Tart Of Darkness | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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

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4.16
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Photo of ovaltine
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first sour stout! It pours a dark brown (looks more like a porter, IMHO) and the minimal tan head disappears almost immediately. The aromas are dar chocolate, roasty char, and sour - lots and lists of sour.

The taste has waves of sour, all the way through the taste - and then some dark chocolate and roasty flavors at the end to rein the sour in just a bit. The feel is over the top, just wave after wave of effervescent magnificence.

And now I've gotta search for more sour stouts.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Next to zero head of a light brown colour on a dark brown body. Not much to look at but looks can be deceiving. Sour, mouthpuckering lemon, dark fruits, some more lemon, hints of roast coffee and nuts, some red wine, balsamic and more lemon. She's a sour stout alright!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tart of darkness pours black with a small tan head. Sour and oak aromas. Taste is smooth, lots of sour and oak. Great feel. Overall very solid sour.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate-ruby with fading tan foam. 4
Concord grape, wine barrel, and vanilla. 4
Chocolate, a gentle Balsamic hum, slight tart, blackberry, hints of burnt toffee, root beer barrel, and some deep wood. 4.25
Crisp, light, soft. 4.25

Lacto sorbet fizz makes for a nice body. Fruit and sour are perfectly balanced. A great food beer, but is it a stout? Either way, subtle, round, and mature. 4.5

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Photo of mac31
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, bright acidic backbone smacks the palate right away. The sour notes-bright, acid, (light) vinegar, tannic-like-reverberate along palate. At times I found my mouth puckering. This was followed by sweet cherry, chocolate, some vanilla and a baking spice of some sort, possibly cinnamon(?). This is a very interesting meld of flavors, it works. As the beer warmed and evolved chocolate covered cherries (think tootsie roll chocolate) became a more apt description. The acid, brightness, and tartness remained pretty intense and consistent from start through the finish. The sour note was a little much for me, but moderate when compared to other styles/sours on the market. Overall I liked the beer, didn't love the beer. I've had three or four Bruery sours so far and when they are on, they're on. When not, they are pedestrian and pricey. I lean toward the latter with this one.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau. This is 2016 release, and it's now about two months old. Poured right from the fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee/cola brown with about an inch of light khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly like soda down to nothing--no film, no ring, no lacing. At the edges where the light strikes through, the beer is a slightly ruddy golden brown.

S: The sour notes fairly well dominate the bouquet, with their apple cider vinegar tones. Underneath, and quite subtle, there are some roasted malt and coffee notes. Just a touch of chocolate coming through, as well.

T: Tons of sour right up front, with a white wine or apple cider vinegar quality to it. It's a bit arresting when you're looking for some semblance of stout there. Toward the middle, there's seems to be a bit of building citrus hop astringency, but it's difficult to tell with how intense the sour is. Moving toward the back, you begin to put up some of the fruit--I'm getting mostly cherry and raspberry--and traditional malt flavors. Even at the close, the malts take a backseat to the sour fruit, but it does finish with a bit of roastiness, along with the subtle vanilla and oak from the barreling. The aftertaste has lots of sour, and there's a lingering taste of chocolate-covered cherries left on the palate.

F: This one is medium-bodied with very low carbonation. It does have quite a creamy and smooth feel in the middle, but most of the sensation is that bright astringency. It leaves quite a wine-like impression.

O: I haven't had a lot of different sours, but this is certainly the first sour stout that I've tried. It's a very interesting marriage between the sharp sour notes and the earthy and roasty stout malt bill. It works much better than I thought it would. This one is so sour that it's definitely a sipper, and I would think it would work best as a digestif or dessert beer--I have a feeling it would be phenomenal paired to anything with dark chocolate. I don't know that it was worth the price I paid for this bottle, but I'm glad that I got to try it.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown, almost completely prohibits light to pass through. Has a large tan brown head upon pouring...but completely settles down to nothing. Aroma is delicious, notes of tart cherry mingles with light roastiness, cacao and brief vanilla. Very bracing tartness upon first sip...a huge blast of lactic acid. A smooth finish that has medium body. Definitely a tasty dark sour

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black with minimal head and lacing. The smell is, as expected, very tart. It reminds me of sweet tarts. At first sip, it is very tart and sour. There is almost no stout taste when first sipped. However, as it warms up, the malty presence will be there in the sip and the lingering aftertaste. This is where it shines. I would recommend serving this on the warm side similar to a stout.

Generally, I don't like sours, but I love stouts. This combination works well for me and is really the only sour beer I would seek out to drink.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown, reddish hues, slightly transluscent, mocha head that recedes quickly, no lacing
AR: Dark fruit, plum, chocolate
T: Follows nose, oak, lactic funk, roasty, hints of caramel, well balanced and good tart/sour factor, some bitter tannins on finish
M: Low carbonation, somewhat thin but rounded body

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Photo of ajm5108
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with almost zero head or carbonation. Aroma emits lots of rich dark chocolate with a distinct undertone of tart berry (raspberry / strawberry / a little grape) & just the faintest earthiness from the oak. It smells decadent & inviting, like chocolate strawberry cake. The taste loses some of that stout backbone & really focuses on the tart berry flavor, especially upfront. It has just the right amount of tingliness for me, tart & sour but not lactic or vinegary. The chocolate malt comes in towards the end & helps even it out and finishes easy. Picked up a distant bourbon note as well from the barrel aging. Just enough to give the end character but not clash with the rest of the beer. A rare style done expertly.

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Photo of Mistamakkus
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The first soured stout I've had the pleasure of consuming. At first, a sour stout sounded absolutely horrendous, even though I'm a huge fan of both stouts and sours, but wow. This beer delivered. Very fruity and creamy up front, but as the acidic mouthfeel wears off, you get deep, roasty malt flavors on the back end. Starts like a good tart wild ale, finishes like a dark roasted stout.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour out of a 750 ml bottle into a glass. Pours dark with beige head, plenty of carbonation.

Smells sour and sweet with hints of oak. Tastes tarty and fruity, lot of citrus, blackberry. Perfectly balanced. Very refreshing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hits that dark brown appearance, looks clean inside. Small beige head goes away quickly. Aroma was wildly sour, wow, way up there on the 1-10 scale. Some roast behind that, a little bit of oak. Smells a little fruity, even though this isn't the fruited version.

The mouthfeel and taste are super sour and dry. Its not a thick ass viscosity stout. A real treat at under $20 for a bottle. Subsequent to its release, they came out with the even better cherry and vanilla version which gives more balance and complexity to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A: Dark brown. Poured 2 fingers high of foam.
S: Tangerine. Black berries. Moderate chocolate.
T: Sharp sourness. Slightly roasty aftertaste. Dry. Low bitterness.
M: Medium body. Low carbonation.
O: The wildly sourness dominant the taste, unfortunately. I expected it would be more stout and oak centric but it's definitely not. The overall profile is actually similar to some Flanders Oud Bruin, not as special as the web page claimed. It also very pricey here, so disappointing.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml. bottle poured into a Teku glass.

Look: Like a relatively low ABV stout, light shines through. The head is a half finger of off white, bubbles.

Smell: Wow! Smells sour! Smells like cherries, blackberries, raspberries, a bit of apple, a bit of oak and the stout shows up on the back end with a brown sugery, malty smell.

Taste: This beer is very tart! Picking up all of the fruits, the oak, a slight vanilla taste, and the roasted malts on the end of the sip.

Feel: Feels very smooth and almost creamy. I attribute that to the stout part of this beer. It goes down very smooth.

Overall: This beer is absolutely amazing! Definitely a top 5 for me. I was a bit off-put by the idea of a sour stout because I didn't expect either flavor to shine very well but this proved me very wrong! If you like mouth-puckering sours and stouts, you must grab a bottle of this!

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far one of my favorite's from The Bruery... The taste is very nice as well, malty, yeasty, very nice tartness, with some hints of chocolate, nice little funk. Medium body, with a very nice dry, slightly bitter finish. A dark fruit upfront, reminiscent of a fine stout, with a very nice, very sour finish. Overall, a great lovely happily tasty brew that will make you pucker with good tidings.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Capped
2015 Vintage
Bottled On: 6/22/15 #223
Bottle Conditioned
7.2% ABV

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice small quick/fizzy/creamy light tan head, which does leave some small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, tart, with some nice chocolate, roastyness. The taste is very nice as well, malty, yeasty, very nice tartness, with some hints of chocolate, nice little roastyness, nice funk. Medium body, with a very nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. I've never had a bad brew from them, but then again I've only had about 13 of them, so far.

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Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious beer. the nose is almost wine-like, filled with sour cherries, grapes, plums and a hint of spices, but with a very sour kick to it. the taste is very much like the smell. Dark fruit upfront, reminiscent of a fine stout, with a very nice, very sour finish. great beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a goblet glass. Pours a dark brown body, opaque and almost black; befitting the stout designation. One finger offwhite head that dies down fairly quickly into a film that sticks around for a while. Smells of tart cherries and currants, dark chocolate, a bit of roast, mild barrel, cocoa. A bit on the tannic side. Flavour is great as well; more dark chocolate, cocoa, dark malt sitting up front with a decently hefty tannic acidity evoking lighter dark fruits, cherries, currants. Moderately sour, maybe a step above that. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation; a bit crisp but not too dry, very flavourful and easy to drink for my sour-adjusted palate. Not too sweet by any means. Fairly nice complex dark sour, easily obtained although a bit pricey for what it is.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great, relatively easy to snag sour. One of my favorites from the Bruery in a whil.

Color is like mix of belted chocolate and cherry hues, dark red.

Nose is my one small complaint - there isn't much present to me to really clue me in to what to expect. Dark fruits and tart but nothing specifically striking.

The flavor is fantastic. Sour, dry, pucker is pretty big. Dark fruit flavors are huge - dry and bright both, like raisins and grapes, prunes and plums. The oak flavors are subtle but add a great rich texture.

Carbonation is spot on, great bitter to go with the sweet and sour aspects. It has a great depth of body but I wish that the finish was a bit longer on the flavors but that pucker is great.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark cola with a full finger of matching sizzling, tan cola head. The nose is that same funky sour I usually get from a good Flanders. The sour really punches you in the mouth to start off. Late whispers of signature stout malt and richness climb on the back of the tartness and ride it out. The mouth is surprisingly clean. My first venture into this sour stout style and I love it!

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Photo of floridadrift
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with light brown head. Beyond the obvious sour notes, the taste lingers with slight bitterness to it. Smooth mouth feel and easily drinkable. An imperial sour stout at its finest. A crowd pleaser for the stout and sour guy.

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Photo of Yabu
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bruery

I'm barely getting into sour's.

The nose was great, I could smell the sour!

Very tart, yet a full body . I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I thought it was more Tart than last years version. (I had a bottle of ToD vintage 2014.)

Definitely a MUST if you are at the tap room.

The bottle at $19.99 is pretty worthwhile, provided you have at least a friend to share it with.

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Photo of Extol
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - dark purple sort of color. Smell - grape scent. Taste - tart bomb. But tastes like grape medicine. Kind of gross. Not what I expected. Overall - only drink if you like grape medicine, I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage served in a Teku glass.

Appearance is very dark brown with a reddish tint on the edges. You can tell that it is has a good amount of carbonation as you pour it. Sour cherries on the nose with some roast and a bit oaky. Sour cherry dominates and it's mouth puckering - in a good way - with roasted stout and oak flavors underneath. Feel is medium bodied, highly carbonated, and crisp. Overall, this is an excellent beer, just know it is very, very tart.

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