Wicked Weed Brewing Black Angel
What the brewers say
“Black Angel is aged in bourbon barrels on more than 1.5 pounds per gallon of tart Michigan Montmorency cherries. It rests in the barrels for about 9 months and is then artfully blended to achieve complexity.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Dark fruit. Lots of whiskey barrel (vanilla, oak). Some darker and toastier malts blend in with the fruit behind the barrel. Medium cherry, chocolate-covered cherry. Rich tartness and slight acidity blend well with the chocolate and roasted character. Some earthy funk underneath.”
Flavor: “Dark cherries really come out in the flavor with the vanilla, oak, and whiskey behind it. There's a cherry-cola character to it. Some darker richer malts in the background. Moderate sweetness, moderate-to-high acidity. Lots of body. High carbonation really makes the cherry tartness pop on top of the rich, dark character of the base beer. The roasted chocolate and darker malts blend well with the dark fleshy sweetness of the cherry. It finishes fairly dry with a chocolate-covered cherry quality.”
Overall: “Very interesting and really very good. It has tons of barrel character for a sour and lots of dark cherry in the flavor. For the acidity and for how dark and sour the beer is, the malt is playing a balanced supporting role. Medium sweet with lots of fruit. The earthy Brett funk adds dimension and complexity. Very well made. Great after-dinner sipper.”
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