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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
94
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1,583 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,583
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 233
Gots: 538 | FT: 56
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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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
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No bottle date, bought it when it was released about a month ago.

A: Large tan head, medium bubbles, good retention. Body is totally black, not even a hint of brown on the edges.

S: Big sourness up front. Right behind that is roasty malt. They mingle here to create something pretty interesting. Unique aged alcohol aroma in the background.

T: Intense sourness dominated, but the roasted malt is always hiding behind it. Fair amount of fruit flavors (cherry) once the sourness dies down.

M: I like the dry refreshing mouthfeel, but it's unexpected for something with stout flavors.

O: An interesting and extremely well made beer. Worth the ~$20 price tag? Once, yes, but more than that, I don't know.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 02:00:43 | More by 51mmz0rz
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aasher

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-29-2012 21:00:58 | More by aasher
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-29-2012 13:23:13 | More by 1Adam12
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-28-2012 23:48:27 | More by Skye1024
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Nightrain87

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

07-27-2012 04:50:24 | More by Nightrain87
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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

A - Black, brown, ruby color with a thin tan head settling quickly.

S - Fresh crushed black patent malt aroma, tart, tannin filled red wine and coffee. Some of the dark roasted malts take on more of a toasted bread aroma as it warms.

T - Very tart with a following pucker from the acidity. Toasted bread with some darker roasted malts mixed in almost like slightly burnt toast like at times. Sour cherries and tart raspberries with a vinous character and dry red wine finish.

M - Medium light body with high carbonation mixed with tart and roast creates a very strange mouthfeel. Not bad, just different.

D - I have never liked any sour stouts I tried but this one is pretty good. Unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 23:53:46 | More by brewcrew76
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dominic4beer

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

07-22-2012 17:23:48 | More by dominic4beer
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KimenTshom

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-21-2012 23:38:31 | More by KimenTshom
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tbeq00

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

07-21-2012 19:47:32 | More by tbeq00
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep brown with great carbonation at first leaving a sexy tannish cap, loads of bubbles which fade to a thin ring around the hedges

S: Sour funk with Earthy wood, vinegar with whiffs of chocolate

T: Starts with a nice acidic sour vinegar with dark cherries with some cocoa notes with a long lingering lacto finish and acid sting. Actually to much. I find some elements of spent wood and some Earthy notes in there but very light. I find it to be a little

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated for the style, loads of nice acidic sourness really stick a=to the palate

O: Good? Yes. Worth the hype? Negative.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:57:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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jorgeg528

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

07-17-2012 20:09:23 | More by jorgeg528
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-16-2012 23:50:45 | More by ncaudle
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jvillefan

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A somewhat dark brown/black with a small mocha head that does not last very long.

S: A little weak. There is only the smell of ripe fruit like cherries and currants.

T: Very sour but not overly sour. There is a strong fruit taste from the souring and there is not a lot of dark flavors (chocolate, coffee, toffee) present in the beer.

M: A little light but is carbonated well.

O: A very good and very unusual beer. If given the opportunity to try it you should take advantage.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 01:13:48 | More by jvillefan
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superceleb

California

5/5  rDev +18.8%

07-14-2012 03:39:03 | More by superceleb
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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