Black Angel Cherry Sour | Wicked Weed Brewing

Black Angel Cherry SourBlack Angel Cherry Sour
BA SCORE
4.2/5
956 Ratings
Black Angel Cherry SourBlack Angel Cherry Sour
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
wickedweedbrewing.com

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.

Added by wedge on 04-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,157
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
956
pDev:
8.33%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
296
Trade:
45
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3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moose1980
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Mistro
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBucks
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent sour Stout. Smells of tart cherries and roasted oak. Tastes like it smells. It's very well made.

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3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 956 ratings
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