Oblivion - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #163
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,763
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 5.57%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
99
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Notes: This version of Oblivion is fermented with double the amount of blackberries and dates typically found in our flagship sour red ale. Aged in flavorful Kentucky bourbon barrels, this beer is then artfully blended to intensify the fruit character and complement the higher ABV.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 99
Photo of FFFjunkie
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is a deep dark mahogany with an ample amount of light khaki head.

Aroma is tart, bourbon and some dark fruit.

Taste is pretty complex. Tart blackberries, bourbon,and some other dark stone fruit.

Feel is crisp and slightly dry.

Overall a dangerous beer as the abv goes almost unnoticed. This is easy drinking and very complex.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

again, i really dont care about the politics of it if the beer keeps tasting this good. this is a great one from these guys, sour red with blackberries and dates. my question here, is whether they take the original oblivion, which is aged in red wine barrels, and age that in bourbon barrels, or if they skip the wine in favor of the bourbon. i tend to think the former based on my senses here, there is a ton of tannic woody wine to this, and while it could be the blackberries and the oak and the bacterial sourness misleading me in tandem, it sure seems like this has a red wine aspect to it. the coolest relationship in this really complex beer though is between the bourbon and the dates. i didnt taste a such a specific date flavor in the original, like it was lost to the other fruit and sourness in an almost generic sweet note, could have been a raisin or a fig, wasnt super obvious to me as a date, even though it made a big impact on the beer as a whole, but here it is. something with the sweet bourbon, the hotter alcohol, or the vanilla note in it really brings out the best of the dates in here. its unique in a sour beer, i would almost like it better in a straight up red ale without the acidity, but this is insanely complex and delicious as it is. the blackberries seem like the generic sweet part this time, and i also get a tart cherry, even a cranberry fruitiness to this which contributes to the red wine aspect as well. very puckery on the whole, but with enough wood and sweet bits to balance. super tasty beer, feels fancy and process intensive, and i really dug it. ownership issues aside, this is great beer.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lots of things happening in my mouth on this beer. First swallow was really kind of a "WTF" at first. But the next few swallows really got my attention. Great beer and it's complexity, for me, was what got me in the end. Great beer.

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

Taking their Flander's red ale to another level, the allure of bourbon barrels proves too irresistible for the brewers to ignore. A kiss of bourbon, oak and whisky nuance complement the lactic, acetic and earthen charm that the ale so proudly celebrates regardless.

Bourbon Barrel Oblivion starts with a candy-sweet, toaty, nutty introduction which wafts above a ruddy dusk appearance. Stone fruits enter the fray with date, fig, prune and blackberry along with red apple and southern sweet tea. Black cherry, vanilla, caramel and pecan assist in the beer's early impressions.

Firm sourness embrace the middle palate bringing a bite of peppercorn and balsamic through the savory center. Oak, wood spices, and a piquant tannic character of fruit skin and seed provide balance and a wine-like tartness. But its those stone fruit flavors and an undercurrent of flavor and keeps a semblance of balance that buffers against the beer's otherwise brazen acidity.

Medium-light in body, the beer's mouthfeel continues a light film of hard candy even as a drying tone is set. Merlot, port and bourbon resonate deeply in finish along with a wrap of earthen, leathery must to close.

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Photo of Radome
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a wine glass.

L - Beautiful dark copper color with butgundy highlights. Very clear. Strong, off-white rocky headis persistent and creates huge sheets of lacing.

S - Sour aromas dominate, with a sharp, lemon-like whiff followed by horse blanket. Malt and hops don't really break through, nor do the fruits and wine barrels mentioned on the label. However, it is a pleasant, inviting aroma for a sour beer.

T - Sharply sour lemon flavor hits first, supported by Brettanomyces farmyard flavors. As these fade toward the end of the palate, some low malt and berry flavors play around the edges and just a hint of oak in the finish.

F - Thin to medium body. Spritzy, high carbonation level. Medium alcohol presence. Medium hops bitteness blends with the sourness.

O - This is an assertive but enjoyable sour beer. The blackberries, dates and wine barrle aging don't overtly show themselves in the flavors and aromas, but it is an overall well-integrated and complex beer and I can only assume they help pull it together and add layers. I have to wonder what the base beer was like without the fruit and barrel aging, but I suspect it must be fiercely sour.

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Photo of Damian
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 500 ml (1 pint, .9 fl. oz.) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Date bottled: 01.24.16
Served in a tulip

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly clear, garnet colored body was topped by a super tight and creamy, three-finger tall plume of foam. Solid retention. The head slowly fell to a bubbly mass. Thick clumps of lacing coated most of the glass.

The nose may not have been stellar but it was quite dynamic. Initially I picked up a ton of sweet malt, oak and berry notes. This reminded me a lot of a Flemish oud bruin. As the head fell, the aroma turned very yeasty and dry. Somewhat powdery. Later, it transformed again and became quite tinny. As the beer sat, red wine vinegar and oak notes came forth. There was also a hint of sweetness. By the drink's end, I definitely picked up some bourbon. Touch of vanilla as well.

The flavor profile was much more straightforward than the aroma. It was remarkably tart, acidic and dry. Red wine vinegar came through strong. Loads of oaky barrel. Quite tannic. Underripe raspberries were detectible. Fairly boozy for the style but, given the high ABV, this was to be expected. Not sure I would have picked out the bourbon barrel however. The finish was even more tart and acidic. Loads of red wine vinegar and intense oakiness. Tannic and somewhat astringent.

Slightly thin mouthfeel. The liquid contained a fine, prickly effervescence that turned supple and smooth on the palate. Frothy and fairly slick.

Oblivion Sour Red (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) is an interesting wild ale that displays a fairly intense sourness and a huge oak presence. Although this was aged in bourbon barrels, I picked up a lot more red wine. While I appreciated some aspects of this beer, all in all it was a bit too sharp for me.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Date Bottled: 01.24.16

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Wonderful aroma of lactic acid and oak with notes of black cherry, red wine must and light bourbon.

T- So complex with the usual Oblivion flavor to start: great tart acidity with the dates and figs providing a nice fruitiness. Notes of berry, red grape and tart cherry. Then, mid-palate, things turn toward the oak and a dryness sets in but underneath it all lies a subtle vanilla sweetness from the bourbon barrel that rounds things out magnificently. Oaky vanilla aftertaste. Booze is detectable but also complementary.

M- Tangy with a moderate amount of pucker. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Love this take on Oblivion. I heard this is the version that's going to be produced and that the red wine barrel one will be retired, which I'm perfectly fine with.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark amber, looks almost black unless held up to light. Decent, slightly tan colored head which dissipates into a slight film. Little lacing.
S: Odd though this may sound, and this is not a negative, this smells a lot like one of my curio cabinets did when we unpacked it. I assume this is owing somewhat to the woodiness of the barrel combined with the sourness. Regardless, this is an enticing smell and one that I have always enjoyed. Moving past this, I get some strong caramel, vanilla, and berry notes. I cannot stop smelling this.
T: Tart blackberries, bourbon barrel undertone; somewhat wine like. There is a slight disconnect for me between the bourbon barrel and the tart berry flavors. I think I would have preferred this more aged in a wine barrel that would better compliment the flavors of the base beer. Don't get me wrong though, I'm still really enjoying this, but there is some room for improvement here.
F: Decent carbonation. Some nice tingliness on the tongue. Drinks fairly light and I keep having to remind myself this is a higher ABV beer.
O: I am really liking this. The barrel aging is present, but subtle enough that it comes across as an accent piece rather than the star of the show. I would love to try this aged in other types of barrels but really, when the biggest negative is essentially "this is so good I want to try further permutations of it" then it is safe to say we have a winner.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark red/brown, 3 finger off white head recedes to rapidly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
Aroma is big berries and oak, maybe a hint of acidity.
Flavor is very red wine-like. Oaky tannins and dark fruit. Not very much fig.
Feel is a big letdown. Pretty thin and overly sour. Finishes like ocean spray cranberry juice, and not in a great way.
Unbalanced beer, nails some notes and misses on others.

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Photo of joe1510
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml

A big thanks to Wil for the treat! Thanks, dude! Oblivion pours the darkest of reds, bordering on black. It has that pooled blood look to it. Mahogany highlights peek through the glass here and there when backlit. A dense khaki foam rises easily to two fingers in height before settling at a sturdy cap and leaving seriously thick sheet lacing down the glass. Streams of carbonation can be seen rushing through the body. This is one seriously good looking beer.

As soon as I cracked the cap and the smell hit me my mouth started watering uncontrollably.The nose is big fruity blackberry off the bat with a healthy splash of quality balsamic and cider vinegars. There's a great play between sweet and sour. A touch of yogurt-y lacto is noticeable as well. The bourbon barrel is certainly present in a very complimentary way. Damp oak and soft caramel come to mind instantly. A swirl of the glass brings forward some of those toasted marshmallow notes. The dates really come alive as this beer breathes for 15 minutes or so. Salivation monster. Wow!

The taste doesn't quite live up to the wonderful nose but it's not far off either. Cider vinegar hits up front with a smaller splash of the balsamic than the nose led on. Huge, bright blackberries run the middle and are joined by the yogurt-y lacto, though mild in nature. While the vinegar runs from start to finish the dates pop up on the backend, very date like, and add a touch of sweetness so the vinegar doesn't run away with the show. The bourbon barrel aspect sits on the periphery throughout. Damp oak, caramelization, and a slight spiciness float about. This is damn good beer!

This is a rather hefty beer, abv wise, that drinks like something much lighter. The body is supremely light with a lively effervescence that keeps things moving. It's tart from start to finish and leaves behind that puckering tartness long after each drink. The finish isn't dry right away but after a few seconds it's like the Sahara, only accentuating that tartness. This beer is amazingly drinkable, especially when taking the abv into consideration.

Standard Oblivion is a mighty fine beer. This version with twice the blackberries and dates, aged in bourbon barrels hits it out of the park. While the dates and berries are great , the bourbon barrel is what really adds the depth and uniqueness. It's nuanced and bold all at once. Bright, flavorful, puckering, dry, and tough to set down makes for a good combination in my book. Thanks again, Wil!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A 500ml bottle with a bottled on date of 1.26.16. This one states 10.5%. double the berries.

L - Dark grape color with no clarity, cloudy looking, with 1 finger of head and some sticky lace left on the glass

S - Cherries, bourbon, booze, dark fruit, almost smells like wine. Perfect

T - Tart sour, blackberries, dry, goodness. And then the bourbon oak aged flavors are subtle, but prevalent on the back-end of the brew. Just amazing. So tasty

F - Medium body, and lower carbonation (from being aged), smooth and slick

O - Well, for a sour BBA, it doesn't get any better than this. The bourbon is subtle, but adds nice complexity to an already amazing sour beer

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish red with off whit head. Aroma of big musty funk, blackberry, oak, wine grapes, bourbon, caramel very slight acetic, sour apple, 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. For 10.5%, the alcohol is not noticeable. Honestly I had no idea when I first started drinking it. I would have guessed 6-7% ABV. 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 Wine barrel 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. The Bourbon variant gives much more of the caramel/toffee/vanilla notes than the wine barrel. My better half thought they were two different beers when she tasted them blindly.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 16.99. Bottled 1/24/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a deep, rich ruby hue with a finger and a half beige head. The bubbles fade to a few wisps and a full, frothy ring that imparts several large clouds of lace.

Smells sharply sour with oak, berries, softly bourbony vanilla, dark fruit and old hay.

Taste is enveloped by an earthy, dry sour. Tart, freshly picked blackberries, wet oak, balsamic vinegar, dates, vague unsweetened lemonade, soft bourbon, old bread, soured hay, mild earthen funk and a soft caress of alcohol. The bourbon barrel aging adds a subtle sweetness compared to Oblivion's standard red wine and the doubling of added fruit helps those flavors pop nicely.

Chalky, medium full body with understated carbonation. Blackberries, dates and bourbon soaked oak play on the palate in the sour, earthy and yet still delightfully fruity finish.

Oblivion went into the bourbon barrel a bracingly sour beast and came out with huge fruit presence and a smooth, earthy roundness that is a pleasure to drink. Wicked Weed continues to have considerably more hits than misses in my book. This Bourbon Barrel Oblivion is one of my favorites so far from the relatively new brewery and worth a try if you have a chance.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Jan 24th 2016.

Real fascinating color. Deep darkened reddish brown, but upon closer look up through the head has an extreme clarity. Head creation is minimal but at a solid finger of light tan, and manages a small circle populated puck in the center and simple collar around. Even through this large dark body you can still pick out rising carbonation. Real interesting looker of a brew quite unique.

Wonderful excellent subtley aromas on the nose. Soft oak caramel sweetness and light tart raspberry fruit compound on the nose. Very caramel spirit forward, not excessive but dominant. Almost has a very small taffy quality of fruit to it as well. Very nice.

Very diverse palate. Slightly almost chewy but light bodied feel, yet still manages to mix wild light feel and oak depth richness. Chewy malt backbone with a quick soft taffy tartness filling with mild raspberry and red fruit berried flavors. Good coating finish with some oak aromas and mild tart qualities. Just hints at a bit of vanilla and fruit taffy like flavors, maybe even a bit of smoke strangely. Finish has a bit of small odd aftertaste, I want to say almost tin like in flavor but hardly noticeable. Really good if a bit bouncing around on the palate quite a bit.

Has excellent oud bruin, fruit, and whiskey aging, but the flavors seem to be competing for dominance, an almost slapped together combination, and at times seem like they are nullifying each other out. Still it comes out quite impressive and still real enjoyable as well.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of a very dark plum, with a 1/2" head that was quite light compared to the body.

Smell - dark fruit and bourbon, not a very strong smell.

Taste - A lovely dark sour, and the bourbon doesn't hit you till closer to the end. The bourbon is in great balance with the dates and blackberries. Mild tartness.

Feel - Not very carbonated, medium body for a sour. (Too) easy to drink.

Overall - I really enjoy this variation on one of Wicked Weed's most popular beers.

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

Poured into teku at 55 degrees. Comes out rich red-tinted brown color, head fades quick. Smell is much like regular oblivion--blackberry, date, slight acid, oak. I get very little bourbon in the nose...but it comes in the taste at the tail end of nice mouth that opens with berry, building sourness, slight vanilla. What's different here from regular Oblivion is that slight tannin and grape flavors are replaced with a more mellow and smooth finish. There's very little hint of alcohol, so the bourbon barrels and added fruit do well to hide the enhanced abv. Mouth is light--tame carbonation that makes this go down easy.

Its a nice twist on this beer and I gotta say that I prefer this version to the original. At the same time, I suppose I wanted a bit more barrel character to come through on this one as it has in some of their other bourbon barrel aged sours (say silencio or hiver joie), especially for the price.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a prune color with a frothy head; a decent amount of lacing lingers around the glass

Smell: Blackberries and dates with undertones of Bourbon and oak

Taste: Intense fruit flavors of blackberry and date, up front; lactic sourness builds through the middle, with the Bourbon entering, after the swallow; the Bourbon does not overwhelm and blends nicely with the tart and fruity elements though the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; modest pucker factor

Overall: The Bourbon barrel treatment makes a nice impact on the base beer; it is subtle, but tasty

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Oblivion - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 99 ratings