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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,585 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 233
Gots: 540 | FT: 57
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Dshep1340

Michigan

3/5  rDev -28.7%

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Danielr26

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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rye_so_serious

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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stlunatic15

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep dark mahogany, almost black. Very thin head, sexy lacing.

S - Dark cherry, chocolate covered cranberry, light espresso, and a hint of maple.

T - Very small roast once it touches your lips, followed by a huge mouth-puckering sourness consisting of bright fruit (cherries, a little blood orange, tiny bit of pineapple). Finishes off with a creamy chocolate-raspberry souffle flavor.

M - Thin, fizzy, acidic, sour, dangerously drinkable.

O - ToD has always been one of my favorites from The Bruery. The Sour Stout style is still a lesser known style, but The Bruery executes it very well. At 7% (for this year's batch), it is highly drinkable and approachable. Another job well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 08:10:47 | More by stlunatic15
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with bottled on date 05/17/2013 printed on the side of the bottle. My first encounter with The Bruery Tart Of Darkness. Expectations are high based on this beer's current ratings, and based on The Bruery's reputation for nice beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark cola brown; opaque black in the glass with some cola coloring to the edges when held to the light. Less than a finger of tan head fizzles down to a thick bubbly ring quickly.

S - Smells truly fantastic. Smooth creamy vanilla bean / bourbon barrel character, and just a hint of crisp fruitiness. Yeast smells begin to emerge as the beer warms.

T - Wow. If you didn't know what to expect with this beer, you would never be expecting the sour based on the aroma. This beer is super tart & sour. Lip-puckering sour cherry, dark grapes, vinegar-like acidity, and then the underlying smooth creamy vanilla & bourbon barrel on the finish, after the sour has mellowed.

M - Feel ends clean and smooth. Trace amounts of sour and maybe some coiny metallics lingering on the finish.

Overall, my first legitimate sour beer from The Bruery, and my second ever sour stout. This thing definitely lived up to my expectations. Absolutely delicious, and dangerously drinkable at 7.00% abv; I could drink this beer all day if my wallet let me.

The Bruery Tart Of Darkness ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:59:56 | More by mfnmbvp
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New Hampshire

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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill.

pours a dark brownish red with a slight head. smell is huge on cherrys and sour goodness. taste remains true with a huge kick of sourness. lovely flavor and it really hits the spot. ABV undetectable. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall an exceptional flemish red!

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 22:25:54 | More by Axnjxn
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled May 13, 2012

Beer is black with a small tan head. Head fades quickly.

Nose contains a strong balsamic vinegar smell. Comes across quite similar to a Flanders ale. Dark fruit, including cherry. A bit of chocolate and roast malt, but that is by far the subservient element.

Like the nose, the flavour is similar to a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin. Vinegary sourness and cherry, quite tart. Oak. There is some roasted malt there, and a touch of chocolate, but it is pretty subdued. The 'sour' is much more prominent than the 'stout'.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, tart and slightly astringent. Wine-like.

Overall, good, but I would like to get more of the stout. As far as sour stouts go, I prefer Jolly Pumpkin's rendition.

Serving type: bottle

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North Carolina

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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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seand

California

3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark but clear-ish brown, with almost no head. What's there dissipates to nothing, so no lacing either.

S: Tart fruit, with light roasted malt notes.

T: Lots happening. Primarily this is a strong tart fruit note, but there is an undercurrent of stout flavors. The stout notes are kind of drowned out by the sour part, so it's hard to pick out specifics, though the balance does swing away from the sour a little as the beer warms.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, really different. I like it, though I think it might be a little bit too sour for the stout notes to work.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:18:20 | More by seand
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magictacosinus

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Ken! Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. 2013 vintage, which is boozier than the last ones. The Bruery making low gravity beers? Ha ha! It's a funny thought.

Yup, this is definitely a stout, as immediately proven in the appearance. Blackened and dark in nature, with a little bit of reddish hues against the sides of the glass. Pours a a decent off-white head that eventually settles down into pretty much nothing. Viscous in nature, although I'm curious how this is any different from the lower ABV vintages. Still, is very vinous except for the color (which is also a bit hazy), and leaves a good deal legs against the glass. All of the Bruery's beers look good for the most part. This is no exception.

Hello, sourness! Very tart at the front, and the combination of the sour phenols with the roasted character of the stout is really intriguing and different. There are immediate black fruits, ranging from blackberries to plums, as well as blueberries from the soured notes. A cherry or apple-like acetic acidity is highly present, but it further accentuates the fruity flavors. Finishes with a roasted coffee/cocoa nib characteristic that is really lovely. Lots of spices permeate here, ranging from nutmeg to vanilla, but it's all about the funk in this one. It works because it has a strong malty backbone and woody texture that glues it together and keeps it from falling apart.

The flavor is on the same level of quality as the aroma, if not even more unique and well assembled. Big soured notes from the oak and wild strains immediately coat the palate and give the impression of soured cherries and blueberries. Blackcurrant and figs are also big, but the dark tart fruits are definitely winning here. These flavors meld with the roasted character from the stout, as well as the oaky caramel flavor, to produce something that tastes just like a chocolate covered cherry or blackberry of sorts, which is slightly sweet, creamy, and juicy. The texture is thickened from the extra booze and malts, and overall, it's an extremely balanced sour - but, in a sense, it appears to transcend the style at hand with the diversity of flavors.

I've found that the Bruery is really good with their stouts and sours overall, as well as emulating their favorite pastries into the beer format. This does all three quite well, and I'm wondering if the extra booze on this vintage increased the sweetness and in the process enhanced a lot of the malty and fruity nuances that this beer has always had. This was unbelievably refreshing to drink after a sequence of oppressive and mediocre sours that night. Fantastic stuff - I'm cellaring a bottle and can't wait to see what it turns into by next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 19:03:53 | More by magictacosinus
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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