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Tart Of Darkness | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Shared with OKComputer. Poured into tulip. Poured a mostly solid black, some cloudy reddish-brown at the edges, color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice tartness at the front that quickly gave way to to a light fruit scent. The beer had a very low, almost unnoticeable, malt aspect. Kind of a flaw in a Stout, IMHO. Pretty similar on the tongue, nice tartness upfront, some fruit in the middle, and very low malts at the back, alongside the sharp finish.

The body was very thin, especially for a Stout, but did have a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy. Overall, a pretty nice brew, but probably not worth the $21+tax price tag. Probably worth trying, but that will depend on your wallet.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 Tart of Darkness, poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very dark black in color, with a little reddish brown color at the edges, but even held up to a strong light, it's just pure darkness. Pours with little or no head, no lacing.

S: The sour note hits right away in the aroma. Smells like sour candy, or slightly like sour milk.

T: Strong sour is the first and primary taste. Once I get past the sour, there's a little bit of roasted malt flavor, but the sour predominates throughout. Then there's some funkiness in there, too. The finish is long and, well, sour. This year's batch is 7% ABV, so there's little noticeable alcohol solvent.

M: Thin to medium body - this is not a big chewy stout. Smooth, though, and goes down nicely.

O: Excellent sour stout. Probably not a good choice as a first sour ale -- this one definitely gets my attention from the first sip. Compares well to some of the best local sours I've had from Wicked Weed in Asheville. I'll buy this one again.

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