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 Brandon632
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wicked Weed is killing it with their sours. The Funkatorium in Asheville is a must when in town. It is where wicked brews their sours. You cant taste a plethora of different sours which are all great.

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Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, sweet bourbon nose, like rich vanilla oak, but the flavor expands with tart cherry and light fig with subtle brett spice as the beer dries out in the finish. It's has the deep character of a thick stout, but drinks much lighter. Impressively complex for the strength (7.2 on the label).

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So well done- a beautiful blend of tartness, barrel, dark fruits and robust stout/dark ale/black IPA. Happy together. No ingredient here is trying to scream louder; they all work in harmony. Feels a lot bigger than 6.6%, even though the mouthfeel could be thicker.

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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 gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Wicked Weed tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours deep, dark cherry colored, almost muddy clay brown with a small off white head with no retention and thin lacing.

On the nose is tart lactic, cherry aromas, some chocolate, char, vanilla, barrel, leather.

On the tongue tart lactic, leather, some cherry and fruitskins, some chocolate, coffee, followed by a dryness, red wine, and vanilla caramel notes. Mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation.

Overall unique, I don't think I've ever had a bourbon barrel aged dark sour, but it was good nonetheless, recommendable.

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

Bottle. Pours pitch black with a full finger of head. Smells of sour cherries. Tastes like a black ale aged with sour cherries. I do not taste bourbon except a faint hint on the back end. Sour and sweet. Not bad not great. Black sour ale.

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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 Tsar_Riga
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark and opaque, with a light tan head with a slight red tint. It looks like a stout, but the head is not as persistent. Limited lacing.

S - The nose is quiet, with a subtle sour element that opens as it warms, with hints of dark fruit and, of course, cherries. A bit of wildness and barrel, but very much in the background.

T - This is where this beer shines. An interesting melange, of fruit and the tart sourness it brings, the sweet overtones of the alcohol, sweet notes, and a very clean and pleasant finish. Delicious.

M - Slightly puckering, but still quite bright. A hint of warmth. Very drinkable.

O - A fantastic ride here, and example of the extraordinary work Wicked Weed is doing with barrels and wild yeasts. I need to get back to Asheville, it would seem.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you brentk56 for this
500 ml bottle poured into a flute

A- Black with a three finger light mocha head.

S- Sour cherries, bourbon, oak, roasted coffee, faint chocolate, some funk. Think sour stout with cherries.

T- Great complexity, sour cherries, roasted malts, hints of chocolate, some bourbon/oak, hint of vanilla.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A well made sour, great complexity. Easy drinking, tasty beer, cherries are great. Worth seeking out, just enough stout character.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer It pours black with a light tan head with relatively good lacing throughout the drink. It's nice and tart from the cherries with lots of barrel character from the bourbon aging. It drinks a lot like Avery Insula, but less sour. Overall this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours the exact color of coca-cola with a thin head. The first taste is a nice sour cherry, but it's followed with a caramel oak slight tobacco you'd expect from the barrel aging. It's not overly sweet in my opinion. I could drink this over and over again. Great beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color with a dark tan head. Lace sticks to the glass, and the pour is free of sediment. The aroma is very sour, lactic acid being prominent and some roasted malt rounding it out. Flavor mimics the nose closely, with vinegar like acetic sourness pairing with roasted malt. Cherry flavor is very light, and I wouldn't have known it was fruit if it was not from the label. I could have believed the fruit flavor may have just been a brett/lactic thing. Nice flavor though, alcohol is well disguised. Full bodied, dry, but sticks to the palate. Strong notes of sourness that paired with the roast, and a little pine from the hops keeping things interesting (if they weren't interesting enough). A very well made beer that may prove to be a challenge to some.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark, yet fruit forward. Tart, and cherry pie like. One of my favorites at the brewery! Had an 8oz pour on draft at the tap-room and it was phenomenal. One of the best sour beers I have ever had!

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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 JamieDuncan
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Nice horse blanket in the aroma, you get the cherry and the bourbon, very nice mix, I could just sit and smell this one. The flavor is incredible, similar to smell but this one is unreal clean. There is zero aftertaste and finishes so clean that I cannot understand how they did that with with a sour, nothing lingers. Outstanding beer that is at the top of the list for me.

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Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big caramel and vanilla aroma from the bourbon. Almost sticky sweet. Lightly smoky.

Flavor is more tart than the aroma, with subtle bourbon notes. Fairly complex.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was reluctant with this one since I am not a huge fan of cherries but I have had some cherry sours lately that changed my impression of the style.

Appearance: Dark red almost like a merlot or some other dark red wine, but a bit more carbonated at first then settles to virtually nothing, seems to be typical of the style.

Aroma: Tart cherries are present but not overly pungent, there is a little bit of sour notes going on you can certainly detect but not overly so. A little bit of the funk is in there but it combines with the other notes to work well. Nose is all very subtle not really in your face at all.

Taste: Same thing cherries are there, not too tart really kind of sweet, but not at all cloying, the blend is amazing. I think I read this was aged in bourbon barrels? If so there is something bourbon like going on here that I detected. Its oaky, but not too drying, it finishes very clean and is a very pleasant drink. Although this is not at all a session beer. I would use this one to end the night as a palate cleanser or just sip on it with some rich cheeses. Its very complex and tasty.

Overall: Pretty well done and probably my second favorite of the WW offerings thus far. Says a lot coming from someone who is not necessarily a cherry fan.

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

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave.

Dark brown body with a thin beige cap. Aromas of dark fruit, lactic funk, cherries, oak, plums, leather. Currants and raisins with brettanomyces and lacto. Tart, fruity finish. Dried fruit leather with cherry notes. Mild sweetness. Complex and tasty.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazed reddish brown. Deep copper notes with burgundy. Head is khaki with a small bubbly collar. Decent retention leaves a small collar with a slightly spotty cap for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Tart cherry and well worn leather. Lots of both. Some solid bready malts with just a touch of carmelized sweetness. Push of oak. Hints of vanilla, graham cracker, and toffee. Some caramel malt as well. Cherry flesh and juice, tart and sweet. A solid push of acetic tartness through the back but it's damp and approachable. Very vague alcohol on the back as well. Barrel influence is soft. So much cherry. Powdery yeast with some of the damp earth and grass I've come to expect from Wicked Weed beer. Sweet without being syrupy or cloying. Hints of cherry pie filling with some lactic tartness on the back.

Taste: Leather first and foremost. Dials down a bit as it warms. Pushes strong on the tart cherry flesh and skin with some sweeter cherry juice toward the middle of the sip. Very slight hints of vanilla and caramel with some toffee and even butterscotch layered in the back. Oak adds a nice woody element. Damp with a mild earthiness. Some grass and hay was well. Yeast comes across a little more balanced than the nose would indicate. Some acetic and lactic elements bring a tart edge that works well with the sweet cherry. A bit of a sharp citric bite after the first few sips. Slight alcohol on the back as well. When it hits room temp it's more citric than anything with some backing leather and tart cherry.

Mouthfeel: Mildly astringent. Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. A touch slick through the midsip. Some lingering dryness, but it's minimal.

Overall: Willing to take this last journey.

Of the five Wicked Weed "sours" I've encountered, this is the standout. A deft balance of barrel and bug/yeast. Tart and sweet and warms like a champ. If you're going to make the jump to Wicked Weed, this is the beer to do it.

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Photo of cvm4
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a thinnish black body with a khaki one finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much retention or lacing.

S - Tart cherries, funk, oak, vanilla, caramel and faint bourbon.

T - Tart cherries at first that are sweet/juicy. Gobs of mixed fruit like blackberries and raspberries that go from tart to sweet. The bourbon is very tame as well as the oak.

F - Light bodied and low carbonation. Thin texture, but smooth and easy to drink with a dry finish.

O - Really the fruit/tart of the beer dominate with the bourbon barrels being secondary. But, that's a great change of pace from so many beers that tend to be dominated by bourbon characteristics.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon barrel aroma, but American wild taste. Black and cloudy with a short lived head. Aroma is big on oak and vanilla, but the taste says otherwise. A oak up front, but there is plenty of sour fruit middle to finish. Light body and medium high carbonation. Tart with a nice bitter finish.

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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 Fcolle2
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a slight crimson hue and a thin light tan head that dissipates
Quickly. Smell has a deep acidic sour aroma and a large oak wood presence right up front. Some light sour dark cherry aroma follows with some hints of vanilla tannin and a slight toffee malt that is somewhat hard to detect through all the acidity. Taste follows nose with a nice acidic sour flavor forward followed by notes of tart dark cherries, oak, vanilla, vanilla toffee caramel and a slight bourbon presence in the finish. Lift crisp refreshing, medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of portia99
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

L - Pours a thinnish looking black body with reddish/brownish highlights. A short finger of off-white head lingers briefly falling to a surface layer of bubbles and a ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Bready, caramelly/toffee with some burnt sugar at the base. Lots of tart cherries and some funk on top of that making the biggest impression. Hints of red wine, raspberry, plenty of wood, bourbon on the fringes - a bit hard to identify explicity though.

T - Hmm, not nearly as assertive as I expected based on the aroma. Not lacking flavor, but everything is a click down from the aroma. Cherries give the biggest impression - tart, sweet, fruity/juicy and at the front of the flavor profile. Overall tartness beyond the fruit, but stays at a somewhat mild and controlled level compared to other cherry forward wild ales. Sugary sweetness mixed with other fruity aspects - berry, raspberry specifically with other contributions for sure. Bourbon is extremely mild and low in flavor mostly showing a creamy vanilla flavor on the finish. For a beer so black in color, roast is practically non-existent.

F - A thinnish medium body with a low, unobtrusive carbonation that shows only a slow pulse of life. Bourbon barrel contribution is very mild, but shows mostly in feel for me. After the swallow, and with a little bit of concentration, a mild bourbon flavor and booziness along with a nice hit of vanilla appear on the exhale almost wafting through the air more than appearing in liquid form. This could easily be missed without a prior knowledge and focus on looking for a bourbon presence, but finding it is pretty rewarding in the overall experience of this beer.

O - Overall, by no means a perfect beer, but certainly a very enjoyable wild ale. Lots of little nuances which makes the drinking experience fun as you search for flavors and the proper description of them. Haven't had much of Wicked Weed yet, but have really liked the initial offerings - glad I have several other examples waiting to be tasted.

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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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Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed Brewing
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