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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 238
Gots: 550 | FT: 63
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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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

11-29-2013 17:23:22 | More by waddellc2
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New York

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle, served in a Duvel tulip. Real excited for this as this is my first sour. Not sure what to expect.

A- The beer pours a dark but transparent brown with a one finger tan head that quickly recedes to nothingness.

S- The smell sure is sour! There's just a little roast in the background, but the sour dominates.

T- The taste is even more sour. It almost covers everything else up, but there's some sweet fruit and funk in there too. The roast flavor is almost completely washed out.

M- The feel is quite nice. Not as heavy as expected and good carbonation.

O- This beer was quite good for not knowing what to expect. I regret not splitting the bottle with anyone, but then again, no one else wanted any. I would recommend sharing this one with friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 02:10:24 | More by tviz33
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4/5  rDev -5%

11-28-2013 03:15:22 | More by thegerm87
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-28-2013 00:09:59 | More by seandamnit
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4/5  rDev -5%

11-27-2013 21:18:56 | More by dwagner003
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

11-27-2013 02:29:15 | More by plinythederek
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA

A- Pours a deep brown body with translucent cherry highlights. A 2 finger off white head rises quickly and sticks around for a minute or so, eventually leaving a thin ring of foam.

S- I can definitely tell this is going to be a great sour just by the characteristic wild-ale smell that I get just after cracking the cap - a funky, barnyard, fermented fruit aroma. Once in the glass, the aroma clue into it's tarness with sharp lactic and citrus aromas. There's some roastyness in there too.

T- A huge punch of sourness is the first thing that hits the tongue - sour berries, citrus, lactic tartness. Oak, and some funk come up next , followed by a subtle sweet breadyness. The finish is slightly roasty, you get the stout character late in the tasting.

M- Medium body, which is fitting for a sour stout. Medium carbonation.

I absolutely love sours, so I really enjoyed this one. Definitely one of the most sour I've ever tried. The slight roastyness works nicely here. Recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 01:35:53 | More by gcamparone
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-26-2013 15:22:34 | More by ncelauro
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle split with friends into a snifter

smelled great. sour cherry stout smell. dark and fruity

poured very dark like a stout, mild carbonation and lacing

mouthfeel was nice. pretty standard

taste was very very sour. dont get me wrong, I love sour beers but this one was way out of balance. the souring agent completely took over and left very little to taste. I really was searching for the fruit that I could smell, but it was buried beneath the sourness. pretty let down given the price and reputation of The Bruery. I can name 20 sour beers that are better than this one. maybe aging would help, but I doubt it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 18:48:11 | More by derftron
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4/5  rDev -5%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

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New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage- 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Almost opaque black, dark ruby colors at the bottom and more so when held to light. A fizzy tan, light mocha colored head quickly fizzled out to absolutely nothing. Some carbonation bubbles rising within the beer, but the dark color makes this hard to notice giving the appearance of a completely flat beer.

Less aroma noticeable than expected and quite different than expected. Chalky, chocolate roasted malt, sour pie cherries, as it warms a bit of lactic funk comes out and maybe just hints of oak.

Very nice taste, big sour pie cherry and lemon citric sourness/ acidity, not a whole lot of funk. Has a bit of that chocolatey roasted malt, but it really takes a back seat to the sourness. Hints of dark fruits at times.

Lightish side of medium bodied, lots of lingering acidity. Very drinkable.

A really nice beer, not terribly complex, but a nice unlikely combination of styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 20:29:28 | More by dogfishandi
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Noel snifter.

A - Completely black. Jet, ink-black blackness. No head to speak of at all. No retention, no lacing.

S - When it first came out of the bottle, all I could smell was a lactic sour note that was overwhelming. As it warmed up a bit, some of the stout base came through. Still, that sour really overwhelms, but in a good way.

T - Wow. Overwhelming tartness. Cringe-inducing, eye-watering tartness. As it warms, some of the sweet stout notes come out. A little molasses, a bit of cocoa, and some earthy roasted malts. Finishes dry, and mouth puckeringly sour.

M - Good, dry, pretty thin, moderate carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic sour beer. It doesn't have the kind of vinegar-sweetness that something like Dutchess has. It's not a flanders-style sour. This is a wild ale, and it is a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:19:36 | More by ESPNman
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap...10 oz. serving in a snifter.

A: Dark brown (nearly black) beer with a pretty thick off-white head to start with. The head dissipates very quickly and there's really nothing left after that.

S: Smell is pretty sour. Smells like cherries and other fruits with the unmistakable bacterial smell that sours are known for.

T: This trend continues into the taste, as well. Very, very strong sour notes along with mainly cherry. The sourness is relentless through the entire taste. No bitterness or roasted malt taste to speak of. Vinegar and strong fruit on the way out.

M: Pretty low carbonation...has the mouthfeel of a wine, almost. Body is pretty light. Easy drinking with no alcohol taste.

O: As usual, pretty good stuff from the Bruery. There's definitely enough sourness to make any sour lover happy. Not enough depth or complexity, though, and the appearance left much to be desired. Would recommend!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 18:46:05 | More by TTAmod
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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