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Tart Of Darkness | The Bruery

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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
Reviews:
365
Ratings:
2,399
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
28.61%
 
 
Wants:
312
Gots:
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For Trade:
88
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Photo of Cavery
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with Klym, recently acquired from the provisions.

Poured into a generic tulip/snifter... one of those in between glasses.

A: Brown/Black completely ink black opaque coffees. A conservative pour yielded a solid two fingers of head that left scrambled egg on a nonstick pan lacing. Some of the patches of lacing are really thick, with some abnormally sticky textures. A layer of foam sits atop the beer with a larger than normal creamy off-white hat.

S: Smells a lot like a flanders oude bruin to me, very typical bretty character. This offering doesn't come off vinegary at all, if anything there is certainly a restrained oaky wood character to the nose. Fresh bread and butter pickles come to mind with a level of sweetness that dominates any potential vinegar notes. A bit of a kimchi linger. This is interesting. Sweet Chinese red bean desserts come to mind. A refined and restrained nose with specific notes.

T: Whoa bam, super ultra tart blueberry flavors with an intense puckering tartness. I was NOT expecting that level of in your face sourness. vinegars are subdued, but weird flavors peak up through the tartness. Faint swirling smokey roasts break through the warhead sour intensity to reveal the first ever coffee cream warhead. I mean what in the world. This is absolutely a blend of styles to the point that it is almost its own beer. Familiar stout flavors hide behind an incredibly puckering and tart beer. Roasts coffee, cherries, blueberries, and almonds make for a tart breakfast of champions. In between flavors of biscuity deep fry, and sweet potatoe chips. Honestly there's some mind-blowing complexity here.

M: Microfiber bubbles form a wet suit-like fabric over the mouth. This thing is ultra-fine, but thick feeling in the mouth. A full body as far as I can tell, but I guess it depends on how you interpret the mouth. This is either a full bodied flanders oude bruin, or a medium-light bodied stout. In either case, this is an absolute head trip. An ultra drying mouth leaves you with just enough moisture to avoid the feeling of an oral desert. This is a tropically drying mouth feel, where humidity keeps just enough moisture in the mouth to avoid sandpaper dryness. So crazy, so insane, and so cool.

O: I wasn't ready for a beer like this, but I also assumed it was possible. This was a very challenging drink in terms of palate exploration. First off, you have very strong associations with specific beer styles that seem to converge in this beer. On one end you have a flanders oude bruin, and on the other you have a stout. In this beer, you get imperial stout flavors in a flanders oude brown sensory experience. Not only is it quite literally that, but new flavors emerge in the simultaneous experience of both styles. Blueberries emerge between tart sweetness and coffee roastiness. Blackberries creep up behind the drying up flavors of the blueberries. This is new and exciting for me. Such discipline in maintaining the integrity of two totally different styles, yet deconstructing them in a way that it becomes possible to combine them. I applaud this effort loudly, and I think The Bruery's craft is second to none in the American Beer movement. They are at the top with a select few other breweries, and this beer is yet another piece of compelling evidence in the assertion of that fact.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Jet black with a thin tan head.

S - A pleasant smell of chocolate/coffee from the dark malt, and that awesome classic sour tart smell.

T - TART. Delicious cherry and fig notes. Vinegary finish with some berry notes. Nice little bourbon taste as well for an added bonus.

M - Thin body which was unexpected for the color of the beer. Moderate carbonation. Great feel and easy to drink.

D - The drinkability here is incredible. Wish I could drink this one every single day.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh boy! I'm really treating myself here. My first Bruery sighting in CT, had to give it a shot. Bottled on 6/23/15. Here we go!

Look: Tan head quickly dissipates into nothing. Beer is dark brown with ruby highlights

Smell: Sourness and roastiness dance together, complimenting each other more than I honestly expected. I'm getting sour cherries, strawberries, bitter dark chocolate, oak, dates; it's very vinous in an earthy way, like a fine Burgundy.

Taste: Follows the nose, with the addition of a cranberry/tart Pinot Noir flavor as well. That fades out into a deep chocolatey/roasty stout backdrop with a lovely oak aged balsamic aftertaste. Yes, some people will read balsamic and think of it pejoratively. If you've ever had real, barrel aged balsamic, you'll know that I mean that description in the best way possible. The stout base becomes more prominent as the beer warms up, but it's delicious all the way from cellar temp to room temp.

Feel: Thicker than the gueuzes I've been drinking, but this definitely isn't Ten Fidy motor oil status. For the style, this is perfect. It's medium bodied, which lays a perfect backdrop for the acidity to work its way through my whole mouth.

Overall: I know these reviews read like a crazy Robert Parker Wine Advocate review, but this sort of beer definitely deserves deep contemplation. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, but it definitely delivered here. It wasn't cheap, but I'll definitely snag another sometime in the future.

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Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

750 ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark and very fizzy. Head dies down very rapidly.

Smell: WOW sour notes. Lots of fruit smell. Smells refreshing.

Taste: Just like the smell. Pretty good, but not overpowering with the sour. Nice.

Mouthfeel: less fizzy than I would have expected. Very clean and crisp.

Overall: very good, not quite to amazing. But very nice.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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