Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery
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4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Incredible sourness laid upon a dark and mysterious base. Flavors come out in new and evoking ways with dark grains, fruit and palate-piercing acidity. Aptly named, Tart of Darkness is as ominous, dreary and shaddowy as it sounds.
Opening with a dark plumb color with tawny bronze low lights, the beer simmers in the glass with tepid carbonation to give the ale a slight coffee-like appearance. Its dark and ruddish appearance is slightly haze and gives the ale a rather rusty darkness. Sparse on lacing, the ale almost prefers wine-like appearances over that of ale.
Savory and tart, the aromas nearly cause sweating and mouth whetting with its utter sour fruit character. Black cherries, plumbs, blackberries, blackcurrants and red grapes give a highly tangy but robust scent. A musty aura of sea air, weathered oak and saddle leather add to the beer's boisterous scent. However, its the vinous wine-like character that joins into notes of soy sauce, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and balsamic for a highly complex nose.
To taste, the beer's fruit strikes first- plumb and black cherry leading the way. But the savory sourness rises next with balsamic, merlot, sour plumbs, tangy berries and grapes to give the beer a wildly wine-like and briny character. Its thin sweetness seems to give the dark fruit a sense of "ripeness" before its dry cider taste takes hold. Yet a toastier, chocolaty and coffee taste lurks deep in the backdrop and assists in the beer's bold complexity.
Medium-dry early, the beer's dark fruit and slim sweetness thwarts its light carbonation to go from creamy to toasty-dry in a hurry. Its jaw-piercing acidity provides plumb skin astringency to heighten its sourness in finish.
I see this as a Flanders Red turn Oud Bruin, turn Sour Porter in the most unique and seductive way possible. Its a procession into a direction that allows its darker side to assist in its sour dryness. Simply sublime at every turn.
02-04-2014 18:14:14 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
Bottle dated 5/13/13, opened 2/1/14.
A: Aggressive pour. One finger of dark head that very quickly dissipates to zero head. No lacing. Very dark brown to place. Some ruby around the edge. Similar to coca-cola.
S: Tart & sour. Some lactic and citric acid. Very little roast as the tartness is upfront and center.
T: Tart & sour, just like the nose. Some juice. Does not taste like a stout, but more of a sour black ale.
M: Thinner than I had expected based on the label referring to the beer as a stout. More like a sour black ale.
O: It was not what I expected, but it was still very good. Just don't expect a stout.
02-01-2014 22:49:08 | More by pknyc
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
750ml classically Bruery-orange-capped bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Shared with Sam and Rich in Sydney.
Pours a dark, but very fluid and light-bodied brown, with almost negligible carbonation. When tilted there are some fine streams, but otherwise it looks pretty dead in the glass. Head forms a pocked ring around the edge of large, sudsy bubbles. Looks okay, but no better.
Nose is surprisingly sweet, with dark fruits providing the bulk of the aroma. Mild plasticky funk comes through as well, leaving a little hint of the future, but otherwise, there's more in the way of berries and a slight chocolate hint. As it warms, surprisingly, the funk comes through a little more, with a definite gueuze-like vegetative character making its presence felt. It's actually pretty solid.
Taste is impressively sour. From the outset, when a metallic bite signals that there's something funky going on, this stays sharp, acidic and intense. Vinous, barrel, acetic, plenty of intense balsamic vinegar, Cantillon-level gueuze tartness, and a lingering finish that leaves crushed tomato plant and more plasticky aromatics. Impressive stuff.
Feel is tart and astringent, but with a fluidity that's quite pleasant.
Overall, yes, this is good stuff. Probably the best beer I've had from the Bruery. This is sharp, intense and unrepentant. The darkness doesn't come through all that much, but then the colour is just impressive. Yep. Well done.
02-01-2014 04:09:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
5/5 rDev +18.5%
Sour Stout? Yes please. I was sold before I even tasted it. Poured from bottle into snifter, appears light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Roasted, chocolate aromas. First sip annihilates your tastebuds with a level of sour that would make a warhead's lips pucker. The chocolate/mocha flavors oddly pair nicely with the intense sour. Absolutely delicious.
01-29-2014 17:07:10 | More by psoriasaurus
4.36/5 rDev +3.3%
Had this on 2014-01-26 in Columbia, PA
A - Dark mahogany with a short tan head that fades quickly.
S - Very nicely sour with tart cherry, cranberry and fig. Light funky barrel aroma. Really nice.
T - Very sour, green apple skin, citric acid, tannin. Not getting figs in the taste. Medium roasted grain flavor is the primary (but in the background) malt support. Very dry. In a blind tasting, it would be hard to tell this is a "stout". Very much in the sour-tart citrus camp with some funky barrel overtones. For a sour, it is well-balanced. A little bit of dark fruit sweetness appears in the aftertaste.
M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Puckering, palate cleansing.
O - A very, very fine brew. I sampled it with my wife and she REALLY enjoyed this.
01-26-2014 19:26:15 | More by Tucquan
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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