Tart Of Darkness | The Bruery

Tart Of DarknessTart Of Darkness
BA SCORE
4.23/5
2,442 Ratings
Tart Of DarknessTart Of Darkness
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:
#879
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
2,442
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
315
Gots:
810
Trade:
81
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Ratings: 2,442 |  Reviews: 373
Photo of Dsimenson
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andy712
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy sour beers and the occasional stout, but the thought of a sour stout did not intrigue. Then I tasted this one. To be sure, I get a lot more sour than stout from the TOD, but for me it is the right mix. It pours like a stout, opaque with about 3/4 inch of head. The head dissipates about mid way through leaving just a ring at the end. The carbonation was pleasant; I did not find it low on carbonation as others noted (purchased on tap at the Beer Garden in Eugene). The smell is sour (cherries mostly) with some stone fruit coming through, and oak. Taste (in order it seemed) was sour cherry, oak and the dark roasted grain. None of these components overwhelmed the others and the balance was just right. This is mostly a sour, but with some terrific complementary flavors.

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Photo of Mayordani
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle sat in fridge for over 3 yrs. prob past its prime but was still enjoyable.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have another variation of this beer hiding in my cellar. When I first hear about a tart sour, I was like ooh, but what the heck is going taste like. Well my questions will have answers at the end of the review. Poured into my Surly Furious glass at 45 degrees. A two-finger medium tan head with okay retention, the head is creamy and foamy; furthermore, the head did not leave any lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown/black and is opaque. I can see any lacing on the glass.
Dark roasted malt, bready, toffee, caramel, a sourness, fruity, earthy, wood, citrus, pine, coffee, and some chocolate.
Dark roasted malt, toffee, funky, fruity, earthy, wood, citrus, pine, light coffee, and some chocolate.
Medium plus carbonation, medium body, a touch of astringency, and full finish.
The carbonation really helps with body of the beer and gives some lightness. I really like the idea of sour stout, I was not sure what to expect from this beer. The stout is excellent the flavors meld well together and finishes strong. I really like this beer, cannot wait to try the one with cherries and vanilla.

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Photo of Jacob17
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Allurex
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of J_Mueller
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of stortore
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter at first, switched to a tulip glass. 2016 edition, had 11/3/16.

Pours dark, mostly opaque, with a one inch quickly dissipating head, no noticeable lacing. The smell is tart, cherries- more as it warms, some yeast, vinegar, light malt, light chocolate, some vanilla, light red wine when fully warmed. The taste is some big sour up front, tart, cherries, light plums, some malt and vanilla. The tartness does linger on the finish. Smooth, lighter bodied than expected, well carbonated. Not overly acidic for the level of tartness and sourness.

This is a good, enjoyable sour, but really wouldn't stretch it into calling it a sour stout- no roasty malts, etc. Good flavor and aroma, enjoyable to drink, but a pretty high price point for what you get.

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Photo of socon67
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpenske
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of npachl
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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 hbmcdrew
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesMantooth
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is kind of tough to review to style, but I suppose Wild Ale is the best description. Although I am curious on how the base beer was brewed as it stikes me as a cross between an American Stout or a Black Ale.

From the bottle: "Sour Stout Aged in Oak Barrels", "...this sour black ale", "Sauerstaut", "...contortion of style and flavor"

It is a muddy/dirty dark brown to black with some grape juice like shading. Not much head here. Just a bit fizzy on top.

Smells very, very sour and very acidic. Vinegar, sour dark fruits, and hiding in the background some roasted malt and chocolate.

It really tastes pretty much like it smells other than the background aromas come to the foreground a bit more, especially after you adjust to the very dominant sour flavor and acidness. There is an almost overbearing vinegar, sour cherry, or more like cranberry. The oak is very faint, but as mentioned, the darker smoky malts and chocolate become more noticeable and begin to balance it a bit. It tastes like a black ale with no hop profile. There is a lingering balsalmic vinegar taste along with a red wine flavor.

The body is heavy if we are talking wild ale. As for a stout, a bit thinner. Not as carbonated as I would have guessed, but still a crisp bite to it.

Enjoyable beer overall. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone indifferent on sours.

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Photo of Tuckerster
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,442 ratings
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