Black Angel
Wicked Weed Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #218
Ranked #1,488
4.22 | pDev: 8.53%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Black AngelBlack Angel
Notes: Cherry pie! Cherry pie! Cherry pie! This light and fruity ale is black in color, though your palate would never know it. Black Angel is fermented on the Wicked Wild yeast and then moved into stripped down Four Roses bourbon barrels and aged on tart cherries, sweet cherries, and Italian plums. The white oak and roast malt add notes of vanilla and graham cracker that, when blended with the tart sweetness of the fruit, bring out a robust cherry pie flavor.
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Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown with a plum hue. Fat finger of light khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly into a wisp and thick crown. Sheets of lacing slide fairly quickly back into the glass.

Vinegar dominates the nose, along with some red wine, wood and maybe a little cherry. Smells sort of like a Flanders red.

Taste follows closely. Tart and vinegary, with some oak, a hint of vanilla and clear vinous qualities, as well as a nice sour cherry addition on the backend.

Relatively slick mouthfeel with a burst of strong carbonation upon swallowing.

This is a puckering beer with nice tart flavors. A lot of the Funkatorium beers seem a little thin or unidimensional to me. This doesn’t totally buck that trend, but does have enough going on to keep things interesting.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Arthur for the bottle. Very excited for my first from Wicked Weed!

What a gorgeous beer. From the bottle shape, to the label itself, and ultimately this gorgeous mass of reflective obsidian that resides in the glass. A beautiful tight-knit lightly tanned foam create a mattress above, descending into a lovely perimeter ring leaving behind minimal spots of lace.

The aroma is magical as well. Sour cherries covered in chocolate with a slightly tannic red wine and oak base. As it warms, the chocolate only intensifies.

Oh wow, this is very nice. The tart elements strike first with sour cherries and lemon juice. Chocolate and holiday spices come quickly behind. Wood and booze, again more resembling wine than bourbon to me, come in lightly on the finish.

Quite the perfect feel to support such a unique brew. It really has it all. Tart and crisp at first, transitioning into slick and smooth center, then back full circle into an even more tart, dry finish with just a touch of barrel influenced warmth.

What an experience. A balanced and extremely flavorful wild ale. Definitely going to take my time with this one. Cheers!

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Photo of VABA
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Mainardit
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark like a grape Nehi soda. Tart on the front end (I mean, it’s a sour), but lots going on with the flavor. Yes, lots of cherry flavor, but not sweet at all. Oak and bourbon there, but not overbearing. Overall, excellent beer

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Photo of ajm5108
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There is certainly lots of black cherries & bourbon flavor, interesting contrast with the sweet / savory but didn’t particularly love it, just a bit too heavy for what I look for in a sour

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Photo of Blackop555
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with purple hints. Short, foamy, tan head lasts a while with a lasting ring.

Smells tart cherries, wine, oaky, dark fruit, light vanilla and bourbon.

Tastes tart cherries, dark fruit and oaky. Followed by light bourbon, vanilla hints and just a hint of vinegar. Finish is dry with a tart cherry linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.98/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of the best sours that’s out there. Pours a dark purple with a white head on top. Gives off a sweet fruity cherry smell. Taste is of tart cherry red wine and raspberries. Very delicious.

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Photo of CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this looks like a stout but has so much going on in the nose with oaky notes, funk, sweet berries and dark fruit that's supported by a malt base and lots of fruity sweetness. Tastes has barnyard funk, sour cherry, blackberries, red wine tannins, light booze (bourbon), coriander, white wine, tart green apple and trailing mix of floral spices and sweet fruits. A unique and highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SirSaucy
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark coca cola looking with maybe a tinge of purple hue
Smell: like a fine red wine with acetic and some lactic astringency. Oak is definitely there with vanilla notes and some bournon tingles.
Taste: red wine sour all the way. Tastes reeeeally good. Oak and bourbon are prominent with the same heat you find in a badass red. Cherry raspberry currants with vanilla notes. A lil bit of a coca cola character in there too. Not too sour, but its fosho a sour.
Overall: one of my favorite beers by far. Not as graham crackery as the last time i had it but more refined berry and oak this go around. Excellent

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Nearly opaque, low visible carbonation, and a thin tan head fades off quickly.

S: Vinous and acetic tart. Underripe cherries, light and dry barrel tannins. Mild malty sweet underpinnings. Maybe a touch of bourbon…but it’s mild if it’s there at all on the nose.

T: Dark malts with some chocolate roast. Acetic acid and tart cherries. Mild oaken barrel and tannins, and still a touch vinous but less so than the nose suggested. I'm still not getting much in the way of bourbon flavors…maybe just a touch right before the swallow. More sour cherries and acidity after the swallow.

M: Medium body for style. Low carbonation sensation. The alcohol is obvious but it is not overly hot. Still, it is more warming than a lot of sours.

O: A nice enough dark sour ale, with nice sour cherry flavors. But there isn’t much if any in the way of bourbon flavors, which is a bit disappointing. Decent acetic-forward sour.

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Photo of moose1980
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Bourbon, Batman! All Bourbon , oak, and vanilla on the nose; it's difficult to even pick up the cherries or even much sourness/tartness. They come through in the taste though, with additional tobacco notes making this a complex but smooth BBA sour. Not at all overly sour, as some darks can come across. Amazing.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown with velvety chocolate highlights. A thin, fine chestnut head quickly forms a ring and faint patchy veil on an Antiek snifter.

The aroma opens with tart cherry, followed by light coffee and chocolate. Warmth brings out anise, red wine and oak.

Big strong tartness is accompanied by prominent but secondary bitter/sweetness. Oak and cherry flavors form the base while acidic flavors similar to red wine are noticeable. Warmth draws out lime and unripe plums. The finish is long dry and tart with an emphasis on the lime.

Alcohol is more prominent than anticipated. The body is full with a silky texture. Light astringency is lifted by modest prickly carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer on a cold Spring afternoon and imagine it would be well suited for casual conversation. It just so happens I was actually playing with a puppy.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is a very dirty, turbid muddy water to cola color. A very small fizzy head evaporated almost instantly.

It has a great aroma. Not a lot of bourbon comes through, but a lot of oak does. It is only slightly acidic, with dark semi sweet, sour fruits.

The aroma is a little better than the flavor for me, but still excellent. A little more bourbon flavor with a hint of vanilla. There is a good amount of cherry, but more of a mellow dates/plums/red grapes flavor. A little bit of apple cider, and still a nice amount of musty, charred oak. The sourness is very consistent. I would describe it as lightly tart.

It has a medium viscosity and is fairly soft bodied compared to the crisp bite of many sours.

This is a very nicely balanced beer that shouldn't scare anyone away from trying it that may be hesitant about the sourness or the bourbon.

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Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly fizzy head, quickly disappearing.

Remarkably fruity aroma from the pour. Up close: cherries, tannins, oak, and brown sugar. Very little bourbon character.

Flavor follows, featuring a lightly tart cherry taste, with a dull oaky character. The bourbon adds depth without a distinct character.

Very drinkable; slick and slightly tart.

For a sour dark ale, this is incredibly approachable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Buck89
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Dark, slightly hazy cola brown color with a one-finger tan head that retreated quickly into a wispy cap. The nose showed oak up front, followed by bourbon, tart cherries, some vanilla, and a subtle musty funk. The palate had the same players for the most part, but in reverse order. My mouth was popped with a crisp cherry tartness before the settling oak and funky notes appeared. Very well-balanced with oak and bourbon in supporting roles but very prominent. Dry, funky finish.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- dark chocolate color with a massive 3 finger foam head that dissipates quickly. tan carbonated head.

S- sour cherries and oak with hints of the bourbon.

F- tart cherry with hints of bourbon that round it out.

M- sour sour sour cherry. Like a tart cherry pie. medium bodied that is decent.

O- good beer a lil too sour for me but good all the same

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a brown color with some reddish tint to it. 1/4" head falls quickly to some spotty surface covering.

Smell: loads of cherries and some woodiness with a bit of sourness too.

Taste: tart cherries and plums are up front with some milder wood and vanilla tones. Just enough sour / tartness to make it interesting.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: a great flavored beer that is a slow sipper but satisfying.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black sour ale aged on tart cherries in bourbon barrels. Poured from a bottle into a Wicked Weed tulip.
pours out very dark brown with a half-finger of tan head that quickly dissipates due to the high acidity. Lots of funk and acidic notes on the nose. I get tart cherries, red wine, some toasted oak, raisins, and figs.

Medium-light body with a silky feel and sour flavor. Faint fruity sweetness immediately brushed aside by sharp acidic flavors of cherries, lemons, apples, and port wine tannins. Just past mid-palate a faint, mild toasted oak character joins in, adding a hint of cocoa and marzipan and softening the feel. The finish is very dry and mouth-watering.

This is the second time I have purchased this beer. The first time, I decided to take it to a bottle share. I only had a little (not enough for a review), but I liked what I had so I decided to pick up another bottle for myself. The next 4 times I made it to Asheville, I came up empty trying to buy this stuff. Finally I hit pay dirt. Why the fuss? Well, it's the flagship beer for a brewer that I really admire (though I'm not as big a fan of sours as I used to be and I wish they'd bottle more of their stouts and traditional, non-bretted saisons). Plus, it's really good (if you like sour cherries). It has just the right amount of acidity, the cherries are well-integrated, and the bourbon-barrel aging has an interesting impact on the flavor. You don't taste bourbon, it just kind of adds a hue to the flavor that otherwise wouldn't be there and is difficult to describe. It's like port wine with a little hint of cocoa powder and almond. Wierd.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour a dark rusty brown. Opaque for the most part with a clear spot or 2 through the haze. 1+ finger light tan head is fairly dense. Not the best retention and minimal lacing.

Aroma is a mix of bourbon, cherry, lacto, and oak. Some citrus. Caramel and maybe cinnamon.

Taste like the aroma but with with more underlying complexities. Some vanilla. Licorice, plum, and raspberry.

Moderate body with a crisp, tart mouth feel. Mild underlying sweetness. Lingering cherry.

Very nice beer. Good mix of cherry, bourbon, and barrel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of ground cherry with some tart notes is pretty enticing. Taste is also a mix of ground cherry notes with some tart and sour notes and light oak notes are also perceptible. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Great beer with good balance between all the flavours.

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Photo of jphipps83
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sours aren't my cup of tea, but got this as a gift. 7.2% ABV, 500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pour is deep black, no head that lasts after a couple of seconds. Smell is cherry and bourbon. Taste had two distinct layers for me. The first is bourbon and light cherry, with the tartness taking hold on the finish. Strange, and certainly different. Mouth had way more carbonation than I expected. Different beer for my taste, would try again, but won't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a finger high, tan in shade...aaand it's gone. Retention sucks, basically. Nor does any lacing stick to the glass. All in all, it looks like a glass of Dr. Pepper instead of an actual beer.

This is an interesting aromatic profile - it's one part cherry sour ale, and one part bourbon BA stout. I seem to pick up a lot of cherries at first, backed by a Rodenbach-esque lactic tartness. But to ignore the base beer and the barrel presence is folly. The latter creates a powerful vanilla aspect, while the former injects minor amounts of chocolate and caramel. Luckily, all the notes integrate pretty well. However, due to the fairly strong oak, it fails to properly invoke cherry pie. Still a damn nice nose.

The flavor opens up with a moderate tartness. I also get plenty of cherry. Around the middle and the back end is where the beer transforms - I start to pick up notes of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel. Just like the nose subtly hinted, it doesn't really remind me of cherry pie. The oak is just a bit too strong for that. On the other hand, it's very wine-like, and the darker malts actually help that illusion.

It feels very tannic on the palate, helping to create a dry (if slightly coarse) beer. What it doesn't feel like, though, is dinky. It has good fullness, and it isn't syrupy. Carbonation is fairly high.

I'd say this is one of WW's better sours. The cherries and sourness are very well integrated, while the dark malts add a layer of interest without detracting. If it actually tasted similar to cherry pie, I'd score it even higher. Still, this is one to seek out for Rodenbach (and red wine) lovers.

3.8/5: An interesting melange of aspects that pays off very well

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Photo of curtisjoseph
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Cabo wine glass.

Pours black with the slightest twinge of purple, thin lacing of foam. Could swear for a second that I was pouring a soda into my glass. Very fruity, chocolatey, and boozy aromas. Was very excited at this point to try it. Immediately hit by tart cherries and notes of chocolate before disappearing into the mouth-prickling sourness of the beer. Mouthfeel is typical for a sour, nothing special, finishes just a bit flat for my taste.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - bottle art is on point. Pour is reminiscent of cherry cola, down to the head! Strange dichotomy. Looks like a sour with the course bubbles, but the head sticks to the glass like a chocolately stout. Dark black with the faintest crimson fringes.

S - huge tart cherry aroma up front. Bourbon creeps in at the back. Deep penetrating nose. Chocolate and other various dark fruits.

T - cherry isn't as pronounced as the aroma, but I like that. More balanced. Chocolate and fierce sour edges creates a rich powerful all-encompassing flavor. Dark fruits, some sweetness... the "robust cherry pie" description is spot on. Can't get over the balance! Decadent. The woodsy bourbon adds a beautiful touch.

F - low on carb, but what bubbles remain take their time popping, giving an airy, but viscous mouthfeel.

O - this one's a real treat. All the sweetness of cherry pie, but with the right amount of sour and boozy bourbon to keep it in check. Crisp and pointed. Absolutely tasty!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black with a purple tint, and a thin tan ring foam with no lacing.

Aromas of dark roasty malt, raisin, pickling spices, and a slight hint of bourbon at the end.

At first, cherry, light chocolate, and coffee come through on the tongue. As it warms it gets roastier.

If you let it warm, Black Angel can impart some of the most char you've ever experienced out of a bourbon barrel aged beer, without the heat of the booze. This is more impressive to me than some of the best BA stouts I've had.

Creamy and tart, but also fizzy. There are so many complex textures working together so well here.

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Black Angel from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 995 ratings