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Tart Of Darkness | The Bruery

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4.23/5
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2,443 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 2 was aged in spent Black Tuesday barrels.

Added by ajcobb24 on 06-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#902
Reviews:
374
Ratings:
2,443
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
313
Gots:
810
Trade:
81
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Ratings: 2,443 |  Reviews: 374
Photo of Antg8989
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly disappointed by this after having gotten to try Cascade's Bourbonic Plague previously. This was by no means a bad SOUR. But as a sour STOUT, I would have to say not au much. No real stout characteristics came out fro me, other than slightly in the nose. Not much else to say about it besides the fact that its over $22 a bottle.

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Photo of Curt3
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wjbent
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rmcane
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To me this is a solid 4.25 beer. Nothing crazy and definitely something to consider if you've never had it before.

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Photo of StoutBruin2
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blasterbum
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dwreck
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason_cs
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught in a snifter. Beer came a shiny inky black with no head or signs of carbonation. Aroma is oaky and fruity. Taste is very tart fruit and with an oaky finish. Mouthfeel is medium and dry. Not the best wild ale I've had, but far from the worst.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a dark brown hinging on close to a black color that ends up leaving a black colored body. There is a one finger white foamy head that doesn’t cling and doesn’t have any lacing. The smell is super funky tart and sour up front with some light roasty sidenotes try to make their way forward but really don’t. It ends up becoming somewhat vinous in the rest of the aroma. The taste is sour and tart yet the roasty sidenotes come in to assist but makes me pucker alot. There is a super strong sour aftertaste with a quick dry sour and tart finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionability quality as it shows that it wants to be a sipper. Carbonation is fairly smooth. Overall, this is exactly what The Bruery wanted as it says on their label, a "sour stout aged in oak barrels."

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Photo of Dewsby
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AGust82
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lemmy187
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dsimenson
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andy712
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy sour beers and the occasional stout, but the thought of a sour stout did not intrigue. Then I tasted this one. To be sure, I get a lot more sour than stout from the TOD, but for me it is the right mix. It pours like a stout, opaque with about 3/4 inch of head. The head dissipates about mid way through leaving just a ring at the end. The carbonation was pleasant; I did not find it low on carbonation as others noted (purchased on tap at the Beer Garden in Eugene). The smell is sour (cherries mostly) with some stone fruit coming through, and oak. Taste (in order it seemed) was sour cherry, oak and the dark roasted grain. None of these components overwhelmed the others and the balance was just right. This is mostly a sour, but with some terrific complementary flavors.

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Photo of Mayordani
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle sat in fridge for over 3 yrs. prob past its prime but was still enjoyable.

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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