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Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 233
Gots: 530 | 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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wesside89

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-13-2013 06:43:14 | More by wesside89
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MadScientist

New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark brown beer with a garnet hue and good clarity. The persistent head is composed of creamy tan bubbles.

S: The dominate aroma is a tart fruit character of red currents and cassis with an acidic quality backing that up. There is a faint aroma of dark fruit and dark malt aroma having a cocoa character to it.

T: An aggressive, acidic and tartness and strong red currents fruitiness with light flavors of the stout dark malt. There isn't much to say about hops in here nor malt, although the fruit is juicy and refreshing. The balance is very sour and the finish is very dry.

M: A light bodied beer with strong carbonation and a faint bit of warmth.

O: This ones about as tart as they come with a strong acidic bit and good bit of fruitiness, sort of Flanders Red that come of the rails except that there is some stout character to back up the flavors. The sour stout is quickly becoming my favorite style thanks in part to the few exceptional brewers making the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:00:38 | More by MadScientist
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maxhock

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

09-13-2013 00:41:46 | More by maxhock
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TheSack

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-13-2013 00:20:58 | More by TheSack
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JonBarrowman

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got this as my first sour beer so please keep that in mind in relation to what follows.

a - It appears opaque and a little cloudy around the edges.

s - Smells like a wine, with a slight vinegar smell and a mix of other things I can't put into words.

t - This is where I have a problem, it tastes like vinegar, I don't know if there was a stout or cherries in there somewhere but I didn't find them. It was somewhat unpleasant.

m - Nothing I can think of.

This is my first sour beer and was certainly not what I expected after reading reviews here. Maybe someone can recommend something more amenable as an introduction into the world of sour beers for someone hesitant to try and select on their own again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 22:41:48 | More by JonBarrowman
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CityofBals

Illinois

2/5  rDev -52.5%

09-12-2013 18:37:25 | More by CityofBals
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to review this one for ages. Finally got it on-tap Saturday at Dive Bar in Worcester. Reviewed from notes.

A- Black bodied ale poured from the taps to a goblet. Appears thin like a vinegar but not surprising because of the use of wild bugs outside of Sacch. Still very opaque nonetheless. Silky tan ring after a small foamy head falls down fairly quickly. Spotty webs of lace fall down the glass as I drink it.

S- Mostly a mix of lactic, acetic acidity that has a bit of a red fruit feel to it. You can tell this one will be pretty sour but it is inviting with just a bit of roast malts and cocoa behind it.

T- Moderately sour lactic and vinegar acids up front with sour cherries and stout in the finish. Reminds me of lemons at times with a smooth roasty grain bill beneath the sourness. Toasted nuts and cocoa hints from the grains.

MF- Foamy highly carbonated light, fairly dry body. Sour level grows to near some fruit Lambics but not puckering to me.

Big lactic flavors and pretty sour but the stout aspect comes through enough to make it super interesting. These flavors somehow work out and blend rather than being a mess like some might imagine from a sour stout.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 00:59:51 | More by cbutova
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BA_Berto

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-12-2013 00:08:00 | More by BA_Berto
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Andreias21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-11-2013 22:43:01 | More by Andreias21
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Midnight black color with a rapidly disapating head leaving behind no trace on the glass.

S: Big blast of sour tart cherry smacks your olfactory glands; nothing else sneaking past

T: Tart, sour cherry blasts the palate immediately; after the sour assult fades, a nice, oaky finish completes the swallow

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, abv makes it way too easy to polish this off

O: First offering from the highly reguarded Bruery, and not disappointed. It delivers exactly as promised: dark and tart. Will admit, big fan of sour beers in general and will surely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 22:35:40 | More by drbenderdo
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a thin black color, mixing deep browns in with it with no head

 

Smells lactic and slightly roasted as well as a hint of astringency. 

 

Taste is interesting.  Out of the bottle, this was a completely one dimensional beer.  On tap, it is a 1.5 dimensional beer.  It starts with lactic sourness, fades dark roasted grains, and then finishes with an apricot like finish.

 

Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for my preference.

 

Overall, a highly overhyped overrated beer  7 bucks for a 6 ounce pour, or 25 bucks a 750?  No thanks.  This is not in the same league as other sours deserving that price.  I just don’t understand the Burery hype? Overpriced and under delivered.  I think this beer was done as a sour mash and not with bacteria and wood aged.  I think this would have been a crazy awesome beer had it been done like a traditional sour in wood barrels, but the layers of flavor and complexity are missing for me. 

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 18:31:11 | More by taylor714914
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detrockcitey

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

09-11-2013 14:51:36 | More by detrockcitey
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LockeSD

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

09-11-2013 13:12:28 | More by LockeSD
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dvsbizzyb

California

1/5  rDev -76.2%

09-11-2013 07:50:48 | More by dvsbizzyb
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-11-2013 01:55:10 | More by GeoffreyM
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Skrypt

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

09-11-2013 00:47:03 | More by Skrypt
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blameo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-10-2013 16:53:07 | More by blameo
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rab53

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -46.6%

09-10-2013 03:45:46 | More by rab53
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

09-10-2013 01:27:03 | More by Cynic-ale
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev -5%

09-09-2013 21:32:57 | More by Beerbuddy21
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POTABLE83

New York

4/5  rDev -5%

09-09-2013 13:35:00 | More by POTABLE83
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AudiSline

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

09-09-2013 05:33:26 | More by AudiSline
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-09-2013 02:42:41 | More by TXhomebrewer
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter, dark yellow brown almost black with a short dark tan head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: balsamic vinegar, oak tannins, sour cherry, acetic acid, sour fruits

T: aged balsamic vinegar, oak, malty but sour, sour cherry, granny smith apple

M: medium and oily, lower carbonation

O: an excellent aged sour, nice oak flavors, like a fine aged balsamic vinegar

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 00:14:33 | More by M_C_Hampton
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-08-2013 19:54:54 | More by BullBearHawk
Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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