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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,004
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 256
Gots: 660 | FT: 67
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

June 4th, 2013

Pours a dark black with a ruby brown tint and a thin off white head.

The nose is absurd. Licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, vinegar, lactic acid and tart red grapes are potent and heady. There are also slight undertones of oaky vanilla and a touch of bourbon.

On the palate it is gentle upfront with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and tart red grapes. The lactic acid begins to prevail midpalate with a huge, biting sourness. Vinegar and red grapes also come in underneath this sourness. It finishes with the culmination of this sourness and a roasty and fruity, yet vinegar-y, back.

Mouthfeel is medium. It is slick and smooth upfront.

Overall this is an extremely interesting beer. I do not, however, like the sheer intensity of the sourness. I feel this sourness completely overpowers the rest of the beer's flavor profile that is seen (largely) upfront on the palate. The sourness does not entirely dominate every other aspect of this beer but it is certainly the leading aspect of it. The sourness still has many flavors underneath it, of some oak, chocolate, and red grapes, but it upstages the malt body. In conclusion, I would have liked to have seen the sourness turned down a tad; with that being said, I have held on to this bottle for about 6 months so I'm not sure if this would be any less sour when its 'fresh'.

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 2,004 ratings.