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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Cherry Pie! Cherry Pie! Cherry Pie! At 6.6% abv this light and fruity ale is black in color, although your palate would never know it. Black Angel is fermented on the Wicked Wild yeast and then moved into stripped down Four Roses 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 this robust cherry pie flavor that is unmistakable. This sour is a beautiful marriage of fruit and beer that always leaves you wishing the glass was full.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Was afraid they only served this on Fridays, but lo and behold there it was on a Saturday afternoon. I suppose that makes up for them not actually having Dark Age tapped at 3pm on the Thursday before. Oh well. Surprisingly dark, nearly black pour with a solid little beige head. Nose of cherry skins, oak, vanilla, cocoa, and other dark malt notes. Taste shows all those dark malts balanced nicely with acetic notes and cherries. Really good, but I don’t know... almost too drinkable? Complex wasn’t necessarily a word I’d use to describe it, but I can’t complain about it either. I could drink a ton of it.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Appearance: A dark brown body tinged with magenta with a small, beige head.

Smell: Blistered sour and tart cherries with a firm touch of quality vinegar overlaying minor chocolate notes and a mellow roastiness.

Taste: A sustained dark maltiness with a chocolaty quality cut abruptly by a rippling acetic jolt and shot of cherry-balsamic flavor. A lone drop of vanilla, a spritz of rose water. A little leather, a little toasted tobacco. Finishes off fairly smooth and a bit vinous, even.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tangy taste of Asheville, bottled for your very own pleasure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (762) - - JUL 25, 2014
Brown pour, thin head. Aroma of funk, oak, cherry, roast. Taste. Cherry, oak, roast, coffee, somewhat sour. Oak aging is fairly prominent but any bourbon is subtle. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Sample @ Wicked Weed during RBWG, Asheville. Deeo red pour with a modest white head. Big, robust cherry tart. Some hot woody booze. Similar flavor. Strong cherry meat and a bit of woody funk. Roasted malt. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3227) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours a rich coffee brown with a thick light tan head. Smoked malt and coffee aroma has an overtone of sour cherry. Lively, sour flavor has coffee and cherry notes, hints of coffee, and quite a sour bite! Mouthfeel is nothing special, but leaves a nice sour fruit finish. Angelic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Dark amber/brown pour with a tan head. Sweet black cherry and plum on the nose. Some bourbon, vanilla, and caramel malts. Some balsamic vinegar, blackberry, and leather. Nice sourness to the flavor. Good cherry, plum, and blackberry. Aged balsamic vinegar and some sweet vanilla. Kind of jammy. Good lemon zest on the finish. A bit of spiced cherry pie filling.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1416) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Black pour with a tan head and some reddish brown hue at the edges. Nose is Cherry, raspberry, oak, tannin, and a hint of bourbon. Nice sourness to this. Acetic, but the rest of the flavor really holds up to it. Lots of cherry in the taste. Oak. Vinegar. Nice maltiness to it as well. Really nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1503) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2014
im not a sour fan, but im trying. this is basically really tart cherry juice. pretty cool.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6027) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Tasted during RBSG. 500ml bottle. Black color. Thin khaki off-white head. Bits of lace. Light chocolate, great black berry, light spice, moderate sour taste, moderate sweet, light bit of nice warmth. Light big of vanilla. Medium to bigger body. Super soft, smooth, lighter carbonation. Awesome stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Imported from untappd iphone. comes as close to my memory as possible. Not a bad beer. have a few more and we’ll see what some time does to it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brystmar (1204) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Cherries, a touch of chocolate(?!), managed sourness. Interesting, not great.


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