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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 Buck89
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -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 Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -4.1%
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 +5.8%
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 -2.9%
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 -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 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 curtisjoseph
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +9.7%
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 -0.2%
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 raisin, pickle, 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.

Black Angel imparts the most char I've ever experienced out of a bourbon barrel, without the heat of the booze. This is more impressive to me than even the best bourbon I've had.

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

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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 smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Feb 5th 2016.

Deep dark mahogany brown, almost with a purple like edge to it in the hues. While dark there is some clarity through the body as some fine carbonation can be seen. Head creation is fleeting, but quite dark tan espresso brown, almost stout looking. Dissolves slowly but leaves a fine collar and a ring in the puck that keeps getting rebuilt.

Aroma is a bit surprisng. Quite subdued, but with nice subtle tones. Mild acid and soft berried fruit quality. Hints towards Flanders but not quite getting there, with some small hints of milk chocolate mixing in. Slightly spicy as well on the nose, with hints of brown cloves mixing in. Quite nice.

A bit unexpected on first sip. Quite heavily carbonated and fizzy, cutting through a simple but nice malt body. Light tart qualities but mixing in with some sweet chocolate and cherry fruit. A bit of a gaseous finish, but also some slight woody tones that come in. Splintered wood, a little bit of barrel vanilla notes slightly as well.

It's an interesting brew but also has a bit of odd melding of flavors and could use a little more depth. But otherwise a very solid brew from the Wicked Weed gang.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a really pungent and tasty beer, but in my opinion, it doesnt need the bourbon barrels. its a rich dark brown, smallish tan head fast receding, and no light at all coming in. it smells fantastic, super tart cherry on the front end, rich milk chocolate in the middle, and a harsh vinegar type lacto sourness in the finish. its all drenched in bourbon. i love the flavor of the cherries, really sharp and sweet at the same time, robust and pie-like, tangy and dosed well. the beer is super sour, the most sour in a night full of puckery brews really, and intense on the chocolate. it would be desserty if i wasnt so sour. for me, the bourbon is too full on here, it takes away from the delicious cherry flavor, and the sugar that it adds doesnt help with the acidity at all. its too strong of a flavor for the beer, makes it seem concentrated or something, too much. neutral oak would have been preferable for my palate, the whiskey contribution is not necessary. its tasty though, and more than anything i love the sour cultures these guys use, so many layers, funky and puckery, really delightful. id like to see this beer not in a bourbon barrel. maybe red wine would work well? either way, thanks to my buddy jeremy for bringing it around.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into chalice

Brown cola, fizzy bubbles , quickly dissipate

Aroma of tart cherries , bourbon

Tart sour , roof of the mouth

Fizzy, quickly settled

Glorious sour

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Photo of Alequine
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in color almost black. This is very different from most sours. Strong bourbon aroma with a light fruity wine smell. No funk here. Medium carbonated mouth feel. Complex in that it is sour without the strong vinegar taste, strong bourbon flavoring with which does not overwhelm the wine characteristics of a sour beer. Very complex recipe for this: Four Roses bourbon barrels, aged on tart cherries, sweet cherries, and Italian plums. The white oak and roast malt add notes of vanilla and graham cracker. The fruit in this compliment each other. This sour was more enjoyable and complex in my opinion than Red and Golden Angel which are rated higher.

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Photo of lealintern
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really nice sour from wicked weed, I can really taste the barrel and the cherries, along with a good amount of funk. Nice tartness as well on this one!

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Photo of hardysf
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a fun and tasty beer courtesy of a BIF. Pours a deep dark brown with hints of red presumably from the berry juices. There is an interesting unexpected white foam. The smell was of tart cherries and maybe some wine. Definitely some acetic acid notes too. The text was moderate complexity, I got lots of cherries and some oak characteristics. Some other dark fruit notes in there as well. Good amount of sourness in there too. The finish was quite dry and pleasant, begging for more and more sips. Nary a hint of alcohol on this one. Solid beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of a rocky tan head; the color is of black cherry soda mixed with coffee; plenty of splashy lacing lingers

Smell: Black cherry aromatics, with graham cracker and a hint of Bourbon underneath

Taste: Black cherry tones, with tremendous depth of the fruit, up front, bringing both the fruit, and aspects of sweet and tart tones; in the middle, the graham cracker and vanilla make an appearance but the impact of the Bourbon barrel becomes apparent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly puckery

Overall: The black cherry in this beer is particularly well-executed and the Bourbon adds a subtle element

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Photo of KTCamm
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12/29...went out with a bang. Really dark red, passes brown by and edges toward black. Strong bourbon based nose, oaky too. Delicious interplay of cherries and whisky. Hearty woodsy tart. Just fantastic.

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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 Carb-Overlord
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm just starting to explore sours... can honestly say I don't entirely understand them. With that in mind, I really enjoyed Black Angel. This has been the most palatable sour I've tried. The sour wasn't off putting but really tasted like a sour cherry with a boozy bourbon aftertaste. To say the least, it was interesting and you should try this one.

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Photo of wastra
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding sour.
Dark and murky, this pours with minimal head. The smell is heavy with oak and sweet cherries. The sour melds perfectly on the palate with heavy bourbon and cherry flavros, creating a viscous, snappy sour that drinks much more easily than would be expected from a barrel aged beer.

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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 vitamin_g
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark brown color; brown head dissipates quickly and loudly. Smell is of bourbon and fruit, almost a red wine fruity smell. Light mouthfeel but complex - sour but a nice bourbon element; it reminds me of bourbon-aged stouts. Taste is complex enough to merit a higher abv; it also drinks far easier than a higher abv beer.
Great stuff from Wicked Weed.

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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
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