Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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
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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
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
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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