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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,868 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 249
Gots: 637 | FT: 70
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Buckeye982, Mar 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Gonzoillini, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

twelveinches, Mar 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Beer365, Mar 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

reverbking, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Mertzy81
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so I had no idea what to expect and I still can't isolate half of the flavors I tasted. It's a pretty in-your-face and complicated brew.

Appearance: Pours with a beige-cream 1 inch head, opaque black.

Smell: Sour cherries, not very complicated.

Taste: Filtered kombucha vinegar, sugar-less sour cherry and grapes, dark chocolate, coffee and a very tiny amount of caramel; aged cheddar on the aftertaste. Totally bizarre, but I like it!

Mouthfeel: Nothing denoting a stout, but it matches fine with the flavor. Very thin for a stout, but it has a light, creamy texture.

Overall: Unexpected, exciting, and completely amazing.
The best part about it is that I've never had anything like this, but feel like this could be a fun style to see other breweries try out. It's rare to come across something like this that doesn't just end in reach exceeding grasp.

Mertzy81, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

freemanj, Mar 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

AlexFields, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
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.

Sludgeman, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Hopbrizio, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dannyhead, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Hopbully, Feb 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BlackTuesday, Feb 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

sendbeer, Feb 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Adamostella, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this from Lizardville in Bedford Heights a few months ago, and couldn't wait anymore to try! Having this as a shared bottle with my wife.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pair of tulip glasses. The ale is a deep, dark black with a two finger tan head that rapidly dissapates. I know this says it will be tart, but it does not "look" like other sours I've had.

There is a spicy, fruity aroma that is so strong that it can be smelled even as it is being poured. After it settles in the glass, the aroma calms, but is still fully present. Vinous grapes, tart apple, hints of balsamic vinegar, mild raspbery, and dark chocolate combine for a very pleasant, full smell.

Yowza, is that tart! Perhaps the dark appearance and fruity aroma deceived us, but it was mouth-puckeringly, spine-shiveringly tart. The sourness quickly fades, though, leaving a more roasty, coffee/toffee finish. Granny smith apple, lemon, balsamic vinegar, and raspberries start strong and then fade to leave the roasted finish, that becomes more chocolately over time.

The tartness makes this almost too much to drink, but it fades fast enough to not overwhelm the finish. The tartness that remains, though, gives the malty finish a brightness that is unexpected.

An amazing and unusual ale, I'm glad we were able to find and enoy this one. The sourness is more than I typically can take in a sour ale, but it fades so quickly into such a pleasant roasted coffee, toffee and chocolate finish that I don't mind it. Plus, the tart grows on you as you get further through the beer, such that you're looking for that next hit of sour after it fades away.

TheHoppiest, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jsilva, Feb 24, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black body it seems, with one finger tan head that died quick. Very tart, vinous aroma, cherries, sour apple, touches of oak and wood, with possibly some sweet malt but I didn't pick them up in the smell. Taste is more of the same in terms of strong tart fruits like cherry, sour apple, maybe dark/black druits, as it is a very tart beer, but a great balance from oak and wood lets it be a little fuller-bodied, almost creamy one could say, and while still a dry, crisp finish (and this is a slow sipper, mind you) it isn't overly tart or bitter. Little touchs of roasted malts and/or dark chocolate sweetness seem to creep in as well and make the difference between just a sour beer/ale and a combo of sour and stout. Not real experienced in this "sub genre" of brew but this is a quality beer def worth seeking it out.

clayrock81, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jaylib, Feb 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

LSMroz, Feb 22, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Lukens Liquors online. 19.99. No bottling info but this was a fourth quarter 2012 release. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours deep brown with murky edges, much like cola including a fizzy pale tan one finger head that shrinks away quickly to leave a few bubbles around the edge. Zero lace.

Smells of sour cherry lemonade, slightly spoiled fruit and vinegar with vague hints of vanilla and roast.

Tastes of tart lemons, vinegar, cherry, hay, dates and sour apples. As the tartness fades, other much more subtle notes come through including burnt cocoa, oak, caramel, butter and vanilla. Every sip refreshes the puckering funk that transforms into muted sweetness. Very interesting.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with tingly carbonation that pops on the tongue but won't bubble up when swirled in the glass. As in appearance, much like cola. Long crisp tart finish.

Admittedly sours are not my thing but this may start to open that door for me. Being a fan of stouts, I was hoping for more roasty presence but it turned out ok. A strangely alluring combination of flavors.

ThickNStout, Feb 19, 2013
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Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

InVinoVeritas, Feb 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

joh04587, Feb 15, 2013
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.