favorite coffee beer of the new year here in the early going...

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled on 24 June 2016. Listed as 6.6%.
A: Nearly two fingers of fluffy, pitted, light brown head. Opaque, ruddy black.
S: Smells like a wine barrel-aged beer, à la Russian River. Traces of red fruit, dusty cocoa, and tart yeast byproduct.
T/M: Wow! Loads of vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth then puckery-tart. The flavors track similarly...vanilla, dark chocolate, and light coffee upfront. It's hard to say if it's the vanilla beans or the bourbon barrels that result in the most sweetness, but this is one of the most unusual and well-balanced sweet-tart beers I've ever encountered. It veers wildly from sour to bitter to sweet-smooth to deep to puckery-shallow to creamy to clean. It finishes mostly acidic on the palette with a light sticky cream mouthfeel.
O: Points for craziness. This has ton going on, but unlike some 'do everything' beers I've had, the flavors meld, marry, spar, and flow. Things I like -- coffee, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, sour beers -- are perfectly in-line with this beer, so I am clearly biased. But still.

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Photo of KevCan
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared a 500mL bottle at my parents' house. My dad bought it at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Look: Dark brown, lots of bubbles.

Smell: Sour ale smell.

Taste: Very nice. I taste mostly the sourness and less of the bourbon, coffee, and vanilla.

Feel: Light body, high carbonation. Sour/astringent.

Overall: Nice, but I wish I could taste the bourbon, coffee, and vanilla more.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black with nice tan head that quickly dissipates leaving no head or lacing.

Smell - The first thing that hits you is the funk, hay, vinegar but wait the vanilla is there very subtly. I am not getting as much coffee but there does seem to be some sweet milk chocolate.

Taste - Ok again the funk is there, nice tart fruit but the vanilla is very present and almost smooths out the tartness after a second or so. I am getting a little more of the coffee in the flavor and still getting good sweet chocolate flavor as well.

Feel - Medium body, well carbonated tart bite but also a mild smoothness from the vanilla. Little dry on the finish.

Overall - I am very impressed by this beer the vanilla stands out well and smooths the funk bite a bit. Great beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque cola with quickly dissipating head.
S: It smelled like cold brew coffee and vanilla, with some toasted oats and sweet balsamic and charred oak.
T: It tasted like sour cherries and tart red wine vinegar, with some cold brew coffee and vanilla and oak. It had a clean, sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a lot of carbonation. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was a really unique brew with a great blend of sweet and sour characters. The scent and taste had a ton of complexity, and it was pretty well integrated. The body was fitting, and the finish was relatively smooth, so it was easy to drink but worth sipping. Age would likely help smooth it out even further. Recommended.

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Photo of tempest
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fun beer, comes off like a chocolate sour for the mix of vanilla, bourbon, and smooth roasted coffee. Medium acidity, reminds me of blackberry for the deep juicy sourness. While the acid seems to wash away the darker flavors from your palate, it also provides a pleasant balance to their sweetness.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9-5-16 - Still on tap at Monk's in Philly after WW Labor Day Event. 5 oz. pour served in a tall stemmed Chardonnay glass. Dark brown (reminds me of Coca Cola) with minimal head. Nice fruity aroma with no hint of bourbon. No lacing. Tastes like a black cherry ale. Notes indicate local coffee elements, but I can't pick those up. Tasty sour that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Wicked Weed globe glass. Bottled June 24th 2016.

Dark walnut brown, and slightly red body color, a bit of clarity towards the top of the head. Mocha light head color. Thick with easy three fingers and a bit of snapping sounds. Has a very styrofoam like appearance but manages to hang on for awhile. Dissolves to thin puck and a little collar.

Aroma has very nice contrasts. Excellent creamy milk chocolate and coffee angles. Soft roasted beans with touches of vanilla to go with it. Tartness kept to a minimum, which for me is a bit of a plus on a dark brew sometimes. Some slight spicy brown spices kick in as well.

Palate actually makes a noticeable tart dent. Lighter touches of malt roast than sourness than anticipated, but makes for a better drinking experience. Tart front palate, slightly sour lemon mixing with coffee like acidity nicely. A bit of chocolate sensing sweetness kicks in as well bringing up nice coffee like accents as well. Very clean. Excellent balance with a full round mouthfeel and light touches.

Very nicely aged and flavored dark brew. One tart dark brew I can definitely enjoy.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle from 6/24/16 poured into a WW tulip, 6.6% Pitch black, with a half finger of tan head that dissapears in short order. Aroma is cider/sour, coffee, and whiskey notes. First set is palate disorientating, heavy sour and mouth watering. As it warms, the sourness mellows, and the coffee/vanilla/whiskey notes seep out. The mouthfeel is somewhat light considering, carbonation is medium high. Overall it's an interesting mix. Tough to justify the price, but it's worth a go.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 16.99. Bottled 6/24/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a deep, muted chestnut but rests in the glass such a dark brown as to render it black in appearance. The two fingers of rocky pale mocha froth gradually fades to a modest layer of retention, spreading to a full halo which in turn leaves a few sizeable patches of lace.

Aromas of coffee and vanilla leap to my nose even as I pour. This truly smells outstanding. Layers of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, tart berry and Sour Patch sugar. Can't get enough.

Whoa. This is simultaneously delightful and confusing on my palate. The initial sharply sour burst of dark fruit and grains is immediately offset by a bittersweet combination of strong vanilla laden coffee. The flavors are rounded out by wet oak, tart seedy berries, bourbon, funky earth, a hint of dark chocolate and cooked sugar. Vanilla can be a tough flavor to maintain a real presence but it is truly impressive how well the vanilla shines through all that is going on here.

Medium body, almost chalky, with mild carbonation. Coffee, soured dark malt and bourbony vanilla make for an interesting and tasty aftertaste.

Another out of the box sour ale from Wicked Weed. Silencio is unlike anything else I've ever had. The unique combination of sour, coffee and vanilla make this a must try.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours coffee colored with a frothy tan head that descends to a film; squiggly lacing appears

Smell: A complex, somewhat vinous bouquet, with the prune and berry tones pushing in a tart direction and complemented by hints of coffee, Bourbon, chocolate and vanilla

Taste: The sour tones kick off with a balsamic combination of prune and berries; through the middle, hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla develop; after the swallow, vague notes of Bourbon add a slight nudge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight pucker factor

Overall: One of the better beers that Wicked Weed has produced; impressive complexity

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Photo of NCMonte
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was completely surprised by this years (2016) version of Silencio. Everything is there, the Bourbon Barrel, the Coffee, the Vanilla, the sour, but nothing over powers anything else. Great mix, very balanced, very delicious and very drinkable. One of the best efforts from Wicked Weed to date.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor is so deceiving. Has that tart aroma but flavor is a notes of coffee with vanilla but has a tart bite at the end. Overall this is completely different front the nose to the taste. It plays with your mind but is still very delicious.

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Photo of darktronica
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now this is an absurdly interesting beer. I recently had a bottle of New Day Meadery's Breakfast Magpie, a mead with blackberries and coffee, and this is startlingly similar. Showcasing Wicked Weed's typical skill with sours, Silencio proves that a sour coffee is totally viable and surprisingly good. I do not get a lot from the barrel, with only a mild oakiness in the flavor profile, but six months after bottling, the coffee is still quite prominent. The vanilla is subtle but provides a nice counter-point to the tartness, which is immediately noticeable but not pungent.

I appreciate Wicked Weed's approach, that sours need not be marketed exclusively to people who are immune to acid; they consistently turn out beers that are fruity and tart without being overwhelming or one-dimensional. Well done.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with a small beige collar. Aromas of vanilla, coffee, sour funk, roast, chocolate. Caramel candies, vanilla, chocolate ice cream, liquer. Tangy, sour, piquant. Interesting and complex. Well done.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while I try a beer that surprises my pallet with flavors I haven't ever put together.

L: Reddish huge with a white head that dissipates
S: Bourbon, coffee, prunes, sugars
T: Big coffee, bourbon, sourness with sweetness before the coffee, like a dessert or cocktail
M: Nice
O: Highly recommended, WW knows how to push the boundaries and this beer is a beautiful example.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced tartness, this is lightly tangy. Very interesting turn though, as I get vinegar, smoke, sweet tarts and Chile's. Not what I expected but nicely drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body, though not particularly viscous-looking, with a thin, yellow-beige head.

Smell: A composition of coffee, sweetish chocolate and soothing bourbon with a noted waft of soured funkiness and fruit.

Taste: A mildly soured taste of chocolate and lightly roasty coffee with discarded cherryskins and a small spoonful of blackberry preserves. Bourbony backdrop. Sensibly acidic. Thinnish albeit leisurely finish with a final hint of balsamic vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Rather interesting. It's definitely not a boring, non-fun beer, and one that seemed to straddle the line between a barrel-aged coffee beer and a sour one.

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Photo of riotontheroad
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

holy shit, this beer is a masterpiece. look and aroma trick the mind into preparing for a big coffee stout....but after tasting, the sour flips all that around. after a few sips, i got used to the combo of flavors and could thoroughly enjoy the ride. vanilla seemed to bridge the gap between the dark & roasty and acidic and bright.

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Photo of dar482
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An intriguing brew that is not necessarily a dark sour. Instead, the beer has dark fruit and tart qualities up front, but then is taken over my coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and an almost robust porter like mouthfeel and characteristics.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am not sure what WW was trying to pull off here since I am generally a big fan of their sour program. There is no body to support the coffee or vanilla. Tart doesnt lend itself nicely. Tastes like a mishap to me.

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Silencio from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 171 ratings