1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Tart Of DarknessTart Of Darkness

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,864 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 249
Gots: 636 | FT: 70
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,864 | Reviews: 303 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Duff27, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

LambicKing, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of throwback
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

throwback, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Hoptologist
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Hoptologist, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Lare453, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of DTown
2/5  rDev -52.6%

DTown, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of strongaf
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

strongaf, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of PackerBacker
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

PackerBacker, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Davihaw
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Davihaw, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of MCDub
4/5  rDev -5.2%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of emyers
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger beige head. Pretty good head retention.

Smell: Big tartness up front. My mouth puckered just smelling this. Tart cherries, some oak. I don't get much of the stout characteristics from the nose - maybe just a pinch of chocolate.

Taste: Yeah, that's pretty damn sour. I probably should have expected that, but I didn't think it would be quite as intense as it is. Still, the chocolate comes out more here, along with more oak and cherry. It's funny - I really don't like the tartness in beers like Bell's Cherry Stout and think it detracts from the stout qualities, but I'm loving this. Maybe because it goes all in on the tartness as opposed to just having a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied (at least as far as stouts go). Pretty high in carbonation. I'm not sure how I feel about the mouthfeel on this one - I love thick, full-bodied stouts but light, crisp sours. This one kind of splits the two which I suppose is appropriate, but I'd like a little more body.

Overall: I was a bit hesitant about this, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I can't help but think that bourbon barrels would do absolutely fantastic things to this beer...

emyers, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of mjohnson17
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mjohnson17, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of davelag
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

davelag, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of johnsonni
5/5  rDev +18.5%

johnsonni, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Rudy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Rudy, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JRod1969, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
3.25/5  rDev -23%

joeseppy, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a dark brown, pretty much black with a little red coming through at the edges. Capped with over a finger of tan head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell. Tart light fruits, chocolate and cherry, maybe a little old coffee. Just a little bit of funky old wood.

Taste. Quite sour, some tart cherry and cocoa powder, sour grapes and green apple tartness with just a drop of espresso.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium-strong fine carbonation.

Overall. A very unique and very tasty sour.

Rutager, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

kbuzz, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of leinie13
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

leinie13, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Midnight black with trace ruby highlights. Thin khaki halo sits low with low retention and poor lace.

S - Bright, sour oak nose. Sweet Tarts candies, rice vinegar, copper, and fresh cut wood.

T - Holy crap that was not what I was expecting. Raw, bright, acidic lemon juice. Touch of agave sweetness. Crisp oak. Mouth-puckeringly deep sour center. Lemon rinds and a trace of caramel on the backed. Outrageous.

M - Light, crisp, and bracingly sour.

O - An awesome, uncompromising american wild. It's fresh lemonade with the sugar cut to 1/10th of the original recipe.

vfgccp, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of KajII
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a very dark brown with a ruby hue making it look almost dark purple, and had an average (1-2 finger) light tan fizzy head that dissipated in seconds and left behind virtually no lacing.

The aroma was rather tart right up front along with some chocolate malts and a musty sour Brett yeast with notes of dark chocolate, berries, a slight red wine odor and a bit of cask.

The taste was very tart from the get go with a slightly sweet roasty taste and a hint of chocolate that almost went unnoticed, and then became very sour and extremely fruity which lasted pretty much throughout with a mild woody taste at the very end. The flavor hung around for an average duration following the swallow, with a fruity roasty tartness fading away at a slow steady pace.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a mildly soft carbonation.

Overall this is a brew that is not for everyone, but if you enjoy a good Sour Ale with a really dark side this one is for you. I found it to be exceptionally tasty and quite sour with a really smooth drinkability. I am definitely getting more of this before I no longer can....

http://www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

KajII, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of snegopady
2.43/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer LOOKS beautiful, but I dunno, guys. I like funky and I like sour; loved the Oude Tart. But this is Warheads sour. If there was ever a stout in there, it has vanished beneath the aggressive, lemon-juicy sourness. I don't see how anyone could call this "balanced"--the sour is so strong that it takes over everything. Seriously, you could make vinaigrette with just this beer and some olive oil.

snegopady, Dec 26, 2012
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
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,864 ratings.