Angel Of Darkness
Wicked Weed Brewing

Angel Of DarknessAngel Of Darkness
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #53
Ranked #632
4.42 | pDev: 6.56%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Angel Of DarknessAngel Of Darkness
Notes: Angel of Darkness is a barrel-aged American sour. This ale is blended with 1.5 pounds per gallon of boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries and aged in Oloroso sherry casks. After 14 months of aging in these flavor-intense barrels, the beer is blended onto another 1.5 pound per gallon of these dark fruits in stainless steel tanks for 2 months. A total of 3 tons of fruit and 16 months of maturation later, we give you Angel of Darkness.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 172
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle purchased at brewery on August 6. Pretty stoked about this one. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Not much head and what there is disappears quickly, leaving nothing. Like seriously, nothing. Beer is so deep purple one should say "hush" upon seeing it.

S: Berry wonderful. I swear I am not drunk already. Just a nice melange of berry notes. A bit of funk.

T: BIG BERRY TASTE. WHOO. Also some sour cherry and once things calm down, you do get a little peek at that sherry cask. Funk and sour are beautifully restrained, additive rather than distracting.

F: Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry and refreshing and you really want to pound it down, which would be a mistake considering both the complexity of the taste experience and the ABV. Wonderfully complex and balanced.

O: Just about the best sour I've ever had. Should have bought just a case of this.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml. corked bottle into a PAA Dino glass, this beer pours out like a grape and cherry juice mixed with black cherry like highlights.

The nose brings a beautiful jamminess with notes of grape, raspberry, strawberry, cherry and blackberry all tangling together.

The taste is much of the same. Perfect jammy notes of all the fruit above mentioned. Maybe even some pear notes now.

The mouthfeel brings a great tartness and acidity while still letting the notes shine. The barrel offers a nice dryness.

Overall, this is very good.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2019 release - wish list beer gifted to me by a fellow BA'er.

Impressed me that this beer poured so dark - you really can't see through it, and that's unique for a fruited sour. It's dark alright. Even when cold, the nose lights up with all kinds of berries. As the beer warms, the very prominent raspberry fades just a bit and releases a whole bunch of cherry. The barrel is very prominent - it's just a bit dry, but quite tart, not so sour as I'd expected but it has some pucker, for sure. Those berries contribute plenty of complementary sweetness as well.

Damn, this is terrific - recommended.

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Photo of andypeters1971
3.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very dark red with virtually no head. Very little carbonation. My palate is not sophisticated enough to discern the various elements of the tasting profile, but the sourness overwhelms any other taste in my opinion. I cannot detect any taste of cherry or the wood barrel. It's just all sour berries. Not sure what the point is of the barrel aging process if all you can taste is sour.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a cask at the 2018 ACAF (Atlanta Cask Ale Festival).

Pungent aroma. This is a strongly flavored sour that is highly sour but not funky. Nice ripe, pitted fruit notes.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at share. Amber, ruby color with small bubbly head. Big fruity aroma, jelly jar, yeasty funk. Taste is more of the same fruity flavors, apples and cherries, berries, sweet and tart. Nice fell with a bit of stickiness.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft at the Funkatorium a vintage 2015 pour.

Appearance - A dark red with a off white half finger of thin head. Light lacing down the glass.

Smell- Super sour sweetness with an unbelievable amount of tart fruit. Sherry, cherry, and raspberry explosion then a nice kick of alcohol.

Taste- A monster tart mix of fruit and alcohol. You would never guess this was an 11% abv brew. Such a phenomenal mix of everything. The berries are dominant but the tartness shines through.

Mouthfeel- medium to high carbonation that helps make this so drinkable. A nice dry finish.

Overall- One of the best sours I have ever had. The fruits and tartness mix with a strong abv to form a fantastic sour beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WW Angel of Darkness
On tap at the Funkatorium, NYE 2016

A: Pours a dark reddish brown, opaque, small pink tinged off white head, dissipates fairly quickly, little lacing. 4

S: Aroma is huge sweetness, tons of fruit, and some tartness to balance. So many berry notes, cherry and raspberry abound. Sweet sherry notes, a fruit booziness. Fantastic. 4.75

T: Significtantly funkier than the aroma implied. Pretty prominent barnyard notes, some burnt plastic. Fruit and tart characters are present, but not as prominent as the nose implies. There are a good amount of berries characters. Tasty but I prefer the tart over the funk, and it's subtle in the former and huge in the latter. 4

M/D: Fuller bodied, carbonation high but appropriate, drinkability is average. 4

O: Good beer, but too many barnyard funk notes for my personal preference so not one of my favorite WW offerings. Still definitely worth a. Drink though! 4

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Photo of Ski3PO
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jelly. Jammy, jammy jelly.
This is for the 12/16/2016 release had on tap at the brewery. This is a very unique Angel both as a sour and for Wicked Weed. Relatively little carb after a short head with thin bubbles dissipates. The sherry barrel character is what makes this. Cuts the sweetness. All the berries are still boldly there. It makes me want to see more sours (beers?) aged in sherry barrels.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a fun one. So jammy with all the fruits--the cherry comes through most, but all the berries are there too in the aroma and flavor. I wouldn't call this sour by any stretch--it's really more like a merlot than a kriek or something. Mouthfeel is a bit light given the color and flavor. And abv. 11%? Whut? I would have guessed 7. I thought this would be something like the scribe, but it's much lighter and fruit forward. Nice!!!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark color. Aromas of boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, with an herbal finish. Taste follows nose, berry intensely delicious. Very taste. Such wow.

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Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #109 (FEB 2016)


Berries, Tart, Vinous, Bold
Jam packed with a dark berry character, nearly wine-like from the sherry barrel-aged tone and the tartness. Close to a big bold red wine, I’d guess it is somewhere between a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Petite Sirah. This is beer though, so this boldness comes from the use of massive amounts of boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries and a dry but noticeable malt base. Warming after a few sips, but the alcohol stays pretty well hidden throughout. Nothing short of epic here. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.50 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 4.25

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark red, almost purple body with a thin, bubbly pinkish head. Aroma is huge and rich with berries, oak and funk. Flavor is tart, oaky, ripe with mixed berries, some earthiness as well. The feel is medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, coating and extremely dry on the finish. Drinks very nicely for the abv. All in all a very nice, very robust sour.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Date Bottled: 11.19.15.

A- Pours a purplish black color with a 1/4 inch purplish tan head that retains a bit before becoming a
thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Big cherry and blackberry aroma with a nice overlay of Bretty funk. Sweet with a moderate lactic acid presence.

T- Sweet grape juice like flavor to it with some oak tannins. I guess that could translate to wine-y but it's really too sweet to be considered close to a red wine. Sourness is moderate and the funk even more so. I will say that the ABV is incredibly well concealed even though the flavor profile itself isn't particularly as complex as expected. Nice boysenberry aftertaste.

M- Moist with a drying, tannic finish. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Was expecting more from this considering how limited and expensive it was, but it's pretty tasty if you like fruit-forward sours that aren't that sour, like I happen to.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep purple with lighter purple head. Not much retention as expected for the ABV and style. Aroma of tart berries, berries, and more berries. Nice musty funk rounds it out. Flavor is a total berriy bomb also. Jammy, lingering berries for days. just enough malt, tartness, bisquit and funk to balance things out. I also get mild oak but just a hint sherry. The feel is a bit heavier than expected, but works, carrying the berries over your tongue and sticking there. Overall, I say if you like a seriously FRUITED sour, you can't go wrong with this one. This 11%'er drinks like a 5% beer, no BS!

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Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour coffee colored with a purplish hue; not much of a head but with the ABV here, that is not surprising; squiggles of lacing descend

Smell: Tart and jammy aromatics, with all of the fruits present although the assertive boysenberry and blackberry dominate; vinous and oaky, although more like a red wine than an Oloroso

Taste: Tart, jammy fruit forward, with the boysenberry and blackberry dominant; through the middle, the raspberry and, especially, the cherry flavors build; after the swallow, the sourness really kicks in and lingers through the finish; subtle tones from the barrel treatment are also present, although the Oloroso is not readily identifiable

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; biting and prickly on the tongue

Overall: Possibly the most impressive sour produced by Wicked Weed; clearly the most assertive and powerful

Thanks, AppaZappa, for the opportunity

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Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep brown bordering on black with dark red edges.

Aroma: blackberry pie, vanilla, biscuit.

Flavor: medium acidity, plethora of dark berry character. More biscuit.

Mouthfeel: dry, but specialty Malts impressively Don't get harsh, and fruit doesn't get sticky diabeetus sweet.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Throw down at Brad's. Served alongside all of the other Wicked Weed "Angel" beers. Deep, dark brown hue with crimson/burgundy highlights. A plethora of berry character with additional notes of vanilla, oak, booze. Complex and wonderful. Medium tartness/sourness. Delicious.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

another incredible beer from these guys. seems like not only do they have the wild fermentation aspect down, but they also seem to be leading the pack in the innovation department. how to conceive of something this unique? nobody else has. the blend and intensity of the fruit is incredible, and one would never ever know the alcohol is so strong here. it doesnt come through in the least. the beer looks like a melted purple crayon, somewhat thick, a little shine, and a deep black purple color happening. maybe a little less head than a few of the others, but nevermind that. i dont smell any fruit more than another, and i taste them all in unison too. its jammy and concentrated for a second, but ends up lightening up with some tartness and carbonation. red wine notes, purple grape, pink grapefruit, and blueberry are among the fruit flavors i taste from fruits not in the beer. its extremely intense on the fruit, dense at times, but it seems to make sense with the base beer. moderate sourness, but just as much funk too, has an almost jester king wild side to it, love the complexity. overall another astounding fruited wild ale from these guys, who seem to have these dialed in as well as anyone. shocking its so strong, i would have guessed around 7% abv.

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Photo of NCMonte
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One, if not my favorite, WW Sour to date. Perfect blend of the tartness and fruit flavors, but what took it over the top, I clearly tasted the Sherry Cask. It really gave it that something special.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - pours a very dark purple, looks like a plum, with a light pink head. Light lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell - smells like dark fruit with a little hint of booze

Taste - so many flavors that I honestly can't pick out much of the individual flavors. Just tastes of overall dark fruit, plum, fig, grape. Slight bite to it. Medium amount of sourness and medium amount of tartness.

Feel - smooth and quite thick for a sour.

Overall - very different for a sour, especially a wicked weed sour, but a fun experience none the less

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Photo of scottyboy1980
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good sour poured from a bottle smells tart and fruity. Tast is full of tart sour fruit with a little bottle age it will be even more sour has a bit of sediment in the bottom will be great after another year. Overall one of there best sours yet. Cheers!!!!

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Photo of c64person
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, great reddish purple color with white/purple head, great lacing. Smell was of brett and jammy goodness. Taste was sweet, slight tart and slight amount of brett funk typical of the Angel series. Feel was a light light up front, sweet on the back. Overall a great addition to the series, but needs some time to allow the brett to shine, however masks the 11% ABV very well. This is one that will sneak up on you!

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Funkatorium. Bright, dark fruit notes on the finish with a tart bite reminiscent of the Angel series. The 11% ABV is well-hidden.

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