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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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1,585 Ratings
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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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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-24-2013 07:15:50 | More by Rushalt
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L3MI

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

09-23-2013 21:13:30 | More by L3MI
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IPAyForHops

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

09-23-2013 16:53:02 | More by IPAyForHops
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-23-2013 02:13:29 | More by MNBeer1017
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-23-2013 01:44:17 | More by mychalg9
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TxUltraRunner

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-23-2013 01:30:14 | More by TxUltraRunner
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very dark brown color bordering on black. Reminds me of dark coffee. A one-inch head comes on strong after the initial pour and lasts about 1 minute. Good lacing.

S: Lacto sour smells dominate the nose with Brett funkiness lingering in the background. Notes of roasted cofee, chocolate, blackberry, and pepper are also noticeable. A complex, interesting, and inviting smell. Very well done.

T: Sour notes up-front - green apple, citrus fruits, etc - with a healthy malt backbone. Mild funk. Really, this is your typical Bruery sour taste with one large difference: the sweet maltiness that interplays with the sour notes. The balance between the two is managed quite well - one does not dominate the other. That being said, a beer like this is an acquired taste.

O: This is an interesting take on a wild sour beer. It's sweeter and more "full" than your typical light sour beer without being overly malty. That being said, this isn't every sour-heads cup-of-tea. It doesnt have the oak barrel notes that other sours typically have, and I missed that in this beer. Overall, I think Bruery accomplished what it set out to do.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:11:07 | More by MighHighBrewer
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a really muddied deep dark mahogany color into my oversize HF wine style glass. Lacing is nearly non existant, only a thing outer ring around the perimeter. Minimal lacing, but existent. Retention N/A

S - Sourness/tart up front but definitely a roasty smokey undertone (that is mostly dominated by the tartness) as well. Simple but really inviting aroma.

T - Very very sour/tasrt up front, light roasty and chocolatey/molasses qualities peak through at times but sourness definitely dominates throughout. Aftertaste is very tart, almost horseradishy type flavor, smokeyness eventually kicks in as well. Sourness steals the show at ~40 degrees, will let it warm up and reivisit this if necessary.

M - Very light bodied for a stout, doesnt really feel like a stout at all but the body goes very well with the sour nature of the brew.

O - Really fantastically tart and sour brew with light, overpowered, stout flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:38:44 | More by MacQ32
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-22-2013 12:47:35 | More by scxcrunner
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mcrago

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5%

09-22-2013 12:43:05 | More by mcrago
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in DuPont Circle, NW D.C., unknown bottling date (2013 edition), poured into my Rogue chalice, drank 9/20/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - dark brown coloration with hints of purple, minimal clarity (cannot see through), carbonation rocky on first pour but very quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing , baby alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - wow, sour bomb on the aroma... vinegar, barnyard but no vomit here though admixed with some rich roasted malts...pretty unique!

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's an immediate sourness - vinegar, spoiled cherries and rank biscuit; in the middle of the mouth, some of the vinous qualities start to rear their head probably from the oak aging; there's little alcohol to speak of; suffice it to say, I'm really impressed

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated, I guess, for a sour stout...still totally new terrain for me

O: 9/10 - another solid offering from The Bruery, which continues to emerge as one of my favorite American breweries; they nail sours better than any other American brewery to my palate and this is another must have for fans of American wild ales; the combined stout and sour flavors are most amazing!

TOTAL = 44/50

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:35:28 | More by MNishCT77
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-22-2013 02:53:45 | More by Gagnonsux
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-22-2013 00:00:26 | More by kristougher
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-21-2013 12:24:54 | More by hellhammermario
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

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Commando

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

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EZEKIEL_F

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

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Arizona

4/5  rDev -5%

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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: black with a half finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: like a box of Sweet-tarts, mingling with cherries

T: what an interesting blend of tart and stout. The first rush is tart apples and pears that makes me pucker with joy. Now comes the second wave of light chocolate malts that smooths out the tartness. A freaky good blend.

M: light to medium with light carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this wild ale. The Bruery prides itself on oddly delicious brews and this one ranks on the "recommended" list.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 15:16:15 | More by brewskifan55
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Hellpop65

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-19-2013 02:23:14 | More by Hellpop65
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coriswrasse

North Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - dark red hue, light body very little head, good carbonation

S - funky sweetness, subtle hints of chocolate and cherry

T - sour, tart, mild funky sweetness with hints of cherry or berries

M - light, well carbonated, it's a sipper

O - really love this beer. big sour fan so this fits my palette well. would buy again at 21.99 for a 1p 9.40z btl. the taste is like a dark sour. for those that like funky tongue pinching sour taste this is a must have.

a near perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:10:51 | More by coriswrasse
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-18-2013 09:58:47 | More by fdig23
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-18-2013 02:03:14 | More by primrose54
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 1,585 ratings.