Black Angel Cherry Sour | Wicked Weed Brewing

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940 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
Ratings:
940
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.74%
 
 
Wants:
210
Gots:
292
For Trade:
47
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Wil for this one, and to Joe for it's safe passage. Amen.

Pours a clear mahogany into the glass, forming a finger of creamy dark tan foam that settles slowly, leaving behind a silky collar around the edges, and a broken skim on the surface.

Aroma is complex and very interesting, a blend of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and tart cherries. Intricate and pretty intoxicating.

Taste is similarly complex, dancing notes of chocolate, roast, cherry, vanilla, oak, with an initial woody sweetness, and a flash of cherry tartness in the middle, segueing into a dry aftertaste with some woody, tannic cherry skin flavors lingering. Body is smooth, full bodied and well rounded. This is really something to slow down and take your time with.

"Cherry sour" is such a base term, this beer is far more than that, it's well blended and has complexity and nuance in spades. Overall, high marks for this one.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.12 out of 5 based on 940 ratings.
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