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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,129
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 262
Gots: 704 | FT: 74
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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: 2,129 | Reviews: 329
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, massive tart, acidic, wood, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, massive tart, liquorices, wood, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. So they put ‘tart’ in the name, how tart can it really be? HOLY CHRIST! I should have visited my dentist after having this one to have my enamel checked, because I’m pretty sure I had NONE left after the first sip. While being really tart it did still manage to hang on to some other smaller aspects to help try to balance this one out. Unfortunately it just fell a little short. Definitely worth your time trying if you LOVE sours, but don’t unleash this on your unsuspecting friends unless you want a good laugh or are just plain cruel.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Prior review, transferred from another forum)


Tart Of Darkness, from The Bruery! It's a sour stout, aged in oak barrels. Black, with just the slightest bit of cola towards the top edges. No head. Moderate funky tartness on the nose. A bit of menthol-y orange (which is leaving the inside of my nose slightly cold!). Weird! I just inhaled and got a slight orange cream menthol taste (like Halls Fruit Breezers) on the tip of my tongue. Not sure how that happened. As it's warming up, the funky note is taking on more of a wine must smell. Oh, wow. That was not like I expected! There isn't any chocolate or coffee notes to speak of. It's more of a multi-layered tartness. Let's see if I can identify it all properly...

There is a very sharp acidity on the tip of the tongue. Like tons of tiny pin pricks. No particular flavor, but it has a creamy carbonated feel to it. Just behind the tip, you get some cherry/tartaric acid flavor, and a slight citric acid. Maybe a bit of cola. About mid-tongue (top of the bend) there is a bitterness of some sort. Fruit stem, maybe?

Going back in for another nose, there seems to be a touch of coffee cherry. Slight dirt/soil. This is very easy to drink and the acidity is quite nice, and complex. Aftertaste is light, but lasts a decent amount of time. (Rating: Very Good). A hard pill to swallow, at $20, but worth it!

7%. 750mL. Pint glass (I need a tulip, like now!).

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Titans77
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Version @ 7% abv

A - Very, very dark brown verging on a black. Can see some ruby where the light hits the glass. Half finger of very light brown head that left rather quickly. Leaves bubbles around the edge of the glass. Great looking beer.

S - sour dark fruits and no typical stout characteristics I thought it would have. Green apple and oak dominate the rather solid aroma.

T - Upfront you get the big sour cherry and apple flavors. Some oak in the middle of the mouth as well as the dark roasted malts I was expecting. On the back end, more oak and dark malts you see in stouts. Sour dominates the flavor up front, wood and malt in the back. They work VERY well together.

M - Something about the carbonation and feel of this beer just work together. Moderate carbonation, smooth silky stout character and no presence of alcohol (at 7% abv) all make this beer drink phenomenally. Such a good combo.

O - Worth the $20 price for a special occasion. I won't buy this beer again unless something good is coming up, though. The Bruery is doing good things.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black pour with 1 inch head that quickly dissipates without much lace left behind
S: sour oak smell with slight roasted notes in the background but hard to get much past the sour
T: tart citrus that is upfront lemon, orange but overwhelmenly sour.. probably the most sour of any beer i've ever hard. makes your face cringe a bit each sip.. not in a bad way but thats what to expect
M: nicely carbonated medium mouthfeel - wasn't sure what to expect in terms of thickness but its really nice. I claims to be a stout though so its slightly confusing. Leaves a bit of gritty teeth feeling behind

Overall very nice sour which I am definitely buying again and cellaring some. I was thinking it would be a heavier beer but its not and somewhat lacks in complexity because its so tough to get through the sourness to taste other flavors. Still loved it though

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3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 Vintage 750mL bottle.

A: Black night dark with a decent head and good retention
S: Sour apples and oak.
T: Sour, sour, sour, sour, sour and also sour.
M: A little bit thin and fizzy for a stout, but not for a sour, so I'm not sure what to expect here. I am assuming the base beer is a stout and then soured, so I am not sure why the body is thin.
Overall: An interesting beer and certainly one-of-a-kind, but it's not balanced enough for me. It's probably the most sour beer I've had in quite some time and the stout flavor profile is unrecognizable. If you like your sours to be sour and unbalanced, this is your beer.

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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