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Tart Of Darkness | The Bruery

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4.23/5
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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:
#895
Reviews:
374
Ratings:
2,443
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a date etched into the side of the glass--unfortunately the day is illegible, but I can tell that it was bottled in May 2013. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Well, it has the look of a stout, with a body that is black with just a subtle twinge of walnut brown preventing it from being jet black. No light passes through--at least none that is bright enough to overcome the reflective nature of the glass. Atop the body sits a one-and-a-half finger tan head from an aggressive pour, so the bubbles are big and soapy looking. Retention is moderate, leaving sparse bits of sticky lacing on the glass and a thin film of suds on the surface of the liquid after the head fades away

Smell - I expected a clash of sour and roast characteristics, but the acidic nature of this beer is by far the primary characteristic. The roasted profiles are a very distant complement to the overall acidity, which encompasses some aggressive lactic tartness as well as impressions of sour cherries and really sour Granny Smith. There is a subtle note of roasted malt, but it is difficult to pick out amongst the more sour characteristics.

Taste - Mouth-puckering sour cherry and less dominant hints of apple cider vinegar, with fruity notes reminiscent of black currant and raspberry jam. Here, the roasted component is a little more detectible, but it's still an afterthought--this is firmly a sour beer, with very little remaining of the base beer. Really, the darker malts work to impart a sweetness, that after several drinks, starts to remind me a bit of a Flanders Oud Bruin, with the malty sweetness providing a counterpoint to the aggressive tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with significant sour twinges in the backs of your cheeks, and a drying finish.

Overall, a delicious beer if you like styles that don't hide their sour characteristics. I wouldn't come into this one expecting much from the stout side of the equation--really, the stout provides more in the way of color and appearance than it does with the aroma and flavor. Not sure I'd go out of my way to get this again, given the fact that The Bruery doesn't distribute to my area, but it is a tasty beer to be sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some orange goop had collected around the rim of the bottle while it was conditioning and I got it on my fingers when I opened the bottle. The beer is dark brown in appearance with a fizzy head that disappears immediately. Plenty of carbonation bubbles are left sticking to the side of the glass. The smell is vinegary with hints of grape and cherry. After a bit of a sweet fruit taste at the front of the tongue, the taste explodes with potent sourness. It finishes with a bready yeast taste to balance it out. Mouthfeel is medium to watery.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,443 ratings
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