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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,597 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,597
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 236
Gots: 543 | FT: 60
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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chugalug06

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzly, sizzly, soapy tan head snaps crackles and pops. Crazy. Brew is clear, deep, dark, brown. Zero lacing.

Sour funk bubbles over! Deep and light chocolate scents absorb your nose. Nothing roasty or off-putting. Slightly dish-raggy scent.

Very sour and tart. Lemon and lime flavors stick. Very dry and crisp finish. Heavy carbonation fits the style well and doesn't detract much. Thin and refreshing.

Hands-down one of the most tart brews I've ever had!! Very sour and very enjoyable, refreshing for a summer day. I was scared the brew would be similar to a rotten stout, but it's not even close. Tart of darkness is like a black ale minus the hops. Highly recommended for the true sour fan ONLY!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:54:57 | More by chugalug06
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-16-2012 20:55:33 | More by theminutemen
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-16-2012 02:50:37 | More by atone315
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml of the 2012 release.

A: pours a dark brown almost black with very little slightly coffe colored head that dissapeard quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: very interesting, deffinatly very sour and acidic slightly red berry notes with, dark chocolaty oak and roasty coffe notes.

T: super sour green apple lemonyess, very very tart, mouth puckering.... Then yhe chocolate and coffe botes blend in beautifuly. I was questioning it at first when I heard of this but it is seriously awesome the way these flavors work together.

M: acidic and mouth puckering, medium body tart finish. Nice medium level of carbonation.

O: god damn is this beer tart, and appropriately named, tart as a mother and dark chocolate coffe like goodness, another awesome sour from the bruery.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 02:10:42 | More by PeterIngemi
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The head was a tan color with a slight purple to it. Rose about a finger but quickly fell on large bubbles. Body is very dark and reddish brown in color. Some moderate lacing.

S - A very tart acidic aroma on green berries and cherries. Tart lemon and a little oak.

T - Just plain tart. Green rhubarb, green raspberries, and lemon. Less berry fruitiness than on the nose. There is some nice earthiness to the flavors in the middle and finishes with straight lemon.

M - A little too thin for me. Carbonation is decent. Definitely puckering, almost impossible to drink without making a face.

O - It's tart. If you like tart. Acidic. I have yet to have Mother Funker, but they say it is the most sour beer many have tried, and if it is more so than this it will be just crazy.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:29:19 | More by RuckusDu
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wd40

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 release
Surprisingly tasty beer! Pours a dark brown glass that is actually transparent in small quantities. Little carbonation even right out of the bottle. The aroma is reminiscent of burnt toast. The coffee in the nose lends it the smell of a stout. Also present in the nose are some sour cherries. A suprisingly complex nose. The taste has a really nice and mellow sourness that makes it dangerously easy to drink. The carbonation is light so the mouthfeel is pleasant. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 06:50:47 | More by wd40
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John_M

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is quite tart (as one would expect), but with some noticeable coffee and chocolate as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the tartness completely dominating the flavor profile. There's a hint of "roastiness" on the finish, but otherwise the tart flavor seems to overwhelm pretty much everything else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, tart/sour finish. Alcohol is barely discernable, as one would expect in a beer with this abv.

An interesting beer, but just not my cup of tea. One and done for me I think...

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 21:13:51 | More by John_M
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-13-2012 20:13:33 | More by hiphopj5
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-13-2012 18:24:19 | More by Satchboogie
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

08-13-2012 01:09:04 | More by jsurfs82
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-09-2012 22:53:00 | More by Hanzo
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Diomede

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-07-2012 15:30:49 | More by Diomede
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Bonis

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-07-2012 07:51:46 | More by Bonis
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -5%

08-07-2012 04:40:09 | More by rbrefbeerman
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-06-2012 15:58:03 | More by CGMLS3
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claaark13

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-06-2012 13:55:44 | More by claaark13
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks to JRSD for shipping it out to me. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Tart of Darkness pours stout black, with about two fingers of light mocha foam crowning the beer. Head retention is brief and there's not really any lacing left behind. The nose has a little bit of roast to it, and a little bit of earthy funk, but it's very much dominated by a sharp, almost fruity tartness. The flavor profile opens with some contributions from the base stout with some chocolate and lightly roasty notes. The brett and bugs did their work well on this beer, as there is again a light bit of funk and a whole lot of acidity. It's not the most tart beer I've had from The Bruery, but it's damn close. A bit of oak and some smooth bourbon come in for the finish. The body has a little bit more heft than your typical wild ale, but less than you'd expect for a stout, and the in between nature of it does a good job of supporting the malty base beer while allowing plenty of room for the wild characteristics. The carbonation leans a little bit towards the low end of the spectrum. I got six bottles of Tart of Darkness through the Reserve Society this year, and initially planned on offering a couple bottles for trade or to friends. After cracking my first one though, I may just have to keep them all for myself.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 06:59:24 | More by axeman9182
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-06-2012 04:53:29 | More by bsuedekum
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

08-05-2012 03:04:13 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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TheoV

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5%

08-05-2012 02:33:03 | More by TheoV
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kojevergas

Texas

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

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Beer Sommelier Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend stemglass. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I don't know why I keep giving The Bruery chances but this looked good. Acquired at a locla beer store for something like 23$.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head of very appealing cream, good thickness, nice smooth rolling foam, and brilliant retention. Colour is a very dark brown-black. Nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bacteria, wild tart fruit, wild yeast, clean malts, and some cream. A mild strength aroma, but a subtle one.

T: Wild tart fruit greets you fully up front, giving you a rough awakening that mellows into a friendly greeting over time. It goes for the sourness, and I like it. Tart fruit - blueberries, grape, and sour raspberry - are all present, adding depth to the sourness and really bringing out the focus. It's pretty sour, but not quite puckerworthy. The clean malts dissipate on the finish, generating a nice fizzy effect that highlights the dying fruit. Little bacteria or wild yeast comes through, but that that does is fantastic. I'm actually rather impressed - a rarity for The Bruery's beers. It's damn good. Very bold with its flavours yet still masterfully balanced. Complex, vibrant, and multifacted. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Brilliantly crystalline coarse, tingling yet supportive of the slight touches of cream. The mouthfeel helps highlight the flavour while guiding you through. Carbonation is perfect. Truly a remarkable complement to the taste.

Dr: I have to admit The Bruery has impressed me for a second time. This is one of their few beers I'd get again, though I'm not certain it's worthy of the price. Quite drinkable for a sour. Hides its modest ABV well. I'd recommend it to friends, but it does hit the wallet pretty hard.

Certainly worth cellaring.

Would pair well with acidic foods, especially salads. Also berries.

A-

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 06:21:29 | More by kojevergas
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zchall23

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-02-2012 05:02:36 | More by zchall23
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marct

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-02-2012 04:14:53 | More by marct
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wo87810

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

08-01-2012 14:37:02 | More by wo87810
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abrethanson

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-31-2012 18:46:27 | More by abrethanson
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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