Category Archives: Wicked Weed Brewing

Wicked Weed Omnipresence (Canvas Series)

Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 9%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Barrel-aged American sour ale fermented with cabernet grapes

Brewer Description: (from bottle) When we got our hands on brand new Nadalie Foeders, we wanted to utilize their fresh oak character by taking advantage of the natural tannins in the French Oak. We thought, “What better way to pay homage to the craftsmanship of the French coopers than to incorporate the work of French vintners?” With this in mind, we rested one pound per gallon of whole Cabernet grapes in our Nadalie Foeders to produce a bold, acidic sour ale with a slightly dry crack that only freshly toasted French Oak can impart. The Cabernet grapes give the beer a balanced and Burgundian feel like no other.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.95
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml bottle, batch # 1129, bottled on 26th August 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy murky brown colour with a very slight red tint, and a one finger light tanned head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, berries, cherry, grape, oak, vanilla, funk and lemon.
Taste: Tart, sour, vinous, mixed berries, lemon, with a hint of red wine, light oak and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice good flavours of fruit, wine and barrel.

Advertisements

Wicked Weed Persistence (Canvas Series)

Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 9%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Canvas Series. Barrel-aged American sour ale fermented with cherries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Persistence is a sour red ale aged in our foeder. One pound per gallon of Montmorency Cherries contributes a leathery accent to this Flanders-inspired ale. Once this beer reaches it’s peak, we blend the batch to attain the perfect balance of our house sour culture and North American cherries.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.76
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 500ml bottle of batch # 1122, bottled on 30th September 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A murky brownish red colour with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, cherries, mixed berries, light leather with a strange but interesting hit of cinnamon.
Taste: Very similar to the aroma, tart, sour, cherry, some mixed berries, oak, leather and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was quite interesting as I enjoyed the cherry flavours coming from it, and you don’t feel the 9% ABV at all, but the cinnamon that appears on the finish was just not really my thing. I don’t even know where the cinnamon like flavours come from…

Wicked Weed Montmaretto

Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6.9%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Barrel-aged American Sour Ale fermented with cherries and almonds

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Montmaretto was aged in neutral wine barrels where it undergoes a secondary fermentation on a pound per gallon of cherries. A portion of the beer was aged with almonds to impart an amaretto character. The barrels were then blended until the perfect balance was struck.

The fortress Montmaretto floated, neutral, while the realm tore itself apart below. The tribes of Aspro and Amaro sprung on one another in a cataclysm of violence never before imagined. Queen Almendra chose insular peace above the fray, remaining aloof from her vantage point atop the Great Floating Lake. Almendra’s sentries kept vigil through cherry orbs that scanned the sandswept, sun-soaked cobblestone streets, thwarting would-be spies and colluders’ attempts to breach the fortress. Queen Almendra’s wisdom led to the preservation of Montmaretto, and perpetuated peace in the realm.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.51
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 500ml bottle, bottled on 22nd July 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy pinkish orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Candied cherry, almonds, biscotti, oak and just a hint of funk.
Taste: It’s what you expect from the aroma with lightly sour cherry, almond, biscotti, marzipan and oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Aromas were nice albeit a bit weak. Taste was very nice as the cherries and almonds go well together and make for some easy drinking beer.

Wicked Weed Dark Age Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 12%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Drink it Now. Drink it Later

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Humanity’s path out of the Dark Age is one without end. This path carries us away from the mystical to the measurable, from the magical to the mathematical, and is a meticulous tale of progress from madness to method. Yet, we still find wonder in the Magic, and extraordinary potential in the Mystery. Out of this yearning for the old ways, Dark Age Imperial Stout emerges from the whisky barrel, its dark malt complexity and bold, yet balanced, sweetness softened by its mystical evolution in oak.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.41
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 12.7 fl oz bottle, bottled on 23rd March 2016. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: A nice dark dark brown colour with a one finger mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit plum and raisins, bourbon, oak with hints of vanilla.
Taste: Bourbon and sharp raisin and cherry sweetness, followed by bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel and licorice.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: This was a nice, easy sipper. The sharp twang of raisin and cherry in the taste mixed with the bourbon was a welcome surprise. The only mini negative was the mouthfeel which could have greater body and a slightly lower carbonation.

Wicked Weed Medora

Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6.6%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: American sour with blackberries and raspberries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Medora is a blonde sour ale aged in red wine barrels with one pound of blackberries and raspberries per gallon. The result is a beautiful, fuchsia ale with bright berry character.

The daughter of a king, Medora was wrought with the burden of expectations. Her father did his utmost to speak confidence into his young daughter. Time passed and with it the king, leaving Medora his sole heir. Her melancholy deepened. One night a great meteor flashed across the northern sky. Her father’s words lit into her heart: “Choose happiness; no expectation or circumstance can usurp your will to rejoice in them.” Medora thrived, and as for imposed expectations; she never gave them credence again.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.46
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 500ml bottle, bottled on 8th January 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A cloudy raspberry red colour with a two finger off white head that had good retention and left nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Red wine gum berry candy, vinous, oak, earthiness and a light funk.
Taste: Very lightly sour, raspberries, mixed berries, vinous, oak and slightly funky.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish.
Overall: I tend to enjoy these berry flavoured Wild Ales and this was no different. It was surprisingly not very sour at all, but the oak barrel character in the aroma and taste was quite strong. Definitely enjoyable.