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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,583 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,583
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 233
Gots: 538 | FT: 56
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 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The base for Tart of Darkness is only 5% alcohol but must have been dark and sinister-looking as any stout; barrel-aging has only muddied the complexion further, making it appear even darker yet. It's also killed off head retention, giving the beer a more daunting, oily complexion.

The aroma has a creeping sourness but is far more forward with notes of hazelnut, milk chocolate and a distinct Coffee Crisp-like flavour. There's elements of sweetness and roast, both of which are rarely witnessed in this style. There's very subtle hints of black licorice and oak too.

Roasted malt brings the complex flavour of American Sour Ales to another level, as hard as that may be to believe; it combines tastes of cocoa powder and instant coffee with the soured fruits and vinegar tang to create a chocolatey version of a port- and balsamic-like profile.

That being said, Tart of Darkness really doesn't drink any different from other sours; it has a stinging, throat-scrapping acidity, zippy carbonation, and fermented-fruit like tartness, beyond which no real roast can be appreciated. It's a delight if you like sour, repulsive if you don't.

Regardless of the base beer, when The Bruery reach for their special, magical blend of bacterias and yeasts you know how that movie is going to end: sour, delicious and pricey. These guys have done for 'funk' what Scorsese has for De Niro and DiCaprio or Burton for Depp: they work together almost exclusively and the genius of one has no doubt made the other a star.

Serving type: bottle

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,583 ratings.