Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery
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4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
A-Pours a solid dark black color. Head is mocha and initially well built. It quickly pops away to only an outer ring connected to an inner Pangaea of foam. Manages to laces pretty well despite the mild head. When held up to the light, the beer's outermost sectioning is brown. Then it slowly fades to black.
S-Cool! Semi-lactic with tart cherry. Tart chocolate with cold coffee. The polar-opposite aromas blend together very nicely. Roasted, oaky and a bit burnt; the dark characteristics are a great pairing with the sour, wooded cherry notes.
T-The flavor is very tart and pleasing. Milk chocolate and lighter roasted coffee piggyback behind the sourness. Unripened blackberries aid the cherries. The oaken jacket holds all the flavors together. I am very happy with the level of sourness. The flavor is tart > roasty. I applaud the sourness for winning the flavor battle. They really made it work here; the flavors augment one another. I dare say I could use a bit more roasted character in the flavor (splitting hairs).
M-Possesses wine-like tannic properties. Fuzzy (teeth in socks) feel. Body is creamy but far from heavy. Carbonation adds to the fuzzy feel. Tartness lingers and lingers. Goes down with shocking finesse.
O/D-For $21 bucks (750 ml) this better be a damn good beer. It delivered. It nearly reached my "Top-Tier" level but fell just short. I found it to be delectable, but it ever-so-slightly faltered in terms of depth and complexity. Regardless, I will blow this back and be happy. Quite the gem.
10-06-2012 20:28:14 | More by VelvetExtract
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to James for this one!
A: Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that reduces quickly leaving a thin ring on top Minimal lacing.
S: Some sour/tart cherries up front followed up by a bit of roasted malt and chocolate. The stout part of the aroma is rather weak though as the tart cherries really dominate.
T: Similarly one sided on the flavor profile with a good bit of tart cherries and very little in terms of stout qualities.
M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, definitely on the tart side.
O: A really nice sour, just don't really see where the stout comes into play here. Consumed without seeing the color, I would never have pegged it a sour/stout.
10-01-2012 00:43:02 | More by mdaschaf
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The beer pours out extremely dark reddish-brown with some light escaping through. The head dissipates almost immediately, no doubt due to the high acidity of the beer. Lots of acidic sourness on the nose as well as some cherry character. As the beer warms, some soft, funky wet hay aromas come through.
The beer has a medium body and a firm mouthfeel. There is an intense cherry-like sourness on the tip of the tongue. It's so intense, that it makes it difficult to distinguish any other flavors. I don't get much of the roastiness of the stout, but I do get some nice oaky flavors on the back of the palate. The finish is very wine-like and mouth-drying, leaving you begging for another sip (no matter how sour it is). Not very high in alcohol, but the high level of acidity definitely makes this a sipper.
I haven't had too many sour beers (they're scarce in this part of the country), but this one is certainly the sourest beer I have had to date. If you're a fan of extremely sour beers, you should seek this one out and try it at least once. If you've never had a sour beer, I would not suggest making this your first one. I found it to be pleasant to drink, but I prefer more balanced, moderately sour beers. This one is so tart it overwhelms my palate. I did enjoy it, but given the price of this beer, I probably won't buy it again. If I did, I would let it age for a while, just to see if any of the sourness melded with the other flavors a little better.
09-30-2012 02:29:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 6 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color that looks pitch black in this lack of lighted scenery. The head is rather light and bubbly for its body color, a less-than-one finger head with thick bubbles and underwhelming retention.
S: TART! I'm really enjoying the tart cherries the aroma provides, and I don't really care that it's not very stout-y.
T: See the aroma - this is tart as hell, but balanced nicely. I can find the dark, roasty, mildly chocolaty base if I concentrate, especially after several sips of palate-destroying sourness, but the tartness is what dominates the flavor profile. There are *very* slight touches of complexity, but again, TART!
M: Dry and refreshing, without being comically tannic. The carbonation is light enough to make this really easy to sip for a sour.
O: I'm starting to love great sour ales, and this is a great sour ale. It's nicely sour, yet not overbearingly oppressive in its dry oakiness. A must try, just expect it to be more sour than stout.
09-30-2012 00:43:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.05/5 rDev -4%
750 mL, 2012 edition
A- Incredibly dark, black with a 2 finger head that sizzles away pretty fast-not quite what I was expecting.
S-Apples, pears, greaps, vinegar, some chocolate and maybe a hint of oak.
T-Almost like incredibly sour cherries dipped in chocolate and allowed to sit in wood. Very sour and actually for me kind of hard to taste. Small sips allow for a nutty roasty oak taste to come through.
M- I enjoy this beer but it is almost a little too sour to get down at times. It is very acidic and puckering.
O-This beer somehow manages to come together in a very unique and interesting presentation. I enjoy the flavor profile but it is almost too sour and not balanced enough for all the flavors to come out. I would have like to have seen more stout on this but instead I feel like I have just any other wild ale dyed black.
09-28-2012 03:30:08 | More by beerhan
4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks to eyebereej for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.
A: Black and essentially opaque, with a thin, just off-white head. Minimal visible carbonation with a fair amount of floaties.
S: Tart, sour, a bit fruity, vinegary and vinous, with some oakiness and some dark sweetness/brown sugar.
T: Tart, puckering sour, tart cherries, some oaky sweetness, some citrus (lemon or grapefruit) sourness. Roasted malts lend just a bit of sweetness. Finish is puckering sour, that reminds me of eating a lemon slice, and dry.
M: Medium body, tingly mouthfeel. Minimal alcohol presence and moderate carbonation sensation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer, although the thick layer of chunky off-white sediment that formst on the bottom of the glass is a little strange. Overlooking that, though, this was thoroughly enjoyable, and recommended.
09-24-2012 23:50:33 | More by macrosmatic
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
A-hazy brown color with a small light tan head and minimal lacing
S-sour cherries, grapes, hints of malt and caramel
T-sour cherries, dark roasted malt, caramel, nice biting sour finish
F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, dry
O-an interesting sour stout, strange combination but it works for me
09-23-2012 20:18:24 | More by MDDMD
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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