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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,099
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 261
Gots: 699 | FT: 73
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ajcobb24 on 06-22-2011

Batch 2 was aged in spent Black Tuesday barrels.
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing, I think this is a 2012 bottle.
Served in a mini-nonic, quick review transcribed from written notes.

Dark brown with glints of ruby in the light, tan foam on the surface, with spotty lace around the edges.

Apple butter aroma with some red wine vinegar sharpness.

Very sour and puckering, salivary glands get working into overdrive. Traces of roasted malt from the stout base, and some vinous dark fruit. Heavily acidic up front, and lightly drying in the finish. Overall enjoyable in small doses, though the sourness seems a little one dimensional and overpowering at times.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black, brown on the edges, like Coca Cola. Head is elusive, tan in color and dissipating quickly. I get lots of fruit , particularly berries. Mostly black, boysen, and other dark berries along with black currant. Hints of roastiness and slight caramel. No hops to speak of. Tart hits right away, then the roastiness. Some coffee, dry bakers chocolate. Hops are bright, actually, with pollen/nectar. Very well balanced in feel with a very dry finish.

This is just amazing. The roast works very well with the good amount of tart. Love the berries too, since its so prevalent and they taste/smell so juicy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to say this bottle is from 2012

A: pours black with a finger and a half of light tan head that is somewhat slow to fade to a collar around the edge of an oversized wine glass
S: smells of fruity sourness, a bit of funk and some roasty notes
T: starts off with a huge shot of sourness that leads to a bit of sour cherry, some roasted notes, hints of oak and a little funk. Swallow brings a bit more tartness, some nice roasty notes, some oak and a little funk
M: medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish from the acidity
O: this beer is very intense when it comes to the level of sourness. It was quite like being punched in the head at the first sip. It takes a bit to acclimate to how sour this beer is but it's still quite good. A very nice twist on the style of a stout and of an American Wild Ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 750 mL bottle to Bruery tulip

2012 batch

A: The brew looks like completely opaque cola, and even on an aggressive pour the effervescence forms a watery head that quickly dissipates; a lot like soda.

S: But this doesn't smell anything like a Pepsi...cherries and vinegar anchor the bouquet, while honey-sweetness lingers in the backdrop. Oak and unripe berries are also noted.

T: The tart, vinegary aspects are first noticed, and they're quite puckering. Unripe berries are clearly distinct, with a touch of earthy sweetness balancing. Earthy, vinous tones work to dry the palate, along with oak. There's a subtle tobacco note beneath all of the pucker, presumably from the barrel-aging. Finishes fairly long and sour.

M: Light and bubbly on the palate, refreshing and clean.

A delicious and drinkable sour brew for anyone that's acquired a taste for such things. Serve cold, there's plenty of flavor... with warm weather this is completely refreshing.

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 2,099 ratings.