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:
370
Ratings:
2,420
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
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312
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801
For Trade:
83
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Reviews by TruePerception:
Photo of TruePerception
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Prior review, transferred from another forum)

8/19/13

Tart Of Darkness, from The Bruery! It's a sour stout, aged in oak barrels. Black, with just the slightest bit of cola towards the top edges. No head. Moderate funky tartness on the nose. A bit of menthol-y orange (which is leaving the inside of my nose slightly cold!). Weird! I just inhaled and got a slight orange cream menthol taste (like Halls Fruit Breezers) on the tip of my tongue. Not sure how that happened. As it's warming up, the funky note is taking on more of a wine must smell. Oh, wow. That was not like I expected! There isn't any chocolate or coffee notes to speak of. It's more of a multi-layered tartness. Let's see if I can identify it all properly...

There is a very sharp acidity on the tip of the tongue. Like tons of tiny pin pricks. No particular flavor, but it has a creamy carbonated feel to it. Just behind the tip, you get some cherry/tartaric acid flavor, and a slight citric acid. Maybe a bit of cola. About mid-tongue (top of the bend) there is a bitterness of some sort. Fruit stem, maybe?

Going back in for another nose, there seems to be a touch of coffee cherry. Slight dirt/soil. This is very easy to drink and the acidity is quite nice, and complex. Aftertaste is light, but lasts a decent amount of time. (Rating: Very Good). A hard pill to swallow, at $20, but worth it!

7%. 750mL. Pint glass (I need a tulip, like now!).

Edit 8/25/15:

The Bruery's Tart of Darkness 2015. 7.2% ABV.

A: Black, with a dark and slightly honeyed brown in the dimple. Just over a finger of slightly cocoa head.

S: Tons of funky sour cherry acidity.

T/MF: Even more sourness on the palate. Sharp tartaric and citric acids at the tip, with a bit of earthy cherry. Orange with a hint of cream. Peach pit and cherry stone become more pronounced around mid-tongue. More citric focused towards the back.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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More User Reviews:
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 Franziskaner
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with just a fractional amount of light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim. Aroma is of black licorice, roasted barley, plum, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Initially I taste roasted barley and a burst of sour brettanomyces. At the back of the palate I taste roasted barley and smoke and then I'm left with a lingering tardiness from the brettanomyces. The mouth is lightly chewy and alcoholic. An amazing sensory rollercoaster!

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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 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 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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