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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 240
Gots: 611 | FT: 69
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 harrymel
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Provisions version....Been fearful

Dark leathery brown with some tam foam. Smells of molasses with a sour cherry and some lemon skin. Flavor is a nice, well less stout, but more brown ale with a good amount of clean plumy, lemon, lactic and cocoa, coffee, some vinegrated character. I'm really impressed with how much I like this. Fuck. Nice medium bodied with sharp and resonant carb with a dry finish. Nice beer. Really nice beer.

harrymel, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of BilbosNuts
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a creamy off-white ring for a head. Lots of carbonation creates a soda-like appearance.

S: Very tart aromas of lemon, green apples, and dark fruits. Definitely very acidic and funky.

T: Nearly exactly like the aroma. Acidic, tart fruits, and a light vinegary taste. It has a nice earthy and lactic backbone.

M: Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation with a sour and dry finish.

O: This is an awesome sour with a unique angle being a sour stout. Definitely a must try for sour lovers.

BilbosNuts, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dactrius, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Durb777
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Durb777, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of CJS
2/5  rDev -52.6%

CJS, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of smcnulty1981
4/5  rDev -5.2%

smcnulty1981, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of codasnap52
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

codasnap52, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of stealth
5/5  rDev +18.5%

stealth, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

bbadger, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with a big tan head that recedes a bit. Decent lacing and retention.

Lots of sourness on the nose. More straight lacto than any really funky or bretty aromas. Sour cherries and oak. Maybe a bit of roasted character in the background.

Intensely sour flavor too. Lacto cherry with lots of drying oak and other dark fruit flavors. Pretty similar to the nose. Hardly any roasted charcter makes it through to the flavor.

Low to medium bodied with pretty high carbonation that makes it pop and enhances the sour.

I enjoyed the hell out of this beer, but don't get them marketing it as a sour stout when it's about 99% sour and 1% stout. Well made, but definitely a sour. Still went down very smooth.

jmarsh123, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

BillHilly, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JohnK17, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the recent (2012) batch.

Body appears pitch black but is actually a dark brown color upon further inspection. Tan head fizzes up from the depths, stays for a cocktail, then exits amicably. Soured yeast & oak barrels in the nose; pretty nice but not intense enough.

One sip leaves no doubt this is an American-style sour. Hardly any stout left from the base as the infectious yeast summons sourness atop the oaky barrel residue. Has more body than most sours. Reminds me of Mother Barrel, though not quite as good or well-refined. And not nearly as tart or acetic.

A respectable beer considering the amount of this they brewed this year. Tart of Darkness is hardly The Bruery's best work, but if everything they make is at least this good from here on out, that's a resounding win for the craft beer world.

brystmar, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black/brown with a brown bubbly head that fizzes away quickly leaving just a ring. Nose is sour black cherries, red grapes, tart green apples, plums, a bit of roastiness and just a slight hint of chocolate. There may also be just the slightest notes of oak in the back. The nose is tart but not in your face. The tartness of the flavor, however, is a punch in your tongue's face. Acidic without burning, cherries, plums, some berries (black and maybe raspberries too), pears, apples, some lemon and a hint of lime in the aftertaste. The roasted malts and other stout characteristics are there but hardly. All the tart, wild flavors are balanced ever so slightly by a lingering roastiness, but its not there nearly as much as you'd think for a stout. There's also a so subtle bit of oak but again you kind of have to search for it. I love sours, so I love this but I want to find a sour stout with a bit more "stout" to it. This and Jolly Pumpkin's Madrugada Obscura are very similar in that the sour qualities dominate excessively. Still an excellent brew though.

DonDirkA, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Woodysbeard
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Woodysbeard, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of FeelinSurley
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

FeelinSurley, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of frozenjogurt
4/5  rDev -5.2%

frozenjogurt, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Thomas_Picton, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Jules11788
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Jules11788, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into taster

Pours an inky black with a thin toasted brown head resting on top. Fades out quickly with a cloudy film on top.

Stark sourness in the nose with black cherry skin, dark fruit and oak. Hints of toasted dark malts and chocolate along with some acidic notes.

A bite of sour right up front with black cherry, raspberry and currants. Acidic and slightly vinegary (but not offensive) with a soft tempering of dark malts. The roasted chocolate and oak tones are pretty understated, but definitely attempts to balance the sourness. Finishes tart and funky with dark fruit.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. I've had sour stouts before and hated them, but this was pretty tasty.

xnicknj, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of AleApostle
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

AleApostle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

sabitu, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled May 8th 2012.

Out of the bottle pours with lots of fizzy and cola sounding snapping carbonation. Body forms with a dark walnut brown body with a real nice mocha like head, but it doesn't last at all. As the snapping pops away, nothing is left, not even a pencil thing collar. The head color was real nice, but too bad I hardly got to witness it. This looks like Kvass with a little less carbonation. Too bad.

A good sense of Flanders brown ale sensing sourness on first smell. A quick tart and vinous nose, sour cherries. Quite subtle but nice.

Palate hits with a true VERY tart punch up front. VERY sour but tolerable, with a good acidity that isn't painful. Aftertaste brings lots of lemon and lime juice. Oak aging round character and feel is somewhat lacking here, the body is a little bit wet, but it works well with a vinous palate.

Overall It is dark very true, and truly TART. Would love to try this again sometime, I am wondering if this could have been better.

smakawhat, Oct 24, 2012
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.