Chocolate Covered Black Angel
Wicked Weed Brewing

Chocolate Covered Black AngelChocolate Covered Black Angel
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #329
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,024
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.26%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
120
From:
Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
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Rotating
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  41
SCORE
93
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Chocolate Covered Black AngelChocolate Covered Black Angel
Notes: Sour Dark Ale with Cherries and Chocolate
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 120
Photo of VABA
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous cocoa and tart cherry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very generous and well balanced cocoa and tart cherry flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great American Wild Ale

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Photo of Blackop555
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours Deep Purpleish black. Short, foamy, tan head that Fades fast.

Smells tart cherry, vinegar, Roast malt, like chocolate and Oak.

Taste tart cherry, caramel, chocolate, roast and Light wine. Fading to vinegar, roasty and a Char linger. Finish is dry with a tart cherry linger and light Char. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Tony210
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thin dark reddish brown, big fizzy reddish head that quickly dissappates. Looks like cherry coke. Nice tart cherry aroma with slight chocolate undercurrents. Big tart cherry flavor, bright and crisp, nice chocolate middle and nice sour finish. Very enjoyable. Medium bodied with good carbonation. I do not notice and bourbon barrel presence. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer that is insanely overpriced. $22 for 500 ml. Glad I tried it, but disappointing at this price point. More like $8 for 500 ml.

6/4/18
500 ml bottle dated 12/27/17
4 rating

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Photo of colts9016
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am stoked to try this beer. Mike sent me this beer, thank you very much. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A rough pour produced a dark brown one finger head. The head was fizzy and airy with poor retention. The head left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown SRM 32. The clarity of the beer is opaque. A ton of carbonation bubble are visible on the top of the beer.

Chocolate, stone fruit, earthy, wood, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugars, yeast, sour note, and hints of citrus for the aroma.

Stone fruit, earthy, hint of bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, chocolate, sour lemons, yeasty, caramel, and wood for the taste.

The mouthfeel of the beer is sharp and fizzy.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-high carbonation, and a long finish.

Beautiful balance in the beer. I would like to taste more chocolate and cherries in the beer. As a sour ale this beer is very tasty.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with some good dudes courtesy of dragginballz. Not much chocolate to speak of, but the muted acidity made this really drinkable and smooth. Sweet and tart cherry sour with a touch of oak, but couldn’t pull out any bourbon.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, dark purple when held to the light. It has a fruity cherry/ raspberry smell mixed with a little bit of chocolate. Tastes like a regular black angel with a chocolate finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This at first appears as a total black void, letting no light get through, yet seems to be a dark red-purple-brown, topped by a foamy tan head quickly dying to a thin ring.

Toasty, smoky cherry and chocolate covered peanut blend into a really enticing, almost savory aroma, backed by a mature, oaky, woody char.

As the aroma translates almost identically to palate, it's quite sour up front, but recedes a hair, and actually becomes smokier and woodier somehow, nearing hickory. There is less chocolate than the nose, as though it's almost not present, or has transformed into tobacco.

This has a crisp, sharp carbonation with a medium body and a semi-dry tang.

I think the added chocolate actually confused and knee-capped the flavors of the base brew, which already had notes of chocolate within it without having to add it.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a snifter
bottled 21/1/16

A- pours a deep black color with a thin foamy off-white head that ha short retention

S- strong cherry aroma up front with notes of balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate. Undertones of black currant, woody oak, vanilla and light bourbon

T- cherry flavor up front, leans more on the dark cherry side. Mid-palate gives some vinegar tartness, along with milk chocolate, currants, woody oak and a trace of bourbon. Finishes dry with more cherry on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp semi-dry finish

O- not very sour, just a hint of tartness. More cherry than anything, the other additions are a bit hard to pick out at times

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from Hops and Vines (Asheville, NC). 17.99. Bottled 12/01/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours such a deep plum hued russet as to appear black in the glass. A brief initial finger and a half crown of pale khaki froth evaporates to an uneven fence around the edge of the glass. Only a few surface spots of retention and zero lace decorate that otherwise dead pool.

I initially catch an aroma of strangely appealing rotten chocolate cherries. That gives way to sour apple, sweet mildew, old wet wood, vague berry jam and stale raisin bread. At first the bizarre conglomeration was almost off putting but it somehow grew on me.

Cherry pit-tinged apple cider vinegar attacks my palate from the first sip and becomes a recurring theme. Dry, stale chocolate, old bourbon soaked oak, earthy bread, pitted fruit and some faint mildewed grains.

Chalky medium full body with a gently tingling presence of carbonation. Finishes comes across like farmy chocolate cherry vinegar.

When it comes to adding chocolate to the classic Black Angel I vacillate between appreciation and distraction. Wicked Weed has an interesting variation in Chocolate Covered Black Angel even if I'm not convinced that it's an improvement.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the share, Andy.

This one pours a pretty dark brown, nearly black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like sour cherries, dark fruit, cocoa powder, sweet bourbon, and oak.

I was wondering how sour + chocolate would work, and it's surprisingly nice. It's got a nice sweet malty backbone that balances the sourness well. There's some creaminess, a bit of oak, and a nicely integrated bourbon character that doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. The cherries are really nice in this, too.

This is medium bodied, with a good level of carbonation, and a lingering sourness.

This is one of the best Wicked Weed beers that I've had. Really fun stuff.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours almost a plum colored black with thin mocha colored head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Aroma - The tart cherries hit first accompanied by dark chocolate. There is just a touch of bourbon and oak, acrid vinegar aroma as well.

Taste - The beer is tart cherries up front with the chocolate coming in about the middle after it has been in your mouth for a few seconds. There is not much bourbon in the taste just mostly tart cherries, chocolate and a touch of vanilla and oak.

Feel - The beer hits the mouth with a tart bite that goes away somehow replaced by a slightly smoother feel, it has good carbonation and has a pretty dry finish.

Overall - I thought this was really well done, the tart cherries and chocolate really accompany each other. It is not as sour as expected and no bourbon to speak of but the oak is there in the aroma and the flavors.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. I really thought the dark chocolate brought a wonderful wrinkle to this beer. It just danced with the tart and sweet cherries especially well, though overall it complimented well as especially evident on the nose. Gave the body another layer of richness

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Photo of frasergrove
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium brown, amber when held to the light. A large foamy head that fades quickly and leaves a ridge around the edge. Aroma has bright tart cherry and lactic acidity, subtle undertones of the sweet bourbon barrel. Easy to drink and very light on the acidity...was expecting much more complexity. Not a lot of pop, but smooth and refreshing. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #109 (FEB 2016)

STYLE Black Sour Ale | ABV 7.2% | AVAILABILITY Rotating | BEERADVOCATE.COM SCORE NONE

Tart, Fruity, Cocoa, Wood
Well played Wicked Weed, the chocolate covering is picked up right away on the palate with the tart fruitiness that is likened to tart cherry pie filling without the sweetness. Tartness is on target, and the cherry flavor is perfectly placed. Bourbon barrel character complements, but its strongest suit is the wood tannin. Aging and conditioning were paid proper attention, very crisp and clean while letting in the flavors that matter the most. [Jason]

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

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Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours tea brown with a slim, but frothy, ecru head; a few squiggles and dots drip down the side of the glass

Smell: Graham cracker, tart cherry, oak and a hint of cocoa powder

Taste: Tart cherry forward, with graham cracker and chocolate building underneath; an oaky addition to the flavor parade, after the swallow, with a bitter cherry pit flavor arriving in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I didn't pick up the Bourbon as much as I did in the base beer, but the chocolate makes for a nice addition; the chocolate flavor is subtle but becomes more apparent as the beer warms

Thanks, tarheels4life23, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a collection of flavors that can't surely work- cherry, chocolate, sour, bourbon, spice and oak -yet somehow they do, and do so in a chocolate-covered cherry and winey kind of way.

Chocolate Covered Black Angel's rusty mauve austere foreshadows its tart cherry influence within. Glimpses of sour cherry tingle the nose with its racy winey acidity. Nuance of cocoa bean, toast and spice round the scent ahead of the light fruity and malty sweetness with a light steely caramel and graham cracker dry spiciness.

The sourness tightens though the middle but wafts gently above a constant bed of toasted grain, peanut skin, red cherry, and seemingly cranberry. Assertive sourness offers its cidery, rosé wine and light balsamic tang. Final impressions round the palate as much of chocolate covered cherries with a berry medley and toasted grain.

Its refreshingly tart finish renders the beer malty-dry and medium-bodied for sour ale, but its chocolate and toasty support offers the flavor that's remiss of a cidery and winey Flanders red but with the almond and chocolate surprises that the ale promises.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Date Bottled: 10.30.15.

A- Pours a reddish dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Vibrant cherry aroma with a moderate amount of funk and lactic acid. Not much chocolate but it's probably due to the cherry being so heavy. Mild bourbon presence.

T- Again, the cherry breaks through more than the chocolate or sourness. Has a tart-sweet dichotomy playing throughout with the chocolate coming through slightly in the aftertaste. Not much bourbon flavor to speak of.

M- Dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I like this treatment way more than the original. The fruit takes center stage and plays so well with the tartness. Reminds me of Maceo, only not as complex and, of course, not quite as delicious.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this in a trade with @tbryant21 - thanks!
A - Pours a dark cherry color with little or no head.
S - Aroma is tart cherry.
T - The flavor follows the nose. I'm getting no chocolate at all.
M - Low carbonation and somewhat dry.
O - I like this beer. Not too tart and and a really nice muted cherry. I do wish the chocolate had come through.

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Photo of esktime
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a very small film of head.

Smells of Chocolate and Cherry Pop tart

Taste of chocolate notes right up front with a hint of all spice (cinnamon) and faint cherry flavor on the back end. Not overly sour, but finishes with a Cherry tart on the palate with a hint of bourbon oak.

Feel is light body and semi dry.

Very enjoyable and looking forward to see how this beer develops over the years.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crimson / copper body with a frothy pinkish head. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, booze, chocolate liqueur. Similar flavor. Really well done. Sweet, but not too. I suspect this would pair well with a rich chocolate dessert. Tasty.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a muddy reddish brown. The head is off white and clings to the glass throughout the drink. Smells like oak, tart cherries, honey, and a bit like chocolate. On first sip it is quite short but then a wave of chocolate and cherry wash over my tongue. A brief hint of oak and bourbon show up only to be escorted out by the sweetness and flavors of chocolate and cherry. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was intrigued and a little worried(?). A bourbon barrel aged sour. Alas my fears were unfounded.

Pours a very dark, muddy, reddish brown with minimal head and lacing.

Smell is tart cherry and brown sugar. Nice.

Taste is as advertised. Straight dark cherry. Tart but not overly sour. I get some pie spiciness, mainly cinnamon. It's not overly sweet and an easy drinker for the style. I don't get much, if any, bourbon but that's okay, cause it's quite good.

Finishes dry and somewhat refreshing. Which seems odd.

I found this quite unique and very enjoyable.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise to get on top of Angel of darkness. Beautiful dark cherry blackness for a body. Head is saw dust colored beige. Nose is of chocolate cherry doughnuts and fresh cut wood notes. Nose is very nice as well. Taste is just as wonderful with fresh baked cinnamon roll with a healthy topping of chocolate cream and pie filling like cherries. Really lush in terms of mouthfeel. Very well done.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate and cherry on the nose. Tart cherry and choolate on the taste followed by a nice sourness. Awesome varient of black angel. Glad to have a few bottles.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Funkatorium; Wonderful chocolate notes on the nose, but the cherry is more prevalent on the palate. However, the cherry is muted, and doesn't seem to have a sort of bite you'd expect. Plenty enjoyable, though.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 120 ratings