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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 250
Gots: 644 | FT: 68
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)
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Reviews by smakawhat:
Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled May 8th 2012.

Out of the bottle pours with lots of fizzy and cola sounding snapping carbonation. Body forms with a dark walnut brown body with a real nice mocha like head, but it doesn't last at all. As the snapping pops away, nothing is left, not even a pencil thing collar. The head color was real nice, but too bad I hardly got to witness it. This looks like Kvass with a little less carbonation. Too bad.

A good sense of Flanders brown ale sensing sourness on first smell. A quick tart and vinous nose, sour cherries. Quite subtle but nice.

Palate hits with a true VERY tart punch up front. VERY sour but tolerable, with a good acidity that isn't painful. Aftertaste brings lots of lemon and lime juice. Oak aging round character and feel is somewhat lacking here, the body is a little bit wet, but it works well with a vinous palate.

Overall It is dark very true, and truly TART. Would love to try this again sometime, I am wondering if this could have been better.

smakawhat, Oct 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

MadScientist, Sep 13, 2013
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.

Kjanisch7, Jun 27, 2013
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.

don1481, Sep 20, 2014
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Photo of mverity
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mverity, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of jisom123
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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