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
Ratings:
2,431
Reviews:
373
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
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Photo of RandalFlagg
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rydev24
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of datpingao
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Big_BEARD87
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnBender
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first sour stout! It pours a dark brown (looks more like a porter, IMHO) and the minimal tan head disappears almost immediately. The aromas are dar chocolate, roasty char, and sour - lots and lists of sour.

The taste has waves of sour, all the way through the taste - and then some dark chocolate and roasty flavors at the end to rein the sour in just a bit. The feel is over the top, just wave after wave of effervescent magnificence.

And now I've gotta search for more sour stouts.

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Photo of Nmgreen
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Next to zero head of a light brown colour on a dark brown body. Not much to look at but looks can be deceiving. Sour, mouthpuckering lemon, dark fruits, some more lemon, hints of roast coffee and nuts, some red wine, balsamic and more lemon. She's a sour stout alright!

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan_Schmidt
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wickeddtuna
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super bomb and sourrr

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Photo of gutbuster
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Yermomsfavorite
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate-ruby with fading tan foam. 4
Concord grape, wine barrel, and vanilla. 4
Chocolate, a gentle Balsamic hum, slight tart, blackberry, hints of burnt toffee, root beer barrel, and some deep wood. 4.25
Crisp, light, soft. 4.25

Lacto sorbet fizz makes for a nice body. Fruit and sour are perfectly balanced. A great food beer, but is it a stout? Either way, subtle, round, and mature. 4.5

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Photo of mac31
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, bright acidic backbone smacks the palate right away. The sour notes-bright, acid, (light) vinegar, tannic-like-reverberate along palate. At times I found my mouth puckering. This was followed by sweet cherry, chocolate, some vanilla and a baking spice of some sort, possibly cinnamon(?). This is a very interesting meld of flavors, it works. As the beer warmed and evolved chocolate covered cherries (think tootsie roll chocolate) became a more apt description. The acid, brightness, and tartness remained pretty intense and consistent from start through the finish. The sour note was a little much for me, but moderate when compared to other styles/sours on the market. Overall I liked the beer, didn't love the beer. I've had three or four Bruery sours so far and when they are on, they're on. When not, they are pedestrian and pricey. I lean toward the latter with this one.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aufie
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau. This is 2016 release, and it's now about two months old. Poured right from the fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee/cola brown with about an inch of light khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly like soda down to nothing--no film, no ring, no lacing. At the edges where the light strikes through, the beer is a slightly ruddy golden brown.

S: The sour notes fairly well dominate the bouquet, with their apple cider vinegar tones. Underneath, and quite subtle, there are some roasted malt and coffee notes. Just a touch of chocolate coming through, as well.

T: Tons of sour right up front, with a white wine or apple cider vinegar quality to it. It's a bit arresting when you're looking for some semblance of stout there. Toward the middle, there's seems to be a bit of building citrus hop astringency, but it's difficult to tell with how intense the sour is. Moving toward the back, you begin to put up some of the fruit--I'm getting mostly cherry and raspberry--and traditional malt flavors. Even at the close, the malts take a backseat to the sour fruit, but it does finish with a bit of roastiness, along with the subtle vanilla and oak from the barreling. The aftertaste has lots of sour, and there's a lingering taste of chocolate-covered cherries left on the palate.

F: This one is medium-bodied with very low carbonation. It does have quite a creamy and smooth feel in the middle, but most of the sensation is that bright astringency. It leaves quite a wine-like impression.

O: I haven't had a lot of different sours, but this is certainly the first sour stout that I've tried. It's a very interesting marriage between the sharp sour notes and the earthy and roasty stout malt bill. It works much better than I thought it would. This one is so sour that it's definitely a sipper, and I would think it would work best as a digestif or dessert beer--I have a feeling it would be phenomenal paired to anything with dark chocolate. I don't know that it was worth the price I paid for this bottle, but I'm glad that I got to try it.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of C_Pel
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,431 ratings.
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