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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,127
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 262
Gots: 704 | FT: 73
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ajcobb24 on 06-22-2011

Batch 2 was aged in spent Black Tuesday barrels.
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Ratings: 2,127 | Reviews: 329
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
Photo of flayedandskinned
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

HUGE thanks to rrryanc for being insane and just hooking me up with this beer! Thanks man!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy black with a wisp of a finger tall, dark khaki head that recedes very fast, leaving no lacing behind what so ever. The head retention is consistent with barrel aged beers, especially sours.

Aroma: Wow, sour cherries right away; imagine smelling tart pie filling. There is a strong, funkiness from the Brettanomyces that absolutely fills your nostrils as soon as you smell the beer; damp, musty hay and even a little bit of pineapple. You can definitely tell that this has spent quite a lengthy time in bourbon barrels. Rich, woodsy aromas of oak, vanilla and coconut leap out toward your nose. There is only a mere flirtatious hint of the roasted malts that the base stout is comprised of. The roastiness definitely melds well with the oaky aromatics.

Taste: Very acidic, vinegar soaked cherries right away with cascading notes of lemon juice, lime peel and a sublime pineapple forward mustiness from the Brett. Insanely dry and mouth puckering with it's sour astringency. There are huge and complex lingering notes on this beer, as with most sours. The oak barrel slaps your palate as soon as the dry finish closes; with it's high tannin presence and in your face impressions of bourbon(duh), vanilla and toasted coconut. Then a very unusual flavor rears it's head; Something i've never tasted before in a sour, or beer in general for that matter: A whisper of a smoky moldiness that carries a distinctly woodsy characteristic. A very interesting and unique flavor to say the least. Its only there for a moment, but it is definitely there. A consistent presence of lemon juice is loitering around during all of this very complex and long finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: An exercise in excess; The Bruery takes it to the next level in every regard in this batch of Tart of Darkness; They decided that aging a sour stout in oak barrels wasn't enough, so decided to age the next batch of it in bourbon barrels which have previously held their 19% stout, Black Tuesday. Craziness, but it works very well, overall. Although the roasted malts poke through a bit more in the finish as the ale warms up, I do wish that they poked through the myriad of sour and barrel complexities a bit more assertively. I'd highly recommend this beer to any sour fan in a heart beat. I couldn't ask for a more interesting beer to drink for my 50th review.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark brown beer with a garnet hue and good clarity. The persistent head is composed of creamy tan bubbles.

S: The dominate aroma is a tart fruit character of red currents and cassis with an acidic quality backing that up. There is a faint aroma of dark fruit and dark malt aroma having a cocoa character to it.

T: An aggressive, acidic and tartness and strong red currents fruitiness with light flavors of the stout dark malt. There isn't much to say about hops in here nor malt, although the fruit is juicy and refreshing. The balance is very sour and the finish is very dry.

M: A light bodied beer with strong carbonation and a faint bit of warmth.

O: This ones about as tart as they come with a strong acidic bit and good bit of fruitiness, sort of Flanders Red that come of the rails except that there is some stout character to back up the flavors. The sour stout is quickly becoming my favorite style thanks in part to the few exceptional brewers making the style.

Photo of Kjanisch7
4.98/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Jet black with a thin tan head.

S - A pleasant smell of chocolate/coffee from the dark malt, and that awesome classic sour tart smell.

T - TART. Delicious cherry and fig notes. Vinegary finish with some berry notes. Nice little bourbon taste as well for an added bonus.

M - Thin body which was unexpected for the color of the beer. Moderate carbonation. Great feel and easy to drink.

D - The drinkability here is incredible. Wish I could drink this one every single day.

Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

750 ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark and very fizzy. Head dies down very rapidly.

Smell: WOW sour notes. Lots of fruit smell. Smells refreshing.

Taste: Just like the smell. Pretty good, but not overpowering with the sour. Nice.

Mouthfeel: less fizzy than I would have expected. Very clean and crisp.

Overall: very good, not quite to amazing. But very nice.

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NYE bottle share at Proof. Deepest of opaque browns with a thin white-tan head and thin tan collar. Aroma is like a port, dark fruit, deep red wine, some woodiness. Taste is extremely tart. Vinegary almost. I'm getting some of the wine like characteristics, with some roasted malt too. Very interesting flavor. Medium carbonation and medium-thick body.

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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