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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 233
Gots: 538 | FT: 56
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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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Sour, some cherries, roasted malts, some chocolate

T- Sour, cherries, grapes, some funk, oak, some roasted and chocolate notes. This is sour with a hint of some stout flavors.

M- Smooth, crisp, acidic, medium body.

O- A solid sour that is very tasty. I had a small sample at a tasting about a year ago and wasn't the biggest fan of this, but now I am really liking this beer. Only real problem with this beer is that I would have liked more of a sour stout and not just a sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:20:39 | More by larryi86
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No 'Provisional Series' artwork, so maybe this is 'Batch 2'?

A: Light, fluffy, off-white head fades fizzles out fairly quickly. Dark black-brown...so far, a typical stout.

S: Mm, muted dark malt. A mere touch of funky yeast.

T: Oh wow. Very sour, very woody, very roasted malty. "A sour stout aged in oak barrels" tells you just about everything you need to know about this beer. The low ABV is also appreciated, as I can drink as much of it as I like. A puckery-tart fruitiness (berries, apricot, citrus {tangerine}, soured grapes) dominates, but the entire base is that of a stout -- smoky, roasted barley and charred bourbon barrels.

M: Thin and unobtrusive.

O: A truly interesting beer and one that I highly enjoy. Would recommend. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 06:17:06 | More by AgentMunky
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08-26-2012 02:10:40 | More by denimdemon
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

08-25-2012 10:08:25 | More by csustar001
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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08-25-2012 03:56:56 | More by sludgegnome
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3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2 from a 750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki finger of head across the top that fades to a thin film. When held to the light, the brew shines with ruby clarity through the body and lighter brown around the edges. Some spots of lacing stick to the glass.

The aroma is quite wine-like at first. A hint of sour cherry blends into a tangy aspect to the nose. There is some funky wood elements present that only come out as the brew warms up and breaths. It reminds me almost of old cork or musty/damp wood with some hints of earth and then a mild touch of roasty chocolate to coffee quality. Once the brew warms up, the nose picks up this strange aspect that is strikingly similar to the pink eraser on a #2 pencil. I know, that sounds idiotic but it caught me off-guard and is the best way I can describe it. Once that eraser smells wraps itself inside the nose, it is hard to shake it out.

The taste is tangy/tart with some sour cherry and mild vinous elements. The barrel presence is felt with a very mild musty to mildew oak aspect reminding me almost of wet cork and stale or musty grain. Some earthen flavors are present that fade into an aftertaste that includes a faint touch of cocoa/coffee. As the brew warms up, it gets increasingly more tangy and tart with deep fruit flavoring. However, the dark grain/roast elements also increase in character and leave a pleasant taste that nears coffee/espresso lingering inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. In a blind taste testing, I dont think you would initially be able to tell how dark this brew is. But as it warms up and more sips are taken, the darkness reveals itself with some characteristics that really play nice with the vinous/tart cherry elements. Sour fans will really enjoy this. Get out there and get yourself a bottle if you haven't had it yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:23:32 | More by stakem
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

08-24-2012 19:09:39 | More by scottiethebody
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, Batch 2
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours out like a dark Flemish red actually. Not as thick as other stouts. Really soda like light tan head. Fizzy bubbles. About a half finger of head that fades. Tight tiny bubbles coming up sides.

S: Smells nice and sour. Almost like cherry cola with tartness. Definitely pulling that lacto cherry pie like note. Behind it I do get some faint cocoa notes.

T: Drinking this cold to start. This is really interesting. Lots of tart cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then you start to get stout character. Chocolate almost like a tootsie roll. It's commingling with that lacto cherry character nicely. I don't get much barrel, maybe a little vanilla hint. The finish is dry like you'd get from a sour.

M: Medium bodied, but not like stout at all. Watery.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 14:14:05 | More by inlimbo77
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, light rusty copper tint, some particles, little head. Scent leads with vinegar tartness, light roast, cherry and dark bread. Taste brings a quick hit of vinegar, then some roasted malts with a hint of chocolate, muted cherry, dark bread, light oak. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Taste develops more as it approaches room temperature. Solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark stout chocolate color with a massive amount of head , sticky lacing and spiderwebs.

S: Tart aroma eerily similar to Oude Tart. Slightly chalky and tart with a lacto presence. This however has reached distro in NY, which is pretty cool. Hopefully other RS only beers start reaching NY next year with the increased capacity.

T: Shes a lactater, definitely lots of lacto, a light cloying chalk presence from the lacto and the black malt that caused the coloring in here. A bit of sour cherry without fruit being added, a few blocks of french oak aging / and riesling grape at the end.

M: Light and highly carbonated, about par for the course with an American Wild ale.

O: This is a good American Wild ale, not a ton of complexity after getting over the lacto , white wine and oak flavors but after turning down last year in RS, glad to have tried it this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 23:21:20 | More by alpinebryant
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Stunning. I don't know why so many folks say it doesn't seem much like a stout; incredibly black and purple on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tart, refreshing, with just a hint of roasty malt.

Taste: Very good, but the clash of styles is apparent. Very good at what it's trying to do, but there are flaws in a newer style.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely amazing. Coats everywhere, sours the mouth entirely, then throws down a nice malt to finish off.

Overall: I paid too much, but I'm cool with that.

Serving type: bottle

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District of Columbia

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