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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,582
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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Photo of WillCarrera


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown color, produces a thin layer of off-white lacing that recedes toa collar, leaves little lacing.

S- Tart cherries, oak, a bit of smoke, mild roasted malt aroma.

T- Loads of sour, dark cherries, some mild vinegar, a bit of funk, towards the finish the tartness fades away into a chocolatey and fruity roasted flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, leaves an incredibly soft, velvety feel on the palate, dry finish.

O- A really great beer, one of the best sour stouts I've had, it's also super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 03:56:26 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of roblund


4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-10-2012 02:19:59 | More by roblund
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes. This was a Provisions Series bottle, not the current release.

Appearance - Black, but not opaque. Off white head, but not big. A little bit of lacing. Eh.

Smell - Lactic sour notes and coffee. Strange combination, but pleasant. The stout doesn't come out as much as it mutes the acidity. The coffee aroma becomes stronger as it warms.

Taste - Quite sour, but again the stout seems to take the edge off just a bit. Strong cherry tang that mellows to a dark roast flavor. Nice, but a little monotonic.

Mouthfeel - It's sour, but the astringency that would normally accompany something like this has been tempered by the stout. Good carbonation and hardly carries the body of a stout. Easy drinking.

Overall - Tasty and unique, but still one-note in its flavor profile. Coffee and cherry sour flavors. Enjoyable enough for me to have purchased another when this entered distribution.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 19:57:07 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of JAHMUR


4/5  rDev -5%

07-06-2012 20:49:45 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of waltonc


3/5  rDev -28.7%

07-06-2012 03:32:05 | More by waltonc
Photo of kniretsew


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

07-05-2012 20:44:34 | More by kniretsew
Photo of PthPndr


4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-04-2012 21:03:47 | More by PthPndr
Photo of EJLinneman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-26-2012 03:14:40 | More by EJLinneman
Photo of stxSS07


4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-17-2012 05:17:27 | More by stxSS07
Photo of beersis81


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-02-2012 05:47:57 | More by beersis81
Photo of AlexM


4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-27-2012 22:55:06 | More by AlexM
Photo of oline73


3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with some light coming through when the light hits the edges. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Tart with some roast and fruit notes. I'm getting some vinegar and red berries. Just a little bit of sweetness to this beer.

Taste: This one is quite sour with some vinegar and red berry notes. The is a slight roasty chocolate notes in the background. A very nice balance to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish. There is a slightly acidic quality here as well.

Overall: Usually I'm not a huge fan of roasty sour beers, but this one was done right. I would definitely have another one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 03:20:20 | More by oline73
Photo of Scout11


4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-19-2012 01:34:11 | More by Scout11
Photo of AbeFroman


4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-10-2012 07:39:08 | More by AbeFroman
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the price, this beer better be at the least "good." I think I picked this up purely based on the fact that it was a wild ale. I had no clue it was a sour stout. I can deal with that.

The beer really rests on the sour tones, and they are up front and out there. The stout is a very minor player in this, if much at all. It just provides a thicker body on the ale, by just a little bit. The sour tones though really take the cake here, and frankly, provide a bit of a one dimensional ride. But that is fine with me, as it is a nice beer. I can suggest this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 05:37:28 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN


4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-07-2012 17:06:54 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a modest amount of bubbling foam that quickly fades, leaving a ringlet; not much lacing

Smell: Sour cherry, with generous undertones of chocolate and oak, along with hints of coffee and smoke

Taste: The cherry flavors become increasingly tart as the beer is swirled across the tastebuds, releasing chocolate, oak, smoke and coffee elements; the acidity only increases, after the swallow, though the chocolate and roasted malt returns to add depth and the finish presents a hint of tobacco

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation and a moderate pucker factor

Overall: Just outstanding; really enjoyed the layers of flavor and the interesting approach to the style; easily my favorite beer from The Bruery

Thanks, nicks6217, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 18:24:31 | More by brentk56
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. 750ml capped bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303

Thin light mocha colored head with little retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent stick. Average for the style.

Smoky and slightly tart with roasted malt, lacto, and some dark fruit. Appropriate.

Opens dark cherries with some smokiness and liquorice. Very sour. Roasted malt tartness towards the middle and ends cherry puree. Filmy, sour aftertaste with some dark chocolate notes mixed in.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. A bit thin. Prickly and sharp in the mouth. Filmy going down. Long, lingering aftertaste. Nice and crisp.

Overall what I'd expect from a dark sour. Some smokiness and dark fruit. Nice complexity with a solid feel. Decent but really not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:39:46 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of popery


4/5  rDev -5%

04-30-2012 06:30:03 | More by popery
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-30-2012 02:09:02 | More by rjacobs6
Photo of Mora2000


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

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of dark fruit and chocolate, with some roasted malt thrown in. I don't get much tartness or sourness in the aroma, but that all changes when I take a sip. There is a nice tart dark fruit character, which is complimented nicely by some chocolate and heavily roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 03:37:40 | More by Mora2000
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

04-21-2012 12:43:58 | More by acurtis
Photo of Devi0us


3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

04-21-2012 09:33:06 | More by Devi0us
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

04-21-2012 03:45:08 | More by djrn2
Photo of ngeunit1


4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark fruits with sour cherries, roasted chocolate and toffee malts, some oak, and a hint of coffee.

T - Starts off with mix of sour cherries and other sweet dark fruits with some roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and quite a bit of tartness. Through the middle, some oak flavors come through with some more chocolate and sourness. The finish is a mix of sourness, tartness, sour cherries, chocolate, and oak.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, tart, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice dark sour beer. The tartness and sourness are nice and strong and balance really nicely with the stout base.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 06:07:36 | More by ngeunit1
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