“Oblivion is a sour red ale aged with blackberries and dates in red wine barrels for up to 12 months. This ale is then carefully blended to create depth and balance that will envelope you in its complexity.”
Appearance: Mahogany with some strawberry red highlights. It generates a thumb of tightly held foam which holds its shape and leaves a healthy residue on the glass.
Aroma: Nicely balanced. There’s a lovely impression of vinous red fruits, dry and musty oak barrel and cassis with some funky brett/lacto characters – Swiss cheese, horse blanket and mild vinegar. There’s some chewy caramels and boiled candy/candy cane scent with those typical lemon peel and lime juice aromas. Just a lovely and well structured Flemish style nose.
Flavour: The tart blackberries come through nicely upfront. Fresh at first then progressing in to a jammy/cassis note which gets enveloped by acetic lemon juice and sour berries mid way. It softens in to an oaky/musty tannin which offers that delicious fruit tingle flavour in the finish. Some gentle barrel dryness and artificial candy notes endure on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Dry texture with a light spritzy-ness. Medium body. The 8.7% ABV is very well buried.
Overall: This is our 2nd sour from Wicked Weed and both have been top notch. This one was a very nice interpretation of a Flemish-style red. Fine offering.