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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 237
Gots: 545 | FT: 60
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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Arielle_Z

California

1/5  rDev -76.3%

05-01-2013 22:08:30 | More by Arielle_Z
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dvsbizzyb

California

1/5  rDev -76.3%

09-11-2013 07:50:48 | More by dvsbizzyb
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Kaveman

Illinois

1/5  rDev -76.3%

12-27-2013 17:54:10 | More by Kaveman
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Softestdog

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -64.5%

11-23-2012 20:45:15 | More by Softestdog
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JonBarrowman

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got this as my first sour beer so please keep that in mind in relation to what follows.

a - It appears opaque and a little cloudy around the edges.

s - Smells like a wine, with a slight vinegar smell and a mix of other things I can't put into words.

t - This is where I have a problem, it tastes like vinegar, I don't know if there was a stout or cherries in there somewhere but I didn't find them. It was somewhat unpleasant.

m - Nothing I can think of.

This is my first sour beer and was certainly not what I expected after reading reviews here. Maybe someone can recommend something more amenable as an introduction into the world of sour beers for someone hesitant to try and select on their own again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 22:41:48 | More by JonBarrowman
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ChainChompsky

Illinois

2/5  rDev -52.6%

01-31-2014 07:55:35 | More by ChainChompsky
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DTown

Illinois

2/5  rDev -52.6%

01-07-2013 02:42:52 | More by DTown
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CJS

Florida

2/5  rDev -52.6%

11-08-2012 06:41:21 | More by CJS
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akttr

Michigan

2/5  rDev -52.6%

01-19-2013 14:50:22 | More by akttr
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CityofBals

Illinois

2/5  rDev -52.6%

09-12-2013 18:37:25 | More by CityofBals
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Moheban

California

2/5  rDev -52.6%

12-21-2013 05:08:40 | More by Moheban
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Skater_Rich

Illinois

2/5  rDev -52.6%

10-23-2013 13:48:33 | More by Skater_Rich
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DarthKostrizer

California

2.08/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle with BHOBS and Alucard4

Look: Black as night with a 1/4 tan head and no retention

Smell: Right off the bat are hints of sour cherry not really what I am looking for in a stout. If you search hard enough you will find hints of chocllate malt and some oak

Taste: The sourness that is overpowering hides all of the characteristics of a stout. All you pick up is the sour cherry it is a one way street in my opinion as far as taste goes. The taste is not bad but it is in no way a stout

Mouthfeel: Very water for a stout with a medium amount of carbonation

Overall: If you go in thinking this is a stout you will be let down because this is essentually a sour made with black patent or chocolate malt or roasted barley. It looks like a stout and that is about it. If you are a fan of sours you will appreciate this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 19:18:18 | More by DarthKostrizer
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rab53

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

09-10-2013 03:45:46 | More by rab53
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Givemebeer

Vermont

2.35/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle share. Poured into a snifter with high hopes.

A: Looks ok. Deep, dark amber color with a small tan head not much lacing.

S: Sour. Apple, pear.

T: Excuse me, but isn't this a sour stout? Where are the roasted malts? Where's the coffee? Chocolate? The sour taste is nice but the wild yeast completely takes over and smacks you in the face leaving no room for the so called "stout."

M: Too thin. When I think stout - I want something full bodied and thick. Not watery like this is.

O: Disgraceful. Don't call this a sour stout and charge $23 a bottle. If this were a regular sour I could understand but this was devoid of any stout qualities. Ridiculously overpriced. Pass on this for the love of God.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 07:17:20 | More by Givemebeer
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snegopady

New Jersey

2.43/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer LOOKS beautiful, but I dunno, guys. I like funky and I like sour; loved the Oude Tart. But this is Warheads sour. If there was ever a stout in there, it has vanished beneath the aggressive, lemon-juicy sourness. I don't see how anyone could call this "balanced"--the sour is so strong that it takes over everything. Seriously, you could make vinaigrette with just this beer and some olive oil.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 14:43:05 | More by snegopady
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1424IpA

California

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

08-20-2013 04:47:51 | More by 1424IpA
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scottiethebody

California

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

08-24-2012 19:09:39 | More by scottiethebody
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

07-03-2013 01:45:50 | More by Hallertau
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LSMroz

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

02-22-2013 03:41:27 | More by LSMroz
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atpca

California

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

06-24-2014 05:02:03 | More by atpca
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Shared by the trio of DalzAle, MatSciGuy, & ArminJewell, thanks guys. This is one I haven't see in the wild yet.

Pour is dark brown shading into black. Smells like a fruit-infused beer, not much else.

Tart of Darkness isn't my cup of tea, though I was in the minority. Mild roast faces off against the red fruit tartness & is quickly subsumed. The stoutishness is in full retreat almost immediately, & by the time the beer warms, this is a full-on bug beer. Not interested in more than a couple ounces.

Just didn't do anything for me; my first taste of a 'soured' stout & if this is representative of the style, it might be the style, not this specific beer, that just doesn't agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 18:22:31 | More by maximum12
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Rau71

California

2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

08-20-2013 04:18:36 | More by Rau71
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Dennoman

Belgium

2.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a trade, shared with the guys. Great evening again! 2012 bottling, so not the Provisions Series.

A: Looks adequate for a stout. Nice and dark, light frothy head.

S: Very interesting. The biggest thing I get from the smell is charred toast. And I mean charred, not just burnt. Best described as a mix between toasted bread and charcoal.

T: Mostly acidity throughout most of the actual taste and swallow, but slight malty bitterness pops up at the very beginning. Not hugely complex, even slightly unpleasant.

M: Chalky, quite unpleasantly sour.

O: I guess this is a perfect manifestation of the morbid American fascination with all things sour. In this case (gratuitous pun inbound!) I guess it all turned a little sour. All in all a little too extreme for what I think they were going for. Good effort, but that's just about everything I can say really.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 11:27:25 | More by Dennoman
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A bomber bottled on 5-8-12 (approx 9 months old). Lot 35. Purchased for $21.79.

A- Pours thin black and opaque with little to no head (tan).

A - Tart, sweet with a little funk.

T - Initially I got that taste you get when you have a bad burp and some stomach acid makes its way into the back of your throat. Sour, acidic and dry.

MF - Smooth

O - A huge disappointment. Drain pour for the remainder of the bottle. Roasted malts - No! Stout - No! Bottle says suitable for aging up to 3 years. I might try it again, but as a taste and only at three years.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 02:05:01 | More by Sludgeman
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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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