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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,996
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 254
Gots: 656 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

HUGE thanks to rrryanc for being insane and just hooking me up with this beer! Thanks man!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy black with a wisp of a finger tall, dark khaki head that recedes very fast, leaving no lacing behind what so ever. The head retention is consistent with barrel aged beers, especially sours.

Aroma: Wow, sour cherries right away; imagine smelling tart pie filling. There is a strong, funkiness from the Brettanomyces that absolutely fills your nostrils as soon as you smell the beer; damp, musty hay and even a little bit of pineapple. You can definitely tell that this has spent quite a lengthy time in bourbon barrels. Rich, woodsy aromas of oak, vanilla and coconut leap out toward your nose. There is only a mere flirtatious hint of the roasted malts that the base stout is comprised of. The roastiness definitely melds well with the oaky aromatics.

Taste: Very acidic, vinegar soaked cherries right away with cascading notes of lemon juice, lime peel and a sublime pineapple forward mustiness from the Brett. Insanely dry and mouth puckering with it's sour astringency. There are huge and complex lingering notes on this beer, as with most sours. The oak barrel slaps your palate as soon as the dry finish closes; with it's high tannin presence and in your face impressions of bourbon(duh), vanilla and toasted coconut. Then a very unusual flavor rears it's head; Something i've never tasted before in a sour, or beer in general for that matter: A whisper of a smoky moldiness that carries a distinctly woodsy characteristic. A very interesting and unique flavor to say the least. Its only there for a moment, but it is definitely there. A consistent presence of lemon juice is loitering around during all of this very complex and long finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: An exercise in excess; The Bruery takes it to the next level in every regard in this batch of Tart of Darkness; They decided that aging a sour stout in oak barrels wasn't enough, so decided to age the next batch of it in bourbon barrels which have previously held their 19% stout, Black Tuesday. Craziness, but it works very well, overall. Although the roasted malts poke through a bit more in the finish as the ale warms up, I do wish that they poked through the myriad of sour and barrel complexities a bit more assertively. I'd highly recommend this beer to any sour fan in a heart beat. I couldn't ask for a more interesting beer to drink for my 50th review.

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750ml bottle. 2012 release. Served in a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, but not quite black. Poured about a finger of a tan head that dissipated very quickly to a thin collar. Body is nearly opaque.

Smell: Sour cherry, tart green apple, with some chocolate and roasted malt underneath the sourness.

Taste: Big, almost mouth puckering sourness hits you right upfront. Sour cherry, oak, leather, roasted malt, and lactic character. Once the sourness fades, you're left with a dark roasty coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied (or at the very least light end of medium) and acidic. Carbonation is bordering on high

Overall: I wouldn't have thought the sour and stout characteristics would complement one another, but they end up working well together. It's a good beer that's worth trying, though given the price point, I'm not sure it's good enough to justify future purchases.

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,996 ratings.