Black Angel Cherry Sour | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Black Angel Cherry SourBlack Angel Cherry Sour

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Pour is virtually black with a fizzy tan head that dissipates immediately. Strong porter nose, chocolate, vanilla, roasted, almost burnt malt, and very light cherry notes. Flavor is similar, gets fairly sweet, malts are rich and lightly roasted, cherry flavors come in and lots of sugar sweetness. Fuller body, very creamy but a bit slick, high carb.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled in 2014.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random patterns of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Very sour aroma with some dark fruit struggling to make it's way through all the lactic acid presence and strong oak smell.

T- Flavor is astringent with so much sourness and barrel character it drowns out whatever cherry flavor is there. As the palate acclimates, things become more manageable and the tart cherry comes through but is almost all tartness with nearly no sweetness to complement. Metallic aftertaste.

M- Has that tongue-numbing sourness to it that can be good in the right context but, unfortunately, this isn't it for my taste. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- For people who love sour bombs, this is great for them. Unfortunately, I look for a bit more character and sweetness in my sours and this one lacks both in my opinion.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some edge transparency. Small off-white head. Medium collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Roasted malt. Some vinegar. Oak. Orange citrus, which is weird. A hint of vanilla.

Taste - More cherry. Acetic sourness. Caramel and vanilla. Roasted malt. Bitter coffee malt. Minimal bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Moderate sourness. Balanced roast and sourness and doesn't get too acetic.

Overall - Pretty tasty. Doesn't blend the flavors all that well, but that's my biggest complaint.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Bottle poured into a snifter. Its dark brown to black in color with a mocha head that holds well. The aroma has hints of chocolate before giving in to a fruity essence of cherry and bacterial funk. Some mineral character is present in the flavor along with tart cherries and a backing of the previously mentioned chocolate malt. Its medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it was decent with a fair balance of malt verse tartness. However, it was not as glorious as some have made this out to be. Despite the description sounding wonderful, I really dont think its worth the price.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Beth and Alex for this one!

This one, poured into a tulip, is a dark black with a hint of plumb that creeps around the edges when held to the light. The head is just a collar of sandy tan.

Smells a little dim, with an ambiguous tartness, black cherry, a touch of oak and maybe a slice of cucumber.

Tastes sharp, with a pungent oak dryness, blended well with a complementary sourness. Tart and dry black cherry sticks to my gums. A neat experience, but overall a little too far on the dry side for my liking. Would probably accompany a sweet desert stupendously.

Feels light and clean with a carbonation that swarms in the mouth and actually gets in the way quite a bit. A little more presence and a calmer carbonation would have been nicer.

A great beer overall. Its a shame there are not more of these on the market to compare for style. For me, I think this comes down to whether the style is amazing (it certainly is) of if this attempt at the style is amazing (debatable). Far from bad though.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly darken than cola with a loose, off-white head that disperses towards the edges. Nose expresses black currants and bourbon notes, as well as brown sugar and molasses. Taste consistent with nose but it comes off a bit dull - nothing really pops. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild acidity and an even carbonation. Overall, interesting; however, it just doesn't really come together for me.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark mahogany to black color. a half finger of a tannish head that bubbles away quickly but leaves behind a small lacing around the sides of the beer. completely opaque due to the darkness of the color

Smell: bourbon, lots of wood and oak, tart dark cherries.

Taste: opens up with tart black cherries, some darker malts but nothing roasted or overly sweet, comes off as an almost bitter chocolate. light bourbon mixed with a strong oaken wood character and a dash of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: fairly heavy for the original gravity. low amount of puckering sour. fairly clean and nice

Overall: a good tasting moderately sour beer. I think the bourbon takes away from the rest of the character and a strengthening of other characters and a straight oak barrel would have improved it just a bit.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very little head, little legs, dark almost black.

Nose funky sour lacto souring, dark porter malts, sour malts, tart cherry like fruity sour.

Taste big sour cherry, tart lacto funk, sticky flemmy, darker malts, sour malt funk, slightly metallic, lacto creamy.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent lighter carb, little flemmy sticky. 35

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Finally getting to try my first Wicked Weed. Pretty excited about this one.

A: Pours a pretty viscous black color for the ABV. A slight half finger tan head disappears pretty quickly.

S: Tart cherries and cherry skin right off the bat. Just a little bit of dark chocolate, cherry pie filling sweetness, tart plum and just a little bit of wet barrel.

T: Lots of tart red cherry juice right away. After that, to be honest, the beer kind of becomes a mess. I get just a touch of bourbon (which doesn't really work with the cherry flavor for me), cherry skin, a touch of tannin and acetic tartness.

Overall, this is an interesting beer, but the body just isn't quite there and it kind of hurts this one. As is, the taste comes off a touch watery and the bourbon barrel does nothing but kind of muddle things up in the middle. It's a pretty solid sour stout, but I've heard this compared to Tart of Darkness and it's just not quite at that level right now.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa, cherry, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting combination of cocoa and fruit all around.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.
Poured a fine dark red-brown color; clear with a good tan head.

Aroma: sour cherries; baked raisins

Taste: very tart; clean and not particularly funky. More similar to a sour cherry stout than expected.

Feel: Medium body; very good carbonation level.

O: Certainly very good but not my favorite style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I missed out on this by about a week when I visited the brewery last year, but thanks to a generous trader, I was able to score a bottle. I ended up sharing it at a recent tasting.

Dark brown pour with some maroon around the edges, like a cherry cola. Topped off with a small, off-white, fizzy head that held at a thin ringlet, leaving a few dots of lacing on the glass. In the nose, dark chocolate malts, red wine and cherries, prunes, some oaky hints in there. In the taste, dark chocolate, dark fruit with a slight acetic tartness, more like you'd get from a Flemish red than anything else, I thought, sort of a blend of cherries and prunes and/or figs, with a little pulpy sweetness in there as well. Some oak from the barrel came out, but I didn't really pick up on any bourbon/vanilla notes. This seemed like a good idea that just could have been executed better. But that said, this was still a good brew. Medium body, good drinkability. I'd like to try this again and see if it improves, assuming they're going to keep brewing it.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark purple little head no lacing.

Smell little sour cherry note not much else.

Taste kind of a one two punch the sour hits then you get a little of the bourbon on the back end. I get some dark fruit as well.

Feel pretty dry and of course the tang from the sour.

Overall an ok beer not a super big fan of sours I guess.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the sourness overtakes the toast, cocoa and coffee- the palate goes into "grow up" mode quite quickly. As alcohols mount, that seeping feeling sets in- that this isn't your typical sour ale.

As its tawny porteresque color swirls about the glass, its sandy head quickly gives way to the ominous acidity that lies within. Nearing the glass, the strange scent of cherry and chocolate begin to insinuate "chocolate covered cherry" candies. However that first tongue piercing sip dissects any would-be chocolate, sweetness or creaminess with acute sourness that'll surely make your face stick that way.

With more of a merlot influence than that of ale, its tart and tangy middle enlivens the sourness that seems to come from condensed dried lime, lemon, crabapple, red grape and plum skin. Its dry undertow of charred toast, coffee ground and cocoa powder offers a counter to the sourness but evades any cream or sweet retreats.

Lightly of peppercorn, the sour ale nose dives into a dry, cider, vinous and tannin-rich taste and texture that's obviously sucking the wood spice, vanillin and toffee-like caramel impressions from those oaken soaked bourbon barrels. Boozy with that Kentucky elixir, the beer leaves final impressions of bourbon-dipped cherry covered chocolates, but replacing that sticky sweetess with vinous sourness.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle in to a Dogfish Head stemmed snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cherry, wood, sour, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, sour, tart, cherries, wood, caramel, bread, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. All of the aspects one would expect from a sour stout make their way through in both the nose and the flavor. As I've said, I'm not a huge fan of the soured stout movement, but this one manages to throw a nice cherry aspect to soften the blow for. Fairly easy to drink and rather enjoyable overall.

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Photo of jphipps83
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

500ml bottle from the Wicked Weed brewpub (Asheville,NC). 13.95. No bottling date but purchased 08/2014. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours deep burgandy but rests in the glass black with a two finger cap of sandy tan froth. The head slowly fades, leaving only a few small clumps of lace.

Sweet, tart aromas of cherries, brown sugar, cake and oaky vanilla all dusted with an earthy mustiness.

Rich, sour and sweet flavors combine. Bourbon soaked sour cherry, tart dark fruit skins, vanilla-tinged oak, musty earth, mildly doughy malts, wet hay, a hint of graham cracker, vague brown sugar, grapes, faint roastiness, plums and a slight yeasty funk. As it nears room temperature the flavors do actually come together in a way that occasionally tastes like tart cherry pie.

Dry, medium body with fairly strong carbonation. Aftertaste of tart cherries, dark fruit skin and mild barrel.

Black Angel is loaded with tart cherries, dark fruit, sweet cherries and an easily approachable wild sourness. I've had other brews from Wicked Weed that I prefer but this is quite enjoyable in it's own way.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Apellonious
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle from CM poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark black, two finger creamy head

S - Sour. Tart. Some bourbon notes.

T - Again, sour. This one takes a while to open up. Picked up some chocolate/coffee here and there. Some burnt wood and bourbon notes appear.

M - Mouthfeel is good for the style. Pucker finish. Gets a little sticky as it warms, but the carbonation is good.

O - Another stop on the sour exploration. Gave a local a shot. Pricey for 500 ml, but interesting. Give it some time to warm and open up. Probably something that is better paired with food for full effect.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with thin tannish head, some lacing. Aroma is very mild, tart cherry and subtle wood. Nice tasting sour b/c I like cherries. Tartness is there but not too sour, wood also present. Can tell this is well made by the way the flavors mesh and solid mouthfeel, but nothing stood out or popped to make it memorable.

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Photo of farrago
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little over a finger of loose and large bubbled brown foam, very dimpled surface, the retention is not great but likely better than expected and for the type of beer, the lacing is weak. The liquid is a fully opaque brown color that is closer to black than to any orange or yellow, every once in awhile you can see a bubble or two inside the glass. The barrels are evident in the nose, plenty of butterscotch, caramel and milk chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg too, the cherry comes through cleanly and more to the red than black end of the spectrum, maybe some raspberry, vinous unto vinegary at times. Medium-bodied, the sourness gives it life in place of carbonation, the latter lackluster. While tart, the cherry fruit is sweet enough to have a maraschino cherry feel, concentrated. More boozy here with a roasted edge to that butterscotch and caramel, toasted coconut flakes too. Yeasty and peppery, the acids dry out the finish leading to a decent sized pucker, pleasingly volatile. Deserves credit for the sheer depth and intensity of the primary flavors but comes up short when it comes to complex breadth. Good to sip with dessert or cheeses.

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Photo of mntlover
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black some red highlights when held to the light, finger sized light brown head doesn't leave much lace.

Aroma is nice and tart, lots of tart cherries, good doses of vanilla, dry oak, light bourbon notes mingled through out. All on a light roasted malt base, light coco notes.

Taste is bam very tart, wow its tart lots of tart cherries that dominate it all. Some light bourbon notes in the flavor, light roasted malts, light vanilla also. Overall little less sour tartness would be better, and i like sour beers its just not balanced enough for the other good flavors to come out.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation isnt peppy feeling per say but I believe it is lightening this brew up.

Overall had higher hopes for this one as some of their other sours on wood have been excellent, this one just a little too one sided to be great. Would of been much better if the taste was as balanced as the nose.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with very active cabi ation, fizzy head.

Aroma is charred malt and sour cherries.

Flavor is sour cherry candies, coffee, and roasted malt. I don't pick up any bourbon barrel whatsoever.

Thin mouthfeel with heavy carbonation.

Very good, but I wish the bourbon came through at all. The cherries and roast play well.

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Photo of Mikus
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a huge surprise for me. Folks were traveling through Asheville (asked for requests), and I mentioned WW. Jackpot. I am just starting to venture into the Belgians/sours/etc so this looked a little intimidating when it arrived. I am NOT a fan of red wine. Anyways, poured from 500ml bottle into my snifter. 1/4 finger of off white head over a dark (nearly black) body with a slight reddish hue. Not huge on the nose (though more came out as warmed to room temp.) mainly a slight sour note, cherry, and a bit of oak. The taste was excellent... a hint of cheery up front, followed by a stronger cherry and oak hit, wrapped up in a slight red wine haze. Just a bit, just enough red wine flavor. The mouthfeel was a bit of beer, and a bit of wine... a little on the drier side. Overall this was a winner. Wicked Weed rocks. Don't let your fear of sours or red wine keep you away from this gem. As it warmed up, that cherry and barrel flavor exploded. If presented with another WW opportunity, I would likely try another variety... but if I saw this in local distro I have to say that I would go for it.

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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
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