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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,598 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 237
Gots: 545 | FT: 60
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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Ratings: 1,598 | Reviews: 292 | Display Reviews Only:
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-16-2013 15:36:41 | More by Cyclone8
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-16-2013 14:09:28 | More by firstlighthiker
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Baab200

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-16-2013 11:35:18 | More by Baab200
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Acropora

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-16-2013 10:22:14 | More by Acropora
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maizymouse

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-16-2013 05:48:49 | More by maizymouse
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SeatsTaken

Oregon

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-16-2013 05:35:48 | More by SeatsTaken
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-15-2013 19:22:10 | More by MattSweatshirt
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TickleMeTony

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-15-2013 05:14:04 | More by TickleMeTony
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firedwarftj

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-15-2013 04:05:40 | More by firedwarftj
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HopHealth

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-15-2013 03:36:58 | More by HopHealth
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-15-2013 01:32:23 | More by Benesi88
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Ysgard

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-13-2013 15:25:37 | More by Ysgard
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Eazy28

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-13-2013 00:28:46 | More by Eazy28
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Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-12-2013 02:07:01 | More by Zimm
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notchucknorris

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-12-2013 01:48:47 | More by notchucknorris
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-12-2013 00:18:26 | More by touchmeimsac
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StevenSpringer

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-11-2013 14:04:01 | More by StevenSpringer
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-11-2013 13:58:27 | More by SourAddict
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark and mysterious black, with a small head of very light, very small, tan bubbles that fizzle away like soda water, leaving only the slightest of tan rings around the glass. The head leaves small tendrils of lacing. In body, the beer is almost visible to the eye, but is just dark enough that no light shows through. The body appears free of particles. On the nose, this beer is certainly tart and funky. Nice cherry fruit-leather scents waft over the nose with touches of cocoa, raisins, dates, and plums. Touches of horse blanket and sweet sweat can occasionally be smelled, and as the beer warms the cocoa become a touch richer and adds light vanilla and oak to the mix. In the mouth, the beer is puckering in its acidity with bright malic acid and other acids singing on the tongue. Touches of sweetness appear in the front of the taste alongside the rich and funky fruit flavors, but this is dried out in the finish. Touches of tannic bitters can be sensed, and grow stronger as the beer warms giving a nice, herbal bitterness to the very back of the senses. There is even a touch of funky salinity in this beer. In flavor, the beer begins as sharp green apple and cherry leather with mingling plum and raisin, as the beer warms the mouth is met with a big rush of tannic oak and soft vanilla, alongside sweeter cherries with just a brushing of brown sugar and cocoa. The finish seems quick but actually lasts for quite a while with slightly astringent oak, tart cherries, and soft roast malt. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a puckering and sharp mouthfeel that softens as the beer warms. Carbonation is middling in this beer with a touch of sharpness, as well. The beer finishes feeling smooth and almost velvety. The mouth is left dry and puckering. Overall, it’s a touch too tart, but then again, it’s called the Tart of Darkness. I want a little more in terms of stout qualities, but I have gotten that from other bottles of Tart of Darkness. The funk is rich and awesome in this beer, and the complexity of the beer is deep, bringing new flavors as the beer warms. I love the use of oak in this beer, and like the rich funk and tartness. Personally, I would want to turn the funk up and the tartness down, but that is not what this beer is about. This bottle is totally worth its cost. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:36:51 | More by Maxwell
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-10-2013 23:20:22 | More by AnalogErik
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pjs234

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

11-10-2013 22:46:40 | More by pjs234
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-10-2013 05:06:37 | More by AJ01923
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skholbrook1982

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -23%

11-09-2013 20:49:43 | More by skholbrook1982
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mastertw

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-09-2013 19:26:32 | More by mastertw
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Auraan

Arizona

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a very thin ring of tan head. It certainly looks like a stout. Scents of apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar and red wine, with slight roast malt. The nose is certainly sour, not quite a RIS in scent. This carries over into the flavor. It's apple cider vinegar, sour funk, red wine and grapeskin, without many other flavors. It tastes quite sour and vinous, with none of the flavors I expected in a RIS. It's not bad, an excellent sour for sure, but less of a RIS. It was quite nice for what it was, indeed it was excellent. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying mouthfeel. It feels like both a stout and a sour, quite nice. Overall this is a good combination of a sour and a RIS, though the sour overwhelms much of the stout qualities. I'd recommend it if you like sours, but if you want a stout look elsewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 07:33:58 | More by Auraan
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.