Wicked Weed Angel of Darkness is coming in December, the culmination of a year-long Angels Series.
2015 has seen the releases of Red Angel, Golden Angel, and White Angel. The final angel – Wicked Weed Angel of Darkness, has spent more time in the barrel than any Angel in the series, and that’s because of the Oloroso Sherry barrels. (Plus the metric ton of boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries that have been quietly adding flavor.) All total, that’s 3 tons of fruit, and 16 months of maturation.
Much like sour beer, Oloroso sherry (fortified wine), relies on oxidative aging and a protective pellicle to develop full, rustic flavors in these oak vessels.
Wicked Weed Angel of Darkness is a 500 ml bottle offering, that sold out in seconds.
We made a few trips to the brewery this year, staring at those Oloroso sherry barrels. What came out of it is as crazy as it sounds. As the beer warms up the taste is a fun game of which fruit is in my mouth. Plus sherry. Wicked Weed excels at making the wild/sour ales tart, while keeping the fruit fresh. Fantastic conclusion to a year of “Angels” from Wicked Weed.
The brewery re-brewed this beer at the end of 2015, set to return in 2016.