1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

Tart Of DarknessTart Of Darkness

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,396 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1396
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.43%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Batch 2 was aged in spent Black Tuesday barrels.

(Beer added by: ajcobb24 on 06-22-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,396 | Reviews: 283 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
TheBrewo

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We crack the top on our 750mL of Batch 2 and pour a brew of the deepest ruby red-brown into our Ola Dubh tulips. A bit of light is let up around the extremes of the edges, but otherwise no haze or sediment is noted. It puts up a two finger head of creamy coffee colored bubbles, showing decent retention, and an audible fizz. Steaks of lacing are left around the glasses as it goes. The aroma gives sweetly roasted chocolate malts, soy sauce salts, light lactics, and sweet booziness as a base. Mixing high across the top are massively funky Brett twangs, soured cabernet oakiness, biting raw cherries, drying red grape skins, mild vinyls fruit punch sugariness, smoked poblano peppers and portabella mushrooms, golden honey sweetness, wet rose petals, and the mineral coolness of freshly fallen snow. Our first impression is that there is surprising smokiness to the malts, but otherwise the flavoring lives up majorly to its tart side as you would expect. As we sip, the taste begins with vinegar acidity, astringently drying and soured red grape skins, red wine oakiness, lemon flesh, and, as in the nose, that gloriously tart Brett slam. The middle comes to a peak with continued lactic and vinegar acidity, fermented souring chokecherries, blackberry fruitiness, big Brett, yeasty metallics, thin chocolate malts, soy sauce, and unfiltered apple cider sweetness and grittiness. Washing through the finish is the most pronounced oakiness of the sip, with hearty musk, dust, and moss. To balance is tart, tart yeastiness, smoky chocolate malts, hints at raw coffee beans, herbal mint, peanut dust, and generalized lactic, milky sourness. The aftertaste breathes of graphite, basement muskiness, chalky oakiness, char blackened chocolate malts, lemon zestiness, puckering Brett juiciness, apple juice, grapefruit zest and sweetness, bready plum pudding, and vinyl plastics. The body is on the thin side, and the carbonation is medium. There is excellent slurp, sip, cream, froth, and finishing pop. The mouth is initially coated with creaminess, only to be sucked dry with pucker and dense astringency from the yeast. The abv is shockingly easy, and the beer drinks very, very well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was a tossup between the aroma and the taste, with the latter winning by a hair. From the time you crack the bottle you get this insanely complex, deep, dark, and wild aroma filling your nostrils. The “darkness” does get a bit lost here, and if you closed your eyes while whiffing you would be surprised at the beer’s color when you opened them. The taste, however, rectifies this gap. While the funk takes up a large, and continuing, portion of the sip, it leaves enough room for not only the depth and roast of the malts to shine though, but the barrel aging (spent Black Tuesday barrels) as well. The amazing thing is you can actually taste the similarities in the wood, with all that inherent dirt, graphite, and muskiness, without the intense boozy heat all soaked into Black Tuesday. This is a fantastic blend of styles and is extremely well executed. As a warning, the level of tartness and pucker here are quite high, and if you aren’t a big fan of the style, expect to be shocked.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:39:23 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.6%

04-17-2014 19:41:11 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
Photo of fthegiants
fthegiants

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-16-2014 14:24:41 | More by fthegiants
Photo of Devman171
Devman171

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-16-2014 00:03:07 | More by Devman171
Photo of DubCo21
DubCo21

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-15-2014 17:44:40 | More by DubCo21
Photo of Beervana
Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-15-2014 04:28:24 | More by Beervana
Photo of BG24
BG24

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-15-2014 04:24:08 | More by BG24
Photo of DerrickW
DerrickW

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-14-2014 21:54:47 | More by DerrickW
Photo of rjp217
rjp217

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-14-2014 14:10:57 | More by rjp217
Photo of biertrinkenja
biertrinkenja

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-14-2014 05:26:02 | More by biertrinkenja
Photo of BastardKing24
BastardKing24

Oregon

4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown with a 1/2 finger head that becomes a ring quickly.

Smell is very tart, sour apples and cherries. Vinegar and lactic acid.

Taste is out of this world, so sour... I do love that about some sours they just pucker up your mouth and make it water. Green sour apples and cherries, maybe some funkiness, just a mouthwatering acidic punch, and I love it. Not much of any roastiness.

Feel is low to medium carbed and light on the palate. Very pleasing.

This is by far one of the best sours I've had, I think I like it more than Oude tart.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:57:03 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of SirBentham
SirBentham

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-12-2014 19:21:05 | More by SirBentham
Photo of derekrick420
derekrick420

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-12-2014 18:29:24 | More by derekrick420
Photo of wellsnb
wellsnb

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-12-2014 18:10:24 | More by wellsnb
Photo of leftoverburrito
leftoverburrito

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-11-2014 22:25:24 | More by leftoverburrito
Photo of BryanCDM
BryanCDM

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-11-2014 04:30:34 | More by BryanCDM
Photo of Claytonbrewsby
Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-10-2014 21:20:50 | More by Claytonbrewsby
Photo of HoppySeb
HoppySeb

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-10-2014 21:13:05 | More by HoppySeb
Photo of quine
quine

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-10-2014 17:24:21 | More by quine
Photo of Brew33
Brew33

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-09-2014 18:29:11 | More by Brew33
Photo of JimmyAloysius
JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-09-2014 14:51:08 | More by JimmyAloysius
Photo of CraftFan5
CraftFan5

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-09-2014 13:13:52 | More by CraftFan5
Photo of Ed2
Ed2

Delaware

4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible... Mouth watering... saliva creating.. the best I've ever had. I love sour and I love Stout... and this one took it all the way ! It's hard to find and a bit expensive but sooo worth it ! It's my special day beer. Dark like a stout, but incredibly light tasting nearing an Ale in feel... Smell is very alluring, draws you in with a sour hint and then slaps you once you've put it in your mouth. Makes my mouth water... I've had others from the same brewer and they are all good, but the Stout is by far my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:01:24 | More by Ed2
Photo of cyrushire
cyrushire

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-08-2014 20:36:21 | More by cyrushire
Photo of berlinabb
berlinabb

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-08-2014 20:15:19 | More by berlinabb
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.