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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 239
Gots: 608 | FT: 71
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JRod1969, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
3.25/5  rDev -23%

joeseppy, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a dark brown, pretty much black with a little red coming through at the edges. Capped with over a finger of tan head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell. Tart light fruits, chocolate and cherry, maybe a little old coffee. Just a little bit of funky old wood.

Taste. Quite sour, some tart cherry and cocoa powder, sour grapes and green apple tartness with just a drop of espresso.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium-strong fine carbonation.

Overall. A very unique and very tasty sour.

Rutager, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

kbuzz, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

leinie13, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Midnight black with trace ruby highlights. Thin khaki halo sits low with low retention and poor lace.

S - Bright, sour oak nose. Sweet Tarts candies, rice vinegar, copper, and fresh cut wood.

T - Holy crap that was not what I was expecting. Raw, bright, acidic lemon juice. Touch of agave sweetness. Crisp oak. Mouth-puckeringly deep sour center. Lemon rinds and a trace of caramel on the backed. Outrageous.

M - Light, crisp, and bracingly sour.

O - An awesome, uncompromising american wild. It's fresh lemonade with the sugar cut to 1/10th of the original recipe.

vfgccp, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of KajII
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a very dark brown with a ruby hue making it look almost dark purple, and had an average (1-2 finger) light tan fizzy head that dissipated in seconds and left behind virtually no lacing.

The aroma was rather tart right up front along with some chocolate malts and a musty sour Brett yeast with notes of dark chocolate, berries, a slight red wine odor and a bit of cask.

The taste was very tart from the get go with a slightly sweet roasty taste and a hint of chocolate that almost went unnoticed, and then became very sour and extremely fruity which lasted pretty much throughout with a mild woody taste at the very end. The flavor hung around for an average duration following the swallow, with a fruity roasty tartness fading away at a slow steady pace.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a mildly soft carbonation.

Overall this is a brew that is not for everyone, but if you enjoy a good Sour Ale with a really dark side this one is for you. I found it to be exceptionally tasty and quite sour with a really smooth drinkability. I am definitely getting more of this before I no longer can....


KajII, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of snegopady
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.

snegopady, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 750ml into a tulip.

Dark brown, almost black with a cream coloured head. Light retention and OK lacing. Nose is tart, dark berries, some chocolate and even a bit of roast perhaps. Taste has roast, light smokey malt with tart berries character overlying these. Acidic finish, and this carries on for quite some time. Medium body, medium carbonation. Too tart for everyone else who it was shared with, but I quite enjoyed this beer.

liamt07, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

purdueflyguy, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of tut2528
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pure jet black, with absolutely no transparency whatsoever, even when held directly up to the light. creates very minimal head formation. the head that was created was mostly forced carbonation. there is a slight lacing that hugs the rim of the glass, that is tan in color.

S: damn thats awesome. big tart and sourness from cherries, and other various berries. very subtle hints of peppery spice, slight oak towards the back.

T: immensely sour. damn, intense sourness. salty, huge vinegar, immense tartness from the fruits. sour apples, cherries, raspberries, sugar candy sweetness, just an awesome balance.

M: very light, nice carbonation, causes an immense salivation, leaves an awesome fruity tartness on the palate, urging me to take another sip. but its almost too light... slightly watery

O: such an awesome brew all the way around. still pretty new to the sour tasting comparatively speaking, but this one is immensely sour and has an awesome balance. definitely a must try.

tut2528, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

enelson, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Prost76
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Prost76, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of SDG1070
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

SDG1070, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of theGlasstronaut
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

theGlasstronaut, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of ToddT
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with almost no head , a hard pour produces only a thin tan that quickly disapates and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Sour notes right away, plums, chocolate, and hints of wood char.

T- Follows the nose sweet and sour like a sour patch kid. Notes of chocolate, plum, candied cherries and bit of oak. Finish has a sour puckering quality to it but it not over done nor unpleasant. Complex flavors in this one.

M- Thinner in body that what I envision in a stout, but with decent carbonation. It could be a little better here but it not too far off.

O- Interesting and complex brew and at only 5.6% ABV you can enjoy the whole bottle. Not one I would want a lot of but I did like it.

ToddT, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of CaliMark
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

CaliMark, Dec 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

jgluck, Dec 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

JustinMatthew, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark with a half finger head that regresses to be all but gone.

Smell: Sour oak, caramel, vanilla, cherries, pickle juice, vinegar.

Taste: Sour, as expected. Tart cherry and sour sweetness wreck the palate instantly. The chaos then magically disappears into a dry finish with some oak notes and smokiness in the background. This beer attacks your mouth and gives it a swift, powerful kick to the nuts before the experience is over. In this regard, this beer is intensely like no other I've had before.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation for a stout. The feel is nowhere close to as viscous as some stouts, but it's not notably deficient in the body department either.

Overall: This is a pretty intense brew. A roller coaster ride of flavor descends into a dry finish that may fatigue the faint of heart, if they're not careful. Would drink again, but would just like to have some forewarning...

PsilohsaiBiN, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark otter-brown pour yields flat black results in the glass accompanied by a healthy 2 figner khaki colored head that was frothy and clumpy. Retention was good, the lacing was clean and the visible carbonation was light and slow along the edges.

S: The smell of sour cherries and sour plums were noticeable on the nose. Some sour chocolate malt with a light strength was also present. A faint sour-acetic hint can be had towards the finish.

T: The flavor was highly acetic from the get go, major eye squinting material. Had thier flanders the previous night and it was no wheres near this level. This is a kick of vinegar and acetic nature that unfortunately drowns out most of the other aspects this beer may have had to offer. Am i wrong to assume that this was some kind of sour stout? the lack of roasted maltiness and body will tend to convince me otherwise. Some sour fruitiness, but the stout qualities are far my expectations and almost non-apparent. Flavor is thin, like watery lemon juice and every bit as sour.

M: Oily slickness thins out to a watery vinegar-lemon juice feel toward the end. No carbonation, just a healthy helping of sourness and acetic nature.

O: Not going to lie this is one hard bastard to down by one's self. Like sucking down 24oz. of lemon juice. Its level of sourness is balls to the wall but its range of flavor and stout qualites leave much to be desired. Like dropping lemon juice into a schwarz bier. Thier Flanders was a fine example, managable sourness and exceptional to style, this was a sour with a misleading stout labeling. Your gonna have to split this with a friend, or two, or three.

beerthulhu, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of JLG193
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

JLG193, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of DimensionX
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a HOTD tulip

pours jet black, somewhat thick but holds carbonation well.

Smells like a tart funky sour, very strong but pleasant nose

The sour character is incredible and I could drink it all day long. That being said the beer is somewhat one dimensional as the sour is really the only flavor present. If I couldn't see the color I wouldn't even know it was a dark beer or that it was barrel aged. Luckily the sour character is tart, refreshing, and delicious. If you are gonna do one thing then you had better do it well I guess.

a little bit of slickness to the mouthfeel

overall an excellent beer even if it wasn't that complex due to the sour domination.

DimensionX, Dec 10, 2012
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.