Wicked Weed Black Angel Cherry Sour Ale

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“Black Angel Cherry Sour is our flagship sour. This sour black ale is brewed with over one pound of sweet and tart cherries per barrel. It is then aged with souring bacteria in bourbon barrels. This sour is always a blend of our best tasting barrels all of which originate from our very first batch, vintage 2012.”

Final Rating: 4.23/5
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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Three Floyds BEHEMOTH Blonde Barleywine!

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Behemoth is a huge, sweet Barley Wine with complex caramel malt notes, balanced by generous hopping and a high alcohol content. This fruity and malty beer is best enjoyed while keeping warm in the brutal winter months.

Final Rating: 4.03/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue wax, 2014 vintage. Poured from a a 22oz bottle into a 3 Floyds Teku glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a magnificent deep cherry amber, slightly hazy but pretty translucent body with an off-white 1 finger head that reduces to a ring of foam and leaves little lacing.

Smells a lot more hoppy than I was expecting.. not fresh “IPA” aromas, but more aged hops that have lost their fresh character.. not in a bad way, they’re just more piney and earthy, somewhat woody, sitting on a heavy caramel malt backbone.

On the tongue is a variety of notes.. nutty almonds, earthy, sweet caramel, roastyness, vanilla, muted hops on the follow through, some bitterness on the finish, aftertaste is almost oaky and charred. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Overall very enjoyable, complex, unique, flavorful.

Jester King Aurelian Lure, a Wild Ale with Apricots

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Aurelian Lure was made by taking mature, barrel-aged sour beer and refermenting it to dryness in oak barrels with apricots from northern California. Dozens of microorganisms, including wild yeasts native to the Texas Hill Country, transformed the apricots through refermentation to create a beer unique to their land.

Final Rating: 4.56/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 2 from August 2014. Poured from a 16oz genie bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a hazy golden lemon body with a substantial but fleeting white head that reduces quickly but leaves a nice ring of foam and very little lacing.

Aromas are great and inviting, and really come out after 40 or so minutes of letting it open up. The stone fruits are present, apricots and lactic tart acidity, citrus and funk.

On the tongue is an initial tartness, but definitely not overpowering which is nice as the fruity apricot notes are showcased without being drowned by acidity, as I’ve tasted in other apricot wilds. Nice oak and funk notes on the follow through and finish, with a clean dry crisp aftertaste. Slight malt taste in there too. Medium carbonation.

This beer was delightful and a real treat. I really enjoyed the balance of acidity and fruit.