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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 240
Gots: 611 | FT: 69
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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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
Photo of purdueflyguy
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
Photo of enelson
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
Photo of jgluck
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

JustinMatthew, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
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
Photo of Nebergall
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Nebergall, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of nataku00
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours out like cola, dark brown but with lighter clear brown at the edges. Half a finger of tan color head on the pour that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing. Plenty of fine carbonation at the edges of the glass.

Nose is mainly a vinegar acidity, maybe some molasses sweetness, light citrus. Not much stout coming through.

Taking a sip, balsamic vinegar and some molasses sweetness, some chocolate mid tongue, before finishing very dry with a red wine tannin like feel remaining on the tongue.

Light to medium body and heavily carbonated, but more champagne like with ample fine carbonation that keeps the tongue fresh. Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable, but not that interesting.

nataku00, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

NickyDee21, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

oldp0rt, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Douvalis
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Douvalis, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black, with reddish tints when looked at through the light. The head is maybe 1/2 finger, and it disappears as quickly as I pour.

S: The smell on this beer hits you as soon as you open it. Dark malts, a little coffee,some oak, vinegar and fruit.

T: Lots of tartness, black cherries. The background brings through some nice roasted characteristics. Slightly acidic and definitely sour (though not puckeringly so), and the dark malts break through and slightly temper the sour fruit. The aftertaste brings through a lot more oakiness.

M: Moderate body, lightened by an incredible amount of carbonation.

O: Would I drink it everyday? No. But it is a damn tasty beer, and is a nice change from the standard beer-fare. The brown/black ale characteristics play nicely with the sour fruit to keep them both in check.

DaveBlack, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Topolino
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Topolino, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Hugonaut13, Dec 02, 2012
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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