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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,699
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 233
Gots: 585 | 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)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-15-2012 18:21:01 | More by ffOpusx
Photo of JasonSiedman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-15-2012 11:52:09 | More by JasonSiedman
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

A- Pours a very dark brown, looks almost black with some ruby highlights in the glass. Not much head to speak of, just a ring of off-white bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S- Funk and grape must dominate the nose. I get a hint of berries, some roasted malt, sour cherries, grapes and even an earthy aroma.

T- This one makes you pucker-up right away. Juicy sour fruit hits right of the bat, followed by a slight roasty note that is just enough to let you know it a partial stout. Finish is dry, sour and fruity.

M- Very sharp, high carbonation, stings the tinge almost immediately.

O- A very different sour offering that should be tried at least once. The dark malt adds some balance, but is not extremely noticeable.

09-14-2012 01:21:49 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of yamar68


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a dark coffee brown/black - darkness indeed. A noisy finger of light brown head fizzes and retains for about a minute before sinking down to neat collar.

Very interesting... soft chocolate stout character is layered with a slight funky twang. A bit of caramel, sour citrus, very smooth.

The tart notes that aren't all that powerful in the nostrils really take on a lead role on the tongue. The most refreshing "stout" I've ever had. This might be the first time my thirst has been quenched by a beer this dark.

Hugely unique. Try this beer.

09-14-2012 01:13:31 | More by yamar68
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-13-2012 19:45:46 | More by TicoCali
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours out a solid black color with a few globs of yeast chunks in the bottom of the cup, two fingers of fizzy khaki head that lasts for about a minute and a half, leaving behind no lacing but a persistent collar of froth. Lighter side of medium body and light carbonation levels.

The nose is an 50/50 even split between roasted malt / coffee and soured tart raspberry / cherry aroma. The oak wood... doesn't register in the smell until after the glass has warmed up somewhat, but when it does, the resulting combination in the aroma is quite wonderful to smell. Flavor is unfortunately about 85/15 between sourness and stout, which is not as close to the nose's proportions as I had hoped. The bright and puckery sour acidic cherry / oak wood blast masks out the great majority of the roasted flavor, and I am left with a soured ale that uses a whisper of roast as a garnish. Don't get me wrong, it works, but a bit more "darkness" on the tongue would have been appreciated.

09-13-2012 18:31:30 | More by WastingFreetime
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-13-2012 05:46:24 | More by Travisnin
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-12-2012 15:36:52 | More by Pinche_Oso
Photo of Justin_Neff


3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

A: The body of the beer is black with a reddish hue. Not much head that dissipates quickly.

S: Hints of cherry with a strong oaky woft. Smells reminiscent of an oaky wine.

T: Starts extremely tart - to the point of puckering. After the initial sour flavor, the taste of cherries surfaces mildly, followed by a strong acidic oak flavor.

M: Light, and maybe a little too carbonated

O: Overall I like this one quite a bit. Love the idea, but could be a little thicker in my opinion. Also, a little over priced.

09-12-2012 00:51:30 | More by Justin_Neff
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Pours a dark dark brown color with some maroon highlights with a khaki tan foam of head that dissipates leaving minimal lacework.

Aromas begin with dark cherries, earthy light molasses and light dark cocoa. As it warms you get some mild oak and a bit of funky Brett and red wine vinegar.

The tastes begin with a hefty dose of tart sour dark cherries, balsamic vinegar, earthy oak/mushroom umami-notes and some generic roasted malts at the back end. As it warms the mild sourness increases and the sour yeast cultures begin to win the battle for your palate but by no means overbearing or anywhere close to the sourest beer I have had.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is quite dry, aky and tannic.

Overall this is a good dark sour but I have had two better in the last month. It is too one-noted and generically sour cherry brett-forward. It lacks the complexity of Weyerbacher Sour Black that had awesome red wine notes and more roasted malt flavor in the background. It also lacks the sourness that Capt Lawrence Barrel Select Black has which is just crazy sour mixed with lightly roasted malts. This is just a but too generic for the hefty price and won't be in my regular rotation anytime soon.

09-11-2012 19:48:26 | More by claspada
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-11-2012 19:39:26 | More by ystazi
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-11-2012 13:52:30 | More by jivex5k
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-11-2012 02:58:17 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-10-2012 02:45:05 | More by surlytheduff
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-09-2012 02:42:16 | More by Googs
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-07-2012 19:38:27 | More by JazzIPA55
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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

Interesting idea for a beer, and I hear this one delivers. Glad to finally be cracking it open.

A: A deep brown decant leads to a thick, almost impenetrable darkness in the body and a dense, foamy head. The cream’s color is just that – cream – contrasting nicely with the richness of the body; I’m guessing that the juxtaposition between light and dark is something this beer is trying to pull off, and it shows here. Cream is slow to settle, leaving thin yet frothy lacing.

S: An immediate eye-opener of a nose: coffee and vinegar, oak and cherry, vanilla and berry puree. It holds its head high as a dessert beer, bringing to mind hints of cherry cordial, though with a lot more sour kick. Luscious chocolate and dark, rich caramel stand together, ever-present in the background of the more intense aromas – not bold, but not timid, they keep the nose grounded in a dark, sugary place. There’s a lot going on here, but there’s nothing over the top or out of place; everything is absolutely top-notch.

T: Like a little raspberry flavor in your coffee from time to time? I certainly do. And when this beer first crossed my lips, it’s one of the reasons why I was instantly satisfied. First and foremost is a rush of sour flavor, propelling the palate into tart raspberry and juicy lemon before crashing into heavily roasted coffee and grain – love that mix of flavors. Now, sours do take up the majority of the palate, but there’s still room amongst the darker flavors for salty caramel and cashew, as well as candy corn, maple, and sweeping chocolate undertones. Plus, there’s this constant taste of smoke lingering behind every individual flavor, which is just different enough to be evident at every moment of this palate; astounding. Aftertaste has that smokiness in force, with only light reminders of sour acids.

M: This beer is definitely built like a sour, evident most of all here: taut bubbles on the tongue that make this sizzle with every sip. In fact, I’m glad it isn’t as thick as it could have been; I can just imagine something with the viscosity of Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge being too much, even though stouts are normally very full-bodied.

O: And with that, a new favorite emerges in the world of sours. Even though it was a damned expensive bottle and the balance was shifted more toward sour than anything, to me, every ounce is worth its weight in gold. Superb.

09-07-2012 19:28:03 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.6/5  rDev -14.7%

The beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is black with ruby opaqueness when held to the light. The head was fizzy and short lived.

S- The aroma of the beer lightly roasted malt leading into a acetic wine / tart cherry aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is puckeringly tart and moderately acidic upfront. A brief lighlty roasted sweetend malt flavor comes out and is swallowed up into the tartness of cherries / red wine. The lactic tone of the beer again reassert themselves at the finish.

M- The body of the beer is light and well carbonated. The acetic and sourness of the beer can be puckering at times but welcome.

O- This beer is good but not great. The price point of the beer is a bit high for simply a good beer. I would buy again if this beer was around $14 a bottle.

09-07-2012 06:07:23 | More by nlmartin
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-07-2012 03:56:48 | More by swooshjtb
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%

750ml bottle split 3 ways. Most recent bottling. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending this in a recent trade!

Appearance: Black with maroon highlights. Fizzy head that disappears immediately. No lacing.

Smell: Some acetic aroma, suggestion of sour cherry, smokey red wine aromas, and some tartness. Smells good.

Taste: Very sour up front. Hints of roasted malt along with the sourness. Not much oak in the flavor; some comes up at the end. Bit acetic. There's kind of a "stout's sweet malt" flavor without the sweetness, which is interesting.

It tastes like a very straightforward sour beer, with about a quarter of a low ABV American stout thrown in and dominated by the sourness. Could stand to be a lot deeper and oakier, but is very enjoyable to drink nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Vinous and tart. Puckering finish, at times almost stingingly sour (yet not painfully acidic). Low carbonation.

Overall: Nice play on "sour stout." Less going on than in most stouts or sour ales, but to such a degree that it fails to be a good beer. I know the Bruery can do better than this, but I'd buy another bottle if the price was right.

09-07-2012 01:58:18 | More by Pahn
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-07-2012 00:21:12 | More by DonFrap
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-06-2012 05:04:29 | More by duceswild
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

09-05-2012 06:42:18 | More by pocwolf
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

On paper, one of the more intriguing beers I've tried lately. A 5.6% ABV dark wild ale? Let's see what this is all about.

750mL into a tulip. Pours a fizzy cola brown, head dissipates almost instantly. Carbonation visible around sides of glass. Next few pours yield a bit more head and a ring of foam, boosting the overall appearance score a bit.

Aroma is hard to describe. Sour cherry chocolate? Red wine and oak too. Interesting.

Taste is tart and vinous. Sour cherries, oak. Less chocolate than on the nose.

Mouthfeel is sharp and dry.

Overall a unique beer, reminds me most of a Flanders oud bruin. Enjoyable and tasty, but not sure it justified the high price tag.

09-05-2012 05:19:04 | More by draheim
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%

From 08/30/12 notes. Got a few bottles of this being a member of the Reserve Society. Batch 2, poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, sour cherries, fruity malts, light toasted malts, light chocolate, and roasted malts. Lots of sour dark fruits mixing with roasted malts; very nicely done.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, sour dark fruits, sticky sweet fruity malts, oak, roasted malts, chocolate, , and some toasted malts. Taste is very acidic and very sour, with a ton of dark fruits. Very sour but I like it a lot.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Pretty easy to drink; a little less carbonation and this could be perfect.

o - Overall I liked this a lot. I hadn't heard great things about Batch 1 (which I have yet to try but have 1 bottle of), and had heard good things about Batch 2, and I was very happy with it. Maybe the BT barrels helped this one, but it is a very sour beer with roasted notes to it, and one of the better "sour stouts" I've had. Glad to have a few bottles of this and looking forward to trying the 2 batches side by side.

09-04-2012 19:46:12 | More by mdfb79
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,699 ratings.